Michel Towner practices employment and labour law from Dentons Canada LLP’s Montreal office. He also co-leads the national Employment and Labour Law group.
Michel represents corporate clients before both provincial and federal courts and tribunals. He advises on certification, negotiation, application and interpretation of collective agreements, grievances and arbitrations, labour standards, industrial accidents and occupational diseases, health and safety, recourses pertaining to labour law (such as injunctions, evocations, complaints), employment contracts, dismissals and severance packages, human rights and freedoms, pension plans and fringe benefits, access to information and decrees.
Michel publishes articles and speaks on topics of interest to employers. He sat on the board of directors of the Montréal office from 1987 to 1995 and from 1999 to 2002. Michel is recognized by Martindale-Hubble.
- Martindale-Hubbell: Distinguished BV Peer Review Rating
- “Court of Appeal Ruling: Grievance Arbitrators do not have Jurisdiction to Rule on a Remedy Based on Section 124 of the Quebec Labour Standards Act,” Focus on Employment, Labour and Pensions newsletter, December 2008
Activities and Affiliations
- Member, Québec Bar
- Member, Canadian Bar Association
- Member, Board of Directors of the Ordre des CRHA et des CRIA du Québec (certified human resources professional and certified industrial relations counsellor), 2004-2006
- National President, Air and Space Law Section, Canadian Bar Association, 1992-1993
- National President, Labour Law Section, Canadian Bar Association, 1993-1995
Community Involvement and Pro Bono
- Member, Employment Committee, Federation of Chambers of Commerce of Quebec
- Director, Montréal Heart Institute, 1992-1996
- Member, Professional Inspection Committee of the Ordre des CRHA et des CRIA du Québec (certified human resources professional and certified industrial relations counsellor), 2000-2003
- Foundation Kim Internationale (Quebec) for War Victims Children