Deborah Howden

Deborah Howden
Shibley Righton LLP
Partner
Civil Litigation, Employment & Labour, Human Rights, Real Estate

Deborah Howden, a partner with Shibley Righton LLP's Toronto office, focuses on condominium law, employment law and civil litigation.

She graduated with both a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in History and French and Bachelor of Education from Queen's University in 1993 before earning her combined Bachelor of Civil Law and Bachelor of Laws from McGill University in 1997. Ms. Howden was called to the Ontario Bar in 1999.

Fluent in French, Ms. Howden practises in the areas of employment and labour law and civil litigation, as well as condominium, education, public law, and human rights. She handles matters for various institutional clients, including condominium corporations, and has appeared before administrative tribunals and all levels of court in Ontario.

Outside of her legal practice, Ms. Howden is a member of the board of directors for Sancta Maria House, an organization that provides support to at-risk young women.

She is a member of The Advocates’ Society, Canadian Defence Lawyers, the Metropolitan Toronto Lawyers’ Association, the Canadian Bar Association, as well as the Canadian Condominium Institute and the Association of Condominium Managers of Ontario. 

Deborah Howden In The News
Family status discrimination case law in flux: Howden

Family status discrimination claims could be on the rise, Toronto employment lawyer  Deborah Howden tells AdvocateDaily.com . Read more

Condominium tribunal doing an effective job: Howden

More than a year into existence, Ontario’s Condominium Act Tribunal (CAT) is working effectively, Toronto employment lawyer  Deborah Howden  tells  Law Times .   Read more

Employees can be held liable for discriminatory behaviour

A recent decision shows employees can be held responsible for discriminatory behaviour in the workplace, Toronto employment lawyer  Deborah Howden tells AdvocateDaily.com . Read more

Employee termination after a criminal conviction

A recent decision  by the British Columbia Supreme Court underscores the fact that unless an employee’s off-duty conduct has direct implications on the workplace or the employer’s business, it does not constitute just cause for dismissal, says Toronto employment lawyer  Deborah Howden . Read more

Cultivating cannabis: condo rules supersede legislation

Growing weed at home may be legal under the Cannabis Act , but that doesn’t mean everyone can do it, especially those living in condos, Toronto condominium lawyer  Deborah Howden  tells NOW   magazine. Read more

Condo board's blog keeps residents in the know

An engaged board of directors can lay the foundation for healthy condo governance, Toronto condominium lawyer  Deborah Howden tells AdvocateDaily.com . Read more

Background check reforms make employers' lives easier

A new law limiting what can be turned over in police background checks will make employers’ lives easier, Toronto employment lawyer  Deborah Howden tells AdvocateDaily.com . Read more

SCC decision a victory for ‘zealous advocates’

A recent Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) ruling clarifies the boundary between what constitutes incivility in a courtroom and strong legal advocacy, Toronto employment lawyer  Deborah Howden  tells  AdvocateDaily.com . Read more

Will new law eliminate Ontario's gender wage gap?

A recent Conference Board of Canada report confirms what many working women have long known— there is a significant gender wage gap in the province, with women earning just 87 cents for every dollar made by men, Toronto employment lawyer  Deborah Howden  writes in The Lawyer’s Daily . Read more

Howden to speak at Six-Minute Employment Lawyer event

Toronto employment lawyer Deborah Howden will share her insights on trends in employment law at the upcoming Six-Minute Employment Lawyer 2018 event, hosted by the Law Society of Ontario. Read more

Province's holiday pay reversal good news for employers

Toronto employment lawyer  Deborah Howden says her clients are pleasantly surprised by the provincial government’s reversal on the calculation of public holiday pay. Read more

Defining harassment in the #MeToo era

While the #MeToo movement has put a spotlight on issues surrounding workplace harassment, there can be a misunderstanding as to what constitutes this bad behaviour, says Toronto employment lawyer  Deborah Howden . Read more

Howden to discuss legislative changes affecting condo corps at Springfest

Toronto condominium lawyer  Deborah Howden will offer her insights on the key issues that will face condo boards and corporations in 2018 at the upcoming Springfest conference. Read more

Condo boards can legally ban cannabis use

Although cannabis is expected to be legalized this summer, condo dwellers shouldn’t count on being able to spark up in their homes, Toronto condominium lawyer  Deborah Howden tells NOW magazine. Read more

Companies must focus on eliminating all workplace abuse: Howden

People have an infinite capacity for ruining their own careers, and sometimes do so by inappropriate sexting — sending sexual messages, photos or videos via their digital devices, Toronto employment lawyer  Deborah Howden writes in The Lawyer’s Daily . Read more

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