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Daniel Pugen*

Tel: 416 777 5194 Fax: 1 888 554 6177
*Legal services provided through Daniel M. Pugen Professional Corporation

Daniel is a partner of the firm and a member of our Employment & Labour Group.  Prior to joining Torkin Manes, Daniel was a partner at a national, full-service law firm where he practised for over 10 years.

Daniel represents and advises management and employers on a wide variety of labour, employment and human resources/workplace issues. His labour relations practice involves responding to union certification drives and unfair labour practice complaints and also representing clients at labour board proceedings, grievance arbitration and collective bargaining. His employment practice is varied and deals with all aspects of the employment relationship from hiring to termination, including employment standards compliance and complaints, employment contracts and policies, attendance/disability management, privacy issues, termination/severance obligations, departing employee obligations and restrictive covenants.  

Daniel is regularly asked by clients to assist with human rights compliance and training and to also represent clients in human rights proceedings. Daniel also has experience in workers’ compensation and occupational health and safety and assists clients with regulatory compliance, responding to Ministry of Labour orders and defending employers in health and safety prosecutions. Finally, Daniel also advises on labour and employment issues that arise in the context of a corporate transaction. 

He has represented clients in most sectors of the economy and in both the private and public/broader public sectors, including in the fields of manufacturing, finance, energy, property management, insurance, technology, retail, social and community services, health care and developmental services. He has appeared as lead counsel in litigation matters before labour and employment tribunals and the Courts, including in cases before the Ontario Labour Relations Board, the Canada Industrial Relations Board, Grievance Arbitrators, the Human Rights Tribunal, the Workplaces Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal, The Financial Services Tribunal, the Superior Court of Justice and the Divisional Court. 

Daniel regularly provides training on workplace and human resources issues, with a particular focus on workplace violence and harassment, health and safety due diligence and labour/management relations. He also regularly speaks at conferences and is widely published on labour and employment issues.




  • J.D., Osgoode Hall Law School, 2004
  • B.A., York University, 2001


  • Called to the Ontario Bar, 2005

Publications & Presentations

Torkin Manes LegalPoint

Diversity and Inclusion Policies in the Workplace

E-Alert In the modern workplace, the role of human resources (HR) professionals is now, more than ever, complicated and varied. From ensuring the organization...
Jul 12, 2019
Torkin Manes LegalPoint

The Ontario Government Eliminates Certain Ministry of Labour Approvals

Torkin Manes LegalPoint The Ontario Government has passed Bill 66, Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act, 2019 which amends the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (the &l...
Apr 8, 2019
Torkin Manes LegalPoint

WSIB’s New Policy On Medical Cannabis Will Be In Effect From March 1, 2019

E-Alert The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) has issued a policy on Cannabis for Medical Purposes which will come into effect on March 1, 2019.&nbs...
Feb 20, 2019
Torkin Manes LegalPoint

Ontario Government Overturns Previous Labour Reforms

E-Alert On November 21, 2018, Bill 47, the Making Ontario Open for Business Act, 2018 received Royal Assent. Bill 47 repealed almost all of the labour and emp...
Nov 23, 2018

News & Media

In the News

Azelis strengthens its presence in Canada through the acquisition of Chemroy

On March 11, 2019, Azelis, a leading specialty chemical supplier operating globally, announced it has acquired Chemroy, a Canadian distributor of spec...
Mar 27, 2019
In the News

Canada Goose completes IPO

Lexpert Magazine On March 21, 2017, Canada Goose Holdings Inc. completed its initial public offering of 23 million subordinate voting shares at an initial offering pri...
Jun 15, 2017
In the News

Audax completes sale of Laborie Medical Technologies

Lexpert Magazine On September 16, 2016, Audax Private Equity (“Audax”), together with its co-investors and members of management of Laborie Medical Technol...
Feb 9, 2017


Be Prepared for Workplace Accidents – Daniel Pugen – Torkin Manes LegalPoint Video

Daniel Pugen outlines an employer’s obligations if an employee suffers a workplace accident, and describes what employers can expect during a vi...
Sep 19, 2016


Staying in Business and Out of Hot Water...Be Prepared to Manage Workplace Change

On Tuesday, May 9th, Torkin Manes hosted an informative program on how to manage a workplace crisis. Members of Torkin Manes Employment & Lab...
May 9, 2017: 08:00 - 11:00

US and Canadian Cross-Border Employment and Immigration Issues - International Employers Forum Seminar

On Tuesday, March 28th Torkin Manes hosted an International Employers Forum session on cross-border employment and immigration law. Attendees re...
Mar 28, 2017: 17:30 - 19:30