Ritu is a member of our Labour, Employment and Human Rights Group. She is a former Vice Chair of the BC Labour Relations Board. As an experienced adjudicator, Ritu offers our clients a unique perspective on labour and employment law matters. 

Ritu is also an experienced negotiator, mediator and skilled litigator with a proven track record appearing at arbitration hearings, the BC Labour Relations Board, and in Court proceedings including BC Court of Appeal.  

Ritu advises on all aspects of labour and employment matters including harassment investigations and essential service disputes. Ritu also handles collective bargaining negotiations and mediation. 

Ritu's experience as a Vice Chair at the BC Labour Relations Board has given her a working knowledge of the intricacies of labour and employment issues in various industries. 

In addition to serving as Vice Chair of the BC Labour Relations Board, Ritu previously served as in-house counsel to a union, was a lawyer in private practice, and an instructor at the Capilano College Labour Studies program. Ritu has spoken at a number of labour law conferences and workshops.

Ritu regularly provides commentary to media on a range of labour and employment issues. She has been interviewed on legal topics by several local and national outlets, including CBC (BC and national news), CKNW, CTV National News, Canadian Press, Vancouver Sun and Toronto Star

Professional Activities

  • Canadian Bar Association, Member
  • Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers 

Community Activities

  • Board of Directors for the University of Fraser Valley (2018 - 2019)
  • Board of Directors of Burnaby Children's Centers Society (May 2017 - 2019)
  • Board of Directors of West Coast Legal Education and Action Fund (2002 - 2008, President 2006 - 2008)

News & Publications

News & Publications

Blog Posts

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagements

  • Vancouver Labour Arbitration and Policy Conference, Lancaster House, December 14, 2022, Co-Chair
  • Critical Legal OHS Updates for Employers, Canadian Lawyer, March 2, 2022, Moderator
  • National Human Rights and Accommodation Conference, Lancaster House, May 18 and 20, 2021, Co-Chair
  • 2019 Annual Labour & Employment Seminar, Pan Pacific Hotel, June 12, 2019
  • Vancouver Human Rights and Accommodation Conference 2017, Lancaster House, April 19 - 20, 2017, Co-Chair
  • "The Need for Social Media Policies", Vancouver HR Director's Association Conference, February 3, 2017, Speaker
  • "Workplace Investigations and Labour Law Update", 2016 Lawson Lundell Labour & Employment Law Seminar, June 16, 2016
  • "Managing Employee Disability and Privacy", 2015 Lawson Lundell Labour & Employment Law Seminar, May 28, 2015
  • "State of the Union: A Labour Arbitration Update", Vancouver, BC, April 15, 2014
  • "Hot Topics in Labour Relations Law", Toronto, ON, March 24, 2014, Speaker
  • "A Promise is a Promise, or is it? Estoppel in day-to-day labour relations", Labour Arbitration Conference, Lancaster House, November 20, 2013, Speaker
  • "Labour Law Update for BC", 10th Annual Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers (CACE) Conference, Banff, AB, October 3 - 5, 2013
  • "Latest Developments in Labour Relations (Unionized Employers)", Lawson Lundell Labour & Employment Law Seminar, June 6, 2013, Speaker
  • "The Role of the Parties in Accommodation: Employer Responsibilities, Union Role and Employee Responsibilities", 8th Annual Western Canada Labour Relations Conference, Insight Information, Vancouver, BC, February 21, 2013, Speaker
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Bar Admissions

  • British Columbia (2002)
  • Nunavut (2015)


University of Victoria (M.PA., 2001)

University of Victoria (LL.B., 2000)

University of Victoria (B.A., 1996)

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