G. Grant Machum


Rough seas, safe passage.

As a trusted advisor to many of the top employers in Canada and to employment lawyers outside Atlantic Canada, Grant understands the realities of business and provides practical solutions for his clients, which include businesses found in industries including retail, construction, manufacturing, finance, transportation, energy, education, health care and professional associations.

Representative matters

With experience and expertise on his side, Grant’s clients come to him facing issues such as workplace conflicts, challenges to management rights and operational changes. Some of the ways he has helped them include:
  • The acquisition by Sobeys of the assets of Canada Safeway for approximately $5.8 billion.
  • Successfully defending the world’s largest company in a lawsuit by a senior executive claiming constructive dismissal.
  • Successfully defending a school board and one of its employees in a claim for negligence in the longest civil jury case in Nova Scotia history including appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada.
  • Successfully representing the largest employers in Atlantic Canada in lawsuits, arbitrations and human rights proceedings.
  • Providing strategic employment advice to the top employers in Canada.
  • Successfully advising employers on operating union free for over 20 years.

Areas of practice:

  • Labour and Employment
  • Employment Law
  • Workplace Human Rights
  • Litigation
  • Insurance
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Banking
  • Life and Disability
  • Labour Relations
  • Pensions & Employee Benefits
  • Occupational Health and Safety


New Brunswick, 1997
Ontario, 1993
Nova Scotia, 1991


Nova Scotia Barristers' Society
Law Society of New Brunswick
Law Society of Ontario


University of New Brunswick, LL.B., 1990
Dalhousie University, B.Comm., 1986


  • Firm practice group leader, Labour & Employment, Stewart McKelvey, 2011 to  2013
  • Board member; vice chairperson, and chair of Presidential Search Committee Nova Scotia College of Art & Design University, 2010 to 2012
  • Chair, Nova Scotia College of Art & Design University board of governors, 2012 to present
  • Board member and chair of Governance Telefilm Canada, 2008 to present
  • Board member, Prescott Group, 2006 to present
  • Board member and secretary - Nova Scotia Yachting Association
  • Board member - Premier Sailing Class
  • Firm Compensation Committee, 2009 to present
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association, Labour & Employment Sector
  • Member, Association of Ski Defense Attorneys
  • Member, Canadian Association of Counsel for Employers
  • Member, Employment Law Section, Nova Scotia Branch, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, ALFA International - The Global Legal Network 
  • Firm Management Committee, Halifax 2004 to 2006
  • Firm Associate Practice Manager, Halifax 2002 to 2004
  • Lecturer Dalhousie Law School, 2001 to 2004 Civil Procedure Workshop
  • Board member - Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron, 1999 to 2002
  • Past chair - Construction Law - CBA NS.




Employment Law


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  • Listed in Lawday’s Leading Lawyers for Employment Law, 2009
  • Listed in Inaugural Edition – National Post
  • Best Lawyers: Labour & Employment, 2006


  • Past lecturer, Civil Procedure Workshop, Faculty of Law, Dalhousie University
  • Speaker and participant at numerous conferences relating to the fields of litigation, labour and employment law.

Suite 900
Purdy's Wharf Tower One
1959 Upper Water Street
Halifax, NS, Canada
B3J 3N2

P 902.420.3330
F 902.496.6195

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