Rachel Turnpenney

Rachel Turnpenney is a founding partner of Turnpenney Milne LLP. Rachel’s practice focuses exclusively on employment law, with a particular emphasis on workplace investigations, employment litigation and human rights law. She strives to achieve practical, cost-effective results for her clients and believes that excellent client service coupled with a strategic, knowledgeable and reasonable approach are central to arriving at positive outcomes for her clients.

Rachel regularly conducts workplace investigations as an external, independent investigator on topics ranging from harassment/bullying, human rights matters to general misconduct. Rachel is comfortable investigating complex matters involving multiple parties and complaints as well as those involving serious and potentially high-profile allegations.

Beyond the role of Investigator, Rachel is retained to conduct post-investigation services such as in-house training seminars and presentations on a variety of topics, ranging from basic harassment and discrimination training to individualized sensitivity or respect in the workplace training arising from a specific complaint or incident. She also conducts workplace audits and employee facilitations/mediations. Rachel’s goal for both audits and facilitations is to get to the root of the concern, have employees be (and feel) heard and move toward improving the health of the workplace in a pro-active and responsive manner.

From 2003 to 2010, Rachel was an associate with Canada’s pre-eminent management-side labour and employment firm. In 2010, she formed Turnpenney Milne LLP with Catherine Milne.

Rachel received her Bachelor of Arts (Political Science) from Wilfrid Laurier University and her LLB from the University of Western Ontario. She was called to the Ontario bar in 2003 and is a member of the Ontario Bar Association and the Association of Workplace Investigators.

In her spare time, Rachel loves to spend time with her family and friends. Rachel has a particular passion for travel and is always striving to figure out how to have a sustainable employment law practice out of a farmhouse in Tuscany or an island in the Caribbean.


Tel: 416-868-1457 ext.102