Associate Professor, Law and Business Department of Ted Rogers School of Business Management
Pnina Alon-Shenker is an Associate Professor in the Department of Law & Business and the founding Academic Director of Ryerson Law & Business Clinic. She served as law clerk to the Honourable Justice Dalia Dorner of the Supreme Court of Israel in 2002-2003 and was called to the Israeli Bar in 2003. She earned her LL.B. from Haifa University, LL.M. from the Hebrew University and University of Toronto, and S.J.D from University of Toronto. Her research interests centre on labour and employment law with an emphasis on workplace discrimination and diversity, the aging workforce, and forms of employee representation and voice. Her research has been published and presented in numerous leading peer-reviewed law journals and scholarly forums.
Ian M. Campbell
Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP
Ian Campbell has a general and diverse labour and employment practice. Ian regularly represents employers in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the Federal Court of Canada and before various federal and provincial labour, employment and human rights related administrative tribunals. In particular, his practice is focused on providing his clients, who consist mainly of employers and senior executives, with strategic advice regarding various matters including employee terminations, restructurings and downsizings, employment agreements, labour relations, collective agreement interpretation and human rights. Ian also regularly assists his employer clients with reviewing and updating their workplace policies and procedures and providing the training required to ensure these policies are properly implemented and applied. Ian has developed a particular expertise in the federal sector and regularly advises clients on matters involving the Canada Labour Code and the Canadian Human Rights Act. Ian summered and articled with the firm before joining the Labour, Employment and Human Rights Practice Group in 2003.
Richard J. Charney
Global Head of Employment & Labour Senior Partner
Norton Rose Fulbright
Richard J. Charney
Richard J. Charney, a senior partner at Norton Rose Fulbright in Toronto, practises management labour relations and employment law, a field in which he is widely recognized as an advocate on behalf of and advisor to national and local clients. Mr. Charney is Global Head of the firm’s Employment and Labour Law Group. His practice also involves collective bargaining on behalf of employers and employers’ organizations, employment standards, human rights, wrongful dismissal, workplace health and safety and administrative and constitutional law. He is an author, and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. In his role as advocate, Mr. Charney has appeared before tribunals such as the Ontario Labour Relations Board, the Canada Industrial Relations Board and a variety of other courts and tribunals up to and including the Supreme Court of Canada.
The Fletcher Consultancy
Celese G. Fletcher
CELESE G. FLETCHER is the Principal of The Fletcher Consultancy and provides specialized advice to transform intransigent relationships into highly active and profitable associations. She is a sought after investigator for Harassment and Workplace Violence complaints. Her consulting practice focuses on improving work relationships which results in substantial savings of management time, productivity improvements and harmonious workplaces. Enterprises working with Celese Fletcher convert their new found insights to improve other areas of their business operations, thus fostering innovation and creativity. Prior to her consulting work, Celese was a labour relations executive for a multinational media company where she rose from an entry level position through the ranks to executive management. She has participated in formal reviews and tripartite forums of Canadian and international employment legislation.
Anne E. Grant
AEG Dispute Resolution Services Inc.
Anne Grant is President, of AEG Dispute Resolution Services Inc., and also operates under the name Mediated Solutions. Qualified in nursing, law and mediation, Anne holds the national designation of Chartered Mediator, and obtained her Masters-in-Law in ADR from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1997. Anne has practiced dispute resolution full time since 1994, including extensive mediation of civil and labour disputes as well as facilitation of poisoned work environment issues and human rights investigation. Anne is Past President of the ADR Institute of Ontario and received the 2007 Ontario Bar Association Award of Excellence in ADR. Published provincially and nationally in the areas of ADR and legal issues in health care, Ms. Grant is co-author of the individual risk management resource, A Nurse’s Practical Guide To The Law. (1997) and author of Dispute Resolution in the Insurance Industry (2001).
Recipient of an Excellence in Teaching Award from the University of Toronto, Anne is a faculty member of the CMA’s Physician Management Institute and teaches as a member of the Labour Relations Faculty at the Queen’s IRC. She is a regular lecturer on workplace conflict at the University of the West Indies and in 2006; she travelled to Bangladesh to provide ADR training as part of a CBA/CIDA initiative.
As a partner focusing on employment law, Barbara’s clients appreciate her ability to obtain exceptional results in a cost-conscious manner. Outgoing and personable, she helps them feel comfortable by taking the time to explain the legal process and outline their options. Wherever possible, she encourages and facilitates early resolutions. Her extensive experience and keen interest in employment law has made Barbara adept at understanding a case from both a legal and personal perspective. She never loses sight of the emotional component of a case.
Barbara’s representation with a variety of employees has enabled her to look at a situation from various perspectives and skillfully find practical resolutions, frequently through mediation and negotiation. Prior to joining Robins Appleby LLP, Barbara articled with a prestigious boutique litigation firm in downtown Toronto.
Michael Horvat has experience in all aspects of employment and labour law in both the federal and provincial jurisdictions. He has represented employers before the Ontario Labour Relations Board, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the Ontario Divisional Court, the Ontario Court of Appeal, the Grievance Settlement Board, the Canadian Railway Office of Arbitration, the Ontario Employment Standards Branch, the Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Board and in grievance arbitration and mediation. Mr. Horvat advises employers on employment standards, human rights, discipline, discharge, union certification, wrongful dismissal, and general employment and labour law issues.
Laurie Jessome is a partner in the Cassels Brock advocacy group. She specializes in employment law and advises employers on all aspects of the employment relationship, including drafting employment agreements, drafting and enforcing restrictive covenants, discipline and dismissal issues, employment standards, and human rights complaints. Laurie has represented clients before provincial and federal human rights commissions, the Superior Court of Ontario, the Ontario Labour Relations Board, the Employment Standards Branch of the Ontario Ministry of Labour, and in mediations and grievance arbitrations. Laurie is co-chair of the Cassels Brock Advocacy Practice Group and a member of the firm’s Women’s Practice Development Committee. Laurie has authored articles on employment issues, which have appeared in prominent publications including Lexpert magazine, Workplace Magazine, HR Professional Magazine and Canadian Corporate Counsel magazine. She is co-author of The Canadian Human Rights Act: Quick Reference and is also a regular contributor to employerlawblog.ca, which follows current trends in Canadian employment law with a particular focus on issues faced by Ontario employers.
Laurie is a partner in the Koskie Minsky Labour Group. With a practice focus on labour law, she regularly presents labour matters before administrative tribunals and the court. Laurie works exclusively in the area of labour relations and represents industrial, public sector, private sector and construction trade unions before the OLRB, the Grievance Settlement Board, and at private arbitrations. Laurie has extensive experience in the areas of industrial relations, acquiring and maintaining bargaining rights, unfair labour practices, discipline and discharge grievances, human rights issues, employment standards, occupational health and safety, workplace safety and insurance, and collective bargaining. Laurie is the union side co-chair of the Ontario Labour Relations Board Advisory Committee. In 2015, Laurie accepted an appointment as an adjunct professor at Osgoode Hall Law School where she teaches the upper year JD Collective Bargaining Law Course.
Inna Koldorf is a partner at Koldorf Stam LLP, where she primarily focuses on providing clients with strategic advice on all workplace-related issues including human rights, labour relations and workplace-related risk management. Inna takes a practical approach to dealing with labour and employment issues and assists clients with pro-actively targeting potential concerns to prevent issues before they arise. When litigation is inevitable, Inna represents clients before the Ontario Labour Relations Board, the Canada Industrial Relations Board, boards of arbitration and Ontario courts. Inna also acts as a workplace investigator to resolve allegations that arise in the workplace. Inna has repeatedly been quoted in the Financial Post, the Globe & Mail and other news publications, and has been a guest on talk radio addressing employment law issues. Inna regularly speaks at seminars on labour and employment law topics and is the author of several legal articles addressing current issues in labour and employment law.
Whitten and Lublin Employment Lawyers
Paul is an associate at Whitten and Lublin PC. He advises employers and employees with respect to workplace issues including dismissals, occupational health and safety concerns, employment standards compliance, labour board proceedings, employment contract interpretation, accommodation requirements and human rights matters. He has represented clients at various levels of court and before a range of tribunals including: The Ontario Labour Relations Board, The Grievance Settlement Board and The Ontario Human Rights Tribunal. Prior to joining the Whitten & Lublin team Paul was counsel at a boutique labour and employment law firm. He also completed a secondment as in-house labour and employment counsel for one of Ontario’s largest employers.
Manager – In Flight Services Absenteeism
Ardis is a Registered Kinesiologist and a Certified Disability Management Professional with 14 years of experience in the fields of Disability Management, Vocational Rehab and ESRTW in a variety of workplaces and rehab settings (as the insurer, the third party provider, the treatment provider and the employer). She also has experience in Labour Relations, Labour Law and Human Resource functions.
Ardis has a great deal of Clinical Rehab & ABI/TBI (Acquired Brain Injury/Traumatic Brain Injury) experience as a Kinesiologist and works as a consultant in this field.
Ardis is currently the Manager – In Flight Services – Absenteeism and Productivity with Air Canada and her team manages the Attendance and RTW for over 6000 flight attendants across Canada.
Bernardi Human Resource Law LLP
Asha received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Law and Society at York University in 2002 and went on to receive a Masters’ Degree in Political Science in 2004 from the University of Western Ontario. Following this, she received her law degree from the University of Windsor and was called to the bar in 2008.
Asha began her career as an associate with a boutique management-side labour and employment firm where she practiced for seven years. During that time, she was seconded to the LCBO as legal counsel.
Asha joined Bernardi Human Resource law LLP in 2015, and has continued her practice primarily representing management in all facets of labour and employment law.
Marc A. Rodrigue
Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP
Marc Rodrigue in Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP’s (“Fasken Martineau”) Labour, Employment and Human Rights practice group. He maintains a broad practice including matters relating to human rights, employment agreements and terminations, departing employee litigation, labour relations and collective agreement interpretation. Marc has appeared before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, the Ontario Labour Relations Board, referees appointed under the Canada Labour Code, labour relations arbitrators, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal, and the Ontario Small Claims Court. He is also the chair of the Fasken Martineau Ontario Pride Network, an employee resource group for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender employees and their allies.
Michael Sherrard is the founding member of Sherrard Kuzz LLP. Recognized as one of Canada’s leading employment and labour lawyers by Chambers Global®, Who’s Who Legal®, and Lexpert®, Michael is Past Chair of the National Labour and Employment Law Section of the
Canadian Bar Association and the Labour Relations Section of the Ontario Bar Association. He is also the recipient of the Construction Institute of Canada’s Chancellor’s Award of Excellence, and the University of New Brunswick Alumni Award of Distinction.
Michael is widely published and speaks on a variety of employment and labour law topics. He is frequently asked to develop and lead workshops designed to improve managerial leadership skills.
Michael acts for a wide variety of employers – public and private – with experience in the full range of employment and labour issues, including: Acquisitions, Divestitures & Restructurings; Advising the Multinational & Multi-Jurisdictional Employer; Attendance Management; Canada Industrial Relations Board Proceedings; Collective Agreement Administration; Collective
Bargaining; Construction Labour Relations; Employee Relations; Employee Screening and Hiring; Employment Contracts; Employment Standards; Executive Compensation; Grievance Arbitration; Human Rights; Injunctive Court Proceedings and Judicial Review; Interest
Arbitration; Management Training; Mediation; Occupational Health and Safety; Ontario Labour Relations Board Proceedings; Pay Equity; Privacy; Responding to Union Organizing and Applications for Certification; Sale or Closure; Strike or Lock-Out; Workplace Audits; Workplace Investigations; Workplace Safety and Insurance; Wrongful Dismissal Litigation.
Chief Diversity Officer
Ontario College of Trades
Sandeep is a senior diversity and inclusion leader with experience advising both private and public sector employers. Currently as the Chief Diversity Officer for the Ontario College of Trades, Sandeep leads change in the trades industry in Ontario by focusing on developing transformational strategies to address systemic barriers and advance diversity. Prior to joining the College of Trades, Sandeep established PricewaterhouseCoopers’s (PwC) Office of Inclusion and was responsible for developing and implementing the firm’s national diversity strategy, including any related policies, programs and initiatives. Before delving deep into the diversity and inclusion sphere, Sandeep practiced labour and employment law where she specialized in human rights and regularly provided organizations with proactive and strategic advice on issues of inclusivity and human rights. As a lawyer, advisor, strategist, educator, and mediator Sandeep brings a multidisciplinary approach to the practice of diversity and inclusion.
Laura K. Williams
Williams HR Law Professional Corporation
As the founder and principal of Williams HR Law and Williams HR Consulting, Laura boasts two decades of experience providing strategic advice and legal representation to employers on a full range of labour and employment law matters. Laura is passionate about providing clients with proactive advice designed to minimize workplace law challenges and maximize employee engagement. She is widely recognized as a leader in helping employers leverage innovative strategies to reduce liability and costs derived from ineffective and non-compliant workplace practices. Laura has been featured in various industry magazines and human resources publications, and has appeared in national broadcast and print media. She speaks frequently at human resources law seminars and regularly conducts workshops and in-house training for employers.
Philip J. Wolfenden
Shields O’Donnell MacKillop LLP
Phil Wolfenden is a partner with SOM, practising in the areas of employment and labour law. He is also called upon regularly to conduct mediations, investigations and employee surveys. Phil is a recognized expert and leader in the field of progressive employee relations and, as such, often works with both unionized and non-unionized companies to improve their employee relations. Phil represents clients in a wide variety of labour and employment-related matters involving the labour board, human rights, employment standards, health and safety, workers’ compensation and wrongful dismissal. He regularly assists clients by presenting a variety of training programs for them including: supervisory skills, sexual harassment, discipline, health and safety, and absenteeism. He also has extensive experience in U.S. labour issues.
Ravenlaw, Cameron, Ballantyne & Yazbeck LLP
David Yazbeck practices as an advocate for unions, employees, and human rights complainants in the areas of labour relations, human rights, judicial review and appeals, and Charter litigation, with an emphasis on the federal public sector. He has a particular expertise in employee free speech and whistleblowing, and has argued many of the leading cases. David regularly appears before arbitrators, labour boards, human rights tribunals, and Courts at all levels. He has substantial experience arguing judicial review applications and appeals in the Federal Court and the Federal Court of Appeal, and often acts as counsel or agent in the Supreme Court of Canada. David has taught Public Sector Law to union activists at the Labour College of Canada at the Residential Program and the Canadian Labour Congress Ontario Region Winter School. He speaks at conferences on a variety of labour and human rights issues, particularly for disability rights organization Reach Canada.
David channels a passion for music into producing and hosting the second half of the Thursday Morning Special Blend radio program, airing every Thursday at 8:00 am on CKCU 93.1 FM.
David is one of the original writers for the great Canadian music blog North by East West. He has been a Juror for the Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent On Record (FACTOR) which provides loans and grants to up-and-coming Canadian artists.
Andrew Zabrovsky is an associate lawyer in Hicks Morley’s Toronto office who practices in the areas of labour, employment, and human rights law. Andrew regularly advices our public and private sector clients on a broad range of employment issues, with a focus on human rights issues. Andrew regularly appears as counsel before labour arbitrators, the Ontario Labour Relations Board, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, and the Federal and Ontario courts. Andrew has significant experience representing clients in complicated human rights disputes, and regularly advices our clients on attendance management, workplace accommodation, and workplace harassment issues.