Glenn D. Tait

Glenn D. Tait: Attorney with McLennan Ross LLP
  • Partner at McLennan Ross LLP (101 Attorneys)
  • 300 Nunasi Building, 5109-48th Street, Yellowknife, NW, Canada X1A 3T1
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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:

•General Business Law (Northern Canada and Arctic), Chambers Canada
•Management Labour & Employment, Who's Who Legal: Canada
•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.



• Employment 101: Alberta and the North , McLennan Ross Webinar
• 2016 Labour & Employment Year in Review , McLennan Ross Seminar


• The Essentials for Navigating the New Essential Services Regime , McLennan Ross Webinar
• 2015 Labour & Employment Year in Review Seminar , McLennan Ross Seminar


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


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


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


• Dealing with Performance and Absenteeism Issues , McLennan Ross Webinar
• Northern Territories 2011 Employment Law Year in Review , McLennan Ross Webinar
• 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

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


• Why Bother With All These Forms For My Employees? Consequences of Improper Administration of Employee Benefits , Glenn Tait and Jessica Kruhlak, McLennan Ross Legal Counsel Newsletter, 2017
• Posting Offensive Blog Posts as a Union President: Protected by the Charter? , Glenn Tait and Mustafa Farooq, McLennan Ross Legal Counsel Newsletter, 2017
• The Hiring Process is Not Finished Until the Paperwork is Done , Glenn Tait and Steven Dollansky, McLennan Ross Legal Counsel Newsletter, 2016
• Federal Court of Appeal Enforces Four-Point Test for Family Status , McLennan Ross Legal Counsel Newsletter, 2016
• 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

Areas of Practice (3)

  • Labour & Employment
  • Municipal
  • Northern Practice Group

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
867.766.7676  Phone
University Attended:
University of Alberta, B.Comm., with Distinction
Law School Attended:
Queen's University, LL.B., 1982; University of Toronto, LL.M., 1986
Year of First admission:
1983, 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

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    • 4.4/5.0
    • 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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