• JD, 2011
    Osgoode Hall Law School
  • M.Ed.
    Queen's University
  • B.Ed.
    Queen's University
  • BPHE
    Queen's University
  • B.A.
    Queen's University

Year of Call/Admission

  • Ontario, 2012

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • French

Deanah I. Shelly

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Deanah Shelly practices in the Labour, Employment and Human Rights group in the Toronto Office. Deanah advises provincially and federally regulated employers on a broad spectrum of labour, employment, human rights and regulatory matters. Deanah has appeared as counsel at the OHRT, in labour arbitrations, the OLRB, Provincial Offences Court, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, and at the Occupational Health and Safety Tribunal Canada.

As an associate, Deanah has developed an expertise in assisting and defending clients in regulatory prosecutions against the Ministry of Labour, Ministry of the Environment, and the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care. Deanah also regularly represents employers before labour relations officers and appeals officers when dealing with work refusals, reprisal complaints, appeal of Orders issued by MOL Inspectors and Directions issued by Official Delegates of the Minister. Deanah has represented clients in Ontario, BC, Manitoba and Nova Scotia.

In addition to her advocacy work, Deanah conducts internal investigations on matters related to health and safety, and provides training for clients, tailoring the training to the particular roles and responsibilities of the workplace parties in a range of industries including construction, mining and manufacturing.

Deanah is actively involved in Pro Bono work. She volunteers as Duty Counsel for the PBLO Duty counsel Project, assisting unrepresented litigants at the Superior Court of Justice and the Ontario Small Claims Court. She also teaches a course on Corporate Governance, Ethics and Social Responsibility at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies.


  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Ontario Bar Association
  • Member, Fasken Martineau's Pride Network (Ontario)
  • Member, Board of Directors, Ontario Construction User Council (OCUC)