Catherine is an experienced labour and employment lawyer practising in virtually all areas of employment and labour law. Before joining the firm she practiced at boutique labour and employment law firms and a major national law firm where she was a partner. Her labour law practice includes the negotiation of collective agreements and interest and rights arbitrations in all sectors including the health sector and construction, as well as a comprehensive Labour Board practice including certification, grievances, unfair labour practice complaints, and related and successor employer applications.
Her employment law practice focuses on proactive strategies to avoid liability including issues under the Employment Standards Act and other statutes, termination, workplace conflict, bullying, harassment, absenteeism, and privacy issues. She frequently drafts employment policies and contracts and advises on confidentiality and fiduciary duty matters.
She has argued test cases in the field of human rights including the Abouchar case dealing with systemic discrimination and the Pritchard v. Sears case, which was upheld by the Supreme Court of Canada. Her regulatory defence practice includes defending corporations charged under occupational health and safety, environmental and other regulatory statutes. She appears before a variety of tribunals and courts including inquests, trials, human rights hearings and workers compensation cases. Catherine is a former prosecutor with the Ontario government and a former adjudicator under the Police Services Act.