Gabrielle Fortier-Cofsky is a labour and employment lawyer in Hicks Morley’s Ottawa office. She practises in all areas of labour and employment law, where she provides advice and representation to employers in the public and private sectors on a wide range of issues such as labour disputes, grievance arbitration, human rights and accommodation. She is also a member of the firm’s Pension, Benefits and Executive Compensation group, where she provides advice regarding private and public pension plans in the provincial and federal sectors.
Gabrielle received her licence in civil law from the University of Ottawa, where she participated in the 2011 Laskin Moot. She completed her Juris Doctor degree at Queen’s University, where she participated in the review of an article on pension plans for the Canadian Labour and Employment Law Journal. Throughout her studies, Gabrielle did policy work regarding federally regulated pension plans at the Department of Finance. Prior to joining the firm, Gabrielle articled in a medium-size law firm in Montréal with a focus on insurance litigation, municipal law and labour law. She clerked at the Federal Court of Appeal for the year 2014-2015.
Arts & Sports Construction Education Energy & Utilities Financial Services Government Ministries & Agencies (Federal and Provincial) Healthcare Hospitality & Gaming Manufacturing Media & Communications Membership Associations Mining & Natural Resources Municipalities & Municipal Agencies Non-profit Organizations Nursing Care Facilities Professional & Technical Services Retail & Wholesale Trade Social Services Transportation & Warehousing
Memberships & Affiliations
Ontario Bar Association – Member (Civil Litigation, Labour & Employment Law, Pensions and Benefits Law, Privacy and Access to Information Law, and Taxation Law Sections)
Canadian Bar Association – Member
Canadian Pension & Benefits Institute, Ottawa Chapter – Committee Member
Canadian Pension & Benefits Institute – Member, Ontario Regional Council
Association des juristes d’expression française de l’Ontario – Membre
Association du jeune barreau de l’Outaouais – Membre
Human Resources Professionals Association – Member
Select Publications & Presentations
“Evolving Pension Landscape: Risk to Regulation” Canadian Pensions Benefits Institute – Ottawa Chapter (February 25, 2016)
Ottawa Client Conference (May 6, 2016)
“18th Annual HR Employment & Labour Law” Human Resources Professionals Association – Cobourg Chapter (October 6, 2016)
Développements récents en matière de cessation d’emplois et indemnité de départ 2016, “Quoi de neuf dans le ROC (Rest of Canada)?”
University of Ottawa, LL.L. (magna cum laude)
Queen’s University, J.D.