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Shaun Parker

Shaun Parker

Associate, Employment & Labour


Contact Information

sparker@osler.com

tel: 403.260.7013 / 604-692-2765

Office

Calgary, Vancouver

Bar Admission

Alberta, 2012

British Columbia, 2016

Education
  • University of Alberta, LL.B. (with Distinction)
  • University of Calgary, B.A.
Language(s)
English

Shaun provides advice and representation to employers on a wide range of employment and labour matters, including advocacy and corporate aspects of employment and labour law.  His practice regularly involves employment litigation, employment-compliance, as well as mergers and acquisitions related work.

Shaun has appeared before all levels of court in Alberta, the British Columbia Supreme Court, and various administrative tribunals.  Shaun has been lead trial counsel on a number of matters, and has been litigation counsel on numerous injunctions (including breach of restrictive covenants and illegal blockade-related matters) as well as Anton Piller applications.

    Select Reported Deals:

    • Tutela Technologies Ltd. in its acquisition by Comlinkdata.
    • Sauce Labs in its acquisition of Screener Technologies.
    • Pipestone Oil Corp. in its strategic merger with Blackbird Energy Inc. and $309.5 million in equity and debt financings to form Pipestone Energy Corp.
    • RISE with the acquisition of its employee benefits practice by Hub International.
    • Canadian counsel to Kirkland & Ellis LLP in Nine Energy Service Inc.’s acquisition of Magnum Oil Tools International.
    • Husky Energy Inc. in its proposed acquisition of MEG Energy Corp. for $6.4 billion.
    • South32 in its announced $2.1 billion acquisition of Arizona Mining.
    • Fitplan Technologies in its $4.7 million funding round
    • RSM International in the launch of RSM Canada.
    • TPG Capital LP in its proposed acquisition of Transplace Inc.
    • Constellation Brands, Inc. in the sale of its Canadian wine business to Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan for approximately C$1.03 billion.
    • The Carlyle Group with regard to Canadian aspects of its acquisition of Arctic Glacier Group Holdings, Inc. from H.I.G. Capital.
    • 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.
    • Trican Well Service Ltd. on the sale of its U.S. pressure pumping business to Keane Group Holdings, LLC for US$200 million plus an equity interest in Keane.
    • Suncor Energy Inc. on its proposed purchase of all of the shares of Canadian Oil Sands Limited valued at C$6.6 billion.
    • Trinidad Drilling Ltd. on its C$505 million acquisition of CanElson Drilling Inc.
    • BluEarth Renewables Inc. on its buyout by the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan.
    • Jupiter Resources Inc. and Apollo Management Holding LP in connection with the C$2 billion acquisition by Jupiter Resources Inc. of the Bighorn upstream assets from Encana Corporation.
    • KUFPEC Canada Inc. in connection with its acquisition of Chevron Canada Limited's 30 per cent interest in its Duvernay shale play for US$1.5 billion.
    • ENMAX Corporation on its purchase from Encana Corporation of the 115 MW, natural-gas-fired, Cavalier electricity generation facility located near Strathmore, Alberta, and of Encana's 50 per cent interest in the 110 MW, natural-gas-fired, Balzac electricity generation facility located near Balzac, Alberta.

     

    Select Reported Cases:

    • Trican Well Service Ltd. obtained summary dismissal for an employer, defeating allegations that its severance clause contracted below employment standards minimums.
    • Creditloans Canada Financing Inc. successfully defended a high-growth emerging company in a dispute with a founder over severance, bonuses, and stock options.
    • Nexen Energy ULC as counsel at trial and on appeal, successfully defending the client with respect to a US$50 million claim involving allegations of breach of confidence, employment discrimination, and defamation.
    • Catalyst Canada Services LP as counsel, obtaining an Anton Piller Order and injunction against former employees that had misappropriated trade secrets, confidential information, and other intellectual property relating to specialized oil and gas drilling technology.

     

    Other Work:

    • Acting for a multinational oil and gas company in its defence of claims brought by its former CEO with respect to his performance share units.
    • Obtaining an Anton Piller Order for an Alberta pipeline company against a contractor and his operating companies who are suspected of misappropriating at least C$2 million in company funds.
    • Obtaining an interim and permanent injunction for a Western Canadian oil and gas producer to prevent a landowner from demolishing a key access road to the company’s facilities.
    • Obtaining an injunction for a franchisor to enforce a two year non-competition covenant against a former franchisee, including an award of full solicitor-client costs.
    • Successfully litigated a wrongful termination claim through to trial for a senior engineer against his former employer.
    • Defeated an application for a confidentiality and sealing order against a client in an asset entitlement dispute, regarding assets exceeding C$10 million in value.
    • Representing clients in a number of chambers matters and before administrative tribunals, including the Alberta Labour Relations Board, provincial employment standards commissions, human rights commissions, and privacy commissions.

  • Chambers: Ranked in Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business: Associates to Watch, Employment & Labour (Alberta)

  • Breast Cancer Supportive Care Foundation, Corporate Secretary

  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Alberta Bar Association

Publications:

  • Employment & Labour Law in British Columbia, Lexology Naviagator, 2018.
  • Canadian Employment Law, Legal 500: Country Comparative Guide, 2018.

Events:

  • Co-Speaker, Insider Threats: Protecting your Workplace in the Digital Age, Sterling Backcheck Webinar, March 11, 2015.
  • Co-Speaker, Renegades and Rogues: Fiduciary Duties and Restrictive Covenant, Blakes Business Class Seminar, November 5, 2014.
  • Author, Unconventional Non-Competition Covenants, Employment and Labour Law Reporter, September 2014.
  • Co-author, Privacy and Privilege: Authority of the Alberta Privacy Commissioner to Compel Privileged Records, Employment and Labour Law Reporter, September 2014.
  • Speaker, Managing Absenteeism in the Workplace, Lorman Education Services, April 15, 2014.