Brian W. Burkett

Bay Adelaide Centre
333 Bay Street, Suite 2400
P.O. Box 20
Toronto, ON M5H 2T6


Brian W. Burkett is a senior partner with Fasken Martineau's Toronto office.

Brian has practiced exclusively in the area of management labour relations and employment law since his call to the Ontario Bar in 1978. His law practice on behalf of individual employers and employer associations includes: providing strategic labour and employment law advice for clients; strategic input on the development of labour and employment law policy at the provincial, federal and international levels; appearances before grievance arbitration and labour relations boards at the provincial and federal level; and negotiation of collective agreements on behalf of a variety of employers in the telecommunications, transportation, energy, retail, automobile manufacturing and health care sectors.

Brian has held the top ranking of Band 1 in the Chambers Global Rankings for a number of consecutive years, up to and including 2017. He has been similarly recognized in all of the following publications: Chambers Canada (Band 1-2017), The International Who’s Who of Management Labour & Employment Lawyers, (6th Edition (2013)), the Annual Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada published by Lexpert/American Lawyer Media, the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (2016), and The Best Lawyers in Canada (2016).

Brian is a Fellow of The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers in the United States. He is AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest peer review rating awarded to a lawyer for his legal skills and sense of ethics.

He is a Director of and counsel to the Canadian Employers Council (CEC). The CEC represents the interests of Canadian employers at the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Geneva, Switzerland, and in connection with the Summit of the Americas Process.

Brian is co-author of the book Canadian Labour and Employment Law for the U.S. Practitioner (Forth Edition, 2017), published by Bloomberg BNA Books of Washington, D.C. He is also co-editor and an author of Federal Labour Law and Practice, published by Canada Law Book in 2013.

Brian is a member of the Executive Committee of the Canadian Labour Law Association (CLLA). He is an associate editor of the Canadian Labour and Employment Law Journal and a member of the International Association of Labour Law Journals.

Brian sits on the Advisory Board of the Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources (CIRHR) at the University of Toronto and the Centre for Law in the Contemporary Workplace at the Faculty of Law, Queen’s University.

Brian is an Adjunct Professor at the Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources (CIRHR) at the University of Toronto and co-teaches the Developments in International Labour and Human Resource Policy course at the University of Toronto: CIRHR.

Finally, Brian is co-Chair of the one of a kind in Canada International Conference in respect of the world of work. The 2017 Conference, to be held on November 3-4, 2017 at the campus of Western Law in London, Ontario, features the keynote speaker Professor David Weil, author of “The Fissured Workplace”. Professor Weil is the former administrator for the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hours Division under the Obama Administration. Professor Weil was recently appointed Dean of the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University.