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Dylan obtained his LL.B. in 2009 and joined Carbert Waite in 2016 after practicing with a major national law firm. Dylan joined the firm as a partner in 2019, and as a member of the firm’s Executive Committee in 2022. Dylan served as co-chair of the firm’s employment law group from 2018 to 2023.

Dylan is an accomplished advocate with experience assisting individuals and corporations at all levels of court in Alberta, before the Federal Court of Canada, at the Alberta Humans Rights Commission Tribunal, and before the Information and Privacy Commissioner. Dylan frequently resolves disputes on behalf of his clients through mediations, arbitrations, and informal settlement processes.

As an experienced employment lawyer, Dylan advises employers and employees on a range of human resources issues, including employment contracts, workplace policies, terminations of employment, human rights and privacy matters. Dylan works with businesses to address the tough legal challenges that arise in today’s workplace, including employee discipline, labour relations, employee disability, union certification drives, policy development, group dismissals, employment issues in mergers and acquisitions, and all manner of lawsuits and legal proceedings.  He also advises on methods of reducing employer liability and risk related to employment standards, occupational health and safety, and other statutory compliance issues.  Dylan’s practice also includes conducting and overseeing workplace investigations in situations involving allegations of harassment, violence, and discrimination.

Dylan also advises and represents clients in respect to professional liability claims and has represented lawyers, accountants, and medical professionals. He represents plaintiffs and defendants in general commercial and civil litigation matters including the representation of business people and organizations in commercial and partnership disputes, including fraud and breach of contract claims.

He received his bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the Alberta College of Art and Design, his LL.B. from the University of Alberta, and his Certificate in Pension Law from Osgoode Hall Law School.

Dylan was appointed to the Faculty of Law at the University of Calgary in 2022; where he teaches Law 561: Employment Law. Since 2013, Dylan has also been a regular guest lecturer at the University of Calgary and Mount Royal University on the topics of employment law and human resources. He regularly speaks at conferences and seminars and has provided training on a variety of employment matters, including wrongful dismissals, privacy, disability management, drug and alcohol issues, and employment standards. He has worked for the Alberta Municipal Government Board and volunteered as Vice-Chair of the City of Calgary Licence and Community Standards Appeal Board from 2010 to 2022 where he adjudicated City Bylaws matters.


  • Osgoode Hall Law School
    (Certificate in Pension Law 2015)
  • University of Alberta
    (L.L.B. 2009)
  • Alberta College of Art and Design
    (Bachelor of Fine Arts 2004)

Professional Memberships

  • Law Society of Alberta (2010)
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Calgary Bar Association
  • Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers

Wrongful Dismissal Action Results in Employee Liability of Over $500,000

October 20, 2023

Dylan Snowdon shares his thought on a matter where an employer was awarded over $500,000 in damages for wrongful dismissal. Read on to learn more about the implications for fiduciary obligations and just cause terminations.

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Secret Recordings Upheld as Just Cause for Dismissal

October 11, 2023

Dylan Snowdon shares his insights on a recent matter where the BC Court of Appeal has confirmed that surreptitious recordings of conversations with supervisors and others at work can create just cause for termination of employment.  

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The Dangers of Self-Represented Employers

November 7, 2022

This blog post is an example of everything that can go wrong when an employer is unaware of their human rights obligations and they attempt to self-represent.

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Tax Implications of Employment Settlements

September 27, 2022

This blog post examines how the Canada Revenue Agency has interpreted settlement payments through their issuance of Interpretation Bulletins and Income Tax Folios.

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No Aggravated Damages for Independent Contractor

June 28, 2022

Employers must be cautious in agreeing to an Independent Contractor relationship with workers.

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Employee Dismissal During Medical Leave

May 11, 2022

Dylan Snowdon offers his opinion on the recent decision of the Human Rights Tribunal of Alberta, where they addressed the issue of an employee dismissal during a medical disability leave.

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Employment Law Webinar – The Return to Work

October 29, 2021

Carbert Waite LLP is pleased to share this virtual presentation and discussion. Mandatory vaccinations, requiring a return to the office, and managing employee requests for flexible work arrangements will be covered as we discuss rights and requirements for employers seeing to return employees to work.

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Religious Accommodation Requests to Employer Vaccination Policies

October 19, 2021

This blog discusses the religious exceptions people think that could avoid vaccine mandates put in place by companies and what employers should know.

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Simple Termination Clause Upheld in Problematic Decision

May 26, 2021

Employment contract termination clauses often face challenges by employees seeking to increase the payment made on termination of employment, and courts have found a variety of reasons not to enforce termination clauses.

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Can Employment Termination Meetings be Done Remotely?

May 13, 2021

Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, in-person termination meetings have become anywhere from inconvenient for people working predominantly from home to potentially impossible in some cases.

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A New Way Employers Can Deal With Online Harassment

March 15, 2021

Employers have a new tool available to them for dealing with online harassment. But, what is legally seen as internet harassment?

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Carbert Waite January 28, 2021 Employment Law Webinar

February 3, 2021

On January 28, 2021 team members from Carbert Waite’s Employment Law group hosted a webinar on current employment law issues, focusing on: Top Employment Cases from 2020 Mandatory Vaccinations in the Workplace Bill 47: Ensuring Safety and Cutting Red Tape Act The webinar was moderated by Dylan Snowdon, who was…

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Temperature Screening at Work

May 1, 2020

For workplaces that remain open, or those considering how to resume operations, the possibility of screening employee temperature is being explored with greater frequency. With major corporations around the world announcing screening programs to both increase worker safety and consumer confidence, many others are asking if they should follow such…

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Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy Calculator

April 24, 2020

The federal government recently launched a new Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (“CEWS”) calculator on the Canada Revenue Agency website. This calculator is intended to help eligible employers estimate the amount of their subsidy claim in advance of applying for the CEWS.

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Alberta Occupational Health and Safety Updates – January 2020

January 21, 2020

The Supreme Court of Canada rules employers are not required to inspect locations where the employer does not control the work place. On December 20, 2019 the Supreme Court of Canada rendered their decision in Canada Post Corp. v. Canadian Union of Postal Workers, 2019 SCC 67. The appeal considered…

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Canada vs. US Employment Law

January 6, 2020

Employers coming to Canada from the US, or employers with operations in both jurisdictions, need to be aware of local employment laws. While there can be some exceptions, for the most part, where the work is being performed will determine the laws applicable to a worker. There is no end…

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Are you Ready for Your Holiday Party?

December 10, 2019

As we approach the holiday season, it is important that employers reflect on what can be done to ensure their holiday party is fun, safe, and enjoyable. Employers should be aware of all safety-related liabilities that can exist and host holiday events with the prioritization of employees’ safety in mind.…

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Review of Recent Changes to the Canada Labour Code

September 25, 2019

Many changes to the Canada Labour Code came into effect September 1, 2019 that will impact federally regulated employers.

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Alberta’s 2019 Changes to Employment Legislation

July 9, 2019

Alberta introduced Bill 2 on May 27th, 2019, repealing much of the 2017 overhaul of the Employment Standards Code and Labour Relations Code. Changes amending the Employment Standards Code will come into force on September 1st, 2019. Changes amending the Employment Standards Regulation relating to “youth minimum wage” came into…

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What to Do If You Receive an Employment Cease and Desist Letter

February 28, 2019

Shortly after hiring a new employee, your company might receive a Cease and Desist letter telling you that the employee you’ve hired is subject to a non-competition or non-solicitation agreement with their former employer. The letter might demand that you terminate the employee or take steps to ensure the employee…

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Is there a Script for Terminating Employees?

February 2, 2019

Ending someone’s employment is a serious moment in their life, and should be addressed thoughtfully and with sensitivity. Most people assign a large amount of their identity to their job.

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What to Do If You Are Being Investigated at Work

January 22, 2019

Becoming the subject of a workplace investigation is extremely stressful, so it is important to take the time to respond to and participate in an investigation carefully and calmly.

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Limits of Accommodating Marijuana Use in the Workplace

December 4, 2018

In February 2018, Canadian Family Physician, a peer-reviewed medical journal and the official publication of the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) issued new simplified guidelines for when primary care physicians should grant a licence for medical marijuana.

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Changes to Employment Law Summary Judgment in Alberta

November 22, 2018

On November 2, 2018 the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta issued a decision that may impact how many employment disputes are heard by the Court.

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Terminating Part-time, Casual, or Irregular Hour Employees

November 19, 2018

We are frequently asked by employers how to end the employment of employees who are part time or work irregular schedules. Most Canadian employers understand the need to provide notice of termination of employment, as set out in the employee’s contract or under the common law.

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When Are Employees Fit to Work?

November 2, 2018

Assessing fitness to work is important in all workplaces, not just safety sensitive workplaces. Assessing fitness for work is also about more than testing employees for intoxication.

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Alberta’s New Workplace Laws

October 2, 2017

On January 1, 2018, major changes to Alberta’s Employment Standards Code will come into force. Employers should be aware of the changes and examine policies and payroll practices to determine what updates are required.

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The 2017 Federal Budget’s Impact on Workers

April 11, 2017

On March 22, 2017, the federal government released its 2017 budget. The new budget includes proposed changes to the Canada Labour Code, the Employment Insurance Act, and other legislation that will affect Canadian workers and employers.

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Should I Accept This Severance Package?

March 19, 2017

When your employment is terminated, and you are considering whether or not to accept a payment being offered in lieu of notice, there are some key elements you should think about.

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