Raquel Chisholm advises employers at both the Ontario and Federal jurisdictions in all areas of labour and employment law, with a particular focus on human rights, disability management, and pay equity. Raquel articled with Emond Harnden in 2003, joined the firm as an associate in 2004, and became a partner in 2014. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bishop’s University in 1992 and an LL.B from the University of Ottawa’s Common Law Program in June 2003.
Raquel provides a wide variety of services including drafting employment contracts, management training, legal opinions, collective bargaining, and policy writing. She represents clients at labour arbitrations, as well as human rights hearings before the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (“HRTO”). Raquel’s experience before the HRTO has led to her appointment on the HRTO’s Practice Advisory Committee. Raquel also advises clients during investigations by the Canadian Human Rights Commission. Raquel has a great wealth of experience in the area of pay equity. Knowledge and experience in both the provincial and federal sectors, she has aided clients with pay equity audits, conducted seminars for employers, negotiated pay equity plans, responded to and settled pay equity complaints, and assisted clients with addressing and managing their pay equity obligations both in achieving and maintaining pay equity.
Before embarking on her legal career, Raquel worked for The War Amputations of Canada for seven years and developed an expertise in many areas of charity and not-for-profit management. During that time, Raquel became a member of the Canadian Society of Association Executives (“CSAE”) and earned her Certified Association Executive (“CAE”) designation through its Association Management Education Program. Raquel uses this experience to advise her charity and not-for-profit clients on corporate governance matters such as corporate law compliance, by-law revisions and conflict of interest matters.
As a lawyer, Raquel is a business member of the CSAE. Raquel is also a member of the Ottawa Human Resources Professionals Association, the Ontario Bar Association, the Canadian Bar Association and the Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers.