Barrister & Solicitor, Managing Partner
LL.B., Labour College of Canada ’83
Law Society of British Columbia
Law Society of Alberta
Canadian Bar Association (BC Branch)
Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers
Sebastien approaches law as a creative problem solver. He has more than 37 years of labour relations experience in both unionized and non-unionized work environments. As a strong advocate, and one known for his practical and innovative solutions, he is your “go-to” lawyer for your human rights, and labour and employment needs.
Sebastien’s advocacy skills were developed through a broad range of labour relations experiences in the public sector (Federal, British Columbia, and Alberta), the private sector in both BC and Alberta, and in the Construction Industry in Alberta, BC and Saskatchewan. In addition, he has considerable experience representing both unionized and non-unionized police officers, healthcare workers, BC Nurses’ Union members, as well as other professionals.
Over the years he has also gained experience in a surprisingly broad range of intersecting fields of law including: Accommodation of Addictions, Bankruptcy and Insolvency, Defamation, Disability, Torts, and Police Law, to name a few.
Sebastien doesn’t give “lip service” to workplace and human rights; he has lived and breathed it for decades. These concerns were cemented at the Labour College of Canada (CLC), his studies in Industrial Relations at Athabasca University, and during law school at the Faculty of Law, University of Alberta. His firm commitment to access to justice motivated him to be called to the Bar in both British Columbia and Alberta.
He has had the good fortune of representing clients in the Appellate Courts in both British Columbia and Alberta, before the BC Supreme Court, the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench, the United States Bankruptcy Court in the District of Delaware, the Alberta Surrogate Court in Bankruptcy, as well as the Provincial Courts in both BC and Alberta. He has also represented clients before a broad range of administrative tribunals including the Canada Industrial Relations Board, the Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan Labour Relations Boards, the Canada Pension Appeal Board, the Human Rights Tribunals for Canada, BC and Alberta, the Workers Compensation Boards in both BC and Alberta, and the BC Workers Compensation Appeal Tribunal.
As a recognized member of the law community, he is frequently invited to make presentations on a wide variety of topics to professional colleagues in law, to labour relations professionals and practitioners, and to union officers, stewards, and members. For more than 17 years he has participated in the Canadian Bar Association’s Lawyer Referral program to make access to justice more available and affordable.
His personal interest in computers and technology has led him to develop a highly automated and self-sufficient approach to the practice of law. In 2013, we introduced to the legal marketplace one of the first virtual labour, employment and human rights law offices in Canada: Labour Rights Law. As a result of our innovated law office environment, in 2017 our Firm was honoured to receive the Innovative Workplace Award from the Canadian Bar Association (BC Branch).
Our philosophy is that we are people with legal education and experience helping other people to resolve their legal challenges and issues. We look forward to the honour of you letting us help you!