Kristin Gibson


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Office: Winnipeg

Main: (204) 957-4692

Fax: (204) 957-4262

Services provided by K L Gibson Law Corporation

Education & Qualifications

  • Manitoba Bar (1984)
  • JD (Manitoba, 1983)

Kristin practises primarily in the areas of labour, employment and administrative law. She advises private and public sector clients on human rights, privacy, occupational health and safety, collective agreement bargaining and administration, policy drafting and discipline. She represents employers in interest and rights arbitrations, and in defending wrongful dismissals and human rights complaints.

In 2013, Kristin was appointed as a Vice Chair of Manitoba Labour Board, and she has been a grievance arbitrator on the Manitoba Labour Board’s Arbitrator’s list since January 1, 2010.

  • Conducted and consulted on collective bargaining on behalf of employers in health and personal care, retail and wholesale, construction, manufacturing and education
  • Represented employers in private and public sector in successful defense of judicial review applications from arbitration and administrative tribunal decisions
  • Successfully defended large public sector employer in termination grievances involving harassment complaint and the duty to accommodate
  • Represented large manufacturing, construction and health care employers, as well as large public sector employers (provincial and federal) in grievance arbitrations and human rights complaints
  • Executive Board Member, Women Lawyers’ Forum, Manitoba Bar Association
  • Member, Manitoba Bar Association
  • Member, Canadian Labour Law Association
  • Member, Human Resource Management Association of Manitoba
  • “Summary Judgement in Employment Litigation,” Manitoba Bar Association Corporate Counsel Section (October 2016)
  • “Harassment in the Legal Workplace,” Manitoba Bar Association Midwinter Conference (January 2016)
  • “Employment Issues in Insolvency,” Law Society of Manitoba (October 2015)
  • “Update to Privacy Obligations for Manitoba Employers,” Aikins, MacAulay & Thorvaldson CLE (April 2015)
  • Panellist and speaker, Accommodation Issues, Law Society of Manitoba (2014-2016)
  • Panellist, Lancaster House Canadian Labour Boards Conference (October 2013)
  • Facilitator, Decision Writing Workshop, Law Society of Manitoba and MCAT (October 2013)
  • “Courts Recognize Employee Privacy Rights in Workplace Computers,” Upword (February 6, 2013)
  • “Does Manitoba’s Worker Recruitment and Protection Act Affect Collective Bargaining?” Aikins Law Immigration Update (December 2012)
  • “Investigating Complaints,” Seminar for Federated Co-operatives Ltd. (November 2012)
  • “Workplace Discipline,” Infonex Conference (September 2012)
  • “Social Media – Uses and Misuses in the Workplace,” Manitoba Association for School Business Officials (May 2012)
  • Panellist, “The Current Status of Family Status” (discussion on accommodation), Law Society of Manitoba (May 2012)
  • “Expert Evidence,” Manitoba Council of Administrative Tribunals (April 2012)
  • “Duty to Accommodate – Issues facing Employers,” Return to Work Conference (April 2012)
  • “Current Ethical Issues in Rehabilitation & Case Management,” Vocational Rehabilitation Association of Canada (February 2012)
  • “Electronic Communication – is the Medium the Message?” Manitoba Bar Association, Labour Law Subsection (November 2011)
  • “Social Media – Legal Issues,” Social Media Conference, St. James Assiniboia School Division (March 2011)
  • “Concurrent Jurisdiction of Administrative Tribunals,” Manitoba Bar Association, Administrative Law Section (November 2010)
  • “Maintaining Employee Records – The Importance of the Personnel File,” Human Resource Management for First Nations and Rural Communities, Infonex Inc. (September 2010)
  • “Negotiating Effectively,” Women in Leadership 2010 Conference Series, Career Women Interaction (May 2010)
  • “Pension Benefits and other Legislative Changes,” Legislation Update, Human Resources Management Association of Manitoba (May 2010)
  • “Internet and Email usage by Employees,” Legislation Update, Human Resources Management Association of Manitoba (May 2009)
  • Advisory committee member and panellist, “The Legal Protection of Vulnerable Workers: the Role of Labour Boards,” Canadian Labour Boards Conference 2008, Lancaster House (October 2008)
  • “Moving Ahead of the Curve: Understanding New Obligations under Workplace Safety and Health Legislation,” Seminar for clients, Aikins, MacAulay & Thorvaldson LLP (June 2008)
  • “Update on Wrongful Dismissal and Damage Awards,” Employment and Labour Legislation Update, Human Resources Management Association of Manitoba (April 2008)
  • Contributor, “Civil Fax,” Cite-on-Site Legal Research Services and Publications, (July 2008-present)
  • “Hiring Advice: A Blueprint for Employers,” Today’s Workplace – a Tool Kit for Every Lawyer, The Law Society of Manitoba (November 2007)
  • “Hiring Advice: A Blueprint for Employers,” Today’s Workplace – a Tool Kit for Every Lawyer, The Law Society of Manitoba, Isaac Pitblado Lectures (November 2007)
  • “Canadian Labour Law Update 2006 – Manitoba and Saskatchewan,” Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers (September 2006)
  • “Accommodating Employees Who are not Permanent and/or Full Time,” The Canadian Institute (May 2006)
  • “The Rise and Fall of Mandatory Retirement,” The Canadian Institute (February 2004)
  • Co-author, “The Safer Workplaces Act: The Right to Refuse Unsafe Work in Manitoba,” Insight Information Company (October 2002) with Carolyn Frost
  • Recognized by Who’s Who Legal Canada as a leading practitioner in Labour, Employment and Pensions (2018)
  • Named by Best Lawyers as Lawyer of the Year – Labour and Employment Law (2018)
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers for Labour and Employment Law (since 2006)
  • A leading practitioner, Labour (Management), Workplace Human Rights (Employee), Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory