Brian Burkett


Brian Burkett is a management-side labour lawyer at Fasken. Based in Toronto, he has been repeatedly recognized as a Band 1 lawyer in both the Chambers Global and Chambers Canada Rankings.  He has been recognized as a Senior Statesperson and the recipient of the Chambers Canada Lifetime Achievement Award. Brian is counsel to the Federally Regulated Employers – Transportation and Communications (FETCO), the official representative of the Canadian business community, on the international stage, including at the International Labour Organization (ILO) and within the Summit of the Americas process, in respect of the world of work and workplaces. He is co-author of the chapter “The Regulation of Multinational Labour and Employment Practices Through a Galaxy of Norms” in the recently released book, Corporate Social Responsibility – Sustainable Business: Environmental, Social and Governance Frameworks for the 21st Century (Kluwer Law International in partnership with the International Bar Association). Brian is a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers in the United States and sits on the Advisory Board of the Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources at the University of Toronto where he is an Adjunct Professor co-teaching “International Developments in Labour and Human Resource Policy.” He is also AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell.


Understanding Canada’s New Forced-Labour Law

by , et al.Issue: September/October 2023

When Bill S-211 comes into force next year, businesses need to be prepared for it to have more teeth than critics predict