Ayla often represents clients before administrative tribunals. These include the Alberta Human Rights Commission, the Alberta Labour Relations Board, arbitration boards, the School Act Board of Reference, the Employment Insurance Board of Referees and Umpire, Canada Labour Code adjudicators and professional discipline tribunals. She also frequently provides training on labour and employment, human rights and professional regulatory issues.
Ayla is a member of the Law Society of the Northwest Territories and has appeared on human rights matters before the Northwest Territories Supreme Court and the Northwest Territories Court of Appeal. She clerked for the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench and Court of Appeal before joining Field Law.
Value to Clients
I have an easy-going, collaborative approach, making sure that my clients feel that I understand their goals and concerns and that I take their input into the development of a relevant resolution. It helps get more creative ideas on the table.
This is especially important in working with workplace investigations, professional discipline and human rights claims, where I may be working with non-lawyers on complex legal issues.
Outside the Office
Ayla and her family love to travel...particularly if there’s water and warm temperatures involved. The availability of zip lines is another plus.
The Municipal Corporation of the City of Yellowknife and A.B. and The Northwest Territories Human Rights Commission, 2018 NWTSC 50
Alberta v Alberta Union of Provincial Employees, 2018 ABQB 221
NWT (WCB) v. Mercer, 2014 NWTCA 1, 2014 NWTCA 1, Northwest Territories Court of Appeal
Mercer v. WCB et al, 2012 NWTSC 58, Supreme Court of Northwest Territories
WCB v. Mercer et al, 2012 NWTSC 57, Supreme Court of Northwest Territories
WCB v. Mercer et al., 2012 NWTSC 78, Supreme Court of Northwest Territories
Pro Bono Students Canada Human Rights Project
2013 - Present
Glenora Child Care Society
Board Member (Treasurer + Vice President)
2008 - 2011
News + Views + Events
March 19, 2019
Tips + Traps for Hearing Tribunal Members
Fair and effective professional discipline hearings are essential to the professional discipline process. They are the core of the “peer review” process and a crucial element of professional discipline. Members of the profession and the pub...
2018 Field Law Post-Secondary Summit Recap
The third annual Field Law Post-Secondary Summit was held on November 29 in Edmonton, and was co-chaired by Greg Harding, QC and Derek Cranna. Brief summaries of the presentations given at the Summit are provided below, followed by a directory of the l...
October 24 + 30, 2018
Effective Responses to Sexual Misconduct and Harassment Complaints Workshop
An increasing number of organizations are being rocked by allegations of harassment and sexual misconduct by their employees. Often these allegations are broadcast on social media, catching organizations flat-footed and unprepared. Join Field Law ...
Times They Are A Changin’: Drastic Changes to Alberta’s Work Laws Are Upon Us
The provincial government’s new Fair and Family-Friendly Workplaces Act has introduced profound changes to Alberta’s Employment Standards Code and Labour Relations Code. Some changes are already in effect, and some come into effect on January 1...
Discussion of the Edmonton School District No. 7 v. Dorval Decision
A discussion of what kind of flexibility do educators have to disagree with administration before it turns into insubordination? Do school educators have academic freedom and if so, how far does it go?
Family Status Accommodation: Where Are We Now?
November - December 2016
Family Status Accommodation Seminars
Canada Labour Code Clarified: Supreme Court Rules That Non-Unionized Employees Can Only Be Dismissed with Cause
From Conflict to Calm: Dealing with High-Conflict Behaviour in the Workplace: Questions and Legal Issues about Workplace Conflict
January - March 2016
Labour and Employment: 2015 Year in Review
Human Rights: 5 Top Cases from 2015
Workplace Harassment: Best Practices for Employers
Is your Workplace Toxic?
Labour, Employment and WCB
Duty to Accommodate Obligations in relation to Medical Education
2013 Year in Review
The Duty to Accommodate
Family Status Accommodation
Family Status Accommodation
Informal Resolution of Complaints
Labour Rights (panelist)
Round Table Discussion: Human Rights Issues for Regulators
Round Table Discussion: Special Guest Peter Hourihan (Alberta Ombudsman)
Bad Faith Damages in the Manner of Dismissal
Joint Submissions on Sanction: The Hearing Tribunal’s Role
Legal Issues for School Administrators - Bullying
Selected Topics in Employment Law
Aggravated Damages in Employment Law
Recent Cases of Interest to Regulators
Legal Information for Small Business Success
You Raise the Issue - Changing Employees Contracts
Question: I want to make changes to my employee’s employment contract. Can I do this? What do I need to know? Employers need to be careful about making any unilateral changes to an employee’s contract of employment. Generally spe...
Case Update: Dickson v. Canadore College
The Year in Review - Edmonton
An Update on Remedies for Wrongful Dismissal
Personal Appearance in the Workplace: Considerations for Employers
Drug & Alcohol Testing in the Workplace
Presentation On Occupational Health & Safety
Remedies in Labour, Employment and Human Rights Law (Editor)
Canadian Bar Association Alberta
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