Sandra I. Banister, QC — Banister & Company, Vancouver
Clayton A. Jones — Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, Vancouver
About the Course Chairs
Sandra Banister, QC has practiced labour law and civil litigation (primarily personal injury and wrongful dismissal) since 1982 when she was called to the BC bar. She represents her trade union clients before provincial and federal tribunals, arbitrators and in courts across the country.
In February 2018, she was appointed by the Minister of Labour to a three person expert panel to review the Labour Code and make recommendations for changes. That report formed the basis of the new Labour Code, which was unanimously adopted by the Legislature in May 2019. She acted as Special Counsel to the BC Transit Board on issues of successorship and contracting out, and represented the Ministry of Small Business, Tourism and Culture as Special Advisor on the Status of the Artist.
Sandra has been a frequent speaker at a variety of conferences and seminars for the Trial Lawyers Association, CLEBC, the Labour Law Section of the CBA (BC), Lancaster House, Insight, the Centre for Labour Management, and the BC Federation of Labour. She has taught numerous labour related courses for trade unions and has organized and instructed the provincial labour law course for the annual Canadian Labour Congress Harrison Winter School since 1985.
Sandra is named in Best Lawyers, and in 2010, her ability and achievements in the legal profession were recognized when she was designated Queen's Counsel.
Clayton Jones is a partner in the Labour, Employment & Human Rights Group where he advises employers on all aspects of the employment relationship. Clayton has appeared as counsel before the BC Labour Relations Board, BC Human Rights Tribunal, BC Employment Standards Branch, BC Supreme Court, BC Court of Appeal, and Canada Industrial Relations Board. He also regularly acts as counsel in labour arbitrations and mediations.
In terms of his advisory work, Clayton frequently assists clients with designing and implementing strategies intended to respond to current economic circumstances including downsizing of the workforce, permanent closure of operations, corporate reorganizations, and bankruptcies/insolvencies. He is also involved in the purchase and sale of businesses.
Clayton provides legal and strategic advice intended to allow unionized employers to meet their business goals and objectives while avoiding disputes. However, where required, he represents employers in labour relations board and grievance arbitration proceedings. He also has a vibrant employment law practice where he focusses on providing practical and cost-effective solutions to non-union employers and provides advice on workplace human rights matters including acting as counsel on complaints under the Human Rights Code. Clayton is the Former Chair of the CBABC Labour Law Subsection.
Featured Luncheon Speakers
Barry Y.F. Dong — Harris & Company LLP, Vancouver
Barry Dong received his LLB from UBC in 1979 and was called to the BC Bar in 1980.
Before joining Harris & Company, he was a partner in the Vancouver office of a large national law firm. He practises exclusively in the areas of labour, employment, human rights and administrative law, representing clients before federal and provincial labour and administrative tribunals, arbitration boards and panels, in court and in collective bargaining and negotiations.
An active part of Barry's practice is acting as counsel in the film and television industry, representing major US and Canadian production companies across Canada. He also represents clients in a number of sectors, including the transportation, technology, construction, and service industries. He is often consulted by trade groups, employer organizations, and governmental agencies.
In addition to his advocacy practice, Barry's representation of clients includes providing practical labour and employment business advice and presenting seminars and training workshops.
He is recognized as a leading practitioner, frequently recommended, by L'Expert, and listed in the inaugural US Directory of The Best Lawyers in Canada.
Anthony Glavin — Koskie Glavin Gordon, Vancouver
Anthony (Tony) Glavin has practiced labour and workplace law since his call to the BC Bar in 1994. He became a partner in Askew Fiorillo Hughes & Glavin in 1997 and remained with the firm which ultimately became Glavin Gordon Clements and now Koskie Glavin Gordon. L'Expert has “repeatedly recommended” Anthony since 2004 as a leading practitioner in the area of labour relations in the province.
Anthony maintains a broad labour law practice representing unions in both the private and public sectors. His private sector clients represent workers in industries ranging from brewery, winery, longshore, airline, and newspapers to camera, technicians, and performers in film and television. In the public sector, he represents firefighters, resident doctors and unions in the health care, post-secondary education, transportation, and municipal sectors. In addition to his labour relations clientele, Anthony has also developed a significant health and welfare trust practice, having concluded two large public sector joint trust agreements affecting over 50,000 employees and their dependents. Anthony continues to be involved on behalf of unions in the creation and implementation of new health benefit joint trusts.
Anthony also carries on a small sports law practice in which he serves as regional counsel to the Professional Lacrosse Players’ Association and acts as a player agent to professional lacrosse players under contract with National Lacrosse League clubs.
Jacquie de Aguayo — Chair, BC Labour Relations Board, Vancouver
Craig D. Bavis — Victory Square Law Office LLP, Vancouver
Jennifer Glougie — Associate Chair, BC Labour Relations Board, Vancouver
Michael Hamata — Roper Greyell LLP, Vancouver
Trevor Hughes — Deputy Minister of Labour, BC Ministry of Labour, Victoria
Emily Luther — BC Government and Service Employees' Union, Burnaby
Shona A. Moore, QC — Moore Edgar Lyster LLP, Vancouver
Kevin P. O’Neill, QC — Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, Vancouver
Ken Saunders — Arbitrator and Mediator, ADR Services Ltd., Vancouver
Melanie Vipond — Gall Legge Grant Zwack LLP, Vancouver
Course Materials Contributors
Deborah Hall — Roper Greyell LLP, Vancouver
Satkaran Sandhu — BC Government and Service Employees' Union, Burnaby
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