Rebecca Kantwerg

Associate
604.602.7982
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Rebecca’s assistant is Kelly Robinson, 604-602-7995

 

Areas of Practice

Labour Law – Representing unions in labour relations matters, including arbitrations and Board applications.
Human rights law – particularly discrimination in the employment context.

 

Profile/Biography

Rebecca joined the firm as an associate in 2018, after articling and working in-house for a large union in British Columbia. Rebecca has represented clients at numerous mediations, and has appeared before labour arbitrators, the BC Labour Relations Board, the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal, the Canada Industrial Relations Board, the Federal Court of Appeal, and the Supreme Court of Canada (in the context of responding to an application for leave to appeal). She has experience responding to last minute applications for injunction applications against picketing.

Rebecca has particular interest in supporting unions with legal matters impacting workers’ ability to access their constitutional freedoms of association and of peaceful assembly, including certification applications, collective bargaining issues like employer unfair labour practices, and picketing. She is also passionate about advocating for workers’ privacy and human rights, and in particular arguing against drug testing and discrimination. She is especially interested in fighting sexual harassment and sex discrimination, as well as discrimination on the basis of disability and issues related to workers autonomy in their treatment plans.

Rebecca focused her legal studies on issues relevant to human rights and civil liberties, including by spending a semester working on housing and tenancy law issues for a non-profit in the Lower Mainland, successfully advocating for the proactive disclosure of information about polluted drinking water being improperly withheld by government, participating in a national moot about healthcare and Section 7 and Section 15 of the Charter (and winning third-place factum), and spending half a year studying international law in Amsterdam, Netherlands with courses including multinational corporate crime and international labour law.

 

Education

Juris Doctor, University of Victoria, 2016
Bachelor of Arts, University of British Columbia, 2012

 

Credentials

Called to the BC Bar, 2017