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Bill Armstrong, QC

Senior Partner

Bill Armstrong, QC


T:+1 403.267.8255

Bill Armstrong practises in employment and labour law. During his many years representing corporate clients and major public employers, he has played an active role in shaping Alberta labour relations law. 

His intimate knowledge of the issues facing unionized employers has been honed as counsel before countless rights and interest arbitrators and labour relations boards, as an advisor during collective bargaining and as an employer nominee on arbitration panels. He is also a seasoned employer advocate in human rights and WCB proceedings and in employment-related litigation before provincial and federal courts and the Supreme Court of Canada.

Outside the hearing room, Mr. Armstrong maintains a busy practice advising unionized and non-unionized employers alike on such diverse issues as hiring, termination, drug and alcohol testing, social media use, harassment policies and employment standards. A sought-after speaker and writer, he regularly shares his expertise with colleagues, management and clients through continuing legal education and other seminars, conferences and workshops.

Mr. Armstrong is Calgary chair of our employment and labour law group. Before joining our Calgary office in 2013, he was a founding partner of a respected employment and labour law firm in Calgary. 

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  • Education

    LL.B., Osgoode Hall Law School, 1977
    B.Sc., McGill University, 1970

  • Admissions
    • Alberta 1978
  • Rankings and recognitions
    • Chambers Global, Canada: Employment and Labour, Chambers and Partners, 2018
    • Chambers Canada, Nationwide: Employment and Labour, Chambers and Partners, 2018
    • Chambers Canada, Alberta: Employment and Labour (Band 1), Chambers and Partners, 2018
    • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2011-2017: recommended in Employment Law – Employer; Labour Relations - Management
    • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2016-2017: recommended in Workers' Compensation – Employer
    • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2013-2017: recommended in Workplace Human Rights - Employer
    • Best Lawyers in Canada, 2006-2017: Labour and Employment Law
    • Who’s Who Legal, Canada 2012-2015: Labour & Employment
    • Martindale-Hubbell — AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating
    • Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada, 2012: most frequently recommended in labour relations and employment law
  • Speaking engagements
    • “Extended Leaves of Absence," Insight - Employment & Labour Relations Conference, Calgary, October 27-28, 2014.
    • “Zero Tolerance," Lancaster - Labour Arbitration & Policy Conference, Calgary, June 5-6, 2014.
    • “Lessons Learned from Labour Arbitration,” Canadian Bar Association, Alberta Law Conference, Calgary, January 30‑31, 2014.
    • “Drug & Alcohol Testing in the Workplace,” CIRA - Southern Alberta Chapter, Calgary, October 7, 2013.
    • “Alberta Employment Law Update,” Canadian Association of Counsel for Employers (CACE), Banff. Alberta, October 3‑5, 2013.
    • “Anatomy of A Labour Dispute,” Canadian Bar Association, Calgary, February 20, 2013.
    • “Duty To Accommodate,” Legal Education Society of Alberta, Calgary, October 30, 2012.
    • “Family Status,” Labour Arbitration Conference, June 9‑10, 2011.
    • “Social Media in the Workplace: Legal Considerations,” Institute of Professional Management, Calgary, May 3, 2011.
    • Canadian Labour Law Conference, Toronto, October 19‑20, 2010.
  • Memberships and activities
    • Canadian Bar Association
    • Law Society of Alberta
    • Calgary Bar Association