Jeff Grubb is Miller Thomson’s Office Managing Partner in Saskatchewan. Jeff is a civil litigator with a unique appreciation and understanding of agricultural and food issues and disputes. In addition to practicing law, Jeff owns and operates a grain farm in Saskatchewan. His background and knowledge in the agriculture and food industry bring added credibility to his role in assisting clients in that industry.
In October 2006, Jeff was the only Saskatchewan lawyer to be named as an industry specialist in the area of “Food and Agriculture” by Lexpert in its Guide to the Top 100 Industry Specialists in Canada. Jeff is also a past co-chair of Miller Thomson’s Agribusiness & Food specialty group.
Jeff also practices labour and employment law, offering strategic and sage advice to employer clients endeavouring to manage their personnel in a responsible and productive manner.
Commercial litigation: Jeff represents parties in all phases of civil litigation from debt realization to commercial and shareholder disputes. In addition to litigation strategies, Jeff provides counsel to parties negotiating non-litigious resolutions (including mediation) to commercial disputes.
Insurance litigation: Jeff provides defence counsel to insurers on a variety of commercial matters, with an emphasis on agricultural related issues.
Labour and employment: Jeff represents employers (in both unionized and non-unionized workplaces) in all employment matters, from hiring to termination, to human rights and harassment complaints, to grievance handling and arbitration, to wrongful dismissal claims..
Administrative law: Jeff represents parties appearing before administrative tribunals, including the Saskatchewan Municipal Board, Saskatchewan Labour Relations Board, and Agricultural Operations Review Board, to name a few.
Labour relations: Jeff represents employers with unionized workplaces on matters such as contract negotiation, grievance arbitration, and unfair labour practice claims.
Human rights: Jeff represents employers in addressing human rights issues and complaints, including the scope and nature of an employer’s obligation to accommodate employees in relation to one of the prohibited grounds.
Shareholder disputes: Jeff assists shareholders and companies to resolve internal disputes, whether through the courts or mediation.
Mediation and arbitration: Jeff represents parties in all phases of mediation and arbitration proceedings, and develops a strategy to most effectively resolve disputes.
Municipal services: Jeff represents municipal governments in all aspects of their mandate and operation, including tax enforcement, property and business assessment advice, expropriation, and zoning.
Professional achievements & leadership
- Chambers Canada ranked lawyer, Litigation: General Commercial, 2019
- Appointed a Queen’s Counsel in December 2000
- Appointed in June 2002 as a Coroner to preside over inquest hearings in Saskatchewan
- Recipient of the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal in recognition of significant contribution to society and outstanding achievement
- Panelist, “Mental Illness – the impact on the Workplace,” CBA Labour and Employment Law Conference, Ottawa, November, 2018.
- Former Contributor, Saskatchewan Legal Education Society Inc. – Bar Course: Practice Points for Commercial Litigators in the Mediation Process and Pre-Trial Conference Practice
- Presenter, “Changes in US Law: How Do They Affect the Canadian Food and Beverage Industry,” Lexpert Food & Beverage seminar, Toronto,- April 2016
- Presenter, “Canada’s perspective of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, Country of Origin Labelling, and the Food Safety Modernization Act,” Gray Plant Mooty Agriculture and Food Symposium, Minneapolis, – March 2016
- Moderator and presenter, “Labour Standards Act in Saskatchewan,” seminar, 2007 and 2008
- Panelist, “Negotiating Ethics and Best Practices in Civil Disputes,” Canadian Bar Association, Saskatchewan Branch, Mid-Winter Meeting, 2007.
- Panelist, “Negotiating Ethics and Best Practices in Civil Disputes,” Canadian Bar Association, National Annual Meeting, Calgary, 2007
- Interviewee, Negotiating Ethics Study, by Marjorie L. Benson, College of Law, University of Saskatchewan
- Presenter, “The Coroners Inquest,” Canadian Bar Association (Saskatchewan Branch) Administrative Law Section (South),February 2008
- Presenter, “Negotiating Ethics and Best Practices in Civil Disputes,” Canadian Bar Association (Saskatchewan Branch) Civil Litigation Section (South), December 2008
- Presenter, “Identifying Risk during the Pre-Tender Phase,” Canadian Institute Construction Superconference Saskatchewan, April 2009
- Presenter, ”Conflict of Interest: Municipal Councillors,” Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association Regional Meeting, November 2009
- Presenter, “” Canadian Institute Construction Superconference, Saskatchewan, April 2010
- Panelist, “Planning for the Future: Law Firm Succession/Acquisitions/Mergers,” Canadian Bar Association, Saskatchewan Branch, Mid-Winter Meeting, 2012
- Presenter, “Some Recent Trends in Labour and Employment Law,” Canadian Corporate Counsel Association (Manitoba Branch), March 2012
- Presenter, “The Saskatchewan Employment Act,” seminar, November 2013
- Presenter, “Making Mandatory Mediation and Pre-Trial Conferences More Productive for Clients,” Saskatchewan Trial Lawyers Association, Fall 2004 Conference, 2004
- Presenter, “Trial by Paper: Preparing Effective Affidavits,” Saskatchewan Legal Education Society Inc. televised seminar,March 2002
- Coordinator of and presenter, “Pre-Trial Conferences–Effective Practice,” Saskatchewan Legal Education Society Inc. televised seminar, March 1997
- Panelist, “Mediating a Commercial Dispute–Practice Points For Mediators From A Commercial Litigators Perspective,” Mediation Saskatchewan 1995 Annual Conference, 1995
- “Reinventing the Wheel: Changes to the Standard ‘40 Hour’ Work Week and Expanded Decertification Timelines,” Labour and Employment Communiqué, March 27, 2014
- “Crime & Punishment: A Case Study in Human Rights and Criminal Record Checks,” Labour and Employment Communiqué, June 13, 2012
- Former Director, Carmichael Outreach Inc., a Regina based non-profit organization that serves those in greatest need: 2009-2013; Chair of the Board of Directors 2011-2013.
- Past member of the University of Saskatchewan “Thinking the World of our Future” Saskatchewan Campaign Committee
- President, Canadian Bar Association, Saskatchewan Branch, 2000-2001
- Member, Board of Directors, Canadian Bar Association (National): 2000-2001
- Member, Board of Directors, The Canadian Bar Law For The Future Fund: 2000-2001
- Chair, Canadian Bar Association, Saskatchewan Branch, 1998 Mid-Winter Meeting
- Member, Board of Directors, Saskatchewan Opportunities Corporation: 1998-2002
- Vice-Chair, Regina Research Park Advisory Board,1999-2002
- President, Saskatchewan New Democratic Party, 2002/05
- Vice-President, Saskatchewan New Democratic Party, 2001-2002 and 2006-2007
- Member, Canadian Bar Association
- Member, Regina Bar Association
- Member, Law Society of Saskatchewan
- Member, Administrative and Labour Law section of the Canadian Bar Association, Saskatchewan Branch
Bar admissions & education
- Saskatchewan Bar, 1988
- LL.B., University of Saskatchewan, 1987
- B.A. (honours), University of Saskatchewan, 1984
Miller Thomson earns top rankings in Chambers Canada 2019
Miller Thomson earned a top “Band 1” ranking for two practice areas in the 2019 Chambers Canada Guide. Our Charities and Not-For-Profit group is regarded as being “leaders in the charitable sector,” and praised for their ability to “help find solutions in complex situations.” Our Agribusiness group...
Getting the Deal Through – Agribusiness 2017 now available
The 2017 edition of Getting the Deal Through – Agribusiness (Law Business Research) is now available. This comprehensive guide covers the latest developments and trends, providing expert analysis and insight into agricultural laws and regulations worldwide, in a simple-to-read Q&A...
Miller Thomson’s Agribusiness Group featured in National Post
Miller Thomson’s Agribusiness and Food Group is featured the National Post article, “Chambers Canada: Agribusiness sector sprouts with Canada farmland boom” following the group’s Band 1 ranking in the inaugural Chambers guide which ranks the country’s leading law firm and...
Miller Thomson receives top honours in Chambers Canada
Twelve Miller Thomson lawyers and four practice groups were ranked in the recently published first edition of the Chambers Canada Guide. The Guide ranks leading lawyers and law firms practicing in all provinces and territories across Canada, in over 40...
Wendy Baker and Jeff Grubb are quoted in Lexpert® on agribusiness on the rise
In the wake of huge global deals like Glencore’s acquisition of Viterra, national law firms are realizing what regional firms have known for years: agribusiness is on the rise. Read the full article in the April 2013 edition: From Dirt...
Miller Thomson’s Agriculture and Food Production Group lawyers offered context and perspective on the recently released 2011 Census of Agriculture
2012 Media Coverage Lawyers from several offices were interviewed by media about key findings of the census, including changes in farm succession planning and the increasing average age of the Canadian farmer. Brian Kaliel, from our Edmonton office, is quoted...
Miller Thomson Hosts Habitat for Humanity Regina Fundraising Gala – September 6, 2012
Miller Thomson is proud to be hosting a fundraising gala for Habitat for Humanity Regina. On Thursday, September 6, 2012 our Regina office will be hosting a gala dinner at the Delta Regina with the goal of raising $100,000 to...
Jeff Grubb sits on panel at the CBA Administrative Law, Labour and Employment Conference
Jeff Grubb sits as a panelist on the “Mental Illness – the impact on the Workplace” panel during the CBA Administrative Law, Labour and Employment Conference in Ottawa in November. This plenary session will explore mental illness and its impact...
Miller Thomson lawyers present Food & Beverage Industry course
Wendy Baker and Catherine Bate are course leaders for Lexpert Professional Development’s 2nd Annual Food & Beverage Industry in Canada course: The Dawn of a New Era – What to Expect in 2017. The program covers: “Regulatory Overview”, presented by Wendy...
Social Impact Breakfast Seminar
Miller Thomson is hosting a complimentary breakfast seminar presented by the lawyers from our Social Impact group, who will discuss general best practices for nonprofits and charities operating in Saskatchewan, as well as cover recent developments in the voluntary sector...
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...
Consuming Medical Marijuana at Work Can Get One Fired
The termination of an employee observed using cannabis while driving a Town vehicle has been upheld in Saskatchewan. In The Town of Kindersley v. Canadian Union of Public Employees, Local 2740, the board of arbitration determined that termination was appropriate,...
The Importance of Workplace Safety
With the 2014 introduction of The Saskatchewan Employment Act, and the repeal of The Occupational Health and Safety Act, fines for workplace fatalities in Saskatchewan rose to a maximum of $1.5 million for a corporation, and up to $500,000 for...
To Insure or Not to Insure: Employment Group Benefits
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Reinventing the Wheel: Changes to the Standard “40 Hour” Work Week and Expanded Decertification Timelines
Saskatchewan has overhauled all of its employment related laws and combined them into The Saskatchewan Employment Act. While the Act itself has been finalized it has not yet come into force and is not yet law. The hold-up appears to...
Crime & Punishment: A Case Study in Human Rights and Criminal Record Checks
In Penner v. Fort Garry Services Inc. (“Penner”), the Manitoba Human Rights Commission Board of Adjudication (the “Board”) considered the question of whether discrimination based on a previous criminal record was prohibited by The Human Rights Code (Manitoba) (the “Manitoba Code”)....