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Norm  Keith

Norm Keith

Partner Fasken
Corporations and their leaders need specialized, experienced and expert legal advisors to manage their critical enterprise risks.
Jurisdiction Ontario, 1983
Language(s) English
Office(s) Toronto

Norm's practice includes employment, regulatory, white collar and constitutional litigation. He is the trusted advisor to Boards, Corporate and Individuals in a vast array of regulatory, internal and government investigations.


Norm’s Labour, Employment and Human Rights (“LEHR”) practice involves executive compensation, employment contracts, policy development, employee discipline and workers compensation risk management. He represents employers in LEHR litigation including wrongful dismissal, workplace fraud recovery, whistle-blower cases, human rights violations, labour arbitrations, WSIAT appeals and fiduciary duty law suits. Norm provides day-to-day advice to employers in both non-union and unionized workplaces across Canada.

Norm is the leading Occupational Health and Safety (“OHS”) lawyer in Canada. He has successfully defended more than 1,000 health & safety, environmental and workers’ compensation administrative, regulatory and criminal cases. Norm has written many of the leading books in his field, including Canadian Health and Safety Law, Canadian Emergency Management and Response Manual, and Workplace Health and Safety Crimes (3rd ed.). He was the first lawyer in Canada to achieve the Canadian Registered Safety Professional (“CRSP”) designation. He is also the longest serving Judge in Thomson Reuters’ prestigious Canada’s Safest Employers recognition and award.


Norm has an active White Collar Defense and Government Investigation practice. Norm is on the White Collar Crime Committee of the American Bar Association. He is a regular speaker at the ABA White Collar Crime annual symposium. He has authored a number of books on the subject including, Corporate Crime, Accountability and Social Responsibility in Canada (2nd ed.), Insider Trading in Canada (2nd ed.) and Canadian Anti-Corruption Law and Compliance (2nd ed.). Norm is also the editor-in-chief of the firm’s White Collar blog: and the newsletter White Collar Crime & Compliance (Lexis Nexis).

Norm advises employers and senior management on Enterprise Risk Management (“ERM”) and Corporate Social Responsibility (“CSR”) compliance and management systems. He manages a team of Consultants who co-teach related courses at the University of Toronto. He has develop and teaches the Global Safety Risk Management certificate course for the American Society of Safety Engineers in the U.S. and internationally.

Norm has unparalleled expertise in the complex area of alcohol and drugs in the workplace; has written the leading text on the subject, Alcohol & Drugs in the Canadian Workplace (2nd ed.), has appeared before the Supreme Court in the leading case regarding alcohol and drug testing, Irving Pulp & Paper (2013) and the leading case drug addiction human rights case, Elk Valley Coal (2017). He also has extensive experience in dealing with workplace violence and harassment, sexual harassment, and workplace investigations. He has written a leading text on the subject, Human Resources Guide to Preventing Workplace Violence (2nd ed.).

Norm has completed 5 Ironman distance triathlons, has run the New York, Chicago, Toronto and Hamilton marathons and rides in the annual Ride to Conquer Cancer cyclist fundraiser for cancer research for the Princess Margaret Hospital. He also worked as a hard rock miner, a golf course grounds keeper, a career counsellor, a construction labourer, and a management trainee at a major Canadian bank.  

  • Recognized as an Acritas Star™ Lawyer 2016
  • Legal 500 Canada for Labour and Employment (2015)
  • International Who's Who of Business Lawyers (2013, 2014) 
  • International Who's Who of Management Labour & Employment Lawyers (2012)
  • Who's Who Legal: Canada (2012, 2014) 
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (2002-2012, 2014-2017)
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada (2006-2014)


  • LLM Osgoode Hall Law School at York University
  • JD Osgoode Hall Law School at York University
  • BA York University

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Director, Institute of Corporate Directors, GTA West
  • Member, Ontario Bar Association
  • Member, The Advocates' Society  
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Law Society of Upper Canada
  • Member, American Society of Safety Engineers
  • Member, Institute of Corporate Directors - Ontario Chapter  
  • Member, Canadian Society of Safety Engineering
  • Member, Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers
  • Member, American Bar Association - White Collar Crime Committee 
  • Member, Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals
  • Member, Transparency International - Legal Committee
  • Member, Human Resources Professionals Association of Ontario
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Newsletter The Good, the Bad and the Troubling: Fasken Martineau’s 2017 Employer Occupational Health and Safety Survey Report "Do" Diligence: OHS/WSIB Newsletter
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