Melanie Polowin is a partner in the Ottawa offices of Gowling WLG. Melanie advises a broad range of private sector Canadian and international employers of all stages and sizes, on every phase of the employment relationship, from recruitment through termination, start-up to wind-down. Her focus is on providing pragmatic, real-world advice and solutions to employers. Melanie helps clients understand and manage the employment aspects of newly entering the Canadian market, financings, mergers, acquisitions and IPOs. She also works closely with clients to implement meaningful proprietary interest and non-competition protections, and to develop effective customized templates, contracts, policies, and risk-reduction protocols. Melanie is a skilled strategist and negotiator with extensive experience in accommodation and termination planning and implementation, and managing and resolving employment disputes. She was recognized by The Best Lawyers in Canada 2015 as the Ottawa, Ontario "Lawyer of the Year" for employment law.