Lisa Goodfellow is a trusted adviser to employers on a wide range of employment and labour relations matters, including corporate mergers and acquisitions, wrongful dismissal actions, human rights, workplace investigations, employment standards, certification applications, collective bargaining, unfair labour practice complaints, grievance arbitrations, injunctions, and protection of proprietary information. She also conducts and advises on workplace investigations. Lisa guides her clients through complex and ever-changing labour and employment laws to find practical business solutions that work for them.
In addition, Lisa is experienced in advising both provincially and federally regulated employers in the public and private sectors. She prides herself in giving practical, proactive advice on a responsive and timely basis.
Professional achievements & leadership
- Instructor, Osgoode Hall Law School, Professional Development, Certificate in HR Law for HR Professionals
- Instructor, University of Guelph, Negotiations and Contract Administration
- Frequent author and lecturer on labour and employment topics in Canada and the United States
- Defended Transline Resource Group in an injunction motion brought by Randstad seeking injunctive relief to restrict its client from competing
- Defended a global real estate enterprise in successor employer applications and grievances at the OLRB brought by the Carpenters Union and LIUNA
- Defended CIT Financial Canada in an action for constructive dismissal by its former president
- Represented Ontario Graphite and successfully obtained an injunction against Great Lakes Graphite and two former employees to restrain them from competing and using confidential and proprietary information and contacts to springboard ahead of them
- Employment counsel to Service Experts and Lennox International in their sale to American Capital
- Employment counsel to Rakuten Inc. in their acquisition of Kobo Inc.
- Employment counsel to i2 Technologies Inc. in their acquisition by JDA Software
- Successfully defended against injunction proceedings in Spar Roofing v. Tuttle
- Employment counsel to Goldbelt Resources on its $118 million acquisition of Wega Mining
- Successfully defended buyer/employer at trial and on appeal in Kennedy v. Suburban Distributors Ltd.  O.J. No. 117, Can LII 712 (Ont. C.A.)
- Successfully defended wrongful dismissal and related claims in Gardiner v. i2 Technologies Inc.  O.J. No. 3288, 34 CCEL (3d) 13 (SCJ)
- Successfully defended MBNA Canada Bank in Perkins-Aboagye v. Chadwick and MBNA Canada Bank  O.J. No. 1248 (SCJ) and Perkins-Aboagye v. MBNA Canada Bank  O.J. No. 3267 (SCJ)
- Successfully defended all claims in Matcom Industrial Installations Inc. v. Canadian Machinery Movers  O.J. No. 3063 (SCJ)
- Successful on appeal to Ontario Court of Appeal in Oulahen v. Lyn Parks Inns Ltd.  O.J. No. 3381 (Ont. C.A.)
- Defeated successor and related employer applications by LIUNA against Zancor Homes and Oxville Homes Ltd.  O.L.R.B. Rep. May 1067
- Acted for Alliance Homes in Alliance Homes Inc.  O.L.R.B. Rep. December 1341
- Co-presenter, “OHSA and Workplace Investigations: What You Need to Know”, Miller Thomson’s 2017 Labour Relations & Employment Law Conference, April 6, 2017
- “Terminating the Employment Relationship: Minimizing Your Legal Exposure,” Osgoode Certificate in HR Law for HR Professionals, Toronto, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
- Presenter, “Canada’s Aging Workforce: Issues and Approaches for Dealing with Aging Employees,” Portfolio Managers Association of Canada, Toronto, February 17, 2015
- Senior Practitioners Panel, HRPA Law Conference, Toronto, October 22, 2014
- Presenter, “Managing the Absent Employee,” Miller Thomson’s Labour Relations and Employment Law Conference, Toronto, April 24, 2014
- Co-presenter, “Top Ten Employment Cases,” Miller Thomson’s Labour Relations and Employment Law Conference, Toronto, April 24, 2014
- Co-presenter, panel discussion, “What’s New in Legal?” Retail Council of Canada’s HR Conference, Apr 1- 2, 2014
- “The Six-Minute Employment Lawyer 2014,” hosted by The Law Society of Ontario
- “Drug and Alcohol Testing in the Workplace,” Chatham-Kent, HRPAO, 2013
- “Managing employees in the twitter era,” Miller Thomson Labour Relations and Employment Law Conference, 2011
- “Conducting Workplace Investigations,” HR/Legal Professional Development 2012
- “Changes to Court Procedures: Will You be Facing More Litigation?” FMC Employment & Labour Law Update, Toronto, October 20, 2009
- “Employment Agreements,” 2009 Negotiating and Drafting Major Business Agreements Conference, Toronto, February 2-3, 2009
- “Get your Shots: How to Immunize Yourself Against Liability Using Employment Contracts,” FMC Employment & Labour Law Update, Toronto, October 15, 2008
- “Facing up to Facebook in the Workplace,” The Law Society of Ontario, Six Minute Labour Lawyer Conference, June 19, 2008
- “Canadian Employment Law,” Doing Business in Canada, Lorman Business Seminars, Buffalo NY, 2008 and 2009
- Moderator, “Social Networking Websites—Challenges for the Workplace,” The Law Society of Ontario, CLE Teleseminar, 2008 and 2009
- “Termination of Employment and Innocent Absenteeism,” HRPAO, Chatham-Kent Chapter
- Commentary in “Marketing Tool or Time Waster?” by Heather Campannelli, Canadian Lawyer, November/December 2007
- “Preparing for a Workplace Pandemic: Have the Disaster Plan in Place Before the Disaster Happens,” FMC Client Seminar
- “Social Host Liability: The Zoe Childs Decision,” CTV Newsnet Evening News
- “Overtime Rules Exemptions,” Lorman Business Seminars
- “Bill 211: Eliminating Mandatory Retirement,” Osgoode Hall Law School CLE Program
- “Labour Law 101,” Doing Business in Canada: Issues Across the Border, Lorman Business Seminars
- “Employee Terminations: Minimizing the Risk of Wrongful and Unjust Dismissal Claims,” Absenteeism Management, Infonex
- “Canadian Employment Law: Obligations on Termination of Employment,” Doing Business in Canada: Issues Across the Border, Lorman Business Seminars
- “NAFTA Business Immigration,” Doing Business in Canada: Issues Across the Border, Lorman Business Seminars
- “A Canadian Human Rights Law Primer,” Doing Business in Canada: Issues Across the Border, Lorman Business Seminars
- “Independent Contractors: Statutory Duties and the Employment Trap,” Minimizing Liability with Independent Contractors, Infonex
- “Employee Terminations: The Employer’s Rights and Responsibilities,” Infonex
- “When Termination is Unavoidable: Most Effective Ways to Discipline or Terminate Employees,” Human Resources Law for Aboriginal Employers, Infonex
- “Cabotage and Immigration Issues for Drivers,” 2nd Annual Transportation Safety and Regulatory Compliance Seminar, Infonex
- “Determining Which Jurisdictional Standards take Precedence, and When,” Critical Issues for First Nation Employers, Infonex
- “The Latest on Just Cause and Reasonable Notice,” Keeping Your Edge: Current Issues for Managing People, FMC Client Seminar
- “Drug and Alcohol Testing,” Workplace Privacy Issues, FMC Client Seminar
- “The Canada Labour Code: Key Areas of Interest for Federally-Regulated Employers,” FMC National Client Seminar
- “The Duty to Accommodate and Undue Hardship: Where is the Limit?” FMC National Client Seminar
- “Can a Non-Compete Protect Your Business?,” Canadian Consulting Engineer Magazine, February 2018
- “Exceptional Notice Period Assessed for Dependent Contractors,” Labour and Employment Communiqué, March 17, 2016
- Co-Author, Employment Litigation Manual, Lexis Nexis Butterworths, 2nd edition, 2014
- “Supreme Court Overturns B.C. Court of Appeal’s Ruling on Competition by Ex-Employee,” Lexology, 2009
- “Social Networking Issues in the Workplace,” Focus on Technology/IP, Volume 1, Issue 2, 2008
- “Employment Litigation: Has Overtime Class Action Fever Hit Canada?” Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers in Canada, 2007
- “Legal Challenges to Rolling Out the Latest in Biometric Identification Systems,” 2007
- “Recent Developments in Employment Law,” 2007
- “Handle with Care: A Clear Relocation Policy will Prevent Employee Relations from Getting Hurt in a Move,” Workplace News, 2006
- North American Transportation Industrial Relations Association
- Canadian Bar Association, Labour and Employment Law Section
- Advocate’s Society, Employment section
Bar admissions & education
- Ontario Bar, 1993
- LL.B., Western University, 1991
- B.A. (Honours), University of Toronto, 1988
Lisa Goodfellow quoted in article on firing by text message
Labour and employment lawyer Lisa Goodfellow is quoted in an HRM Online article on firing by text message. HRM Online is a digital news source for human resources leaders across Canada. Read the article: “Despicable… Cowardice”: Fired by text
The firm acted for Rakuten in respect of a highly public and complex $315 million acquisition of all of the shares of Kobo Inc.
The Miller Thomson team that acted for Rakuten Inc. (JASDAQ:4755) included the following: Beryl Green, Steve Wesfield, Jason Rosen, Steven Oh, Joe Marin, Mara Banack and David Carter (corporate), Andrew Roman (regulatory), Bob Stewart (securities), Lyne Gaulin (tax), Lisa Goodfellow...
Strategies for Accommodating, Disciplining and Testing the Addicted Employee
Webinar hosted on April 30, 2015 for a session on managing addictions and drug and alcohol testing in the workplace. Speakers will offer practical advice on the following: Investigating suspected cases of substance abuse; Introducing a legal testing policy; Distinguishing...
Nicole Byres and Lisa Goodfellow workplace investigations webinar
Nicole Byres and Lisa Goodfellow present a webinar for XpertHR on “Workplace Investigations: Tips and Best Practices”.
Lisa Goodfellow and Laura Cassiani presented a webinar on Employee Absenteeism and Duty to Accommodate to members of the Retail Council of Canada.
Managing absenteeism in the workplace is a challenging exercise for employers. In addition to the practical challenges of staffing, the law also imposes significant duties on employers in the process of accommodating disability related absences. This session will review the...
Miller Thomson and HUB International Limited co-host a roundtable discussion for Family Health Teams and Community Health Centres.
Miller Thomson and HUB International Limited are co-hosting an invitational roundtable on the theme “Legal Landscape of Family Health Teams and Community Health Centres” on Thursday, October 23, 2014 at the Miller Thomson Toronto office. Approximately 25 participants will be...
Lisa Goodfellow speaks on a senior practitioners’ panel at the HRPA 2014 HR Law Conference.
Lisa Goodfellow will be on a Senior Practioners Panel at the HRPA Law Conference on October 22, 2014.
Lisa Goodfellow presents at The Six-Minute Employment Lawyer 2014, hosted by The Law Society of Upper Canada.
André Nowakowski, Lisa Goodfellow and Clifford Hart will present in a panel discussion on “What’s New in Legal?” at the Retail Council of Canada’s HR Conference.
The session will be moderated by Laura Hammond (Country Human Resources Manager, H&M).
Drug and Alcohol Testing in the Workplace, Chatham-Kent, HRPAO, 2013
Drug and Alcohol Testing in the Workplace, Chatham-Kent, HRPAO, 2013
Lisa Goodfellow presents “Terminating the Employment Relationship: Minimizing Your Legal Exposure” at the Osgoode Certificate in HR Law for HR Professionals.
Miller Thomson’s 2017 Labour Relations & Employment Law Conference
We are pleased to invite you to Miller Thomson’s complimentary Labour Relations & Employment Law Conference. Our featured speakers will provide legal and practical insights on emerging HR topics impacting the workplace. Our program has been pre-approved for 5.75 Continuing Professional Development...
Workplace Investigations in Canada: Tips & Best Practices
Areas of discussion include: Tips and best practices for preparing, conducting, concluding the investigation (what to do with the results) The tools and best practices that will minimize negative impacts on HR and the business The legal liability typically associated...
The Osgoode Certificate in HR Law for HR Professionals
Lisa Goodfellow and Robert England teach at Osgoode Hall for The Osgoode Certificate in HR Law for HR Professionals. For more information, please visit OsgoodePD.ca To register, please click here. Download the Brochure.
Labour Relations & Employment Law Update.
Miller Thomson’s Labour and Employment Group hosts “Labour Relations & Employment Law Update.”
Labour Relations & Employment Conference
Miller Thomson’s Labour Relations & Employment Law Group presents an all-day conference focussing on current labour and employment issues affecting organizations today. Special Guest Speakers: Bernard Fishbein, Chair, Ontario Labour Relations Board Wendy Mesley, Award-winning broadcast journalist SESSION TOPICS: National...
Can a Non-Compete Protect Your Business?
Canadian Consulting Engineer
Employers keen to protect their business commonly put non-competition clauses in their employment contracts, or a stand-alone non-competition agreement. A duty not to compete during the period of employment is fine, and even implicit in every employment relationship. One that...
Welcome News from the Ontario Court of Appeal: Nemeth v. Hatch Ltd.
In a refreshing and sensible decision released in January, the Ontario Court of Appeal found the express termination clause in a contract of employment to be enforceable and to restrict the plaintiff’s entitlement to notice. The clause in question provided:...
Ethical, Legal and Equitable Duties in Fundraising
There are a number of ethical, legal, and equitable rules that directors, officers, and employees of charities and not-for-profit organizations must follow. This article focuses in particular on persons engaged in fundraising roles and what they need to know to...
Exceptional Notice Period Assessed for Dependent Contractors
An employee’s right to implied reasonable notice of termination in the absence of an express termination provision depends on various factors, such as age, length of service, and character of employment. Very few awards have exceeded 24 months. The Ontario...
Lisa Goodfellow comments on stock option plans in Advisor.ca article
Advisor.ca, "Tax and Estate Issues with Stock Options"
One of your best clients just got promoted, and her compensation package includes stock options. To factor them into her plan, you need to understand how options work, how they’re taxed, and what will happen to them when she dies.
Employment Litigation Manual
Lexis Nexis Butterworths, 2nd edition
Union Found to Have Committed Unfair Labour Practice in Organizing Drive
In a decision released June 25, 2012, the Ontario Labour Relations Board (the “Board”) has found that an organizer from the Labourers’ International Union of North America, Ontario Provincial District Council (“LIUNA”) improperly influenced employees of Graham Bros. Construction Limited...
Supreme Court Overturns B.C. Court of Appeal’s Ruling on Competition by Ex-Employee
Social Networking Issues in the Workplace, Focus on Technology/IP
Volume 1, Issue 2
Nuera Transport and TexTrail combine to create fastest growing trailer parts distributor in North America
Counsel to Nuera Transport Inc.
FRONTSTEPS completes cross-border acquisition of Evercondo
Counsel to Evercondo
SGS Canada acquires BioVision Seed Research
Counsel to SGS Canada Inc.
Worldlynx Wireless LP sold to national wireless carrier
Counsel to Worldlynx Wireless LP and its subsidiary Day 2 Mobility Inc.
SGS Canada acquires AXYS Analytical Services
Counsel to SGS Canada Inc.
Groupe Touchette Inc. acquires assets of Dealer Tire Canada ULC and enters into long-term partnership with Dealer Tire LLC
Canadian counsel to Dealer Tire, LLC
Key Knife completes cross-border acquisition of Canadian power tool manufacturer
Counsel to Key Knife Inc.
Harley-Davidson acquires assets of Fred Deeley Imports
Counsel to Harley-Davidson
Arsenal Capital Partners portfolio company Royal Adhesives & Sealants acquires Chemque
Counsel to Royal Adhesives & Sealants