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Bar Admissions: Ontario, 1999

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Christopher J. Edwards

B.A.(Hons), LL.B.

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Christopher Edwards is a partner in the firm’s Labour and Employment group. A graduate of Queen’s Law School, he joined Templeman Menninga LLP after practicing for several years at one of Canada’s largest law firms. Christopher has extensive experience providing strategic advice and representation to employers in all areas of labour relations, employment law and human rights, including the legal implications of corporate transactions such as mergers and acquisitions, executive employment arrangements, union organizing campaigns and workplace compliance issues such as those arising under the Employment Standards Act, the Human Rights Code and occupational health and safety legislation. He is regularly retained by large international corporations to strategically advise on laws relating to Canadian divisions or offices.

Christopher regularly represents employers in collective bargaining negotiations. He has considerable sector experience in Fire and Rescue and emergency services. Christopher is regularly retained by employers to act as the Chair of bargaining teams for large municipal clients and is called upon across the Province to offer strategic advice to bargaining teams. He also represents municipal and other public sector essential service employers, as counsel, in interest arbitration proceedings. His work, particularly in the Fire and Rescue sector, has resulted in cetain leading decisions impacting the future direction of bargaining and certification rights in the Province.

A seasoned litigator, Christopher appears before labour boards, human rights tribunals and arbitrators appointed under collective agreements. In addition, he regularly appears before the Courts, including the Superior Court of Justice, the Tax Court of Canada, the Federal Court, the Ontario Court of Appeal and before the Ontario Court of Justice in matters of Occupational Health and Safety. In addition to his labour practice, Christopher is frequently called upon to act in complex commercial and insurance litigation matters and has conducted numerous trials in the Superior Court of Justice.

Christopher is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association, the County of Carleton Law Association and the Frontenac Law Association. He is the Past President of the Frontenac Law Association and has sat as a member of the governing Council to the Ontario Bar Association. In November 2014, Christopher became the East Region Representative on the executive of the County and Law District Presidents Association.

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