Birch Miller
Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9613

Birch practises in the areas of employment and privacy law. She provides advice to clients in respect of all laws relating to workplace issues, including recruiting, hiring, discipline, terminations, employment and labour standards, human rights, disability and benefits, and alcohol and drug testing. She also advises on the collection, use and disclosure of personal, health, sensitive, technological and other types of information, such as the application of provincial and federal privacy and anti-spam laws.

In addition, Birch assists clients with drafting and reviewing employment- and privacy-related documentation, ranging from employment and independent contractor agreements, severance packages and confidentiality agreements to non-competition and non-solicitation agreements, as well as workplace policies and handbooks. She is also well versed in litigation, tribunal and arbitrations matters, including wrongful dismissal, provincial and federal privacy commission, employment and labour standards and human rights commission matters.

Birch has extensive transactional experience, regularly advising on the privacy, labour and employment aspects of mergers and acquisitions.

Prior to joining Blakes, she was a partner at another international law firm as well as in-house counsel for a major Canadian energy company.


Recent representative matters with respect to which Birch has provided key employment and privacy advice include:

  • Suncor Energy Inc. on its agreement to sell its Petro-Canada lubricants division to HollyFrontier Corporation for C$1.13-billion (led the Blakes employment law team)

  • Agrium Inc. on its proposed US$36-billion merger of equals transaction with Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc.

  • Painted Pony on its acquisition of UGR Blair Creek Ltd and its natural gas assets in the Montney in northeast British Columbia

  • Trican Well Service Ltd. on its combination with Canyon Services Group Inc. at a transaction value of approximately C$637-million

  • Agrium Inc.'s acquisition, through its subsidiary, of Starpharma Holdings Limited (an Australian agrochemical business)


Birch is recognized as a leading lawyer in the following publications:

  • The Legal 500 Canada 2018 (Labour & Employment)

  • The Legal 500 Canada 2017

  • Who's Who Legal: Canada 2016 (Management Labour & Employment)

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Blakes Bulletin on Employment & Labour, June 5, 2017.
Blakes Bulletin on Employment & Labour, March 30, 2017.
Blakes Bulletin on Employment & Labour, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, and Oil & Gas, May 30, 2016.
Blakes Bulletin on Employment & Labour, Energy, and Oil & Gas, May 25, 2016.
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Co-speaker: General Data Protection Regulation: What You Need to Know
Employment Law Section, Canadian Bar Association, Calgary, Alberta, March 26, 2018.
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Quoted: Alberta employers face new leaves
Interviewed by Sarah Dobson, Canadian HR Reporter Weekly, January 10, 2018.
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