Peter Shklanka has worked in the area of labour and employment law since his graduation from the University of Toronto Law School and subsequent call to the Bar of Ontario in 1998. He has a unique perspective drawn from experience in both private practice and working in house with union representatives and labour relations professionals. In this regard he understands the long-term value of focused, fair, cost-effective and timely resolutions to workplace disputes, whether arrived at through negotiation or through the litigation process.
Prior to becoming a lawyer, Peter completed a B.A. (Hons) degree at the University of British Columbia and an M.A. degree at the University of Toronto.
Peter completed his articles in Toronto at one of Canada’s leading labour and employment law firms and subsequently worked for five years in private practice at established labour and employment firms in Toronto and Ottawa, representing a broad range of clients before a number of tribunals including the Ontario Labour Relations Board, Canadian Industrial Relations Board, private boards of arbitration, and before the Ontario and Federal Courts. He also worked in-house with the Ontario Public Service Employees’ Union, and later, the Canadian Auto Workers Union (CAW-TCA).
Peter and his family moved to Vancouver from Toronto in 2009 and at that time, he and Christopher Foy joined forces and established Kestrel Workplace Legal Counsel LLP.
Peter has represented clients before the British Columbia and Federal courts, as well as before administrative tribunals dealing with labour, employment and human rights issues. He speaks Spanish and has appeared and spoken at a number of venues in Latin America on matters relating to labour rights as a member of the Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers.