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Shane Todd Toronto Lawyer

Shane D. Todd

Partner Fasken
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Jurisdiction Ontario, 2009
Language(s) English
Office(s) Toronto


Shane D. Todd advises employers on workplace issues and represents them in legal proceedings. Shane is consistently recognized as a leading labour and employment lawyer by legal directories including Best Lawyers, Legal 500, the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, and Lexpert, which named him as a “Rising Star” in 2019.

Shane worked as a human resources professional before becoming a lawyer. He knows how workplace issues or changes can impact an organization. With this in mind, Shane works to find the most efficient way to resolve issues, or to support employers through major initiatives, including reductions in force, sale and acquisition of businesses, and policy changes among other things. He also regularly represents employers and supervisors in regulatory prosecutions, investigations, inquests, and appeals related to workplace safety.

Shane is a frequent writer on workplace law developments. He is the past Editor-in-Chief of the HR Space  the firm’s weekly e-bulletin on labour, employment and human rights issues. He is also routinely asked to speak as an expert on workplace issues in the media, including in the Financial Post, The Globe and Mail, on CBC News and on 680 NEWS radio.

Shane is an active member of the Firm. He is a member of the Firm's Ontario Professional Development Committee and Chair of the Fasken Pride Network — the hub of our firm’s 2SLGBTQIA+ initiatives. The Network does community outreach and fundraising for organizations like Rainbow Railway, Covenant House, Casey House, and the 519 Church Street Community Centre. The Network also provides mentoring and support to Fasken staff, students and lawyers.

Shane also previously served as a Board Member and Vice-Chair of VOICE for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children. VOICE supports children who are deaf and hard of hearing and their families by providing access to information, education, mentoring, and self-advocacy skills training.


Client Work

  • Clubessential Holdings completes the acquisition of CampBrain,
  • Co-operators Financial Services Limited acquires Smart Employee Benefits Inc.,
  • Toronto-Dominion Bank wins summary judgement motion,
  • LifeSpeak Inc. completes acquisition of LIFT Digital Inc.,
  • TD Bank enforces settlement of unjust dismissal complaint,
  • Schroeter v. Peel District School Board,
  • Schroeter v. Peel District School Board,
  • Upland Software Completes another Canadian Acquisition,
  • Teamsters Local Union No. 419 v. Humber River Hospital,

Career & Education


  • JD Queen's University
  • B. Mgmt., 2004, University of Lethbridge

Community involvement

  • Chair, Fasken Pride Network
  • Vice-Chair, VOICE for Hearing Impaired Children (2014 - 2015)
  • Board Member, VOICE for Hearing Impaired Children (2011 - 2015)

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Member, Law Society of Upper Canada (Ontario)
  • Member, The Advocates' Society
  • Member, Ontario Bar Association
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association

Teaching Roles

  • Instructor, University of Toronto, School of Continuing Studies, Advanced Occupational Health and Safety Management
  • Guest Lecturer, Queen’s University, Faculty of Law, Employment Law
  • Guest Lecturer, University of Toronto, School of Continuing Studies, Governance, Ethics and Social Responsibility
  • Guest Lecturer, University of Toronto, School of Continuing Studies, Accident Prevention, Loss Control and Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems
  • Guest Lecturer, Osgoode Hall Law School, The Osgoode Certificate in Pension Law


Fasken Institute



Speaking Engagements

Speaker Practical Insights for Employers Navigating an Uncertain Workplace Environment Canadian Lawyer Employment Law Masterclass
The Importance of Being (Mostly) Independent — An Update on the Test for Expert Impartiality The Canadian Institute location location Toronto


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