Norm Keith is a senior partner practicing in the areas of regulatory, employment and white collar defence and investigations across Canada and internationally.
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.
Mr. Keith is a member of Fasken’s White Collar Defence and Investigations practice group and a Canadian representative of the American Bar Association White Collar Crime Committee. He has written a leading text on corporate crime in Canada, Corporate Crime, Accountability and Social Responsibility in Canada (2nd Edition). He is the author of Insider Trading in Canada (2nd edition) and Canadian Anti-Corruption Law and Compliance. Mr. Keith advises and represents clients throughout Canada and internationally on white collar defense, corporate ethics and governance, and internal investigations. He teaches a course at the University of Toronto on Corporate Governance, Ethics and Social Responsibility.
Mr. Keith has an active Human Resources law practice. He advises on employment contracts, HR policies, hiring, discipline and dismissal of executives, managers and unionized workers. He defends employers in wrongful dismissal, human rights, union grievance, and fiduciary duty civil litigation. He conducts workplace investigations for employers, boards of directors and special board committees regarding complaints, whistle-blower reports and compliance issues. Mr. Keith also has expertise in cases dealing with alcohol and drugs issues in the workplace; he has written Alcohol & Drugs in the Canadian Workplace (2nd edition) and cases dealing with harassment and violence and has written the Human Resources Guide to Preventing Workplace Violence (2nd Edition). Mr. Keith appeared before the Supreme Court in an appeal from a labour arbitration that addressed random alcohol testing in a dangerous workplace, Irving Pulp & Paper (2012); and in the human rights case dealing with an employer’s duty to accommodate when a worker has cocaine addiction and causes a workplace accident, Elk Valley Coal (2016).
Mr. Keith is the leading occupational health and safety defence lawyer in Canada. He advises and represents employers, officers and directors, and managers in compliance, advisory, and litigation relating to workplace safety and worker’s compensation matters across Canada. Mr. Keith has written the leading texts in the area, 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 designation. Norm is a highly sought after speaker by employers, business associations, bar associations, universities, and corporate risk management conferences. He is an instructor in the ASSE Global Safety Risk Management Certificate course. He has been a judge for Canada's Safest Employer Awards since 2014.
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, 2014-2016)
- The Best Lawyers in Canada (2006-2014)
- 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