Roper Greyell Welcomes New Associate, Andrew Nicholl

February 2019

We are pleased to welcome Andrew Nicholl to the firm.

Andrew graduated from the Juris Doctor program at Western University in 2015. He was called to the Ontario Bar in 2016 and the B.C. Bar in 2018.

Andrew has experience representing clients before the Ontario Labour Relations Board, the Ontario Superior Court, the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal, the British Columbia Labour Relations Board, and before rights and interest labour arbitration boards.

Prior to joining Roper Greyell, Andrew practiced employment and labour law at a large international firm in Vancouver.

Learn more about Andrew here.

Roper Greyell LLP Welcomes Joel J. Ello as Director of Finance + Technology

February 2019

Roper Greyell LLP is pleased to welcome Joel J. Ello, CPA, CMA  to the firm as Director of Finance + Technology.

With over 20 years of experience, Joel’s diverse background spans the areas of project management, change management, operational planning, financial reporting and analysis, and technology implementation.

Prior to joining Roper Greyell, Joel was the Manager of Business Analysis and Process Design at Southern Railway of British Columbia Limited and Controller at its subsidiary Southern Railway of Vancouver Island Limited.

Learn more about Joel here.

Big Win for Roper Greyell Client in B.C. Court of Appeal: Test for Family Status Discrimination Unequivocally Affirmed

February 2019
Legal update by: James D. Kondopulos

In Envirocon Environmental Services, ULC v. Suen, 2019 BCCA 46, Roper Greyell lawyers James D. KondopulosMichael A. Wagner & Brandon I. Hillis were successful in representing and advocating on behalf of the Appellant before the Court of Appeal to affirm that a finding of family status discrimination imposes a duty on the complainant to demonstrate “a serious interference with a substantial parental or family duty or obligation”.

Read more about the case here.

Roper Greyell LLP Names Two New Partners, Maggie Campbell and Mike Hamata

January 2019

Roper Greyell LLP is pleased to announce the appointment of Maggie Campbell and Mike Hamata as new partners of the firm.

“We are thrilled to welcome Maggie Campbell and Mike Hamata into the partnership,” says Thomas A. Roper Q.C., Chair of Roper Greyell LLP. “Their exceptional knowledge of employment and labour law, and strategic focus on delivering practical solutions for clients will further elevate our capabilities and ensure that our clients are well-served.”

Maggie Campbell represents employers on all aspects of employment relations.  She regularly conducts investigations and advises clients on human rights and employment issues, including terminations, wrongful and constructive dismissal claims, employment contracts and statutory employment obligations. Ms. Campbell has represented clients before the British Columbia courts, the Human Rights Tribunal and the Employment Standards Tribunal.

Mike Hamata practises in all areas of employment and labour law. Working primarily as a litigation lawyer, Mr. Hamata assists federally and provincially regulated employers with discipline and policy grievances, picketing injunctions, strike planning, collective bargaining, wrongful dismissals, human rights, workers compensation, and employment standards complaints. He regularly appears at all levels of court in British Columbia and before administrative tribunals, including the B.C. Labour Relations Board, Canadian Industrial Relations Board and federal and provincial human rights tribunals.

Ms. Campbell and Mr. Hamata joined Roper Greyell LLP in 2017 as associate counsel and associate, respectively.

Julie Menten Joins Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction’s Board of Directors

July 2018

The Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA) has announced the appointment of Julie Menten to its Board of Directors. Julie joins 12 other members who are either appointed by the Governor in Council or recruited from a variety of sectors to support CCSA’s mandate of reducing the harms of alcohol and other drugs on Canadians.

Prior to becoming a lawyer, Julie was a psychotherapist and clinician for over a decade, serving as a child protection social worker on an Aboriginal Family Services team and as a clinician with the Centre for Children and Families. “Ms. Menten’s expertise working with youth and families is a significant addition to our Board,” said CCSA Board Chair Vaughan Dowie. “Substance use issues involving youth and families are a key focus for CCSA.”

A champion for mental health, Julie also serves as Chair of the Advisory Committee for the Canadian Mental Health Association’s National Bottom Line Conference and is a Board member of the Canadian Mental Health Association, North and West Vancouver Branch.

About the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction

The Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction was established in 1988 by an Act of Parliament with all-party support to provide national leadership in reducing the harms of alcohol and other drugs on Canadians.

Roper Greyell Welcomes New Associate, Raema Quam

June 2018

We are pleased to welcome Raema Quam to the firm.

Raema graduated from the Juris Doctor program at the University of British Columbia in 2017. Prior to pursuing her law degree, Raema employed her undergraduate degree in social work to assist clients in the not-for-profit sector. Her love of travel took her around the globe for several years as she developed a broad range of experience in understanding and working with diverse organizations in the public and private sectors, primarily in the areas of organizational management and leadership development.

Called to the B.C. Bar in May, 2018, Raema was attracted to Roper Greyell by “its sterling reputation as the standard-bearer for employment and labour law in British Columbia.”  She is enjoying the benefit of being part of a team that is not only of the highest calibre professionally but also personally.

Gregory J. Heywood Wins 2018 Harry Rankin, Q.C. Pro Bono Award

June 2018

On June 23, the Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch (CBABC), honoured Gregory J. Heywood with the 2018 Harry Rankin Q.C. Pro Bono Award. This annual award recognizes outstanding contributions by a member in the area of pro bono work.

A champion of pro bono culture, Greg serves as RG’s Pro Bono Chair and has been involved with Access Pro Bono since 2001. Over the past 17 years, Greg has represented a number of low-income individuals with employment issues; often securing significant judgements or settlements for clients who would otherwise have been unaware of their rights due to the fact that they could not afford legal representation. Greg is also a key fundraiser for Access Pro Bono’s annual event, Pro Bono Going Public. Year after year, Greg raises between $8,000 and $10,000, the most funds raised by an individual by significant margin.

In 2010, Greg joined North Shore Search and Rescue, as an advisor to the Board of Directors, and has been NSR’s pro-bono legal counsel since 2012. Over the past six years, Greg has provided leadership and guidance and has been praised by Michael Danks, NSR Team Leader as ‘a valued friend, advisor and mentor who is available 24 hours a day.’

Greg is a tireless advocate for pro bono legal services and continues to mentor and encourage young lawyers to give back to the community. Congratulations, Greg!

Roper Greyell Recognized in Chambers Global 2018

February 2018

We are pleased to announce that Roper Greyell has once again been ranked as a leading employment and labour law firm by Chambers Global. Thomas A. Roper, Q.C., Delayne Sartison, Q.C. and Gregory Heywood, were also ranked individually in the latest edition of the annual publication.

Meet our lawyers who have been recognized as leaders in employment and labour law:

Thomas A. Roper, Q.C. is described as a “well respected figure whose practice sees him represent clients in a variety of employment-related litigation.” Tom’s significant contributions to the development of labour legislation in BC over the course of his career is highlighted in the publication.

Chambers highlights Delayne Sartison, Q.C.’s experience in the healthcare sector, workplace human rights claims, collective bargaining and workplace harassment issues. Sources call Delayne: “One of the leading labour lawyers in British Columbia.”

Market commentators describe Gregory Heywood as “a very able and active labour law practitioner.” Greg is described as an employment litigator who “has represented clients in wrongful dismissal cases as well as matters relating to workplace human rights.”

All quotes are from Chambers Global 2018.

About Chambers Global

Chambers Global is a well-respected legal publication that ranks the world’s best lawyers and law firms. Rankings are based on in-depth research and interviews conducted by over 150 highly qualified researchers.

Roper Greyell Welcomes Keri L. Bennett as Partner and Privacy Lead

January 2018

We are pleased to welcome Keri L. Bennett to the firm as partner and privacy lead.

As one of the largest and most respected employment and labour law firms in Western Canada, we continue to pursue our strategy of growth from within our own ranks and beyond. “Keri brings the combination of credentials, experience, and commitment to client service for which our firm is known,” says Thomas A. Roper, QC, Roper Greyell’s Chair. “2017 has been a very good year for us with respect to our team members being recognized for excellence among their peers and the addition of Keri to the firm. Her experience and expertise is perfectly aligned with our vision of being the go-to firm for employers seeking engaged partners in dealing with the complexities of the modern workplace.”

A Doctor of Jurisprudence (JD) graduate from the University of Toronto, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Regina, Keri is a labour, employment and privacy lawyer who assists both public bodies and private organizations. Providing counsel to unionized and non-union employers, she also litigates labour, employment, human rights and privacy matters.  She prides herself on negotiating cost- effective settlements and vigorously defending client’s interests before courts, tribunals, labour arbitrators, and the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner.

“I see myself as a problem solver,” she says.  “If, in our increasingly complex world, I can help clients navigate tricky privacy matters, and the issues that arise at any stage of the employment relationship, then I’m doing my job.  I could not be happier than to do it with the team of honoured and respected professionals at Roper Greyell, and I am greatly looking forward to learning from them and contributing my own expertise.”

Click here to learn more about workplace privacy services at Roper Greyell.

Danny Bernstein Becomes Roper Greyell’s Newest Partner

January 2018

We are pleased to welcome Danny Bernstein to the partnership.

Having practised law first in Western Australia and then Ontario, Danny moved to British Columbia and joined Roper Greyell in 2015. He acts in all areas of labour, employment, and human rights law in both provincial and federal jurisdictions, regularly helping clients respond to wrongful and constructive dismissal claims, human rights complaints, and statutory entitlement claims.

Roper Greyell founding partner Tom Roper, QC, says, “Danny’s practical, thoughtful, and detail-oriented approach to client issues has made him an invaluable asset to our firm and we’re delighted to recognize his contributions by welcoming him as a partner.”

In addition to his client work, Danny speaks and writes on a broad range of workplace law topics, and conducts seminars and client training on workplace issues. Clients often seek his advice around terminations and layoffs, hiring new employees, and in dealing with complex human rights and performance management challenges.  “It’s important to me to get to know and understand my clients and their businesses so that I can play a meaningful role in helping them to achieve their short and long term objectives,” Danny says.

Danny’s move into a partnership role comes on the heels of Roper Greyell having been named by Canadian Lawyer magazine,  as one of the country’s Top Ten Labour and Employment Boutique firms. The firm has also been cited by the 2018 edition of Chambers Canada as a leading firm in its field and several of its lawyers have been ranked individually by Chambers as top legal practitioners.  “It has been an amazing opportunity for me to learn from some of this country’s best labour and employment lawyers, “ says Danny, “and it’s a huge honour to be asked to take a place among them.”