Ernest D. Coetzee, Partner

Ernie Coetzee heads up the firm’s Labour and Employment Law Group and has been a partner with the firm since 1994. Ernie has extensive experience in the following areas of Labour and Employment law: Sports Law; Collective Bargaining; Employee Benefit Plan Reviews; Grievance Arbitration; Interest Arbitration; Ontario Labour Relations Board Applications and Complaints; Human Rights Commission Hearings; Occupational Health and Safety Complaints, Appeal and Compliance; Worker’s Compensation Board Complaints, Appeals and Compliance; Employment Standards Branch Complaints, Appeals and Compliance; Pay Equity Complaints, Appeal and Compliance; Preparation and Negotiation of Employment Contracts; Wrongful Dismissal Litigation; Staff Evaluations; Performance Reviews; Staff Terminations; and Judicial Review Applications.

Ernie has represented clients before the administrative tribunals involved with the above noted sub-areas of Labour and Employment Law. He has acted as counsel on numerous occasions before all levels of the court in Ontario including the Ontario Court of Appeal. Ernie has also acted as counsel for several professional athletes, sports franchise owners and professional player associations. He is also the past President of the Toronto Roadrunners Hockey Club of the American Hockey League.

Ernie attended the University of Western Ontario and received his B.A. in 1984. Ernie continued his education at the University of Ottawa and obtained his LL.B. in 1987.

Ernie is a member of the Sports Lawyers’ Association, County of York Law Association, Canadian Bar Association and the Markland Wood Country Club.