Clifford J. Hart


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Clifford provides strategic advice and training to a wide range of private and public sector employers on diverse labour relations and employment law related issues. This includes:

  • collective bargaining and collective agreements
  • union-organizing campaigns
  • unfair labour practices
  • strikes and picketing
  • human rights
  • discipline and discharge
  • wrongful dismissal
  • employment standards
  • human resources policies and procedures

Clifford appears regularly as employer counsel in grievance and interest arbitrations and before administrative tribunals including the Ontario Labour Relations Board and the Human Rights Tribunal.

Clifford has worked on a number of wage and hour and “misclassification” class actions. He also acts as counsel to National Hockey League clubs in salary arbitration disputes with their players.


  • Acts on behalf of employers in grievance arbitrations and matters before provincial and federal labour boards.
  • Advises private and public sector employers on a broad range of issues including discipline and discharge, human rights, wrongful dismissal and employment standards.
  • Acts on behalf of employers in human rights matters (i.e., accommodation, discrimination and harassment) before provincial and federal human rights tribunals.
  • Retained by employers to conduct workplace training on issues including union avoidance, discipline and discharge, proper investigations and human rights.

Beyond our Walls

Professional Involvement

  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association (labour law section)
  • Member, Law Society of Alberta
  • Member, Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers
  • Member, Sports Lawyers Association

Awards & Recognitions

  • Recognized in the 2024 edition (and since 2013) of The Best Lawyers in Canada® (Labour and Employment Law).
  • Recognized in the 2024 edition (and since 2021) of Chambers Canada — Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business (Employment & Labour - Ontario).
  • Recognized in the 2023 edition of Who's Who Legal: Canada (Labour, Employment & Benefits) and in 2020 and 2018 editions (Sports and Entertainment).

Bar Admission & Education

  • Ontario, 1991
  • Alberta, 1988
  • LLB, Université de l'Alberta, 1987
  • BA, Université McGill, 1984