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Jackie VanDerMeulen Toronto Lawyer

Jackie VanDerMeulen

Partner Fasken
Managing the modern workplace requires more than just legal knowledge; it requires innovative, practical and strategic advice to ensure success.
Jurisdiction Ontario, 2010
Language(s) English, French
Office(s) Toronto


Jackie VanDerMeulen practices all aspects of labour, employment and human rights law. She is a skilled advocate who regularly represents employers in labour arbitrations, interest arbitrations, federal and provincial labour board matters, human rights proceedings (including pay equity), employment litigation and applications for judicial review. She supports also employers with collective bargaining and day-to-day employment advice.

Jackie has a particular expertise in pay equity, employment equity and other aspects of equitable pay. Her technical knowledge of the pay equity process, including job evaluations and compensation comparison, together with her advocacy experience and knowledge of labour relations, have positioned Jackie to collaborate with dozens of Canada's largest employers on their pay equity strategies.

Jackie is recognized as a leading lawyer in several rankings, including: 

  • Ranked by Chambers in Employment & Labour Law in Ontario 
  • Recognized by Lexpert in the category of Workplace Human Rights 
  • Recognized by Legal 500 as a "Next Generation Partner" in Labour and Employment 
  • Received a Lexpert "Rising Star" award in 2022

In 2023, Jackie was invited to join the FETCO delegation representing Canadian employers at the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Geneva. She acted as the representative on the Committee on Application of Standards and was appointed to the ILO’s Standards Review Mechanism Tripartite Working Group.

Jackie distinguished herself while studying at both McGill University and the University of Toronto and was awarded the prize for the highest standing in undergraduate economics. Jackie is a dedicated mentor for students in the LAWS program, which aims to support, guide and motivate high school students who face challenges in engaging successfully with school and accessing post secondary education.


Client Work

  • Air Canada successful in defending challenges to its language requirements and testing practices for customer service employees,
  • Air Canada successful in defending its mandatory vaccination policy,
  • Air Canada successful in defending its bilingual staffing requirements for cabin crew,
  • Transdev Canada Inc. expands its activities in Ontario through the acquisition of Kunkel Bus Lines Ltd.,
  • Subsidiaries of ASG III, LLC (an affiliate of Alpine Software Group) complete acquisition of ThinkLP Inc., and Anderson Oxford Inc.,
  • eXp World Holdings, Inc. acquires Zoocasa Realty Inc. and its key property,,
  • Voxtur Analytics Corp. completes C$4.4 million arm's length acquisition of Municipal Tax Equity Consultants Inc. and the acquisition of MTE Paralegal Professional Corporation by its associated entity,
  • Zehnder Group acquires Airia Brands Inc.,
  • Humber River Hospital successfully defends termination of a long service employee for failing to follow management rules and directions,

Career & Education


  • JD University of Toronto
  • BA (Honours), Economics and International Development, with Great Distinction McGill University

Community involvement

  • Mentor, Junior Achievement (2010 - 2011)
  • Mentor, Law Action Within Schools (2015 - Present)
  • University of Toronto, Faculty of Law Student Mentor (2011 – Present)

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • The Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM)


Fasken Institute



Speaking Engagements

Speaker Comparing Compensation to Determine Whether There Are Any Differences in Compensation Between Job Classes of Equal Value Pay Equity: Practical Implementation for Federally Regulated Employers (Infonex)
Presenter Federal Pay Equity: Succeeding Together Korn Ferry
Presenter Federal Sector Legislative Update Federally Regulated Employers - Transportation and Communications (FETCO)

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