Damian  Rigolo

Damian Rigolo

Partner, Employment & Labour

Key Contact: Employment and Labour

Contact Information


tel: 416.862.6773



Bar Admission

Alberta, 2007

Ontario, 1997


  • University of Toronto, LL.B.
  • University of Toronto, M.A.
  • University of Toronto, B.A.



Damian represents management in the areas of labour arbitration, labour relations board matters, occupational health and safety, employment standards, wrongful dismissal, human rights, health care and executive compensation. Damian also advises clients in the employment and labour aspects of business transactions and acquisitions.

  • First Quality Enterprises LLC

    First Quality Enterprises in its acquisition of Domtar’s Pulp and Paper Mill in Dryden, Ontario

  • CNH Industrial

    CNH Industrial in its agreement to acquire Hemisphere GNSS for $175 million

  • Select Reported Deals:

    BAI Communications in the sale of its Canadian business to Rogers Communications

    TELUS International in its US$1.225 billion acquisition of WillowTree

    Drax Group in the acquisition of Princeton Standard Pellet Corporation’s pellet plant

    LifeWorks in its announced $2.9 billion acquisition by TELUS

    Verisk Analytics in its acquisition of Opta

    Inkbox Ink in its US$65 million acquisition by BIC

    Angus Systems in its acquisition by MRI Software

    Goldman Sachs Asset Management in its US$250 million investment in Hydrostor

    Microsoft in its acquisition of Xandr

    Kinross Gold Corporation in its US$1.4 billion acquisition of Great Bear Resources

    OpenChannel in its acquisition by Stripe

    Kira Talent in its majority stake investment by ETS

    TransUnion in its $638 million acquisition of Sontiq

    Microsoft in its acquisition of Two Hat

    VTS in its acquisition of Lane Technologies

    TopBuild in its $1 billion acquisition of Distribution International

    Mondou in its acquisition of Ren’s Pets

    Absorb in its US$500 million acquisition by Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe

    Loopio in its US$200 million strategic investment

    Drax Group plc in its announced acquisition of Pinnacle Renewable Energy

    Animalcare in its agreement with Kane Biotech to form STEM Animal Health Inc.

    Closing Folders in its acquisition by iManage

    Madison Dearborn Partners in its acquisition of the APM Group International

    GardaWorld Security Corp. BC Partners in the $5.2 billion recapitalization of GardaWorld

    Intelex Technologies in its $570 million acquisition by Industrial Scientific

    Wave Financial in its $537 million proposed acquisition by H&R Block

    Georgian Partners in its Series C investment in Fiix Inc.

    The Bank of Nova Scotia in the sale of its Caribbean banking operations to Republic Financial Holdings Limited

    Telmetrics Inc. in its acquisition by Marchex, Inc. for US$13.1 million in cash

    Panavision Inc. in its acquisition by Saban Capital Acquisition Corp and combination with Sim to form Panavision Holdings

    Dominion Voting Systems in its acquisition by its management team and Staple Street Capital

    Investors led by BC Partners and Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan in the $5.125 billion recapitalization of GFL Environmental Inc.

    MHR Fund Management LLC in connection with its acquisition of a controlling interest in an Alberta corporation by way of subscriptions for preferred stock

    immun.io Inc. in its sale to Trend Micro

    Intercontinental Exchange Inc. in the acquisition of NGX and Shorcan Brokers from TMX Group

    TPG Capital LP in its proposed acquisition of Transplace Inc.

    ConocoPhillips in the sale of its interest in the Foster Creek Christina Lake (FCCL) oil sands partnership, as well as the majority of its western Canada Deep Basin gas assets, to Cenovus for total proceeds of C$17.7 billion

    Procera Networks Inc., an affiliate of Francisco Partners, in the C$562 million acquisition of TSX-listed network policy control solutions company Sandvine Corporation by way of plan of arrangement in Ontario

    The Carlyle Group with regard to Canadian aspects of its acquisition of Arctic Glacier Group Holdings, Inc. from H.I.G. Capital

    Trilantic Capital Partners with regard to Canadian aspects on its investment in a Canadian services business

    Apache Corporation and its subsidiaries in their agreement to sell producing oil and gas assets in the Deep Basin area of western Alberta and British Columbia for US$374 million

    JP Morgan Chase & Co. as Canadian counsel in the sale of its physical commodities business to Mercuria Energy Group Limited, a global energy and commodities trading company, for C$3.5 billion

    Devon Energy Canada in the disposition of some of its Canadian conventional assets to Canadian Natural Resources Limited for C$3.125 billion

    Spud Energy Pty. Limited in the reverse take-over of Jura Energy Corporation

    Golden Crescent Investments Ltd. an affiliate of Citadel Capital, in its proposed sale of National Petroleum Company Egypt Limited, to Sea Dragon Energy Inc.


    Other Work:

    • Advises a diverse range of clients on employment standards, wrongful dismissals and human rights issues
    • Represents management in labour arbitrations, and in labour relations board matters
    • Provides critical guidance to and advocates for companies in respect of occupational health and safety concerns
    • Advises clients in the employment and labour aspects of business transaction and acquisitions
  • Find More

  • Best Lawyers in Canada: Recognized in Labour and Employment Law

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


  • Employment & Labour Law in Alberta, Lexology Navigator, 2017-2018.
  • How to Deal with the Maternity and Parental Leave Provisions of the Employment Standards Code of Alberta, Lorman Publications, August 3, 2010. 
  • Bad Faith Damages and How to Avoid Them in Termination Situations, Lorman Publications, January 3, 2009.
  • Conducting a Proper Workplace Investigation, Lorman Publications, October 2007.
  • Dropping the Axe Lightly, Canadian Corporate Counsel, 2007.


  • Change of Control Agreements, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP Client Seminar, 2007.