Anthony Glavin


Background & Experience

Anthony (Tony) has practiced labour and workplace law since his call to the BC Bar in 1994.  He became a partner in Askew Fiorillo Hughes & Glavin in 1997 and remained with the firm which ultimately became Glavin Gordon Clements and now Koskie Glavin Gordon.  Lexpert has “repeatedly recommended” Anthony since 2004 as a leading practitioner in the area of labour relations in the province.

Born and raised in the Lower Mainland, Anthony maintains a broad labour law practice representing unions in both the private and public sectors.  His private sector clients represent workers in industries ranging from brewery, winery, longshore, retail grocery and wholesale to newspapers and film and television.  In the public sector he represents unions in the health care, post-secondary education, transportation and municipal sectors.  In addition to his labour relations clientele, Anthony has also developed a significant health and welfare trust practice.  He has recently concluded two large public sector joint trust agreements affecting over 50,000 employees and their dependents and continues to be involved with the implementation of the new trusts.

Anthony also carries on a small sports law practice in which he serves as regional counsel to the Professional Lacrosse Players’ Association and acts as a player agent to professional lacrosse players under contract with National Lacrosse League clubs.

In addition to providing legal, strategic and educational services to clients, Anthony’s practice routinely involves appearing before a range of administrative bodies including labour arbitrators, labour relations boards, pension standards tribunals, financial services tribunals, privacy commissioners, workers’ compensation boards and human rights tribunals.  As well, he pursues his clients’ interests at every level of the courts in British Columbia and in the federal jurisdiction. Anthony also assists in negotiations on behalf of the cinematographers' guild and the BC Council of Film Unions  in collective bargaining with the film and television producers in Los Angeles.

Anthony was a member of a number of trade unions in the Lower Mainland of BC prior to and during his university studies.  He continues to be an active member of the local community as well, having served as a founding member of two local resident associations and as a member of the New Westminster Advisory Planning Commission.  Anthony has also coached minor lacrosse, hockey and soccer, was a long-time member of the New Westminster Minor Lacrosse Association executive, and currently serves as Chairman of the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame Board of Governors.

Representative Matters

  • Joint Health Science Benefits Trust; Joint Facilities Benefits Trust - successfully negotiated the joint trust agreements on behalf of two large public sector bargaining associations covering over 50,000 health sector employees and their dependents.
  • Unifor Local 2000 -and- Pacific Newspaper Group (Re: Job Guarantees) - successfully persuaded an arbitrator that Lifetime Job Guarantee agreements affecting Pressmen and a Mailer were applicable in the context of a contracting out of the employer’s presses.
  • Brewery Winery & Distillery Workers, Local 300 –and- Brewers Distributor Ltd. (Defined Benefit Pension Case) involved successfully litigating pension rights for hundreds of members of the pension plan before the Pension Standards Branch, Financial Services Tribunal, and ultimately BC Supreme Court.
  • United Food and Commercial Workers Local 247 –and- Westfair Foods Ltd. (Statutory Holiday Pay), upheld by the Labour Relations Board on appeal, involved successfully obtaining a remedy for a large bargaining unit of employees who were underpaid in respect to statutory holiday pay.
  • Interior Brewery Workers, Local 308 –and- Labatt Brewery (Surveillance Case) involved successfully striking out all surveillance and related evidence obtained by a private investigator in support of a termination by the company.


  • The Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University - LLB - (1993)
  • University of British Columbia - MA Programme (Pol Sci) - (1988-1990)
  • Simon Fraser University - BA (Hon.s, Pol. Sci) - (1988)

Bar Locations

  • British Columbia


  • Law Society of British Columbia
  • Canadian Bar Association - Labour Law Subsection
  • Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers (CALL)
  • International Foundation, Employee Benefits

Awards & Rankings

  • One of 5 L'Expert-recognized union-side specialists in labour relations in British Columbia.
  • Recipient of Canadian Bar Association Lawyer Referral 10 year Recognition
  • Clyde W. Sperry Property Law Award - Dalhousie Law School


  • Employer Investigations” -   Continuing Legal Education - Glavin, A.
  • Arbitration: To Go or Not to Go” -  Canadian Labour Congress Winter School - Glavin, A., Nichols, J.,  McPhillips, D. & Moore, W.

Speaking Engagements

  • Moderating and Speaking at the United Food and Commercial Workers' Union lawyers' conference (October 7-8, 2014, Toront0)
  • Duty to Accommodate and Employer's Right to Medical Information, BC Professional Fire Fighters' Association Western Provincial Conference (October 22-24, 2014, Whistler)
  • "Arbitration: To Go or Not To Go", Canadian Labour Congress Winter School (February 2-6, 2015, Harrison Hot Springs)

In addition to regularly speaking at client conferences and courses, Anthony has presented, or co-chaired, at various labour relations conferences for Continuing Legal Education; Lancaster House; Insight; and the Centre for Labour-Management Development.  Anthony recently moderated a multi-topic panel at the Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers Conference in Banff, Alberta (June 2013);

Anthony taught in the Capilano College Labour Studies Department for more than 10 years, and he is an ongoing instructor in an advanced labour arbitration course at the annual Canadian Labour Congress Winter School in Harrison Hotsprings, BC.