Catherine Hamill

Catherine Hamill

Associate, Employment and Labour

Contact Information

tel: 403.355.7452 / 604.692.2713


Calgary, Vancouver

Bar Admission

British Columbia, 2018

Alberta, 2016


  • McGill University, B.C.L/LL.B
  • University of Calgary, BHSc (First Class Honours)



Catherine provides strategic advice to employers in all areas of employment and labour law. She helps clients mitigate legal risks and implement best practices for developing and maintaining workplace policies and for complying with employment standards, human rights,  and workplace safety laws. Catherine assists clients with drafting and negotiating employment related documentation and agreements including employment and contractor agreements, executive employment agreements, workplace polices and termination agreements.

Catherine also helps employers navigate issues that arise during the employment relationship, such responding to workplace incidents and employee complaints, disability management, disciplinary issues and accommodations issues. She conducts workplace investigations as well as advising on workplace investigations conducted internally by clients or third-party investigators.

Catherine regularly represents clients in employment litigation matters, labour arbitrations and human rights complaints. Catherine has appeared before the Provincial Court of Alberta, Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench, and the Alberta Court of Appeal.

Catherine also regularly provides advice on employment aspects of corporate transactions.

Catherine joined Osler as a summer student in 2014 and articled at the firm from 2015-2016.

    Select Reported Cases:

    • The Underwriters in Dye & Durham’s $150 million IPO and secondary offering of common shares.
    • Trican Well Service Ltd. obtained summary dismissal for the company, defeating allegations that its severance clause contracted below employment standards minimums.
    • Canada Natural Resources Limited in a commercial dispute in relation to the multi-billion dollar Horizon Oil Sands operation.
    • Smoothwater Capital Corporation, one of Canada’s leading activist investors, in challenging a proposed business combination between Alberta Oilsands Inc. and Marquee Energy Ltd.
    • Aspenleaf Energy in the defence of a claim by Coral Hill Energy following the termination of an Arrangement Agreement.
    • Trive Capital Management in its acquisition of Finalé Post Production.


    Other Work:

    • Successfully litigated a wrongful termination claim through to trial for a senior engineer against his former employer.
    • Successfully represented a service company in a product liability dispute at Provincial Court and on appeal to the Court of Queen’s Bench.

  • Calgary Drop-In Centre, Director
  • Pro Bono Law Alberta, Civil Claims Duty Counsel Volunteer

  • Calgary Bar Association
  • Law Society of Alberta
  • Law Society of British Columbia