Bird Richard – Lawyers for Employers

Our goal is to find tailored solutions to ensure that our clients comply with their legal obligations without compromising their business needs.
We provide direct day-to-day legal services and representation to private and public sector organizations on the complete range of employment issues.

Bird Richard is a management-side labour and employment law firm centrally located in Ottawa.  Serving clients nationally, the Firm’s labour and employment lawyers provide the full range of labour and employment law services in Canada’s official languages.  Our clients range from large Crown Corporations with national operations, to small local construction firms. We also provide services to corporations in Alberta and Nunavut.

We serve both provincially and federally regulated employers and our lawyers are experienced in the interpretation, application and implementation concerns of all legislation impacting on employers under both legislative spheres.

We are prepared to defend important issues on behalf of our clients before the appellate courts, including the Ontario Court of Appeal, the Federal Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada.

We are proud that our expertise is recognized by our clients who utilize our services not only in Eastern Ontario, but across Canada:

  • Wrongful dismissal litigation in Ontario, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut;
  • Labour arbitration litigation in Ontario, Alberta, New Brunswick, Nunavut and British Columbia;
  • Employment and human rights advice to a national chain store across Canada;
  • Occupational Health and Safety Appeals in British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick;
  • Workers’ compensation appeals in British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland; and,
  • Representation before the Ontario Crown Employees Grievance Settlement Board, the Ontario Labour Relations Board, the Saskatchewan Labour Relations Board, the Canadian Industrial Relations Board and the Public Service Staff Relations Board.

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Bird Richard

508-130 Albert Street

Ottawa, Ontario

K1P 5G4

T: 613-238-3772

F: 613-238-5955

Our Dedicated Team

Stephen Bird

Stephen Bird


Stephen Bird has spent his entire legal career representing employers in labour and employment law matters. He holds a Master’s Degree in European Employment Law from the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom and a Bachelor of Laws Degree from the University of Ottawa, Ontario.

As a former in-house labour law counsel to the country’s largest Crown Corporation, and as a management-side labour law practitioner in private practice since 1992, Stephen has appeared in hundreds of labour arbitrations, acted as chief negotiator on numerous sets of collective agreement negotiations, been involved in major cases before federal and provincial labour Boards, and has appeared at all levels of the Ontario and Federal Courts.

Stephen is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, and the Bars of Albert and Nunavut.

Caroline Richard

Caroline Richard


Caroline has practiced with the Firm since her call to the Bar in September 2002. She provides legal representation and advice to employers in both official languages with respect to all labour and employment matters, including wrongful dismissal actions, human rights complaints, collective bargaining, workers’ compensation claims and workplace harassment investigations.

Caroline has appeared before the Federal Courts, the Ontario Divisional Court, the Ontario and Canadian Human Rights Tribunal, the Public Service Labour Relations Board, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal and labour arbitrators in Ontario and Quebec.

Caroline taught the Labour I course for the French Common Law program at the Faculty of Law of the University of Ottawa.

Caroline is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and the Bar of Nunavut.

Marie-Michèle Pellerin-Auprix

Marie-Michèle Pellerin-Auprix


Marie-Michèle is an associate of the Firm. Prior to joining the firm, she articled at a national firm where she gained experience working on labour and employment matters from the employer’s perspective. She also worked as an intern for a barrister in Ireland where she was exposed to various areas of Canadian and Irish Business law.
Marie-Michele graduated from the University of Ottawa’s French Common Law Program in 2013. She was called to the Bar in 2014. During Law School, Marie-Michèle was President of the Regroupement étudiant de common law en français (Réclef) and represented the interests of the students before the Law Society of Upper Canada, the University of Ottawa and other organizations.

Nigel McKechnie

Nigel McKechnie


Bird Richard is pleased to welcome our newest Associate, Nigel McKechnie, who joins the Firm this fall. Nigel has recently provided labour and employment law advice and representation to clients as an associate lawyer and completed his articles at local Ottawa boutiques specializing in labour and employment law. Fluently bilingual, Nigel brings to the Firm a broad range of labour and employment law expertise.

Reyna Goudreau

Office Manager

Tanya Howlett

Assistant to
Stephen Bird

Maria Medeiros

Assistant to
Caroline Richard and Marie-Michèle Pellerin-Auprix