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McLennan Ross, LLP

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600 McLennan Ross Building
12220 Stony Plain Road
Edmonton, AB T5N 3Y4 

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Yellowknife, Edmonton and Calgary

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Personal Background

Glenn assists and represents clients in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut in all aspects of employment and administrative law, including,

  • collective bargaining
  • grievance arbitration
  • court reviews of arbitration awards
  • harassment and other workplace investigations
  • workers’ compensation matters
  • employment standards matters
  • labour relations board hearings
  • injunctions
  • wrongful dismissals
  • human rights
  • administrative tribunal practice and decision making

Glenn advises and represents employers from many different industries before a variety of  employment tribunals in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut, including: Canada Industrial Relations Board, Workers Safety and Compensation Commission, Human Rights Commission, Human Rights Adjudication Panel, employment standards adjudications and grievance arbitrations

Glenn possesses considerable experience counselling and representing clients dealing with broader administrative law matters and administrative tribunals such as regulatory boards, and various professional governing bodies.

Glenn is an Associate editor of the Administrative Law Review, and has revised two chapters in the textbook Principles of Administrative Law by Jones and de Villars, the most recent version of which was published in 2009.


  • LL.M., University of Toronto
  • LL.B., Queen’s University
  • B.Comm (Distinction), University of Alberta

Representative Experience

  • Regularly acts as spokesperson for governments, municipalities, private businesses and not for profit employers in collective bargaining.
  • Conducts independent workplace harassment and other workplace investigations for employers.
  • Negotiates collective agreements for the teachers and unionized public servants of the Government of the Northwest Territories.
  • Negotiates collective agreements for the teachers and unionized public servants of the Government of Nunavut.
  • Counsel for the Adjudicator appointed under the Conflict of Interest Act to inquire into the conduct of the Premier of the Northwest Territories in 2008.
  • Represented the Government of Nunavut and a number of northern municipalities in their collective bargaining.
  • Investigated a number of harassment and other complaints for the Government of the Northwest Territories.
  • Served on a Board of Inquiry under the Education Act with respect to a teacher qualifications.
  • Received a decision in a termination arbitration which makes new law on amounts to be paid to unionized employees who are not reinstated.
  • Chairperson of the Hearing Committee appointed under the Education Staff Regulations to investigate the conduct of a teacher in the Northwest Territories.
  • Retained by the Office of the Interim Commissioner to provide advice with respect to labour relations and employment law for Nunavut (prior to its inception).
  • Represents employers before courts in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut in judicial review applications from decisions of employment tribunals.
  • Advises a number of administrative tribunals with respect to administrative law and practice, the conduct of tribunal hearings and the writing of tribunal decisions.
  • Represents administrative tribunals in judicial reviews of tribunal decisions.
  • Appointed as a Wage Recovery Referee and Unjust Dismissal Adjudicator under the Canada Labour Code to conduct hearings into wage recovery and unjust dismissal complaints.


  • “Protecting Solicitor-Client Privilege”, Arctic Orbiter
  • “The Giant Mine Disaster”, Glenn Tait and Carolyn Simpson, Law Now

Speaking Engagements


  • “Right to Union Representation”, Lancaster House Labour Arbitration Conference


  • “Effective Legal Writing”, Canadian Bar Association
  • “Employment 101”, McLennan Ross webinar
  • “2009 Labour & Employment Year in Review”, McLennan Ross conference
  • “Collective Bargaining”, McLennan Ross webinar

In addition to those listed above, Glenn regularly presents at client seminars on employee management, conducting investigations, harassment and accommodation of disabilities.

Awards and Recognition

  • Recognized in the area of Labour and Employment Law, Best Lawyers in Canada
  • Leading practitioner - Labour Law and Employment Law, Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory

Community and Volunteer Activities

  • Treasurer, Yellowknife Speed Skating Club
  • Member, National Court of Adjudication, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada 

Firm Background

McLennan Ross is a well established law firm committed to serving the legal needs of Albertans and Northerners. Founded over 100 years ago, McLennan Ross has grown today to more than 90 lawyers and an extensive support staff, with offices in Edmonton, Calgary and Yellowknife.

Featuring the largest and most experienced management-side Labour & Employment practice group in Alberta and the North, one of the West's premier Litigation groups and a solid team of Corporate Commercial Securities professionals, McLennan Ross has a reputation for client service excellence and substantial experience and expertise in a number of practice areas.

Over the years, McLennan Ross and its legal professionals have been involved in numerous landmark cases, at all levels of the Canadian judicial system including the Supreme Court of Canada. The outcomes of these cases have often had a profound effect on the legal framework in which many businesses operate today.

Led by senior partners Rod McLennan, Q.C. (recognized by LEXPERT magazine as one of the Top 25 Commercial Litigators in Canada) and Dave Ross, Q.C. (Alberta's most experienced labour and employment lawyer), McLennan Ross lawyers are capable of providing assistance on just about any legal issue in a cost effective and efficient manner.

What separates McLennan Ross from other law firms is our ability to see "beyond the law" - recognizing and appreciating how legal difficulties can significantly impact a client's life and their business. Strategic thinking, grounded in a solid understanding of the realities of the business world and basic common sense, is a hallmark of McLennan Ross.

McLennan Ross clients include businesses of all sizes, from virtually every sector of the economy, along with individuals, not-for-profit organizations and governments. These clients reside and conduct business throughout Western Canada, the North and around the world.

Our success comes from the results we secure on behalf of our clients, and that continues to be the measure of our firm and our people.

Firm Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation, Construction, Corporate Commercial Securities, Energy Environmental & Regulatory, Estates, Trusts & Taxation, Financial Services, Health, Insurance & Risk Management, Labour & Employment, Media, Occupational Health & Safety, Professional Liability, Restructuring & Insolvency