Kirsty Niglas-Collins

Kirsty Niglas-Collins is an experienced and capable litigator, dedicated to representing working people and trade unions.  She has represented clients at professional colleges, tribunals, grievance arbitration and at the Ontario Divisional Court and Ontario Court of Appeal.  

Ms. Niglas-Collins is an experienced and successful litigator at professional colleges, including the Ontario College of Teachers, the College of Early Childhood Educators and the National Accreditation Committee of the Federation of Law Societies.  Ms. Niglas-Collins has handled over a hundred cases at the Ontario College of Teachers at the Investigation, Discipline and Fitness to Practise Committees. She has also represented clients in appeals from professional colleges to the Ontario Divisional Court and Ontario Court of Appeal.

As labour counsel, Ms. Niglas-Collins has represented unions at grievance arbitrations, the Ontario Labour Relations Board and the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal.  She has a busy practice handling the full spectrum of grievance arbitration issues including, human rights accommodation, discipline and discharge, and working conditions.

Ms. Niglas-Collins graduated from the University of Toronto's Faculty of Law and has an MA (Hons) from the University of St Andrews in the United Kingdom.   As a law student, she worked as a case reviewer for Innocence Canada and completed a pro bono placement at the Ontario Human Rights Commission.  Ms. Niglas-Collins completed her articles at the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation.

Ms. Niglas-Collins is a member of the Ontario Bar Association and the Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers.  Ms. Niglas-Collins is a member of the Executive of Education Law section of the Ontario Bar Association.

Recent Decisions

  • Ontario College of Teachers v. Worthy, 2015 ONOCT 90
    Kirsty represented a member of the Ontario College of Teachers and the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation in this matter at the Ontario College of Teachers. She successfully argued that the member's name should not be published in the official publication of College (the Bluepages).

  • Tsui v. Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation, 2016 CanLII 33619
    Kirsty represented the trade union in this duty of fair representation case at the Ontario Labour Relations Board. She successfully argued that the application against the trade union should be dismissed.