Geoffrey Hope
Geoffrey Hope
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Geoff Hope focuses his practice on labour and employment and general litigation matters for clients throughout Alberta. Employers of all sizes in the public and private sector and across a wide variety of industries rely on Geoff to provide strategic advice and representation in managing all aspects of their employment relationships, including discipline matters, terminations, accommodation, corporate policy and competition issues. He represents employers before the Labour Relations Board, in labour arbitrations, before all levels of court and before the Alberta Human Rights Commission. Geoff also has deep experience in conducting workplace investigations on behalf of employers.  

In addition, Geoff serves as a legal advisor for health services, law enforcement and a variety of higher education institutions, including Canada’s second-largest university, in matters involving institutional policy, labour relations, human rights, contract matters, employment issues and administrative practice and procedure. 

In his general litigation practice, Geoff focuses on commercial lawsuits and arbitrations, various contractual, business and shareholder disputes, product liability litigation, construction disputes and professional negligence claims.

Geoff has previously served on the firm's Executive Committee and is the former chair of the Labour & Employment and Litigation Practice Groups in the firm’s Edmonton office.

Value to Clients

Geoff provides clients with candid, timely and practical advice. “To help clients solve and avoid problems, I strongly believe that you need to understand what makes their organization tick and what drives their culture. This focus helps create constructive and cost-effective options that are tailored to the client.”

Canadian Bar Association Alberta, Civil Litigation Section (North)
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Listed Corporate and Commercial Litigation
The Best Lawyers™ in Canada
2020
Listed Labour and Employment Law
The Best Lawyers™ in Canada
2020
Edmonton (Police Service) v Edmonton Police Association, 2019 CanLII 9456 (AB GAA)
Concordia University of Edmonton v Concordia University College of Alberta, 2018 CanLII 12260 (AB GAA)
Edmonton Police Association v Edmonton (City), 2017 ABCA 355
Lee v. Alberta (Labour Relations Board), 2017 ABQB 482, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
University of Alberta Non-Academic Staff Association affecting University of Alberta, 2016 CanLII 72742 (AB LRB), Alberta Labour Relations Board
Swist v. Edmonton (City), 2016 CanLII 64044 (AB LRB), Alberta Labour Relations Board
Lee v. Boyd, 2015 ABQB 426, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
1115038 Alberta Ltd. V 1163256 Alberta Ltd., 2012 ABQB 334, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
383501 Alberta Ltd. (Val Brig Equipment Sales) v. Phoenix Co. Ltd., 2012 ABQB 461, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
InnerSense International Inc. v. University of Alberta, [2007] A.J. No. 270, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Angle v. LaPierre, [2006] A.J. No. 304, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Angle v. LaPierre, [2006] A.J. No. 618, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
I.C. Farms Ltd. V. Hironaka, [2005] A.J. No. 103, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Stasiuk v. Boisvert, [2005] A.J. No. 1453, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Oxford Development Group Inc. v. 772288 Alberta Ltd., [2002] A.J. No. 10, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
November 19, 2019
Cannabis: One Year Later
Seminars
Edmonton Chamber of Commerce
One year after Canada legalized cannabis for recreational use, this panel will discuss the implications in the workplace, society, and to our country overall. The panel will explore all angles of post-legalization and feature experts from workplace saf...
October 24 + 30, 2018
Effective Responses to Sexual Misconduct and Harassment Complaints Workshop
Seminars
An increasing number of organizations are being rocked by allegations of harassment and sexual misconduct by their employees. Often these allegations are broadcast on social media, catching organizations flat-footed and unprepared. Join Field Law...
October 3 + 10, 2018
Cannabis in the Workplace: Implications for Employers
Seminars
Recreational cannabis will be legal in Canada on October 17, 2018. Join Field Law’s Labour and Employment Group for a detailed, scenario-based half-day workshop providing practical advice and useful tips to prepare your organization for situat...
July 2018
Cannabis Complicates Crossing the Border
Workwise Newsletter
The legalization of cannabis in Canada poses a unique opportunity for entrepreneurs, investors, and businesses. It is estimated that the recreational cannabis market in Canada may generate approximately $23 billion in annual revenue, creating jobs and ...
October 2017
Legalized Recreational Marijuana in Alberta - Is Your Workplace Prepared?
The Advisor
On April 13, 2017, the federal government tabled two new cannabis-related bills before Parliament, Bill C-45: An Act respecting cannabis and to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, the Criminal Code and other Acts and Bill C-46: An Act to ame...
January 2014
"You Compete Me" - Will the Courts Love Your Company’s Restrictive Covenants for Employees as Much as You Do?
An area of law where both employers and employees often struggle to find clarity is the area of restrictive covenants, specifically non-competition and non­-solicitation clauses for employees. Part of the reason for frequent confusion is that this ...
July 2013
If The Whistle Sounds, Is a Penalty Coming? - Alberta's New Whistleblower Legislation
Workwise
On June 1, 2013, Alberta’s first ever Whistleblower legislation came into effect. The Public Interest Disclosure (Whistleblower Protection) Act is intended to protect employees in the public sector who act as whistleblowers – employees...
Winter 2010
Limits on Damage Awards: The Alberta Court of Appeal Weighs In
Alberta’s Court of Appeal recently reviewed the bases for damages in wrongful dismissal cases when it handed down its decision in Merrill Lynch Canada Inc. v. Soost. Damages of $1.6 million, awarded in addition to $600,000 pay...
April 2009
Considerations for Revising Employment Contracts As An Alternative to Terminations
Due to necessity arising out of an economic downturn, employers may consider changing the terms of the employment contract, such as rolling back employee salary or benefits or revising termination provisions. These actions may be a cost-effec...
Education
University of Alberta, 2000, Bachelor of Laws
University of Alberta, 1997, Bachelor of Arts With Honours
Admissions
Alberta,2001
Languages
French