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Roper Greyell is Delighted to Congratulate Pamela Costanzo and Danielle Scorda on Becoming Associate Counsel

May 2023

Roper Greyell is delighted to congratulate Pamela Costanzo and Danielle Scorda on becoming Associate Counsel.

In becoming Associate Counsel, Roper Greyell recognizes Pamela and Danielle’s experience as valuable and dependable advisors to clients, success in their practice, and their overall investment to the firm.

Pamela first joined the firm in 2022 and brought her in-depth knowledge of workplace law predominantly in the education and healthcare sectors. She has since played a significant role in providing excellent legal advice to clients. She is widely respected for her work in labour arbitration and workplace investigations and represents employers in all areas of workplace law.

Danielle articled with Roper Greyell in 2012 and officially joined the firm as an associate in 2013. Since then, she has contributed considerably to giving clients exceptional legal counsel. She is recognized for her work in workplace investigations and practises in all areas of labour and employment law.

Roper Greyell is excited to have such skilled, knowledgeable, committed, and considerate associates join our reputable team of Associate Counsels.

Congratulations to both Pamela and Danielle on your new appointment.

Lawyers Inn Society’s Smartest Law Firm in Vancouver Trivia

April 2023

Roper Greyell is delighted to congratulate the nine RG lawyers who participated in the Lawyers Inn Society’s Smartest Law Firm in Vancouver Trivia quiz.

Their wisdom of early 2000s pop culture, music, obscure geography and other important general knowledge proved successful, and the triumphant team took home the ‘Smartest Law Firm in Vancouver’ trophy having answered 39/40 questions correctly.

Congratulations to the team consisting of: Teodora Bardas, Danny Bernstein, Gabrielle Berron-Styan, Pamela Costanzo, Janna Crown, Sarina Gill, Jaime Hoopes, James Kondopulos, Justin Wong.

Roper Greyell is Delighted to Congratulate Paige Ainslie on Becoming Associate Counsel

April 2023

Roper Greyell is delighted to congratulate Paige Ainslie on becoming Associate Counsel.

In becoming Associate Counsel, Roper Greyell recognizes Paige’s experience as a trusted advisor to clients, success in her practice, and her overall contribution to the firm.

Paige first joined the firm in 2019 and has since played an important and impactful role in providing excellent legal advice to clients. She is widely respected for her work in human rights and labour arbitration and represents employers in all areas on labour and employment law.

Paige is uniquely based in Nelson, BC where she provides on-the-ground representation to clients in the Kootenay region of the province in addition to providing legal counsel to clients located throughout BC.

Roper Greyell is excited to have such an experienced, dedicated, and thoughtful associate join our reputable team of Associate Counsels.

Congratulations Paige on your new appointment.

Roper Greyell Ranked as 5-Star Employment Law Firm for 2023 by Canadian HR Reporter

April 2023

We are pleased to announce that Roper Greyell has been ranked as a 5-Star Employment Law Firm for 2023 by Canadian HR Reporter. Roper Greyell lawyers Delayne Sartison, K.C. and James Kondopulos were also recognized as best-in-class 5-Star Employment Lawyers for 2023 by clients and peers.

About Canadian HR Reporter 5-Star Awards

Canadian HR Reporter names a list of legal experts enlisted by HR for a wide range of crucial services that include workplace investigations, employee terminations, union grievances, wrongful dismissal claims, human rights and accommodation issues and remote work arrangements.

To determine the top lawyers and law firms, Canadian HR Reporter sourced feedback from HR leaders over a 15-week period. The research team then values the services offered by law firms to their employment clients.

See the full list here: https://www.hrreporter.com/best-in-hr/best-employment-lawyers-and-law-firms-5-star-employment-lawyers-2023/374795

Eight Roper Greyell Lawyers Listed in the 2023 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory

March 2023

We are proud to announce that eight Roper Greyell lawyers have been included in the 2023 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory.

The lawyers recognized as leading employment, labour, and workplace human rights law practitioners are:

The Directory can be viewed here: https://www.lexpert.ca/rankings

About the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory

The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (the Canadian Lexpert Directory), published since 1997, is based on an extensive peer survey process. It includes profiles of leading practitioners across Canada in 66 practice areas and leading law firms in 41 practice areas.

Roper Greyell Supports the Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Centre of BC

February 2023

The Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Centre of BC is committed to giving individuals, groups, and communities support and hope. Their distress services provide support to vulnerable individuals across British Columbia on 24/7 basis. They offer training programs for both youth and adults to increase awareness about suicide, strengthen intervention skills, facilitate growth and recovery after a suicide experience and provide empowering tools for resiliency.

We felt it was appropriate to contribute our 2022 holiday donation to the Crisis Centre following the release of the National Study on the Psychological Health Determinants of Legal Professionals in Canada in October 2022.  This was the first comprehensive National study on wellness in the legal profession which was published by Sherbrooke University in Quebec. The study reported that legal professionals suffer, “significantly high levels of psychological distress, depression, anxiety, burnout and suicidal ideation”.

Alarmingly, 66.8% of the study participants who had had suicidal thoughts since the beginning of their practice did not seek help when they felt the need to do so. The report’s findings confirmed the urgency and importance of supporting a charity that offers vital mental health services to not only our colleagues within in the legal profession but to anyone who is feeling vulnerable and struggling with their mental health.

Roper Greyell COO, Adam Garvin, and Partner and head of the firm’s EDI committee, Sandra Guarascio, recently paid visit to The Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Centre of BC where they met with members of the team in presenting them with their $10,000 holiday donation cheque. Sandra Guarascio reflects on her visit to the centre:

“Visiting the offices of the Crisis Centre was inspiring and we at Roper Greyell are honoured to support the important work of this organization that is fueled by passionate staff and volunteers. Their mission is to provide help and hope to individuals and communities through timely access to barrier free confidential support and education and training programs that destigmatize suicide and mental health concerns and increase awareness and skills for mental health.

While visiting, we walked through the hallway of recognition where volunteers who had generously dedicated thousands of hours of time were honoured. What an incredible difference this organization makes at a time when supports for mental health are increasingly in demand”.

For more information on the Crisis Centre of BC and how you can support their work, visit: https://crisiscentre.bc.ca

Roper Greyell Welcomes Associate Sarina Gill

February 2023

Roper Greyell is pleased to welcome Sarina Gill to the firm.

Sarina is an associate and practices in all areas of employment and labour law. She joins Roper Greyell, with experience in health law and insurance defence, and most recently practised with a boutique workplace law and commercial litigation firm in Vancouver.

Learn more about Sarina here.

Roper Greyell Celebrates the 2023 Lunar New Year

January 2023

January 22nd marks the start of the 2023 Lunar New Year with festivities ending on February 5th.

The RG team joined in celebrating the 2023 Lunar New Year. Through observing this festivity, we have grown to learn more about each region from East and Southeast Asia and the diverse, unique traditions they share as they welcome in the new year.

To our clients, colleagues and friends honouring this celebration, we wish you all a year filled with prosperity and good fortune.

Roper Greyell Welcomes Director of Marketing Sanam Bakhtiar

January 2023

Roper Greyell is pleased to welcome Sanam Bakhtiar to the firm as Director of Marketing.

Sanam brings over 20 years of strategic marketing leadership to her role at Roper Greyell. She is a collaborative leader and driven business partner with deep experience in leading marketing for regional, provincial and national organizations.

Learn more about Sanam here.

Roper Greyell Donates $10,000 to the Crisis Centre of BC

December 2022

At Roper Greyell, we are committed to having a positive impact in our local community. The year-end holiday season is meant to be a time of joy and celebration, however this can also be a challenging time for many individuals. This December, Roper Greyell is donating $10,000 to the Crisis Centre of BC to support their work in our community. The Crisis Centre of BC has been providing help and support to individuals, organizations and communities since 1969. This donation will help support their critical service offerings:

    1. Education to promote mental wellness
    2. Training programs for schools and organizations assist both youth and adults at risk of suicide
    3. 24/7 crisis lines (phone and online)

For more information on the Crisis Centre of BC and how you can support their work, visit: https://crisiscentre.bc.ca

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