Anita Atwal

Director and President

Anita Atwal is an experienced labour, employment and human rights lawyer, workplace investigator and mediator. She has a keen interest in Equity, Diversity and Inclusion issues as they relate to legal practice. Anita acts for unions, employers and employees. She also has significant experience in governance issues. Anita brings a trauma informed and culturally competent approach to the practice of law and is a strong believer in empowering individuals and organizations with the tools to make the right decisions.

Anita was called to the bar in 2006. Following her call to the bar she practiced at a large firm in Vancouver where she provided advice to individuals, companies, non-profit organizations, municipal governments and Provincial government organizations. In 2017 she joined a boutique labour, employment and human rights firm.  In 2022 she opened her own law firm, Anita Atwal Law, and continues to practice in the area of workplace law.

Anita also practices as a mediator and investigator. She is a member of the Associate Civil Roster with Mediate B.C. She has successfully completed the Harvard Negotiation Institute program on Mediating Disputes. In addition, she has obtained training in workplace investigations from the Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources (University of Toronto).

Anita serves as Co-Chair of the Canadian Bar Association of BC (CBABC) Workplace Investigations Subsection and is a member of the CBABC Employment Law and Human Rights Subsection. She is also a Supervising Lawyer with the Everyone Legal Clinic, a public interest law clinic which engages and fosters a diverse group of articling students in offering a full range of free and affordable legal services to everyone in BC .

She currently serves as Director of British Columbia Infrastructure Benefits (BCIB), a Provincial Crown Corporation responsible for providing qualified skilled trades for the construction of public infrastructure projects such as the Pattullo Bridge Replacement Project and the Broadway Subway Project. BCIB prioritizes the hiring of traditionally unrepresented groups such as First Nations, women and people with disabilities. Anita chairs the HR & Governance Committee of BCIB.

Anita also serves as the President of the South Asian Bar Association of B.C. and is a frequent contributor to the South Asian Legal Clinic of B.C., a pro-bono program focuses on meeting the legal needs of the South Asian community.