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Andrea York

Andrea York
Andrea York (she, her, hers) Partner | Toronto
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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:

  • Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business 2022 (Employment and Labour)

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2023 (Labour and Employment Law)

  • Who's Who Legal: Global 2022 (Labour & Employment)

  • The Legal 500 Canada 2022 (Labour and Employment Law)

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2022 (Employment)

  • Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys 2022 (Litigation Star: Employment and Labour)

  • Thomson Reuters Stand-out Lawyers 2022 – Independently Rated Lawyers (As nominated by senior in-house counsel; formerly, Acritas Stars)

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
  • Co-presenter: HR Legal Considerations for Remote Workers: Legal Foundation
    Blakes Annual Pensions Webinar Series: Webinar #1, February 10, 2022.
  • Co-presenter: Blakes 2021 Canada/U.S. Legal Update Seminar Series: Employment and Labour
    Blakes Business Class Webinar, Toronto, Ontario, November 17, 2021.
  • Co-presenter: Dismissal Law Round-up: Contracts Under Siege and Other Recent Developments
    Beyond COVID-19: A Series on Employment Law Issues in the Post-Pandemic Workplace, Blakes Business Class Webinar, Toronto, Ontario, June 8, 2021.
  • Co-presenter: Recent Developments in Pensions, Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Law
    Blakes Pension, Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Law Webinar, Toronto, Ontario, May 20, 2021.
  • 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.
Media Activities
  • Quoted: Fired for cause, worker still gets termination pay
    Interviewed by Sarah Dobson, Canadian HR Reporter, May 3, 2022.

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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