Melissa’s practice focuses on labour and employment law and litigation. She has appeared before the Nova Scotia and New Brunswick Labour Boards, the Nova Scotia Supreme Court and the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal, as well as in arbitrations and before boards of inquiry. Melissa regularly advises employers on employment standards, human rights, wrongful dismissals, and labour relations matters. She has experience in complex labour relations, including collective bargaining, drafting collective agreements, and responding to work stoppages. Melissa also handles employment agreement and workplace policy drafting, terminations, workplace accommodations, and workplace investigations.
While in law school, Melissa received a number of awards and scholarships in recognition of her academic achievements and community involvement. These include the Dalhousie Impact Gold D Award, the Schulich Scholarship, the Clifford Rae Achievement Award, the Jenkins Marzban Logan LLP Award in Law, and the Gowling WLG Law & Technology Prize. Melissa was also the recipient of the Muriel Duckworth Award in her graduating year, for raising consciousness of women’s issues and feminism in the legal community.
Melissa is a member of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, the Canadian Bar Association, and the Advocates’ Society. She has served on both provincial and national sections of the Canadian Bar Association. Melissa is also actively involved in the Advocates’ Society and has been appointed as a member of the national Young Advocates’ Standing Committee for the 2020-2022 term. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling, outdoor adventures, and spending time with her dog Elliot.
Jun 15, 2021
As of January 1, 2021, federally regulated employers (such as banks, telephone and cable systems, most federal Crown corporations,…