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
Member
2004-Present
Canadian Bar Association Alberta, Administrative Law Section (North)
Member
2005-Present
Canadian Bar Association Alberta, Labour and Employment Law Section (North)
Member
2005-Present
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
Presentations
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
Presentations
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
Seminars
Professional Investigation and Discipline Procedures Workshop, Regina, SK
November 2017
Decision Writing
Seminars
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
Conferences
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
In Law Society of Alberta v. Beaver, 2016 ABCA 290, the Alberta Court of Appeal held that suspended lawyers are not entitled to act as “legal agents,” a limited status in which the agent can represent another person in P...
October 2016
Professional Regulatory Workshop: Assessing Credibility: More Art Than Science
Seminars
May 2016
Prohibition on Pharmacy Inducements Beyond College of Pharmacists’ Authority
Professional Regulatory Alert
In Sobeys West Inc v. Alberta College of Pharmacists, 2016 ABQB 232, the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench held that amendments to the College of Pharmacists’ Codes of Ethics and Standards of Practice prohibiting inducement...
February 2016
The Regulator Knows Best: British Columbia Court of Appeal Upholds Bylaws Prohibiting Customer Incentive Programs
Professional Regulatory Alert
In Sobeys West Inc. v. College of Pharmacists of British Columbia, 2016 BCCA 41, the British Columbia Court of Appeal determined that it was reasonable for the College of Pharmacists to prohibit pharmacists from using “customer inc...
July 2015
Question Everything… Except the Witness - Tips on Maintaining Impartiality From R. v. Crawford, 2015 ABCA 175
On a frigid January night, Mr. Crawford was along for the ride when one of his companions - fuelled by alcohol and jealous suspicion, and armed with a completely ineffectual pellet gun - decided to steal a vehicle. Mr. Crawford was convi...
May 2015
Alberta Courts Enforce Fair Access to the Professions: Farhat v. College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta
Professional Regulatory Alert
In Farhat v. College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta, 2014 ABQB 731, the Court of Queen’s Bench highlighted the importance of careful documentation to justify registration decisions and procedural fairness in the registr...
February 2016
Case Summary Ho v. Alberta Association of Architects
Perspectives for the Professions
Ho v. Alberta Association of Architects, 2015 ABCA 68, dismissing an appeal from a decision upholding findings of discipline.An architect was found guilty of professional misconduct. His appeal to the Council for the Alberta Associa...
February 2015
Case Summary Katsoulakos v. Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario
Katsoulakos v. Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario, 2014 ONSC 5440, setting aside a decision of a Discipline Committee and ordering a new hearing. An engineer found guilty of professional misconduct appealed the finding...
February 2015
Good Character and Reputation - The Registrar Knows Best!
Lum v. Alberta Dental Association and College (Review Panel), 2015 ABQB 12 is the first case in Alberta to determine the legal standard of review that applies to registration reviews by a Council. The Court held that the reasonablen...
November 2014
B.C. College of Optics Inc. v. The College of Opticians of B.C., 2014 BCSC 1853
Professional Regulatory Alert
The B.C. College of Optics (the “School”) is a private school for Opticians. The School applied to the provincial regulator, the College of Opticians of B.C., (the “College”) seeking recognition of the School’s&n...
May 2014
Ready, Set, Charge!
Professional discipline allegations are more art than science. Regulatory statutes usually provide little or no guidance for writing them. But whether you call them allegations, charges, citations, complaints or something else, observing a few sim...
January 2013
The Many Benefits of a Good Termination Clause
Workwise
A recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision means that a properly drafted employment contract can protect employers and their employees from personal liability when carrying out a termination.In Richards v. Media Experts M.H.S. Inc., Lauren Richards...
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),
Fall 2009
You Raise the Issue - Negotiating Employment Agreements
Question: We would like to protect our business by negotiating employment agreements with non-competition and non-solicitation clauses but have heard that these types of clauses are sometimes unenforceable. How do we make sure our employment ...
Economic Downturn Special Edition
Notice Periods in a Recession

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.

Education
University of Alberta, 2004, Bachelor of Laws With Distinction
McGill University, 1999, Bachelor of Science
Admissions
Alberta,2005
Northwest Territories,2011