Katherine Pollock advises and represents employers in labour, employment, human rights and business related immigration matters. She is a popular and skilled trainer of employees on all aspects of employment and human rights. She regularly appears before Federal and Provincial administrative tribunals and the civil courts with respect to wrongful dismissals, human rights, workers' compensation and employment standards issues. She arbitrates cases before interest arbitrators and in connection with private, rights-based arbitrations. Katherine has been appointed to boards of arbitration from time to time. Katherine is the chair of the firm's National Steering Committee on Women's Issues; sits on the firm's Diversity Committee; and is the firm's Gender Diversity Officer pursuant to the Law Society's Justicia Project. Katherine is also the chair of the Ontario office's Pride Network, Fasken Martineau's resource group for our LGBT members and allies. She has recently been named a Women of Influence 2012 Canadian Diversity Champion. She was a featured panelist at the 4th Annual Advancement Summit: Women in Law held in Toronto on November 26, 2012.
Examples of Katherine's recent experience includes:
- Negotiated favourable collective agreements with a number of trade unions, including the CAW, PSAC and the SIEU
- Provided strategic advice to employers on transferring employees to Canada on a permanent or temporary basis
- Provided solicitor's advice on employment and labour issues in the context of sales of businesses, whether asset purchase or share purchase
- Represented employers in courts and human rights tribunals on claims arising out of the complexities of the employment relationship
- Oversaw the training of over 1000 employees in "Respect in the Workplace" sessions
- Mentor to a grade 11 student at Westview Centennial Secondary School through the Law in Action Within Schools ("LAWS") program. LAWS is an innovative collaborative academic and extracurricular education program aimed at supporting and motivating high school students who face challenges, including living in low-income areas, identifying with ethnic/cultural minority communities, facing difficult personal/family circumstances and/or being the first in their families to consider postsecondary education.
- Guest speaker at the Law Day Student Symposium hosted by Ontario Justice Education Network ("OJEN") for students in grade 10 and 11 from disadvantaged schools. Katherine spoke about what it means to be a lawyer and provided an introduction to employment, labour and human rights laws.
- Guest lecturer at 519 Employment Law Workshop in Toronto, through OJEN. In April 2015, Katherine gave a session on employment and human rights law to participants from two of 519's programs for LGBTQ newcomers, Among Friends and Next Steps. Among Friends is a weekly program for LGBTQ Refugee Claimants. Next Steps is a weekly program for LGBTQ identified Convention Refugees.
- Advisory Board member for Young Women in Law. Katherine provides guidance and ongoing advice to the young women lawyers who run Young Women in Law.
- Member of the Toronto West chapter of the Women Presidents Organization ("WPO"). WPO is a non-profit membership organization for women presidents, CEOs and managing directors of privately held, multimillion dollar companies. Katherine was invited to be a member of the WPO to provide legal guidance and input at monthly meetings.
- Past Chair of the Board of Directors, ALS Society of Ontario
- Member of the Board of Directors, Outward Bound Canada
- Member, Canadian Bar Association
- Member, Ontario Bar Association