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  • Assisting clients with labour and employment law

    Michelle Thériault
    LABOUR & EMPLOYMENT

    Provides sound, strategic and practical representation on labour & employment issues
    to employers throughout the North.

Contact Michelle Thériault

Partner

OFFICE: Yellowknife

DIRECT LINE: 867.766.7684

EMAIL: mtheriault@mross.com

PRACTICE AREAS:
      Labour & Employment

INDUSTRY GROUPS:
      Northern

LAW SCHOOL: University of Ottawa

BAR ADMISSIONS: Ontario (2012), Northwest Territories (2013), Nunavut (2014)

Assistant: Kathy Hobbs

Assistant Phone: 867.766.7683

Assistant Email: khobbs@mross.com

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Michelle is a partner in the Yellowknife office, practicing in the area of labour and employment. Michelle acts for many municipalities, public sector employers, private sector employers and charitable organizations throughout the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. Practicing exclusively in the North, Michelle frequently advises on the distinct legal landscape of northern employers, and the interaction between federal and territorial legislation.  

Education:

  • J.D., University of Ottawa
  • B.Soc.Sc., University of Ottawa (Summa Cum Laude)

Professional Associations, Affiliations and Community Activities:

  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Law Society of the Northwest Territories
  • Member, Law Society of Nunavut
  • Vice Chairperson, Law Society of the Northwest Territories Discipline Committee

Michelle has significant collective bargaining experience with a range of northern employers. She has successfully bargained a number of collective agreements for employers by advancing for the needs and mandate of the employer, while recognizing the interests of the union. Michelle understands the unique context of bargaining in the North, and the importance of maintaining relationships in workplace, even during difficult bargaining. 

Michelle has also provided advice and representation to employers where collective bargaining has not been successful. She has worked with employers to prepare and strategize for labour disruptions and essential services, and has made a number of applications to the Canada Industrial Relations Board in this regard. Michelle also understands and recognizes the history of labour disputes in the North, and the impact this has on the workplace during difficult collective bargaining.

Michelle has significant experience advising and representing northern employers on labour matters. She has substantial knowledge and experience with labour law principles, and frequently provides advice and legal opinions to employers on employee discharge and discipline. Michelle also provides advice on matters related to non-union employees, including employment contracts, discipline and termination. Michelle is recognized by her clients for delivering sound and practical advice on labour relations and employment law matters.

Michelle also acts for employers in wrongful dismissal claims, and frequently represents employers in labour arbitrations, human rights and employment standards hearings. She has also represented employers in a number of judicial review applications.

Michelle provides advice and representation on occupational health and safety, as well as privacy matters. Michelle has represented employers in matters before the WSCC Appeals Tribunal, as well as matters before the Northwest Territories Information and Privacy Commissioner.

  • “2020 Labour Law Year in Review”, McLennan Ross Seminar, 2021
  • “2019 Labour & Employment Year in Review”, McLennan Ross Seminar, 2020
  • "2018 Labour & Employment Year in Review", McLennan Ross Seminar, 2019
  • "2017 Labour & Employment Year in Review", McLennan Ross Seminar, 2018
  • "Drafting Sound and Enforceable Employment Agreements: Alberta and the North", McLennan Ross Webinar, 2017
  • "2016 Labour & Employment Year in Review", McLennan Ross Seminar, 2017
  • "Dealing with Performance and Absenteeism Issues", McLennan Ross Northern Employers Labour & Employment Webinar Series, 2016
  • "Administration of a Collective Agreement", McLennan Ross Northern Employers Labour & Employment Webinar Series, 2016
  • "2015 Labour & Employment Year in Review", McLennan Ross Seminar, 2016
  • "Employment 101 for Northern Employers", McLennan Ross Webinar, 2015
  • "Northern Territories 2014 Employment Law Year in Review", McLennan Ross Webinar, 2015
  • "The Grievance & Arbitration Process", McLennan Ross Webinar, 2014
  • "Northern Territories 2013 Employment Law Year in Review", McLennan Ross Webinar, 2014
  • "Privacy Law for Northern Employers", McLennan Ross Webinar, 2013
  • "Administration of a Collective Agreement", McLennan Ross Webinar, 2013
  • "Northern Territories 2012 Employment Law Year in Review", McLennan Ross Webinar, 2013

Additionally, Michelle has taught courses in Aboriginal Law at the University of Ottawa.

Call Michelle Thériault

867.766.7684

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