Leanne Monsma
Leanne Monsma
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Leanne Monsma is an Edmonton-based lawyer practicing in the areas of labour and employment and professional regulation. She assists corporations, universities, colleges and law enforcement agencies with complex matters such as human rights issues, privacy obligations, discipline, grievances and collective bargaining. She also helps professional regulatory associations deal with issues concerning governance, registration and discipline.

Leanne has experience in smoothly and effectively handling:
  • Human rights complaints
  • Workplace investigations
  • Access to information requests
  • Other privacy matters
  • Discipline
  • Grievances
  • Wrongful dismissal claims
Using her excellent research and communication skills, Leanne prides herself on always coming to a case extremely prepared. At the same time, after clerking at the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench, Leanne recognizes the importance of practicality and efficiency. 

Value to Clients

"My goal from the beginning is to develop a comfortable and real relationship with my client. My clients often come to me with issues that bring them significant amounts of anxiety and difficulty. It’s important to me that my clients trust me to carry and deal with this stress for them."

Outside the Office

Leanne loves being in the mountains – and especially loves climbing them. She also loves food and trying new restaurants. Leanne follows numerous food blogs and makes a big effort to try out the restaurant recommendations that she finds in them, whether they’re local or abroad. She has even been known to make food the focus of her travels.
Joint Law Society of Alberta / Canadian Bar Association Legislation Liaison Committee
2016 - Present
Canadian Bar Association Alberta
Member, Labour and Employment Law
2016 - Present
Canadian Bar Association Alberta
Member, Administrative Law
2016 - Present
Canadian Bar Association Alberta
Member, Constitutional and Human Rights
2016 - Present
Bissell Centre
Board Member
2016 - Present
Campeau v Knecht, 2018 ABQB 504
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 ...
February 2019
The #metoo Movement and Interim Measures
Workwise Newsletter
Ryerson University v Ryerson Faculty Association, 2018 CanLII 111683In Ryerson University and Ryerson Faculty Association, a recent case out of Ontario, an arbitrator was asked to consider the appropriateness of interim measures imposed on an employee ...
January 2019
#metoo - What's an Employer To Do and Not To Do?
CPHR Alberta
Leanne Monsma discussed what employers should do, as well as what employers are obligated to do, when they receive complaints of sexual harassment.
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...
September 2018
Issues in Professional Discipline Investigations: Tips + Traps
Effective professional discipline investigations are fundamentally important to the professional discipline process. The information that is obtained is used to make decisions about complaints that are received, including whether there is sufficient ev...
June 2018
#metoo: What’s an Employer To Do and Not To Do?
Leanne Monsma discusses what employers should do, as well as what employers are obligated to do, when they receive complaints of sexual harassment.
Spring 2018
Cannabis in the Workplace: A Few Things Employers Might Get a Taste of
Aboriginal Business Quarterly
March 2018
Cannabis in the Workplace: A Few Things Employers Might Get a Taste of
Countdown to Cannabis Legislation
March 2018
Reduction in Sanction on the Basis of Delay is Not Automatic
Perspectives for the Professions
February 2018
Protection From Discrimination in Employment – To Infinity and Beyond
Workwise Newsletter
September 2017
Standing of Complainants on Judicial Review
Perspectives for the Professions
July 2017
How Key is the Employee? Identifying When an Employee is a Fiduciary
May/June 2017
Marijuana in the Workplace
April 2017
Reviews of Workplace Legislation Underway in Alberta
March 2017
Don’t Skimp on Statutory Minimums: Drafting an Enforceable Termination Clause
Workwise Newsletter

Assisting a client with a complex grievances case

An employer was facing numerous grievances in relation to a single employee. The case was very complicated because of the high number of grievances, documents and witnesses. The case proceeded to arbitration, however, due to the effectiveness of the way Leanne helped present the employer’s case, the union ultimately withdrew the grievances. Leanne was successful because she advocated strongly on behalf of her client but maintained a respectful and collaborative relationship with the union throughout.

Providing practical advice on the FOIPP Act

A public institution needed advice about its obligations under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPP Act). While the FOIPP Act can be complicated, Leanne helped break that complexity down by offering an opinion clearly setting out the public institution’s obligations and providing specific and practical recommendations to the public institution on how to meet those obligations.

University of Alberta, 2014, Juris Doctor, With Distinction
University of Alberta, 2010, Bachelor of Arts, With Distinction