Alissa Demerse

Alissa Demerse

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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.

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 and this approach makes her an invaluable advisor to many public and private sector employers in British Columbia.

Alissa has extensive experience assisting clients with workplace investigations including bullying and harassment complaints and investigations, discipline investigations, and WorkSafeBC serious injury and fatality investigations.  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, and critical incident management.  She is known to provide empathic 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.

Born in Kitimat, B.C., raised on Vancouver Island, and with strong New Zealand roots, Alissa holds a passion for the outdoors. She enjoys leading an active lifestyle, including running, hiking and camping with her family and friends.


Legal Assistant

Aman Dhaliwal
Alissa Demerse


B.A., Criminology, Simon Fraser University
JD, University of British Columbia

Year of call

British Columbia, 2007


Membership / Affiliations

Canadian Bar Association
Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers
Employers’ Forum (OHS)
BC Human Resources Management Association
Vancouver Bar Association