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Ale Henao is an associate with KSW Lawyers Employment & Labour group.

Ale’s interest in employment law started with the West Coast Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF). She facilitated a program that discussed employment rights, human rights, and systemic discrimination with high school students across the Lower Mainland and in Kamloops. Throughout law school, Ale worked as a Research Assistant for the Justice and Corporate Accountability Project. She also worked as a Program Coordinator for Pro Bono Students Canada, managing a law student program that provides free legal services to organizations and individuals in need. Ale completed her law degree at Thompson Rivers University in 2018 having received the Dean’s Discretionary Award, the Law Foundation of British Columbia Public Interest Award, and the Bill W. Eremko Memorial Award.

Prior to legal studies, Ale obtained her BA in Political Science and Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria. Her focus on Environmental Studies was influenced by the British Council’s Arctic expedition studying fluctuating ocean temperatures and their impact on oceanic biodiversity.

Outside of work, Ale enjoys running, trying to train her pug, Bee, and taking after her mother’s artistic talent in drawing pencil portraits.

Thompson Rivers University, Faculty of Law, British Columbia

  • LL.B., Bachelor of Laws – 2018
  • Honours: Dean’s Discretionary Award
  • Honours: Law Foundation of British Columbia Public Interest Award
  • Honours: Bill W. Eremko Memorial Award

University of Victoria

  • B.A., Political Science and Environmental Studies

Professional Associations And Memberships:

  • Law Society of British Columbia, Member
  • Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch

Bar Admission:

  • British Columbia, 2020

Honours:

  • Dean’s Discretionary Award
  • Law Foundation of British Columbia Public Interest Award
  • Bill W. Eremko Memorial Award

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Testimonials

Yves Cote

I have to say that I was very pleased with the advices I received from Alejandra Henao. Very insightful and helpful for me to deal with WCB. It’s rare that lawyers will go out of their way to advise someone who is desperate in front of a big corporation.(WCB) Thank you so much for your help.

7.14.2021

Emmanual Addai

Alejandra Henao did an amazing job. She keeps in contact, is detailed orientated, writes a powerful argument, is honest, straightforward, and trustworthy. I highly recommended Alejandra. #hatecrime #racism

8.18.2021

Christa Madison

Alejandra was an absolute blessing. She is absolutely the most compassionate lawyer I’ve ever known. Her patience and ability to really dive into my actual emotions of what I’ve been dealing with was pretty outstanding. If you’re wondering who to hire next don’t worry, you are safe with her!

4.22.2021

Gonzalo Aranda Flores

Alejandra Henao and Chris Drinovz was my lawyer and honestly, I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. He handled my case with care and diligence. Alejandra and Chris was always available with any questions or concerns that I had. I am more than satisfied with the outcome of my human rights case. KSW Lawyers helped me through the hardest time of my life and I will be forever grateful.

10.14.2021
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3.3.2020
Human Rights
CHRIS DRINOVZ
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Our client was injured in a helicopter crash at work. The employer then terminated her employment while she was on medical leave and WorkSafeBC benefits. Our client filed a complaint under the Human Rights Code and the employer applied to dismiss the complaint under s. 27(1)(c) of the Code. We resited the application to dismiss and it was denied as the employer was unsuccessful in showing that the complaint had no reasonable prospect of success. Importantly, the tribunal found that “determinations made by WorkSafeBC abour whether an employee can return to a pre-injury job are not based on a human rights analysis of whether an employer has fulfilled its duty to accommodate.”
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1.21.2020
Commercial, Insurance & Criminal
CHRIS DRINOVZ
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Chris was co-counsel for the defendant in a case where the plaintiff claimed that the defendant intentionally ran him over with her vehicle. After a six day trial, the Court dismissed the plaintiff’s claims for aggravated and punitive damages and found the plaintiff was in fact 50% responsible for the incident.
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11.19.2019
WorkSafeBC Compensation
CHRIS DRINOVZ
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Judicial review – Workers Compensation Board accepted our client’s claim for a back injury sustained on a first day on the job with her new employer. In setting her long-term wage rate, WCB found her to be a ‘temporary’ worker. We argued for our client that her employment was permanent. WCAT dismissed our claim and affirmed the initial WCB decision. We petitioned the BC Supreme Court, and the Court found the WCAT decision was patently unreasonable as it failed to make findings about the words of our client’s oral employment contract. This judicial review presented an interesting intersection of employment law, workers compensation law, and administrative law. Read Chris’ blog post about this case here.
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9.20.2019
Employment Insurance & CPP
CHRIS DRINOVZ
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Chris’ client was denied Employment Insurance benefits after the Commission determined that she had left her job voluntarily. We appealed to the Social Security Tribunal and successfully argued that our client was in fact terminated from employment and therefore she was entitled to EI benefits. She received a retroactive payment and ongoing support during her search for new employment.
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