As the founder and managing partner of Williams HR Law LLP and President and CEO of Williams HR Consulting Inc., Laura boasts more than two decades of experience providing strategic advice and legal representation to organizations on a full range of labour and employment law matters. Laura is also regularly engaged as a workplace investigator and has conducted investigations across virtually all industries and sectors. Laura has specific expertise in conducting investigations and organizational reviews related to equity diversity inclusion and systemic discrimination issues.
Laura is passionate about providing her clients with proactive advice designed to minimize workplace law challenges, maximize employee engagement and boost their bottom line performance. She is widely recognized as a leader in helping organizations leverage innovative strategies to reduce liability and costs derived from ineffective and noncompliant workplace practices.
As a speaker, achieving the Certified Professional Speakers designation conferred by the National Speakers’ Association, Laura frequently chairs, educates and keynotes at legal, association and business conferences, and conducts customized in house corporate training to help organizations identify and address legal risks, implement equity, diversity and inclusion strategies, restore culture and optimize people management strategies. Laura is also a labour relations instructor in the University of Toronto’s business and professional studies program, instructs the Williams HR Law Conducting Effective Workplace Investigations course, and facilitates the Human Resources Professional Association’s (HRPA) 3-day Labour Relations Certificate Program, which was developed and is exclusively delivered by Williams HR Law in conjunction with its sister firm, Williams HR Consulting Inc. Laura has also partnered with the HRPA to curate and moderate a special 8 module EDI webcast series on Battling Systemic Racism in the Workplace. Laura Chairs the Law Society of Ontario’s Employment Law Summit and the HRPA’s annual HR Summits.
As a recognized thought leader, Laura has been featured in various industry magazines, business and human resources publications. Laura has also been featured in various publications including Canadian Lawyer, Lawyers Weekly, Law Times, HR Professional Magazine, Canadian HR Reporter, Canadian Employment Law Today and Canadian Labour Law Today. In addition, Laura has appeared in various national broadcast and print media including CTV News, Global News, BNN, CBC Radio, the Globe and Mail, National Post, Canadian Business Magazine and Chatelaine.
In addition to her work, Laura is a member of various professional organizations and community service associations. She has been appointed as an advisor on the University of Western Ontario’s newly formed Equity Council. Laura also has many years of service on various Boards of Directors, including most recently for Canadian Society of Association Executives and is the Chair of the 360Kids Board of Directors.
Williams HR Law has been multi-award winning throughout the years, including being honoured with the Richmond Hill Chamber of Commerce’s prestigious Business Achievement Award, the York Region Business of the Year Award. In 2016, Laura received the distinction of being listed on the annual W100, which ranks the top 100 female entrepreneurs in Canada. In 2018, Laura was bestowed the Excellence in Teaching Award from the University of Toronto and the Firm was awarded Labour and Employment Boutique Law Firm of the Year at the national Canadian HR Awards. In 2019, Laura was awarded the Presidents Award for a keynote delivered at an international speaking competition. Laura received the honour of being listed as one of the Top 100 Black Females to Watch in 2020 from Canadian International Black Women Event. Laura has recently launched a podcast for business leaders and HR Professionals called, We Thrive Forward – Conversations with Laura Williams which is available on all major platforms.
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