Gregory Sim: Attorney with Field Law
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Gregory Sim focuses his law practice on professional regulation, administrative law, employment law and related litigation. He represents professional and sport regulatory organizations, professionals and employers throughout Alberta and the Northwest Territories. Gregory has over 12 years of experience advising clients across many different industries, such as health care, financial services, legal, real estate, advanced education, policing, natural resources, engineering and geoscience, construction, retail and hospitality. He has represented clients before a variety of administrative tribunals and all levels of Court in Alberta.

My team and I bring a collaborative approach to client service. While we frame legal issues and anticipate how claims and disputes will play out, our clients are the experts in their fields. We work together with our clients to come up with the right strategy.

Clients seek Gregory's advice in all areas of professional regulation, administrative law and employment law and litigation. These include:

•Registration and entry to practice
•Labour mobility
•Conduct and discipline
•Unauthorized practice
•Legislation development
•Policy and governance
•Independent tribunal counsel
•Judicial reviews and appeals
•Human rights
•Employment policies and agreements
•Wrongful and constructive dismissal claims
•Post-employment restrictions

In addition, Gregory handles general civil litigation disputes. I work to find the best possible solution and the best, most practical way to achieve it... even if it's not litigation in the courtroom.

Outside of Work

Gregory is training to complete his first sprint triathlon.


Lecturer / Teaching Positions

The following is a list of lectures, classes, seminars or speaking engagements given or taught by Gregory:

Labour Law University of Alberta Faculty of Law, Law 555 2009 - 2013

Past Presentations

The following is a list of presentations, seminars or speaking engagements previously given by Gregory:

Professional Regulatory Workshop: Assessing Credibility: More Art Than Science Professional Regulators October 2016
Labour and Employment: 2014 Year in Review HR Professionals and Industry Professionals February - March 2015
Professional Discipline and Reasons Workshop Professional Regulatory Body October 2014
Infonex Professional Regulation and Discipline Conference Regulatory Community October 2014
Avoiding Regulatory Liability Professional Regulatory Body May 2014
Hearing Panel Training Professional Regulatory Body March 2014
Hearing Tribunal Orientation Professional Regulatory Body October 2013
Informal Resolution of Complaints Field Law Clients and Guests May 2013
Round Table Discussion: Human Rights Issues for Regulators Field Law Clients and Guests November 2012
Round Table Discussion: Special Guest Peter Hourihan (Alberta Ombudsman) Field Law Clients and Guests September 2012
Discipline and Appeal Panel Training under the Regulated Accounting Profession Act Professional Regulatory Body September 2011
Round Table Discussion: Registration and Use of Title Under the Professional and Occupational Associations Registration Act Field Law Clients and Guests April 2011
Introduction to the Discipline Process Under the Health Professions Act Alberta College of Pharmacists March 2011
Discipline and Appeal Panel Training Professional Regulatory Organization February 2011
Round Table Discussion: Complaint Proceedings Primer Under the Professional and Occupational Associations Registration Act Field Law Clients and Guests November 2010
Professional Regulatory Organizations and the Law: Current Trends Professional Regulatory Body April 2010
How to Run a Professional Discipline Hearing and Writing Administratively Fair Decisions Professional Regulatory Body December 2009
Orientation and Training for Complaint Review Committees Health Professional Regulatory Bodies December 2009
Dealing With Your Workforce in Times of Economic Uncertainty October 2009
The Duty to Accommodate in Academic Institutions and Writing Reasons for Administrative Decisions University of Alberta May 2009
Forensic Psychiatry - Issues in Civil Litigation University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine 2006, 2007

Volunteer / Pro Bono

Edmonton Community Legal Centre Volunteer Lawyer 2005-2009
Victim Services Association Board Member 2011-2012

Published Works


Supreme Court of Canada Confirms Regulators Have Broad Authority and Discretion to Fulfil Mandate Perspectives for the Professions April 201
Court of Appeal Recognizes Regulator's Robust Implied Power in Name of Public Protection Perspectives for the Professions October 2016
Prohibition on Pharmacy Inducements Beyond College of Pharmacists' Authority Perspectives for the Professions May 2016
The Regulator Knows Best: British Columbia Court of Appeal Upholds Bylaws Prohibiting Customer Incentive Programs Perspectives for the Professions February 2016
Question Everything... Except the Witness - Tips on Maintaining Impartiality From R. v. Crawford, 2015 ABCA 175 Perspectives for the Professions July 2015
Alberta Courts Enforce Fair Access to the Professions: Farhat v. College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta Perspectives for the Professions May 2015
Case Summary Ho v. Alberta Association of Architects Perspectives for the Professions February 2016
Good Character and Reputation - The Registrar Knows Best! Perspectives for the Professions February 2015
B.C. College of Optics Inc. v. The College of Opticians of B.C., 2014 BCSC 1853 Perspectives for the Professions November 2014
Ready, Set, Charge! Perspectives for the Professions May 2014
The Many Benefits of a Good Termination Clause Workwise (Labour and Employment Law) January 2013
Supreme Court of Canada Decision Demonstrates the Importance of Workplace Computer Policies Workwise (Labour and Employment Law) October 2012
Labour Mobility Update: TILMA Dispute Resolution Endorses Assessment of Good Character Professional Regulatory E-Bulletin October 2012
Case Update: Wright v. College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (Appeals Committee), Professional Regulatory E-Bulletin September 2012
Written Reasons: Elucidating, or Merely Complicating... Perspectives for the Professions Fall 2010
You Raise the Issue - Negotiating Employment Agreements Workwise (Labour and Employment Law) Fall 2009
Notice Periods in a Recession Workwise (Labour and Employment Law) Economic Downturn Special Edition


•A professional regulator was sued by a member of the organization who alleged bad faith investigation, negligence and abuse of process. Gregory investigated the claims and took the client through a risk management exercise. I sat down with my client - the regulatory body - and looked at what happened, where its processes could be improved and whether the claim had merit. We filed a motion to dismiss the claim and then assisted the group to improve its processes to avoid similar issues in the future.

•A health service provider decided that an in-patient client did not need care and discharged her. The patient applied to Court to review the decision to discharge her and asked for a temporary Court Order re-admitting her. Acting for the health service provider, Gregory investigated the circumstances around the decision to discharge the patient, compiled evidence to respond to the Court application and made legal arguments against an order for re-admittance.

•Another professional regulator was having trouble enforcing its legislation prohibiting non-members from using reserved professional titles. Companies were using the reserved titles in their business names and ignoring the regulator's requests to change their names. Gregory filed court applications against the companies and the Registrar of Corporations and obtained court orders compelling the Registrar to change the corporate names when the companies wouldn't.

Areas of Practice (5)

  • Professional Regulatory
  • Labour and Employment
  • Administrative
  • Litigation
  • Education

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
780 423 7673  Phone
780 428 9329  Fax
University Attended:
McGill University, Bachelor of Science, 1999
Law School Attended:
University of Alberta, Bachelor of Laws, with Distinction, 2004
Year of First admission:
2005, Alberta; 2011, Northwest Territories

Professional Associations

Alberta Association of Architects Public Member of Council 2012-2016
Canadian Bar Association Alberta, Administrative Law Section (North) Member 2005-Present
Canadian Bar Association Alberta, Labour and Employment Law Section (North) Member 2005-Present
Law Society of Alberta Member 2004-Present

Reported Cases:
Reported Cases: MK Engineering Inc. v. Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta Appeal Board 2017 ABCA 17 Alberta Court of Appeal 2017; M.K. Engineering Inc. v. Plecash 2015 ABCA 311 Alberta Court of Appeal 2015; MK Engineering Inc v Plecash 2014 ABQB 483 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2014; MK Engineering Inc. v The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta Appeal Board 2014 ABCA 58 Alberta Court of Appeal 2014; Lovely v. Prestige Travel Ltd 2013 ABQB 467 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2013; Bonsma v Tesco Corporation 2013 ABCA 367 Alberta Court of Appeal 2013; Lana v. University of Alberta 2012 ABQB 97 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2012; Opal v. Boyd 2008 ABCA 25 Alberta Court of Appeal 2008; Krys v. Brown 2008 ABCA 123 Alberta Court of Appeal 2008; Tonizzo v. Moysa 2007 ABQB 245 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2007; Speirs v. Royal Alexandra Hospital (2007) 430 A.R. 215 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2007; Stoddard v. Montague (2006) 412 A.R. 88 Alberta Court of Appeal 2006; Best v. Hoskins (2006) 390 A.R. 1 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2006; Percy v. Kieser (2005) 54 Alta. L.R. (4th) 329 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2005

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