• L.L.B., 1977
    University of Western Ontario
  • B.A., 1972
    Concordia University

Year of Call/Admission

  • Ontario, 1979

Languages Spoken

  • English

Douglas G. Gilbert

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Douglas G. Gilbert is a senior partner in Fasken Martineau’s Toronto office.

Mr. Gilbert’s practice includes advocacy and advisory work on behalf of employers in the federal and provincial sectors. He represents employers before administrative tribunals including the Canada Industrial Relations Board, the Ontario Labour Relations Board, boards of arbitration, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal, and human rights tribunals. He also serves as spokesperson in collective bargaining on behalf of his clients, and represents employers in civil proceedings for wrongful dismissal.

Mr. Gilbert represents business organizations in their efforts to shape labour policy. He has assisted employer organizations in their representations to reform Ontario’s Labour Relations Act, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, and the industrial relations provisions of the Canada Labour Code.

Mr. Gilbert is a Fellow of The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and a Fellow of The College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers. Mr. Gilbert is also a member of the Society for Human Resource Management, Labor Relations Special Expertise Committee.

Mr. Gilbert is AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest peer review rating awarded to a lawyer for his legal skills and sense of ethics. He is recognized as a leading practitioner in the field of management labour and employment law in Chambers Global, The International Who’s Who of Management Labour & Employment Lawyers, Who's Who Legal: Canada, The Best Lawyers in Canada, The Cross Border Labour and Employment Benefits Handbook, Expert Guides to Leading Labour & Employment Lawyers, Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory and the Practical Law Company's Which Lawyer ranking.


Mr. Gilbert is the co-author of Canadian Labour and Employment Law for the U.S. Practitioner, Third Edition, published by BNA Books, Washington, D.C. He is co-editor of Federal Labour Law and Practice, published by Canada Law Book. Mr. Gilbert has contributed the chapter on Canada to Employee Duty of Loyalty, published by BNA Books, Washington, D.C. He is also the co-author of the chapter on Canada in Getting the Deal Through Labour & Employment 2012, a publication in conjunction with the International Bar Association and International Employment and Labor Law, LexisNexis. He is the co-author of A Guide to Workers’ Compensation in Ontario, Third Edition, published by Canada Law Book. Mr. Gilbert is the legal advisor in the production of Discrimination in the Workplace, a video by Canada Law Book.

Honours and Awards

  • The Legal 500 Canada 2017 "Leading Lawyer" for Labour and Employment
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2016 and 2017 for Employment Law and Labour Relations
  • Chambers Global 2014-2017 for Employment and Labour
  • Chambers Canada 2016-2018 for Employment and Labour: Nationwide and Employment and Labour: Ontario 
  • Chambers Canada 2018 for Employment & Labour : Canada
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2015 for Labour Relations - Management and Employment Law - Employer
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2014 for Labour Relations
  • Best Lawyers in Canada 2014-2018 for Labour and Employment Law and Workers' Compensation Law
  • Who's Who Legal 100 2014-2015 for Labour & Employment
  • Best Attorneys In Ontario - Best Lawyers®, 2014
  • The International Who's Who of Management Labour & Employment Lawyers, 2013
  • Who’s Who Legal: Canada 2013-2016 for Labour & Employment
  • Martindale-Hubbell (AV® Preeminent™)
  • Recognized as an Acritas Star™ Lawyer 2016


  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, International Bar Association
  • Member, The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers
  • Member, The College of Workers' Compensation Lawyers
  • Member, The Law Society of Upper Canada (Ontario)