Paige Ainslie

August 2019

Paige Ainslie is an Associate at Roper Greyell, practicing in all areas of employment and labour law, with particular emphasis on human rights issues where she believes appropriate legal guidance can work to the benefit of all parties in a dispute. From her Nelson, B.C. office, Paige provides legal counsel to Roper Greyell’s clients throughout B.C., and is uniquely positioned to provide on-the-ground representation for its clients in the Kootenay region of the province.

With nine years as in-house counsel for Canadian Pacific Railway under her belt, Paige brings a wealth of knowledge to Roper Greyell’s clients with respect to employment and labour legislation and regulations in the federal sector.

Understanding the business needs of large organizations with both unionized and non-unionized employees, Paige looks forward to contributing her expertise to her clients and to the Roper Greyell team as a whole. Born in St. Albert, Alberta, Paige took her Bachelor of Laws at the University of Saskatchewan and studied International Intellectual Property Law at the University of Oxford.  She is called to the bar in both British Columbia and Alberta.

A lifelong traveller, Paige is now the mother of two young daughters, ages three and one.  Her partner was born and raised in Nelson and this very outdoorsy family is delighted to be in a place where they can pursue their love of nature and enjoy activities that include skiing, mountain biking, and rock-climbing.  Paige is excited to be the face of the team in the Kootenays and to be part of a growing and thriving human-relations focused boutique firm.

Julia Bell

September 2017

Julia practices in all areas of labour, employment and human rights law. Described as tenacious and detail-oriented, Julia has a passion for advising and guiding clients through complex legal issues. As a skilled investigator, Julia has experience conducting both efficient and thorough workplace investigations and assisting clients to resolve issues internally.

She has experience advising clients in both the private and public sector, with a particular focus on post-secondary work.  She has appeared as counsel before labour arbitrators and has prepared complex submissions for all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada.

Prior to joining Roper Greyell, Julia articled at a national law firm and clerked for seven justices at the British Columbia Supreme Court.

During her spare time, Julia can be found horseback riding, reading, or relaxing with her dog, cat, and husband in beautiful North Vancouver.

Keri L. Bennett

January 2018

Keri is a partner at Roper Greyell where she provides strategic advice and representation to public and private sector clients in all areas of workplace law and leads the firm’s Freedom of Information and Privacy Law practice.

Keri builds strong relationships with her clients and works collaboratively with them to navigate a variety of workplace issues, including increasingly complex federal and provincial privacy legislation. The combination of approachability, technical legal knowledge and her client-focused approach helps Keri find the best solutions for her clients – every time.

Described as a go-to problem solver, Keri helps clients navigate complex freedom of information and privacy issues

She represents public bodies and private organizations in responses to access requests, as well as complaints, audits, investigations and inquiries before the federal and provincial privacy commissioners’ offices. She is also the Past Chair of the Canadian Bar Association Freedom of Information and Privacy Section (B.C. Branch).

Keri regularly advises employers on accommodation, workplace harassment, terminations and drafts employment agreements and effective workplace policies. As a litigator, Keri has appeared before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, B.C. Supreme Court and Court of Appeal. Keri also has experience in the unionized workplace, interpreting collective agreements, representing employers in arbitrations and other matters arising under the Labour Relations Code.

Away from the office, Keri can be found enjoying the outdoors with friends and family.

Danny Bernstein

September 2015

Danny is a partner* at Roper Greyell where he provides strategic and timely advice to clients on labour, employment and human rights issues that arise in the workplace. He advises employers throughout Canada across a wide range of industries, and values getting to know his clients and their businesses and becoming a trusted advisor in order to get the results that meet their short and long-term objectives.

Danny guides his clients through litigation processes with advocacy and advice, representing clients in civil court, labour arbitrations, labour boards, human rights tribunals and WorkSafeBC matters. He also acts as lead negotiator in collective agreement negotiations, and provides ongoing advice on any number of day-to-day matters that arise in the workplace.

Danny’s approach to workplace issues is practical, thoughtful and detail-oriented.  Clients often seek his expertise in dealing with complex workplace issues such as disability management, restructurings and terminations,  performance management, corporate transactions and contract negotiations. Danny is a strong litigator who is equally comfortable in court or pursuing his clients’ interests by negotiating settlements.

Clients appreciate Danny’s approachable and no-fuss manner and look to him for his pragmatic and common-sense approach to complicated legal issues

Danny speaks and writes on a wide range of employment and labour law topics, including delivering seminars and training to clients on all workplace issues.  He has been called to the bar in three jurisdictions which provides him with the insight to solve complex legal issues in diverse sectors.

Outside of the office, Danny loves to watch his two sons playing and share family time at the beach or the local ski hills. He also finds time to cycle around the local hills and escape on the hiking trails.

*Law Corporation

Gabrielle Berron-Styan

August 2021

Gabrielle is an Associate at Roper Greyell, practicing in all areas of workplace law with a particular interest in privacy law, human rights and investigations. Gabrielle first joined Roper Greyell as an articling student.

Career highlights for Gabrielle at Roper Greyell include working with clients to find practical and innovative solutions to their workplace problems and preparing written submissions for arbitrations and hearings. Gabrielle enjoys having the opportunity to work with and learn from lawyers who are experts in their field and are passionate about helping their clients. She is looking forward to developing strong relationships with clients in her workplace law practice at Roper Greyell.

While a student at the Peter A. Allard School of Law, Gabrielle was a Research Assistant at the UBC Investigations Office, and was recognized with the Labour Law prize in 2020. Gabrielle also has extensive volunteer experience including working with Access Pro Bono and legal advocacy clinics in the Downtown Eastside.

In her spare time, Gabrielle is an avid runner and also enjoys hiking, skiing, cooking and traveling.

 

Sarah Blanco

September 2019

Sarah is an Associate at Roper Greyell, practicing in all areas of employment and labour law with a focus on human rights issues, wrongful dismissal claims, and labour disputes. Highly organized and efficient, Sarah is experienced in all stages of the litigation process, from conducting interviews and assessing risk to negotiating settlements and drafting compelling arguments. Sarah also regularly advises employers on broad range of workplace issues including contracts, policies, occupational health and safety, discipline, terminations, and accommodation issues.

Known for her strong advocacy skills and her ability to navigate complex legal issues, Sarah approaches all her files with tenacity, creativity, and her clients’ business objectives in mind.

Sarah began her legal career at a large national firm where she was exposed to a diverse variety of complex corporate litigation files. During this time she gained experience drafting submissions for all levels of court in British Columbia, she assisted with several Supreme Court of Canada cases, and she successfully represented clients in two contentious and high-stake injunctions.

Sarah completed law school at the University of Toronto. The highlight of her law school experience involved running a job placement program in the legal sector for at-risk youth. She completed her undergraduate degree at Dalhousie University on a four year academic scholarship, where she graduated with a double major in philosophy and psychology.

Outside of the office Sarah enjoys skiing and snow-boarding in the winter, as well as bike-riding and hiking in the summer. She is enthusiastic about any activity that capitalizes on BC’s beautiful backyard. She is also an avid-supporter of performance art in Vancouver, and dabbles in a few art forms recreationally herself.

Maggie Campbell

March 2017

Maggie is a partner at Roper Greyell where she practises in all areas of employment and labour law. She provides clients with practical and strategic advice in her role as a trusted advisor.

Maggie’s goal is to understand the world her clients operate in – applying her legal knowledge in a pragmatic way and providing user-friendly advice. She builds strong relationships with her clients and works collaboratively with them to navigate a variety of unionized and non-unionized workplace issues.

Maggie’s approach is grounded in the understanding of her clients’ businesses and their long term strategic goals

Maggie represents employers on all aspects of employment relations. She also 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. Maggie has represented clients before the British Columbia courts, the Human Rights Tribunal and the Employment Standards Tribunal.

Maggie makes complicated legal issues less stressful by providing a framework of understanding and clear intentions. This allows her to proceed in the unhindered pursuit of her client’s goals in a tough but fair approach that doesn’t unnecessarily burn bridges where one may need to maintain long-term working relationships with one’s opposition.

Maggie received her Juris Doctor from The University of British Columbia. While at UBC, she received numerous awards including the Borden Ladner Gervais LLP Prize in Conflicts Law and the John E. Sullivan Award in Constitutional Law. Prior to joining Roper Greyell, Maggie practised employment and labour law at the Vancouver office of an international firm.

Outside of work, Maggie enjoys spending time with her family and exploring Vancouver.

Ryan Copeland

March 2015

Ryan is a partner at Roper Greyell where he provides strategic advice and representation to public and private sector clients in all areas of labour, employment and human rights law.

Ryan assists employers in managing employee and labour-related risk through advice and consultation on matters such as harassment, absenteeism, health and safety and the drafting and interpretation of workplace policies and employment contracts. His process is to become a trusted partner in considering and providing solutions to long term business objectives. Ryan also helps clients navigate through various litigation processes, including at the courts, labour arbitrations, labour boards, human rights tribunals, WorkSafeBC, and other administrative tribunals. Ryan represents clients as lead spokesperson at the bargaining table and as counsel at interest arbitrations.

Described as responsive, strategic, and personable, Ryan looks at workplace issues through a sustainable, long term lens

Ryan is attuned to his clients’ business needs – allowing him to expertly negotiate the terms of collective agreements, and represent their interests at the bargaining table to avoid or resolve strikes, lockouts, and other actions.

Before joining Roper Greyell, Ryan worked in a variety of industries, and was a BC forest firefighter, ski guide, tree feller and construction worker. Working in these diverse roles gave him a broad perspective of the many challenges that can arise in the workplace, and continues to provide Ryan with a foundation of practical, real world experience that guides his practice.

Away from the office, Ryan can be found pursuing his love for adventure and the outdoors, particularly on his skis or mountain bike. In fact, Ryan has found that mountain biking in other countries can provide a unique perspective on, and access to, new countries.

Natalie Cuthill

October 2019

Natalie practices in all areas of provincial and federal employment and labour law, with an emphasis on employment litigation, grievance arbitrations, and human rights matters.

Natalie regularly advises employers in a variety of industries and provides effective practical solutions to complex human relations issues that arise in her clients’ workplaces. She focuses on understanding the intricacies of her clients’ organizations and developing collaborative relationships with her clients. Natalie is a trusted advisor to employers on workplace issues including hiring, terminations, discipline, human rights accommodation, and compliance with legislation, and assists employers in drafting employment agreements, handbooks, and policies.

Natalie is a skilled advocate, negotiator and litigator, and uses these skills to assist her clients in resolving their disputes and claims or advancing their positions in proceedings before the courts and various administrative boards and tribunals.

As a skilled and cogent speaker, Natalie frequently provides presentations and training to clients, human resources professionals, and professional organizations through her involvement with the Canadian Bar Association and CPHR BC + Yukon. Prior to joining Roper Greyell, Natalie practiced employment and labour law and commercial litigation at a large national firm.

Natalie loves sports and the outdoors, and when she is not in the office she can be found playing soccer, hiking, and snowshoeing.

Alissa Demerse

March 2015

Alissa is a partner at Roper Greyell where she provides practical and strategic advice to employers in all areas of employment and labour law, including human rights law and workplace safety matters. Her detail-oriented approach allows her to see the heart of the matter and find effective solutions.

Alissa is proactively involved in resolving disputes and grievances in her clients’ unionized and non-unionized workplaces. She is a tenacious and dedicated team member who searches for the smart result for her clients. This approach makes her an invaluable advisor to many public and private sector employers in British Columbia.

Alissa is known for creating a clear view of a complex situation in the midst of a crisis event

Alissa has extensive experience assisting clients with workplace investigations, including: bullying and harassment complaints and investigations; discipline investigations; and, serious injury and fatality investigations by WorkSafeBC. She regularly advises employers on collective agreement interpretation and grievances, drafting employment contracts and workplace policies, employee discipline and termination decisions, managing medical leaves and accommodation requests, occupational health and safety prevention matters and appeals, privacy law and critical incident management. She is known to provide empathetic leadership in times of crisis and is focused on keeping her clients informed, organized and prepared to avoid unnecessary litigation and disputes.

As a trusted advocate who represents employers in complex hearings, Alissa holds an unparalleled ability to distill the facts and focus on the relevant details for each case and client. She appears as counsel at labour arbitrations, the Labour Relations Board, the Workers’ Compensation Review Board and Appeal Tribunal, the Employment Standards Branch and Tribunal, the Human Rights Tribunal, Coroner’s Inquests and the courts.

Alissa spends her time away from work exploring the world through the eyes of her children.  She loves to travel and enjoys spending as much time as she can on Vancouver Island and in New Zealand with her extended family.