“I believe that knowledge is power. When we give employers and employees the right information and tools we empower them to make choices that lead to healthier and more inclusive workplaces.”
Megan Forward is an excellent listener and strategic thinker who prides herself on her ability to anticipate clients’ needs and offer creative solutions proactively.
At Rubin Thomlinson, Megan develops and delivers training to ensure that clients have accurate, up-to-date information about their legal obligations and options so that they can make smart decisions about their workplaces. Megan also conducts investigations and workplace assessments to help employers improve workplace dynamics and resolve issues related to harassment, poisoned environments and bullying.
Megan has spent her career pursuing her passion for creating healthy, inclusive work environments. After articling at a major labour and employment law boutique firm, Megan practiced anti-racism law for a speciality legal aid clinic where, among other things, she appeared before the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario and the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights.
Megan developed an interest in investigations while working at the Ontario Human Rights Commission. At the Commission, she conducted inquiries into systemic human rights issues with public interest implications, including a survey to determine whether new immigrants were being kept out of the workforce by the requirement that they have prior Canadian experience. Her work on this issue resulted in the award-winning Policy on Removing the “Canadian experience” Barrier.
Prior to her arrival at RT, Megan was involved in a significant human rights organizational change initiative intended to improve the service delivery and employment environments within the provincial correctional system. Megan co-led the development of Ontario’s Correctional Services’ policy for the Admission, Classification and Placement of Trans Inmates. Megan also delivered human rights-related training to staff in a number of different roles.
In her spare time, Megan enjoys reading fiction, yoga and visits to her home province, Nova Scotia.
- Year of Call 2009
- B.Sc. Dalhousie University
- LL.B. Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University
- Member: Law Society of Upper Canada, Ontario Bar Association
Most Recent Blog Posts:
- Employers shouldn’t stand-by if they don’t want their employees to and other lessons from RT’s Workplace Bystander Survey
- Harnessing the power of the bystander: Consider the Case of the Brampton Firefighters
- The TTC’s Random Drug Testing Program: Four major challenges to consider
- When One Bad Apple Becomes a Bushel: Changing Workplace Culture
- Taming Twitter: 5 ways to manage customer-driven harassment of employees on social media