Justine B. Laurier

Partner

Montréal
JLaurier@blg.com
514.954.2558

Justine’s practice focuses on all areas of labour and employment law for both federally- and provincially-regulated undertakings. She specializes in complex litigation and is trusted by clients to handle their most sensitive matters.

Justine provides strategic advice on collective labour relations to numerous companies. She acts on their behalf before civil and administrative law courts and tribunals, including, but not limited to, the Administrative Labour Tribunal, the Superior Court, the Québec Court of Appeal, the Federal Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada.

Clients look to Justine for strategic counsel on their most high-stake issues, including non-competition and non-solicitation obligations, hiring and dismissing employees, managers, directors and executives, and allegations of discrimination and psychological or sexual harassment and human rights.

Justine also has extensive experience with workplace harassment investigations and in conflicts prevention. She accompanies clients throughout the process and conducts investigations on their behalf. She also acts a lead workplace investigator.

Justine is a prolific author on changing employment laws, regulations and jurisprudence. She has co-authored numerous specialized works and is frequently invited to speak at conferences in Canada and abroad. She also teaches at the Québec Bar School.

Experience

  • Lead Counsel for Technicolor Canada Inc. with respect to employment matters.
  • Lead Counsel for Rolls-Royce Canada Ltd. with respect to various labour and employment matters.
  • Lead Counsel for The CSL Group Inc. with respect to various labour and employment matters.
  • Lead Counsel for Greenfield Global Inc. with respect to various labour and employment matters.
  • Acted for CiToxLAB Group Inc. in connection with its acquisition of AccelLAB Inc.
  • Represented Montréal Gateways Terminals (“MGT”) in the case of Singh et al. v. Montréal Gateways Terminals et al before the Supreme Court of Canada. The plaintiffs, who were of the Sikh religion, were alleging that a mandatory health-and-safety-related policy implemented by MGT, requiring all individuals entering its terminal in the Port of Montréal to wear a protective helmet, infringed their rights of freedom of religion and equality. The Superior Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of Canadaconfirmed that MGT was entitled to require that persons of the Sikh religion wear such hard hats over their turbans, despite their religious beliefs prohibiting them from doing so.

Beyond our Walls

Professional Involvement

  • Chair of the Canadian Bar Association – Québec Branch, Labour and Employment Law Section
  • Member, Mediation and Arbitration Institute of Québec
  • Member, Employment Rights and Responsibilities Committee – American Bar Association (ABA)
  • Member, Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Québec Bar

Community Involvement

  • Member, Board of Directors of Make-A-Wish Québec
  • Member, Board of Directors of CPE Le Pitchounet

Awards & Recognitions

  • Recognized in the 2021 (and since 2019) edition of Benchmark Canada - Canada's Leading Litigation Law Firms and Attorneys as a Future Star.
  • Recognized in the 2020 edition of the Benchmark 40 & Under Hot List
  • Finalist at the 11th "Les Leaders de demain" (The Leaders of Tomorrow) Gala of the Young Bar Association of Montréal in the civil and commercial litigation category

Bar Admission & Education

  • Québec, 2009
  • LLB, Université de Montréal, 2004
  • MA, Political Science, Université de Montréal, 2007
  • Graduate, Microprogram in Law and Labour, Université de Montréal, 2012
  • Completed her Barreau du Québec articling period with the International Labour Standards Department of the International Labour Office, Geneva, 2009