Andrea York

PartnerBlake, Cassels & Graydon LLPEmployment

Andrea practises employment and privacy law in a broad range of contexts. She is an experienced advocate with a practice exclusively devoted to advising corporations and other employers. Andrea is the Practice Group Leader of Blakes' National Employment and Labour Group and Co-Chair of the Firm's Privacy Group.

Andrea is the National Practice Group Leader of the Employment & Labour Group at Blakes and Co-Chair of the Firm’s Privacy Group.  She is an experienced advocate with over 20 years of experience in the areas of employment and privacy law.  Her practice is devoted exclusively to advising corporations and other employers on employment and privacy law matters. 

Andrea provides clients with timely and practical advice, and works with employers across a variety of industries, including banking and financial services, retail, manufacturing, medical and consumer products, technology, pharma, and marketing and advertising.  In addition to providing day-to-day compliance and strategic advice, Andrea regularly works with clients on the preparation of employment and termination agreements, and acts for employers in various legal proceedings, including wrongful dismissal and human rights claims and in claims enforcing post-employment obligations. Andrea also advises on the employment and privacy law aspects of commercial transactions, including M&A transactions, reorganizations, insolvencies and outsourcing transactions.

Andrea is also a member of the Blakes NITRO team, and a member and past Co-Chair of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee at Blakes.

Andrea has been recognized for her expertise by the following publications: Chambers Canada, Acritas Stars, The Best Lawyers, The Legal 500 Canada.


  • International Association of Privacy Professionals, CIPP/C, 2014
  • University of Toronto, J.D., 1996
  • Carleton University, B.A., 1993

Bar Admission

  • Ontario, 1998


Andrea was a key member of the Blakes team advising one of the world's largest healthcare services and information technology companies on its acquisition of independent retail pharmaceutical banner and franchise retail pharmaceutical businesses in a transaction that was completed in consideration of approximately $925 million

Andrea provided practical and strategic advice to U.S.-based financial institution in the context of the sale of its Canadian credit card portfolio in a transaction valued at $8.5 billion and involving approximately 1,700 employees

Andrea successfully defended an employer in credibility-focused Human Rights Tribunal hearing dealing with claim of pregnancy discrimination following termination

Andrea also appeared before Human Rights Tribunal in high-profile case involving a conflict between religious accommodation requirements and worker health and safety


  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals

Awards & Honours

  • Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2019 (Employment & Labour - Ontario)
  • Acritas Stars: Independently Rated Lawyers 2018 - 2019 (Nominated as a stand-out lawyer by senior in-house counsel)
  • Who’s Who Legal: Labour, Employment & Benefits 2017 and 2019 (Labour & Employment)
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2017 - 2019 (Labour & Employment Law)
  • The Legal 500 Canada 2017 - 2019 (Labour and Employment)
  • Andrea was also named a Canadian Diversity Champion by Women of Influence magazine in 2012.