Jenna Kirk
Jenna Kirk
News + Views + Events
Client Stories

Jenna Kirk is a lawyer in our Calgary office practicing in the Labour and Employment Group, focusing on Business Immigration, Employment and Cannabis Law. She also has experience in Workplace Human Rights and Occupational Health and Safety.

Jenna has successfully helped individuals and employers with applications for admission to Canada as temporary residents and foreign workers, and with applications for permanent residence and citizenship. She also has experience with U.S. visa applications, waivers and NEXUS applications, as well as Canadian record suspension applications, applications based on humanitarian and compassionate grounds and residency appeals. She has worked with clients all over the world to create and develop business and immigration opportunities.

With respect to employment law, Jenna has experience advising on a wide range of employment related matters including employment contracts and agreements, workplace policies and procedures, wrongful dismissal claims, discrimination, the duty to accommodate, discipline and termination. She has successfully helped employers and employees understand their legal rights and responsibilities under provincial employment standards and human rights legislation.

Prior to joining Field Law, Jenna articled with a local boutique immigration law firm and worked in the areas of immigration and employment law for a large Canadian oil company. Jenna received her Bachelor of Science in Physics (2008) from Brandon University and her Juris Doctorate (2013) from the University of Calgary. Jenna was called to the Alberta Bar in 2014 and is an active member of the Alberta Bar Association, the Canadian Bar Association and the Calgary Bar Association.

Outside the Office

Jenna is an active community member, and uses her time outside of the office to engage with those around her in positive, productive ways. She volunteers with immigration-related causes, and is also a volunteer lawyer for Student Legal Assistance. The organization provides legal information and pro bono legal representation for individuals who do not have the resources to engage legal counsel on their own. 

Law Society of the Northwest Territories
Canadian Bar Association, National Immigration Law Section
2013 - Present
Canadian Bar Association
Law Society of Alberta
Calgary Bar Association
Canadian Bar Association, National Immigration Law Section
Young Lawyer Coordinator
Canadian Bar Association Alberta Branch (South)
Student Legal Assistance
Volunteer Lawyer
2013 - Present
Student Legal Assistance
Student Volunteer
2010 - 2012
March 2019
Maintaining Permanent Residency When Faced With a Departure Order
Immigration Alert
In order to maintain a permanent residency in Canada, residents must be physically present in Canada for at least 730 days (2 years) in every 5-year period. The 5-year period is assessed by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (“IRCC&rdqu...
February 6, 2019
2018 Year in Review for Northern Employers
Join Field Law for a review of the most important legal cases from 2018. Topics covered will include: Labour Employment Human Rights Occupational Health + Safety Privacy Immigration Cannabis This seminar will be broadcast live via ...
Winter 2019
2018 A Year in Review Seminar Series
The Field Law Labour and Employment Group presents the annual Year in Review seminars in Calgary and Edmonton. Join us for legal updates and practical challenges for management and employee groups in the areas of:  Part 1: Human Rights ...
December 2018
Health Canada Unveils Proposed Edibles Legislation
Keeping Up With Cannabis
Health Canada launched a public consultation on its proposed regulations governing cannabis edibles today and stated that the legal sale of cannabis edibles will be permitted no later than October 17, 2019.  While certain cannabis use was legalize...
December 2018
Upcoming Criminal Code Changes + Its Effects on Entering Canada
Immigration Alert
On December 18, 2018, Canada will begin imposing tough new penalties on those who drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, including cannabis, or commit cannabis-related crimes.  The maximum penalty for impaired driving offences w...
Fall 2018
Avoid Border Battles: 5 Tips for Travel to the U.S. Now That Cannabis is Legal in Canada
Aboriginal Business Quarterly
October 2018
Upcoming Impaired Driving and Cannabis-Related Penalties
Immigration Alert
On December 18, 2018, Canada will begin imposing tough new penalties on those who drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, including cannabis, or who commit cannabis-related crimes. Most impaired driving offences will be considered serious ...
October 2018
"Did You Roll That Yourself?": Travelling Tips Now that Cannabis is Legal in Canada
Keeping Up With Cannabis Legislation
Today’s the day! Cannabis has become legal in Canada for adult use, possession, purchase and distribution. As an important reminder, it remains illegal to take cannabis across any international border by any means, (land, water or air).  The...
October 3 + 10, 2018
Cannabis in the Workplace: Implications for Employers
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 ...
July 2018
Legal Cannabis: Coming to Canada on October 17, 2018
Countdown to Cannabis Legislation
On June 20, 2018, the federal government announced that Canadians will be able to possess and consume cannabis recreationally under the Cannabis Act as of October 17, 2018. Until that date, cannabis possession and consumption remains illegal, other tha...
June 5, 2018
Cannabis in the Workplace - Implications for Northern Employers
What Northern Employers Need to Know About Cannabis in the Workplace 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 situ...
April 11-12, 2018
HR Undefined 2018
HR Undefined is CPHR Alberta’s largest annual event. It provides an environment where you can learn solutions to HR challenges through professional development and networking with Alberta’s HR pros. In April 2018, Human Resources and busine...
December 12
If You Haven't Heard About the Upcoming Changes to the Alberta Employment Standards Regulation,  You Need to Read This!
Workwise Newsletter
Important changes to Alberta’s Employment Standards Code (the “Code”) come into effect in just a few short weeks. In order to align the Employment Standards Regulation with these changes, on December 7, 2017 the Government of Alberta ...
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...
August 2017
Accommodating Medical Marijuana Use in the Workplace
July 2017
Alberta’s Highest Court Clarifies OHS Law: Privilege Must Be Proven
Labour and Employment Alert
With its decision this week in Alberta v. Suncor Energy Inc, 2017 ABCA 221, the Alberta Court of Appeal has considered and clarified the application of solicitor-client privilege and litigation privilege to incidents under Alberta’s Occupational ...
April 2017
Taking the High Road: the Federal Framework and Preparing for the Legalization of Marijuana
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...
November 2016
Thinking of Immigrating to Canada?
To the astonishment of many around the globe Donald Trump has been elected as the 45 th President of the United States of America; and for the second time this year, the Government of Canada’s immigration website crashed ...
September 2016
An Update to our Latest Article on Electronic Travel Authorization Becomes Mandatory
Only days before the electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) requirement was to become mandatory for all visa­-exempt foreign nationals* the Government of Canada announced its decision to extend the leniency period to November 9, ...
September 2016
Alberta Minimum Wage Increases Affect All Foreign Workers, Especially Caregivers
Effective October 1, 2016, Alberta’s minimum wage will increase from $11.20 per hour to $12.20 per hour. This is the first step in the Provincial government’s plan to raise the minimum wage in Alberta to $15.00 per hour by October...
September 2016
Electronic Travel Authorization Becomes Mandatory
On September 29, 2016 the leniency period will end and all visa­-exempt foreign nationals travelling to Canada will require an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). An eTA can be obtained through an online prescreening process that ...
September 2016
Alberta's Minimum Wage is on the Rise
June 2016
State of the Nation: Canada’s Immigration System
June 2016
Clarifying Irving: Can an Alberta Employer Implement a Random Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy in a Safety Sensitive Workplace?
Despite a new decision on the issue from the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench (the “Court”) on May 18, 20161, the answer to this question remains “maybe.” The Court has, however, provided us with a measure of ...
March 2016
What's to Come
There has been a lot of excitement lately, as the new Liberal Government has begun to address the promises made during their campaign last year. Proposed amendments to immigration legislation and policy are currently focused on the areas...
March 2016
Donald Drumpf - Good for Canadian Immigration
During this years’ Super Tuesday, Donald Trump led the Republican primaries winning 7 states and 256 delegates. Perhaps more interesting than the voting polls on Super Tuesday, was the Google trends that followed. Within hours...
March 2016
Refugee Resettlement
On average, Canada approves approximately 10,000 refugee applications for permanent residence each year. Due to the Syrian refugee crisis, the Government of Canada announced last year that it would admit 25,000 Syrian refugees to Ca...
February 2016
BIG Alert
Program Delivery Update for the Artists
Further to a letter from Minister John McCallum in December 2015, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (“IRCC”, formerly Citizenship and Immigration Canada) issued a program delivery update on February 3, 2016 introdu...
February 2016
Temporary Foreign Workers: Best Practices for Employer Compliance
December 2016
New Job Bank January 31, 2016
Job Bank is undergoing massive modernization as part of efforts by Employment, Workforce Development and Labour (previously Employment and Social Development Canada). On January 31, 2016 the new Job Bank will replace the current system, eliminating the...
December 2015
Express Entry Review
The views expressed in this article are those of the author and not of Field Law.It has been eleven months since the Government of Canada unveiled Express Entry as the new application management system for the economic immigration p...
December 2015
Strengthened Rules Around Canadian Citizenship
New Requirements for Canadian Citizenship Bill C­-24 came into force on June 19, 2014 amending the Citizenship Act and the requirements for eligibility for Canadian citizenship. The changes include:  Increased residency requ...

"I was looking for a lawyer to help me with a human rights complaint against my employer. When I met with Jenna she immediately showed empathy for my situation and I felt she really cared about working on my file. Jenna is compassionate and easy to speak to. She speaks clearly, not in legal language where I would have been lost and she listened to what I had to say. Her confidence and experience in human rights matters made me feel comfortable that I was doing the right thing. Her schedule was flexible and she made me feel like I was her most important client. Jenna’s staff were helpful and caring as well."

University of Calgary, 2013, Juris Doctor
Brandon University, 2008, Bachelor of Science
Northwest Territories,2017