Kelly VanBuskirk QC

Adjunct Professor


Business, Faculty of

Saint John

Dr. Van Buskirk is a Partner at Lawson Creamer in Saint John. He teaches labour relations, human resource management and upper level courses in particular areas of business law at the undergraduate and MBA level. He also teaches Trial Practice at UNB's Faculty of Law and Labour & Employment Law in the Law Society of New Brunswick's Bar Admission Course.

His articles have been published in the Canadian Labour and Employment Law Journal, the Canadian Mediation and Arbitration Journal, the Canadian Bar Review, the International Review of Human Rights Law, the Solicitor's Journal, Workplace Today magazine and other publications.

Since his admission to the New Brunswick Bar in 1993, Kelly has practiced extensively in the field of civil litigation, focusing primarily on labour, employment and human rights. He represents employers, employees, administrative tribunals and unions, and also serves as an arbitrator and mediator. He joined the partnership team at Lawson Creamer in 1996 after building a successful labour & employment practice in Fredericton.

Dr. Van Buskirk holds a Bachelor of Arts ’89 (UPEI), Bachelor of Law ’92 (UNB),Master of Laws ’03, Employment Law (University of Huddersfield), PhD, Employment Law ’14 (Nottingham Trent University), and is a Chartered Arbitrator ’14 (ADR Canada).

In 2006, Kelly was awarded the Learning Disabilities Association of Canada National Award of Excellence in Volunteer Recognition. In 2012, Kelly received the Canadian Bar Association (New Brunswick Branch) E. Neil McKelvey Q.C. Pro Bono and Volunteer Service Award. In 2013, Kelly was awarded Hockey New Brunswick's Vance Toner Leadership Award. In 2015, Kelly was honoured to receive a Queen’s Counsel designation with respect to his practice of law.