Meaghan J. McWhinnie

March 2015

Meaghan practises in all areas of employment and labour law, including human rights and privacy.

Attentive, perceptive and articulate, Meaghan is a natural problem-solver who works alongside her clients to improve their workplace situations

Meaghan provides strategic advice to employers concerning the management of workplace issues in both union and non-union environments, including accommodation, discrimination, contract/collective agreement interpretation and attendance management. Meaghan assists employers to prepare, implement, and monitor workplace policies, and she frequently writes and presents to clients on these topics.

On her own time, she enjoys hiking and spending time with her Westie.

Julie Menten

March 2015

Julie is a partner at Roper Greyell where she practises in all areas of workplace law, including employment, labour, human rights, occupational health and safety and privacy law.

Prior to becoming a lawyer, Julie was a therapist and mental health expert for over a decade. Her unique background allows her to address intricate issues in the workplace, specifically those related to mental health disabilities, drug and alcohol issues, workplace misconduct and bullying and harassment. Julie uses her broad skill-set to provide trusted guidance that draws from her counselling background. Dedicated to ensuring difficult solutions are resolved well, Julie strives to protect her clients and maintain morale.

Julie’s unique background in mental health allows her to work alongside her clients, navigating complex issues related to mental health and addiction issues in the workplace

Julie’s blend of skills and experience make her particularly adept at conducting effective and comprehensive investigations into complex workplace issues such as allegations of bullying and harassment, sexual harassment or discrimination. Julie provides her clients with ongoing strategic advice to help manage workplace absence and disability accommodation, and skillful representation in administrative tribunals, including human rights, Workers Compensation and labour arbitration proceedings, as well as civil proceedings, including wrongful and constructive dismissal claims.

Prior to joining Roper Greyell, Julie was a clerk at the British Columbia Court of Appeal. During her law school days at Western University, she won several moot and trial advocacy competitions, twice winning the George Bonn Award for Best Cross-Examination.

During her spare time Julie plans and executes multiple local outdoor adventures in the mountains and on the water with her husband and daughter, while dreaming about future family adventures in more distant locales. Her favourite BC haunt is Hornby Island.

Jordan Michaux

June 2018

Jordan practises in all areas of labour and employment law with an emphasis on workplace privacy issues, litigation, labour advocacy, and regulatory advice. He is a firm believer in immersing himself in his clients’ businesses to ensure a full understanding of their industries, requirements, and challenges.

Jordan works with clients to identify practical and creative solutions to issues before they arise, and advocates fiercely when necessary. He believes in the value of incorporating legal considerations into overall strategic planning, so that legal advice becomes a tool for business stability rather than solely for crisis management. Jordan prides himself on building close and collaborative relationships with clients, which allow him to advise quickly on day-to-day questions and unique issues.

Jordan is a firm believer in immersing himself in his clients’ businesses to ensure a full understanding of their industries, requirements, and challenges.

A member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals, Jordan has made privacy his primary area of focus and looks forward to contributing his expertise in this area to Roper Greyell’s already established strengths.

Off the job, Jordan is an avid soccer player, and has been all his life. He loves travelling and watching the number of pins in his wall map grow. A self-described mountain child, he particularly enjoys exploring the lesser known corners of B.C. and beyond.

Christopher Munroe

November 2015

Chris is a partner at Roper Greyell where he practises in all areas of labour, employment and human rights law.

Chris provides practical advice to employers on employment agreements, workplace policies, employment standards, termination of employment and human rights issues. In particular, he has extensive knowledge of executive employment agreements, employment issues in corporate transactions, and disputes between shareholder employees.  He also speaks and writes on a wide range of employment and labour law topics and delivers seminars and training to clients on all workplace issues.  He has been a panellist and contributor in the media, including the CBC, Business in Vancouver, and Canadian Lawyer Magazine.

When necessary, Chris has successfully represented clients before all levels of court in British Columbia, labour arbitrators, the Employment Standards Branch, the Human Rights Tribunal and the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Tribunal.  Chris is known by his colleagues for his comprehensive legal knowledge, capable submissions, and practical and collegial approach to resolving disputes.

With an outstanding attention to detail and the ability to accommodate clients’ long-term strategic goals, Chris is focused on resolving complex issues in a timely, efficient, and fair manner

Outside of the office, Chris is a director of the First United Church Social Housing Society, volunteers with Access Pro Bono, and plays alto saxophone in The British Columbia Regiment (Duke of Connaught’s Own) Band.

Tamara Navaratnam

September 2016

Tamara is an Associate at Roper Greyell, practicing in all areas of labour and employment law, including human rights and workplace safety matters.

Drawn to the human aspects of working with people in workplace law, Tamara takes pride in cultivating strong relationships based on understanding and responsiveness. This collaborative approach results in timely, engaged and well-researched solutions for her clients.

Tamara takes pride in cultivating strong relationships based on understanding and responsiveness

Tamara regularly advises employers on a multitude of workplace issues, including hiring, terminations, discipline, policy development, and accommodation issues. Tamara also has extensive experience in helping clients navigate WorkSafeBC compensation matters and appeals.

A skilled and thoughtful public speaker, Tamara frequently presents on topical labour and employment law issues for clients and organizations.

In her spare time, Tamara enjoys volunteering with the YWCA as a mentor in their High School Mentorship Program. Outside the office, you can find Tamara exploring unofficial dog parks with her dog Benny.

Andrew Nicholl

February 2019

Andrew Nicholl is an Associate with Roper Greyell practicing in the areas of management labour relations and employment law. Andrew’s practice includes collective bargaining on behalf of employers, employment standards, human rights, wrongful dismissal, workplace health and safety and constitutional law. Andrew has also advised federally regulated employers on various aspects of employment and labour law and legislative reform.

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.

Andrew Peng

March 2021

Andrew is an Associate at Roper Greyell, practicing in all areas of workplace law with a focus on labour relations, wrongful dismissals, and health and safety matters.

Andrew has experience running a general civil litigation practice in multiple practice areas, including personal injury, insurance law, and family law. He has represented clients before the Provincial and Supreme Court of British Columbia. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Andrew worked as a labour relations officer where he advised union members and resolved workplace grievances.

As a student at the Peter A. Allard School of Law, Andrew worked for the Law Students’ Legal Advice Program and Rise Women’s Legal Centre, providing legal advice and representation to low-income clients in the areas of family law, administrative law and civil litigation. He also acted as Vice-President of External Relations for the Legal Education Outreach program.

As a trusted advisor, Andrew is dedicated to understanding the issues his clients face in their workplaces and improving the workplace for employers and employees alike. Andrew has been featured as a guest speaker on The Early Edition of CBC Radio, discussing the Empty Homes Tax for homeowners in BC. Prior to joining Roper Greyell, Andrew practiced at a full-service firm in the Tri-Cities area.

Outside of the office, Andrew can be found taking in the best of BC: hiking, snowboarding, golfing, enjoying street dance and trying new restaurants.

Thomas A. Roper Q.C.

March 2015

Tom is a founding partner* at Roper Greyell where he focuses on strategic planning and counsel work. He advises employers on all aspects of employment law and labour relations and represents clients in employment related litigation.

During his 45 year career, Tom has shared his extensive experience and technical understanding of the law with young lawyers in his firm through mentoring relationships.

A tireless advocate for the highest standards of employment and labour practices, Tom’s expertise is sought-after by clients, organizations, educators and colleagues.

His extensive, detailed knowledge base enables him to solidly and effectively represent clients in the public, private sectors and professional associations.

In 1992, Tom was appointed by the Minister of Labour as part of a three-person panel to review and propose revisions to the B.C. Labour Relations Code. The panel’s recommendations resulted in major changes to the labour legislation in B.C.

Tom is a past-president of the Human Resources Management Association of British Columbia (now the Chartered Professionals in Human Resources of British Columbia and Yukon)  and on the Selection Committee for the Bora Laskin Award, given annually by the University of Toronto for outstanding contribution to labour law in Canada. Tom is currently a member of the Board of Governors for the Business Council of British Columbia. He has written numerous articles, has lectured for Continuing Legal Education and is invited regularly to speak on labour and employment law matters.

Away from the office, Tom relaxes by spending time in Mexico and on the Sunshine Coast.

*Law corporation

Jennifer S. Russell

March 2015

Jennifer is a partner at Roper Greyell where she practises employment, labour, and human rights law on behalf of public and private sector employers. As a skilled and loyal advocate, Jennifer represents her clients before courts of all jurisdictions in British Columbia and Canada as well as at arbitration and before the Labour Relations Board, the BC Human Rights Tribunal, the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Tribunal, and the Employment Standards Tribunal. She also has expertise in appellate advocacy and judicial review.

Jennifer employs a client-centered and needs-based approach to her practice. She enjoys collaborating with her clients to develop effective strategies that proactively address workplace issues. She is particularly skilled at investigating and addressing sensitive issues such as bullying and harassment, and litigating complex disputes.

Jennifer is a loyal advocate who partners with her clients to create positive outcomes to workplace disputes

A resourceful problem-solver, Jennifer thrives on challenging cases. She provides her clients with strategic advice regarding all aspects of the employment relationship including hiring and termination, human rights, collective agreement interpretation, discipline, privacy, the purchase and sale of businesses, restrictive covenants and competition issues. She also conducts workplace investigations and represents her clients as their spokesperson during collective bargaining.

Jennifer writes frequently for various publications and is the editor of Roper Greyell’s Information Update.

Jennifer enjoys spending time with her family and rascally dog. She also coaches the student team from The University of British Columbia’s Peter A. Allard School of Law at the National Labour Arbitration Competition. She finds it rewarding and inspiring to mentor students and develop them into excellent advocates.

Bobby Sangha

May 2019

Bobby is an Associate at Roper Greyell, practicing in all areas of workplace law, with a focus on labour, employment, and human rights law.

As an advisor, Bobby endeavours to understand the fundamentals of clients’ operations in order to provide meaningful advice and assistance. Bobby advises and assists employers operating in union and non-union environments, including public sector organizations and societies.

As an advocate, Bobby tailors his recommendations and approach to address the distinct circumstances. Bobby routinely represents employers before labour arbitrators, the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal, the Courts of British Columbia, and in other civil and administrative proceedings.

Diligent, strategic, and passionate, Bobby strives to build long-lasting relationships, and takes pride in assisting clients to achieve their desired workplace goals.

During his time in law school, Bobby volunteered with the Law Students Legal Advice Program and Pro Bono Students Canada, received academic awards for outstanding achievement in labour law and administrative law, and studied European and international human rights law while on exchange. Along with other members of Roper Greyell, Bobby coaches the UBC Law team for the annual National Labour Arbitration Competition, a competition in which teams from law schools across Canada compete in mock labour arbitrations.

On his own time, Bobby is a fan of the outdoors, an avid fiction reader, and an enthusiast of local craft beers.