Chris Dormer


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 King’s Bench and Alberta Court of Justice 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.

Chris enjoys spending time outdoors with family and friends. He enjoys camping, fishing, golfing, hunting, hockey, and skiing.


  • Member, Law Society of Alberta
  • Member, Calgary Bar Association
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association

Practice Areas

  • Labour and Employment law
  • Administrative law
  • Corporate commercial disputes
  • Shareholder remedies
  • Trademark and copyright protection


  • LL.B., University of Calgary, 2008
  • B.Sc., Ecology, University of Calgary, 2004


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Dormer, C. Sweeping changes coming for Alberta’s occupational health and safety laws. November 30, 2017.
  • 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.