Susan M. Ursel
Susan M. Ursel
Senior Partner at Ursel Phillips Fellows Hopkinson LLP
(416) 969-3515
(416) 968-0325
555 Richmond St W, Suite 1200 , , Toronto, ON
Year called to bar: 1986 (ON)
Senior partner with a progressive labour and employment law firm. Represents unions, organizations and individuals on arbitrations, labour board proceedings, tribunal hearings and litigation before all levels of court in Ontario, and the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC). Practice focuses on labour, employment, pay equity, employment equity, human rights, Charter rights, insolvency, pensions and benefits. Named to Independent Advisory Board for SCC Justices (2016 & 2017). Senior counsel to OSSTF in its successful Charter challenges to Bills 115 and 124. Counsel to CBA in its intervention in the SCC TWU v. LSUC case. Counsel to Sears Canada employees in CCAA proceedings. Active with pensions and benefits: counsel to Essar Steel Algoma retirees in CCAA proceedings; court-appointed counsel to Air Canada union retirees in 2004; engaged in class action litigation for pension plan members adversely affected by government reorganizations in the broader public sector. Recipient of many awards and recognition: 2019 Law Society Medal recipient; 2019 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 recipient; member of Diversity 50 (2017); Lifetime Achievement Award from Pro Bono Ontario (2016); Fellow in the American College of Labor and Employment Lawyers; annual Best Lawyers and Lexpert recognition.
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On November 30, 2018, Essar Steel Algoma Inc. (“ESAI”) concluded its comprehensive restructuring under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act by way of the sale of substantially all of its assets to Algoma Steel Inc. (“ASI”).