Donald Wilson has extensive experience in civil and administrative litigation at the hearing level, trial and appellate levels, with a particular interest in labour, employment, environmental, administrative, intellectual property, insurance and products liability litigation.
Donald has done extensive work in the employment area including a number of Canada Labour Code and Alberta and Canadian human rights hearings. He has provided opinions and proactive employment advice to employers. He has acted as counsel of record in a number of trials (and appeals) on employment issues including breaches of known safety rules, the application and enforceability of alcohol and drug policies in an industrial context, both at trial before the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench and in a series of labour arbitration cases. He has also litigated the nature and extent of an employer’s obligation to accommodate disabled workers.
Donald has also been fortunate to consult with solicitors and other in-house lawyers to develop a variety of proactive methods to assist clients in avoiding litigation. In this process, he has prepared a variety of complex risk analyses for corporate clients.
His practice has also been devoted to a wide range of complex, commercial litigation matters for clients such as North America’s largest integrated oil company, a major oil sands mining conglomerate, one of the largest multinational entertainment conglomerates in the world, two large heavy equipment distributors and a number of interprovincial trucking companies.
In recent years, Donald has done extensive work in the field of Administrative Law including a variety of appearances before various statutory boards and tribunals in the province of Alberta and elsewhere. He has provided legal advice on environmental and land use matters to a variety of individual and corporations.
He has also appeared as counsel for the Minister of the Environment in Alberta in a number of applications in the nature of Judicial Review before the Court of Queen’s Bench and the Alberta Court of Appeal. In this regard, he has participated in a series of cases which have successfully established a very high standard of review for ministerial decisions under the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act.
His practice also includes a wide range of civil litigation matters including a variety of complex environmental litigation matters for large self-insured multinational corporations, product liability defence work and arson and fire investigation litigation in the province of Alberta and in the Northwest Territories.
Donald has particular interest in and considerable experience with pre-trial and emergent injunctive relief matters acting for both applicants and respondents.
RTL-Westcan Completes Refinancing and Acquir... April 07, 2010 On April 7, 2010, Edmonton-based RTL-Westcan Limited Partnership, a private portfolio investment... Read More
2014 Employment and Labour Law Conference Pr... October 08, 2014 On October 1, 2014, Davis LLP hosted its annual Employment & Labour... Read More
Doing Business in Alberta 2013 November 29, 2013 Doing Business in Alberta, updated as of November 2013, is an informative... Read More
2013 Employment and Labour Law Conference Pr... October 29, 2013 On October 23, 2013, Davis LLP hosted its annual Employment & Labour... Read More
Doing Business in Alberta 2012 November 06, 2012 Leading practitioners from Davis LLP have produced an informative overview of legal... Read More
Shifting Tides: Recent Developments in the D... October 21, 2011 Presented at the 2011 Canadian Employment & Labour Conference in Calgary and... Read More
How Far is Too Far? Terminating and Accommod... November 01, 2008 Written by Wendy-Anne Berkenbosch. Presented by Donald J. Wilson to the Canadian... Read More
Edmonton Employment & Labour Law Confer... October 23, 2013 Employment & labour law practitioners from Davis LLP covered a variety of... Read More
2012 Western Canada Employment & Labour... October 24, 2012 At the Davis LLP 2012 Western Employment & Labour Law Conferences, our... Read More
Implications and Applications of the Fair Tr... September 28, 2012 Donald Wilson presented a paper titled Implications and Applications of the Fair... Read More
Canadian Employment & Labour Conference... October 21, 2011 Providing presentations of interest to Human Resources professionals, the 2011 program promises... Read More
Canadian Employment & Labour Conference... October 20, 2011 Providing presentations of interest to Human Resources professionals, the 2011 program promises... Read More
Canadian Bar Association Pension and Labour ... November 01, 2008 How Far is Too Far? Terminating and Accommodating Disabled Employees, presented by... Read More
Coached various levels of youth soccer for 11 years
Coached various levels of youth hockey for 5 years
Coached various levels of youth basketball for 6 years
Previously served as secretary/treasurer, Edmonton Handball League
Previously served as floor hockey coordinator, Alberta Special Olympics
Called to the Bar
LL.B., University of Alberta, 1987
B.A., University of Alberta, 1980