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Andrea York

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  • Led the Blakes employment law team advising Toronto-Dominion Bank on its C$792-million acquisition of Greystone Capital Management Inc.

  • Lead employment law partner for IMCD Group in its acquisition of the specialty chemicals and ingredients distributor L.V. Lomas (now IMCD Canada Limited)

  • Led the Blakes employment law team advising Wells Fargo on the Canadian employment law aspects of its US$31-billion acquisition of GE Capital's global commercial distribution finance and vendor finance businesses

  • Successfully defended multi-national employer in credibility-focused Human Rights Tribunal hearing dealing with claim of pregnancy discrimination following termination

  • Represented multi-national transportation company in Human Rights Tribunal hearing in high-profile case involving a conflict between religious accommodation requirements and worker health and safety

  • Regularly negotiates and drafts executive employment contracts, termination agreements, restrictive covenant agreements, and advises on incentive compensation arrangements and employee policies

Awards & Recognition

Andrea has been recognized for her expertise by the following publications:

  • Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys - 2020 Edition (Litigation Star)

  • Acritas Stars 2020: Independently Rated Lawyer (Nominated as a stand-out lawyer by senior in-house counsel)

  • Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business (Employment & Labour - Ontario)

  • Who's Who Legal: Labour, Employment & Benefits (Labour & Employment)

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada (Labour and Employment Law)

  • The Legal 500 Canada (Labour and Employment Law)

Professional Activities

Andrea is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, the Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers, the International Association of Privacy Professionals and The Advocates' Society.

Andrea regularly speaks at seminars and provides management training on topics such as employment aspects of doing business in Canada, social media, privacy, performance management, investigations, human rights and diversity.

Professional Appearances
  • Presenter: Workplace Privacy in a Pandemic
    Human Resources Professionals Association (Toronto Chapter), Toronto, Ontario, February 9, 2021.
  • Presenter: Art of the Deal: Employment Issues Arising from Transactions
    Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers, Toronto, Ontario, November 5, 2020.
  • Panel Member: Fire Side Chat: Legal Perspective
    Mastering Your Job Search After 40 Learning Workshop, Dress for Success, Toronto, Ontario, March 12, 2020.
  • Presenter: Recent Developments in Canadian Dismissal Law
    Blakes Labour & Employment Client Seminar on Recent Developments in Labour and Employment Law, Toronto, Ontario, June 20, 2019.
  • Panel Member: #MeToo Investigations - Tips and Traps for the WGC
    2019 WGCC (Women General Counsel Canada) National Conference, Toronto, Ontario, January 24, 2019.
  • Co-presenter: Human Rights and Employment Law Issues relating to Canadian Benefit Arrangements
    Blakes Client Seminar on Recent Developments in Pensions and Employee Benefits Law, Toronto, Ontario, October 30, 2018.
  • Panel Member: Being Prepared for Today’s Workplace – A Discussion on Employment and Workplace Privacy Law
    Association of Corporate Counsel - Ontario Chapter, Inc., Toronto, Ontario, September 20, 2018.
Media Activities
  • Quoted: Federal pay equity bill puts onus on employers
    Article by Dale Smith, Law Times, November 12, 2018.
  • Quoted: Retailers squeezed by new rules. New pay and scheduling laws causing uncertainty for retailers and restaurants.
    Article by Meagan Gillmore, Canadian Lawyer, July 3, 2018.
  • Quoted: Credit for service clarified after company changes hands
    Article by Dale Smith, Law Times, May 28, 2018.

CIPP/C, International Association of Privacy Professionals - 2014
Admitted to the Ontario Bar - 1998
J.D., University of Toronto - 1996
B.A., Carleton University - 1993

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