Shelley-Mae Mitchell

Shelley-Mae Mitchell  


Executive Summary

Shelley-Mae Mitchell is a member of BLG's Partnership Board, and a partner in our Labour and Employment Group in our Vancouver office. She focuses her practice on all aspects of labour and employment law, including preventive advice, employment policies and procedures, human rights complaints, wrongful dismissals, employment litigation, injunction applications, and employment standards appeals. She also practises in most labour areas, including arbitrations, collective bargaining, picketing injunctions, and Labour Board Applications.

Shelley-Mae has appeared as counsel in the British Columbia Supreme Court, British Columbia Court of Appeal, and Federal Court. As well, she has conducted Human Rights hearings, arbitrations, mediations and picketing actions before the Labour Relations Board.

Representative Work

General Representative Work

  • Conducts and defends wrongful dismissal trials at all court levels.
  • Conducts Human Rights hearings.
  • Advises on constructive dismissals; terminations based on cause; large lay-offs; executive compensation packages; multiple severance packages; Employment Standards and Canada Labour Code advice; sexual harassment; complaints and mediations pursuant to both Federal and Provincial legislation; and application, implementation and drafting of various employment policies and employment agreements.
  • Collective bargaining experience as company spokesperson in BC and Alberta
  • Represents companies in various Labour Arbitrations and Labour Board Hearings.
  • Provides training and educational workshops to clients on various topics, including harassment seminars, discipline techniques and managers’ training.
  • Provides opinions and advice to businesses on various employment issues, including takeovers, acquisitions, stock options agreements, plant closures and other related issues.
  • Provides employment and labour advice and due diligence for both private and public corporations.
  • Drafts and provides advice on Executive Agreements including compensation and change-of-control provisions.
  • Provides ongoing advice regarding labour negotiations and Collective Agreement interpretation and drafting.

Publications & Presentations

  • Speaker, "Tricky Terminations," BLG's Labour and Employment Breakfast Seminar, November 2015.
  • Speaker, "Re-Designing the Employment Relationship: Progressive Strategies to Stay Ahead of Family Status Accommodation and an Ageing Workforce," People Focus Conference, November 2015.
  • Speaker, "Re-Designing the Employment Relationship: Progressive Strategies to Stay Ahead of Family Status Accommodation," HRM Master Class, The Legal Series, KMI Media, June 2015.
  • Speaker, "2015 Human Rights Update," BLG U, May 2015.
  • Speaker, "2015 Human Rights Update," BLG's Labour and Employment Breakfast Seminar, May 2015.
  • Speaker, "Know Your Legal Obligations for Emergency Response," Strategy Institute, April 2015.
  • Speaker, "Hiring Do's and Don'ts," BLG Toronto Symposium, November 20, 2014.
  • Speaker, "Creating and Maintaining a Respectful Workplace," Central 1 Credit Union People Focus Conference, November 2014.
  • Speaker, "Best Practices for Firing Employees," BLG U, October 14, 2014.
  • Speaker, "Employment Issues:  Managing Problems and Controlling Legal Costs," BLG U, November 14, 2013.
  • Speaker, "Haunting Tales of Dismissal Firing Do's and Don'ts," BLG Client Seminar, October, 2013.
  • Speaker, “Just Cause for Dismissal:  How To, When To, and Can You?,” 15th Annual Labour and Employment Law Symposium, November 2012.
  • Speaker, “Cause for Dismissal:  How To, When To, and Can You?,” Central 1 Credit Union People Focus Conference, October 2012.
  • Speaker, “Bill 14: Anti-Bullying and Harassment Manager Training,” Vancouver Aquarium Training Seminar, October 2012.
  • Speaker, “Harassment in the Workplace:  A Guide to Prevention,”  Vancouver Aquarium Training Seminar, October 2012.
  • Author, “Sexual Harassment Laws:  Still Striving to Find the Balance,” BLG’s Labour and Employment Law News, Summer 2011.
  • Author/Presenter, “Workplace Disabilities,” BLG U In-House Counsel Development Court, May 2010.
  • Author/Presenter, “Disability and Illness in the Workplace,” BLG Client Seminar, April 2010.
  • Author/Presenter, “Human Rights and Employment Law Updates,” BLG U In-House Counsel Professional Development Court, October 2009.
  • Author/Presenter, “Weathering the Storm:  Downsizing and Alternatives in Difficult Times,” BLG Client Seminar, April 2009.
  • Author/Presenter, “Performance Management:  “The Do’s, the Don’ts, and the Whys?,” Labour & Employment Symposium, November 2007.
  • Author/Presenter, “A Market Characterized by a Shortage of Workers,” T.E. Ladner Symposium, November 2007.
  • Author/Presenter, “Performance Management and Cause For Dismissal," Labour & Employment Client Symposium, June 2007.

Rankings & Recognitions

  • ​Recognized in the 2019, 2018 and 2017 editions of Chambers Canada Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business (Employment & Labour: British Columbia).