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Brian Smeenk Toronto Lawyer

Brian P. Smeenk

Partner Fasken
Many employers aspire to achieve high levels of productivity while ensuring full legal compliance. Your lawyer should be able to help you achieve that.
Jurisdiction Ontario, 1981
Language(s) English
Office(s) Toronto

Brian Smeenk’s practice is focused on management-side labour and employment law. Representing both private and public sector employers, Brian assists clients with all aspects of labour relations and employment law. Regularly appearing before courts and tribunals including arbitration boards, labour boards and human rights tribunals, Brian also frequently represents employers in complex union negotiations.

Brian has extensive experience in working for a wide variety of employers in the private and public sectors. He has represented companies in many industries, ranging from small start-ups to large national and multi-national businesses. He has also advised across the public sector, including crown corporations, the Province of Ontario, hospitals, municipalities, school boards and York University.

Brian is also the firm’s primary representative on the North America-wide Employers' Counsel Network. He is the founding editor of Fasken's weekly bulletin, HR Space, as well as Northern Exposure – Employment Law for US Companies with Operations in Canada, a blog published by HR

Brian is a past president of the Toronto Human Resource Professionals Association and Toronto Industrial Relations Association, and is President of the Merit Award Bursary Program. He was named Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary Foundation of Rotary International in 2014.

Brian was also recently named a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, a non-profit professional association honoring leading lawyers. His expertise has also been recognized by Chambers Global, Chambers Canada, Best Lawyers in Canada and the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory.

  • Recognized for Employment & Labour (Ontario and Canada), Chambers Canada 2016 to 2020
  • Recognized for Labour and Employment Law, The Best Lawyers in Canada 2006 to 2020
  • Recognized for Labour and Employment , The Legal 500 Canada 2016 to 2019
Chambers Canada Recognized for Employment & Labour (Ontario and Canada) Chambers Canada covers lawyers and law firms practicing in all provinces and territories in Canada.
The Legal 500 Canada Recognized for Labour and Employment


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

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Ontario Bar Association
Speaker Practical and Ethical Considerations for Effective Investigations into Workplace Misconduct Allegations Fasken Toronto Mini-Symposium 2018 location location Toronto, ON
How Aggressive is Too Aggressive? Professionalism in Today's Business Environment location location Toronto
Practice Makes Perfect: Becoming a Better Labour Advocate OBA Professional Development location location Toronto

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