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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Norm is an experienced Labour, Employment and Human Rights (“LEHR”) lawyer. He advises employers, board of directors and executives regarding employment contracts, LEHR policies, workplace fraud, employee terminations. He represents employers in LEHR litigation, whistle-blower and other workplace investigations, reprisal complaints, and fiduciary duty litigation. Mr. Keith has expertise in alcohol and drugs issues in the workplace, has written a leading book on the subject, Alcohol & Drugs in the Canadian Workplace (2nd edition), has appeared before the Supreme Court in the leading case dealing with random alcohol and drug testing, Irving Pulp & Paper (2013); and the leading case dealing with drug addiction human rights, Elk Valley Coal (2017). He also has expertise in dealing with workplace harassment and violence issues and has written the leading book, Human Resources Guide to Preventing Workplace Violence (2nd Edition). 

Norm has an active White Collar 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 in Canada and internationally on compliance programs, represents corporations in government investigations, and defends white collar criminal charges in court, He was co-counsel for Mr. Nazir Karigar, the first individual tried under the CFPOA. Mr. Keith is also the editor-in-chief of the firm’s White Collar blog: www.whitecollarpost.com

Norm 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 regulatory and criminal charges at trials and appeals. He has written many of the leading texts in this field, including Canadian Health and Safety Law, Canadian Emergency Management and Response Manual, and Workplace Health and Safety Crimes (3rd Edition). Mr. Keith was the first practising lawyer in Canada to achieve the Canadian Registered Safety Professional (“CRSP”) designation. He is a sought after speaker by business associations, bar associations, universities, and risk management conferences. He has help develop and teaches the ASSE Global Safety Risk Management certificate course. 

Norm 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 has made submissions on behalf of employers’ associations to the House of Commons Committee Standing Committee on Health regarding the workplace safety effects of the legalization of Cannabis. 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, and run the New York and Chicago marathons. 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

  • Director, Institute of Corporate Directors, GTA West
  • 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