Ryley
Mennie

Principal, Labour and Employment Law

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Ryley is a litigator and advisor, specializing in workplace law and commercial and business disputes and leads our workplace law group.

Prior to joining Miller Titerle, Ryley assisted clients manage workplace-related issues at a leading national law firm. Ryley’s employment law practice is focused on helping his clients anticipate and negotiate their obligations and rights in Canadian workplaces, build stable and productive employment relationships and effectively manage workplace disputes and conflict. Ryley also provides strategic employment-related advice on complex transactions and in the context of new business ventures.

Ryley has particular experience with First Nation clients across British Columbia and regularly provides advice to assist with workplace management in the unique circumstances underlying First Nation workplaces and with economic reorganizations and restructuring initiatives.

Ryley also practices commercial litigation, in particular regarding contentious business disputes and departing employee matters, including for breach of contract, breach of confidence, breach of restrictive covenants and economic torts. Ryley is practical and proactive in his advice and a dedicated advocate for his clients’ rights.

Why MT+Co.?

“I was looking for an opportunity to do top-notch legal work at an inclusive and collaborative firm that nurtures and encourages innovation and creativity in the way it services clients. MT+Co.’s emphasis on providing value to clients and establishing meaningful connections immediately told me this was where I need to be. Not only that, the firm’s workspace is exciting and its people are awesome (people here include dogs). It was a natural fit for me.”

Expertise

Ryley’s employment law expertise includes helping large and small clients in both the public and private sector with:

  • all manner of human rights and accommodation matters;
  • contract drafting, negotiation and advice for all levels of employees, including executives;
  • managing complex terminations;
  • policy drafting and interpretation;
  • privacy law interpretation and compliance;
  • undertaking and/or guiding investigations and regulatory reporting;
  • workers’ compensation/occupational health and safety obligations;
  • legislative compliance and interpretation;
  • collective agreement interpretation and arbitration; and
  • union certification drives.

With respect to commercial litigation, Ryley’s expertise covers all manner of commercial and civil litigation related to business disputes. Aside from his experience with employment-related litigation, Ryley has acted for clients in disputes concerning:

  •  partnerships;
  • commercial loan arrangements;
  • departing employees and breach of confidence and breach of restrictive covenants
  •  ownership of real property;
  • shareholder/business disputes; and
  •  breach of contract claims.

Ryley is a passionate and effective advocate and has assisted and represented clients before all levels of court in British Columbia and various administrative tribunals, including:

  • grievance and commercial arbitration boards;
  •  BC Labour Relations Board;
  •  Canada Industrial Relations Board;
  •  Canadian Human Rights Tribunal;
  •  British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal;
  •  WorkSafeBC;
  •  Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada;
  •  Revenue Canada;
  •  British Columbia Employment Standards Tribunal;
  •  British Columbia Mental Health Review Board; and
  •  British Columbia Residential Tenancy Branch.

Ryley has also acted for clients with respect to matters before the Supreme Court of Canada.

Ryley is a regular contributor to continuing professional development for labour, employment and human rights matters and has been recognized as a Rising Star Contributor 2008-2018 by the Continuing Legal Education Society of BC. Ryley is the Co-Chair for the Canadian Bar Association, British Columbia, Employment Law Subsection and regularly presents at various internal and external conferences and events.

Background

  • B.A. English Literature – University of British Columbia;
  • J.D. – Dalhousie University, Schulich School of Law, where Ryley received the Arthur Allister MacBain Memorial Scholarship for academic achievement and community contributions;
  • Judicial Law Clerk at the B.C. Supreme Court between 2011-2012;
  • Volunteer mentor for the Martin Family Initiative, supporting the education, health and well-being of indigenous youth in their communities;
  • Active pro bono contributor and volunteer in the areas of mental health and the arts, LGBTQ2* issues and animal welfare; and
  • Access Pro Bono Top Volunteer 2015 for pro bono representation in Mental Health Program

Worth Noting

Ryley is a committed snowboarder and cyclist and used to be a professional chef and amateur sailor. He was once the chef for 60+ crew, staff and students on an educational tall ship that sailed for five months from Indonesia to Russia. This was the end of Ryley’s sailing and cooking career, though he still loves to be in the kitchen. In his spare time, Ryley loves spending time with his wife, two kids and his cat. Ryley loves a good dance party and is a renowned conga-line instigator.