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.
Jackie is ranked by Chambers in Employment & Labour Law in Ontario, is recognized by Lexpert in the category of Workplace Human Rights and was recognized by Legal 500 as a "Next Generation Partner" in Labour and Employment. She also received a Lexpert "Rising Star" award in 2022.
Jackie works with employers across a variety of sectors to address complex labour issues, including:
- Representing airline, postal, telecommunications, healthcare, education and transportation sector employers in labour arbitration and board proceedings
- Appearing in judicial review proceedings before the Federal Court, the Ontario Divisional Court and the B.C. Supreme Court
- Supporting employers in collective bargaining and representing them in resulting interest arbitration proceedings
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 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.