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Maryanne Valerio

Lawyer & HR Advisor

Expertise

  • Workplace investigations
  • HR advisory services
  • Wrongful dismissal litigation
  • Human rights litigation
  • Representing individuals

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PhilosophyIn a word: Perseverance

Maryanne’s varied career includes being the HR manager for a large Canadian retailer, manager of labour relations for a food production company, in-house counsel with a union local and as a lawyer in private practice. This diverse background enables her to analyze workplace challenges from the full spectrum of perspectives and to develop practical and creative solutions.

Maryanne has represented employees and employers in unionized and non-unionized settings on a broad range of labour, employment and human resources law matters, including: grievance arbitrations, collective bargaining, health and safety, wrongful dismissal and human rights complaints.

B.A. (Hons.) Labour Studies & Political Science: York University, M.A. Work & Society: McMaster University, J.D. Osgoode Hall Law School, Certificate in Labour and Employment Law Program: Osgoode Hall Law School, practicing law since 2013

Accomplishments

Maryanne has had a varied career including being HR manager for a large Canadian retailer, manager of labour relations for a food production company, in-house counsel with a union local and in private practice. This diverse background enables her to analyze workplace challenges from the full spectrum of perspectives and to develop practical and creative solutions. Maryanne has also successfully mediated settlements for her clients and has been involved in negotiating renewal collective agreements. She is a capable HR lawyer and workplace investigator.

Backstory

Whenever Maryanne was asked what she wanted to be when she grew up, she said she wanted to be a successful woman who wore a suit to work and carried a briefcase. It was not until her grade 11 law class that she realized what that meant. In university, Maryanne an introductory labour studies sparked her interest in labour and employment law. She has since devoted her career to helping employees and employers resolve their workplace disputes and investigate complaints.

An interesting tidbit

Maryanne walked on an active crater on the Kilauea Volcano and watched the stars at the observatory on Mauna Kea, 9,200 feet above sea level and a difference of two hours and a temperature swing of 30°C. She can’t wait to go back.

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