First Freedoms Foundation is pleased to introduce two board members, Robert Yeager and Jonathan Martin. Both bring considerable experience and insight and we have great confidence in their leadership. Based on opposite coasts, they also lend a truly national perspective to the work of First Freedoms!
Robert is one of the best-known and longest-serving employment lawyers in Vancouver. He has taken employment law cases to the Supreme Court of British Columbia and the Court of Appeal of British Columbia; In addition to appearing before various employment-related tribunals and the Federal Court of Canada. He is also is a trained mediator who has successfully concluded cases in mediation. As one of Vancouver’s leading employment lawyers, over more than 20 years he has played a role in developing the law of employment in British Columbia. He is respected by his colleagues and opponents for his knowledge, strategy, experience, and powerful court presence. His clients appreciate his attention to detail and courtesy, regardless of the size of their case.
Robert graduated from the University of British Columbia with an honours degree in history, and obtained his law degree from the University of Western Ontario. He worked at two large law firms in Vancouver before establishing his own practice focused on employment law in 1996.
He is a long-time resident of the North Shore, an avid skier, gym member, and championship race car driver. He has given up on golf.
Jonathan studied at Université de Sherbrooke and holds a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) and Doctor of Laws (J.D.). He has been a member of the Law Society of Saskatchewan since 2015 and of the Law Society of New Brunswick since September, 2020.
He worked for 2 years primarily doing family law, followed by three years in the civil litigation department of a large national firm, where he also edited their construction law newsletter. He has represented clients all over Canada and has appeared in the Courts of Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario and New Brunswick. He has been involved in several matters at the Supreme Court of Canada and has appeared twice as co-counsel before Canada’s highest court. He regularly appears before the Woodstock Court of Queen’s bench.