Chris provides clients with practical advice on a wide range of workplace issues, including regulatory compliance, employee discipline, terminations, workplace investigations, human rights, and accommodations. Chris also provides clients with tailored advice to assist them with resolving corporate commercial disputes, including shareholder remedies, debtor/creditor claims, trademark and copyright infringement, privacy, and builders’ lien matters as efficiently as possible.
Chris has experience as counsel in various matters before all levels of the Alberta Courts, the Court of Queen’s Bench and Provincial Court of Saskatchewan, as well as the Federal Court of Canada. In addition, Chris represents provincially and federally regulated clients concerning employment standards, human rights, and labour relations matters. Chris also represents clients in commercial and labour arbitrations, mediations and as a nominee in labour arbitration matters.
Chris has written on a number of workplace issues along with presenting at seminars and conferences concerning employment and labour topics. Chris’ publications have been re-published by third party outlets, including by CanLII Connects, and Canadian Employment Law Today.
Raised in Calgary, Chris received both a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Calgary. Chris joined the firm as an associate in 2019 after articling & practicing with an international firm in Calgary.
- Employment and labour law
- Corporate commercial disputes
- Shareholder remedies
- Administrative law
- Construction litigation, including builders’ lien matters
- Trademark and copyright protection
- Member, Law Society of Alberta
- Member, Canadian Bar Association
- Member, Calgary Bar Association
Dormer, C. Employer options in response to COVID-19. Dental Practice Masterclass Series. March 17, 2020.
Dormer, C. Employee dismissed based on family status and physical disability, Alberta Human Rights Tribunal rules. Canada In Focus. November 14, 2018.
A recent decision by the Alberta Human Rights Tribunal found that an employer, while seeking to reduce its workforce, dismissed an employee on the grounds of family status and physical disability, rather than job performance. In Smylie v Sani-Tech Mechanical Ltd., 2018 AHRC 6, the Tribunal awarded the employee damages for lost wages, in addition to $20,000 for injury to the employee’s dignity and self-respect. This decision highlights the need for employers to carefully evaluate employee dismissal when looking to reduce their workforce.
Dormer, C. Changes to Alberta’s workers’ compensation laws will result in stricter return to work obligations for employers. Canadian Employment News Series. May 8, 2018.
As part of the sweeping changes to Alberta’s workers’ compensation legislation announced by the Alberta Government on November 27, 2017, when it tabled Bill 30: An Act to Protect the Health and Well-being of Working Albertans, employers will be facing strict return to work requirements effective September 1, 2018.
Dormer, C. Sweeping changes coming for Alberta’s occupational health and safety laws. November 30, 2017.
More than 40 years after its last in-depth review of Alberta’s occupational health and safety legislation the Alberta Government tabled Bill 30: An Act to Protect the Health and Well-being of Working Albertans, which passed first reading on November 27, 2017. Bill 30 proposes changes to the Province’s Workers’ Compensation Act and Occupational Health and Safety Act.
Dormer, C. Alberta Human Rights decision highlights employer’s responsibility to accommodate childcare obligations as family status. Employment Update. December 2014.
Dormer, C. Employer mistakes in Alberta standards case emphasize importance of documentation. Employment Update. November 2014.
Dormer, C. Doing business in Alberta 2013. Employment & Labour Bulletin. November 2013.
Dormer, C. Alberta employment update – Spring 2010. Employment & Labour Bulletin. May 2010.
Dormer, C. Alberta employment update – March 2009. Employment & Labour Bulletin. March 2009
Dormer, C. Alberta employment update – February 2009. Employment & Labour Bulletin. February 2009.