Meet our amazing speakers!
Harris was named 2020 “Law Firm of the Year” in Labour and Employment Law on the Best Lawyers in Canada annual list and 21 of their lawyers are included in the 2021 Edition of the list.
The lawyers at Harris are leaders in their fields, ensuring clients receive a wealth of knowledge and experience and practical advice and creative solutions.
Brad N. Cocke
Brad assists public and private sector employers with labour, employment, human rights, and workers’ compensation matters with particular focus on worker injury claims, employee substance use issues, grievances, and collective agreement interpretations.
Mark practices all aspects of labour, employment, and human rights law, offering advice and representation on dismissal and disciplinary matters, seniority issues, job competition grievances, contracting issues, and layoff/recall disputes.
Jessica S. Fairbairn
Jessica is a detail-oriented lawyer who finds creative and practical solutions to her clients’ labour and employment issues, with particular focus on labour grievances, human rights issues, discrimination, accommodation, employment standards, and workplace investigations.
Suzanne M. Kennedy
Suzanne advises public and private sector employers on their responsibilities under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA), Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA), Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) and related legislation.
Madeline practices in workplace law and commercial litigation. Drawn to the human element of workplace law, Madeline has worked on human rights complaints and a variety of labour grievances. In litigation, Madeline applies analytical thinking to support complex legal arguments.
Matthew E. McCarthy
Matthew has a broad labour and employment practice, advising employers in all areas of workplace law. His experience includes advising large private employers on collective bargaining and unionization, managing unionized environments, and mass layoffs/plant closures.
Carly advises public and private sector employers on labour, employment and human rights issues. In her current practice, Carly advises post-secondary institutions on administrative and governance issues, as well as policy development.
Joshua D. Sutherland
From multi-national companies to local businesses, Josh guides federally and provincially regulated employers as well as First Nation and Indigenous clients (both on and off Reserve) with strategic advice on all aspects of employment law.
Natalia V. Tzemis
Natalia’s practice is focused on employment and labour matters and commercial litigation, including wrongful dismissal, post-employment competition by former employees, employment standards, human rights violations, workers compensation and occupational health and safety.
Stephanie A. Vellins
Stephanie advocates and provides strategic advice on all aspects of workplace law, including human rights. She represents a broad range of public and private clients, both provincial and federal, before the BC Labour Relations Board, Human Rights Tribunal and courts (both levels) and federal tribunals.
Adriana F. Wills
Adriana advises and advocates for clients on workplace law matters, with emphasis on labour relations, human rights, and employment issues, and particular expertise with municipalities, health employers, and the broader public sector, including crown corporations.