Colin Gusikoski

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Colin is from the Prairies, where he grew up on a mixed grain and livestock farm in Saskatchewan. Before going to university full-time Colin operated his own grain farm while working in a potash mine. During that time, he was an active member of the United Steelworkers union.

Colin attended the University of Saskatchewan for both his commerce and law degrees, completing part of his law degree in Australia. He obtained an average of distinction for both of his undergraduate degrees. Colin received his master of laws at Osgoode Hall Law School, writing his thesis in the area of occupational health and safety regulation in the forestry sector.

While working on his master’s degree Colin articled at Sack Goldblatt Mitchell LLP, a labour and human rights firm in Toronto. Colin became a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada in the summer of 2008 and shortly thereafter, spent seven months working in international human rights law in Guatemala.

Colin is currently a partner with Victory Square Law Office and aside from practising law full time, pursues many other interests. He is an adjunct professor teaching labour law at UBC Law School. Additionally, Colin is Treasurer for the Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers.

An avid sports enthusiast, Colin enjoys staying active, but most recently has joined a ball team of union-side labour lawyers. Go Strike Force!

Colin practices before labour, employment and various administrative tribunals, including professional discipline bodies. He has also represented clients in Federal Court and at both superior and appellant levels of court in Saskatchewan and BC. Some decisions of note are:

– Tl’azt’en First Nation v. Joseph, 2013 FC 767, where the Federal Court upheld $85,000 in aggravated and $100,000 in punitive damages in a wrongful dismissal suit.

– Peter Ross 2008 Ltd., BCLRB No. B59/2012, where a reconsideration panel outlined the Board’s approach to unfair labour practice complaints, eventually leading to a remedial certification in Peter Ross 2008 Ltd., BCLRB No. B104/2012.

West Fraser Mills Ltd., BCLRB No. B139/2011, where a reconsideration panel reviewed and realigned the law related to dependant contractors in BC.

582912 B.C. Ltd. (Paragon Wood Products, Lumby Division), BCLRB No. B223/2010, where the Board found a breach of a statutory freeze thereby preserving the employees’ right to severance pay.

Colin practices as a Professional Law Corporation

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Colin’s Assistant is Kelly Robinson, 604.602.7995