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Melissa VanderHouwen

associate

 

Melissa (she/her/hers) practices in all areas of labour, employment, human rights, and administrative law. Melissa joined Moore Edgar Lyster LLP in 2015, after having summered and articled with the firm. 

She provides practical advice and cost-effective advocacy to unions regarding a wide variety of labour matters including discipline and discharge, collective agreement interpretation, policy grievances, organizing efforts, and unfair labour practice disputes. 

Melissa also provides advice and representation to non-unionized employees on many workplace issues, including wrongful dismissal, contract interpretation, and accommodation disputes. She also provides advice and advocacy for unions and individuals on a variety of Human Rights issues. 

Melissa has appeared before the BC Supreme Court and Court of Appeal, the BC Human Rights Tribunal, the Canadian Human Rights Commission, the BC Labour Relations Board, and in federal and provincial grievance arbitrations. She takes a pragmatic approach to client service and values building relationships with her clients to better understand their short and long term goals so that she can obtain the best results possible.

In the community, Melissa serves on the executive of the CBA BC Women Lawyers Forum, and on the Board of Directors of a non-profit that promotes and encourages women in mountain biking. She has volunteered for LEAF, West Coast LEAF, the Canadian Red Cross, and as President of her varsity rowing teams at the University of Ottawa and Simon Fraser University. In her spare time, she can be found exploring the mountains and waterways of the west coast with Moore Edgar Lyster LLP’s Chief Morale Officer, Toby McToberson. 


EDUCATION

B.A. (First Class Honours), Simon Fraser University

J.D. (Cum Laude), University of Ottawa

CALL TO THE BAR

2015

ASSISTANT

Anastasia Fields (she/her/hers)

anastasiafields@mooreedgarlyster.com