Legal Team

Jennifer S. Hanson

Direct: (204) 977-0326
Main: (204) 421-8655
Fax: (204) 421-8566

Mailing Address:
300-305 Broadway
Winnipeg, MB, Canada
R3C 3J7

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Jennifer S. Hanson

Preparatory Education: 
Collège universitaire de Saint-Boniface / University of Manitoba, B.A. (Hons.) - 2008
Legal Education: 
Faculté de Droit de l'Université d'Ottawa, Juris Doctor – 2011
Admitted to the Law Society of: 
Manitoba - 2012
Languages: French & English
Prior to attending law school at the University of Ottawa, Jennifer received her Bachelor of Arts degree (Hons.) from the Collège Universitaire de Saint-Boniface/University of Manitoba where she majored in Political Studies.
Jennifer is fluently bilingual and practices in both French and English.
Jennifer practices in the areas of municipal governance and corporate commercial law. She has experience in planning, zoning, municipal by-laws, development plans, development agreements, municipal finances, election issues, conflict of interest as well as government relations including municipal, regional, provincial and federal.
Jennifer is familiar with employment issues related to municipalities and specifically has worked on the negotiations for collective agreements, employee dismissals and the interplay of the Employment Standards Code with labour agreements.
Jennifer also practices corporate commercial law, and has experience with purchase and sales of assets and shares, financing with banks and other lenders, as well as drafting contracts and leases.
Municipal Law
  • Powers and spheres of jurisdiction for a municipal government
  • Municipal and government practices
  • Municipal restructuring (mergers and dissolutions)
  • Annexations and amalgamations
  • Conflict of interest and freedom of information and protection of privacy (FIPPA) matters
  • Employee/employer relations in the context of federal, provincial and municipal governments
  • Conflicts between Councillors and Staff
  • Elections Issues
  • Municipal Finances – taxation and borrowing
  • Partnership (private and public), services agreements and the construction and financing of services
  • Large project construction of public services including water treatment plants, waste water treatment plants, and municipal infrastructure including bridges and roads
  • Development and review of commercial contracts
  • Public utilities hearings
  • Municipal Board appeals
  • Proceedings dealing with official planning, zoning and licensing issues
  • Planning law and land assessment issues
  • Development Agreements
  • Regulations and management of natural resources including oil and gas rights, mineral and gravel regulations
Administrative and Regulatory Law
  • Procedures related to various tribunals (boards, commissions and regulatory bodies) and all levels of court in both the public and private sector
  • Representation of individuals and businesses requiring advocacy before administrative tribunals
Labour and Employment Law
  • All areas of employment and labour law, representing both individual and institutional clients
  • Alternative dispute resolution methods including conciliation, mediation and arbitration
  • Drafting and preparation of employment agreements
  • Development of employment policies and practices
  • Negotiations, interpretation and resolution of collective agreement issues
  • Management of human resources and labour issues
  • Advising on discipline and termination issues and structuring termination packages
Corporate and Commercial Law
  • Purchases and sales of assets and shares
  • Financing (with banks, credit unions and other lenders)
  • Contracts, leases, franchises, mortgages, loan agreements, construction agreements and development agreements
  • Subscriptions
  • Share Issuing
  • Aviation
  • Tax Incentive Programs
  • Equity & Debt Financing
Civil Litigation
  • Representation of municipal corporations
  • Appearances in all Manitoba Courts, the Municipal Board of Manitoba and various administrative tribunals and regulatory bodies

Current Significant Initiatives
  • Legal Counsel to Provincial and Municipal Entities in the negotiation, construction and development of an intermodal transportation hub with infrastructure expenditures in excess of $400,000,000 and 11,000 developable acres
  • Legal Counsel negotiating on behalf of multiple municipal entities to DBF a $61,000,000 regional water co-op including negotiations with the Canadian government for the renewal and takeover of their water service by the water co-op
  • Legal Counsel on behalf of multiple municipal entitles regarding the Province of Manitoba’s directive to amalgamate municipalities
  • Legal Counsel for start-up Canadian Airline
Significant Historical Initiatives
  • Volunteer Firefighter Union Agreement (first in Manitoba/first in Canada)
  • Municipal amalgamations
  • Subdivision appeals
  • Commercial leases
  • Zoning and Planning issues
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Manitoba Bar Association
  • Member, Association des juristes d'expression française du Manitoba (AJEFM)
  • Band 39 and 40 and the Claim filed against the City of Winnipeg and its impact on other Municipalities
  • Water service and service sharing agreements between large urban centres and surrounding municipalities
  • Le droit commercial - Collège Universitaire de Saint-Boniface
  • Municipal Employers and Employment Related Matters, How to Best Manage and Protect the Municipal Employer
  • Human Rights, Workplace Safety and Health and Emerging Rights of Employees
  • Municipal Amalgamations
  • The Role of Council and The Role of the Chief Administrative Officer
  • Past involvement in community organizations with a focus on coaching junior female hockey
  • Firm relay team for Manitoba Marathon – "Run-In with the Law”
  • Firm Co-Chair of the Dragon Boat Committee in support of cancer research
  • Firm Co-Chair of the Cerebral Palsy Association Annual Stationary Bike Race
  • Starkids Golf Tournament Committee, Children's Rehabilitation Foundation (Winnipeg)