Teresa R. Haykowsky

Teresa R. Haykowsky: Attorney with McLennan Ross LLP
  • Partner at McLennan Ross LLP
  • 600 McLennan Ross Building, 12220 Stony Plain Road, Edmonton, AB, Canada T5N 3Y4
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Teresa advises on management-side labour and employment law for organizations from many different industry sectors in Alberta, Quebec and Nunavut. She provides recommendations on the labour and employment aspect of day-to-day issues. Her work includes labour and employment litigation, arbitrations, human rights, collective bargaining, draft of employment contracts, non-competition and confidentiality agreements, harassment policies and general employment policies and practices.

Teresa has appeared before every level of Court of in Alberta, the Supreme Court of Canada, Alberta Labour Relations Board, Canada Industrial Relations Board, various Human Rights Tribunals, Arbitration Boards and other administrative tribunals, including hearings before school boards of trustees.

Teresa is also recognized as a leading practitioner in Alberta in advising and representing school boards and independent schools on a wide variety of labour and education matters in respect to labour arbitrations, Board of Reference hearings, collective bargaining, wrongful dismissals, human rights, privacy, employment standards, sexual harassment, constitutional law, student-related issues, school closures, policy review, internal investigations and school board governance/school trustee matters.

Awards and Recognition

•Education Law, Best Lawyers in Canada, 2011 - 2019
•Lifetime Award, Friends of College of Alberta School Superintendents


•Represented the Province of Alberta, in French, in the s. 23 Charter litigation filed by a Francophone Educational Authority
•Represents the Province of Alberta in the French language-publication constitutional challenge in R. v. Caron
•Represents employers in grievance arbitrations hearings in disputes arising under collective agreements: management rights, employee discipline, terminations, discrimination, sexual harassment, workplace accommodation, etc
•Represents employers in human rights matters, including judicial review matters
•Represents employers in Board of Reference matters
•Represents employers in wrongful dismissal lawsuits
•Appears before Canada Industrial Relations Board regarding matters such as essential service applications and collective bargaining-related issues
•Represents employers in respect to privacy complaints presented to the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner
•Represents employers in respect to employment standards complaints
•Negotiates collective agreements
•Represents school jurisdictions in relation to school board trustee disputes, school closures, school board hearings, teacher transfers, internal investigations, student appeals before boards of trustees, etc
•Acted for a Northern municipality in Nunavut in a Coroner Inquest regarding the death of an Iqaluit citizen



• Current Legal Issues in Education Law in 2018, Alberta Education Law Conference of Senior Central Office Personnel
• Recess Break with McLennan Ross: the Law and Teacher Assignments, McLennan Ross Webinar
• Amendments to Alberta’s Labour Relations Act, McLennan Ross Webinar
• 2017 Labour & Employment Year in Review, McLennan Ross Seminar
• 2017 Education Law Year in Review, McLennan Ross Webinar
• Recent Wrongful Dismissal Cases You Need to Know About, Lancaster Webinar
• Alternate Forms of Executive Compensation: Tax and Employment-Related Issues and Trends, McLennan Ross Webinar
• Recent Amendments to Alberta's Employment Standards Code and Regulations: A Primer for Alberta School Jurisdictions, McLennan Ross Webinar


• School Board Governance Training: Duties of Elected School Board Trustees, Including Fiduciary Duties, School Act and Common Law Duties, Alberta School Boards Association
• TEBA Central Memorandum of Agreement: Impact on School Jurisdictions Local Collective Agreements, McLennan Ross Webinar
• Understanding the Changes to Alberta Labour and Employment Standards Law, McLennan Ross Webinar
• Catholicity Constitutional Law Workshop, McLennan Ross Seminar
• Legal Updates Regarding Audit Committees, ASBOA Spring Conference
• Current Legal Issues and the Changing Role of Alberta Secretary Treasurers, ASBOA Spring Conference Pre-Conference Meeting
• 2016 Labour & Employment Year-in-Review, McLennan Ross Seminar
• The Law and School Budgets: What a Secretary Treasurer Needs to Know, McLennan Ross Webinar


• School Board Governance, Leadership and the Law Workshop, McLennan Ross Seminar
• Understanding Employers’ Exposure - Wrongful Dismissal and Human Rights Damages, McLennan Ross Webinar
• Human Rights for Students and Teachers, Legal Trends in Education: Labour Law, CASS SIX Summer Conference


• Investigating and Responding to Bullying and Harassment: Moving from a Culture of Fear to a Culture of Respect, Lancaster’s Advanced Skills Training
• Human Rights Update, LESA 2015 Labour and Employment Seminar


• Harassment and Toxic Work Environment: Examining Rights and Remedies, Lancaster House Audio Conference
• Terminations for Just Cause - Latest Developments in the Context of Collective Bargaining, 2014 Western Canada Labour and Employment Relations Forum
• Workplace Harassment & Workplace Respect Programs, McLennan Ross Webinar
• Path to Terminations: The Termination of Probationary Employees 2014 Canadian Association for Counsel for Employers Conference
•“The Art of Persuasion: Tips and techniques from ace advocates”, Lancaster House
• 2013 Labour & Employment Year-in-Review, McLennan Ross Seminar
• Leading Arbitration and Labour Board Cases in Western Canada, Western Canada Labour and Employment Relations Forum


• Drugs, Alcohol, Social Media, and Harassment in the Workplace: A Canadian Overview Employment Law Alliance Webinar
• Attendance Management Programs, McLennan Ross Labour & Employment Full-Day Seminar
• Social Media as Evidentiary Basis for Employee Discipline, Lorman Employment-Related Records Seminar
•“Employee Social Media Use: Freedom of Expression and Rights of the Employer to Discipline”, 2013 Canadian Lawyers’ Transportation Association Conference


• Harassment in the Workplace, McLennan Ross Webinar


• Meaningful Access to Education for Students with Disabilities, Teresa Haykowsky, McLennan Ross E-Mail Alert, 2018
• Creating a Work Culture Free from Sexual Harassment Teresa Haykowsky and Vicki Giles, McLennan Ross Legal Counsel Newsletter, Winter 2018
• Discrimination in the Workplace - Who Can Be Liable? Teresa Haykowsky and Vicki Giles, McLennan Ross E-Mail Alert, 2017
• Court of Appeal Decision Highlights Important Lessons on Settlement Agreements, Teresa Haykowsky and David Risling, McLennan Ross E-Mail Alert, 2017
• Funding for Non-Catholic Students Attending a Catholic School, Teresa Haykowsky, David Risling and Tom Ross, McLennan Ross E-Mail Alert, 2017
• Due Care Required in Manner of Termination, Teresa Haykowsky and Chris Lane, Q.C., McLennan Ross E-Mail Alert, 2017
• US Travel Ban: Should You Cancel Your Field Trip or Conference?, Bryan Kwan and Teresa Haykowsky, McLennan Ross E-Mail Alert, 2017
• Teachers Think Twice: Are Your Photos Facebook Appropriate?, McLennan Ross E-Mail Alert, 2017
• School Boards Successful in Recent Arbitrations: No Jurisdiction for Arbitration Panels, McLennan Ross E-Mail Alert, 2017
• Risk Management and Good School Board Governance Practices, Teresa Haykowsky and Dave Risling, McLennan Ross E-Mail Alert, 2017
• Protecting Against Misuse of Information, Teresa Haykowsky, Dave Risling and James Lingwood, The Pulse, Ontario Risk and Insurance Management Society, 2017
• Search For Solutions to Cyber-Bullying Continues, Teresa Haykowsky and Suzanne Lundrigan, Vis-a-Vis
• Legal Responses to Cyberbullying: The ‘Unsupervised Public Playground’, LawNow
• Lessons Learned from Amanda Todd's Tragedy, Teresa Haykowsky and Suzanne Lundrigan, Vis-a-Vis
•“Forbidden Images on a Teacher’s Laptop - A Lesson Well Learned”, McLennan Ross Legal Counsel Newsletter
•“Cyberbullying and Student Discipline”, The CASS Connection (publication of the College of Alberta School Superintendents)
•“Confidence in the Court”, LawNow
•“School Internet Use and Internet Luring”, LawNow
•“Case Law Update: Restrictive Covenants and Retention Bonuses”, Legal Education Society of Alberta
•“Judicial Independence”, LawNow
•“Confidence in the Courts”, LawNow
•“School Internet Use and Internet Luring”, LawNow and reprinted in ATA Magazine

Areas of Practice (5)

  • Labour & Employment
  • Northern
  • Aboriginal Law
  • Education
  • Municipal

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
780.482.9247  Phone
University Attended:
University of Alberta, B.A., French Literature; Sorbonne University, Certificate in French Civilization; Sorbonne University, Culture; l'Université du Québec a Chicoutimi, Teacher's Diploma
Law School Attended:
Université Laval, LL.B.
Year of First admission:
1997, Alberta; 2010, Nunavut; 1991, Quebec

Professional Associations, Affiliations and Community Activities:

•Board of Directors, Alberta Enterprise Group
•Founder, Canadian Bar Association Education Law Section
•Advisory Committee, Faculte St Jean, University of Alberta
•Director, Friars' Board
•Former President, St. Thomas More Lawyers' Guild
•Chair, LESA 2015 Labour and Employment Seminar in Edmonton and Calgary
•Co-Chair, 2014 Western Canada Labour and Employment Relations Forum
•Co-Founder and Co-Chair of the Women's Legal Forum (2013)
•Chair of the Women's Legal Forum (2015)
•Fundraising Committee Member - Legal Sector, Catholic Social Services
•Co-Founder/Organizer, Annual AB Rep Fundraiser Challenge, Strong Kids Campaign
•Board Member, Edmonton Friars
•Co-Provincial, Edmonton Friars' Ball, 2012
•Chair of several organizing committees for various gala dinners
•Past Board Member - Advisory Committee, Dean Claudette Tardif, Faculte St Jean, University of Alberta
•Past Board Member, Senate of Neuman Theological College
•Past President, French Speaking Lawyers Association of Alberta
•Past President, St. Thomas More Guild of Northern Alberta


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  • 2.9/5.0
  • A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.

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  • Edmonton, AB
    600 McLennan Ross Building , 12220 Stony Plain Road
    Edmonton, AB T5N 3Y4

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