Education

  • LLB, 2006
    University of British Columbia
  • BSc, 2001
    University of British Columbia

Year of Call/Admission

  • British Columbia, 2007

Languages Spoken

  • English

David G. Wong

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David G. Wong is a partner in the Labour, Employment and Human Rights Practice Group and is the head of the firm’s Vancouver office’s Human Rights Practice Group. Having been named a Wesbrook Scholar and recipient of Business in Vancouver’s 2016 Forty under 40 Award, David is recognized both within and outside the firm as a proven leader. David provides advice and represents organizations in all areas of Human Rights Law including employment, services, accommodation, tenancy, and publication. He frequently draws on this knowledge and experience in his labour and employment practice in which he advises organizations on issues involving all aspects of both unionized and non-unionized workforces. David has appeared in all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada.

Human Rights Law

As the head of the Human Rights Group, David’s practice has a significant focus on all aspects of Human Rights Law. He has extensive knowledge of Human Rights Law and regularly represents respondents before the BC Human Rights Tribunal, acts as counsel on judicial reviews of Tribunal decisions, and provides practical advice to clients relating to all types of human rights issues. David also has experience representing respondents before the Canada Human Rights Commission and Alberta Human Rights Commission.

Labour Relations

David has developed expertise in labour relations providing clients with strategic advice while taking a practical approach and focussing on client needs. David regularly acts as counsel for employers before labour arbitrators and the Labour Relations Board on all types of matters, including:

  • Discipline and discharge grievances
  • The duty to accommodate
  • Interpretation of collective agreements
  • Certification applications/decertification applications/unfair labour practice complaints

Collective Bargaining

David has acted as lead negotiator for a number of employers in collective bargaining. In bargaining, David takes a reasonable but firm approach to negotiations, always keeping in mind the best interests of his clients, an approach that has been extremely effective.

Employment

David has significant experience representing employers in wrongful dismissal actions. David’s approach is client-focussed and practical leading in some cases to reasonable settlements and others to him vigorously defending his clients' interests through litigation.

Privacy

David provides organizations advice relating to privacy obligations and freedom of information requests.

Honours and Awards

  • Business in Vancouver Forty Under 40 Award 2016
  • Wesbrook Scholar, The University of British Columbia
  • Joseph M. Prodor Prize in Law (Torts), The University of British Columbia
  • John E. Sullivan Memorial Prize (Charter), The University of British Columbia
  • Thunderbird Athletic Council Leadership Award, The University of British Columbia

Community Involvement

  • Youth Soccer Coach, Vancouver Athletic Football Club
  • Former Member, Vancouver MundiAvocat soccer team (competed at the Lawyer's World Cup of Soccer in Turkey) 2006
  • Former Member and Co-Captain, National Champion UBC Thunderbirds Varsity Men's Soccer Team, 1999-2005
  • Former Member, UBC Thunderbirds Varsity Men's Field Hockey Team, 1998-2001
  • Former Family Support Volunteer, Canuck Place Hospice, 1999-2001
  • Former Camp Counsellor, Canadian Cancer Society's "Camp Goodtimes", British Columbia, 1998-2003
  • Former Director, Hooplaw Society

Membership/Affiliations

  • Human Rights Section, The Canadian Bar Association, Legislative Liaison
  • Law Society of BC
  • Labour Subsection, The Canadian Bar Association
  • The Vancouver Hospice Society

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