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, she 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.

In 2010, through the Canadian Bar Association, Paige won an eight-month internship to Uganda with the Foundation for Human Rights Initiative during which she prepared a comprehensive report on labour rights and working conditions in that African nation.

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 practises in all areas of labour, employment and human rights law. He acts on behalf of management in both federal and provincial jurisdictions, regularly helping clients respond to wrongful and constructive dismissal claims, human rights complaints and statutory entitlement claims.

Danny’s approach to workplace issues is practical, thoughtful and detail-oriented. He enjoys 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. He assists clients with drafting, maintaining, and enforcing employment contracts, including restrictive covenants, as well as preparing, implementing and monitoring workplace policies to eliminate future friction. Clients often seek his advice in dealing with complex human rights and accommodation issues, negotiating or litigating terminations, layoffs and performance management.

Danny is approachable and easy to work with; providing a pragmatic and common-sense approach to complicated legal issues

Danny regularly advises and represents clients in grievance arbitrations, collective bargaining, and day-to-day matters that arise in a unionized workplace. Danny also advises clients on the employment and labour issues involved in corporate transactions.

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. Danny 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 play in the back yard and share family time at the beach. He also finds time to train for triathlons and enjoys the challenge of pursuing a personal best each time he races.

Sarah Blanco

September 2019

Sarah is an associate at Roper Greyell, practicing in all areas of employment and labour law with a focus on injunctions, wrongful dismissal claims, and labour grievances in the workplace.

Sarah has experience with running a general civil litigation practice with an emphasis on labour and employment law, and is looking forward to developing strong client relationships in her employment and labour law practice at Roper Greyell. She has assisted with drafting a number of workplace policies. Sarah also researches issues in employment and labour law, specifically wrongful dismissal claims, human rights complaints, union grievances, and collective bargaining disputes.

Highly organized and efficient, Sarah understands all stages of the litigation process, from conducting initial client interviews to preparing witnesses for trial.

Sarah has also drafted pleadings, applications, affidavits, and written submissions for all levels of court in British Columbia. Sarah began her legal career at a large national firm before joining Roper Greyell, where career highlights included running a successful wrongful dismissal trial with the claim being dismissed, as well as participating in two complex injunctions during her time at her previous firm. While completing her undergraduate degree, Sarah spent a semester abroad at the University of Glasgow in Scotland.

Outside of the office, Sarah enjoys biking, jogging, and taking in musical theatre.

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.

Sarah Chamberlain (Dickson)

February 2016

Sarah practises in all areas of employment and labour law, including human rights and privacy in the workplace. She focuses on thorough and responsive approaches that foster strong client relations.

Clients describe Sarah as thorough and responsive. These traits are reflected in her high quality of work. Taking a collaborative approach to employment law, Sarah’s focus on client contact and dedication to fostering client relations allow her to provide proactive solutions among diverse challenges.

“Employment law is about building long term relationships with clients that allow for strategic understanding and proactive solutions”

Sarah enjoys exploring Greater Vancouver with her family. It is the experience of raising her children while going through law school that gives her a unique ability for focus, balance and dedication.

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, human rights law, labour law and arbitrations, defamation law, and workplace privacy matters.

Natalie is a trusted advisor to and advocate for employers in a variety of industries. She is able to quickly identify legal issues and provide effective practical solutions to complex human relations issues that arise in her clients’ workplaces. She focuses on understanding the intricacies of her clients’ businesses and developing collaborative relationships with her clients.

Natalie is a skilled 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.

Natalie regularly advises employers on a multitude of workplace issues, including hiring, terminations, discipline, human rights accommodation, and compliance with legislation, and assists employers in drafting employment agreements, handbooks, and policies.

Prior to joining Roper Greyell, Natalie practiced employment and labour law and commercial litigation at a large national firm. She also worked in the Review Division of WorkSafeBC as an Intern Review Officer and provided impartial reviews of compensation decisions made under the BC Workers’ Compensation Act.

Natalie frequently authors articles, presents, and provides client-training seminars on topical workplace law and litigation matters.

Natalie loves sports and the outdoors, and when she is not practicing law 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.