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Cory Sully


Cory Sully



Cory Sully provides practical and strategic advice to employers on a wide range of employment and labour matters, such as the hiring and termination of employees, collective agreement disputes and interpretation, and the duty to accommodate.  In addition, she assists employers in dealing with and responding to wrongful and constructive dismissal actions, bullying and harassment complaints, and human rights complaints. She also advises employers on compliance with employment standards, workers compensation, privacy, and human rights legislation.

Cory regularly drafts and reviews various types of workplace agreements, policies, and procedures, including employment agreements, consulting agreements, confidentiality agreements, restrictive covenants, bullying and harassment policies, privacy policies, codes of conduct, drug and alcohol policies, and social media policies.

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  • Education

    B.A., University of British Columbia, 2010
    J.D., University of British Columbia, 2014

  • Representative experience

    Ms. Sully has acted in the following matters:

    • Unifor Local 862 v. Spectra Energy, 2016 BCSC 1692: Assisted senior counsel in this successful dismissal of an application for judicial review of an arbitration award by Brian Foley. The issue was the proper interpretation to be given to certain wage entitlement provisions in the collective agreement. Other issues considered included past practice and the appropriate standard of review
    • Teck Coal Limited (Fording River Operations) v United Steelworkers, Local 7884, 2016 CanLII 62603: Assisted senior counsel in this grievance concerning a dispute over the entitlement of a certain group employees to post-retirement benefits (PRB). The grievance was successfully dismissed, with the arbitrator agreeing with the employer’s interpretation regarding eligibility requirements for PRB
    • Rio Tinto Alcan Inc. v Unifor, Local Union No. 2301, BCLRB No. B46/2015 & No. B81/2015: Assisted senior counsel in successfully having the union’s complaint, regarding allegations of unfair labour practices and interference with the union’s exclusion bargaining agency, to arbitration
    • Rio Tinto Alcan Inc. v Unifor, Local 2301, BCLRB No. B157/2015: Assisted senior counsel in successfully arguing that the parties’ dispute did not warrant the appointment by the BC Labour Relations Board of a special officer
    • Peterson v. The Mutual Fire Insurance Company of BC, 2017 BCHRT 21: Assisted senior counsel in successfully getting the BC Human Rights Tribunal to dismiss an age-discrimination complaint on the basis that the complaint was not within the jurisdiction of the tribunal, based on the fact the complainant, a board director, was not in an employment relationship with the board within the meaning of the BC Human Rights Code

  • Admissions
    • British Columbia 2015
  • Speaking engagements
    • "What’s Up Doc? Obtaining Employee Medical Information," Blockbuster Annual Update 2016, Vancouver, October 6, 2016.
    • "Section 257 of the Workers Compensation Act and Related Employment Litigation," The Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia Employment Law Conference 2017, Vancouver, May 5, 2017.
  • Memberships and activities


    • Canadian Bar Association
    • Vancouver Bar Association
    • Professional Women’s Network
    • Chartered Professionals in Human Resources of British Columbia & Yukon