Bettina Burgess is a partner in Gowling WLG's Waterloo Region office. Her practice focuses on employment and privacy law.
Bettina advises Canadian businesses - from startups to established companies - on a wide range of employment and privacy related issues. She assists businesses with their draft employment or independent consultant contracts, confidentiality and work product agreements, policies, and handbooks. She also advises on 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, and how to handle and structure a termination. She has defended wrongful dismissal actions and human rights applications from commencement to resolution through negotiated settlements or hearings.
With respect to privacy work, Bettina assists companies with the development of privacy policies and procedures, drafting consents and acknowledgments for the collection, use and disclosure of personal information, and drafting third-party transfer and security agreements. She also advises on cross-border data transfers, employee background checks, and monitoring employees in and out of the workplace.
Bettina presently sits on the board of KW Counselling Services. She previously held the position of president of the Grand Valley Chapter of the Human Resources Professionals Association. Since June of 2010, Bettina has held the positions of peer networking co-chair, government relations, and president-elect. Bettina was the former chair of the board of directors for the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery. In addition, Bettina has been an active member and volunteer with the United Way since 2002 and was the chair of the Waterloo Region Office United Way Committee for six years.