Background

Prior to launching her mediation practice in January of 2016, Connie practiced law for over 30 years at Blakes, a leading Canadian business law firm. Connie practiced commercial litigation for the first part of her legal career and then spent 17 years practicing employment law. In her litigation practice, Connie represented clients in cases involving professional negligence, partnership law, the termination of long-term contractual relationships and insurance coverage. In her employment law practice she provided both advisory and advocacy services, advising on a myriad of compliance issues and representing clients in dismissal litigation and in disputes concerning the interpretation of employment contracts, restrictive covenants, fiduciary obligations, sexual and workplace harassment, and discrimination.

In 1997 Connie completed Osgoode Hall’s first part-time LL.M. program in Alternative Dispute Resolution. In 2002 she was certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a Specialist in Civil Litigation. While in practice she taught Trial Advocacy at Osgoode Hall Law School and Alternative Dispute Resolution at Queens’ Faculty of Law. For many years Connie was also a guest instructor at Osgoode Hall’s Intensive Trial Advocacy Workshop and at skills training programs presented by the Advocates’ Society. In addition, she appeared frequently at continuing legal education conferences, presenting papers or leading panels on a wide range of topics, including the conduct of workplace investigations, accommodation in the workplace, and restrictive covenants. For several years she was a co-chair of the Law Society's Annual Employment Law Summit. Since starting her mediation practice Connie has continued to participate in continuing legal education programs sponsored by The Advocates' Society ("Ethical Issues in Mediation", April 2016; upcoming - "Negotiation Strategy from the Mediator's Perspective") and by the Law Society of Ontario ( "The Mediator Perspective on Tactics, Negotiation Styles and Ethical Behaviour", 18th Annual Employment Law Summit, October 2017; "Employment Law Update", Civil Appeals: The Year in Review, December 2017)

Awards & Recognition

Connie is the recipient of the Ontario Bar Association's 2015 Randall Echlin Mentorship Award and the 2012 Catzman Memorial Award for Professionalism & Civility. While practicing as an employment lawyer she was recognized for her expertise in employment and labour law in several publications, including Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business; The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory; The Legal 500 Canada; The Best Lawyers in Canada; and Legal Media Group's Guide to the Leading Women in Business Law (Employment Law).