Ian Wallace

Partner

Suite 1100, Cabot Place
100 New Gower St.
St. John’s, N.L.
A1C 6K3

+1.709.570.8839

+1.709.727.0231

+1.709.722.4565

iwallace@stewartmckelvey.com

Language(s) spoken: English

Bar Admission(s): Newfoundland and Labrador, 1987

Legal Assistant(s): Tanya Snow

Providing legal services through a professional corporation.

Ian has a specialized practice in labour and employment law, with extensive experience in arbitration proceedings, human rights investigations and adjudications, wrongful dismissal litigation, employment policy development, negotiation of employment contracts, both executive and non-executive, and labour disputes, including lawful strikes and illegal strikes. He is also involved in advising employers in respect of workers’ compensation issues and occupational health and safety. Ian is primary labour and employment counsel to both of the school boards in the province. Examples of his work include:

  • Acting for a municipality in defending removal of a member of Council for conflict of interest.
  • Acting for an employer on an Application to the Court to strike a Statement of Claim for harassment by a unionized employee.
  • Acting for a public sector employer on an Appeal to the Court of Appeal from a decision to release information pursuant to a request under the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act.
  • Acting for a municipality on termination of a department head pursuant to the provisions of the Municipalities Act, 1999.
  • Acting for an employer on defence of a Complaint before the Labour Relations Board under the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
  • Acting for various employers on investigation of supervisors and managers for workplace harassment and misconduct.
  • Acting for employers on judicial review of decisions of Labour Relations Board.
  • Acting for public sector employer on Application for Leave to Supreme Court under the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act.
  • Acting for a school board in defending a grievance alleging racial and age discrimination in respect of termination of probationary employment and failure to hire for alternative positions.
  • Acting for an employer in defending a grievance alleging harassment in the workplace over an extended period of years.
  • Acting for a school board in respect of termination of employment of a long service employee with drug and alcohol addictions.
  • Acting for an employer in defending complaints of religious discrimination under the Human Rights Code.
  • Acting for a school board in defending complaints of racial and age discrimination under the Human Rights Code.
  • Acting as counsel for all regional health authorities in the Province during the withdrawal of services by members of the health bargaining unit.
  • Acting as co-counsel at the Offshore Helicopter Safety Inquiry following the loss of Cougar Flight 491.
  • Acting as co-counsel in defending charges under occupational health and safety legislation in respect of a fatal explosion on offshore oil tanker.

Education & Career

Education

Dalhousie University, LLB, 1986
University of Wales, M.Sc., 1983
Dalhousie University, B.Sc. Honours Certificate, 1980
Dalhousie University, B.Sc., 1979

Activities

Member, Canadian Bar Association
Member, Mental Health Care and Treatment Review Board, 2017 – present
Vice chair, Historic Sites Association of Newfoundland and Labrador, 2017 – present
Executive of Benchers, Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador, 2016 – 2017
Elective bencher, Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador, 2009 – 2017
Content advisor, Labour Watch, Newfoundland and Labrador, 2002 – present
Chair, Education Committee, Law Society of Newfoundland, 2011
Founding director, Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers

Accolades

Best Lawyers: Labour and Employment Law, 2016 – 2019
Lexpert rating: Property Development
Who’s Who Legal: Canada 2016 (Labour and Employment)
Martindale-Hubbell rating: BV Distinguished®

Publications

Contributing editor, O’Brien’s Encyclopedia of Forms, Canada Law Book, Inc

Presentations

Presenter, “Mechanics’ Liens Law and Practice”, Continuing Education, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Presenter, Canadian Association of Statutory Human Rights Agencies National Conference

Presenter, Canadian School Boards’ Association National Conference

Presenter, Newfoundland and Labrador Employers’ Council Annual Case Law Review

Presenter, Continuing Education, Law Society of Newfoundland

Presenter, Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers National Conference

Presenter, Canadian Bar Association Labour and Administrative Law National Conference

Topics covered in various presentations include “Wrongful Dismissal Updates”, “Effective Expert Evidence in Construction Litigation” and “Labour Arbitration Updates”