Douglas G. Gilbert

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


Douglas G. Gilbert is a senior partner in Fasken Martineau’s Toronto office.

Mr. Gilbert’s practice includes advocacy and advisory work on behalf of employers in the federal and provincial sectors. He represents employers before administrative tribunals including the Canada Industrial Relations Board, the Ontario Labour Relations Board, boards of arbitration, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal, and human rights tribunals. He also serves as spokesperson in collective bargaining on behalf of his clients, and represents employers in civil proceedings for wrongful dismissal.

Mr. Gilbert represents business organizations in their efforts to shape labour policy. He has assisted employer organizations in their representations to reform Ontario’s Labour Relations Act, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, and the industrial relations provisions of the Canada Labour Code.

Mr. Gilbert is a Fellow of The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and a Fellow of The College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers. Mr. Gilbert is also a member of the Society for Human Resource Management, Labor Relations Special Expertise Committee.

Mr. Gilbert 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 recognized as a leading practitioner in the field of management labour and employment law in Chambers Global, The International Who’s Who of Management Labour & Employment Lawyers, Who's Who Legal: Canada, The Best Lawyers in Canada, The Cross Border Labour and Employment Benefits Handbook, Expert Guides to Leading Labour & Employment Lawyers, Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory and the Practical Law Company's Which Lawyer ranking.


Mr. Gilbert is the co-author of Canadian Labour and Employment Law for the U.S. Practitioner, Third Edition, published by BNA Books, Washington, D.C. He is co-editor of Federal Labour Law and Practice, published by Canada Law Book. Mr. Gilbert has contributed the chapter on Canada to Employee Duty of Loyalty, published by BNA Books, Washington, D.C. He is also the co-author of the chapter on Canada in Getting the Deal Through Labour & Employment 2012, a publication in conjunction with the International Bar Association and International Employment and Labor Law, LexisNexis. He is the co-author of A Guide to Workers’ Compensation in Ontario, Third Edition, published by Canada Law Book. Mr. Gilbert is the legal advisor in the production of Discrimination in the Workplace, a video by Canada Law Book.


  • L.L.B., University of Western Ontario, 1977
  • B.A., Concordia University, 1972

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