Gregory Sim
Gregory Sim
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Gregory Sim focuses his law practice on professional regulation, administrative law, employment law and related litigation. He represents professional and sport regulatory organizations, professionals and employers throughout Alberta and the Northwest Territories. Gregory has over 12 years of experience advising clients across many different industries, such as health care, financial services, legal, real estate, advanced education, policing, natural resources, engineering and geoscience, construction, retail and hospitality. He has represented clients before a variety of administrative tribunals and all levels of Court in Alberta.

Clients seek Gregory's advice in all areas of professional regulation, administrative law and employment law and litigation. These include:

  • Registration and entry to practice
  • Labour mobility
  • Conduct and discipline
  • Unauthorized practice
  • Legislation development
  • Policy and governance
  • Independent tribunal counsel
  • Judicial reviews and appeals
  • Human rights
  • Employment policies and agreements
  • Wrongful and constructive dismissal claims
  • Post-employment restrictions

In addition, Gregory handles general civil litigation disputes. "I work to find the best possible solution and the best, most practical way to achieve it… even if it's not litigation in the courtroom."

Value to Clients

"My team and I bring a collaborative approach to client service. While we frame legal issues and anticipate how claims and disputes will play out, our clients are the experts in their fields. We work together with our clients to come up with the right strategy."

Outside the Office

Gregory is training to complete his first sprint triathlon.

Law Society of Alberta
Canadian Bar Association Alberta, Administrative Law Section (North)
Canadian Bar Association Alberta, Labour and Employment Law Section (North)
Alberta Association of Architects
Public Member of Council
2012 - 2016
Alberta Association of Architects
Public Member of Council
2012 - Present
Victim Services Association
Board Member
2011 - 2012
Edmonton Community Legal Centre
Volunteer Lawyer
2005 - 2009
Zuk v Alberta Dental Association and College, 2018 ABCA 270
Fitzpatrick v. Physiotherapy Alberta College, 2017 ABQB 453, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
M.K. Engineering Inc. v. Plecash, 2015 ABCA 311, Alberta Court of Appeal
MK Engineering Inc v Plecash, 2014 ABQB 483, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
MK Engineering Inc. v The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta Appeal Board, 2014 ABCA 58, Alberta Court of Appeal
Bonsma v Tesco Corporation, 2013 ABCA 367, Alberta Court of Appeal
Lovely v. Prestige Travel Ltd, 2013 ABQB 467, Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench
Lana v. University of Alberta, 2012 ABQB 97, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Krys v. Brown, 2008 ABCA 123, Alberta Court of Appeal
Speirs v. Royal Alexandra Hospital, (2007) 430 A.R. 215, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Tonizzo v. Moysa, 2007 ABQB 245, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Best v. Hoskins, (2006) 390 A.R. 1, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Stoddard v. Montague, (2006) 412 A.R. 88, Alberta Court of Appeal
Percy v. Kieser, (2005) 54 Alta. L.R. (4th) 329, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
October 16, 2018
Conducting Regulatory Investigations
CNAR Pre-Conference Workshop
CNAR is proud to present its fifth annual training program for investigators. Develop your investigative skills by sharing approaches and obtaining feedback from your peers and experienced instructors. 
October 16, 2018
Conducting Regulatory Investigations
Canadian Network of Agencies for Regulation Annual Conference
Join Field Law's Jim Casey, QC and Greg Sim for a pre-conference workshop at the Canadian Network of Agencies for Regulation (CNAR) Annual Conference. Jim and Greg are two of the instructors at this workshop being organized by Richard Ste...
August 2018
Alberta Appeal Court Rules Against Dentist in Regulatory Body’s Free Speech Complaint
The Lawyer's Daily
June 2018
Supreme Court Defers to Law Societies in Denial of TWU’s Law School
Professional Regulatory Alert
In the related decisions of Law Society of British Columbia v. Trinity Western University, 2018 SCC 32, and Trinity Western University v. Law Society of Upper Canada, 2018 SCC 33, the Supreme Court of Canada concluded that the Law Societies of British ...
May 2018
Don't Forget the Sanctions...
Professional Regulatory Webinar
You’ve heard all the evidence and the charges are proven. For the professional whose career is on the line, nothing could be more important than what comes next... Presented by James Casey, QC and Gregory Sim of the Field L...
March 2018
Unauthorized Practice: Strategies that Work
Perspectives for the Professions
Regulators have an obligation to protect the public from unqualified, unauthorized persons practicing the profession. Regulating this risk to the public is challenging. Regulators have a variety of approaches and tools to secure compliance with their g...
November 2017
Discipline Hearing Processes
Professional Investigation and Discipline Procedures Workshop, Regina, SK
November 2017
Decision Writing
Professional Investigation and Discipline Procedures Workshop, Regina, SK
October 2017
No Loyalty Program for Drugs: Court Confirms Prohibition on Pharmacy Inducements
Professional Regulatory Alert
The Alberta Court of Appeal recently confirmed that professional regulators have significant discretion to implement rules and policies intended to protect the public interest. Specifically, rules and policies may include the regulation of activities w...
October 2017
Perspectives on Transparency for Professional Regulators
The Canadian Network of Agencies for Regulation (CNAR) Conference, Halifax, NS
September 2017
Your Career May Be An Open Book: Privacy and Regulatory Investigations
The CAP Monitor
May 2017
If It Looks like a Duck: British Columbia Court of Appeal Rules on Title Use
Professional Regulatory Alert
Professional regulators are often faced with non-members who use titles similar to those used by regulated members of the profession but not explicitly prohibited by the governing statute. In Organization of Chartered Professional Accountants of Britis...
April 2017
Supreme Court of Canada Confirms Regulators Have Broad Authority and Discretion to Fulfil Mandate
Professional Regulatory Alert
In its recent decision of Green v. Law Society of Manitoba, 2017 SCC 20, the Supreme Court of Canada confirmed that professional regulatory organizations will be granted deference when they enact general rules or bylaws to meet their public interest ma...
October 2016
Court of Appeal Recognizes Regulator's Robust Implied Power in Name of Public Protection
Professional Regulatory Alert
October 2016
Professional Regulatory Workshop: Assessing Credibility: More Art Than Science
May 2016
Prohibition on Pharmacy Inducements Beyond College of Pharmacists’ Authority
Professional Regulatory Alert
February 2016
The Regulator Knows Best: British Columbia Court of Appeal Upholds Bylaws Prohibiting Customer Incentive Programs
Professional Regulatory Alert
July 2015
Question Everything… Except the Witness - Tips on Maintaining Impartiality From R. v. Crawford, 2015 ABCA 175
May 2015
Alberta Courts Enforce Fair Access to the Professions: Farhat v. College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta
February 2016
Case Summary Ho v. Alberta Association of Architects
February 2015
Case Summary Katsoulakos v. Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario
February 2015
Good Character and Reputation - The Registrar Knows Best!
January - February 2015
Labour and Employment: 2014 Year in Review
November 2014
B.C. College of Optics Inc. v. The College of Opticians of B.C., 2014 BCSC 1853
October 2014
Infonex Professional Regulation and Discipline Conference
October 2014
Professional Discipline and Reasons Workshop
May 2014
Ready, Set, Charge!
May 2014
Avoiding Regulatory Liability
March 2014
Hearing Panel Training
October 2013
Hearing Tribunal Orientation
May 2013
Informal Resolution of Complaints
January 2013
The Many Benefits of a Good Termination Clause
November 2012
Round Table Discussion: Human Rights Issues for Regulators
October 2012
Supreme Court of Canada Decision Demonstrates the Importance of Workplace Computer Policies
October 2012
Labour Mobility Update: TILMA Dispute Resolution Endorses Assessment of Good Character
September 2012
Case Update: Wright v. College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (Appeals Committee),
September 2012
Round Table Discussion: Special Guest Peter Hourihan (Alberta Ombudsman)
September 2011
Discipline and Appeal Panel Training under the Regulated Accounting Profession Act
April 2011
Round Table Discussion: Registration and Use of Title Under the Professional and Occupational Associations Registration Act
March 2011
Introduction to the Discipline Process Under the Health Professions Act
February 2011
Discipline and Appeal Panel Training
Fall 2010
Written Reasons: Elucidating, or Merely Complicating...
November 2010
Round Table Discussion: Complaint Proceedings Primer Under the Professional and Occupational Associations Registration Act
April 2010
Professional Regulatory Organizations and the Law: Current Trends
December 2009
How to Run a Professional Discipline Hearing and Writing Administratively Fair Decisions
December 2009
Orientation and Training for Complaint Review Committees
Fall 2009
You Raise the Issue - Negotiating Employment Agreements
October 2009
Dealing With Your Workforce in Times of Economic Uncertainty
May 2009
The Duty to Accommodate in Academic Institutions and Writing Reasons for Administrative Decisions
Economic Downturn Special Edition
Notice Periods in a Recession
2006, 2007
Forensic Psychiatry - Issues in Civil Litigation

Serving clients proactively

  • A professional regulator was sued by a member of the organization who alleged bad faith investigation, negligence and abuse of process. Gregory investigated the claims and took the client through a risk management exercise. "I sat down with my client ­ the regulatory body ­ and looked at what happened, where its processes could be improved and whether the claim had merit. We filed a motion to dismiss the claim and then assisted the group to improve its processes to avoid similar issues in the future."

Protecting our clients' assets

  • Another professional regulator was having trouble enforcing its legislation prohibiting non-members from using reserved professional titles. Companies were using the reserved titles in their business names and ignoring the regulator’s requests to change their names. Gregory filed court applications against the companies and the Registrar of Corporations and obtained court orders compelling the Registrar to change the corporate names when the companies wouldn’t.

University of Alberta, 2004, Bachelor of Laws With Distinction
McGill University, 1999, Bachelor of Science
Northwest Territories,2011