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Fasken, Brian Burkett, Vancouver, CANADA

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Brian Burkett

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Labour, Employment & Human Rights


Partner Labour, Employment & Human Rights; Collective Bargaining; Human Rights; Labour Relations; Pensions and Benefits; Occupational Health and Safety & Workers Compensation; Pay Equity; Employment Law Advice; Employment Standards; Litigation & Dispute Resolution


Brian Burkett has practised exclusively in the area of management labour relations and employment law since his call to the Ontario Bar in 1978. He provides strategic labour and employment law advice to clients both in the private and public sector and strategic input on the development of labour and employment law policy at provincial, federal and international levels. Brian appears before grievance arbitration and labour relations boards both federally and provincially, and frequently negotiates collective agreements on behalf of a variety of employers in the telecommunications, transportation, energy retail and health care sectors. As Director of and counsel to the Canadian Employers Council, Brian represents the interests of Canadian employers at the International Labour Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. Brian is also a Fellow of The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and co-author of the book Canadian Labour and Employment Law Journal and co-editor an author in Federal Labour Law and Practice. He is recognized as a preeminent practitioner in labour and employment law in numerous leading legal publications.




Member, American Bar Association Member, Canadian Bar Association Member, Canadian Chamber of Commerce Co-Director, Canadian Labour Law Association (CLLA) Director and Counsel, Canadian Employers Council Member, International Association of Labour Law Journals Member, International Organization for Standardization (IS) Member, International Society for Labour and Social Security Law Member, Inter-University Research Centre on Globalization and Work (CRIMT) Member, The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers Member, The Law Society of Upper Canada (Ontario)


L.L.B., 1976 Osgoode Hall Law School at York University B.A., 1973 University of Toronto


Labour and employment

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Brian Burkett - FASKEN

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FASKEN’s 100-lawyer strong national practice maintains four distinct sub-groups dedicated to federal, provincial, continental and international work and, within those areas, the team excels in all the key pillars of employment and labour law. The team’s litigation prowess particularly impresses and it secured a string of Supreme Court appearances over the past year; most notably, Montreal-based Louis Bernier Ad E represented the Quebec Attorney General in appealing a judgment invalidating certain provisions of the Quebec Pay Equity Act. Toronto-based senior partners Brian Burkett and Douglas Gilbert remain key figures in the practice and, alongside Toronto-based Karen Sargeant, provide ongoing advice to Air Canada on various strategic matters, including collective agreement arbitrations and labour relations board proceedings. The firm also provides ongoing labour advice to Canada Post — Burkett and Toronto-based John Craig lead that work. Other recommended names include Stéphane Fillion and Robert Dupont in Montreal, Ian Campbell and Brian Smeenk in Toronto, and Vancouver-based Kevin O’Neill QC.

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