Christopher carries on a litigation practice with an emphasis on employment and labour law matters. Christopher advises clients on a wide range of workplace issues,
including regulatory compliance, employee discipline, terminations, workplace investigations, human rights, and accommodations. Christopher assists clients with corporate commercial disputes, including shareholder remedies, debtor/creditor claims, security enforcement and creditor collection, trade-mark and copyright infringement, privacy, and builders’ lien matters.
Christopher 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. Christopher has also represented clients before the Employment Standards Commission, the Alberta Human Rights Commission, the Canadian Human Rights Commission, the Alberta Labour Relations Board, and the Canada Industrial Relations Board, in addition to appearing in arbitrations, mediations and as a nominee in Labour Arbitration matters.
Christopher has written on a number of workplace issues along with presenting at seminars and conferences concerning employment and labour issues. Christopher’s publications have been re-published by third party outlets, including by CanLII Connects, and Canadian Employment Law Today.
Raised in Calgary, Christopher 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.
Member, Law Society of Alberta
Member, Canadian Bar Association
Member, Calgary Bar Association
Member, Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers
Employee dismissed based on family status and physical disability, Alberta Human Rights Tribunal rules
14 NOV 2018
Canada in Focus
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.
Changes to Alberta’s workers’ compensation laws will result in stricter return to work obligations for
8 MAY 2018
Canadian Employment News Series
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.
Sweeping changes coming for Alberta’s occupational health and safety laws
30 NOV 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.
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