Tessa is an active member of Miller Thomson’s Labour and Employment and Commercial Litigation groups. Tessa assists employers on a wide range of issues including employment agreements, workplace policies, human rights, employment standards, terminations, wrongful and constructive dismissal, and occupational health and safety. She also has experience appearing before various levels of Court in commercial litigation matters primarily involving contract disputes.
Prior to joining the firm, Tessa obtained her Juris Doctorate with Distinction from the University of Alberta. She also obtained a Bachelor of Commerce Degree with Distinction in Human Resources Management from MacEwan University, where she played on the Varsity Women’s Soccer Team.
Tessa remains actively involved in various pro bono programs; serving as a volunteer with the Provincial Court Civil Claims Duty Counsel program and the Court of Queen’s Bench Amicus program.
- Co-author, “New Occupational Health and Safety Act in Alberta: Upcoming Changes for Joint Work Site Health and Safety Committees,” Breaking Ground: MT Construction Law Western Canada, April 22, 2021
- Author, “Bill 47 and Changes to the Alberta OHS Act,” Breaking Ground: MT Construction Law Western Canada, March 23, 2021
- Author, “Bill 41 and proposed changes to Alberta’s Insurance Act,” The Lawyer’s Daily, December 17, 2020
- Contributor, “Will changes to Alberta auto reduce insurers’ claims costs?,” Canadian Underwriter, November 20, 2020
- Civil Claims Duty Counsel, 2019 – Present
- Amicus Program, 2019 – Present
- Student Legal Services Criminal Law Project, 2017 – 2018
- Pro Bono Student Services, 2017 – 2018
- Coach, Edmonton Drillers Youth Soccer Club, 2013 – 2016
- Member, Law Society of Alberta
- Member, Canadian Bar Association
Bar admissions & education
- Alberta Bar, 2020
- Juris Doctor with distinction, University of Alberta, 2019
- Bachelor of Commerce with distinction, MacEwan University, 2015