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Wade Poziomka


Year of call: 2011

Wade has dedicated his legal career to ensuring that the voices of marginalized members of our communities are heard. The law is an instrument of social change and when the law does not protect those who need it the most, the law needs to change. Wade passionately advocates for his clients and his practice is dedicated to human rights, union-side labour law and employment law.
Wade obtained law degrees from the University of Toronto (Juris Doctor) and Cornell University (Masters of Law). Wade placed within the top 3 students in his program at Cornell University and graduated with high honours. During his academic studies, Wade interned with Guido Raimondi at the International Labour Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. Mr. Raimondi is currently the Vice-President of the European Court of Human Rights. While studying at Cornell, Wade traveled to Buenos Aires, Argentina where he took part in a human rights fact-finding mission focusing on the causes, consequences and conditions of women in prison. Wade worked closely with the United Nations Special Rapporteur for violence against women and this study resulted in the publication of a comprehensive report calling for reform in Argentina. Following law school, Wade worked for Justice Robert Sharpe at the Ontario Court of Appeal and Professor Stephen Waddams at the University of Toronto. Wade joined Ross & McBride LLP in 2010.
Wade believes that the law is only one of many tools to enhance the voices of the most marginalized. In 2016, Wade accepted a position as Acting Director of Policy and General Counsel to CARP, where he was able to focus on reform through policy, lobbying and media. CARP is a seniors’ advocacy non-profit with approximately 300,000 members across Canada. While at CARP Wade continued to fight for seniors – focusing on elder abuse, the elimination of mandatory retirement and poverty for seniors. He lobbied all levels of government, frequently appeared in local and national media on behalf of CARP’s members, and drafted and implemented CARP’s policies on elder abuse, financial security, healthcare reform and investor protection. He made submissions to committees of the House of Commons and Senate in Ottawa. Wade’s service to CARP ended in 2017, when he became a partner at Ross & McBride LLP.
Recently, Wade has increased his focus on providing representation to unions in grievances, policy grievances and collective bargaining. He also teaches labour history, government regulation of workplaces and workplace issues for the McMaster University and UNIFOR Certificate Program, designed for union members in the automotive manufacturing sector.
Wade is heavily involved in our local community, sitting on a number of boards of directors and committees. He has been recognized for his commitment to the community and legal profession by being awarded the Ontario Volunteer Service Award, the Top 40 Under Forty Achievement Award and being nominated in the area of human rights for the Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers in Canada. Wade has been recognized by the Hamilton Spectator for the past two years as the top lawyer (platinum award winner) in the area of employment and human rights law in the City of Hamilton.


Wade maintains and regularly updates a blog focused on human rights. To visit Wade’s blog, click here. You can receive regular email updates each time Wade publishes a new blog post by signing up to at the left-hand side of his blog under Follow Blog via Email.


  • Cornell University Faculty of Law
  • University of Toronto Faculty of Law
  • McMaster University
  • York University
  • Wilfrid Laurier University
  • Masters of Law (LL.M.)
  • Juris Doctor (J.D.)
  • Master of Arts (Labour Studies)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)
  • Harvard University (Executive Education)
  • Osgoode Hall (P.D.)
  • Osgoode Hall & SOAR
  • Certificate in Mediation
  • Certificate in Human Rights Theory
  • Certificate in Administrative Adjudication

Areas of Expertise

  • Human Rights
  • Charter Litigation
  • Labour Law (Union-Side)
  • Employment Law
  • WSIB
  • Occupational Health and Safety

Organizations and Activities

  • Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario Applicant-side Representative Practice Advisory Committee
  • Ontario Bar Association Section Executive Member Constitutional, Civil Liberties & Human Rights

Board of Directors
  • United Way of Burlington and Greater Hamilton - Member of the Board of Directors
  • ARCH Disability Law Centre  - Member of the Board of Directors
  • Volunteer Hamilton - Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors
  • Grimsby Affordable Housing Partnership - Former Member of the Board of Directors    
  • Opening Hearts  - Former Member of the Board of Directors

Conferences and Lectures

29 May 2017
Ontario Bar Association; Annual Update on Human Rights
Service Animals, Record of Offences and Gender Identity

05 April 2017
Lancaster House – Human Rights and Accommodation Conference
Major Caselaw and Legislative Update with Kim Bernhardt, Sheri Price and Laura Williamn

23 February 2017
Ryerson University – Diversity@Work 2017 Conference
Legal Perspectives on Diversity with Leslie Frattolin

02 November 2016
Ontario Bar Association – What’s New in Damages at the HRTO?
Making Sense of Developing Issues in Damages with David Baker, Natasha Persaud and Debra McKenna

20 October 2016
HRPA: 2016 Law Conference
Human Rights Panel with Susan Ursel, Andrew Pinto and Jodi Martin

20 October 2016
McMaster University Pre-Law Society Career Night

19 February 2016
Ryerson University – Diversity@Work 2016 Conference
Legal Perspectives on Diversity & Inclusion in the Workplace with Mike Richards

16 November 2015
McMaster University Human Rights Networking Breakfast

13 November 2015
CHCH TV’s Square Off Program
Police Brutality at the G20 Summit

02 October 2015
Ontario Bar Association – 14th Annual Charter Conference
A Constitutional Right to Strike with Professor Brian Langille, Robin Basu and Adrienne Telford

01 October 2015
Boys and Girls Club of Hamilton: Justice Career Symposium

05 June 2015
Law Society of Upper Canada – Six-Minute Employment Lawyer
Frustration of Contract and Undue Hardship

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