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Patricia is deemed "a very well-respected practitioner" by market sources. Clients add: "She is responsive, client-focused and produces good-quality work." She is noted for her labour relations expertise and is admitted to practice in both British Columbia and the Northwest Territories. 

- Chambers Canada, 2018 Guide

Patricia is Senior Counsel in our Labour, Employment and Human Rights Group and has extensive experience in all facets of labour relations, employment and human rights law.

Patricia spent two years as Legal Assistant to the Chair of the British Columbia Labour Relations Board before entering private practice. Patricia acts as counsel and provides strategic and tactical advice to the firm’s corporate and institutional clients emphasizing preventative aspects of labour and employment law.

In addition to the day to day strategic advice to management in all areas of labour and employment, Patricia's practice includes collective bargaining, as well as appearing as counsel on behalf of employers at labour arbitrations, provincial and federal Labour Relations Boards, Human Rights Tribunals, and all levels of court.

Patricia was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2000.

Professional Activities

  • Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers (CACE) (member 2005 - 2017):
    • Director 2010-2011
    • Secretary Treasurer 2011-2012
    • Vice-President 2012-2013
    • President 2013-2014
    • Director / Past-President 2014-2015
    • Chair of Privacy Committee 2015-2017  
  • Canadian Bar Association (BC Branch) (Labour Law, Employment Law, Human Rights Law, Freedom of Information & Privacy Law Subsections), Member
  • Inducted as Fellow (2016), US College of Labor and Employment Lawyers
  • Lexpert Zenith Award Advisory Board (2010 - 2016)
  • Management Rights Journal, Federated Press, Contributing Editor and Editor-in-Chief (2001-2007)

Community Activities

  • South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority Police Board, Member and Chair of the Human Resources Committee (2011 - Present)
  • West Vancouver Police Board, Member and Chair of the Human Resources Committee (2002-2008)
  • Vancouver Neurological Centre, Director (1980-1982)

Recognitions & Rankings

Recognitions & Rankings

  • Chambers Canada: recognized in the Employment & Labour (British Columbia) and Employment & Labour (Nationwide - Canada) categories
  • Best Lawyers in Canada: recognized for Labour and Employment Law
  • Chambers Global: recognized in the Employment & Labour (Canada) category
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory: repeatedly recommended as a Leading Practitioner in Employment Law (employer), Labour Relations (management) and Workplace Human Rights (employer)
  • Legal 500 Canada: recommended in the editorial for Labour and Employment
  • Who's Who Legal Canada: recognized for Labour, Employment & Benefits law
  • Expert Guide to the World's Leading Women in Business Law: recognized as a leading lawyer in the area of Labour and Employment
  • Expert Guides: recognized as a leading lawyer in the area of Labour and Employment
  • Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers: Recipient of the 2016 Roy Heenan/Dave Ross Volunteer of the Year Award. 
  • 2009 Lexpert Zenith Award: recognized as a leading woman lawyer for her outstanding contribution to the practice and business of law



  • Acting as chief spokesperson for first and subsequent collective agreement negotiations in both the federal and provincial sector in such diverse industries as: transportation, forestry, manufacturing, mining, film and retail
  • Representing employers on significant Labour Relations Board decisions including decisions with respect to the appropriateness of the bargaining unit and management exclusions
  • Representing employers in labour relations matters in both the Provincial and Federal sector including certifications, unfair labour practice complaints, decertification’s, strikes, lockouts and picketing
  • Acting for clients faced with labour disruption including strike contingency planning; strike replacement challenges and injunctions
  • Providing strategic and tactical employment advice to management with respect to the negotiation of employment contracts and the development and implementation of workplace policies on such diverse matters such as technology usage, drug and alcohol, privacy and confidentiality 
  • Providing advice to employers on employee terminations and representing employers in wrongful dismissal actions 
  • Providing advice to employers on human rights matters including the duty to accommodate investigating human rights and workplace harassment complaints 
  • Providing labour and employment advice on corporate transactions, reorganizations, downsizings and closures
  • Acting as counsel in matters before all levels of court, federal and provincial human rights tribunals, labour relations boards, privacy commissioners, and arbitrators

News & Publications

News & Publications

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagements

  • Accommodation of Employees with Disabilities, B.C. Chiefs of Police, 2015, Speaker
  • Cross Canada Employment Law Check Up, 9th Annual Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers Conference, September 20-22, 2012, Chair
  • Labour Arbitration Conference, Lancaster House, 2008, Advisory Committee
  • Bargaining in the Broader Public Sector, Labour Arbitration Conference, Lancaster House, December 11, 2006, Co-Chair
  • Drug & Alcohol Testing, Changing Rules, Changing Attitudes, Workplace Privacy Conference, Lancaster House, June 2006, Speaker
  • Canadian Labour Law Update, 2nd Annual Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers Conference, September 9, 2005, Speaker
  • Human Rights Conference, Lancaster House, 2005, Co-Chair
  • Bargaining in the Public Sector, "Labour Arbitration Conference", Lancaster House, November 2004, Co-Chair
  • Meeting the Challenges of an Aging Workforce, Labour Arbitration Conference, Lancaster House, 2003, Speaker
  • Remedies - What Redress is Available? Labour Arbitration Conference, Lancaster House, May 9, 2003, Speaker
  • Privacy Conference, Lancaster House, 2003, Co-Chair
M. Patricia Gallivan, QC, Lawson Lundell Photo
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Bar Admissions

  • British Columbia (1977)
  • Queen's Counsel, British Columbia (2000)
  • Northwest Territories (2008)


Loyola College (B.A., 1972)

Dalhousie University (LL.B., 1976)

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