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Gary T. Clarke

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Gary T. Clarke
Law Practice
Gary Clarke is a partner in the Calgary office of Stikeman Elliott. Mr. Clarke's practice focuses on employment, labour relations, human rights and privacy law. He assists employers in both union and non-union environments with various human resources and labour relations issues including: drafting employment agreements, compensation schemes, workplace policies, restrictive covenants and non-disclosure agreements, recruiting, retention and termination practices and procedures, discipline and grievances, human rights issues and investigations, disability management, drug and alcohol testing policies and practices, employment standards compliance, occupational health and safety issues, privacy issues and complaints, labour relations issues and advice and litigation arising from terminations and departing employees. Mr. Clarke also has extensive experience advising employers in the context of corporate transactions, restructurings and insolvencies, including new developments such as compliance with Canada's new anti-spam legislation.

Mr. Clarke creatively works with employers in Alberta, British Columbia and in the Federal jurisdiction to develop strategies to avoid problems in the workplace with the aim of minimizing the risks of litigation or disruption to the employer's business. Mediation and other alternative dispute resolution approaches are frequently used to achieve these aims. In situations where litigation is necessary or cannot be avoided, has experience before the various administrative tribunals and courts.

Mr. Clarke is listed and recognized in the following publications:

  • Chambers Canada 2017 as a leading lawyer in Employment and Labour (Alberta and Nationwide), with clients noting "he is very professional, very knowledgeable and has good perspective". They add: "he has done a lot of different types of work, and doesn't get riled up".

  • Chambers Global 2017 as a leading lawyer in Employment and Labour (Nationwide), with clients noting "very client-focused" individual who "knows the law through and through".

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2017 as a leading lawyer in Employment Law.

  • Rated BV® Distinguished by Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Board.

Professional Activities
Mr. Clarke is a member of the British Columbia Human Resources Management Association, the Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers, the Labour Law, Human Rights, Employment Law, Privacy and Alternative Dispute Resolution sub-sections of the Canadian Bar Association, the Labour and Employment section of the International Bar Association and the Labour and Employment section of the American Bar Association.

Mr. Clarke is a director of the H&R Block Cycling Team and was the Calgary office's team captain for the 2012 Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer. He is also currently the Chair of the Associates Committee of the Calgary office.

Queen's University (LL.B. 1993), University of New Brunswick (BA Honours 2000), York University (LL.M. 2009).

Bar Admission
Alberta, 2007
British Columbia, 1994

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