• Bilingual Leading Practitioner in Education Law

    Teresa Haykowsky

    Represents management and school districts in all areas of human rights, labour
    and employment and constitutional law

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OFFICE: Edmonton,Yellowknife

DIRECT LINE: 780.482.9247


      Labour & Employment


LAW SCHOOL: Universite Laval

BAR ADMISSIONS: Quebec (1991); Alberta (1997); Nunavut (2010)

Assistant: Tracy Nowak

Assistant Phone: 780.482.9161

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Teresa advises on management-side labour and employment law for organizations from many different industry sectors in Alberta, Quebec and Nunavut. She provides recommendations on the labour and employment aspect of day-to-day issues. Her work includes labour and employment litigation, arbitrations, human rights, collective bargaining, draft of employment contracts, non-competition and confidentiality agreements, harassment policies and general employment policies and practices.

Teresa has appeared before every level of Court of in Alberta, the Supreme Court of Canada, Alberta Labour Relations Board, Canada Industrial Relations Board, various Human Rights Tribunals, Arbitration Boards and other administrative tribunals, including hearings before school boards of trustees.

Teresa is also recognized as a leading practitioner in Alberta in advising and representing school boards and independent schools on a wide variety of labour and education matters in respect to labour arbitrations, Board of Reference hearings, collective bargaining, wrongful dismissals, human rights, privacy, employment standards, sexual harassment, constitutional law, student-related issues, school closures, policy review, internal investigations and school board governance/school trustee matters.


  • LL.B., Université Laval
  • B.A., University of Alberta
  • Teacher’s Diploma, l’Université du Québec a Chicoutimi
  • Certificate in French Civilization and Culture, Sorbonne University

Awards and Recognition

  • Education Law, Best Lawyers® in Canada, 2011 - 2020
  • Lifetime Award, Friends of College of Alberta School Superintendents

Professional Associations, Affiliations and Community Activities:

  • Board Member, Alberta Human Rights Commission
  • Co-Chair, Women in Litigation Symposium (2019)
  • Board of Directors, Alberta Enterprise Group
  • Founder, Canadian Bar Association Education Law Section
  • Advisory Committee, Faculté St Jean, University of Alberta
  • Director, Friars’ Board
  • Former President, St. Thomas More Lawyers’ Guild
  • Chair, LESA 2015 Labour and Employment Seminar in Edmonton and Calgary
  • Co-Chair, 2014 Western Canada Labour and Employment Relations Forum
  • Co-Founder and Co-Chair of the Women's Legal Forum (2013)
  • Chair of the Women's Legal Forum (2015)
  • Fundraising Committee Member - Legal Sector, Catholic Social Services
  • Co-Founder/Organizer, Annual AB Rep Fundraiser Challenge, Strong Kids Campaign
  • Board Member, Edmonton Friars
  • Co-Provincial, Edmonton Friars’ Ball, 2012
  • Chair of several organizing committees for various gala dinners
  • Past Board Member - Advisory Committee, Dean Claudette Tardif, Faculté St Jean, University of Alberta
  • Past Board Member, Senate of Neuman Theological College
  • Past President, French Speaking Lawyers Association of Alberta
  • Past President, St. Thomas More Guild of Northern Alberta
  • Represented the Province of Alberta, in French, in the s. 23 Charter litigation filed by a Francophone Educational Authority
  • Represents the Province of Alberta in the French language-publication constitutional challenge in R. v. Caron
  • Represents employers in grievance arbitrations hearings in disputes arising under collective agreements: management rights, employee discipline, terminations, discrimination, sexual harassment, workplace accommodation, etc
  • Represents employers in human rights matters, including judicial review matters
  • Represents employers in Board of Reference matters
  • Represents employers in wrongful dismissal lawsuits
  • Appears before Canada Industrial Relations Board regarding matters such as essential service applications and collective bargaining-related issues
  • Represents employers in respect to privacy complaints presented to the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner
  • Represents employers in respect to employment standards complaints
  • Negotiates collective agreements
  • Represents school jurisdictions in relation to school board trustee disputes, school closures, school board hearings, teacher transfers, internal investigations, student appeals before boards of trustees, etc
  • Acted for a Northern municipality in Nunavut in a Coroner Inquest regarding the death of an Iqaluit citizen


  • “2020 Labour Law Year in Review”, McLennan Ross Seminar, 2021


  • “2019 Labour & Employment Year in Review”, McLennan Ross Seminar, 2020
  • "Fraud, Corporate, and Privacy Law: A McLennan Ross Field Trip", McLennan Ross Seminar, 2020


  • "2018 Labour & Employment Year in Review", McLennan Ross Seminar, 2019
  • "Education Law Year in Review", McLennan Ross Seminar, 2019
  • "Whistleblower Investigations Conducted by the Commissioner's Office pursuant to the Public Interest Disclosure (Whistleblower Protection) Act", CBA Education Section Meeting


  • "OHS Legislative Requirements and Case Law Updates", School Jurisdictions Presentation
  • "Policy Development in Employment Law", McLennan Ross Webinar
  • "Defining Sexual Harassment in the #MeToo Era: Addressing Borderline Cases", Lancaster Audio Conference
  • "Current Legal Issues in Education Law in 2018", Alberta Education Law Conference of Senior Central Office Personnel
  • "Recess Break with McLennan Ross: the Law and Teacher Assignments", McLennan Ross Webinar
  • "Amendments to Alberta’s Labour Relations Act", McLennan Ross Webinar
  • "2017 Labour & Employment Year in Review", McLennan Ross Seminar
  • "2017 Education Law Year in Review", McLennan Ross Webinar
  • "Recent Wrongful Dismissal Cases You Need to Know About", Lancaster Webinar
  • "Alternate Forms of Executive Compensation: Tax and Employment-Related Issues and Trends", McLennan Ross Webinar
  • "Recent Amendments to Alberta's Employment Standards Code and Regulations: A Primer for Alberta School Jurisdictions", McLennan Ross Webinar


  • "School Board Governance Training: Duties of Elected School Board Trustees, Including Fiduciary Duties, School Act and Common Law Duties", Alberta School Boards Association
  • "TEBA Central Memorandum of Agreement: Impact on School Jurisdictions Local Collective Agreements", McLennan Ross Webinar
  • "Understanding the Changes to Alberta Labour and Employment Standards Law", McLennan Ross Webinar
  • "Catholicity Constitutional Law Workshop", McLennan Ross Seminar
  • "Legal Updates Regarding Audit Committees", ASBOA Spring Conference
  • "Current Legal Issues and the Changing Role of Alberta Secretary Treasurers", ASBOA Spring Conference Pre-Conference Meeting
  • "2016 Labour & Employment Year-in-Review", McLennan Ross Seminar
  • "The Law and School Budgets: What a Secretary Treasurer Needs to Know", McLennan Ross Webinar


  • "School Board Governance, Leadership and the Law Workshop", McLennan Ross Seminar
  • "Understanding Employers’ Exposure - Wrongful Dismissal and Human Rights Damages", McLennan Ross Webinar
  • "Human Rights for Students and Teachers", Legal Trends in Education: Labour Law, CASS SIX Summer Conference


  • "Investigating and Responding to Bullying and Harassment: Moving from a Culture of Fear to a Culture of Respect", Lancaster’s Advanced Skills Training
  • "Human Rights Update", LESA 2015 Labour and Employment Seminar


  • "Harassment and Toxic Work Environment: Examining Rights and Remedies", Lancaster House Audio Conference
  • "Terminations for Just Cause – Latest Developments in the Context of Collective Bargaining", 2014 Western Canada Labour and Employment Relations Forum
  • "Workplace Harassment & Workplace Respect Programs", McLennan Ross Webinar
  • "Path to Terminations: The Termination of Probationary Employees" 2014 Canadian Association for Counsel for Employers Conference
  • “The Art of Persuasion: Tips and techniques from ace advocates”, Lancaster House
  • "2013 Labour & Employment Year-in-Review", McLennan Ross Seminar
  • "Leading Arbitration and Labour Board Cases in Western Canada", Western Canada Labour and Employment Relations Forum


  • "Drugs, Alcohol, Social Media, and Harassment in the Workplace: A Canadian Overview" Employment Law Alliance Webinar
  • "Attendance Management Programs", McLennan Ross Labour & Employment Full-Day Seminar
  • "Social Media as Evidentiary Basis for Employee Discipline", Lorman Employment-Related Records Seminar
  • “Employee Social Media Use: Freedom of Expression and Rights of the Employer to Discipline”, 2013 Canadian Lawyers’ Transportation Association Conference


  • "Harassment in the Workplace", McLennan Ross Webinar



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