John B. West
John West practises exclusively employment and labour law. He advises and represents employers in both federal and provincial jurisdictions. He regularly represents clients in connection with collective bargaining, union certification matters, labour board proceedings, grievance arbitration, wrongful dismissal claims, human rights issues, and occupational health and safety matters. He also advises employers in executive employment matters.
Mr. West represents large public and private sector clients across Canada before various labour tribunals. He is also a frequent speaker in employment and labour matters in both Canada and the United States. Mr. West has contributed frequently to major publications in both Canada and the US on employment and labour law issues.
Mr. West is past national chair of our Canadian employment and labour law group. From 2008 to 2012, he was managing partner of our Toronto office. From 2009 to 2011, Mr. West was a member of the firm’s executive committee and is currently a member of the remuneration committee.
Year of call
LL.B., University of Manitoba, 1976
B.A. (Hons.), Glendon College, York University, 1973
- Frequent speaker on employment and labour matters in both Canada and the United States
- Has spoken on several occasions before the Conference Board of Canada on issues such as attendance management and the duty of accommodation in the workplace
- Regular speaker before the Electricity Distributors Association of Ontario on employment and labour law matters in the broader public sector
- Has spoken at the Annual Conference on Labour Arbitration sponsored by the University of Toronto’s Centre for Industrial Relations.
- Regular speaker at the U.S. National Retail Federation, the New York-based Labor/Industrial Relations Advisory Group and the National Academy of Arbitrators
Rankings and recognitions
- The Legal 500 Canada, 2014: Employment and Labour
- Best Lawyers in Canada, 2012-2014 - Labour and Employment Law
- Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2013: recommended in Labour Relations (Management)
- Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business, 2012-2013: Employment & Labour
- Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2012: recommended in Labour Relations and Employment Law
- Guide to the World’s Leading Labour & Employment Lawyers, 2011
- PLC Which lawyer? 2011 - Labour and employment
- The International Who’s Who of Management Labour & Employment Lawyers, 2011-2013
- Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business, 2011- Employment, Labour & Pensions: Employment
- Lexpert / American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada - Most frequently recommended for Labour Law
- Certified specialist in labour law by the Law Society of Upper Canada
Memberships and activities
- Law Society of Upper Canada
- Labour Law Specialty Committee (former member)
- Canadian Bar Association
- American Bar Association
- The Advocates’ Society
- Human Resources Professionals Association of Ontario
- U.S. Labor Policy Association
- U.S. and Canada Labour Employee Relations Networks (LERN)
- Toronto Board of Trade
- Retail Council of Canada
The Supreme Court of Canada recently handed down a decision in Shafron v. KRG Insurance Brokers (Western) Inc.[i] in which it re-examined the issue of non-competi....
April 02, 2009
Recent amendments to the Canada Labour Code's occupational health and safety regulations that address the issue of workplace violence came into force on June 18, ....
November 10, 2008
John West appeared on Headline with Howard Green on Business News Network for a live tv interview on global law firm consolidation and Norton Rose and Canada’s....
April 02, 2013
Norton Rose OR presented one of two inaugural social responsibility awards at the seventh annual Canadian General Counsel Awards (CGCA) ceremony last night in Tor....
June 14, 2011