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Teresa R. Haykowsky, Partner

  Office:   Edmonton
  Direct Line:   780.482.9247
  Practice Area(s):   Labour & Employment, Northern Practice Group
  Law School:   Universite Laval
  Bar Admission(s): Quebec (1991); Alberta (1997); Nunavut (2010)

Ms. Haykowsky is a lawyer at McLennan Ross LLP. She advises on management-side labour and employment law for organizations from many different industry sectors in Alberta, Quebec and Nunavut and provides recommendations on the labour and employment aspect of day-to-day issues. Her work includes labour and employment litigation, arbitrations, human rights, collective bargaining, draft of employment contracts, non-competition and confidentiality agreements, harassment policies and general employment policies and practices. Teresa has appeared before every level of Court of in Alberta, the Supreme Court of Canada, Alberta Labour Relations Board, Canada Industrial Relations Board, various Human Rights Tribunals, Arbitration Boards and other administrative tribunals, including hearings before school boards of trustees.

Teresa is also recognized as a leading practitioner in Alberta in advising and representing school boards and independent schools on a wide variety of labour and education matters in respect to labour arbitrations, Board of Reference hearings, collective bargaining, wrongful dismissals, human rights, privacy, employment standards, sexual harassment, constitutional law, student-related issues, school closures, policy review, internal investigations and school board governance/school trustee matters.


  • LL.B., Université Laval
  • Teacher’s Diploma, l’Université du Québec a Chicoutimi
  • Certificate in French Civilization and Culture, Sorbonne University
  • B.A. French Literature, University of Alberta

Awards and Recognition

  • 2013 Friends of College of Alberta School Superintendents Lifetime Award
  • Recognized in the area of Education Law, Best Lawyers Canada

Professional Associations and Affiliations

  • Board of Directors, Alberta Enterprise Group
  • Founder, Canadian Bar Association Education Law Section
  • Advisory Committee, Faculté St Jean, University of Alberta
  • Director, Friars’ Board
  • Former President, St. Thomas More Lawyers’ Guild

Community and Volunteer Activities

  • Chair, LESA 2015 Labour and Employment Seminar in Edmonton and Calgary
  • Co-Chair, 2014 Western Canada Labour and Employment Relations Forum
  • Co-Chair, Women’s Legal Forum (ACTLA)
  • Fundraising  Committee Member - Legal Sector, Catholic Social Services
  • Co-founder/Organizer, Annual Ab Rep Fundraiser Challenge, Strong Kids Campaign
  • Board Member, Edmonton Friars
  • Co-Provincial for the 2012 Edmonton Friars’ Ball
  • Chair of several organizing committees for various gala dinners
  • Past Board Member - Advisory Committee, Dean Claudette Tardif, Faculté St Jean, University of Alberta
  • Past Board Member, Senate of Neuman Theological College
  • Past President, French Speaking Lawyers Association of Alberta
  • Past President, St. Thomas More Guild of Northern Alberta


  • Represented the Province of Alberta, in French, in the s. 23 Charter litigation filed by a Francophone Educational Authority.
  • Represents the Province of Alberta in the French language-publication constitutional challenge in R. v. Caron.
  • Represents employers in grievance arbitrations hearings in disputes arising under collective agreements: management rights, employee discipline, terminations, discrimination, sexual harassment, workplace accommodation, etc.
  • Represents employers in human rights matters, including judicial review matters.
  • Represents employers in Board of Reference matters.
  • Represents employers in wrongful dismissal lawsuits.
  • Appears before Canada Industrial Relations Board regarding matters such as essential service applications and collective bargaining-related issues.
  • Represents employers in respect to privacy complaints presented to the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner.
  • Represents employers in respect to employment standards complaints.
  • Negotiates collective agreements.
  • Represents school jurisdictions in relation to school board trustee disputes, school closures, school board hearings, teacher transfers, internal investigations, student appeals before boards of trustees, etc.
  • In 2011, Teresa acted for a Northern municipality in Nunavut in a Coroner Inquest regarding the death of an Iqaluit citizen.


  • "Search For Solutions to Cyber-Bullying Continues", Teresa Haykowsky and Suzanne Lundrigan, Vis-a-Vis
  • "Legal Responses to Cyberbullying: The ‘Unsupervised Public Playground’", LawNow
  • "Lessons Learned from Amanda Todd's Tragedy", Teresa Haykowsky and Suzanne Lundrigan, Vis-a-Vis
  • “Forbidden Images on a Teacher’s Laptop – A Lesson Well Learned”, McLennan Ross Legal Counsel
  • “Cyberbullying and Student Discipline”, The CASS Connection (publication of the College of Alberta School Superintendants)
  • “Confidence in the Court”, LawNow
  • “School Internet Use and Internet Luring”, LawNow
  • “Case Law Update: Restrictive Covenants and Retention Bonuses”, Employment Update, Legal Education Society of Alberta
  • “Judicial Independence”, Law Now,
  • “Confidence in the Courts”, Law Now, Legal Studies Program, Faculty of Extension, University of Alberta
  • “School Internet Use and Internet Luring”, Law Now, Legal Studies Program, Faculty of Extension, University of Alberta, reprinted in the ATA Magazine



  • "Investigating and Responding to Bullying and Harassment: Moving from a Culture of Fear to a Culture of Respect", Lancaster’s Advanced Skills Training
  • "Human Rights Update", LESA 2015 Labour and Employment Seminar


  • "Harassment and Toxic Work Environment: Examining Rights and Remedies", Lancaster House Audio Conference
  • "Terminations for Just Cause – Latest Developments in the Context of Collective Bargaining", 2014 Western Canada Labour and Employment Relations Forum
  • "Workplace Harassment & Workplace Respect Programs", McLennan Ross Webinar
  • "Path to Terminations: The Termination of Probationary Employees" 2014 Canadian Association for Counsel for Employers Conference
  • “The Art of Persuasion: Tips and techniques from ace advocates”, Lancaster House
  • "2013 Labour & Employment Year-in-Review", McLennan Ross Seminar
  • "Leading Arbitration and Labour Board Cases in Western Canada", Western Canada Labour and Employment Relations Forum


  • "Drugs, Alcohol, Social Media, and Harassment in the Workplace: A Canadian Overview" Employment Law Alliance Webinar
  • "Attendance Management Programs", McLennan Ross Labour & Employment Full-Day Seminar
  • "Social Media as Evidentiary Basis for Employee Discipline", Lorman Employment-Related Records Seminar
  • “Employee Social Media Use: Freedom of Expression and Rights of the Employer to Discipline”, 2013 Canadian Lawyers’ Transportation Association Conference


  • "Harassment in the Workplace", McLennan Ross Webinar


  • “Defamation on the Internet and School Boards”, ASBA Legal Conference
  • « Une mise à  jour en droit de l’emploi, Le droit en français », Legal Education Society of Alberta
  • “Social Media as an Evidentiary Basis for Employee Discipline”, Employment-Related Records, Lorman Education Services Seminar
  • “OH & S Fundamentals for School Boards and Disciplining Employees for Safety and Infractions”, Governance Matters for School Boards’ Conference
  • “Student (Internet) Expression and the Charter: Pridgen Decision”, Centre for Constitutional Studies, Faculty of Law, University of Alberta
  • “Challenges and Hazards of Working with Violent and Special Needs Students”, AEHSA Fall Conference (Alberta Education Health and Safety Association)
  • “The Cure to Accommodate: Practical Approaches to Reasonable Accommodation by School Jurisdictions”, Teacher Appraisal and Dismissals, Lorman Education Services
  • “How to Conduct Effective and Legally Sound Investigations”, Workplace Investigations Seminar, Lorman Education Services
  • “Risks Associated with Special Needs Students”, Lloyd Sadd Annual Risk Management Seminar
  • “Student (Internet) Expression and the Charter: Pridgen Decision”, CBA Constitutional Law Section Meeting, Northern Alberta
  • “The ABCs of Interpreting and Writing Collective Agreement Clauses”, ASBA Conference: School Boards as Employers
  • “Labour and Employment: Compare and Contrast”, ASBA Conference: School Boards as Employers


  • “Superintendent CEO Contracts of Employment”, CASS Conference
  • “Sexual Harassment and School Jurisdictions in Alberta”, Teacher Appraisals and Dismissals, Lorman Seminar
  • “Maximizing Your Business Development”, FCI-CWI, Career Women Interaction, Women in Law: Breaking Barriers and Building Bridges


  • “Constructive Dismissal and Abusive Treatment”, Employment Law Seminar, Legal Education Society of Alberta
  • “Some Practical Considerations of Conversion Motions, Access and Independence: Restoring the Balance in Administrative Tribunals and Labour Boards”, CBA National Administrative and Employment Law Conference, Ottawa.
  • “Legislation and Digital Citizenship”,  Central Alberta Regional Consortium



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