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Adam LaRoche

Adam LaRoche

Associate, Employment & Labour and Privacy & Data Management


Contact Information

alaroche@osler.com

tel: 403.355.7453 / 604.692.2714

Office

Calgary

Bar Admission

Alberta, 2016

British Columbia, 2019

Education
  • Dalhousie University, JD
  • University of Toronto, HBA (High Distinction)
Language(s)
English

Adam is an associate in the firm's Employment and Privacy & Data Management groups. He assists clients on a wide range of employment and labour matters, including merger and acquisition related work. Adam also advises clients regarding provincial and federal privacy legislation, and following data breaches and complaints made to privacy regulators. He is a Certified Information and Privacy Professional with the International Association of Privacy Professionals.  

Adam has appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada, all levels of court in Alberta, and the Supreme Court of British Columbia. He has acted as lead trial counsel and through inquiries conducted by privacy regulators.  He has also appeared as counsel in employment matters, on judicial review of a labour arbitration decision, and in various interlocutory matters, including injunctions.

Adam joined Osler in 2013 as a summer student, and completed his articles with the firm in 2016.

    Select Reported Cases:

    • Tutela Technologies Ltd. in its acquisition by Comlinkdata.
    • WealthBar with respect to CI Financial’s acquisition of a majority stake in WealthBar.
    • Vendasta Technologies Inc. in its $40 million growth funding.
    • Teck Resources, in multiple claims, applications and appeals brought by former employee in the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta, the Court of Appeal of Alberta, the Federal Court, and the Federal Court of Appeal, as well as applications for leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada.
    • Creditloans Canada Financing, in a dispute with a founder over severance, bonuses, and stock options at summary trial before the Supreme Court of British Columbia.
    • NAL Resources Management in a privacy complaint and subsequent inquiry before the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Alberta regarding the collection and use of telematics/GPS data.  
    • Servus Credit Union, in an inquiry before the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Alberta regarding an alleged collection of personal information.
    • A subsidiary of Nutrien. in relation to litigation in the Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench concerning precision agriculture technology licensing.
    • Kinder Morgan Canada, in successful injunction and contempt proceedings relating to the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion at the Supreme Court of British Columbia.
    • EnCana, in a $11 million claim brought in the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench by a landowner for alleged damages sustained due to “fracking” in oil and gas operations.
    • Rogers Communications, before the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench in respect of claims and disputes related to cellphone tower leases.​

     

    Other Work:

    • Representing an employer in a wrongful dismissal claim regarding cause for termination of a long term employee.
    • Representing an employer in an application for judicial review of a labour arbitration decision.
    • Successfully obtained an interim injunction enjoining individuals from interfering with a right of access guaranteed by a lease.
    • Successfully obtained an interim injunction for a midstream oil and gas company enjoining individuals from interfering in pipeline related construction work.
    • Obtained a confidentiality and sealing order for a client in a judicial review of a privacy commissioner decision.
    • Represented a major technology company in a claim regarding an unpaid financing debt.

     

    Select Reported Decisions:

  • Acritas Stars: Recognized as a Star Lawyer

  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Executive Member, CBA Privacy & Access Law Section (South)
  • The Law Society of Alberta
  • The Law Society of British Columbia
  • Calgary Bar Association
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals

  • C. Feasby and A. LaRoche, “Competition Act Class Actions – Copycat Litigation, Economic Incentives and the Question of Reform” in T.L. Archibald, ed., Annual Review of Civil Litigation 2016 (Toronto: Carswell, 2016) 457-477.

Previous Speaking Engagements

  • Incident Preparedness and Ransomware, AB Privacy & Access Law Section - South Meeting, Canadian Bar Association – Alberta Branch
    Speaker, Calgary, September 23, 2019