Zachary Bliss
Zachary Bliss
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Zachary Bliss is a lawyer in the Field Law Edmonton office practicing in Labour + Employment as well as litigation, insurance and professional regulatory law. 

Prior to joining Field, Zachary completed his Bachelor of Commerce degree at MacEwan University. He then worked for the Government of Alberta as an Indigenous Intern in Children’s Services where he delivered the KAIROS Blanket Exercise to child welfare workers and consulted with survivors of the Sixties Scoop in Ceremony to inform the apology Premier Notley gave in 2018.

Zachary completed his J.D. at the University of Alberta where he volunteered with Pro Bono Students Canada and, during his final year, worked as a research assistant to Dr. Cameron Jefferies which culminated in a co-authored paper in the Journal of International Wildlife Law & Policy.

He joined Field Law as an articling student in June 2021 and was called to the Alberta Bar in August 2022. 

Outside the Office

Zach can usually be found with his nose in a book, baking, bouldering, or playing Dungeons & Dragons. He is a big hockey fan and lifelong learner – he is currently trying to learn the Bass.

August 2023 - 11 min read
Navigating Freedom of Speech + Professional Regulation: The Jordan Peterson Case
The Jordan Peterson case serves as a significant reminder for professional regulatory organizations to delicately balance the constitutional right to freedom of speech with the imperative to uphold professional standards. This case emp...
February 28 - 3 min read
Doth ‘Proclaim’ Too Much: Collective Agreement Gives the Word Special Meaning
Workwise Newsletter
A statement from the Prime Minister was not enough to "proclaim" the National Day of Mourning for Queen Elizabeth II's passing a holiday under a collective agreement in Ontario. The word "proclaim" used i...
October 2022 - 5 min read
Alberta’s Top Court Re-Writes Rules for Costs Orders in Professional Discipline
The Alberta Court of Appeal has significantly changed the approach to costs order in professional discipline cases. In Jinnah v Alberta Dental Association and College, 2022 ABCA 336, the Court set aside an order for a dentist to pay $37,500 in investig...
January 2022 - 4 min read
Factoring Arrangements and Builders’ Liens: How to Take Them Into Account
Payment disputes on construction projects are extremely common. With margins being low to begin with, contractors often find themselves financially strained and unable to cash flow their business operations to complete projects. One common form of re...
June 21, 2021
Legal Options (and Obligations?) for Enhanced Canada–United States Cooperative Southern Resident Killer Whale Conservation
International Journal of Wildlife Law & Policy
University of Alberta, 2021, Juris Doctor
MacEwan University, 2015, Bachelor of Commerce