Bettina Burgess Partner

Speaks:  English

Year of Call: 2001 - Ontario

Primary phone: +1 519-569-4557

Secondary phone: + 1 416-814-5665

Fax: +1 519-576-6030


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Primary office:  Waterloo Region

Secondary office:  Toronto

Bettina Burgess

Bettina Burgess is a seasoned practitioner in the area of employment and workplace privacy law with over 20 years of experience.

Bettina assists both local and global companies manage their employment and workplace legal issues by providing practical and business savvy advice. Bettina understands that her clients do not want legal answers, they want productive solutions. As a result, Bettina partners with her clients to understand their business, their risk tolerance and their goals in order to drive to the right result. Bettina encourages her clients to start with a solid foundation and assists with this by reviewing the workforce and providing all of the appropriate foundational documents such as employment agreements, independent contractor agreements, policies, programs and training materials.

Bettina assists with methods of reducing employer liability and risk, employment standards, statutory compliance, human rights compliance (including accommodation and investigating allegations of discrimination), employee-related matters associated with mergers and acquisitions, how to handle and structure a termination, and employee data management.

She has defended wrongful dismissal actions and human rights applications from commencement to resolution.

Bettina is an active speaker and writer.

Career & Recognition

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  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Human Resources Professionals Association
  • Ontario Bar Association


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Speaking engagements

Representative Work

  • Provided opinions on the collection, use, and disclosure of employee personal information within the workplace for the following types of employers: employment and human resource firms, major manufacturer of stringed musical instruments, a major aerospace and defence instrumentation company, employment screening firm, international advertising and media conglomerate, counseling services firm.
  • Provided opinions on the transfer of personal information outside of Canada to foreign jurisdictions for the following types of employers: major insurance company, major manufacturer of stringed musical instruments, employment and human resource firms.
  • Provided opinions on all forms of employee background checks for the following types of employers: major international energy company, international coffee house, employment screening firm, international advertising and media conglomerate.
  • Conducted due diligence and advised employers on employment-related matters in numerous mergers and acquisitions for manufacturers, mining companies, media and advertising firms, and technology companies.
  • Drafting privacy policies and consents dealing with employee personal information for the following types of employers: international payment services company used by most major banks and financial institutions, international advertising and media conglomerate, international coffee house, international chemical company, major restaurant franchise, international food delivery franchise, insurance company, electricity provider, college student government federation.
  • Providing opinions on access requests pursuant to federal privacy legislation.
  • Advised on and drafted data breach notifications in both the commercial and employment context.