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.

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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

Accolades

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

Related Events

Event/Oct 29, 2019: 10:30 - 11:45

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: 14:30 - 15:10

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...
Event/Apr 25, 2018

Stephen Moreau Speaks at the Ontario Bar Association's 16th Annual Current Issues in Employment Law

Stephen Moreau speaks at the Ontario Bar Association's 16th Annual Current Issues in Employment Conference.  His presentation, "Exploring the Enf...
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 Publications

Commentary/23 February 2021

"Longer Notice Periods Should be the Norm for Pandemic Terminations"

Stephen Moreau discusses how employees terminated from their jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic should expect an extended notice period in looking at t...
Commentary/4 January 2021

"A $1.2-million Lesson About the Dangers of Fixed-term Contracts"

In today's Legal Matters commentary, Stephen Moreau discusses how companies that sign a fixed-term contract covering a long period of time could be li...
Opinion/9 September 2020

Burying Termination Provisions in Employment Documents can Backfire

  A recent Ontario Superior Court of Justice decision shows that employers, if they want to enforce harmful termination or forfeiture ...
Article/29 November 2013

The Year in Review in Labour and Employment Law

2013 was another eventful year on the labour and employment law fronts. The workplace continues to be the locus of much litigation before courts and t...

Related Blogs

/10 February 2021

How the Global COVID-19 Pandemic May Impact Employees' Notice Periods

Are employees entitled to a longer notice period when their employment is terminated during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Are employees entitled to a longer notice period when their employment is terminated during the COVID-19 pandemic? This blog post explains that an emp...
/2 February 2021

Notice in Ontario: How Is it Calculated?

The Employment Standards Act and the Common Law

When an employee is terminated in Ontario, they are generally entitled to advance notice. Under the law of Ontario, there are two types of notice: the...
/21 January 2021

Statutory Holidays in Ontario: Demystified

What are my entitlements ​and how are they calculated?

Most employees are entitled to time off and holiday pay during statutory holidays. This blog post explains what statutory holidays are, statutory holi...
/14 January 2021

Leave to Appeal Denied in Waksdale v Swegon North America Inc

The Supreme Court of Canada has refused leave to appeal in Waksdale v Swegon North America Inc, solidifying the ONCA’s decision

The Supreme Court of Canada has refused leave to appeal the Ontario Court of Appeal's decision in Waksdale v Swegon North America Inc. This decision w...

Cases

Case/21 January 2019

McCrea v. Canada, 2019 FC 122 (CanLII)

McCrea v. Canada, 2019 FC 122 (CanLII)
Case/4 December 2018

Humber River Hospital v Ontario Nurses’ Association, 2018 CanLII 115718 (ON LA)

Humber River Hospital v Ontario Nurses’ Association, 2018 CanLII 115718 (ON LA)
Case/21 September 2018

McMichael v The New Zealand & Australian Lamb Company, 2018 ONSC 5422 (CanLII)

McMichael v The New Zealand & Australian Lamb Company, 2018 ONSC 5422 (CanLII)
Case/27 June 2018

Fioravanti v. OLG, 2018 ONSC 3777

Fioravanti v. OLG, 2018 ONSC 3777 (CanLII)