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Rebekah L. Powell

Rebekah L. Powell

Practice Overview

Rebekah is a Partner at Barteaux with comprehensive experience in employment and labour law, human rights, workers’ compensation, occupational health and safety, administrative law, governance and privacy.

Her deep understanding of workplace issues comes from years of client representation across the many facets of employment law. She advises on certification, Collective Agreement interpretation, employment contracts, termination, Human Rights, Labour Standards, Occupational Health and Safety, Worker’s Compensation matters and regulatory hearings. Rebekah has experience with Human Rights and Grievance mediation, and settlement negotiations. She has also conducted workplace investigations.

In lead roles, Rebekah has represented clients at Grievance Arbitration,  Labour Standards Tribunal, Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission, Canadian Human Rights Commission, Nova Scotia Workers Compensation Appeal Tribunal, and Workers Compensation Board. She has worked with teams to represent clients at the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board and the Labour Board.

Rebekah’s extensive court experience includes representing clients at the Nova Scotia Supreme Court, both the Nova Scotia and New Brunswick Courts of Appeal, and Federal Court. As Director of the Claimant Adviser Office, Rebekah ran the free advocacy service for the Department of Justice, Manitoba. More recently, as Executive Director of the Community Justice Society, she was responsible for the implementation of the Nova Scotia Restorative Justice Program in the Halifax Regional Municipality.

Year of Call

Nova Scotia, 2003
Manitoba, 2014

    • Law Society of Manitoba, 2014 – present
    • Employment Law Alliance (ELA) – Atlantic Canada Member
    • The Advocates Society – Member
    • Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, 2002 – present. Member of Annual Meeting Committee, 2003-2005, Bar Skills course – volunteer – witness preparation and interviewing skills, Law Day – volunteer – mock trial participant – witness
    • Chair, Nova Scotia Labour and Employment Section of Canadian Bar Association 2011-2013, Vice Chair, 2009-2011
    • Canadian Bar Association (CBA) member, 2002 – present
    • Member, Human Resources Association of Nova Scotia 2008 – 2014, Employee Privacy and the Workplace: An Update on Recent Cases, HRANS Law Day Presentation, 2013, Friends & Followers: Use, Abuse, and Controlling Social Media in the Workplace, HRANS Law Day Presentation, 2012, Panel Member, HRANS Conference, 2005
    • Member, Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers, (CACE) 2010 – 2014
    • Insight Information Conference, Duty to Accommodate, Undue Hardship and Bona Fide Occupational Requirements, 2013, Downsizing Smartly: Effective Termination Strategies, 2012
    • Corporate Emergency Recovery Plans/Disaster Recovery Planning
    • Canadian Construction Association Annual Conference, Quebec, 2013
    • Canadian Construction Association COO’s conference, Quebec, 2012
  • Rebekah was born and schooled in England, and studied in Canada as well. She enjoys travel, hiking, and, a new discovery: yoga. Rebekah is passionate about the arts and loves to be near the ocean.

    • Corporation Member, World Vision Canada, 2015 – present. Member of Audit Committee
    • Board of Trustees, Victoria Hall, 2005 – 2014
    • Board of Directors, Family SOS, 2010 – 2012
    • Pugwash Peace Exchange, Member 2005 – 2010, Gala Dinner Committee
    • Board of Directors, JazzEast 2003-2005, Gala Chair
    • Board of Management, Elizabeth Fry Society of Mainland Nova Scotia, 2000-2002
    • Law School:  LL.B., Dalhousie University, 2002
    • Master of Arts: University of Manitoba, 1997
    • Council on Licensure, Enforcement and Regulation
    • Investigatory/Inspector advanced training (CLEAR), Minnesota, 2013
    • NCIT Certified Investigatory/Inspector, Texas, 2012
    • Intensive Trial Advocacy Workshop, Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto, 2005