Julie is a partner* at Roper Greyell where she practises in all areas of workplace law, including employment, labour, human rights, workplace investigations & privacy.
Prior to becoming a lawyer, Julie was a therapist and mental health expert for over a decade. Her unique background and broad skill-set allows her to provide insightful and strategic advice on complex workplace issues, specifically those related to disability management, mental health, substance use, workplace misconduct and bullying and harassment. Julie’s blend of skills and experience make her particularly adept at conducting effective and comprehensive investigations and inquiries into complex workplace issues such as allegations of bullying and harassment, toxic workplace, sexual harassment or discrimination.
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 approach to working with employers is to be part of their team. She trains, writes and speaks on a variety of workplace topics that are of interest to employers. She provides clients with ongoing strategic advice to help prevent and ameliorate problems and skillful advocacy in legal proceedings. Julie’s goal is to do what is necessary to achieve a result that benefits the client, whether through a negotiated solution or a decision.
Julie has appeared before various administrative tribunals in Alberta and BC, and at all levels of court in BC. Prior to joining Roper Greyell, she was a clerk at the British Columbia Court of Appeal.
During her spare time, you can find Julie with her husband, daughter and Border Terrier enjoying local outdoor adventures in the mountains and on the water. She loves planning future family adventures in more distant locales, but her favourite BC haunt is Hornby Island.
B.A., (With Distinction) Child and Youth Care, University of Victoria
M.Sc., Couple & Family Therapy, University of Guelph
JD., (With Distinction), Western University
Year of call
British Columbia, 2013
Law Professor’s Human Rights Complaint Against University of British Columbia Dismissed
Ontario’s Proposed Legislative Changes are About to Make Life a lot More Interesting for Employers
A Haphazard Sexual Harassment Investigation – What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
Employers Not Obligated to Accommodate Personal Choices – Including Breastfeeding
Fixed-Term Contract Signed After Several Years of Regular Employment is Enforceable
Don’t Forget to Check Those Text Messages! After-acquired Cause Upheld for its “Criminal” Nature in Safety Sensitive Industry
Beware The Administrative Suspension with Pay! It May Result in a Successful Constructive Dismissal Claim
A List of What Not to Do when Terminating an Older Employee
Diligence an Essential Ingredient when Dismissing for Incompetence
Membership / Affiliations
Director, Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction
Chair of the Advisory Committee for the Canadian Mental Health Association’s National Bottom Line Conference on Workplace Mental Health
Board of Directors for the Canadian Mental Health Association, North and West Vancouver Branch
Canadian Bar Association
Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers (CACE)