Marie-Helene has extensive experience working for private practices and large corporations, including CIBC, where she advised nationwide client groups on regulatory and compliance issues within human resources.
Marie-Helene has built a strong reputation for her ability to help clients achieve positive outcomes on a wide range of employment law issues through a practical, cost effective and tactful approach. She understands the delicate nature of many employment disputes and navigates these challenges in a strategic manner that has become her hallmark.
Marie-Helene has extensive experience working for private practices and large corporations, including CIBC, where she advised nationwide client groups on regulatory and compliance issues within human resources, and most recently serving as a partner at Allen & Co. LLP. She has appeared before the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal and in Ontario Superior Court.
As partner at Ingenuity, Marie-Helene acts for both employer and employee clients on matters such as employment agreements, hiring, terminations, disability, wrongful dismissal, human rights and workplace harassment. Her area of specialization is sexual harassment and workplace bullying. Marie-Helene advises corporate clients with respect to executive compensation, bonus entitlements and structure, employee incentive plans and guiding HR personnel departments with current regulatory issues including ADDA, WHS, privacy, social media and more. She also has a wealth of experience as a workplace investigator who, in this capacity, has conducted third-party investigations for large public sector organizations such as hospitals and school boards in both French and English.
Known for her sense of humour and approachable writing style, Marie-Helene’s finesse for effective communication extends far beyond the office. Avid readers of the online publication Her Magazine will recognize Marie-Helene as a long-time regular contributor, lending her pen to a variety of employment law issues. She has appeared in the Huffington Post for her article “Is Your Nanny Entitled to Paid Sick Days,” and has spoken as part of the Law Society of Upper Canada’s Six-Minute Lawyer series.
Called to the bar in 1998, Marie-Helene received a Bachelor of Arts, Honours Liberal Arts and Philosophy from Concordia University (1990), a Bachelor of Common Laws and Juris Doctor from the University of Windsor in partnership with the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law as a part of their J.D./LL.B Program (1995). She also holds a Certificate in Child Protection Law from the Law Society of Upper Canada (2013) and dedicates time on a pro bono basis in this area, a passion inspired in no small part by her own two children.