Odessa O'Dell  


Executive Summary

Odessa O’Dell is an associate in BLG’s Labour and Employment Group and practices out of our Ottawa office. She enjoys working with employers on a wide variety of labour and employment issues, including union organizing and certification, collective bargaining, wrongful dismissal actions, employee terminations, arbitrations, human rights, occupational health and safety as well as workplace safety and insurance.

Odessa has appeared before numerous courts and tribunals in both Ontario and Alberta, including Small Claims Court, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice and the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench. She has also appeared before a number of federal tribunals including the Occupational Health and Safety Tribunal of Canada.

Odessa graduated from the French Common Law Program at the University of Ottawa. She is fluent in both English and French, and practices in both official languages.

Representative Work

  • Acts on behalf of employers in employment law litigation.
  • Acts on behalf of unionized employers in all aspects of labour law.
  • Acts on behalf of employers in human rights, workers compensation, pay equity and workplace privacy.
  • Guides employers through occupational health and safety matters, from incident investigation through to litigation and/or prosecution.

Publications & Presentations

  • Speaker, "Your Employee Hiring Toolkit: A Spring Tune-Up," BLG Labour & Employment Breakfast Seminar, June 2019.
  • Author, "But We've Only Just Met - No Short Notice for Short Service in Ontario," Canadian Employment Law Today, March 2019.
  • Speaker, “Asserting Privilege During OHS Investigations,” Employment Symposium, 2016.