Nicole Byres, QC

Class of 1981-1982

Nicole Byres, QC graduated with the LLB class of 1982 from the law school at UBC. She is a Partner at the Vancouver office of Miller Thomson LLP (“Miller Thomson”). Byres’ legal practice primarily focuses on labour and employment but also includes extensive work in the fields of administrative and regulatory law. She currently leads the Labour and Employment Practice Group at Miller Thomson.

Prior to attending law school, Byres studied Archaeology at both Thompson Rivers University and Simon Fraser University. She was called to the BC Bar in 1983. By 1985 she joined Teck Resources Limited as in-house counsel. During her time at Teck Resources Limited, Byres graduated from the Executive Program at the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University in 1995. She then joined McEwan Law Corporation in 1998.

In 2002, UBC welcomed Byres as a newly appointed Governor on the UBC Board of Governors—a position she held for two three-year terms. She also acted as a Director for UBC Investment Management Trust Inc. from 2005 to 2009 and a Director of the British Columbia Transmission Corporation from 2003 to 2010. In 2005 she joined Clark Wilson LLP as a Partner. She has been in her role as Partner at Miller Thomson since 2012.

Byres is frequently recognized for her expertise in labour and employment law, including numerous accolades through both the Best Lawyers in Canada and the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory. In 2013 Byres was designated as Queen’s Counsel.

Byres also continually gives back to the broader legal community and her own local community. Since 2018 she has sat on the Minerva Foundation for BC Women’s Board of Directors. She also previously served as the Chair for Miller Thomson’s Inclusion and Diversity Committee amongst her countless contributions to other organizations and affiliates.