Education

  • L.L.M., 2010
    Osgoode Hall Law School
  • JD, 1981
    Osgoode Hall Law School
  • B.A., 1978
    York University

Year of Call/Admission

  • Ontario, 1983

Languages Spoken

  • English

Norm Keith

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+1 416 868 7824
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Norm Keith is a senior litigation partner practicing in the areas of employment, regulatory and white collar crime and government investigations, across Canada and internationally.

Mr. Keith has an extensive Labour, Employment and Human Rights Human legal practice. He advises employers and executives on the drafting and interpreting employment contracts, HR policies, hiring, restructuring, discipline, workplace fraud, change of control agreements and wrongful dismissal. represents employers in wrongful dismissal law suits, human rights complaints, union grievances, retaliation hearings and fiduciary duty litigation. He conducts investigations for employers, boards of directors and special board committees into whistle-blower complaints, harassment, violence, accidents, employee misconduct, fraud, and related workplace complaints. Mr. Keith also has considerable expertise in dealing with alcohol and drugs issues in the workplace and has written a leading book, Alcohol & Drugs in the Canadian Workplace (2015, 2nd edition) on the subject. He also has specialized expertise in dealing with workplace harassment and violence issues and has resulted in another book, Human Resources Guide to Preventing Workplace Violence (2nd Edition). Mr. Keith has also appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada in the leading case dealing with random alcohol and drug testing, Irving Pulp & Paper (2012); and the leading drug dependent worker human rights accommodation case, Elk Valley Coal (2016).

Mr. Keith has an active White Collar Crime Defence and Government Investigation practice. He is a founding member of Fasken’s White Collar Defence and Investigations practice group and a Canadian representative of the American Bar Association White Collar Crime Committee. Mr. Keith has authored a number books on the subject including, Corporate Crime, Accountability and Social Responsibility in Canada (2nd Edition), Insider Trading in Canada (2nd edition) and Canadian Anti-Corruption Law and Compliance (2nd edition). Mr. Keith advises clients across Canada and internationally on internal and government investigations, white collar crime, corporate compliance and governance, and is counsel at trials and appeals. He was appellate co-counsel for Mr. Nazir Karigar, the first individual tried under the CFPOA. He also teaches a course at the University of Toronto on Corporate Governance, Ethics and Social Responsibility.

Mr. Keith is the leading occupational health and safety (OHS) lawyer in Canada. He advises and represents employers, officers and directors, and managers regarding OHS/WSIB compliance, accident investigations, and litigation across Canada. He has successfully defended hundreds of OHS prosecutions at trials and appeals. Mr. Keith has written many of the leading texts in the OHS field, including Canadian Health and Safety Law, Canadian Emergency Management and Response Manual, and Workplace Health and Safety Crimes (3rd Edition), dealing with the Bill C-45 amendments to the Criminal Code. Mr. Keith was the first practising lawyer in Canada to earn the Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) designation. He is a highly sought after speaker by employers, business associations, bar associations, universities, and risk management conferences. He has been a course developer and an instructor in the ASSE Global Safety Risk Management certificate course since 2013. He has been a judge for the prestigious Thomson Reuters Canada's Safest Employer Awards since 2014.

Mr. Keith is an accomplished trial and appellate lawyer. During his career he has appeared at all levels of courts up to and including the Supreme Court of Canada. He advises, represents and defends corporations, directors, officers, special board committees, senior managers, governments and individuals in a wide variety of legal matters including workplace health & safety, white collar crime, wrongful dismissals, labour relations, workers compensation, employment and fiduciary duties, human rights, constitutional, environmental, anti-bribery and corruption, insider trading and securities fraud, and corporate governance. He has successfully represented clients in over 1,000 regulatory, civil and criminal matters.

Norm completed Ironman Mont Tremblant (August 2016), his fifth ironman distance triathlon. He has worked as a hard rock miner, a golf course grounds keeper, a career counsellor, a construction labourer, and a management trainee at a major Canadian bank.

Honours and Awards

  • Recognized as an Acritas Star™ Lawyer 2016
  • Legal 500 Canada for Labour and Employment (2015)
  • International Who's Who of Business Lawyers (2013, 2014) 
  • International Who's Who of Management Labour & Employment Lawyers (2012)
  • Who's Who Legal: Canada (2012, 2014) 
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (2002-2012, 2014-2017)
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada (2006-2014)

Membership/Affiliations

  • Member, Ontario Bar Association
  • Member, The Advocates' Society  
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Law Society of Upper Canada
  • Member, American Society of Safety Engineers
  • Member, Institute of Corporate Directors - Ontario Chapter  
  • Member, Canadian Society of Safety Engineering
  • Member, Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers
  • Member, American Bar Association - White Collar Crime Committee 
  • Member, Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals
  • Member, Transparency International - Legal Committee
  • Member, Human Resources Professionals Association of Ontario