Bonny Mak practices employer-side labour, employment and human rights law. Her practice encompasses all aspects of the employment relationship, with special focuses on human rights, union organizing, and employment standards. Bonny is experienced in supporting both provincially and federally regulated employers in various industries and the broader public sector.
Bonny has a special interest in workplace legal compliance audits, including overtime pay, employee classification, hours of work, and pay equity. She develops customized audit tools, conducts risk assessments, and develops and helps clients implement practical strategies to achieve compliance and mitigate potential liability.
On a day-to-day basis, Bonny supports clients in managing their employees and resolving workplace issues. She brings a pragmatic approach to disability management, discipline and termination, investigation of internal complaints, and the development of employment policies and procedures. She has delivered dozens of training sessions on such topics as: union organizing and certification, disability management, workplace harassment and human rights.
Bonny regularly represents employers before the Ministry of Labour, the Ontario Labour Relations Board, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, the Canadian Human Rights Commission, labour arbitrators and courts.
In 2011 and 2014, Bonny was seconded to Federal Express Canada Corporation as corporate counsel responsible for employment and litigation matters. Before attending law school, Bonny worked for the two largest public-sector employer associations in British Columbia, the Health Employers Association of B.C. (HEABC) and the Community Social Services Employers’ Association of B.C. (CSSEA). There, she provided analytical support in the negotiation of a sectoral collective agreement, represented employers on a joint labour management committee which developed the first sector-wide job evaluation system, and liaised with government ministries regarding funding issues.
Bonny is fluent in Cantonese and can read and write Chinese.
Rankings and Awards
- University of Toronto Faculty of Law, JFW Weatherill Prize in Labour Arbitration (2005)
- General Motors of Canada First Generation Scholarship (2003)
- University of B.C. Faculty of Commerce & Business Administration, B.C. Human Resources Management Association Scholarship (1998)
- Pacific Blue Cross Industrial Relations Scholarship (1997 & 98)
- Outstanding Student Initiative Scholarship (1995, 96, 97 & 98)