Susan Barber maintains a labour and employment practice with a focus on human rights and pension matters in the workplace. Susan has provided advice regarding corporate reorganizations and downsizing, employment agreements and terminations, and all other facets of labour relations and employment law. She has a significant depth of experience in the area of employment and consideration of severance packages in termination matters.
Susan has been designated in the Canadian Lexpert directory as a leading practitioner in labour and in The Best Lawyers in Canada in the area of labour and employment law. She has acted as counsel for both unions and management in litigation and collective bargaining and is also a recognized arbitrator. Susan has rendered numerous decisions in labour disputes and human rights cases and has conducted investigations and made recommendations respecting workplace harassment issues.
With her litigation experience, Susan has appeared in a number of forums including the Saskatchewan Labour Relations Board, Arbitration Boards, the Canada Industrial Relations Board, the Court of Queen's Bench, Court of Appeal and the Federal Court of Appeal. She regularly advises clients in the area of contract litigation.
In addition to her professional experience, Sue has been very involved as a volunteer in the community. She has received many awards including the YWCA Woman of Distinction Award in Business, Labour and Professions in 2002 and Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100™ from the Women's Executive Network (WXN) in 2012. In 2013, Susan was awarded the National Lexpert Zenith Award which celebrated women lawyers who have led their clients, firms, companies, departments, faculties, profession, colleagues and/or communities, and have been a role model for other women in the legal profession.
- Saskatchewan, 1988
- Chartered Professional Director (C. Dir.), 2012
- Bachelor of Laws, University of Saskatchewan, 1987
- Bachelor of Arts (Great Distinction), University of Regina, 1984
- SaskEnergy, Chair of the Board, 2013-present
- University of Regina, Board of Governors, 2005-2011
- Canada West Foundation, Former Member, Board of Directors
- R.C.M.P. Heritage Centre Planning Committee, Former Vice-Chair
- Grey Cup 2003 Inc.,
- Board of Directors
- Grey Cup 2003 Bid Committee Chair
- 2003 CIS Women's Hockey Championship, Chair, 2003
- Globe Theatre, Former Director
- Hospitals of Regina Foundation, Former Director
- University of Regina Alumni Association, Former Director
- Saskatchewan Roughrider Football Club, Former Member, Executive
- Grey Cup 1995, Vice-President Legal and Member of Management Committee, Former Member
- LEAF (Women's Legal Education and Action Fund) Person's Day Committee, Member
Awards & Recognition
- "Best Lawyers in Canada"
- "Lawyer of the Year", Administrative and Public Law (Regina), 2021
- Administrative and Public Law, 2021
- "Lawyer of the Year", Labour and Employment Law (Regina), 2014, 2017, 2020
- Labour and Employment Law, 2008-present
- Dr. Robert and Norma Ferguson Award for Outstanding Service, University of Regina Alumni, 2013
This award recognizes an alumnus who has shown exceptional volunteer leadership and service to the University of Regina or its alumni association.
- Lexpert Zenith Award, 2013
The 2013 Lexpert Zenith Awards celebrated women lawyers who have led their clients, firms, companies, departments, faculties, profession, colleagues and/or communities, and have been a role model for other women in the legal profession.
- Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100™ from the Women's Executive Network (WXN), 2012
This award honours the country's highest-achieving female leaders in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. Award winners were selected based on their strategic vision and leadership, commitment to their communities and the financial performance of their organizations.
- Saskatchewan Business Magazine "Woman of Influence", 2007
- Community Service Award from the Canadian Bar Association, Saskatchewan Branch, 2007
- YWCA Woman of Distinction Award in Business, Labour and Professions, 2002
- Appointed Queen's Counsel, 2008
Memberships & Associations
- Canadian Bar Association
- Law Society of Saskatchewan
- Regina Bar Association
- Saskatchewan Trial Lawyers Association
- Editorial Board for Management Rights Journal, Former Member
- National Referral Network of Labour and Employment Lawyers
- Federal Advisory Committee for Judicial Appointments for Saskatchewan, Former Member
- Provincial Court Bar Judicial Council and Court of Appeal Bar Judicial Council, Former Member
Throughout her career, Susan has presented on labour and employment related topics including, but not limited to, human rights issues, arbitration, harassment, unionized workplaces, and accommodation.
SaskEnergy, Board of Directors, 2013-present
Information Services Corporation for Saskatchewan
- Board of Directors, 2008 –present
"Harassment in the Workplace - What Is It And What Does It Mean For The Employer And Employees", November, 1997 Saskatchewan Legal Education Society (Co-authored with Amanda Chobater).
"Supreme Court Legitimacy of Secondary Picketing", 2002 Volume IV No. 4, Federated Press Management Rights Journal.
"Beyond Wallace" - The Ongoing Impact of The Supreme Court of Canada Decision on Dismissals from Employment", Volume V, No. 1 2002, Federated Press Management Rights Journal (Co-authored with M. Patricia Gallivan, Q.C., Robert Sider and Jennifer Scott, Lawson Lundell, Vancouver, B.C.).
"An Employment Lawyer's Guide to Income Tax Implications in Wrongful Dismissal Cases", September, 2002 Saskatchewan Legal Education Society.
"Wallace Damages in Arbitral Jurisprudence",2004 Volume VII, No. 1, Federated Press Management Rights Journal.
"Ready or Not: Workplace Privacy is Here",2003 Volume VI, No.2, (Co-authored with M. Patricia Gallivan, Q.C., Walter G. Rilkoff, Greg T. Gowe, Lawson Lundall, Vancouver, B.C.)
"Reasonable Notice: Lump Sum or Salary Continuance?" Summer, 2005, Federated Press Management Rights Journal.
"From Discipline to Dismissal - A Response to Computer Related Misconduct", 2006 Volume VIII, No. 3, Federated Press Management Rights Journal.
"Duty to Accommodate: Supreme Court of Canada Sheds Some Further Light on the Notion of Duty to Accommodate" – Winter 2007, Federated Press Management Rights Journal.