Barry Dong passed away May 8, 2021. Barry was a dear member of the Harris & Company family, contributing much to the firm and to his clients.
Barry has established a reputable labour law practice over his 40-year career. His years of experience in the field, coupled with his detailed understanding of several unique industry sectors, positions him to be an effective advisor to his clients.
An active part of Barry’s practice is acting as counsel in the film and television industry; he has built one of the largest and strongest practices in the country, representing both US and Canadian production companies. He also represents many clients in the construction industry and practices extensively in this major economic sector. Barry has appeared for producers, construction owners, associations, and contractors in arbitration panels, labour board hearings, human rights tribunals, and in court, and advises on bargaining and strategic planning. As a testament to his depth of industry knowledge, he is often called upon by his clients to give private presentations and workshops on topical workplace issues affecting their sectors. Barry was appointed by the Minister of Labour as the employer representative on the 2018 Labour Relations Code review panel.
When working with Barry, clients learn to expect the unexpected. Barry draws on a thorough knowledge of the law and best practice and thrives on finding an unconventional solution when a conventional approach won’t work.
- Listed Lawyer, Labour and Employment Law, Best Lawyers in Canada, 2006 – present
- Recommended, Labour Relations – Management, Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2015 – present
Recent Speaking Engagements
- “When and why – Do you need a Project Agreement? And how effective is it? With downturn in the economy, project agreements become more and more essential,” 4th Biennial Western Construction Labour Relations Conference, November 2018
- “Modernizing B.C.’s Labour Relations Code: An update from the Review Panel,” Vancouver Bargaining in the Broader Public Sector Conference, Lancaster House, November 2018
- “CLE-TV: Labour Relations Code Review Panel Recommendation,” CLE BC, November 2018
- “Progressive Discipline and Just Cause For Termination”, Construction Labour Relations Association, November 2015
- “The Development of the Film and Television Bargaining Structure and Administration of Labour Relations in BC”, British Columbia Industrial Relations Association, March 2015
- “Major Caselaw and Legislative Update”, (panelist), Human Rights and Accommodation Conference, Lancaster House, March 2012
Professional & Community Activities
- Member, Human Rights Law and Labour Law sections, Canadian Bar Association, BC branch
Year of Call
- British Columbia, 1980
- LLB, University of British Columbia,1979
- BA, University of British Columbia,1976