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Sheilagh practises primarily employment and labour law.  With more than twenty years of experience, she has advocated for clients on a wide variety of issues including cases of wrongful dismissal, grievance arbitration, labour disputes, human rights, professional discipline\regulation, and workplace harassment and other investigations.  With extensive experience in the specialized field of disability insurance benefits, Sheilagh also works with individuals and trade unions to pursue denied benefits claims. 

Sheilagh's advocacy on behalf of clients includes oral representation in court and arbitration.  She also appears before a range of tribunals, which have included the Ontario Labour Relations Board, the Canadian Industrial Relations Boards, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal, the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal, the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board, Boards of Referees and Umpires, Review Tribunals, the professional discipline tribunals, coroner’s inquests, pension plan appeal boards, and private administrative tribunals.

Sheilagh's focus is on thorough representation with practical results for clients.  In addition to litigating claims, Sheilagh regularly succeeds in negotiating successful outcomes without hearing or trial and engages more formal methods for alternative dispute resolution.   

A frequent writer and speaker, Sheilagh has published, trained, workshopped and presented on issues concerning civil litigation skills, workplace accommodation, discrimination in employment, equality rights, collective bargaining, and labour relations.   Her papers have been published in the Journal of Law and Social Policy, the Canadian Labour and Employment Law Journal, Proceedings of the National Academy of Arbitrators, the Canadian Association for the Practical Study of Law in Education.  She is also the editor of the legal text, Education Labour and Employment Law in Ontario published by Thomson Reuters.

Sheilagh is a member of the Ontario Bar Association, the Advocates’ Society, and the Ontario Trial Lawyers’ Association.  She has been recognized by  Best Lawyers of Canada in Labour and Employment Law.


  • Call to the Bar, 1996
  • University of Toronto, LL.B., 1994
  • University of Western Ontario, M.A., 1991


  • Advocates’ Society
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • Ontario Trial Lawyers’ Association

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Event/Oct 15, 2016

Sheilagh Turkington Speaks at Osgoode's 10th Annual Special Education Law Conference

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Event/Oct 19, 2014

Sheilagh Turkington Speaks at the 9th Annual Conference on Advanced Issues in Special Education Law

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Event/Nov 2, 2011

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Event/Oct 24, 2011

Sheilagh Turkington Leads a Workshop at ETFO’s Leadership Conference

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