Steven P. Williams


Steve is a partner at Emond Harnden, having joined the firm in 1994.

He has considerable experience in the areas of employee and labour relations, as well as privacy and access to information compliance. Steve has the pleasure of working with a diverse private and public sector clientele across Canada, with a particular focus on meeting the needs of Canada’s aviation community. Secondments to two national aviation organizations gave Steve an insider’s perspective on the importance of providing his clients with timely, cost effective solutions. Steve also represents a number of global firms with operations in Canada. Whether litigating, negotiating or drafting for his clients, he always brings a pragmatic, business-focused approach to the matter at hand.

Taking a proactive approach, Steven works in partnership with his clients to achieve their employee and labour relations objectives in employment litigation, rights and interest arbitration, human rights litigation, restructuring, collective bargaining and Canada Industrial Relations Board proceedings in a cost effective manner.

Steven has substantial experience offering strategic advice to public sector organizations in relation to privacy and access to information issues, particularly in the context of the union-management relationship.

Steven is an experienced seminar leader and is regularly invited to present training and education programs for clients and professional bodies on matters relating to complying with employment, labour and privacy law. He has also published numerous papers and articles.


Steve is past President of the Ottawa chapter of the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA).

As a member of the Board of Directors of the Air Transport Association of Canada (ATAC), the Northern Air Transport Association (NATA) and past Board member of the Helicopter Association of Canada (HAC), Steve is heavily involved in advancing the interests of Canada’s aviation industry.

For several years he chaired the Human Resources Committee of the Board of Governors of Ashbury College and is a proud member of the Ottawa Boys and Girls Club.

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