Steve Eichler
Steve Eichler
Partner,
Executive Committee Member
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A member of the firm’s Executive Committee, Steve Eichler practices employment and administrative law with a particular focus on occupational health and safety defence and compliance issues and related criminal matters. Clients and peers have a high regard for Steve's go-to knowledge, especially with regard to the complex legal issues of occupational health and safety.

In addition to his trial work, Steve advises businesses and corporations ­ both for-profit and non-profit  on matters involving governance, registration and admission, ethics and other professional and regulatory law issues. Clients regularly rely on Steve for counsel in the following areas:

  • Employment: Steve provides a broad range of employment law and human resources-related services for companies and non-profits as well as for individual managers and workers, including policy creation and implementation, hiring and termination, drug testing issues and more.

  • Occupational health and safety: Steve assists employers with OHS policies and due diligence preparation when there has been a workplace accident.  His clients include companies, directors and individual managers in oil & gas, manufacturing, construction, forestry and residential and commercial construction. "I regularly help clients who've been charged as well as advise and educate clients about prevention and OHS policies. I also perform audits, review documents and provide training. I pride myself on being able to explain the complexities of OHS law to clients, whether they are in dress shoes or work boots." 

  • Administrative: "I work with tribunals and corporate entities on regulatory and administrative law issues, including professional discipline and human rights issues such as race, religion, age and gender."

Steve is one of the few Alberta lawyers to achieve acquittal at trial on behalf of a client on OHS charges. Clients have sought Steve's help with representation before a wide range of adjudicative bodies in Canada, including the Alberta Provincial Court, the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench, the Alberta Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court of Canada, the Board of Reference, the Alberta Human Rights Commission, the Alberta Law Enforcement Review Board and the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner. He articled with the Court of Appeal and Court of Queen’s Bench and practiced criminal and family law in Yellowknife before returning to Calgary to join Field Law. 

Value to Clients

"To me, most legal issues are personal for the client. Even a seemingly pure business dispute has a big personal component. That's one of the reasons I like picking up the phone to speak to opposing counsel on a legal matter; it helps everyone focus on the issues."  

“I also see part of my job involving taking some of the pressure off of my clients. I try to educate them about the law, to de-mystify the process for them and how it affects their business. In this way, I help them to focus on concrete, down-to-earth alternatives."

"I think one of my fortés is my ability to assist clients in the midst of a crisis. I can see past the initial tumult and guide them confidently to resolution. After all, lawyers are supposed to help people, aren’t they?”

Outside the Office

Steve is an active member of Calgary’s arts community, having sat on the Board of the Calgary Folk Music Festival for many years. In addition, he was vice-chair of the One Yellow Rabbit Performance Theatre and a director of Music Calgary. He was on the Host City Committee for the JUNO Awards, the nation's annual week-long celebration of Canadian music and artists. Steve also builds his own musical instruments and plays in several bands in and around Calgary.

Canadian Bar Association
Member
1996-Present
Law Society of Alberta
Member
1996-Present
Law Society of Northwest Territories
Member
1996-Present
Calgary Bar Association
Member
1999-Present
Law Society of Northwest Territories, Admissions Committee
Member
2010 - Present
Law Society of Northwest Territories, Admissions Committee
Member
1996-1998
Vitality Award for leadership and tireless efforts in the development and growth of the most significant festival in the city, the Calgary Folk Festival
Calgary Downtown Association
2008
"Repeatedly Recommended" Occupational Health & Safety
Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory
2018-2019
Temple B'nai Tikvah
President
2013 - 2016
Midwifery Professions N.W.T. Department of Health and Social Services
Complaints Officer
2005 - Present
Music Calgary
Board of Directors
2009 - 2013
One Yellow Rabbit Performance Theatre
Board of Directors
2010 - 2013
Mayor's Evening for Business and the Arts
Executive Committee
Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
Member
2008 - 2010
Calgary Artists for Haitian Relief Benefit Concert
Co-Chair
Calgary Folk Music Festival
Chair
2008 - 2009
Calgary Folk Music Festival
Board of Directors
2001 - 2009
2008 Juno Awards, Host City Committee
Member
Brokeback Mountain
Guitarist
2005 - 2005
Folk on the Rocks Music Festival, Yellowknife
President
1998 - 1999
Ashraf v. SNC Lavalin ATP Inc., 2015 ABCA 78, Court of Appeal of Alberta
Ashraf v SNC Lavalin ATP Inc., 2014 ABQB 220, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
R. v. Miller, 2013 ABPC 323, Provincial Court of Alberta
Ashraf v. SNC Lavalin ATP Inc., 2013 ABQB 688, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
R. v. Carter Industries Ltd., 2011 NWTTC 8, Territorial Court of the Northwest Territories
R. v. Leong, 2011 ABPC 151, Provincial Court of Alberta
R. v. Kidco Construction Ltd., 2009 ABPC 195, Alberta Provincial Court
V.A.H. v. Lynch, 2009 ABCA 221, Alberta Court of Appeal
V.A.H. v. Lynch, 2008 ABQB 448, Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench
Hennessy v. Horse Racing Alberta, 2006 ABQB 903, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
R.v. Andrews, [2006] A.J. No. 220, Alberta Provincial Court, Civil Division
Rankin v. Alberta Curling Federation Appeals Committee, [2005] A.J. No. 1759, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Alberta Racing Corp. v. Resortport Development Corp., 2004 ABCA 139, Alberta Court of Appeal
R.v. T.D.M., [2004] A.J. No. 9, Alberta Provincial Court, Civil Division
Greenwood v. Alberta (Appeals Tribunal), [2003] A.J. No. 471, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
NWT Registered Nurses Association v. MacKenzie Regional Health Services, [1998] 23 CPC (4th) 115 (NWTSC), Northwest Territories Supreme Court
Chuck Corothers Building Ltd. v. Royal North Industries Ltd., [1998] NWTR 114 (NWTSC), Northwest Territories Supreme Court
Look v. Vittrekwa, [1998] N.W.T.J. No. 41, Northwest Territories Supreme Court
R.v. B.H.K., [1998] N.W.T.J. No. 147, Northwest Territories Supreme Court
R.v. Camsell, [1998] N.W.T.J. No. 112, Northwest Territories Supreme Court
R.v. Diveky, [1998] N.W.T.J No. 31, Northwest Territories Supreme Court
Delorme v. Speirs, [1997] N.W.T.J. No.25, Northwest Territories Supreme Court
R.v. Pound, [1997] N.W.T.J. No. 145, Northwest Territories Supreme Court
November 20, 2019
Edible Cannabis in the Workplace
Seminars
It has been over a year since Canada legalized cannabis.  Although individuals could make cannabis food and drink for personal use under the legislation, such products were initially not able to be produced or sold commercially.  As of Octobe...
June 2019
Changing the Health and Safety Culture
Business in Calgary
February 2019
Squaring the Circle or Levelling the Playing Field? Alberta’s New OHS Regime
Seminars
CPHR Alberta
On June 1, 2018 the Alberta Legislature changed occupational health and safety law history. The legislative changes to the Act, Regulations and Code changed the legal landscape in material ways, some of which are in tension with other legisla...
Winter 2019
2018 A Year in Review Seminar Series
Seminars
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 ...
October 2018
Don'cha Know, We're Talking About a Revolution: The Alberta Court of Appeal Makes OHS Law Fair
Workwise Newsletter
October 24 + 30, 2018
Effective Responses to Sexual Misconduct and Harassment Complaints Workshop
Seminars
An increasing number of organizations are being rocked by allegations of harassment and sexual misconduct by their employees. Often these allegations are broadcast on social media, catching organizations flat-footed and unprepared. Join Field Law...
May 23, 2018
The New Alberta OHS Act: More Roles, More Obligations + Many More Pitfalls
Workshop
Join Field Law for a comprehensive half-day workshop that will prepare you for the upcoming changes to the OHS Act.  On June 1, serious changes are coming to Alberta’s occupational health and safety law. Already an onerous regulatory regi...
November 2017
Bill 30 Overhauls Alberta's Occupational Health and Safety Act
On November 27, 2017 the Alberta Government introduced Bill 30 – An Act to Protect the Health and Well-Being of Working Albertans. Bill 30 proposes updates to Alberta’s Workers Compensation Act while offering a complete replacement of the c...
October 2017
Times They Are A Changin': Drastic Changes to Alberta's Work Laws Are Upon Us
Seminars
The provincial government's new Fair and Family-Friendly Workplaces Act has introduced profound changes to Alberta's Employment Standards Code and Labour Relations Code. Some changes are already in effect, and some come into effect on January 1...
September 2017
Without Prejudice: An Invisibility Cloak for a Mature World
Workwise Newsletter
Almost immediately following the unfortunate reality of a termination of employment, another unfortunate reality almost always arrives: a “without prejudice” demand letter. Indeed, that demand letter is perhaps the second “without pre...
July 2017
Alberta’s Highest Court Clarifies OHS Law: Privilege Must Be Proven
Labour and Employment Alert
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July 2015
When is an Employee’s Disability a Factor in his Dismissal?
On June 30, 2015, the Court of Appeal of Alberta released its decision in Stewart v Elk Valley Coal Corporation, 2015 ABCA 225 (“Stewart”) and clarifying what constitutes discrimination. In Stewart, the employer terminat...
November 2013
What's The Risk of Not Foreseeing Safety?
January 2013
Recent Developments in Construction, Labour Relations, and Occupational Health & Safety in Alberta, Canada
Lexpert
March 2012
Safety without Borders? Let's Hope Not.
April 2010
Alberta Government Reconsiders OHS Enforcement after Auditor General’s Critique
Amendments to Alberta OHS legal regime came into effect in 2002; the revolutionary OHS Code in 2004. Given that it took some time for first charges under the new regime to be laid, this test of the government's efforts to make Alberta safer is some...
February 2010
Workplace Violence:  A Chemical Explosion of Another Kind
July 2009
Case Update: Rare Alberta OHS Acquittal
July 2009
Influenza A (H1N1) in the Workplace - OHS Considerations
May 2009
The Impact of Influenza A (H1N1) Virus In The Workplace
On April 29, 2009, the World Health Organization (“WHO”) raised the pandemic alert from Phase 4 to 5 in regard to Influenza A (H1N1). As of Wednesday, May 6, 2009, 201 cases of Influenza A (H1N1) have been confirmed in&n...
Winter 2009
Current Issues in Employment Law
Just when you thought that all of the issues regarding relations between employers and employees had pretty much been considered, answered, put to bed, a whole new crop of concerns has arisen. Some may be more accurately said to have re-arise...
Education
University of Calgary, 1995, Bachelor of Laws
Carleton University, 1990, Bachelor of Arts With Honours
St. John Ambulance Emergency First Aid, Level C Training, CPR & AED
St. John Ambulance Emergency First Aid, Level A Training
Admissions
Alberta,1996
Northwest Territories,1996
Languages
French
Hebrew