Bio

Stephen is a member of the firm's litigation and labour groups, and is the co-chair of the civil group with responsibility over employment law, civil litigation, and class actions. He is bilingual and provides client service in both French and English. His practice focuses primarily on employment law, civil litigation, class actions, administrative law, and in assisting numerous unions, employees, and administrative agencies with litigation before courts, arbitrators, and numerous tribunals and agencies. Stephen's knowledge of employment law is extensive, and he uses this to benefit employees in all industries and sectors, including the financial services, health, technology, and entertainment sectors, as well as those employed in the public service. Stephen acts for many professionals, including chiropractors, Crown counsel, nurses, lawyers, and police officers, both in civil litigation and regulatory matters. In addition to extensive appearances before arbitrators, mediators, and other tribunals, he has appeared in all level of courts in Ontario, Manitoba, and Nova Scotia, the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal, the Federal Court, the Federal Court of Appeal, and the Supreme Court of Canada.

Recently, Stephen has engaged in extensive and successful class action work, with notable victories. He conducts pro bono litigation involving employment insurance benefits and is now recognized as a leader in this field, resulting in a significant and novel class action alleging negligent administration of the EI sickness benefits regime for claimants on parental leave. In recognition of this expertise, Stephen testified in 2012 before a Parliamentary and Senate committee considering major reforms to the EI special benefits regime. Stephen volunteers his time for Multiple Births Canada as a member of its Advisory Board, as an advisor on employment insurance.

Stephen was born and raised in Winnipeg and is proud of his Manitoba roots. He is a Citizen of the Manitoba Metis Federation.  He obtained an LL.B. at the University of Manitoba, which awarded him the University Gold Medal. While a student, he worked for Legal Aid and was an Associate Editor of the Manitoba Law Journal. He articled with the firm of Taylor McCaffrey in Winnipeg and, after completing his articles, Stephen clerked at the Supreme Court of Canada for Madam Justices L'Heureux-Dubé and Deschamps, working in both official languages. He was subsequently employed as Legal Counsel at the Law Branch of the Supreme Court, where he advised the Justices of the Court on leave to appeal applications. The following year, Stephen won a SSHRC Graduate Fellowship to study public law, human rights, and the Charter through the pursuit of a thesis-based LLM at the University of Toronto.

Stephen has a deep interest in developing and protecting rights in the workplace, and in working to ensure greater access to justice. His aim is to serve his clients by developing practical, creative legal strategies that make use of his knowledge of a variety of areas of law. Stephen is a member of the Canadian and Ontario Bar Associations, the Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers, the Advocates Society, and the Association des juristes d'expression française de l'Ontario.

 Notable Cases

  • Bhasin v. Hrynew, 2014 SCC 71

  • R. v. Conway, 2010 SCC 22

  • Rahman v. Cannon Design Architecture Inc., 2022 ONCA 451

  • Bowman v. Ontario, 2022 ONCA 477

  • Turkiewicz (Tomasz Turkiewicz Custom Masonry Homes) v. Bricklayers, Masons Independent Union of Canada, Local 1, 2022 ONCA 780

  • Canada (Transport) v. Canadian Union of Public Employees, 2017 FCA 164

  • Michela v. St. Thomas of Villanova Catholic School, 2015 ONCA 801

  •  Walmsley v. 2016169 Ontario Inc., 2020 ONSC 1416

     

  • Peres v. Moneta Porcupine Mines Inc., 2021 ONSC 5798

  • Association internationale des machinistes et des travailleurs et travailleuses de l’aérospatiale c Air Transat A.T. inc., 2021 CanLII 118991

Education

  • Call to the Ontario Bar, 2002
  • University of Toronto, LL.M., 2003
  • University of Manitoba, LL.B., 2001
  • University of Toronto, SSHRC Graduate Fellowship, LL.M. Thesis

Memberships

  • Advocates’ Society
  • Association des juristes d'expression française de l'Ontario
  • Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Ontario Bar Association
Best Lawyers Award Badge

Accolades

  • Making a Difference Award, Multiple Births Canada, 2010
  • University Gold Medal, University of Manitoba, 2001

Related News

News/15 December 2022

New Court of Appeal Administrative Law Decision Applies Vavilov to Decisions from the Ontario Labour Relations Board

Cavalluzzo LLP lawyers are proud to have represented the Appellants

News/25 August 2022

Twelve Cavalluzzo Lawyers Recognized in Best Lawyers 2023 Edition

Recognized in Six Different Practice Areas

News/16 June 2022

Stephen Moreau Quoted in Law Times and The Lawyer's Daily

Moreau discusses his client's recent victory in Rahman v Cannon Design Architecture Inc

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Event/Apr 22, 2021

Stephen Moreau Speaks on Radio Canada

Stephen Moreau speaks this morning on Radio-Canada’s “L'ABC des congés de maladie en Ontario”, describing the various paid an...
Event/Oct 29, 2019

Stephen Moreau Speaks at the Ontario Bar Association Conference on "Ending the Employment Relationship"

Stephen is speaking at the Ontario Bar Association on ensuring that the employment contract has appropriate and enforceable termination provisions, av...
Event/Nov 1, 2019

Stephen Moreau and Chris Perri Speak at 20th Annual Employment Law Summit

Stephen Moreau and Chris Perri speak at  the Law Society of Ontario's 20th Annual Employment Law Summit. They will be speaking on the issue of so...
Event/Feb 28, 2017

Stephen Moreau Speaks at the Law Society of Upper Canada's The Six-Minute Administrative Law Conference, 2017

Stephen Moreau is speaking at the Law Society of Upper Canada's The Six-Minute Administrative Law Conference, 2017. He will be speaking on develo...

Related Blogs

Blog/24 September 2021

New Court Decision Shines a Light on a Part of Legal Practice Rarely Seen: Settlement

Peres v. Moneta Porcupine Mines Inc., 2021 ONSC 5798

Stephen Moreau discusses a recent decision from the Ontario Superior Court. Stephen successfully argued the Court should enforce a settlement agreemen...
Blog/26 May 2021

Unpaid Training

When is it legal and when is it illegal?

This blog post sets out employees’ legal rights regarding training on the job.
Blog/17 May 2021

Jurisdiction and Choice of Law Clauses in Employment Contracts

Where does an employee sue and what law applies?

COVID-19 has accelerated the rise of the “virtual workplace”. When the employment relationship breaks down, employees living in a jurisdiction differe...
Blog/14 May 2021

Exceptional Circumstances and Long Service Warrant an Exceptional Notice Period

Currie v Nylene: The Ontario Superior Court Awards 26-Months Reasonable Notice

In Currie v Nylene, the Court recognized the exceptional circumstances impairing a long-service employee from finding future employment. Accordingly, ...