Summer Danakas

Summer is an associate in Osler’s Employment and Labour Group. Summer provides advice and representation to Canadian, U.S. and international private and public sector employers on a wide range of labour and employment issues including employment standards, human rights and the duty to accommodate, occupational health and safety, workplace restructurings, corporate transactions, accessibility, workplace investigations and employee terminations. Summer has an industry focus on advising emerging and high growth companies on a broad range of employment issues, including new hires, terminations, workplace investigations, incentive compensation arrangements, day-to-day HR risk management, and employment-related issues in connection with financings and other transactions.

Summer regularly assists employers with drafting and implementing workplace policies, employment and contractor agreements, restrictive covenant agreements, separation packages, and bonus and other incentive compensation arrangements. Summer also has experience representing and advising clients with unionized workforces and assisting with collective bargaining, grievance and interest arbitrations on a wide range of labour issues. Summer also has experience representing and assisting clients with respect to human rights applications, wrongful dismissal litigation, and insolvency proceedings.

Summer routinely provides advice to clients regarding workplace investigations, hiring new employees, terminating employees, negotiating settlements of wrongful dismissal claims, and overall HR risk management.

Summer also has experience advising clients with respect to various workplace-related matters arising from the COVID-19 pandemic including with respect to terminations, temporary layoffs, special leaves and other statutory exceptions related to COVID-19.


Representative Work

  • Nav Technologies Inc.

    Nav Technologies Inc. in its acquisition of Nuula

  • MoonPay

    MoonPay in its acquisition of Nightshift

  • Waabi

    Waabi in its launch and US$83.5 million Series A financing round

  • Borrowell

    Borrowell’s acquisition of Refresh Financial

  • Pier 1 Imports Inc.

    Pier 1 Imports in its Chapter 11 and CCAA Recognition Proceedings

  • Trufan

    Trufan in its acquisition of PLAYR.gg

  • Rubikloud

    Rubikloud in its US $60 million acquisition by Kinaxis

  • Dessa

    Dessa in its acquisition by Square

  • Uberflip

    Uberflip in its acquisition of SnapApp

  • Wealthsimple

    Wealthsimple in its acquisition of SimpleTax

  • SomaDetect Inc.

    SomaDetect in its $2.6 million financing round

Select Reported Deals:

MoonPay in its acquisition of Nightshift

Nav Technologies Inc. in its acquisition of Nuula

Waabi in its launch and US$83.5 million Series A financing round.

Borrowell’s acquisition of Refresh Financial.

Trufan in its acquisition of PLAYR.gg.

Rubikloud in its US $60 million acquisition by Kinaxis.

Pier 1 Imports in its Chapter 11 and CCAA Recognition Proceedings.

Dessa in its acquisition by Square.

Uberflip in its acquisition of SnapApp.

Wealthsimple in its acquisition of SimpleTax.

SomaDetect in its $2.6 million financing round.

JMI Management Inc. in its  growth equity Investment in Vena Solutions.

 

Select Advisory Matters:

Honeywell Ltd. as counsel on a broad range of employment and labour matters in Canada

Wealthsimple as an advisor on a broad range of Canadian workplace issues including providing business critical legal and strategic advice.

Stanley Black and Decker Inc. as an advisor on a broad rande of Canadian employment and labour issues including providing business critical and strategic advice on HR matters across Canada.

Foot Locker Inc. as counsel on employment and labour matters in Canada, spanning a diverse range of issues.

Toronto Hydro-Electric Systems Ltd. in various matters including representation at labour arbitrations.

Michael Garron Hospital in various matters including representation at labour arbitrations.

Latest Insights

  • 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
  • Osler Update Jun 15, 2022

    Return to office a balancing act for employers – Employment and Labour Law Insights June 2022 (webinar)

    How can employers manage their return-to-office plans and constructive dismissal risks in the face of a market downturn? Members of Osler’s Employment...

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  • Webinar Jun 15, 2022

    Employment and Labour Law Insights: Whistleblowing, constructive dismissal and unionized wage settlements; Render v. ThyssenKrupp; Livshin v. Clinic Network

    Available live and on-demand, each 60 minute session will provide an update on recent court decisions, as well as pending and new legislative and poli...

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    Employment and Labour Law Insights: Whistleblowing, constructive dismissal and unionized wage settlements; Render v. ThyssenKrupp; Livshin v. Clinic Network
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Awards and Recognition

  • Queen’s University Gold Medalist (highest academic standing in English & History)
  • Dean’s Honour List & Dean’s Honour List with Distinction (Queen’s University, 2011-2014)

Community Involvement

  • Law Help Ontario, Small Claims Court Duty Counsel Volunteer (2017-2018)
  • University of Toronto Downtown Legal Services, Student Caseworker (2016-2017)
  • University of Toronto, J.D. Ambassador (2015-2017)
  • University of Toronto, Peer Mentor (2015-2017)
  • University of Toronto Law in Action Within Schools (LAWS Program), Volunteer (2014-2016)
  • Queen’s University Kaleidoscope Program, Committee Member/Volunteer (2011-2014)

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 16/12/2020
CPD Cinema: Preventing and Responding to Incidents in the Workplace
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speaker 18/1/2020
The Changing Workplace: Remote Working and Courts Increasing Severance Costs
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speaker 04/1/2019
Employment Law 101 for Start-Ups
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Credentials

Education

  • University of Toronto, J.D.
  • Queen’s University, B.A. (Honours), with Distinction (Gold Medalist)

Languages

  • English

Professional Affiliations

  • Law Society of Ontario