Joël Michaud

Joël Michaud: Attorney with Field Law


Joel Michaud's practice is focused on human rights, labour and employment law.

He provides advice on a variety of matters, including employment standards, employment contracts, human rights, wrongful dismissals, workplace policies, grievance arbitration, labour disputes, drug and alcohol testing, workplace privacy, and investigations into allegations of workplace harassment. Joel is fluently bilingual and provides advice in both English and French.

Joel represents clients before various administrative tribunals, including the Alberta Human Rights Commission, the Canadian Human Rights Commission, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal, grievance and interest arbitrators and the Alberta Labour Relations Board. Joel has appeared before the Provincial Court of Alberta and the Court of Queen's Bench in wrongful dismissal and judicial review matters.

Prior to joining Field Law, Joel was an Associate in the Labour and Employment group of a national law firm's Toronto office.

During his legal studies, Joel completed an assignment at the Canadian Industrial Relations Board in Ottawa. He was also a member of the University of Ottawa's team at the Rene Cassin Competition on Human Rights held in Strasbourg, France and a Senior Editor of the Ottawa Law Review.

Before attending law school, Joel spent three years in the federal public service in Edmonton, working in several capacities, including managerial.

Honours and Awards

Perley-Robertson Hill & McDougall Prize for assignment at The Canadian Industrial Relations Board as part of the Federal Tribunals Practice Seminar at the University of Ottawa Law School 2005
Sherrard Kuzz Prize in Labour and Employment and Administrative Law 2004

Leadership and Executive

Volunteer, Pro Bono, and Community Organizations

Centre de Sante Saint-Thomas Health Centre Director 2007-2011


Past Presentations

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

Family Status Accommodation Seminars Field Law Guests November/December 2016
Recognizing and Accommodating Employees in Mental Distress Lancaster House's 2016 Skills Training Series September 2016
Labour and Employment: 2015 Year in Review HR Professionals and Industry Professionals January - March 2016
The New Labour Trilogy from the Supreme Court of Canada 3rd Biennial Western Construction Labour Relations Conference September 2015
Hard Hitting Damage Awards: The Reasons Behind the Climbing Numbers 33rd Annual Labour Arbitration and Policy Conference June 2015
Workforce Strategies During the Economic Downturn HR Professionals and Industry Professionals May - June 2015
Who's Running the Shop?: Balancing Employer Rules Against Employee Privacy Lancaster House Audio Conference March 2015
Labour and Employment: 2014 Year in Review HR Professionals and Industry Professionals February - March 2015
Managing Technology and Social Media Use at the Workplace - Upstream and Downstream Solutions 10th Western Edition Employment and Labour Relations Forum October 2014
Workplace Harassment: Investigation, Discipline, Compensation Labour Arbitration and Policy Pre-Conference Workshop June 2014
Labour and Employment: 2013 Year in Review HR Professionals, Industry Professionals January 2014
Termination Practices Residential Construction Industry Conference April 2012
Venture Prize - The Legal Perspective Venture Prize Competitors November 2010
Overview of HR Issues for School Principals Legal Issues for System Administrators (LISA) Conference April 2010
Leave Issues: Employment Standards Code in Alberta Lorman Education Services Conference April 2010
Venture Prize - The Legal Perspective Venture Prize Competitors November 2009
Dealing With Your Workforce in Times of Economic Uncertainty October 2009
Employee Leave Issues (Seminar on the Employment Standards Act in Alberta) Lorman Education Services Seminar April 2009
Leave Issues: Employment Standards Code in Alberta Lorman Education Services Conference April 2009
Labour and Employment Issues TEC Edmonton Venture Prize Seminar Series (University of Alberta) November 2008
Venture Prize - The Legal Perspective Venture Prize Competitors November 2008

Published Works


Canada Labour Code Does not Grant Non-Unionized Employees a Right to the Job Workwise (Labour and Employment Law) July 2015
Alberta Arbitration Board Rules Random Drug and Alcohol Testing Unreasonable Workwise (Labour and Employment Law) April 2014
Evidentiary Issues in the Electronic Social Networking Universe: A Management Perspective Labour Arbitration Yearbook 2011
Evidentiary Issues in the Electronic Social Networking Universe Lancaster House (Labour Arbitration and Policy Conference) June 2010
The Supreme Court Limits Procedural Fairness in the Context of Public Employment Workwise (Labour and Employment Law) Spring 2008
Update on the Duty to Accommodate for Workers with Disabilities Legal Education Society of Alberta June 2007
An Overview of Recent Developments in Labour and Employment Law Canadian Bar Association (National Administrative Law/Labour and Employment Law Conference 2006) November 2006
Vaid: The Need to Consider the Parliamentary Authorities Senate of Canada (Report Commissioned by the Senate Standing Committee on Rules, Procedure and the Rights of Parliament) 2003

Areas of Practice (4)

  • Labour and Employment
  • Administrative
  • Workplace Human Rights
  • Education

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
780 423 9588  Phone
780 428 9329  Fax
University Attended:
University of Alberta, Campus Saint-Jean, Bachelor of Arts, with Distinction, 1999
Law School Attended:
University of Ottawa, Bachelor of Laws, cum laude, 2005
Year of First admission:
2006, Ontario; 2007, Alberta

Professional Associations

Association des juristes d'expression francaise de l'Alberta Member 2009-Present
Canadian Bar Association Alberta, Administrative Law Section (North) Member 2007-Present
Canadian Bar Association Alberta, Education Law Section (North) Member 2008-Present
Canadian Bar Association Alberta, Labour and Employment Law Section (North) Treasurer 2010-Present
Canadian Bar Association Alberta, Labour and Employment Law Section (North) Executive Member (Case Review) 2009-2010
Canadian Bar Association Alberta, Labour and Employment Law Section (North) Member 2007-Present


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