Umar Sheikh is founder and principal of Sheikh Law, based in Victoria, British Columbia. He has extensive experience in labour law, international business and public service.
From 2000 to 2008, Umar served as Director of Strategic Negotiations at International Machinery
. While in this role, he was responsible for mergers and acquisitions in the U.S. and Europe.
From 2008 to 2012, Umar worked as Director, Labour Relations at British Columbia's Ministry of Health, where he provided strategic oversight on provincial labour relations matters and represented the Ministry of Health at healthcare provider contract negotiations.
In 2012, Umar joined the British Columbia Nurses’ Union
(BCNU) where he served as General Counsel and Director, Legal Services. In 2017, he was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the BCNU and led the 48,000-member union through successful bargaining until his departure in 2020.
From 2016 to 2021, Umar served on the board of directors for air traffic control authority NAV Canada
, where he was called on for his extensive bargaining, negotiations and labour relations experience.
After returning to Victoria to join the law firm Crease Harman LLP, Umar decided to start Sheikh Law to provide high quality legal services to clients in private practice.
Umar is proud to serve clients in the areas of, employment, human rights, labour, civil litigation, administrative, corporate, and estates law.
Umar holds a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree and an ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors
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