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Douglas Gilbert

Douglas G. Gilbert

Partner Fasken
Accomplishing change while respecting relationships is the most important challenge in labour law.
Jurisdiction Ontario, 1979
Language(s) English
Office(s) Toronto

Douglas G. Gilbert’s serves as strategic advisor and advocate on behalf of many national and multinational employers.  His practice focuses on collective bargaining, labour and employment litigation.  He represents clients before federal and provincial labour relations boards, in arbitration proceedings and in employment and human rights claims before the courts and tribunals.

In his practice, Douglas is committed to understanding and reflecting the priorities and values of all clients.  He works towards practical, cost effective solutions of their legal problems.  Douglas is an experienced negotiator and labour litigator who is mindful of the importance of achieving client objectives, while respecting relations with employees and their representatives.

Employers face unprecedented challenges in adapting established workplace practices to maintain their competitiveness.  Douglas is frequently consulted by employers whose plans for a different compensation structure, an updated service standard or a new business venture are dependent on reforming established terms of employment.  He is experienced in assisting clients to facilitate their business plans through negotiation and litigation.  In this work he appears before labour boards in the federal sector and in provinces across the country, in arbitration proceedings and in employment and human rights claims before the courts and administrative tribunals.

Recognized as a leading practitioner in management labour and employment, Douglas has been ranked in Chambers Global, Chambers Canada, Chambers Ontario, Who’s Who Legal, Who’s Who Legal: Canada, Best Lawyers, and the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory.   He is rated AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review by Martindale-Hubbell.  He is a fellow of both the U.S. College of Labour and Employment Lawyers and the U.S. College of Worker’s Compensation Lawyers.

Writing frequently on his practice experience, Douglas is co-author of Canadian Labour and Employment Law for the U.S. Practitioner (Bloomberg BNA) and the co-editor of Federal Labour Law and Practice (Canada Law Book). He is also co-author of a Guide to Workers’ Compensation in Ontario(Canada Law Book).



  • LLB University of Western Ontario
  • BA Concordia University

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, International Bar Association
  • Member, The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers
  • Member, The College of Workers' Compensation Lawyers
  • Member, The Law Society of Upper Canada (Ontario)


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