Shelley-Mae Mitchell

Partner

Vancouver
SMitchell@blg.com
604.640.4160

Shelley-Mae advises clients on all aspects of labour and employment law.

Her practice focuses on a wide-range of issues, including:

  • preventive advice
  • employment policies and procedures
  • human rights complaints
  • wrongful dismissals
  • employment litigation
  • injunction application
  • employment standards appeals

Shelley-Mae also practises in most labour areas, such as arbitrations, collective bargaining, picketing injunctions, and Labour Board Applications.

Shelley-Mae has represented clients before the British Columbia Supreme Court, British Columbia Court of Appeal, and Federal Court.

As well, she has conducted Human Rights hearings, arbitrations, mediations and picketing actions before the Labour Relations Board.

In addition to her practice, Shelley-Mae is a member of BLG’s Partnership Board. 

Experience

  • Conducts and defends wrongful dismissal trials at all court levels.
  • Conducts Human Rights hearings.
  • Advises on constructive dismissals; terminations based on cause; large lay-offs; executive compensation packages; multiple severance packages; Employment Standards and Canada Labour Code advice; sexual harassment; complaints and mediations pursuant to both Federal and Provincial legislation; and application, implementation and drafting of various employment policies and employment agreements.
  • Collective bargaining experience as company spokesperson in BC and Alberta.
  • Represents companies in various Labour Arbitrations and Labour Board Hearings.
  • Provides training and educational workshops to clients on various topics, including harassment seminars, discipline techniques and managers’ training.
  • Provides opinions and advice to businesses on various employment issues, including takeovers, acquisitions, stock options agreements, plant closures and other related issues.
  • Provides employment and labour advice and due diligence for both private and public corporations.
  • Drafts and provides advice on Executive Agreements including compensation and change-of-control provisions.
  • Provides ongoing advice regarding labour negotiations and Collective Agreement interpretation and drafting.

Beyond Our Walls

Community Involvement

  • Board Member and Director, Vancouver Aquarium and Marine Science Centre
  • Chair, Human Resources and Executive Compensation Committee, Vancouver Aquarium
  • Executive Committee Member, Vancouver Aquarium
  • Board Member, Head of HR Committee, and Coach, North Shore Girls Soccer Club

Awards & Recognitions

  • Recognized in the 2021 (and since 2017) editions of Chambers Canada – Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business (Employment & Labour: British Columbia).

Bar Admission & Education

  • British Columbia, 1988
  • LLB, University of Alberta, 1987
  • BAA, Ryerson University, 1984