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Rachel became a partner at Carbert Waite LLP as an employment and human rights lawyer in 2019, advising employers and employees on a wide range of issues, including:

  • Termination of employment and severance negotiations;
  • Employee management;
  • Workplace investigations;
  • Bullying, harassment, and workplace conflict;
  • Disability management;
  • Disciplinary matters;
  • Human rights matters;
  • Drafting and reviewing employment and consulting/contractor agreements;
  • Drafting and advising on restrictive covenants (non-competition and non-solicitation);
  • Drafting and revising Human Resource policies.

Rachel works with both employers and employees to develop practical, cost-effective, and client-centred solutions to workplace issues.

Rachel has appeared at all levels of the Alberta courts and at the Alberta Human Rights Tribunal. Rachel has acted as counsel in numerous arbitration, mediation, and other alternative dispute resolution processes.

Rachel also practices in the area of reproductive technology and fertility law.  For more information on Rachel’s reproductive technology and fertility law practice please click here.


  • University of Saskatchewan
    Juris Doctor, 2006
  • University of Saskatchewan
    B.A. with High Honours, 2003

Professional Memberships

  • Law Society of Alberta (2007)
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Calgary Bar Association

Proposed Changes to Quebec Surrogacy Laws Under Bill 2

October 22, 2021

Quebec has announced Bill 2 which, if passed, would change surrogacy in Quebec, and bring certainty to surrogacies in that Province.

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Changes to Workers’ Compensation Act and Occupational Health and Safety Act

May 4, 2021

In order to help you understand these changes, we’ve prepared a table comparing the key amendments in Bill 47 to the previous statutory frameworks. We’ve also set out some of the impacts these amendments may have on workers and employers.

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Alberta Government Announces 3-hour Paid Leave for COVID-19 Vaccinations

April 22, 2021

Employees are now entitled to paid leave to get their COVID-19 vaccination. We discuss what is required by employees and employers in this blog.

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Employment Agreements and Termination Clauses: The Impact of Waksdale v Swegon North America Inc.

January 25, 2021

Authors: Rachel West and Mihai Beschea The Ontario Court of Appeal released Waksdale v Swegon North America Inc on June 17, 2020 (“Waksdale”). The Supreme Court of Canada recently denied leave to appeal on January 14, 2021. This means that the Ontario Court of Appeal’s decision is the final word…

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Will New Federal Regulations Change Surrogacy and Egg Donation in Canada?

June 17, 2020

Authors: Ellen Embury and Rachel West Many of our clients are asking about the impact of new Regulations under the federal Assisted Human Reproduction Act (the “Regulations”). After many years of fertility law practice and hundreds of surrogacy babies born to our clients, we continue to be asked: “is surrogacy…

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COVID-19: Navigating Working From Home for Employers and Employees

April 2, 2020

The COVID-19 outbreak is forcing organizations and employees to rely on remote work arrangements. While work from home arrangements have intrinsic challenges, the current COVID-19 social-isolation measures add further difficulty, as many employees are now balancing working from home with childcare obligations or home-schooling.

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Pride in Business Community Spotlight

March 1, 2019

Pride in Business Community Spotlight Carbert Waite’s Ellen Embury and Rachel West were honoured to speak at the Pride in Business Community Spotlight on February 27th, 2019. This evening of networking with LGBTQ+ professionals and business owners was a great success, and Carbert Waite is delighted to continue supporting Pride in Business. Ellen and Rachel were…

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Pride in Business with Ellen and Rachel

February 25, 2019

Pride in Business with Ellen and Rachel Ellen Embury and Rachel West are featured in the February 2019 Pride in Business Spotlight. Pride in Business recognizes LGBTQ+ entrepreneurship, innovation, diversity, inclusion, mentorship and support in the Calgary community. The Spotlight interview with Ellen and Rachel covers their careers, services offered within their surrogacy and fertility practices,…

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