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Deborah practises labour and employment law, advising clients on a range of matters including wrongful dismissal, employment standards, business immigration, labour relations, and human rights issues.

Deborah attended law school following a career in human resources. She worked in labour relations in the public sector followed by experience as an employee relations manager in the financial industry.

Deborah works with clients in a wide range of sectors including mining, retail, hospitality, health care, government and non-profit.

Professional Activities

  • Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers (CACE), Member
  • Canadian Bar Association, Member
  • BC Human Resources Management Association, Member

Community Activities

  • Board of Directors of Simon Fraser University Childcare Society (2013 - present)



  • Provides advice on employment matters, such as wrongful dismissal, employment standards, salary and benefits administration, and human rights
  • Provides advice on labour relations matters, such as collective agreement interpretation, progressive discipline and grievance resolution, and appears at arbitrations and labour relations board hearings
  • Conducts harassment investigations and makes recommendations for resolution of harassment complaints
  • Maintains a business immigration practice assisting employers with bringing foreign workers into Canada and assists workers with applications to become permanent residents

News & Publications

News & Publications

Blog Posts

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagements

  • 2019 Annual Labour & Employment Seminar, Pan Pacific Hotel, June 12, 2019
  • "Emerging Issues and Human Rights", 2017 Labour & Employment Law Seminar, May 31, 2017, Co-speaker
  • "Success with Employment Agreements", Canadian Golf Course Management Conference, March 2017, Speaker
  • "What's New in Employment Law", 2016 Lawson Lundell Labour & Employment Law Seminar, June 16, 2016, Speaker
  • Latest Developments in Labour Relations (Unionized Employers), 2015 Lawson Lundell Labour & Employment Law Seminar, May 28, 2015
  • "Human Rights and Privacy Update", Lawson Lundell Labour & Employment Law Seminar, June 6, 2013, Speaker
  • "Labour Relations Update for Unionized Employers", Lawson Lundell Labour & Employment Law Seminar (May 31, 2012), Speaker
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Bar Admissions

  • British Columbia (2007)
  • Northwest Territories (2014) 


University of Victoria (LL.B)

University of British Columbia (Bachelor of Commerce)

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