William E. MacDonald


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In the fall of 2017, Bill MacDonald retired to his favourite Gulf Island, after half a century of practising law. We wish him well in his retirement!

Bill MacDonald is a barrister in civil litigation and qualified as a mediator by the Law Society of BC having completed his advanced mediation training.  He acts as a mediator and arbitrator in labour relations and commercial matters.  Bill has represented corporations and industry associations in collective bargaining as spokesman, negotiator and counsel.  For ten years, he was the Head of Course for the Arbitration Skills Workshop hosted annually by the Business Council of British Columbia and was counsel for the BC Corrections Branch on two Royal CommissionBill-web

Bill has appeared before the British Columbia Supreme Court, the Court of Appeal, the Tax Court of Canada, the Federal Court of Canada, the Federal Court of Appeal, the Canada Industrial Relations Board, the British Columbia Labour Relations Board, before tribunals established under the Canada Labour Code, the BC Employment Standards Act, federal and provincial Human Rights legislation, Workers Compensation and Employment Insurance statutes and other administrative tribunals at both the federal and provincial levels.

Bill serves clients in civil litigation, administrative, labour and employment matters before federal and provincial courts and tribunals.  He engages in mediation, arbitration and negotiation with skill, integrity, experience and knowledge. Bill is a trusted adviser for many individuals and businesses throughout the Province. Bill has now divested himself of management functions for Dogwood Law and concentrates on serving clients utilizing the work-life balance Dogwood Law offers all of its associates.

Practice Areas

Employment Law
Labour Relations Law
Administrative Law
Civil Litigation
Estates Litigation
Corporate Law
Residential Real Estate

Services Provided

Acting for employers before BC Labour Relations Board, Canada Industrial Relations Board, boards of arbitration, mediation and in collective bargaining.
Acting for employers and employees in wrongful dismissal, human rights and employment standards litigation.
Negotiating and drafting employment contracts.
Acting for employers in developing board governance policies, human resources policies and strategies.
Counsel before administrative tribunals.
Insurance defence.
Estates litigation including Wills Variation Act proceedings.
Labour mediator.
Residential real estate transactions including purchases, sales and mortgages.
Assisting with various corporate matters.

Professional Memberships and Activities

Canadian Bar Association – member and past chair of national and provincial sections and committees.
Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers.
Lecturer on Labour Relations and Employment Law to business groups and colleges.
Past Head of Course, Arbitration Skills Workshop, BC Business Council.
Counsel on two Royal Commissions.


University of BC, Bachelor of Arts (Honors), 1963
University of BC, Bachelor of Laws (LLB), 1966

Admitted to Practice

British Columbia 1967