Ross Wells is a partner in Gowling WLG's Waterloo Region office, with over 30 years' experience in providing strategic advice to employers in both union and non-union environments.
He has been repeatedly recognized as a leading employment and labour lawyer by The Best Lawyers in Canada and the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, and, in 2015, was named "Lawyer of the Year" by The Best Lawyers in Canada for employment and labour law in Waterloo Region.
While a seasoned litigator with experience before all levels of court and numerous tribunals, Ross' primary goal is to provide practical advice that meets the real needs of employers, and avoids the cost and delay of litigation. His advice addresses the major legal issues that employers face: union drives, conducting business with unions, dismissal cases, human rights, protection of employer property (including intellectual property), and general compliance with provincial employment legislation.
His litigation experience includes arguing cases in the Supreme Court of Canada, the Ontario Court of Appeal and the Divisional Court, and representing parties at trials in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice and the Federal Court of Canada. He has significant experience in the area of drug and alcohol testing, having acted for a major Canadian employer in an effort to advance the employer's right to conduct such testing. He has expertise in constitutional litigation, including claims under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Ross served two terms as the managing partner of the Waterloo Region office, from 1994 to 1998 and 2010 to 2015, during which time he was also a member of the firm's national management committee. Prior to that, Ross practised in the firm's Toronto office for 10 years.
He is actively involved in the community, having served as chair of the Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce and the board of governors of Wilfrid Laurier University. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Grand River Hospital in Kitchener Waterloo.