Damian Rigolo

Damian represents management in the areas of labour arbitration, labour relations board matters, occupational health and safety, employment standards, wrongful dismissal, human rights, health care and executive compensation. Damian also advises clients in the employment and labour aspects of business transactions and acquisitions.

Representative Work

  • Metro Supply Group

    Metro Supply Chain in its acquisition of SCI Group Inc.

  • Trilogy

    Trilogy in its take-private of Indigo Books & Music

  • First Quality Enterprises LLC

    First Quality Enterprises in its acquisition of Domtar’s Pulp and Paper Mill in Dryden, Ontario

  • BAI Communications

    BAI Communications in the sale of its Canadian business to Rogers Communications

  • CNH Industrial

    CNH Industrial in its agreement to acquire Hemisphere GNSS for $175 million

  • TELUS International

    TELUS International in its US$1.225 billion acquisition of WillowTree

  • LifeWorks

    LifeWorks in its $2.9 billion acquisition by TELUS

  • Drax Group

    Drax Group in the acquisition of Princeton Standard Pellet Corporation’s pellet plant

  • Verisk Analytics

    Verisk Analytics in its acquisition of Opta

  • Kinross Gold Corporation

    Kinross Gold Corporation in its US$1.4 billion acquisition of Great Bear Resources

  • Inkbox Ink

    Inkbox Ink in its US$65 million acquisition by BIC

  • Angus Systems

    Angus Systems in its acquisition by MRI Software

  • Goldman Sachs Asset Management

    Goldman Sachs Asset Management in its US$250 million investment in Hydrostor

  • Microsoft

    Microsoft in its acquisition of Xandr

  • OpenChannel

    OpenChannel in its acquisition by Stripe

  • Kira Talent

    Kira Talent in its majority stake investment by ETS

  • Microsoft

    Microsoft in its acquisition of Two Hat

  • TransUnion

    TransUnion in its $638 million acquisition of Sontiq

  • VTS

    VTS in its acquisition of Lane Technologies

  • TopBuild

    TopBuild in its $1 billion acquisition of Distribution International

  • The Legault Group

    Mondou in its acquisition of Ren’s Pets

  • Absorb

    Absorb in its US$500 million acquisition by Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe

  • Drax Group plc

    Drax Group plc in its acquisition of Pinnacle Renewable Energy

  • Loopio Inc.

    Loopio in its US$200 million strategic investment

  • Animalcare

    Animalcare in its agreement with Kane Biotech to form STEM Animal Health Inc.

Select Reported Deals:

Procera Networks Inc., an affiliate of Francisco Partners, in the C$562 million acquisition of TSX-listed network policy control solutions company Sandvine Corporation by way of plan of arrangement in Ontario

The Carlyle Group with regard to Canadian aspects of its acquisition of Arctic Glacier Group Holdings, Inc. from H.I.G. Capital

Trilantic Capital Partners with regard to Canadian aspects on its investment in a Canadian services business

Apache Corporation and its subsidiaries in their agreement to sell producing oil and gas assets in the Deep Basin area of western Alberta and British Columbia for US$374 million

JP Morgan Chase & Co. as Canadian counsel in the sale of its physical commodities business to Mercuria Energy Group Limited, a global energy and commodities trading company, for C$3.5 billion

Devon Energy Canada in the disposition of some of its Canadian conventional assets to Canadian Natural Resources Limited for C$3.125 billion

Spud Energy Pty. Limited in the reverse take-over of Jura Energy Corporation

Golden Crescent Investments Ltd. an affiliate of Citadel Capital, in its proposed sale of National Petroleum Company Egypt Limited, to Sea Dragon Energy Inc.


Other Work:

  • Advises a diverse range of clients on employment standards, wrongful dismissals and human rights issues
  • Represents management in labour arbitrations, and in labour relations board matters
  • Provides critical guidance to and advocates for companies in respect of occupational health and safety concerns
  • Advises clients in the employment and labour aspects of business transaction and acquisitions

Latest Insights

  • Blog Dec 14, 2023

    New Saskatchewan law continues accessibility legislation trend

    The Accessible Saskatchewan Act came into force on December 3, 2023.  This is a continuation of the trend towards such accessibility legis...

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    New Saskatchewan law continues accessibility legislation trend
  • Blog Aug 31, 2023

    Ontario Court of Appeal clarifies duty to mitigate damages in fixed-term independent contracts

    A recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision provides new clarity on the mitigation of damages in fixed-term independent contractor engagements, write Da...

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  • Webinar Jun 28, 2023

    Employment and Labour Law Insights: June 2023

    Join us for our webinar series, Employment and Labour Law Insights. Staying informed on the latest developments in this area of law is critical for le...

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    Employment and Labour Law Insights: June 2023
  • Webinar Sep 21, 2022

    Employment and Labour Law Insights: Restrictive covenants; electronic monitoring; vaccination policy case law; Maynard v. Johnson ControlsCanada

    Available on-demand, this 60 minute session will provide an update on recent court decisions related to Labour and Employment, as well as pending and ...

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    Employment and Labour Law Insights: Restrictive covenants; electronic monitoring; vaccination policy case law; Maynard v. Johnson ControlsCanada
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Awards and Recognition

  • Best Lawyers in Canada: Recognized in Labour and Employment Law

Media Mentions

  • Osler News May 20, 2022

    Osler advises on ‘Deal of the Year: Strategic Acquisition’ winner at M&A Awards Gala Québec 2022

    Congratulations to Isabelle Lemay of the Legault Group for receiving the “Deal of the Year: Strategic Acquisition” award at the M&A Awards Gala Qu...

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  • Media Mentions Jul 5, 2019

    Employers and workers clash over cannabis regulations – The Globe and Mail

    According to an article in The Globe and Mail, a lack of scientific research on cannabis impairment is causing a division between employers and worker...

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  • Media Mentions Mar 26, 2018

    Alberta holding public consultation on new workplace health and safety rules – The Lawyer’s Daily

    On June 1, 2018, Alberta’s updated Occupational Health and Safety Act will come into effect and before it does, the government is seeking the public’s...

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  • Media Mentions Jan 11, 2018

    Revamped Alberta labour rules may have big impact on small business – The Lawyer’s Daily

    New employment standards legislation that was passed by the Alberta government in June 2017 will have a significant impact on both employees and emplo...

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Speaking and Writing

Speaking Engagements

speaker 28/6/2023
Employment and Labour Law Insights: June 2023
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speaker 21/9/2022
Employment and Labour Law Insights: Restrictive covenants; electronic monitoring; vaccination policy case law; Maynard v. Johnson ControlsCanada
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speaker 15/6/2022
Employment and Labour Law Insights: Whistleblowing, constructive dismissal and unionized wage settlements; Render v. ThyssenKrupp; Livshin v. Clinic Network
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speaker 18/10/2017
Calgary Breakfast Seminar Series – October
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Published Work


  • Employment & Labour Law in Alberta, Lexology Navigator, 2017-2018.
  • How to Deal with the Maternity and Parental Leave Provisions of the Employment Standards Code of Alberta, Lorman Publications, August 3, 2010. 
  • Bad Faith Damages and How to Avoid Them in Termination Situations, Lorman Publications, January 3, 2009.
  • Conducting a Proper Workplace Investigation, Lorman Publications, October 2007.
  • Dropping the Axe Lightly, Canadian Corporate Counsel, 2007.
  • Events:

    • Change of Control Agreements, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP Client Seminar, 2007.



  • University of Toronto, LL.B.
  • University of Toronto, M.A.
  • University of Toronto, B.A.


  • English

Professional Affiliations

  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • Law Society of Ontario
  • Law Society of Alberta