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Mon - Fri: 8 am - 4:30 pm MDT
Call us: 403.265.7777
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Christopher Dormer

Christopher Dormer



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 also 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. Chris 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. Christopher joined the firm as an associate in 2019 after articling & practicing with an international firm in Calgary.

Christopher Dormer



  • 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.

  • “Alberta Human Rights Decision Highlights Employer’s Responsibility to Accommodate Childcare Obligations as Family Status”, Employment Update, December 2014
  • “Employer Mistakes in Alberta Standards Case Emphasize Importance of Documentation”, Employment Update, November 2014
  • “Doing Business in Alberta 2013”, Employment & Labour Bulletin, November 2013
  • “Alberta Employment Update – Spring 2010”, Employment & Labour Bulletin, May 2010
  • “Alberta Employment Update – March 2009”, Employment & Labour Bulletin, March 2009
  • “Alberta Employment Update – February 2009”, Employment & Labour Bulletin, February 2009

Christopher Dormer



  • Law Society of Alberta
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Calgary Bar Association
  • Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers


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

Called to the Bar

Alberta - 2009