Craig J. Stehr Partner

Speaks:  English

Year of Call: 2021 - Nunavut

Year of Call: 2008 - Ontario

Primary phone: +1 613-786-0277

Fax: +1 613-783-8994


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Primary office:  Ottawa

Craig J. Stehr

Craig Stehr is a partner in Gowling WLG's Ottawa office, and member of the firm's Employment, Labour & Equalities Group. He understands the importance of managing employment relationships and providing effective and timely solutions.

Ranked among the Best Lawyers in Canada, Craig represents employers in all areas of employment and labour law. He works closely with clients to provide practical and strategic advice on workplace issues, including terminations and wrongful dismissal, absenteeism, workplace conflict, performance management, legislative compliance, and accommodation and human rights. Craig assists employers with drafting and reviewing employment contracts, workplace policies, and confidentiality, intellectual property, non-solicitation and non-competition agreements. He also works with clients on executive compensation issues, including equity compensation plans, change-of-control provisions, indemnification terms and severance agreements.

Craig has significant experience advising both youth organizations and national and provincial sports organizations on a range of legal issues involving youth safety and safe sport, as well as organizational risk mitigation. He assists clients in this area with policy development, training and implementation, complaint investigations and appeals, and litigation involving historical abuse claims.

Craig is an advocate in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Ontario Divisional Court, Federal Court, Federal Court of Appeal, and various administrative tribunals, including the Ontario Labour Relations Board and Ontario Human Rights Tribunal.

Craig has taught employment law at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law. He has been elected as a counsellor on the Ontario Bar Association's (OBA) Provincial Council, and recently served on the OBA Board of Directors as regional director for the East Region.

Career & Recognition

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  • Advocates Society
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • County of Carleton Law Association
  • Law Society of Ontario
  • Ontario Bar Association

Craig has spoken on a wide variety of employment and labour law topics for the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Ontario Bar Association, the County of Carleton Law Association and the Centre for Labour Management Development. Craig has also written for the Lawyers Weekly and the Canadian HR Reporter.


Speaker, "Mitigating Safe Sport Risk for Your Organization", Petro-Canada Sport Leadership Conference, Vancouver, November 2019

Speaker, "#metoo, #Timesup: Do your sexual harassment policies and procedures withstand scrutiny", Lancaster House Human Rights and Labour Law Conference, Ottawa, October 2019

Speaker, "Update on Just Cause", Law Society of Ontario 6-Minute Employment Lawyer, May 2019

Speaker, "IP and Employment Law," CBA IP Day presented by the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) Intellectual Property Section, Ottawa, May 30, 2019

Co-presenter, "Legal Aspects of Creating a Universal Code of Conduct and Registry," National Safe Sport Summit hosted by the Coaching Association of Canada, May 2019

Speaker, Employment Law Panel, CCLA Civil Litigation Conference, November 2018

Speaker, "Advanced Topics in Accommodation: Responding to complex disability, family status, and religious practice claims", Lancaster House Human Rights and Labour Law Conference, Ottawa, October 2018


"Bill 66 could have 'pretty profound' impact on Ontario employers", Canadian HR Reporter, January 2019.

"Ontario companies worried about upcoming changes requiring equal pay for part-time employees", The Globe and Mail, March 2018.