Delayne Sartison Q.C.

March 2015

Delayne is a founding partner* of Roper Greyell. A trusted advisor, negotiator and advocate, she advises employers on all aspects of management-side labour, employment and human rights issues in the workplace.

Delayne is a creative yet focused lawyer who efficiently and effectively applies her vast experience to address a wide variety of workplace law challenges facing both public and private organizations. She thrives on partnering with her clients to achieve the best possible outcomes, whether through negotiation, mediation or litigation.

Delayne provides strategic direction, advice, advocacy and leadership to employers facing complex organizational challenges or disputes in their unionized workplaces

Particularly known for her experience in health sector labour relations, and advising on the application of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms to collective agreements and collective bargaining, Delayne has also worked with clients on restructuring within the contexts of contracting out work where union agreement restrictions apply, and in the sale or transfer of a business. Other areas of focus include accommodating employees with disabilities (including mental health and addiction challenges), sensitive workplace harassment and conflict, labour arbitration, managing and planning for change in a unionized environment, and bargaining unit structure.

Outside of her practice, Delayne is a committed soccer mom and is a fan and supporter of the Vancouver Whitecaps and Ballet BC. A lifelong lover of dance, Delayne admired performances from upper balcony seats during law school, and remains captivated by the artistry on stage today, albeit from better seats.

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Danielle Scorda

March 2015

Danielle practises in all areas of labour and employment law, with a particular focus on human rights issues.  Acting on behalf of union and non-union employers, Danielle provides her clients with knowledgeable, down-to-earth workplace advice and solutions.  She values building strong relationships with her clients by working toward a deep understanding of their organizations and long-term strategic goals.

Acting on behalf of union and non-union employers, Danielle provides her clients with knowledgeable, down-to-earth workplace advice and solutions.

Danielle regularly assists employers with preparing, implementing, and monitoring workplace policies, as well as drafting, maintaining, and enforcing employment contracts.  She advises and represents clients in grievance arbitrations, court proceedings, and before administrative tribunals, including the Human Rights Tribunal and Workers Compensation Board.

An experienced workplace investigator, she conducts and assists clients with workplace investigations involving complex issues that include bullying and harassment, discrimination, and sexual harassment.

A graduate of UBC’s Peter A. Allard School of Law, Danielle articled with Roper Greyell in 2012 and joined the firm as an Associate Lawyer in 2013. She recently rejoined the firm after a stint in Los Angeles.

Outside the office, Danielle is an avid traveller who loves exploring the world.  Born and raised in Vancouver, she also enjoys spending time with her Mini Goldendoodle in the local outdoors.

Gabrielle Scorer

March 2015

Gabrielle is a founding partner* of Roper Greyell and a trusted legal advisor to her clients, many of whom she has acted for throughout her career. Her clients include public and private sector organizations in the municipal, retail, transportation and manufacturing fields, in unionized and non-union environments.

Gabrielle’s clients rely on her proactive and practical approach to problem solving and her thoughtful strategic advice, both in resolving and litigating workplace issues

As an advocate, Gabrielle is a skilled and articulate lawyer for her clients in grievance arbitrations, court actions and labour board matters. A significant part of Gabrielle’s practice involves advising and appearing as counsel on employment related human rights issues such as complaints of age, gender and disability discrimination in the workplace.

Gabrielle also conducts investigations and provides training on a wide range of legal issues which arise in the modern workplace, including attendance and disability management, the use of technology/social media and privacy. Through training and education Gabrielle provides her clients with an understanding of best practices and equips them to identify and address issues as they arise.

Outside the office Gabrielle enjoys spending time outdoors with her family and connecting with nature, especially in the Southern Gulf Islands and other far flung places.

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Nimrit K. Sian

March 2021

Nim is an Associate at Roper Greyell, practicing in all areas of workplace law with a focus on contractual disputes, workplace policy development, and litigation.

Nim has experience running a general commercial litigation practice in multiple practice areas, including construction, regulatory, and employment matters. Nim has represented clients in both the Provincial and Supreme Court of British Columbia, where clients rely on her strong written and oral advocacy and litigation skills to ensure a positive outcome. Nim leverages her strong writing and public speaking skills through authoring articles on different areas of the law and participating as a panelist in various webinars on topical legal issues.

In her legal career, Nim has enjoyed working in a variety of roles, both as a lawyer at a large national firm and most recently as in-house counsel for a large, not-for-profit community insurance organization. Nim looks forward to transferring the skills and experience from these roles into her workplace law practice at Roper Greyell.

Prior to law school, Nim volunteered with the Law Students’ Legal Advice Program at the University of British Columbia, where she assisted low-income clients in the areas of employment, residential tenancy, immigration, and criminal matters; and also authored a research paper on relevant immigration issues. Nim actively volunteers as a mentor with both the YWCA and South Asian Law Students’ Association (SALSA).

When Nim is not in the office, she can be found outdoors, either hiking or playing soccer. She also enjoys cooking and planning her next vacation destination.

Kim Thorne

March 2015

Kim is a founding partner* at Roper Greyell where he provides strategic and practical advice to employers on labour and employment issues in the workplace.

Kim is passionate about finding solutions to his clients’ labour and employment problems and considers himself part of his clients’ management teams. His understanding of his clients’ businesses gives him the insight necessary to best resolve complex workplace issues in a sensible and proactive manner.

Kim is passionate about finding solutions to his clients’ labour and employment problems and considers himself part of his clients’ management teams

Kim has extensive experience in all aspects of labour and employment. A skilled and resourceful advocate, he regularly represents employers at arbitrations, labour relations boards, various tribunals and the courts. His clients represent a broad spectrum of business in Canada, from forest products to diamond mining and retail. Kim has also acted as lead negotiator for many employers in collective bargaining, and routinely provides strategic advice to employers on negotiation issues.

Kim enjoys skiing, fishing, cooking, travel and reading for fun. He is a past board member of the Vancouver International Writers Festival. Kim is also called to the Northwest Territories Bar.

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Adam van der Linde CD

September 2019

Based in Victoria, B.C., Roper Greyell Associate Adam van der Linde is the firm’s point-person for its many Vancouver Island clients. Adam brings a very diverse background to his general employment and labour practice, where he brings his particular experience to workplace investigations.

A native of Fredericton, New Brunswick, Adam is fluent in English and French and has managed the review and prosecution of cases in both languages as a full-time prosecutor, with significant experience in the investigation and prosecution of sexual offences.

A member of the Canadian military from 2005-2020, Adam has provided legal advice to Canadian Armed Forces across Canada (and in the North) and overseas, where he was the point person for advice on risk management and complex international issues, as well as employment matters.

Adam is a pursuer of lifelong learning. Currently pursuing a Master of Laws in Dispute Resolution through York University’s Osgoode Hall, Adam also holds Bachelor degrees in Law, Education, and Classical Studies from the University of New Brunswick. Prior to joining the military, he taught English, French, Latin, and Social Studies at elite high schools in Nova Scotia and British Columbia.

A firm believer that “relationships are everything,” Adam brings a relational rather than transactional approach to his files. His approach is to problem-solve into the future, seeing client challenges not as transactional but as opportunities to help his clients better serve their own clientele.

A family man, Adam has a 10-year-old daughter and a 12-year-old son who miss the winter snow they loved in Eastern Canada. But ever one to turn a challenge into an opportunity, Adam and his family are pursuing Pacific water sports from swimming to kayaking and paddle-boarding. On his own time, he enjoys working with his hands as a break from the brain work – from renovating his house, to working on his Harley Davidson.

Note: CD –  Canadian Forces’ Decoration. Long service medal for members who have served 12 years of good conduct.

Michael Wagner

March 2015

Mike is a founding partner at Roper Greyell, where he provides strategic advice in the areas of employment, labour and human rights law in the workplace for a wide range of public and private sector businesses. He represents employers in all aspects of employment and labour law and frequently appears at the Human Rights Tribunal, at arbitration hearings, at the Labour Relations Board and in court.

Best known as a management-side human rights lawyer, Mike specializes in representing employers in complicated labour arbitrations; specifically, for issues such as duty to accommodate, collective agreement interpretation and conflicts involving interpersonal relations, medical history and mental health issues.

Mike integrates himself into his clients’ businesses and takes pride in his role as a long term, trusted strategic advisor on their teams

Mike integrates himself into his clients’ businesses and takes pride in his role as a long term, trusted strategic advisor on their teams. He delivers measurable solutions that tangibly improve his clients’ competitive advantages. For example, he has worked with clients to create policies and processes that have lowered absenteeism, improved morale and lowered legal fees year over year. Invested in his clients’ success, Mike also conducts seminars and workshops on strategies for improving attendance and human rights law in the workplace for organizations, HR professionals and other lawyers.

Mike’s practice style enables him to address issues before they become formal disputes, and to resolve challenges in a favourable, private, and cost-effective manner. Casual and down-to-earth, with a healthy dose of humor, Mike can artfully alleviate the stress of difficult situations and help clients focus on moving through them towards resolution.

Before becoming a lawyer, Mike was a fishing guide, a mill worker, biologist, psychologist, human resources officer, and an opera singer, among other eclectic roles. These days, most of his personal time is occupied by his children and their various activities.

Justin D. Wong

December 2020

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

Justin has experience with managing a general civil and commercial litigation practice in various practice areas, including business, labour and employment, and real estate disputes as well as human rights and transportation matters. He has represented clients before mediators, arbitrators, ‎‎administrative decision makers, including particularly the BC Human Rights Tribunal, and courts in various provinces including the Ontario Superior Court of ‎Justice, the ‎Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench, the Supreme Court of BC, and the Court of Appeal of BC.

Detail-oriented and tenacious, Justin has prepared and presented written and oral submissions for arbitrations, hearings, mediations, and trials. He began his legal career at a large international firm prior to joining Roper Greyell.

Outside of the office, Justin can be found cooking, biking, playing rugby, and spending time with family.