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Steven Dickie

Steven Dickie

Associate, Employment & Labour


Contact Information

sdickie@osler.com

tel: 416.862.4275

Office

Toronto

Bar Admission

Ontario, 2011

Education
  • University of Victoria, J.B.
  • Queen’s University, B.A. (Hons.)
Language(s)
English

Steven’s practice involves providing business-critical advice on workplace law matters and representing employers in wrongful dismissal litigation, human rights applications, labour arbitrations and before various administrative tribunals. A main focus of Steven’s practice is on advising emerging companies and technology companies on limiting and managing employment-related issues and distractions that could otherwise jeopardize the growth of the business. Where necessary, Steven guides and represents these companies with respect to employee disputes by means of strong advocacy throughout the civil litigation process.

Steven regularly advises on all types of corporate transactions, including share and asset purchase deals, and workforce services agreements. He also assists employers in drafting and implementing workplace policies, employment contracts, non-competes and non-solicits and executive compensation arrangements.

Steven  has represented both public and private sector clients on wrongful dismissal matters as well as labour arbitrations dealing with a diverse range of subject matters including drug testing, workplace bullying, insubordination, contracting out, performance pay and workforce reductions. Steven has also advised clients on union organizing campaigns and applications for union certification, including with respect to novel issues at the intersection between labour and franchise law. Many of Steven’s clients are based outside of Canada and they rely upon him to help navigate the Canadian labour and employment legal landscape.

    Select Reported Deals:

    • Power Factors, LLC, a subsidiary of MaxGen Energy Services, LLC, in its acquisition of all of the issued and outstanding shares of Arista Renewable Energies Inc.

    • ThoughtWire in its combined Series A and debt financing of $20 million.

    • Upchain in its Series A financing round of $7.4 million.

    • Platterz Inc. in its US$15 million Series A Financing.

    • Layer 6 Inc. in its acquisition by the Toronto-Dominion Bank.

    • Corus Entertainment Inc. in the sale of French-language specialty channels to Bell Media Inc. for approximately $200 million.

    • Deep Genomics in its Series A financing round of approximately US$13 million.

    • Fusion Pharmaceuticals in its closure of an Oversubscribed US$46 Million Series A Financing.

    • Rho Canada Ventures L.P. in the $5 million Series A financing round for SPORTLOGiQ.

    • Borrowell Inc. in its $12 million Series A round of financing.

    • Professor Raquel Urtasun in her hiring by Uber to lead a new Toronto-based research and development centre for its Advanced Technologies Group.

    • Turnstyle Analytics Inc. in its acquisition by Yelp Inc.

     

    Select Reported Cases:

    Canada Bread Company Ltd. as counsel in Ontario Labour Relations Board proceedings relating to Teamsters' attempt to organize the Franchisees' of Canada Bread in five key depots in the Greater Toronto Area.

    Stanley Black and Decker Inc. as an advisor on a broad range of Canadian employment and labour issues including providing business critical legal and strategic advice on HR matters across Canada.

    Foot Locker Inc. as counsel on all employment and labour matters in Canada, spanning a diverse range of issues.

     

    Other Work:

    • Assists Canadian, U.S. and international clients with negotiating favourable settlements of wrongful dismissal claims by appearing in court, attending examinations for discoveries and through strong written advocacy.
    • Has assisted multiple employers in enforcing restrictive covenants against former employees who left to work for a competitor or were otherwise in breach of their contractual obligations.
    • Represents a major food services company with respect to a high-stakes union application for certification involving novel issues related to franchise law.
    • Advised on the labour relations issues related to the integration of two public hospitals.
    • Provides strategic advice to clients facing potential discrimination and harassment complaints in order to limit legal and reputational risks and avoid formal proceedings.
    • Successfully resolved a human rights complaint against an employer and individual managers for a company in the entertainment industry.
    • Defended a large manufacturer facing quasi-criminal charges related to a workplace fatality.
    • Successfully resolved health and safety complaints made by a former employee to the Ontario Labour Relations Board.
    • Advises employers on how to conduct thorough workplace investigations that will withstand judicial scrutiny.
    • Assisted a client in the automotive industry with navigating an investigation and resolving a serious workplace complaint involving members of the most senior levels of management.
    • Successfully defended managers in various regulated professions against professional misconduct allegations brought by disgruntled former employees.
    • Advises emerging and technology companies on how to limit risks with respect to business-critical hiring and firing decisions.
    • Assists entrepreneurs with implementing practical and sustainable employment risk-management practices in order to get “financing ready”.
    • Advises venture capital firms on employment-related risks with respect to potential investments in order to minimize risks and maximize value on those investments.
    • Devised and implemented a strategy to address pre-existing executive employment issues, while avoiding any disruption to senior management, in connection with the acquisition of a business with approximately 700 Canadian employees
    • Advised a major U.S. manufacturer on complex issues involving interwoven employment, safety, regulatory and environmental risks in connection with the acquisition of a Canadian business.
    • Advised an oil and gas company on a corporate reorganization in light of the union bargaining rights attached to various subsidiaries

  • David Roberts Prize in Legal Writing (University of Victoria)
  • Betty and Gilbert Kennedy Scholarship in Law (University of Victoria)

  • Canadian Bar Association (CBA)
  • Ontario Bar Association (OBA)
  • Law Society of Ontario
  • Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers (CACE)

  • Employment & Labour Law in Ontario, Lexology Navigator, 2017-2018.
  • Employment & Labour Law in Alberta, Lexology Navigator, 2017-2018.