Christopher J. Foy

Christopher J. Foy
Partner
cfoy@kwlc.ca
Direct: 604-736-6020
Office: 604-736-6010
Fax: 604-736-6069

Christopher J. Foy*

Chris has been practicing workplace law for the majority of his career. He has provided legal services to individuals and unions in both the private and public sector. Chris has given advice and if necessary has litigated cases in a broad range of areas including:

  • wrongful dismissals
  • discipline and discharge
  • collective agreement interpretation
  • worker’s compensation
  • strikes, including various injunction and contempt proceedings
  • jurisdictional disputes
  • constructive dismissals
  • human rights
  • pensions
  • judicial review of government and tribunal decisions
  • internal union matters
  • unfair labour practice complaints

Chris’ background and experience have prepared him well to offer timely cost-effective solutions to workplace problems.

After obtaining an undergraduate degree in history and a master’s degree in education, Chris attended Queen’s University and the University of Toronto for his Bachelor of Laws.

While at Queen’s Chris was awarded the McDougall-Watson Memorial Award, 1999 and the Dan Soberman Award, 2000 for exceptional file work as a member of Queen’s Legal Aid.

Chris attended Osgoode Hall, York University for his Master of Laws degree. His master’s work focused primarily on employment, labour and human rights.

Chris articled at the Toronto firm Weir Foulds LLP with an extended litigation rotation to accommodate his work on a lengthy and ultimately successful wrongful dismissal trial.

His wife’s career brought him to Vancouver where he honed his litigation skills at Paine Edmonds before joining the labour law firm McGrady & Company in 2003.

Chris’ work for clients at McGrady included wrongful dismissal proceedings; class actions; human rights issues; grievance arbitration; collective agreement disputes; and judicial review proceedings.

While at McGrady, Chris was seconded to the Ontario Ipperwash Inquiry in July, 2004 where he provided his analytical, research and writing skills to Commissioner Justice Linden and Commission Counsel Derry Millar.

In 2008, Chris was the winning co-counsel at the Supreme Court of Canada in what is now the leading case on a dismissed employee’s obligation to mitigate their damages.

During a sabbatical in 2008-2009 Chris worked in Toronto at Koskie Minsky LLP, ranked as the leading law firm in Toronto among both management and union firms in the 2009 Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada in the Labour Relations and Pensions Practice Area. The main focus of Chris’ work during that time was employment law, labour law and pension class actions.

Chris has been a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and the Law Society of British Columbia since 2002. He is also a member of the Law Society of Yukon. He is a member of the Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers. Chris is also a member of the Canadian Association for the Practical Study of Law in Education. Chris maintains his status as a member of the Ontario College of Teachers and has taught a variety of legal topics at the University of British Columbia’s Humanities 101 programme. Chris also designs curriculum and facilitates various workshops for clients.

*Chris delivers legal services through Kestrel Law Corporation

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