Tom is a founding partner* at Roper Greyell where he advises employers on all aspects of employment law and labour relations and represents clients in employment related litigation.
A tireless advocate for the highest standards of employment and labour practices, Tom’s expertise is sought after by clients, organizations, educators and colleagues. During his 40 year career, Tom has shared his extensive experience and technical understanding of the law with young lawyers in his firm through mentoring relationships.
Tom specializes in strategic planning and counsel work. A sought after speaker, he lectures for Continuing Legal Education and is frequently invited to speak on labour and employment law matters. His extensive, detailed knowledge base enables him to solidly and effectively represent clients in the public, private sectors and professional associations.
In 1992, Tom was appointed by the Minister of Labour as part of a three-person panel to review and propose revisions to the BC Labour Relations Code. The panel’s recommendations resulted in major changes to the labour legislation in B.C.
Tom is a past President of the Human Resources Management Association of British Columbia and on the Selection Committee for the Bora Laskin Award, given annually by the University of Toronto for outstanding contribution to labour law in Canada. Tom is currently a member of the Board of Governors for the Business Council of British Columbia. He has written numerous articles, has lectured for Continuing Legal Education and is invited regularly to speak on labour and employment law matters.
Away from the office, Tom relaxes by spending time in Mexico and on the Sunshine Coast.
*Practising through a law corporation.
LL.B., University of British Columbia
Year of call
British Columbia, 1975
Membership / Affiliations
Canadian Bar Association
BC Human Resources Management Association
Canadian Association of University Solicitors
Canadian Labour Law Association
International Society for Labour and Social Security Law
American Bar Association
Selection Committee for the Bora Laskin Award, University of Toronto
Board of Governors, Business Council of British Columbia
Fellow, College of Labor and Employment Lawyers (U.S.)
Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers (CACE)
Listings / Rankings
Best Lawyers, Lawyer of the Year (Vancouver), 2014
Lexpert’s “The Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada”
International Bar Association’s “Who’s Who of Management Labour & Employment Lawyers”
Bestlawyers.com’s “The Best Lawyers in Canada”
LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell: AV Preeminent ranking
Chambers Global, 2013- 2016
Chambers Canada, 2016, 2017
Vancouver Bar Association, Peter S. Hyndman Mentorship Award, 2014
HRMA Honourary Lifetime Membership, 2015
Best Lawyers in Canada, 2006-2017 (Employment and Labour Law)
Who’s Who Legal, 2015, 2016 – Labour, Employment and Benefits
Lexpert-Ranked Lawyer, 2016