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With a reputation built on many decades of experience for cost-effective, timely and efficient service, McLennan Ross is a leader in western and northern Canada in labour and employment law.


McLennan Ross's services in labour and employment law include:

  • Strategic planning and corporate structuring
  • Collective bargaining
  • Collective agreement arbitration
  • Interest arbitration
  • Mediation
  • Labour relations board litigation
  • Privacy
  • Judicial review of administrative decisions
  • Human rights
  • Occupational health and safety
  • Harassment and other workplace investigations
  • Pensions
  • Workers’ compensation disputes
  • Employee training - seminars custom-made to meet your requirements
  • Employment law litigation such as wrongful dismissal and constructive dismissal action
  • Immigration, including LMOs and temporary foreign worker permits
  • Advising clients on all employment-related matters

Among the many benefits our clients have noted from working with McLennan Ross are:

  • Credibility from being represented by a firm with positive relationships and a good reputation with labour and employment tribunals.
  • Creative advice on how to operate in Alberta and the North based on our insights into the people, industries and issues involved in labour and employment law in the region.
  • Aggressive advocacy where needed.
  • Cost-effective service from a team that includes the most senior and respected labour and employment lawyers in our communities, as well as specialized and economical junior lawyers and specialized employment paralegal staff
  • Specialist advice and assistance on visa, immigration and border issues and challenges.
  • Insight into the unions and personalities in the industries we represent and the ability to achieve client objectives because of our relationships.
  • Ability to receive quick and practical advice immediately as labour and employment issues arise, rather than having to wait for questions to be researched. 

We believe in operating as partners with our clients. Whatever the venue, whatever the concern, our job is to help you achieve your business objectives by effectively dealing with one of your most important assets - your people. We view our responsibility as seriously as you view the work of your organization.


McLennan Ross is recognized by Lexpert’s 2015 Who’s Who in Canadian Law Firms as the leading law firm for labour relations and pensions in Calgary.

McLennan Ross is also ranked as a 'Repeatedly Recommended' firm in the area of Labour Relations by the Canadian Lexpert Directory and as a leading firm in the field of 'Employment, Labour & Pensions' by Chambers Global 2014.

McLennan Ross has also been awarded:

  • Lexpert 2014 Calgary Leading Firms – Labour Relations (Management)
  • Lexpert 2014 Edmonton Leading Firms – Labour Relations (Management)
  • Legal 500 Canada 2014 – Labour & Employment


Our labour and employment law clients include hundreds of employers from all industries, giving us insight into a variety of businesses including:

  • Accounting
  • Broadcasting
  • Construction
  • Education
  • Financial services
  • Food processing
  • Forestry
  • Government (all levels)
  • Health care
  • Manufacturing
  • Not-for-Profit
  • Oil and gas
  • Petrochemicals
  • Retail
  • Transportation
  • Utilities

Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers
The McLennan Ross labour and employment team was instrumental in the founding of the Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers (CACE), with Dave Ross serving as its founding President. CACE is an association of management-side labour and employment lawyers across Canada. CACE promotes excellence in the specialized field of labour and employment law, and engages in legislation and law reform activities at the provincial and federal level. Created in 2004 by a Founders' Committee of labour lawyers across Canada, CACE now has over four hundred members, including most of the leading labour and employment counsel in the country.

Find out more about CACE at:

Relationships Around the World
McLennan Ross's labour and employment team has affiliations with law firms around the world to assist our clients. Our global networks of labour and employment lawyers offer a place where every employer – large or small, public or private, single office or multi-jurisdictional – can go for legal help that is focused and practical, comprehensive, thorough, and cost-effective.  We deal with firms like our own in order to offer service that is efficient, effective, and consistent wherever our clients need it. 

For further information contact:

Edmonton: Dan Bokenfohr
Calgary: Tom Ross 403.303.9124
Yellowknife: Glenn Tait 867.766.7676



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