Laura A. Russell

Partner, Paralegal Toronto, T: 416.869.8541 C: 416.580.5444 F: 416.495.8833

Brittany Szwedyk Assistant 416.495.1072 bszwedyk@compclaim.com

Biography

Professional License

Law Society of Ontario, Licensed Paralegal
Canadian Registered Safety Professional
American Industrial Hygiene Association

Education

McGill University, Pre-Med Science Program
University of Western Ontario, B.Sc. Chemistry

Membership and affiliations

Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals
Canadian Society of Safety Engineers
Employers’ Advocacy Council, Policy and Law Committee
Ontario Bar Association, Workers’ Compensation Section

Profile

Laura joined the firm as a Partner in 2013.  Laura leads the Compclaim consulting group and is a member of the firm’s national OHS/WC practice group.  Laura’s comprehensive knowledge and practical experience enables her to provide expert advice and hands-on assistance to a wide range of employers in various industries across Canada. 

Laura was welcomed into the Law Society of Upper Canada as one of the first licensed paralegal practitioners in North America.  In 2014 Laura was the recipient of the prestigious Ron Ellis Award for excellence and outstanding contribution to workers’ compensation law in Ontario by the Workers’ Compensation Section of the Ontario Bar Association.

Laura specializes in all aspects of workers’ compensation law for employers, including: legal compliance, financial analysis, registration/classification, experience rating, program development, claims management including return-to-work and re-employment obligation strategy, and representation at all levels of appeal.  Laura’s CRSP designation supports her leadership in safety program design and audit, compliance, senior management responsibilities and liability briefings, critical injury/fatality investigations, and harassment complaint investigations.

The Compclaim consulting group offers a variety of educational sessions including WSIB Bootcamps, Medical Terminology, How to Navigate Re-Employment Obligations, NEER/CAD7 and 2020 Rate Framework.  Laura and other team members are frequent speakers at conferences, industry and employer advocacy meetings, and also deliver client-specific training / staff support.  

Laura is currently the Chair of the Schedule 2 Employers’ Group (S2Eg) and also serves as an employer member on the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal (WSIAT) Chair’s Outreach Council (since 2017) and the Ontario Human Rights Commission’s Employer Advisory Group (1 year appointment 2020).  Laura previously served on the Executive of the OBA Workers’ Compensation Section and the CME Ontario Business Coalition.

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