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Allison Di Cesare

Allison Di Cesare

Associate, Employment & Labour

Contact Information

tel: 416.862.6725



Bar Admission

Ontario (2015)

  • Queen’s University, J.D.
  • Queen’s University, B.A. (Honours)

Allison provides advice and representation to 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, corporate transactions, accessibility, workplace investigations and employee terminations. She has extensive experience advising emerging and high growth companies on how to pro-actively and strategically manage employment-related issues to ensure that they do not distract from the growth and success of the business.

Allison regularly assists employers with drafting and implementing workplace policies, employment contracts, restrictive covenants and executive compensation arrangements. She also has experience acting as lead negotiator in collective bargaining and representing clients in a variety of judicial and administrative proceedings, including wrongful dismissal litigation and grievance arbitrations.

Allison joined the firm as a summer student in 2013 and articled at the firm from 2014 to 2015. During that time, Allison completed a secondment to General Motors Canada Limited, where she worked on an array of labour and employment matters.

    Select Reported Deals:

    Drop Technologies Inc. in its acquisition of Canopy Labs

    Kepler Communications Inc. in its Series A Funding of $20.8 million

    Alert Labs Inc. in its acquisition by Watsco, Inc.

    Zensurance in its sale of a majority stake to The Travelers Companies, Inc.

    Hubdoc Inc. in its acquisition by Xero

    Interaxon Inc. in its acquisition of Meditation Studio

    Loopio in its Series A Financing round of US$9 million

    Drop Technologies Inc. in its US$21 million Series A financing in its acquisition of SimplyInsight

    The Riverside Company in its acquisition of Kii Naturals Inc.

    Intercontinental Exchange Inc. as an employment and labour advisor on a proposal for a Canadian Capital Markets Securities Regulator.


    Select Reported Cases:

    Toronto Hydro in various matters including representation at labour arbitrations, the Ontario Labour Relations Board, and the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal.

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


    CCAA Proceedings:

    Sears Canada Inc. in its CCAA proceedings and related restructuring efforts, which included the enactment of a unique Employee Hardship fund.

    Essar Steel Algoma counsel during its CCAA proceedings involving a large primary employer in Sudbury.


    Other Work:

    Prepares and advises on executive compensation arrangements, terminations and workforce restructurings for numerous national and international organizations in the both the private and public sectors.

    Advises employers on how to navigate business-critical hiring and firing decisions.

    Assists Canadian, U.S. and international clients with negotiating favourable settlements of wrongful dismissal claims by representing them at mediation, attending examinations for discoveries and through strong written advocacy.

    Provides strategic advice to clients facing potential discrimination and harassment complaints in order to limit legal and reputational risks and avoid formal proceedings. 

    Advises employers on how to conduct thorough workplace investigations that will withstand judicial scrutiny.

    Conducts onsite training for clients on various subjects, including workplace harassment.

    Conducts HR and employment audits on behalf of employers to ensure compliance with applicable laws and employer best practices.

    Employee and labour relations management, including advocating in numerous labour arbitrations, providing collective bargaining agreement interpretation, and conducting bargaining, for a range of employers.

    Successfully defended an international retailer against claims for termination and severance pay under the Ontario Employment Standards Act, 2000 on the basis of wilful misconduct. 

  • Law Help Ontario, Small Claims Court Duty Counsel Volunteer

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

  • Canadian Employment Law, Legal 500: Country Comparative Guide, 2017-2018.