Kristen is a litigation lawyer with a growing practice focused on employment and labour relations, commercial disputes and privacy law. She assists employers in all aspects of labour and employment law, including COVID-19 response, employment standards, developing workplace policies, termination advice and strategy, and handling wrongful dismissal and human rights claims.
In addition, Kristen provides advice to organizations on a variety of privacy matters, including employee privacy issues such as conducting background checks and developing employee privacy policies, and assists on a variety of commercial disputes.
At law school, Kristen served as the Vice President of Student Affairs for the Allard Law Students’ Association and acted as an executive member of the Honey Badgers Women’s Rugby Team. Prior to studying law, Kristen founded her own business creating and selling natural home and body products.
Rankings & Recognitions
- The Barbara Bluman Memorial Prize in Dispute Resolution
- The Richard R Sugden, QC Prize in Trial Advocacy
- The Boyd Ferris Memorial Prize in Advocacy
- The top oral and factum scores at the 2019/2020 BC Law Schools Competitive Moot
Education & Admissions
- “Couldn’t Scrape By: BC Court Rejects Certification of Class Action Against Facebook“, Internet and E-Commerce Law in Canada, Vol. 23, No. 1 (May 2022)
- “Clearview AI Ordered to Comply with Provincial Regulators’ Privacy Recommendations” reproduced in LexisNexis’ Canadian Privacy Law Review newsletter, Vol.19, No 4 co-author with Kristen Pennington, Julia Loney and Robbie Grant (March 2022)
- “Risks of Anonymized and Aggregated Data” coauthored with Robert Piasentin, reproduced in LexisNexis’ Canadian Privacy Law Review newsletter (volume 19, release 3) (February 2022)
- “Supreme Court of Canada affirms the Genetic Non-Discrimination Act, Weighing Autonomy, Privacy, and Accessibility of Insurance” coauthored with Darcy Ammerman, published in LexisNexis’ Canadian Journal of Insurance Law (volume 38, number 5) (September 2020)
Insights (13 Posts)
Privacy Reform is on the Table Once More: Canada Introduces the Digital Charter Implementation Act, 2022
New federal privacy legislation has been introduced. If passed, Bill C-27 will materially change the legal landscape for privacy and data protection in Canada.
BC Government passed the Anti-Racism Data Act to safely collect demographic information to address gaps in BC programs and services.
Competition Act Amendments Introduce New Criminal Offence Against Wage-Fixing and No-Poach Agreements
New proposed amendments to the Competition Act will criminalize agreements between employers regarding wages, working conditions and hiring practices.
BC Government amends new paid sick leave to entitlement based on calendar year and extends entitlement to unionized employees.
Significant changes to the Provincial COVID mandates announced in advance of spring break.
BC Court dismisses certification application for class action against Facebook for allegedly scraping user data from their messenger app.
The Supreme Court of British Columbia has certified litigation involving a group of employees terminated for COVID-19 related reasons as a class action
A discussion of the recent British Columbia Court of Appeal decision relating to the extension of an interlocutory injunction.
Canada’s provincial privacy regulators have issued orders against Clearview AI forcing it comply with the
recommendations of a 2020 joint investigation.
We will touch on a few notable recommendations to amend PIPA that may affect the processes and procedures of businesses governed by PIPA.
Increased standards for digital credentials improve privacy and global functionality - but what does this mean for businesses who use them?
This article discusses how the anonymized and aggregated data poses risks to businesses, and how to stay compliant with the applicable privacy requirements.
The BC government recently introduced a bill to amend FIPPA that introduces new requirements for managing and protecting privacy.
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