Ryley
Mennie

Lawyer, Labour and Employment Law

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Ryley specializes in labour and employment law and honed his skills in managing all manner of workplace-related issues over the course of five years at a leading national law firm. Ryley’s practice thrives on helping clients anticipate and negotiate the web of evolving obligations and rights that exist in Canadian workplaces, build stable and productive employment relationships and effectively manage workplace disputes and conflict. Ryley also provides crucial employment-related advice on complex transactions and in the context of new business ventures. Ryley is proactive in his advice and resolute in his advocacy for his clients’ interests.

Why MT+Co.?

“I was looking for an opportunity to do top-notch legal work at an inclusive and collaborative firm that nurtures and encourages innovation and creativity in the way it services clients. MT+Co.’s emphasis on providing value to clients and establishing meaningful connections immediately told me this was where I need to be. Not only that, the firm’s workspace is exciting and its people are awesome (people here include dogs). It was a natural fit for me.”

Expertise

Ryley’s expertise includes helping large and small clients in both the public and private sector with:

  • all manner of human rights and accommodation matters;
  • contract drafting, negotiation and advice, including in the context of onboarding new employees, including top level executives;
  • managing complex terminations;
  • policy drafting and interpretation;
  • privacy law compliance;
  • investigations and regulatory reporting;
  • workers’ compensation/occupational health and safety obligations;
  • legislative compliance and interpretation;
  • collective agreement interpretation and arbitration; and
  • union certification drives.

Ryley also provides strategic advice regarding labour and employment considerations for a wide variety of business transactions, including in the context of business acquisitions as well as new startups.

Ryley is passionate and effective advocate and has assisted and represented clients before all levels of court in British Columbia and various administrative tribunals, including:

  • grievance arbitration boards;
  • the BC Labour Relations Board;
  • the Canada Industrial Relations Board;
  • the Canada Human Rights Tribunal;
  • the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal;
  • WorkSafeBC;
  • Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada;
  • Revenue Canada;
  • the British Columbia Employment Standards Tribunal;
  • the British Columbia Mental Health Review Board; and
  • the British Columbia Residential Tenancy Branch.

Ryley has also assisted clients with matters before the BC Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada.

Ryley is a regular contributor to continuing professional development for labour, employment and human rights matters and has been recognized as a Rising Star Contributor 2008-2018 by the Continuing Legal Education Society of BC. Ryley has also been the Treasurer for the Canadian Bar Association, British Columbia, Employment Law Subsection since 2015 and has presented at numerous other conferences and events.

Background

  • B.A. English Literature – University of British Columbia;
  • J.D. – Dalhousie University, Schulich School of Law, where Ryley received the Arthur Allister MacBain Memorial Scholarship for academic achievement and community contributions;
  • Clerk for seven justices at the B.C. Supreme Court between 2011-2012;
  • Volunteer mentor for the Martin Family Initiative, supporting the education, health and well-being of indigenous youth in their communities;
  • Active pro bono contributor and volunteer in the areas of mental health and the arts, LGBTQ2* issues and animal welfare; and
  • Access Pro Bono Top Volunteer 2015 for pro bono representation in Mental Health Program

Worth Noting

Ryley is a committed snowboarder and cyclist and used to be a professional chef and amateur sailor. He was once the head (and only trained) chef for 60+ crew, staff and students on an educational tall ship that sailed for five months from Indonesia to Russia. This was the end of Ryley’s sailing and cooking career, though he still loves to be in the kitchen.