• M.B.A. and Dipl. I.R., 1979
    University of Michigan
  • LLB, 1977
    University of Ottawa

Year of Call/Admission

  • Ontario, 1981

Languages Spoken

  • English

Brian P. Smeenk

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Brian Smeenk is a partner in the Firm's Labour, Employment & Human Rights Group. Brian's practice focusses on management-side labour and employment law.

Brian represents both private sector and public sector employers in all aspects of labour relations and employment law. He appears regularly before tribunals such as arbitration boards, labour boards, human rights tribunals, and in employment-related court proceedings at all levels.

He has extensive experience in labour negotiations for a wide variety of employers in the private and public sectors, including various companies, large school boards and York University.

Brian is the firm's primary representative on the North America-wide Employers' Counsel Network. He is the editor-in-chief of Fasken Martineau's weekly bulletin, HR Space, as well as Northern Exposure – Employment Law for US Companies with Operations in Canada, a blog published by HR He is the past president of the Toronto Human Resource Professionals Association. He is President of the Merit Award Bursary Program and was named Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary Foundation of Rotary International (2014).

In 2015, Brian was named a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. Brian appears in the 2009 to 2016 editions of Chambers Global, as a leading lawyer in the area of employment and labour. He also appears in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (2007-2015), a guide to the leading law firms and practitioners in Canada, as a leading lawyer in the area of labour relations, and in Best Lawyers in Canada (2010-2016).

Honours and Awards

  • Who's Who Legal: Canada 2016 for Labour & Employment
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2007-2017 for Labour Relations 
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2016-2017 for Employment Law - Employee
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2015-2016 for Employment Law - Employer and Workplace Human Rights - Employer
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2010-2017 for Labour and Employment Law
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2018 for Competition/Antitrust Law
  • Chambers Global 2009-2016 for Employment and Labour
  • Chambers Canada 2016 and 2017 for Employment and Labour: Nationwide and Employment and Labour: Ontario  
  • Chambers Canada 2018 for Employment & Labour 
  • Chambers Canada 2018 for Project: PPP & Infrastructure
  • Legal 500 Canada 2016-2017 for Labour and Employment
  • Practical Law Company's Labour and Employee Benefits for Labour
  • Martindale-Hubbell "AV Preeminent" rating since 2012
  • 2014 International Law Office Client Choice Award for Employment and Labour in Ontario
  • Fellow, College of Labour and Employment Lawyers, since 2015


  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Ontario Bar Association