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Thomas W.R. Ross, Partner

Direct Line: 403.303.9124
Email: tross@mross.com

Practice Area(s): Labour & Employment
Law School: University of Alberta
Bar Admission: Alberta

Practice Profile

  • Litigator and advisor in labour relations, employment law, human rights, administrative law and related matters

Representative Work

  • Advises clients in all areas of labour and employment law especially in construction labour relations where he assists organizations in structuring for and operating in industrial and commercial construction (both unionized and non-unionized)
  • Involved in representing clients in collective bargaining and in matters before the Labour Relations Board, grievance arbitration boards, the Human Rights Commission, the Privacy Commission, other workplace tribunals, and all levels of the Canadian court system, including the Supreme Court of Canada
  • Advises employers regarding the drafting, implementation, and application of executive contracts, collective agreements, employment agreements, non-competition and confidentiality provisions, change of control agreements, drug and alcohol testing programs, harassment policies, general employment policies and practices, and regarding temporary foreign workers
  • Particularly active in the oil sands in assisting organizations to structure their affairs in order to minimize labour relations problems
  • Represents numerous construction and maintenance contractors, as well as owners, in preparing and implementing strategic labour relations plans
  • Represented contractors and owners in many labour relations proceedings, ranging from union certification applications to labour strikes

Courts and Tribunals

  • Experienced before all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada
  • Regularly appears before the Alberta Labour Relations Board with respect to union certification applications, unfair labour practice complaints, illegal strikes, picketing, successorship applications, common employer applications and bargaining disputes
  • Regularly appears before grievance arbitration boards
  • Also deals with matters before the Human Rights Commission, Privacy Commission and the Canada Industrial Relations Board


  • Undergraduate degree from the Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario (Honours Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration)
  • Bachelor of Laws from the University of Alberta

Publications and Presentations

  • Tom is a frequent writer and speaker on labour relations and employment matters. He has lectured on labour and employment topics to classes at universities and colleges and at various business and professional seminars

Awards and Recognition

  • Former chair of McLennan Ross’s Labour & Employment Practice Group
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in Canada under Labour and Employment Law
  • Tom has been recognized in The Canadian Legal LEXPERT Directory as a “leading practitioner”

To contact Tom, call 403.303.9124 or email tross@mross.com.

Environmental Investigations & Prosecutions
Members of the Energy, Environmental & Regulatory Practice Group have been involved in investigations and prosecutions involving major facilities.  This includes assisting the owner with developing strategies, briefing employees for the interview process and responding to prosecutions.

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