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Gillian Howe

Tel: 416 777 5424 Fax: 1 888-683-6543

Gillian is an associate in our Employment & Labour Group. Her practice focuses on providing counsel to clients in unionized and non-unionized workplaces with respect to issues and litigation involving the Ontario Human Rights Code, Canadian Human Rights Act, Ontario Labour Relations Act, 1995, Employment Standards Act, 2000, Canada Labour Code, Occupational Health and Safety Act, and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005.

Prior to joining Torkin Manes, Gillian summered and articled at a boutique labour and employment firm. During law school, Gillian was the Chair of the Western Advocacy Committee and worked as an Associate Caseworker for the Western Business Law Clinic. Gillian was the winner of the BLG/Cavalluzzo Labour and Employment Law Moot and a member of Western’s external team for the Niagara International Moot Court Competition.




  • J.D., University of Western Ontario, 2014
  • B.MOS in Management and Organizational Studies, Specialization in Human Resources, University of Western Ontario, 2011
  • Bohuslav Kymlicka Gold Medal 2011


  • Called to the Ontario Bar, 2015

Publications & Presentations


Human Rights in the Modern Workplace – What Employers Need to Know

Torkin Manes Employment & Labour Relations Seminar, May 2017
May 9, 2017
Torkin Manes LegalPoint

Court of Appeal Reinforces Employers' Ability to Rely on Just Cause

The recent decision, Fernandes v Peel Educational & Tutorial Services Limited (Mississauga Private School) (“Fernandes”), provides a u...
Oct 28, 2016

News & Media

Irv Kleiner and Gillian Howe to speak at the Together We Care Conference on April 11th

Irv Kleiner and Gillian Howe will be speaking at the Together We Care Conference on “The Emergence of Marijuana in Ontario Workplaces". For more...
Apr 5, 2018


Contract Workers versus Employees – Gillian Howe – Torkin Manes LegalPoint Video

Gillian Howe explains how the development of new technologies and business structures has increased the need to clearly define whether a worker is an ...
Sep 20, 2016


Employment & Labour Breakfast Seminar - The Emergence of Marijuana in the Ontario Workplace

As the legalization of cannabis is quickly approaching, many questions have been raised regarding cannabis in the workplace, and will be addressed in ...
Nov 8, 2018: 08:00 - 09:30

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