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Colin Kelly

Colin Kelly

Associate, Employment & Labour

Contact Information

tel: 416.862.4901



Areas of Expertise
Bar Admission

Ontario, 2011

  • University of Toronto, J.D.
  • McGill University, B.A. (Honours)
English, French

Colin’s practice involves all aspects of labour relations and employment law, including employment standards, labour arbitrations, labour board proceedings, executive employment arrangements, corporate transactions, restructurings, human rights and accommodation in the workplace, workers’ compensation, occupational health and safety, wrongful dismissals, and pay equity. During his time with the firm, Colin has completed secondments to General Motors Canada Limited and the Canadian Bankers Association, where he worked on an array of labour and employment matters.

  • Pro Bono Law Ontario – Volunteer Duty Counsel
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Toronto - Volunteer

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

  • Successful motions to narrow the scope of union grievances involving employee terminations.
  • Negotiating employer-friendly settlements of wrongful dismissal actions and human rights applications.
  • Repatriation of a business unit for a major Canadian bank.
  • Preparing executive employment agreements for large Canadian employers.

Transaction Work

  • TPG Partners VI, L.P. in its acquisition of Cirque du Soleil.
  • BTG plc on its $200 million acquisition of the Targeted Therapies business from Nordion.
  • The Rubicon Project in connection with its US$122m acquisition of Chango Inc. by way of statutory arrangement.
  • Universe in connection with its sale to Ticketmaster.
  • American Tire Distributors Inc. in connection with numerous Canadian M&A transactions.
  • Tencent Holdings Limited in its US$50 million investment in Kik Interactive Inc.
  • Torstar Corporation in its $200 million acquisition of an interest in VerticalScope Holdings Inc.

  • Using Performance Improvement Plans to manage underperforming employees, Canadian Corporate Counsel, December 2013 (co-authored with Daniel Wong).
  • Retirement chats with older workers risky, Small Biz Advisor, March 14, 2013.
  • Ontario Employers Need to Revisit Crisis Management Procedures in Light of Court of Appeal Ruling, Osler Update, February 2013 (co-authored with Jason Hanson).
  • Mitigating Return to Work Risks: From Responding to WSIB Claims to Accommodating Injured Workers, Lorman Conference, September 2012 (co-authored with Sven Poysa and Rebecca Reasner).
  • Workplace investigations and constructive dismissals: Investigating complaints to avoid inadvertent terminations, Canadian Corporate Counsel, June 2012 (co-authored with Daniel Wong).
  • Investigating complaints of workplace harassment and discrimination: avoiding procedural pitfalls, Canadian Corporate Counsel, May 2012 (co-authored with Daniel Wong).
  • Carswell’s Compensation Guide, Chapter 6: Employers’ Minimum Statutory Obligations, Carswell, 2011.