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Katherine Pollock Toronto Lawyer

Katherine M. Pollock

Partner | Chair of the Partnership Board Fasken
Setting restrictions on what an employee can do after termination of employment is vital for protecting your organization’s interests.
Jurisdiction Ontario, 1988
Language(s) English
Office(s) Toronto


Katherine Pollock is the Chair of the Firm’s Partnership Board. In her law practice, Katherine advises and represents employers in labour, employment, and human rights matters. Regularly appearing before Federal and Provincial administrative tribunals and the civil courts, Katherine assists clients with wrongful dismissals, human rights, workers' compensation and employment standards issues. She is frequently retained to conduct highly sensitive investigations.

A skilled trainer of employees on all aspects of employment and human rights, Katherine also arbitrates cases before interest arbitrators and in connection with private, rights-based arbitrations.

Katherine is the chair of the Board’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee. She was a member of the 2021 Equity Advisory Group Selection Committee for the LSO. She was a judge for CAMSC’s annual awards. She is the founder of Fasken’s Pride Network. 

Katherine is frequently asked to participate in panel discussions such as: a January 2021 presentation for the IADC on “How to Retain Diverse Talent”; a Clubhouse chat in March 2021 on “The Changing Workplace’; providing opening remarks in March 2021 at the annual CWC conference; giving a talk on diversity and inclusion with DRI International in May 2021; moderating a discussion in May 2021 on “Mental Health and the Legal Profession”; and in June 2021, sitting on a WPO cross border panel on “The Pandemic Employment Law Update”. 

Recent experience includes:

  • Conducting high impact, sensitive workplace investigations
  • Negotiating favourable collective agreements with a number of trade unions
  • Providing strategic advice to employers on transferring employees to Canada on a permanent or temporary basis
  • Providing solicitor's advice on employment and labour issues in the context of sales of businesses, whether asset purchase or share purchase
  • Representing employers in courts and human rights tribunals on claims arising out of the complexities of the employment relationship
  • Overseeing the training of thousands of employees in "Respect in the Workplace" sessions


  • Recognized in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory in Workplace Human Rights, Lexpert 2021 to 2022
  • For Business Immigration Law, The Legal 500 Canada 2018

Client Work

Date Client

Career & Education


  • LLB Osgoode Hall Law School at York University
  • BA (Honours) University of Winnipeg

Community involvement

  • Mentor to a grade 11 student at Westview Centennial Secondary School through the Law in Action Within Schools ("LAWS") program. LAWS is an innovative collaborative academic and extracurricular education program aimed at supporting and motivating high school students who face challenges, including living in low-income areas, identifying with ethnic/cultural minority communities, facing difficult personal/family circumstances and/or being the first in their families to consider postsecondary education.
  • Guest speaker at the Law Day Student Symposium hosted by Ontario Justice Education Network ("OJEN") for students in grade 10 and 11 from disadvantaged schools. Katherine spoke about what it means to be a lawyer and provided an introduction to employment, labour and human rights laws.
  • Guest lecturer at 519 Employment Law Workshop in Toronto, through OJEN. In April 2015, Katherine gave a session on employment and human rights law to participants from two of 519's programs for LGBTQ newcomers, Among Friends and Next Steps. Among Friends is a weekly program for LGBTQ Refugee Claimants. Next Steps is a weekly program for LGBTQ identified Convention Refugees.
  • Advisory Board member for Young Women in Law. Katherine provides guidance and ongoing advice to the young women lawyers who run Young Women in Law.
  • Member of the Toronto West chapter of the Women Presidents Organization ("WPO"). WPO is a non-profit membership organization for women presidents, CEOs and managing directors of privately held, multimillion dollar companies. Katherine was invited to be a member of the WPO to provide legal guidance and input at monthly meetings.
  • Past Chair of the Board of Directors, ALS Society of Ontario
  • Member of the Board of Directors, Outward Bound Canada

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Ontario Bar Association


Speaking Engagements

The Challenges of an Aging Workforce Toronto Fasken Martineau Symposium (5th Edition) location location Toronto
Ontario Justice Education Network (OJEN) Law Day Symposium Central Tech High School, Grade 10-12 Students location location Toronto
Legal Issues Arising out of Supplier Diversity Initiatives Women's Business Enterprise National Council, 2012 National Conference and Business Forum location location Orlando

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