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Steven Dickie

Steven Dickie

Associate, Employment & Labour

Contact Information

tel: 416.862.4275



Bar Admission

Ontario, 2011

  • University of Victoria, J.D.
  • Queen’s University, B.A. (Hons.)

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:


    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.
    • Regularly advises on sensitive workplace investigations, including those involving executives.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Has negotiated and advised with respect to company founder and executive departures.
    • 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 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.