Norm Keith

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


Norm Keith is a Senior Partner practicing in the areas of employment, regulatory and white collar crime litigation and government investigations, in Canada and internationally. He also teaches, advises and writes extensively in the areas of corporate governance, compliance and enterprise risk management.

Mr. Keith is an experienced Labour, Employment and Human Rights lawyer. He advises employers, executives and board of directors with the drafting of employment contracts, HR policies, hiring, restructuring, workplace fraud, absenteeism and disability management, change of control agreements, progressive discipline, constructive dismissal, mass layoffs, terminations and wrongful dismissal. He represents employers in human rights complaints, union grievances, ESA complaints, whistle-blower investigations and reprisal complaints, and fiduciary duty litigation. He conducts workplace investigations for employers, boards of directors and special board committees into employee misconduct, financial crimes, code of conduct violations and related workplace issues. Mr. Keith has unique expertise in dealing with alcohol and drugs issues in the workplace and has written a leading book, Alcohol & Drugs in the Canadian Workplace (2nd edition) on the subject. Mr. Keith has appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada in the leading case dealing with random alcohol and drug testing, Irving Pulp & Paper (2013); and the leading case dealing with drug addiction human rights, Elk Valley Coal (2017). He also has expertise with workplace harassment and violence issues and has written the book, Human Resources Guide to Preventing Workplace Violence (2nd Edition).

Mr. Keith has an active White Collar Crime Defence and Government Investigation practice. He is a founding member of Fasken’s White Collar Defence and Investigations practice group and a Canadian representative of the American Bar Association White Collar Crime Committee. Mr. Keith has authored a number books on the subject including, Corporate Crime, Accountability and Social Responsibility in Canada (2nd Edition), Insider Trading in Canada (2nd edition) and Canadian Anti-Corruption Law and Compliance (2nd edition). Mr. Keith advises clients across Canada and internationally on internal and government investigations, white collar crime, corporate compliance and governance, and is counsel at trials and appeals. He was appellate co-counsel for Mr. Nazir Karigar, the first individual tried under the CFPOA. Mr. Keith is the editor-in-chief of the firm’s White Collar blog: teaches a course at the University of Toronto on Corporate Governance, Ethics and Social Responsibility.

Mr. Keith is the leading occupational health and safety (OHS) lawyer in Canada. He advises and represents employers, officers and directors, and managers regarding OHS/WSIB compliance, accident investigations, and litigation across Canada. He has successfully defended hundreds of OHS prosecutions at trials and appeals. He advises employers on legal compliance with OHS law across Canada. Mr. Keith has written many of the leading texts in this field, including Canadian Health and Safety Law, Canadian Emergency Management and Response Manual, and Workplace Health and Safety Crimes (3rd Edition), dealing with the amendments to the Criminal Code dealing with the Westray Mine Disaster. Mr. Keith was the first practising lawyer in Canada to achieve the Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) designation. He is a highly sought after speaker by employers, business associations, bar associations, universities, and risk management conferences. He has been a course developer and an instructor in the ASSE Global Safety Risk Management certificate course since 2013. He has been a judge for the prestigious Thomson Reuters Canada's Safest Employer Awards since 2014.

Mr. Keith is an accomplished trial and appellate lawyer. During his career he has appeared at all levels of courts up to and including the Supreme Court of Canada. He advises, represents and defends corporations, directors, officers, special board committees, senior managers, governments and individuals in a wide variety of legal matters including workplace health & safety, white collar crime, wrongful dismissals, labour relations, workers compensation, employment and fiduciary duties, human rights, constitutional, environmental, anti-bribery and corruption, insider trading and securities fraud, and corporate governance. He has successfully represented clients in over 1,000 regulatory, civil and criminal matters.

Norm completed Ironman Mont Tremblant (August 2016), his fifth ironman distance triathlon. He has worked as a hard rock miner, a golf course grounds keeper, a career counsellor, a construction labourer, and a management trainee at a major Canadian bank.