Melanie J. Harmer 

Melanie J. Harmer

Vancouver
Royal Centre, Suite 1500
1055 West Georgia Street, PO Box 11117
Vancouver, British Columbia V6E 4N7

t: 604.691.6851
e: melanie.harmer@mcmillan.ca

overview

Melanie Harmer is a partner in the firm's Advocacy and Litigation Group. Her practice encompasses a broad range of complex litigation matters, with a particular emphasis on commercial litigation, judicial review, appellate proceedings, and aboriginal law.

Melanie is skilled at distilling complex issues and drafting persuasive arguments in high-profile and complicated matters. Prior to joining the firm, Melanie served as a judicial law clerk to six judges of the Supreme Court of British Columbia.

Her recent experience includes such diverse matters as representing an office of the legislature on a novel issue of solicitor-client privilege, assisting multiple resource companies in defending against injunctions of their exploration and harvesting activities, representing a resource company in obtaining an injunction to remove a blockade of its operations, seeking leave to commence a derivative action in a commercial dispute, obtaining court approval of plans of arrangement and representing shareholders in dissent proceedings, providing advice to international clients on jurisdictional issues, and appearing before an international arbitration tribunal.

In addition to representing clients in litigation before the courts, Melanie regularly assists clients in negotiating solutions outside the courtroom.

Representative Matters

The following is a selection of recent cases where Melanie has appeared as counsel: 

Commercial Litigation

  • AMS Homecare Inc. v. TSX Venture Exchange Inc., 2014 BCCA 204
  • Watson Island Development Corporation v. City of Prince Rupert, 2014 BCSC 2160 and 2015 BCSC 614
  • McKersie v. Macala, 2014 BCCA 394
  • 0861695 B.C. Ltd. v. Meola, 2013 BCSC 121 
  • Certain Shareholders of Crew Gold Corporation v. Crew Gold Corporation, 2012 YKCA 9

Administrative Law 

  • Jaguar Financial Corporation, Galway Metals Inc. and TSX Venture Exchange Inc., 2014 BCSECCOM 440
  • British Columbia (Public Safety and Solicitor General) v. Stelmack, 2011 BCSC 1244
  • Emergency Health Services Commission v. Cassidy, 2011 BCSC 1003

Employment and Privacy Law

  • BC Pavilion Corporation, 2014 BCIPC 17 and 2015 BCIPC 10
  • Whiting v. Boys and Girls Club Services of Greater Victoria, 2011 BCSC 681
  • Sifton v. Wheaton Pontiac Buick GMC (Nanaimo) Ltd., 2010 BCCA 541

 Public and Government Law

  • British Columbia (Auditor General) v. British Columbia (Attorney General), 2013 BCSC 98
  • British Columbia (Auditor General) v. Butler, 2011 BCSC 1064

Aboriginal Law

  • Taseko Mines Limited v. Phillips, 2011 BCSC 1675

Publications

Saadati v Moorhead: Expert Medical Evidence is Not Required To Successfully Claim Damages for Mental Injury
BC Court of Appeal Confirms Dismissed Employees Do Not Require Expert Evidence to Prove Compensable Mental Injury
Saadati v Moorhead: Expert Medical Evidence is Not Required To Successfully Claim Damages for Mental Injury
No Free Accidents: Supreme Court of Canada Upholds Termination of Drug Dependent Employee
Know your Obligations: Workplace Privacy in BC
Calling All Small Claims: British Columbia's Civil Resolution Tribunal Looks to Take on Low-Value Small Claims Disputes
Appealing the Arbitrator: A New Avenue of Appeal in British Columbia
Rolling Back Sattva: Appeal Courts Can Second Guess Contractual Interpretation
Wrongful Quitting: Can Your Employee Suddenly Walk Out the Door?
Rolling Back Sattva: Appeal Courts Can Second Guess Contractual Interpretation
Gotta Have (Good) Faith: Wrongful Dismissal and Aggravated Damages in George v. Cowichan Tribes
One Step Forward and Two Steps Back: Province Found to Have Breached Aboriginal Consultation Obligations for Second Time
The Post-Tsilhqot'in World: Court Rejects First Nation's Assertion of Crown Obligation to Negotiate and Settle Litigated Claims
BC Court Considers Striking Out Claims and Defences of Cooperating Parties Who Delayed in Disclosing Existence of Cooperation Agreement
Aboriginal group moves quickly to halt blockade of band office
The introduction of proportionality into BC's rules of court: A new way of litigating or simply stating the obvious?

Education

  • University of British Columbia, LLB - 2007
  • University of Auckland, Exchange Student - 2007
  • University of British Columbia, BA (Political Science & Family Studies) - 2004

Year Of Call

  • Called to the British Columbia bar - 2009

Practices

litigation
administrative law
appellate advocacy
employment law
aboriginal law
business litigation
privacy and data protection
fraud law
employment and labour relations

Industries

mining
forest products

Directorships and Professional Associations

  • Canadian Bar Association (British Columbia Branch)
  • Vancouver Bar Association

Community Involvement

  • Mentor, CBA-UBC Student Mentorship Program
  • Former Executive Officer, CBA BC Civil Litigation (Vancouver) Subsection
  • Former Volunteer with Pacific Assistance Dog Society

Awards & Rankings

  • Recipient of the Lawson Lundell Prize in Corporations I
  • Recipient of the Walter H. Gage and Elsie M. Harvey Education Abroad Scholarship
  • First Place Factum, Wilson Moot Competition
  • Recipient of the David Roberts Prize in Legal Writing 
  • Recipient of the Edwards, Kenny & Bray Founders Scholarship
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Melanie Harmer is a partner in the firm's Advocacy and Litigation Group. Her practice encompasses a broad range of complex litigation matters, with a particular emphasis on commercial litigation, judicial review, appellate proceedings, and aboriginal law.

Melanie is skilled at distilling complex issues and drafting persuasive arguments in high-profile and complicated matters. Prior to joining the firm, Melanie served as a judicial law clerk to six judges of the Supreme Court of British Columbia.

Her recent experience includes such diverse matters as representing an office of the legislature on a novel issue of solicitor-client privilege, assisting multiple resource companies in defending against injunctions of their exploration and harvesting activities, representing a resource company in obtaining an injunction to remove a blockade of its operations, seeking leave to commence a derivative action in a commercial dispute, obtaining court approval of plans of arrangement and representing shareholders in dissent proceedings, providing advice to international clients on jurisdictional issues, and appearing before an international arbitration tribunal.

In addition to representing clients in litigation before the courts, Melanie regularly assists clients in negotiating solutions outside the courtroom.

The following is a selection of recent cases where Melanie has appeared as counsel: 

Commercial Litigation

  • AMS Homecare Inc. v. TSX Venture Exchange Inc., 2014 BCCA 204
  • Watson Island Development Corporation v. City of Prince Rupert, 2014 BCSC 2160 and 2015 BCSC 614
  • McKersie v. Macala, 2014 BCCA 394
  • 0861695 B.C. Ltd. v. Meola, 2013 BCSC 121 
  • Certain Shareholders of Crew Gold Corporation v. Crew Gold Corporation, 2012 YKCA 9

Administrative Law 

  • Jaguar Financial Corporation, Galway Metals Inc. and TSX Venture Exchange Inc., 2014 BCSECCOM 440
  • British Columbia (Public Safety and Solicitor General) v. Stelmack, 2011 BCSC 1244
  • Emergency Health Services Commission v. Cassidy, 2011 BCSC 1003

Employment and Privacy Law

  • BC Pavilion Corporation, 2014 BCIPC 17 and 2015 BCIPC 10
  • Whiting v. Boys and Girls Club Services of Greater Victoria, 2011 BCSC 681
  • Sifton v. Wheaton Pontiac Buick GMC (Nanaimo) Ltd., 2010 BCCA 541

 Public and Government Law

  • British Columbia (Auditor General) v. British Columbia (Attorney General), 2013 BCSC 98
  • British Columbia (Auditor General) v. Butler, 2011 BCSC 1064

Aboriginal Law

  • Taseko Mines Limited v. Phillips, 2011 BCSC 1675
September 2017
Saadati v Moorhead: Expert Medical Evidence is Not Required To Successfully Claim Damages for Mental Injury

LexisNexis Labour Notes, No. 1578

June 2017
No Free Accidents: Supreme Court of Canada Upholds Termination of Drug Dependent Employee

Employment and Labour Law Bulletin, Litigation Bulletin

June 2017
Know your Obligations: Workplace Privacy in BC

Employment and Labour Bulletin

October 2016
Rolling Back Sattva: Appeal Courts Can Second Guess Contractual Interpretation

LexisNexis Canadian Insurance Law Reporter, No. 790

September 2016
Wrongful Quitting: Can Your Employee Suddenly Walk Out the Door?

Employment and Labour Bulletin