James Knight

PartnerFilion Wakely Thorup Angeletti LLPIn-House Counsel; Employment

Jamie Knight is a partner in the Toronto office of Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti LLP. Jamie has almost 30 years of experience representing management in labour and employment law, including numerous appearances before the courts, arbitration boards and labour relations tribunals, as well as participating in adjudications in human rights, employment standards and health and safety matters. Jamie also has extensive experience in collective bargaining and assisting employers in interacting with trade unions, including defending against union organizing campaigns. Jamie's clients are in various sectors, including manufacturing, entertainment, services, municipalities, health and finance.

Jamie Knight is a partner in the Toronto office of Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti LLP. Jamie has almost 30 years of experience representing management in labour and employment law, including numerous appearances before the courts, arbitration boards and labour relations tribunals, as well as participating in adjudications in human rights, employment standards and health and safety matters. Jamie also has extensive experience in collective bargaining and assisting employers in interacting with trade unions, including defending against union organizing campaigns. Jamie's clients are in various sectors, including manufacturing, entertainment, services, municipalities, health and finance.


In addition to a prestigious Band 2 ranking in Chambers Global, Jamie is ranked in the categories of Employment Law and Labour Relations in the 2012 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory. Jamie is also highly ranked in the in Martindale Hubbell Directory and in Who's Who Legal Canada under the Management Labour and Employment practice area.

Jamie has authored or co-authored some 20 publications for human resources professionals and lawyers, most of them in multiple editions. From 2005 to 2010, Jamie authored the quarterly Knight's Roundtable for Canada Labour Views ("CLV"). He is a frequent speaker and media commentator on labour and employment issues, including current employment law issues such as workplace violence, attendance management and planning for pandemic flu. In addition to specific client training sessions, Jamie taught management and human resources employees in employment law programs at the University of Guelph for 20 years, with a focus on workplace safety and effective human resources management.

Jamie is Chair of the Human Rights Committee of the Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers, and a former Director of CACE and Co-Chair of the 2011 CACE Conference. Jamie co-chairs the popular annual LSUC Conference, "6-Minute Labour Law". Jamie is an active participant in HRPA and has spent the past several years serving on the Complaints, Investigation and Discipline Committee. Jamie went to Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean, Quebec before receiving his LL.B. (1983) from the University of Toronto; he was called to the Ontario Bar in 1985.

Among his publications, Jamie is the author of guides to effective human resources management in both union and non-union workplaces, and co-author of the Employment Litigation Manual, Halsbury's Labour Laws of Canada, Investigating Harassment in the Workplace, HR Managers Guide to Health and Safety, Public Health in Workplaces and the annual quick reference guides to the Ontario Labour Relations Act, Canada Labour Code, Ontario Human Rights Code, Canadian Human Rights Act, Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, CPP/QPP and Employment Insurance, and PIPEDA.

Jamie has travelled widely, including to Sierra Leone where Jamie and his wife are involved with a Canadian charity working in local partnerships to improve education, child care and micro-finance opportunities for women and disabled persons.

Education

  • University of Toronto, LL.B., 1983
  • Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean

Bar Admission

  • Ontario, 1985

Associations

  • Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers (CACE) (including Chair of the Human Rights Committee)
  • Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) (including the Discipline Committee)

Awards & Honours

  • Chambers Global, Band 2 (Employment Law and Labour Relations), 2014
  • Matindale-Hubbell, BV Distinguished, 2013
  • Lexpert ranked (Employment Law and Labour Relations), 2012-2014