Christopher Edwards is a senior partner in our Employment, Labour & Public Law, Commercial Litigation, Insurance and Workplace Investigations Groups. A seasoned litigator, he has over 20 years of experience conducting trials and hearings before administrative tribunals and arbitrators. Christopher has appeared at all levels of Courts in Ontario including the Ontario Court of Appeal and federally at the Federal Court of Appeal. He has been counsel on several leading cases.
Christopher is a trial lawyer and is regularly retained by insurance companies in complex matters, including environmental contamination claims. He has extensive experience providing strategic advice and representation to employers in all areas of labour relations, employment law and human rights, executive employment arrangements, union organizing campaigns and applications for certification. He represents employers in collective bargaining negotiations and is regularly retained by employers to act as the Chair of bargaining teams. He also acts for senior employees in employment and professional disciplinary matters.
Christopher leads the firm’s Workplace Investigation practice. In that capacity he is regularly retained to carry out complex investigations or to guide organizations in the investigation process. His experience in producing top quality reports has led to retainers from major Canadian car manufacturers, capital corporations, hospitals, broader public sector employers and large public utilities.
Christopher is a Past President of the Frontenac Law Association and has sat as a member of the governing Council to the Ontario Bar Association. Christopher has also sat as the East Region Representative on the executive of the Federation of Ontario Law Associations. He was featured in the 2021 edition of Best Lawyers in Canada.
When he is not engaged in proceedings, Christopher is a singer-songwriter and guitarist. Growing up in a musical family, the chronicles of his parent’s musical success were featured in a documentary titled “Stay Awhile”, which was aired on Netflix and other streaming services.
Call to Bar 1999 (ON)
- LLB Queens University (1997)
- BA (Hons) Queens University (1994)
Kingston, Ottawa Office
Professional Memberships and Affiliations
Member of the County of Carleton Law Association
Member of the County of Frontenac Law Association