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Dentons is the world’s first polycentric global law firm. A top 20 firm on the Acritas 2015 Global Elite Brand Index, the Firm is committed to challenging the status quo in delivering consistent and uncompromising quality and value in new and inventive ways. Driven to provide clients a competitive edge, and connected to the communities where its clients want to do business, Dentons knows that understanding local cultures is crucial to successfully completing a deal, resolving a dispute or solving a business challenge. Now the world’s largest law firm, Dentons’ global team builds agile, tailored solutions to meet the local, national and global needs of private and public clients of any size in more than 125 locations serving 50-plus countries. www.dentons.com.

Our Editors

Andy Pushalik

Phone: 416 862 3468

As an associate in the firm’s Employment and Labour Group, Andy advises employers on a wide variety of issues including employee hirings and terminations, human rights, occupational health and safety, employment standards and labour relations. Andy joined the firm as a summer student in 2005 and articled with the firm in 2006-2007. Prior to his return as an associate, Andy clerked for the Honourable Mr. Justice Allen M. Linden and the Honourable Mr. Justice John M. Evans of the Federal Court of Appeal. While in law school Andy was awarded the J.W. Whiteside Award, the Gowlings LLP Prize in Securities Regulation and the CCH Prize for Legal Writing.

Barbara Johnston

Phone: 403 268 3030

Barbara is the Canadian Co-Chair of Dentons' Labour and Employment Group. Her practice focuses on labour, employment, human rights, constitutional and privacy law. She is actively involved in counselling employers in both union and non-union environments on labour relations and human resource issues.

Jeff Mitchell


Jeff is a partner in the Toronto Employment and Labour Group of Dentons Canada LLP. He represents public and private sector employers in the areas of employment and labour relations law, human rights and occupational health and safety. He regularly acts as counsel before employment tribunals and all levels of the Ontario courts. He also advises employers on contractual and labour issues, as well as advising employers proactively on strategies to effectively manage human resources issues.


Phone: 514 878 8820

Michel Towner has over 20 years of experience in federal and provincial labour law. Author of numerous articles, he has been invited by many organizations as a speaker on topics of interest for employers.


Related Services

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Disputes are a part of doing business; at Dentons, resolving them is our business. Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) is one of Dentons’ core practices. Litigation may be a necessary component of a dispute resolution strategy, but it is only one of the problem-solving tools we apply to resolve disputes.


Banking and Finance

Banking and finance is at the heart of every economy, providing the means to help businesses expand and investors grow. Dentons’ Banking and Finance team operates at the industry’s forefront, working with innovative finance products across the world.


Business Agreements and Commercial Contracts

From sensitive non-disclosure to complex cooperation agreements, contracts need to be tailored to reflect the position of the parties with a sufficient level of precision so that risk is contained and commercial interests are secured. In particular, when agreements touch upon regulated markets, specific industries or have cross-border or foreign law elements, Dentons’ resources, sector expertise and global reach add value.


Human Resources Advice and Counseling

Dentons’ Global Employment and Labor Group includes over 200 lawyers who regularly represent management in connection with employment- and benefits-related litigation, corporate and governmental investigations, executive compensation and counseling projects. Our lawyers are known for providing practical, business-oriented advice. With our global presence and contacts, we are one of only a few firms that can provide multinational businesses with a coordinated solution to all employment and benefits needs.


Litigation and Dispute Resolution

At Dentons, our lawyers draw upon their extensive experience, trusted judgment and insight to develop a customized strategy—always with your specific business objectives at top of mind. Together, we tackle challenges efficiently and effectively so that you can move ahead.


Occupational Safety and Health

Dentons’ occupational safety and health lawyers understand your commitment to workplace safety. We also understand the corporate and personal costs of a workplace accident or fatality. We have the experience to provide employers with rapid, strategic advice in response to an accident, compliance orders, administrative penalties or charges. We provide advice on your rights in a government safety investigation, how to manage risk, and how to conduct an internal investigation. With the stakes high and the time short, it is critical to have an experienced occupational health and safety lawyer on your side.


Pensions, Benefits and Executive Compensation

Pensions. Retirement plans. Employee benefits and executive compensation. If you’re searching for a firm with a deep knowledge and understanding of these areas, look no further. Dentons’ lawyers are leaders in their fields, providing you with clear and practical advice to help you achieve your goals and a seamless service that covers regulatory, fiduciary, tax, governance, transactions and disputes.


Privacy and Security

Our Privacy and Security lawyers operate at the intersection of technology and law. We understand that data is one of your core assets, driving insights and enabling development of valuable new products and services.



Governments everywhere recognize the importance of investment in transportation. The efficient movement of people and goods is fundamental to any economy and is a mainstay of world trade. And transportation is a significant area of growth in otherwise difficult economic times. Trains, planes, automobiles and ships have never been more in demand.