Borden Ladner Gervais Llp

The Labour and Employment Group at Borden Ladner Gervais (BLG) brings together more than 40 of Canada’s leading practitioners in this field. Members of the BLG Labour and Employment Group have carried forward every type of employment litigation, ranging from complaints before employment standards tribunals, to workers’ compensation board hearings. They provide clear pro-active advice to clients on creating employment contracts, administering the employment relationship, and complying with employment standards legislation, as well as advising on and acting as counsel in wrongful dismissal cases, and handling the wide range of human rights issues arising in the workplace.

Employment Law: Solutions for the Canadian Workplace reflects their expertise as it brings together contributions from over 25 lawyers, led by the following team:

Project Editor

Jennifer M. Fantini, Partner (Toronto)

Ms. Fantini was admitted to the Ontario Bar in 2001. After graduating from the University of Toronto with her B.A. in 1995, majoring in labour-management relations, she completed a joint M.B.A./LL.B. at York University/Osgoode Hall Law School in 1999. Ms. Fantini advises public and private sector employers in areas of discipline and termination, wrongful dismissal, employment policies and contracts, employment standards, and human rights issues. She is co-author of Quitting for Good Reason: The Law of Constructive Dismissal in Canada, and has published numerous articles.

Assistant Editors

Noëlle Caloren, Associate (Ottawa)

Co-leader of BLG’s Labour and Employment Group in Ottawa, Ms. Caloren received both her B.A and M.A., as well as her LL.B., from the University of Ottawa. She was called to the Ontario Bar in 1995. She is fluently bilingual in English and French and practises in both languages. She has represented a variety of organizations in the educational, health care and municipal sectors, advising in employment law matters including terminations, severance packages, discipline, human rights violations, and drafting of employment and consultant contracts.

Laurie Robson, Partner (Calgary)

Ms. Robson graduated from the University of Alberta Law School in 1994, articled to a Vancouver firm specializing in Intellectual Property and was called to the British Columbia Bar in 1995. She was admitted to the Alberta Bar in 1996. Ms. Robson has experience with the Workers’ Compensation Board, the Canada Industrial Relations Board, the Alberta Labour Relations Board, the Employment Standards Code, and occupational health and safety matters, as well as human resources policy drafting, including drug and alcohol testing, privacy, confidential information, computer and technology use.


Shelley-Mae Mitchell, Partner (Vancouver)

Ms. Mitchell graduated from the University of Alberta Law School with her LL.B. in 1987 and was admitted to the British Columbia Bar in 1988. She also received a Bachelor of Applied Arts from Ryerson Polytechnic Institute in 1984. In addition to practicing in all aspects of employment law, including human rights, wrongful dismissals, injunction applications, and employment standards areas, she has written material and presented educational seminars and workshops for clients and businesses on various employment law matters, and her articles have appeared in numerous legal publications. She has appeared as counsel in British Columbia Supreme Court, British Columbia Court of Appeal and Federal Court.

Project Co-Ordinator

Connie Volpentesta

Law clerk in the BLG Toronto Labour and Employment Group, Ms. Volpentesta obtained her law clerk diploma in 1987. From Ryerson University, she earned a Certificate in Human Resources Management in 2002, and a Certificate in Business Communication in 2006. She is a member of the Institute of Law Clerks of Ontario, and served as editor of Law Clerk’s Review from 1998 to 2000.

Past Project Editor

  • Brian Mulroney

Originating Editors-in-Chief

  • Malcolm J. MacKillop
  • Randall Scott Echlin