Ryan B. Plener

Associate, Toronto

  • Biography

Ryan Plener is a labour and employment lawyer in Hicks Morley’s Toronto office. He provides advice to employers and management in both the private and public sectors on labour, employment, workplace safety and human rights issues. This includes employment disputes, grievance and labour arbitrations and human rights and accommodation matters.

Ryan Plener graduated from the dual Master of Industrial Relations/Juris Doctor program at Queen’s University. During his years at Queen’s, Ryan was an active member of the Labour & Employment Law Club, a past President and received the Queen’s Law student ambassador award for his work promoting and supporting the school. Ryan has an honours Bachelor of Management and Organizational Studies with a specialization in Human Resources and Organizational Behaviour from Western University. Ryan has also worked at a leading Canadian Retailer creating and facilitating soft and hard skills training programs. Ryan both summered and articled at the firm before returning in 2017 as an associate.

Memberships & Affiliations

Ontario Bar Association – Member at Large (Labour & Employment Section)

Canadian Bar Association – Member

Access for Parents and Children Ontario (APCO) – Member, Board of Directors

Select Publications & Presentations

“HRPA Quinte and District Chapter” 20th Annual HR Employment and Labour Law Conference (October 30, 2018)


Queen’s University, JD

Queen’s University, MIR (Master of Industrial Relations)

Western University, BMOS (Hons)