Mark Alward

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Mark Alward

Mark Alward Associate

  • University of Manitoba BA 2015, JD 2018

Mark is an Associate at Taylor McCaffrey LLP, where he practices Labour and Employment law. As part of this practice, Mark has represented his clients in all levels of Manitoba Court as well as various administrative tribunals such as the Manitoba Human Rights Tribunal, Manitoba Labour Board, Residential Tenancies Commission, and Municipal Board.

While Mark deals in all areas of Labour and Employment Law, there are a few areas in which he has developed unique skills. The first is Restrictive Covenants such as non-solicitation and non-competition agreements.  Another area involves the sports industry. Mark’s work has included athlete selection issues at the national level as well as issues involving harassment and personal violence. The third area is governance, where Mark has dealt with numerous and varied issues that arise in the running of for-profit and not-for-profit organizations.

To complement his practice, Mark is involved in the Employment Law Alliance (ELA), the largest network of labour and employment lawyers from the best law firms around the globe. Currently, Mark is the Canadian host of the ELA’s Podcast “Employment Matters” and facilitates labour and employment discussions in an educational format with lawyers from across Canada.

Not only will Mark’s clients benefit from his legal knowledge, but they will also benefit from a lifetime of work in the sports industry.  Mark has played sports ever since he could walk.  He has years of experience as an athlete, coach and referee as well as holding numerous leadership roles, including for Hockey Winnipeg, where he has held the position of Vice President Officials since 2017.  Effectively managing disputes, dealing with difficult situations, fairness, and negotiation techniques are skills developed during Mark’s years in sports, all of which he leverages in his law practice today.


  • Taylor McCaffrey LLP Entrance Award, 2015

Memberships and Professional Designations

  • Member, Canadian Bar Association, 2015-present
  • Member, Manitoba Bar Association 2015-present
  • Law Society of Manitoba
  • Taylor McCaffrey is the exclusive Manitoba member of the Employment Law Alliance, the world’s largest and leading management side network of labour and employment lawyers with selected members literally worldwide.
  • Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers (CACE) – the leading management-side labour and employment lawyers organization in Canada


  • Hockey Winnipeg, Vice President Officials, 2017-Present
  • Volunteer Manitoba, Board Member, 2018-Present
  • Manitoba Law Student’s Association, Vice President Finance 2017-2018

Volunteer & Community Involvement

  • University of Manitoba Students Union Board Chair 2017
  • Taylor McCaffrey LLP, United Way Committee, 2018