The Best Lawyers™ in Canada 2023 recognizes 24 Mathews Dinsdale lawyers, from coast-to-cost, as leaders in the fields of Labour and Employment Law, Workers' Compensation Law, Education Law, Employee Benefits Law and Immigration Law.
Law Society of Alberta
Carleton University, B.J. (Hons)
Western University, LL.B. with Distinction
Calgary Bar Association
Calgary Legal Guidance Volunteer
Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers (CACE)
Human Resources Institute of Alberta- CHRP
Law Society of Alberta
Jackie is a skilled advocate and trusted advisor to the firm’s clients. Before joining the firm, Jackie spent fifteen years in-house, most recently as the Associate General Counsel – Labour and Employment for Alberta Health Services. Acting for the largest unionized employer in Alberta, Jackie appeared as lead counsel before Boards of Arbitration, the Labour Board, human rights tribunals and all levels of Court in the province.
Jackie brings her wealth of experience in both health care and education to the firm’s clients in those sectors and others; assisting with mediations, interest arbitrations, certifications and essential services negotiations. She also previously worked as a Labour Relations Specialist for a post-secondary institution, as well as received her articling training at a regional firm that has a specialization in labour and employment.
Jackie takes pride in working with clients to achieve practical solutions that align with their operational goals. She regularly provides advice on policy development and implementation, workplace complaints and investigations, workplace training and general employee relations.
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Representative experienceJuly 2021
Arbitrator dismisses policy grievance alleging entitlements for casual employees to return to former full-time position following a trial period. – CounselJune 2021
Application for judicial review of arbitrator’s decision regarding applicable rate of pay for attendance at committee meetings – CounselMay 2021
Application for judicial review at the Court of Appeal on seminal case of family status discrimination (United Nurses of Alberta v. Alberta Health Services, 2021 ABCA 194 (CanLII)March 2021
Application for judicial review of arbitrator’s decision finding the employer had met undue hardship, with the Alberta Labour Relations Board upholding the decision.August 2020
Arbitrator dismissed application of union to bifurcate hearing of post-termination evidence – CounselOctober 2019
Arbitrator dismisses termination grievance for employee who did not demonstrate acceptable performance standards – Counsel
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Jackie Laviolette joins our Calgary office as Counsel. Welcome to the team!
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