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Sandra is a litigation lawyer, practising in the areas of labour and employment, civil litigation, administrative and child protection law. Sandra acts as an advocate for clients in both the Northwest Territories and Nunavut for local and territorial governments, private business and administrative tribunals. She is a problem solver and is committed to providing creative, timely, and cost-effective solutions to her clients.

Prior to joining Lawson Lundell in 2011, Sandra clerked at the Supreme Court of the Northwest Territories. She then practised with a boutique litigation firm in Toronto, Ontario, working primarily in the areas of insurance, personal injury, and employment law.

Professional Activities

  • Chair, Stanton Territorial Hospital Foundation (2014 - Present)
  • Chair, Women Lawyers' Forum, Northwest Territories Branch of the Canadian Bar Association, (2015 - 2017)
  • Past President, Canadian Bar Association, Northwest Territories Branch, President (2013-2014)
  • Member of Admissions Committee, Law Society of the Northwest Territories (2011- 2017)
  • Member of Discipline Committee, Law Society of the Northwest Territories (2017-present)
  • Member, Access to Justice Committee, Law Society of the Northwest Territories (2013-2016)
  • Advocates’ Society, Member (2008-Present)

Experience

Experience

Sandra’s experience includes:

Representing northern governments, corporations, municipalities, and aboriginal organizations with various commercial, employment and general litigation matters:

  • Has acted as co-counsel for a municipality in the Supreme Court of the Northwest Territories in relation to a mining surface rights dispute;
  • Has successfully conducted wrongful dismissal trials and other employment related litigation;
  • Acted for both debtors and creditors in collection proceedings in court;
  • Acted for corporations defending regulatory charges under various pieces of legislation in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut;
  • Acted as co-counsel in an Inquiry under the Integrity Act in Nunavut;
  • Acted as lead counsel in two Coroner's Inquests in Nunavut
  • Act as counsel in child protection cases in Nunavut; participate in court and trials regularly in the Nunavut Court of Justice;
  • Appeared at various administrative boards and tribunals including Labour Standards Board and the Labour Standards Appeal Board; Motor Vehicles Act Appeal Board; Human Rights Adjudication Panel, Employment Standards Board; and
  • Three years of practise in the area of insurance defence; including personal injury, product liability; occupiers’ liability, professional errors and omissions; and environmental contamination cases.

Providing general labour and employment advice to a wide variety of clients:

  • Conducting workplace investigations for various governmental bodies;
  • Acting for northern clients in negotiating collective agreements;
  • Drafting, reviewing, and interpreting employment agreements and collective agreements;
  • Assisting municipalities, hamlets, and aboriginal organizations with the drafting and interpretation of employment bylaws;
  • Providing advice on the discipline and termination of employees;
  • Providing advice on the duty to accommodate and other obligations under the Human Rights Act; and
  • Acting for corporations and individuals in the cases brought under the Human Rights Act in both the Northwest Territories and Nunavut; have successfully argued dismissal motions and appeals to the Human Rights Adjudication Panel.

 Assisting clients in resolving disputes through Alternative Dispute Resolution:

  • Participating in mediations for the resolution of civil disputes, child protection matters, or administrative disputes;
  • Regularly encourage clients to consider alternative dispute resolution as an alternative to courtroom litigation;
  • Has successfully participated in Judicial led mediations in the Territorial Court of the Northwest Territories;
  • Has participated in various types of mediation and arbitration for commercial and employment disputes; and
  • Has received advanced training in Alternative Dispute Resolution in 2013.

News & Publications

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagements

  • "Emerging Issues and Human Rights", 2017 Labour & Employment Law Seminar, May 31, 2017, Co-speaker
  • "Update on Labour and Employment law in the North" National Referral Network meeting in Montreal, QC (June 2016)
  • “Human Rights and Privacy Law Update”, 2016 Lawson Lundell Labour & Employment Law Seminar, Co-speaker
  • "Managing Employee Disability and Privacy", 2015 Lawson Lundell Labour & Employment Law Seminar, May 28, 2015
  • "Child and Family Services Act Update", Senior Management Training"Half day training for Director of Family Services in Iqaluit, Nunavut (March 2014)
  • Canadian Defence Lawyers 2012 Annual General Meeting; “The Conjuror Unmasked - Magic of a Spellbinding Defence: Toronto: 7 June 2012” , Young Lawyers’ Panel Discussion “Conquering the Generational Divide”
  • “Human Rights and Privacy Law Update”, Lawson Lundell Labour & Employment Law Seminar (May 31, 2012), Speaker
  • “Build Your Brand, Build Your Practice”, Ontario Bar Association Institute, February 2011, Chair
  • "Insurance Law: Everything You Need to Know", Ontario Bar Association, October 2010, Speaker
  • "Top Ten Mistakes Made by Young Lawyers in the Courtroom and How to Avoid Them", Ontario Bar Association, February 2010, Chair
  • "Tort Settlements: Success at Mediation", OBA Young Lawyers, January 2009, Speaker
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Assistant Contact

  • Jean Mahlangu
  • Legal Assistant
  • T: 867.669.5515

Bar Admissions

  • Ontario (2008)
  • Northwest Territories (2011)
  • Nunavut (2012)

Education

University of Windsor (LL.B., 2007)

Wilfrid Laurier University (B.A. Hons., 2004)

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