Cheryl A. Edwards


Partner Toronto, T: 647.777.8283 C: 416.452.4958 F: 416.862.8247

Divinia Nyarko, Paralegal Assistant 416.862.8280 x306


Bar admission

Law Society of Ontario


Osgoode Hall Law School, LL.B.

Membership and affiliations

American Bar Association
Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers (CACE)
Canadian Bar Association
Canadian Labour Law Association
Global Occupational Safety and Health Network
International Organization of Employers
Ontario Bar Association
Women in Occupational Health and Safety Society


Cheryl is a senior partner in our national Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) and Workers’ Compensation practice.  A former Ontario OHS Prosecutor, Cheryl has over 35 years of experience in advising on strategic and practical approaches for management of workplace safety issues including the complexities of OHS due diligence, contractor management, accident response strategies, and discipline for safety matters.  She frequently advises on multiple aspects of national and federal OHS policies and programs.  She has defended and represented Canadian employers, constructors, senior management, and supervisors in some of the most serious and complex health and safety trials, complaints, inquests and appeals.  She provides hard hitting and practical OHS training on due diligence, contractor management and other topics to management and supervisors.

Cheryl led a national OHS practice group as well as an international OHS practice group prior to joining the Firm Mathews Dinsdale. She is a past Director of the Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers and Chair of its OHS SubCommittee.  She is currently serving as member of the Firm’s Executive committee.

She has been repeatedly listed as a leading lawyer in workers’ compensation in Best Lawyers® in Canada, and a leading occupational health and safety practitioner in Canadian Legal Lexpert®. The Firm and Cheryl have been selected as top ranked advisors in the OHS field in multiple readers’ choice awards from Canadian Occupational Safety Magazine.  Cheryl also regularly provides practical advice and representation in grievance arbitration and labour board proceedings. She is a frequent speaker at in house training sessions and professional conferences.

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