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Emily Elder Lawyer

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Emily joined UPFH in September of 2017, after summering, articling, and practicing labour and employment law at another leading Toronto union-side labour firm. She practices in both English and French.

Emily’s practice includes labour law, administrative law, human rights, pay equity, criminal law, occupational health and safety, employment law/civil litigation, and professions regulation. She has represented clients in matters at private arbitration, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, the Ontario Labour Relations Board, the Pay Equity Hearings Tribunal, professional regulatory colleges, Superior Court, Divisional Court, and the Ontario Court of Appeal.

Emily has recently guest-lectured at McGill University’s Faculty of Law in the course entitled Judicial Institutions and Civil Procedure (Summer session, 2020).

After graduating from McGill in 2014 with both an LLB and a BCL, Emily clerked for a bilingual Francophone justice at the Federal Court of Appeal. She then articled prior to entering practice in order to gain practical experience with labour relations and workplace justice.

While in law school, Emily worked as the Executive Director of the Legal Information at McGill, the legal clinic associated with the McGill Faculty of Law. She received a major research fellowship to work for the then-Dean of the Faculty on a comprehensive project about the Supreme Court of Canada, as well as other awards.

Notably, Emily was awarded the honor of Second Best Oralist in her moot, judged by the former Supreme Court judge, Justice Marie Deschamps.

Before entering law school, Emily pursued her dedication to feminist, anti-racist social and economic justice both as an academic and a professional. She obtained a degree in Women’s Studies from UBC, and then a Master’s Degree in Diversity Studies at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. She also worked for a number of years as a program coordinator, community developer, trainer/facilitator, and counselor for feminist anti-violence and youth health organizations in Calgary and Vancouver.

Emily is a singer, poet, runner, and committed advocate for workplace justice. 

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