Jamie Pytel

Jamie Pytel, BA, LLB, MBA

Location: Edmonton, Alberta  |  Phone: 780-900-2605  |  pytel@kingsgate.legal
Jamie has practiced law in Alberta since 1993 both in private practice and as General Counsel for a major utility. She now focuses on providing outside General Counsel advice to organizations on the myriad of issues, including employment matters and their respectful workplace.

In 2017, Jamie co-founded Kingsgate Legal to pursue her passions – workplace culture, ethics and governance. Jamie has a busy practice conducting high-level independent workplace investigations for private, public, provincial and federally regulated organizations into all types of issues (i.e. conflict of interest; harassment; violence; discrimination; breach of employment obligations; breach of regulatory requirements; professional standards breaches; etc.) She has nearly 30 years experience as a lawyer, including in private practice as a litigation lawyer and 10 years in the corporate setting (with her most recent role as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of a major utility).  

Her experience has proven invaluable to clients who find themselves either with a serious issue to investigate, or have a desire to refine their governance policies, programs and procedures. She also represents senior leaders and executives being investigated for alleged wrongdoing. She is committed to ensuring that anyone involved in investigations are treated fairly, with respect and dignity.  

In September 2018, Jamie was appointed The City of Edmonton’s first Integrity Commissioner. She is responsible for investigating Council Code of Conduct complaints made against Council Members, and for developing the Code and framework around the Code. Jamie conducts investigations for municipalities that do not have an Integrity Commissioner and is particularly involved in issues involving Codes of Conduct for elected officials.  She is a member of a national organization of Integrity Commissioners and is a member of the international Association of Workplace Investigators.  

Jamie is often retained by Boards and senior leaders of organizations to provide general counsel and governance advice on a myriad of issues. 

 

Board Work & Community Involvement

Jamie is committed to giving back to the community. She is currently on the Board of Trustees of the United Way (Alberta Capital Region), sits on their Executive Committee and is the Chair of the Governance Committee. Jamie has also sat on the Board of Trustees of the Alberta Cancer Foundation, including their Executive Committee and Governance Committee. Jamie previously held the role of Chair and Ethicist of the Out of Country Health Services Appeal Panel for Alberta Health. She was also on the National Board of the Canadian Hemophilia Society and President of the Alberta-wide Chapter. She is a past President of the Board of WinHouse (Edmonton Woman’s Shelter), along with numerous other volunteer endeavours. 

Jamie is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of her contributions to Canada, in particular recognizing her work in the community. 

Jamie is often called upon to speak of her experiences as a woman in leadership and about providing an open, safe and diverse work culture.  

Education

  • University of Alberta, Faculty of Law, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
    • LL.B., Bachelor of Laws – 1992
  • University of Alberta
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts – 1989
  • University of Alberta
    • M.B.A., Master of Business Administration – 2016
    • Honors: MBA Capstone Project: Organizational Behavior and Leadership Development