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National Day for Truth and Reconciliation – September 2023

September 2023

On September 30, Canada will observe the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. This day serves as an opportunity for all of us to reflect and pay tribute to the children who were lost and the survivors of residential schools, along with their families and communities. It also acknowledges the historical significance of residential schools in Canada and the enduring impact they have left behind.

At Roper Greyell, in our ongoing commitment to engaging in the reconciliation process, we have embraced this day as an opportunity to learn more about the history, rights, and perspectives of First Nations and Indigenous communities.

As part of our firm’s observances, we have made a contribution of $5,000 to the Indian Residential School Survivors Society (IRSSS). The IRSSS is a provincial organization with a rich history of supporting residential school survivors and families undergoing intergenerational trauma, having provided vital services since 1994. To learn more about their important work, please visit their website: https://www.irsss.ca/.

Ten Roper Greyell Lawyers Recognized in Best Lawyers in Canada 2024

August 2023

In the 2024 Edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada™ten Roper Greyell lawyers were recognized for their excellence in the areas of Education, Labour & Employment, and Workers’ Compensation Law. Delayne M. Sartison K.C., was further recognized as “Lawyer of the Year” for Vancouver in the area of Education Law (for her work in the education sector on behalf of educational institutions). Only one lawyer is recognized as the “Lawyer of the Year” for each specialty and location.

Additionally, Katie Comley and Sabrina Anis were acknowledged as noteworthy individuals to watch within the legal field, earning the distinction of Best Lawyers – Ones to Watch in Canada.

The lawyers recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada 2024 Edition are: 

Education Law (representing educational institutions)

Labour and Employment Law

Workers’ Compensation Law

Best Lawyers – Ones to Watch in Canada

About Best Lawyers:

Best Lawyers has been providing comprehensive coverage of top legal talents in Canada and around the world for over 30 years. Lawyers on the list are reviewed by their peers on the basis of professional expertise. Additional recognitions are also awarded to individual lawyers with the highest overall feedback from their peers for a specific practice area and geographic region.

Best Lawyers – Ones to Watch in Canada recognizes talented up-and-coming lawyers in Canada. The methodology for Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in Canada is the same as that of The Best Lawyers in Canada, dependent entirely on a nomination and peer-review process. To be eligible for Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in Canada, lawyers must be in private practice and have a tenure of three to eight years.

Roper Greyell Welcomes 2023/24 Articling Students to the Firm

August 2023

Roper Greyell is excited to welcome four incredible 2023/24 Articling Students to the firm: Amanda Scorda, Elizabeth Lotfali, Lara Israel and Talia Behrmann. All four were 2022 Summer Students at RG, and we look forward to offering them hands-on, practical workplace law experience alongside our dynamic team of lawyers and legal professionals.

Welcome back to RG!

Roper Greyell Celebrates Alie Teachman’s Call to the BC Bar

August 2023

Roper Greyell is delighted to announce that Alie Teachman has been admitted to the BC Bar.

Alie first joined Roper Greyell as a summer student and returned to complete her articles with the firm.

We look forward to welcoming Alie back to the firm as an Associate following her clerkship with the Supreme Court of BC.

Roper Greyell Celebrates the 2023 Vancouver Pride Festival

August 2023

Roper Greyell is excited to celebrate the 2023 Vancouver Pride festivities. This year marks the second in-person Pride Parade following the COVID 19 pandemic, with the festival returning with the theme of “Reconnect” signifying the importance of reconnecting with our local communities.

We continue to channel one of the firm’s core values in community contribution and our commitment to making a positive difference in our local communities by making a meaningful donation of $5000 to Rainbow Refugee.

Rainbow Refugee is a Vancouver-based organization that “promotes safe, equitable migration and communities of belonging for people fleeing persecution based on their sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or HIV status.”

You can learn more about the important work that Rainbow Refugee does here.

As part of our Pride celebrations last year, we were thrilled to support an empowering local organization called Qmunity. Qmunity “works to improve queer, trans and Two spirited Lives.”, and our $5000 donation helped increase their programs and services to serve over 6,000+ people in need last year. We were pleased to learn that our donation assisted with establishing essential services that supports a significant number of people. Some of the services include:

• Eliminating waitlist for at-risk youth accessing free counselling services.

• Expanding the free gender affirming wear program to include bottom wear.

• Adding three new weekly programs for seniors and older adults.

• Offering more appointments for free Trans ID legal clinic.

The new services created to accommodate the increased demand also led Qmunity to:

• Triple the number of seniors and adults in their programs.

• Serve 450% more transgender, and gender diverse seniors and older adults.

• Double the number of youths in their programs.

Learn more about the good work that Qmunity does here.

As a firm, we are celebrating Pride all week by deepening our understanding of Pride and looking at the history of Pride and LGBTQIA2S+ rights in Canada. On Wednesday we hosted Norma Lize from Rainbow Refugee who gave incredible insight into the crucial work they carry out daily. Along with delicious treats, craft activities and colourful decorations, RG truly embraced the spirit of Pride, ensuring we continue to promote an authentic workplace that is diverse and inclusive and where everyone is welcome.

Roper Greyell Welcomes New Associate Daniel Hsieh

July 2023

Roper Greyell is delighted to announce that Daniel Hsieh has joined the firm as an associate.

Daniel first joined Roper Greyell as a summer student and completed his articles with the firm.

Daniel practices in all areas of workplace law. Congratulations Daniel on your call to the bar!

Learn more about Daniel here.

Roper Greyell Recognized as an Excellence Awardee by the Canadian HR Awards for 2023

July 2023

We are thrilled to announce that Roper Greyell has received recognition at the 10th annual Canadian HR Awards for 2023.

Roper Greyell has been honored as an Excellence Awardee in the category of ‘Best Labour & Employment Boutique Law Firm’. This prestigious accolade serves as a testament to our unwavering commitment to delivering exceptional legal services to our clients in the field of Labour & Employment.

This achievement reflects the dedication and expertise of our talented team at Roper Greyell, who continuously strive to provide innovative and comprehensive solutions to the complex challenges faced by our clients.

The Canadian HR Awards is widely recognized as a benchmark for excellence in the industry, and we are honored to have been acknowledged among the top performers and celebrates its 10th year in partnership with HRD Canada and Canadian HR Reporter.

See the full list of awardees here.

Roper Greyell Sponsors the 41st Annual Chinese Legal Community Banquet

June 2023

Roper Greyell was proud to have sponsored the 41st Annual Chinese Legal Community Banquet on Friday, June 16th at Sun Sui Wah Seafood restaurant. A group of RG lawyers enjoyed a traditional 10-course Chinese banquet and interacted and engaged with UBC Chinese law students.

Honourable Judge Kevin Loo of the Supreme Court was the Keynote speaker in the evening.

About the Event:

Since 1979, the UBC Chinese Law Students’ Association has hosted an annual banquet to provide a rare opportunity for lawyers and students to socialize over a traditional 10-course Chinese dinner in recognition of the great cultural diversity in the Greater Vancouver legal community.

This event, whose aim is to draw attendance not only from members of the Chinese legal community, but practitioners from all different cultural backgrounds, allows lawyers and law students to connect, share stories, and discuss issues facing the legal profession.

Roper Greyell Welcomes New HR Manager Rachel Rabinovitch

June 2023

Roper Greyell is pleased to welcome Rachel Rabinovitch to the firm as Human Resources Manager.

Rachel brings over 15 years of collaborative leadership and human resource consulting to her role at Roper Greyell. She has strong experience in building and maintaining policies and procedures.

Learn more about Rachel here.

Roper Greyell Welcomes Two New Associates to the Firm

June 2023

Roper Greyell is pleased to welcome Brittany Therrien and Taylor Topliss to the firm. Brittany and Taylor are associates and practice in all areas of employment and labour law.

Brittany joins Roper Greyell with extensive experience working with clients on litigation cases and has most recently practiced with a boutique personal injury and family law firm in Vancouver.

Learn more about Brittany here.

Taylor joins the RG team having previously practiced with a boutique labour and employment law firm in Vancouver. He brings expertise in representing employers in wrongful dismissal and human rights matters.

Learn more about Taylor here.

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