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
May 2020 - 5 min read
Returning to Campus During a Pandemic: Privacy Issues
This week, as this article went to press, several major Canadian and American universities announced plans to maintain classes online when the fall semester starts in September. Other universities and colleges are making plans to bring students ba...
February 22 + 24, 2020
Alberta Federation of Regulated Health Professions
Speaker: Fair Registration Practices Act Training
February 10, 2020
Human Rights Obligations Following a Positive Drug Test
Keeping Up With Cannabis
In Maude v NOV Enerflow ULC, 2019 AHRC 54, the Human Rights Tribunal of Alberta provided some helpful reminders to employers on the intersection of drug test results and human rights. In March, 2016, Mr. Maude tested non-negative for drugs follow...
February 6, 2020
Year in Review: Important Professional Regulatory Cases of 2019
Learn about the most important professional regulatory court cases of 2019. What are the key legal trends? What are the strategic and operational implications for regulators? This webinar will be presented by James Casey, QC and Leanne Monsma of Field ...
Winter 2020
2019 - A Year in Review Seminar Series
Join the Field Law Labour + Employment Group for our annual seminars featuring legal updates and practical challenges for management and employee groups.Part 1 has been approved for 1.75 CPD hours and Part 2 has been approved for 2.25 CPD hou...
December 2019
2019 Field Law Post-Secondary Summit Recap
The fourth annual Field Law Post-Secondary Summit was held on November 28 in Calgary and was co-chaired by Frank Molnar, QC and Greg Harding, QC. Brief summaries of the presentations given at the Summit are provided below. Innovative Governance During...
October 2019
The Impact of #MeToo on Professional Regulators
Perspectives for the Professions
The hashtag “MeToo” went viral in October of 2017. In the two years since then, the movement has had a significant impact on society. It’s had a weighty effect on professional regulators as well. What changes have we seen so far and w...
October 2019
The Regulation of Telepractice: An Update
Perspectives for the Professions
In June 2019, we reported on the Ontario Court of Appeal’s decision in College of Optometrists of Ontario v Essilor Group Inc, where a company, primarily located in British Columbia, sold eyeglasses and contact lenses over the internet ...
June 2019
Who’s Responsible Here? The Regulation of Telepractice
Perspectives for the Professions
The internet facilitates world wide access to professional services. This in turn raises significant jurisdictional issues for regulators. If an individual or a company resides in jurisdiction “A” and provides professional services over the...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
December 2018
2018 Field Law Post-Secondary Summit Recap
The third annual Field Law Post-Secondary Summit was held on November 29 in Edmonton, and was co-chaired by Greg Harding, QC and Derek Cranna. Brief summaries of the presentations given at the Summit are provided below, followed by a directory of the l...
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...
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 ...
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
At this point, employers in Alberta are acutely aware that cannabis or marijuana is about to become a legal substance. However, they might not yet have a full understanding of how this legalization will impact them, their employees or their workplace. ...
March 2018
Reduction in Sanction on the Basis of Delay is Not Automatic
Perspectives for the Professions
The Law Society of Upper Canada v Abbott, 2017 ONCA 525, holds that delay in initiating investigatory and disciplinary proceedings does not necessarily justify a reduction in sanction. Mr. Abbott was a real estate lawyer. In 2007, a lender client,...
February 2018
Protection From Discrimination in Employment – To Infinity and Beyond
Workwise Newsletter
At the end of last year, the Supreme Court of Canada, in the highly anticipated decision of British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal v Schrenk, 2017 SCC 62 (“Shrenk”), addressed the following important issue: How far does protection from disc...
September 2017
Standing of Complainants on Judicial Review
Perspectives for the Professions
Del Valle v Law Society, 2017 NWTSC 29, holding that a complainant has no standing to bring an application for judicial review to challenge the merits of a regulator’s decision to dismiss a complaint.Mr. Holden, a member of the Law Society of the...
July 2017
How Key is the Employee? Identifying When an Employee is a Fiduciary
A fiduciary employee is an employee trusted with a measure of responsibility by their employer. This in turn creates corresponding duties owed by the fiduciary that go over and above those normally owed by an employee to an employer.It is therefore imp...
April 2017
Reviews of Workplace Legislation Underway in Alberta
In Alberta, the Employment Standards Code1 establishes the minimum standards for employment relationships. Relatedly, the Labour Relations Code2 governs the relationships between unions and management. Both the Employment Standards Code and the Labour...

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