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Summer Danakas

Summer Danakas

Associate, Employment & Labour

Contact Information

tel: 416.862.6513



Bar Admission

Ontario, 2018

  • University of Toronto, J.D.

  • Queen’s University, B.A. (Honours), with Distinction (Gold Medalist)


Summer is an associate in Osler’s Employment & Labour Group. Summer provides advice and representation to Canadian, U.S. and international private and public sector employers on a wide range of labour and employment issues including employment standards, human rights and the duty to accommodate, occupational health and safety, corporate transactions, accessibility, workplace investigations and employee terminations. Summer has an industry focus on advising emerging and high growth companies on a broad range of employment issues, including how to strategically manage employment-related issues in connection with financings.

Summer regularly assists employers with drafting and implementing workplace policies, employment and contractor agreements, restrictive covenants, separation packages, and bonus and other incentive compensation arrangements. Summer also has experience representing and assisting clients with respect to human rights applications, grievance and interest arbitrations, wrongful dismissal litigation, and insolvency proceedings.

Summer routinely provides advice to clients regarding workplace investigations, hiring new employees, terminating employees, negotiating settlements of wrongful dismissal claims, and overall HR risk management.

Summer obtained her J.D. at the University of Toronto. Prior to law school, she received a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) with Distinction in English and History at Queen’s University and was the Gold Medalist. Summer joined Osler as a summer student in 2016 and articled at the firm from 2016 to 2017. During that time, Summer completed a secondment to General Motors Canada Limited, where she worked on an array of labour and employment matters.

    Select Reported Deals:

    Rubikloud in its US $60 million acquisition by Kinaxis.

    Dessa in its acquisition by Square.

    Uberflip in its acquisition of SnapApp.

    Wealthsimple in its acquisition of SimpleTax.

    SomaDetect in its $2.6 million financing round.

    JMI Management Inc. in its  growth equity Investment in Vena Solutions.


    Select Reported Cases:

    Pier 1 Imports in its Chapter 11 and CCAA Recognition Proceedings.

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

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

    Toronto Hydro-Electric Systems Ltd. in various matters including representation at labour arbitrations.

    Michael Garron Hospital in various matters including representation at labour arbitrations.

  • Queen’s University Gold Medalist (highest academic standing in English & History)
  • Dean’s Honour List & Dean’s Honour List with Distinction (Queen’s University, 2011-2014)

  • Law Help Ontario, Small Claims Court Duty Counsel Volunteer (2017-2018)
  • University of Toronto Downtown Legal Services, Student Caseworker (2016-2017)
  • University of Toronto, J.D. Ambassador (2015-2017)
  • University of Toronto, Peer Mentor (2015-2017)
  • University of Toronto Law in Action Within Schools (LAWS Program), Volunteer (2014-2016)
  • Queen’s University Kaleidoscope Program, Committee Member/Volunteer (2011-2014)

  • Law Society of Ontario