Clients look to Ben for practical, proactive, and cost-effective advice on all aspects and stages of their relationships with employees and trade unions.
Ben is a partner in the firm’s Labour & Employment Group who practices in both our Toronto and Calgary offices and advises clients on Ontario and Alberta law. He also provides nationwide labour and employment advice to employers operating across Canada.
Ben represents management in a variety of issues including recruitment, hiring, performance management, employment standards, pay equity, human rights, drug and alcohol testing, disability management, occupational health and safety, workers’ compensation, dismissals, privacy, collective bargaining, labour board proceedings, grievances, and labour arbitrations.
Frequently engaged to conduct workplace investigations, he also has significant experience advising on employment issues arising in mergers and acquisitions and regularly works with the firm’s corporate group on transactions.
Ben helps companies operating in various industries, including oil and gas, energy, utilities, transportation, logistics, retail, hospitality, manufacturing, consumer goods, banking, financial services, communications, property management, security, insurance, technology, pharmaceuticals, cannabis, healthcare, and education. He advises both provincially and federally regulated employers and has conducted unjust dismissal hearings under the Canada Labour Code.
Demonstrating a special interest in helping clients with departing employee issues, he notably advises on non-competition, non-solicitation, and confidentiality clauses. He was the successful counsel in one of the leading cases on the enforcement of non-competition clauses - Ceridian Dayforce Corporation v. Daniel Wright and Ultimate Software, 2017 ONSC 6763.
Ben frequently appears before provincial and federal courts, as well as arbitrators and adjudicators, labour boards, and human rights tribunals, including in the following reported decisions:
- Jog v. Bank of Montreal, 2019 FC 1326
- Badejo v. The Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited, 2019 AHRC 67
- Ceridian Dayforce Corporation v. Daniel Wright and Ultimate Software, 2017 ONSC 6763
- Sugiono v. Human Rights Tribunal (Ontario), 2016 ONSC 3705
- Weir-Jones Technical Services Incorporated v Purolator Courier Ltd, 2015 ABQB 468
- Alam v. Toyota Tsusho Canada Inc., 2015 HRTO 571
- IMS Health Canada Inc. v Harbin, 2014 ONSC 4350
- D'Ermes v. Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc., 2013 HRTO 2098
- LIUNA, Local 183 v. Bentall and Hallmark, (2013) O.L.R.D. No. 3505
- Kish v. LDM Yorkton Corp., 2013 C.L.A.D. No. 211
- 760437 Alberta Ltd. v. Fabutan Corp., 2012 ABQB 266
- Qualex-Landmark Investments Inc. v. Soroya, 2011 ABQB 354
Ben also regularly presents on labour and employment topics at conferences and seminars. Recent speaking engagements include:
- Upcoming April 2020: Transport Lawyers Association 2020 Annual Conference - Amelia Island, Florida - “Never Say Never Again: The Latest Hot Topics in Labor and Employment”
- HRPA 2019 HR Law Conference, Toronto - “War of Attrition: They Won’t Leave!”
- CM Murray LLP Global Business Protections 2018 Conference: International Restrictive Covenants and Confidential Information Protections, London, England - “Innovations: Pushing the Envelope in Restrictive Covenants – Innovation in Drafting and Enforcement of Non-Competes and Other Restrictions”
- Canadian Transport Lawyers Association 2018 Annual Conference, Montreal - “Cannabis Legalization and the Transportation Industry”
- Lancaster House 2018 Human Rights and Accommodation Conference, Toronto - “Accommodating Employees with Mental Health Disabilities: A skills training session”
- Lancaster House 2018 Annual Labour Arbitration and Policy Conference, Calgary - “Conducting Harassment Investigations: Practical guidance for employers and unions”
- Lancaster House 2016 Annual Labour Arbitration and Policy Conference, Calgary - “Obtaining and Using Medical Evidence”
Ben received his Bachelor of Commerce (2005) from the University of Alberta, where he was the Dr. Hu Harries Gold Medallist, and his JD from Osgoode Hall Law School (2008). Prior to his legal studies, he served in the United States Marine Corps as an Infantryman.
Ben is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, Ontario Bar Association, Law Society of Alberta, Law Society of Ontario, and the Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers. He is also an active member of the Canadian Transport Lawyers Association and the (US) Transport Lawyers Association.