Christopher Edwards is a partner in the firm’s Litigation and Labour and Employment groups. A graduate of Queen’s Law School, he joined Templeman Menninga LLP after practicing 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 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. He represents employers in collective bargaining negotiations, has considerable sector experience in Fire and Rescue and Police services and is regularly retained by employers to act as the Chair of bargaining teams.
Christopher also acts for senior employees in employment and professional disciplinary matters. He has also been retained as an investigator in complicated matters for Hospitals, churches and other institutions.
Christopher is a seasoned litigator, regularly appearing at all levels of courts including the Ontario Superior Court, the Ontario Court of Appeal, the Federal Court of Appeal and in Provincial Courts in matters pertaining to occupational health and safety. He has been counsel in several leading decisions, including those involving privacy rights, and the implications of the changes to the as they relate to workplace violence and harassment. He is also regularly retained by large insurance companies to represent the interests of their insureds in motor vehicle and other types of litigation. He has successfully conducted many trials over his years of practice. His reputation in this regard has also led to retainers in large and complex commercial litigation matters by Canadian and international companies.
Christopher is a Past President of the Frontenac Law Association and has sat as a member of the governing Council to the Ontario Bar Association. From November 2014 to June 2017 Christopher was the East Region Representative on the executive of the Federation of Ontario Law Associations.
When he is not engaged in proceedings, Christopher enjoys a musical career as a singer-songwriter and guitarist. Growing up in a musical family, the chronicles of his parent’s musical success were featured in a documentary
titled “Stay Awhile”, which was aired on Netflix in 2016 and 2017.