G. Grant Machum


Suite 900, Purdy’s Wharf Tower One
1959 Upper Water St.
Halifax, N.S.
B3J 3N2





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Language(s) spoken: English

Bar Admission(s): New Brunswick, 1997; Ontario, 1993; Nova Scotia, 1991

Legal Assistant(s): Angela Atkinson

Providing legal services through a professional corporation.

With experience and expertise on his side, Grant’s clients come to him facing issues such as workplace conflicts, challenges to management rights and operational changes. Some of the ways he has helped them include:

  • The acquisition by Sobeys of the assets of Canada Safeway for approximately $5.8 billion.
  • Successfully defending the world’s largest company in a lawsuit by a senior executive claiming constructive dismissal.
  • Successfully defending a school board and one of its employees in a claim for negligence in the longest civil jury case in Nova Scotia history including appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada.
  • Successfully representing the largest employers in Atlantic Canada in lawsuits, arbitrations and human rights proceedings.
  • Providing strategic employment advice to the top employers in Canada.
  • Successfully advising employers on operating union free for over 20 years.

Education & Career


University of New Brunswick, LLB, 1990
Dalhousie University, BComm, 1986


Member, Advisory Committee, Queen’s University Faculty of Law Centre for Law in the Contemporary Workplace, 2018 – present
Firm practice group leader, Labour & Employment, Stewart McKelvey, 2011 – 2013
Board member; vice chairperson, and chair of Presidential Search Committee Nova Scotia College of Art & Design University, 2010 – 2012
Chair, Nova Scotia College of Art & Design University board of governors, 2012 – present
Board member and chair of Governance Telefilm Canada, 2008 – present
Board member, Prescott Group, 2006 – present
Board member and secretary – Nova Scotia Yachting Association
Board member – Premier Sailing Class
Firm Compensation Committee, 2009 – present
Member, Canadian Bar Association
Member, American Bar Association, Labour & Employment Sector
Member, Association of Ski Defense Attorneys
Member, Canadian Association of Counsel for Employers
Member, Employment Law Section, Nova Scotia Branch, Canadian Bar Association
Member, ALFA International – The Global Legal Network
Firm Management Committee, Halifax 2004 – 2006
Firm Associate Practice Manager, Halifax 2002 – 2004
Lecturer Dalhousie Law School, 2001 – 2004 Civil Procedure Workshop
Board member, Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron, 1999 – 2002
Past chair, Construction Law – CBA NS.


Listed in Lawday’s Leading Lawyers for Employment Law, 2009
Listed in Inaugural Edition – National Post
Best Lawyers: Labour & Employment, 2006
Martindale-Hubbell rating: BV Distinguished®


Speaker and participant at numerous conferences relating to the fields of litigation, labour and employment law.

Past lecturer, Civil Procedure Workshop, Faculty of Law, Dalhousie University