Glenn D. Tait: Lawyer with McLennan Ross LLP

Glenn D. Tait

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Yellowknife,  NW  Canada

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Practice Areas

  • Labour & Employment
  • Northern Practice Group
  • Municipal
Mailing Address300 Nunasi Building, 5109-48th Street, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, X1A 1N5
University University of Alberta, B.Comm., with Distinction
Law SchoolQueen's University, LL.B., 1982; University of Toronto, LL.M., 1986
Admitted1983, Alberta; 1995, Northwest Territories; 1999, Nunavut

Professional Associations, Affiliations and Community Activities:

•Treasurer, Yellowknife Speed Skating Club
•Member, National Court of Adjudication, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada


Glenn enthusiastically defends the interests of employers of all types in the NWT and Nunavut with their employment, union and human resource issues. With over 30 years of experience, Glenn provides knowledgeable, effective and proactive advice to help them avoid difficulties in the workplace. When problems arise, Glenn protects his client's interests at the bargaining table, and when necessary, at grievance and tribunal hearings and at court. Glenn takes the time to get to know and understand his clients by working with them in the communities where they live and work.

Glenn advises and represents employers before a variety of employment tribunals, including: Canada Industrial Relations Board, Workers Safety and Compensation Commission, Human Rights Commission, Human Rights Adjudication Panel, employment standards adjudications and grievance arbitrations. He also works with northern administrative tribunals and those appearing in front of these tribunals on all aspects of administrative law and procedure.

Glenn presents to professional groups on all aspects of employment and administrative law and is an Associate editor of the Administrative Law Review, and has revised two chapters in the textbook Principles of Administrative Law by Jones and de Villars, the most recent version of which was published in 2014.

Awards and Recognition:

•Employment & Labour Law, Chambers Canada
•Employment Law and Workplace Human Rights Law, Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory
•Employment & Labour Law, Chambers Global
•Labour and Employment Law, Best Lawyers in Canada
•BV Distinguished Peer Review Rating, Martindale-Hubbell

•Regularly acts as spokesperson for governments, municipalities, private businesses and not for profit employers in collective bargaining.
•Conducts independent workplace harassment and other workplace investigations for employers.
•Negotiates collective agreements for the teachers and unionized public servants of the Government of the Northwest Territories.
•Negotiates collective agreements for the teachers and unionized public servants of the Government of Nunavut.
•Counsel for the Adjudicator appointed under the Conflict of Interest Act to inquire into the conduct of the Premier of the Northwest Territories in 2008.
•Represented the Government of Nunavut and a number of northern municipalities in their collective bargaining.
•Investigated a number of harassment and other complaints for the Government of the Northwest Territories.
•Served on a Board of Inquiry under the Education Act with respect to a teacher qualifications.
•Received a decision in a termination arbitration which makes new law on amounts to be paid to unionized employees who are not reinstated.
•Chairperson of the Hearing Committee appointed under the Education Staff Regulations to investigate the conduct of a teacher in the Northwest Territories.
•Retained by the Office of the Interim Commissioner to provide advice with respect to labour relations and employment law for Nunavut (prior to its inception).
•Represents employers before courts in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut in judicial review applications from decisions of employment tribunals.
•Advises a number of administrative tribunals with respect to administrative law and practice, the conduct of tribunal hearings and the writing of tribunal decisions.
•Represents administrative tribunals in judicial reviews of tribunal decisions.
•Appointed as a Wage Recovery Referee and Unjust Dismissal Adjudicator under the Canada Labour Code to conduct hearings into wage recovery and unjust dismissal complaints.

Seminars & Webinars


• Conducting Effective Bargaining - Practical Tips, McLennan Ross
• Employment 101 for Northern Employers, McLennan Ross
• Northern Territories 2014 Employment Law Year in Review, McLennan Ross


• Northern Territories 2013 Employment Law Year in Review, McLennan Ross


• Privacy Law for Northern Employers, McLennan Ross
• Administration of a Collective Agreement, McLennan Ross
• Northern Territories 2012 Employment Law Year in Review, McLennan Ross


• Dealing with Performance and Absenteeism Issues, McLennan Ross
• Northern Territories 2011 Employment Law Year in Review, McLennan Ross
• Administrative Law - Training Course, NWT Board Forum
• Top 10 tips to avoid the Discipline Process, Law Society of the Northwest Territories
• Labour and Employment Law for Nunavut Municipalities, Iqaluit
• Law Office Searches Seminar, Law Society of the Northwest Territories


• Ex Parte Applications, Law Society of the Northwest Territories
•“Right to Union Representation”, Lancaster House Labour Arbitration Conference
• Need-to-Know Labour Law for Nunavut Employers, McLennan Ross
• Northern Territories 2010 Employment Law Year in Review, McLennan Ross

In addition to those listed above, Glenn regularly presents at client seminars on employee management, conducting investigations, harassment and accommodation of disabilities.

• Compassionate Care Leave Changes - What Do They Mean For Employers?, McLennan Ross E-Mail Alert, 2015
• New N.W.T. Safety Regulations Include Harassment, Violence, Canadian Occupational Safety, 2015
• Why are my Supervisors in the Union?, McLennan Ross E-Mail Alert, 2015
• NWT Raises Minimum Wage to Highest in Canada, McLennan Ross E-Mail Alert, 2015
• Employer References in the Age of Privacy, Glenn Tait and Vicki Giles, McLennan Ross Legal Counsel
•“Protecting Solicitor-Client Privilege”, Arctic Orbiter
•“The Giant Mine Disaster”, Glenn Tait and Carolyn Simpson, Law Now


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Why are my Supervisors in the Union?
Glenn D. Tait, May 13, 2015
Clients often ask us why their supervisors are included within the bargaining unit. It seems inconsistent to them to have one employee who supervises another included in the same bargaining unit.

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Glenn D. Tait

5109-48th Street
YellowknifeNW X1A 1N5


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