Cynthia is a senior lawyer who is respected by her clients and peers alike. She provides proactive advice and representation to employer and employee clients on human resource and employment-related matters, including human rights, occupational health and safety requirements, and risk-management.
With a focus on management needs, she works with the management teams, Human Resources and Corporate Security divisions of businesses of various sizes and diverse industries ranging from family-owned businesses and start-ups, to large public and multi-national corporations to provide strategic advice and operational support towards comprehensive workplace policies and practice. Her wide range of experience includes counselling and representing clients on a variety of employment related issues, including hiring practices, employment and service agreements, employee policies and procedures, performance management, managing employee leaves of absence, employee discipline and termination, occupational health and safety, and discrimination and harassment.
She also provides comprehensive advice to Senior Management and Executives on compensation, remuneration and share entitlements. A skilled litigator, her expertise includes advising clients in the practical avoidance of litigation on contentious workplace and employment disputes, and representing clients before all levels of Courts and administrative tribunals in Ontario if and when litigation results.
Cynthia’s Unique Skills
Prior to focusing her practice to employment law, Cynthia practiced in commercial litigation and held the role of Senior Counsel and Head of Litigation for North American’s largest competitive retailer of energy-related services. With this background, Cynthia is able to “get in the trenches” to identify and understand the business needs and strategies of her employer clients and offer practical advice and solutions. She is recognized for her attention to detail, and for being able to develop a unique alliance with her clients – developing practical strategies to enable them to navigate all statutory and human resources obligations and achieve sound workplace practices and policies.
Certified in The Reid Technique of Advanced Interviewing and Interrogation, Cynthia also has experience working with parties in addressing allegations of bullying, harassment, fraud and workplace misconduct. Cynthia assists and advises business owners and Human Resources personnel on all aspects of workplace investigations, including providing an objective review and assessment of workplace complaints and allegations of employee misconduct.
Media Appearances and Publications
With a passion for training and education, Cynthia has developed and delivered training for Senior Management, Human Resources representatives, and operational personnel. In recognition of her dedication and commitment to developing best practices, Cynthia is often invited to speak before human resource associations in addition to in-house seminars on matters addressing all practices and aspects of the employment relationship. In addition to her seminar attendances, Cynthia has commented on caselaw and employment issues in regular newsletters, First Reference Talks, has appeared on the Canadian HR Reporter TV, and commented on issues of workplace harassment for David McKie, a CBC News journalist.
Beyond her professional career, Cynthia is a proud wife and mother of two teenagers whom she cheers on in competitive dance and lacrosse. When not in the office, you will likely find Cynthia offering her services in another capacity. Her commitment to her family and the broader community sees her volunteering in several capacities with her local school, dance and lacrosse communities. Cynthia is also keen in her own extra-curricular activities of tap and jazz dancing, and her recent entry into the world of kick boxing.
For some, Cynthia will be remembered as the winner of the coveted mirror-ball trophy in the Community Foundation of Mississauga’s 2014 Dancing with the Mississauga Stars.
Year of Call, 1995
B.A. (Econ.) University of Western Ontario (now Western University)
LL.B. University of British Columbia (including studies at UC Hastings College of Law)
Member: Law Society of Upper Canada