Jonquille Pak is a Toronto labour and employment lawyer with over twelve years of expertise.
As a former naval reservist, Jonquille is never afraid of a challenge. She is a fierce advocate with know-how in high stakes employment litigation. Called to the Bar in 2007, Jonquille has successfully worked with thousands of clients in connection with labour and employment law disputes.
Her many years exclusively representing employers gives her an edge in planning a winning strategy for her employee clients.
She has achieved favourable decisions at the Ontario Superior Court, the Federal Court, the Federal Court of Appeal, various labour arbitration boards, the Ontario Labour Relations Board, the Ministry of Labour, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board, and the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal.
Prior to co-founding Pak Smith Employment Lawyers, Jonquille worked at two of Canada’s top labour and employment law firms. She has represented unionized and non-unionized clients in a wide variety of sectors, including manufacturing, education, mining, business services, health care, telecommunications and media, from small start ups to large blue chip companies.
Before law, Jonquille earned her Master’s Degree in economics. Throughout her academic career, she was a Dean’s List student, earned numerous academic scholarships, awards and fellowships.
Jonquille appreciates the importance of giving back to the community. She sat on the Board of Directors of a non-for-profit organization providing community services to new immigrants and victims of domestic violence.
Outside of law, she enjoys a good round of golf and dreams of making it to the LPGA circuit.
- Ontario Bar Association
- Canadian Bar Association
- The Law Society of Ontario
Other Memberships and Affiliations
- The Toronto Badminton & Racquet Club
- The United Way
- JD/LLB – University of Ottawa, 2006
- Masters of Arts (Economics) – University of British Columbia, 2003
- Bachelor of Arts (Honours Economics) – Queen’s University, 1998
- MSSI v Chu
- Kingston Whig v. ATU, Local 30204
- Malcolm v. Starbrite
- SS v. Slimband:
- UFCW v. Paragon Protection Ltd
- K Ellis v Paragon Protection Ltd
- E Forsyth v. :Blue Rock Wealth Mgt.
- Leeming v IBM
- MTS v. Eadie (2014 Federal Court)
- MTS v. Eadie (2015 Federal Court of Appeal)
Publications and Speaking Engagements
- United Way Greater Toronto – Speaker – “Right, Roles, Responsibilities of Employers: What you need to know regarding returning to work during COVID-19” (July 2020)
- OCASI Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants – Speaker – “Right, Roles, Responsibilities of Employers: What you need to know about resuming in-person service delivery during COVID-19 recovery stages” (June 2020)
- Lawtrepreneur Digital Summit – Panellist – “Coronavirus at Work: Exploring the Consequences of Coronavirus on Employment Relationships” (April 2020)
- The Lawyer’s Daily – “(Un)friendly confines of Wrigley Field: Arbitration ruling blow to MLB player seniority” – February 13, 2020 (co-author)
- Law Society of Ontario – Speaker – Cannabis in the Workplace (June 2019)
- Ontario Bar Association – Speaker – Discoveries, Ontario Bar Association Labour and Employment Law Program, (March 2019)
- Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers – Labour and Employment Panelist– #MeToo -Developments in Employment Law (March 2019)
- Human Resources Professional Association (HRPA) – Speaker – “360 Labour and Employment Law, Year End Review,” (Dec 2018)
- Human Resources Professional Association (HRPA) – Speaker – “Recent Changes in Employment Law: A Fireside Chat,” (September 2018)
- The Lawyer’s Daily – “Sex, Snitching and School: The Ontario Sex Education Debate,” September 28, 2018
- The Lawyer’s Daily – “Recreational marijuana is about to be legalized: What employers need to know,” May 18, 2018 (co-author)
- The Lawyer’s Daily – “Secretly recording workplace conversations can be helpful, hurtful,” June 15, 2018
- The Lawyer’s Daily, “Nondisclosure agreements revisited in the wake of #MeToo,” May 4, 2018
- The Law Times – “Speaker’s Corner: Employers’ aggressive defence tactics come with hefty price tags ), November 15, 2015 (co-author)
- Global News, “Firing your employee for good reason may be more costly than you think,” August 28, 2013
- Lexology, “Tips for planning the company holiday party,” December 11, 2013