Catherine Hamill

Catherine Hamill

Associate, Employment & 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 advice and representation to employers on a wide range of employment and labour matters, including employment standards, human rights and the duty to accommodate, occupational health and safety, workplace policies, employment contracts, workplace investigations and employee terminations. Her practice regularly involves employment litigation, employment-compliance, and mergers and acquisitions related work.

Catherine has appeared before the Provincial Court of Alberta, Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench, and the Alberta Court of Appeal. She has acted as trial counsel for several clients, and has also successfully represented clients at mediations and arbitrations.

Catherine also has significant corporate and commercial litigation experience, including in the areas of complex contractual disputes, energy industry litigation, franchise disputes, and class action defence.

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.

  • Pro Bono Law Alberta, Civil Claims Duty Counsel Volunteer
  • Calgary Legal Guidance Evening Clinic Volunteer

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