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Members of the Board - Order in Council

CHAIR

Bernard Fishbein

Mr. Fishbein was appointed Chair of the Board on February 28, 2011. He brings over 30 years of experience as a labour lawyer in Ontario to the position. He has a law degree from the University of Toronto and an LLM from Harvard University. Along with appearing at the OLRB for more than 30 years, Mr. Fishbein has taught employment and labour arbitration law at the University of Toronto. He is also a former member of the Ontario Grievance Settlement Board and former Chair of the Labour Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association.


ALTERNATE CHAIR

Matthew Wilson

Matthew was appointed as a Vice Chair in 2012 and as the Alternate Chair in 2017. He was previously in-house counsel for a large municipality and also for two large hospital corporations. In addition to being a graduate of Trent University, he obtained an LL.B. from Western University, an M.I.R. from Queen's University and an LL.M. from Osgoode Hall. He is co-author of Evidence and Procedure in Canadian Labour Arbitration and also of Labour Arbitrations And All That.


VICE-CHAIRS

Adam Beatty, Vice-Chair

Adam Beatty received his law degree from the University of Toronto in 2009. He was an Associate with Cavalluzzo Shilton, McIntyre and Cornish and a Member of the Ontario and Canadian Bar Association. During his time in practice, he appeared before arbitrators and many tribunals, including the Ontario Labour Relations Board. Mr. Beatty has published multiple articles in the field of labour law. Mr. Beatty holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Victoria, a Master's degree from McGill University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law.

Harvey Beresford, Vice-Chair

Harvey Beresford is a Founding Member and Partner with Hicks Morley, specialising in labour relations, employment and human rights law. He is a former Negotiator, Mediator and Advisor with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and Ministry of Education and a Special Advisor to the CEO with the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation. Mr. Beresford's community involvement includes having served as an advisor to the Canadian Manufacturers Association, a member of the North Toronto Hockey Association, the Performing Arts Development Fund of Toronto and as a Governor of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall. He holds Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws degrees from Queen's University.

Johanne Cavé, Vice-Chair

Johanne Cavé received her law degree from the University of Ottawa in 1996. She is also a certified mediator. Until 2018, Ms. Cavé worked as in-house counsel for large Canadian companies, practicing labour, employment, human rights and privacy law, including litigation. She received the Order of Merit from the Faculty of Law of the University of Ottawa in 2016. Ms. Cavé is fluent in both French and English.

Graham Clarke, Vice-Chair

Graham J. Clarke is a bilingual labour arbitrator/mediator. A member of the Bars of Ontario and Quebec since 1987, he spent two decades practicing labour and employment law. From 2007-2016, he decided cases in his role as a Vice-Chair at the Canada Industrial Relations Board. Since 1990, he has written and continuously updated Clarke’s Canada Industrial Relations Board.

Geneviève Debané, Vice-Chair

Geneviève Debané is a graduate of the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa and was called to the Bar of Ontario in 2002. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Concordia University in Montreal. Ms. Debané was a partner at Mathews Dinsdale & Clark LLP practising labour, employment and human rights law. Prior to her appointment with the Ontario Labour Relations Board Ms. Debané was a full-time Vice-Chair at the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario for five years.  Ms. Debané is fluent in both French and English.

Maurice A. Green, Vice-Chair

Maurice A. Green was appointed as a part-time Vice-Chair of the Board in June 2012. A graduate of the University of London (1967), and Osgoode Hall Law School (York University) in 1970, he has practiced labour and employment law for almost 40 years, most recently (since 1997) in the firm of Green &Chercover. He has appeared frequently before a wide variety of administrative labour relations tribunals, self-governing professional bodies, and courts, including the Supreme Court of Canada. He has been particularly active in various constitutional law, and Charter, challenges arising from the education sector affecting both rights to free collective bargaining and the public school system itself. Case Editor of Education & the Law (Carswell) since 1988. Mr.Green commenced an arbitration-mediation practice as of January 2012.

Patrick Kelly, Vice-Chair

Mr. Kelly was appointed to the Board as a Vice-Chair in May of 1999. He is a graduate of the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Arts (B.A. 1980) and Faculty of Law (LL.B. 1983). Upon being called to the Bar in 1985, Mr. Kelly immediately began a career in Human Resources, beginning with a labour relations portfolio at Women’s College Hospital. In 1990 he was appointed as Director of Human Resources with the Regional Municipality of York. He then joined the City of York as its senior Human Resource lead in 1996. Upon amalgamation of York into the new City of Toronto in 1998, he was appointed at a Director level to provide human resource services to the new Fire, Ambulance and Public Works Divisions of the City. Mr. Kelly is also Alternate Chair of the Pay Equity Hearings Tribunal.

Robert W. Kitchen, Vice-Chair

Robert Kitchen was appointed a part-time Vice-Chair in June 2012. As a lawyer he practised exclusively in the area of labour relations for over 30 years. He was a partner in the law firm of Borden & Elliot/Borden Ladner Gervais since 1986. He was the head of a Labour of Employment Group representing employers in both the public and private sectors. Mr. Kitchen holds a LL.B. from the University of Windsor and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Queen's University.

Thomas Kuttner, Q.C., Vice-Chair

Thomas Kuttner, Q.C., teachers labour, administrative and constitutional law at the University of Windsor Faculty of Law. He has held positions at the University of New Brunswick Faculty of Law, the Federal Public Service Staff Relations Board and the New Brunswick Labour and Employment Board. He holds a Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, Bachelor of Laws and a Master of Laws degree from the University of Toronto.

John D. Lewis, Vice-Chair

John D. Lewis was appointed a full-time Vice-Chair of the Ontario Labour Relations Board in March 2009. He was called to the Ontario Bar in 1991 and is a graduate of the University of Western’s Law School ( LL.B. ). John has both a Master of Industrial Relations degree ( MIR’85 ) and a Bachelor of Commerce degree ( B.Com’84 ) from Queen’s University. Before joining the Board, John’s law practice has always specialized in employment & labour law, in both the industrial and construction fields.

Len Marvey, Vice-Chair

Prior to his appointment as a Vice-Chair, Mr. Marvey served the Board from 2002 to 2018 as its solicitor after serving as counsel to Management Board Secretariat and the Ministry of Community and Social Services. He adds his vice-chair duties to his existing practice as a mediator-arbitrator. Len holds an LL. B. from the University of Toronto, having previously earned Master of Education and Bachelor of Arts degrees.

Michael McCrory, Vice-Chair

Prior to joining the Board, Mr. McCrory, practiced management labour law in Montreal at Stikeman Elliot for a number of years and was also the Director of Labour Relations at Air Canada..

Brian McLean, Vice-Chair

Mr. McLean was first appointed to the Board in 1998. He has served as a full-time Vice-Chair, twice served as Alternate Chair and he was appointed as a part-time Vice-Chair in July 2017. He attended the University of Victoria and is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School. Mr. McLean practised labour law in Toronto for eight years until his appointment to the Board. He is co-author of the Collective Agreement Handbook.

Edward McDermott, Vice-Chair

As a part-time Vice-Chair. Mr. McDermott was a senior partner at Osler Hoskin & Harcourt prior to his retirement from the firm in 2009, when he became a mediator and arbitrator. In practice, he represented numerous private and public sector employers before various labour relations tribunals, arbitration boards, government committees and in the courts. He served as Chair of the Provincial and National Labour Sections of the Canadian Bar Association.

Michael McFadden, Vice-Chair

Michael McFadden spent his entire legal career as a lawyer in private practice with an exclusive focus on labour relations and employment law, initially for trade union clients at Koskie Minsky, latterly for employer clients at Norton Rose Fulbright Canada. He holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws degree from Queen`s University.

Roslyn McGilvery, Vice-Chair

Roslyn McGilvery practiced labour and employment law at a boutique law firm prior to joining the Board as a full-time Vice-Chair. She holds an LL.B from the University of Western Ontario as well as a Bachelor of Journalism degree. Ms McGilvery has written on various topics in the field of labour and employment law, including co-authoring a text on the Labour Relations Act, 1995 and serving as contributing editor to a labour relations law reporter. Ms. McGilvery is also a Vice-Chair of the Pay Equity Hearings Tribunal.

C. Michael Mitchell, Vice-Chair

C. Michael Mitchell practiced law at Sack Goldblatt Mitchell, an Ontario labour law firm, for his entire legal career. He appeared regularly in many cases before the Ontario Labour Relations Board. He also co-authored the leading textbook on the Labour Relations Board. Mr. Mitchell together with the Hon. J. C. Murray were appointed by the Government of Ontario to lead the Changing Workplace Review from February 2015 to March 2017. He co-authored the interim report and final report of the Review.

Mr. Mitchell was appointed through the court insolvency process as Deputy Chief Arbitrator at Essar Steel to clear a backlog of over 3000 grievances.

Jesse Nyman, Vice-Chair

Jesse Nyman is an arbitrator, mediator, part-time Vice-Chair of the Ontario Labour Relations Board. He is also appointed to the Minister of Labour’s approved list of arbitrators and sits as a member of the Education Relations Commission. Jesse graduated from the University of British Columbia, Faculty of Law in 2005 where he received a number of awards including the Law Society of British Columbia Gold Medal. Jesse was called to the bar of the Law Society of Upper Canada in 2006 and thereafter practiced labour and employment law in one of Canada’s premier boutique labour and employment firms. On February 1, 2013 he resigned as a partner in that firm to sit as a Vice-Chair of the Ontario Labour Relations Board and to commence his practice as an arbitrator and mediator.

Derek Rogers, Vice-Chair

Mr. Rogers was a partner and head of the Toronto Labour & Employment practice group at Blakes, Cassels & Graydon until his retirement in 2012. For many years he served as the General Editor of the Employment and Labour Law Reporter, and contributed to the second edition of Canadian Labour Arbitration. He holds a law degree from the University of Toronto and a Master of Industrial and Labor Relations from the New York State School of Industrial & Labor Relations at Cornell University. While in practice Mr Rogers spoke frequently on employment matters, and appeared in proceedings before provincial and federal labour relations boards, human rights tribunals, trial and appellate courts, and labour and employment arbitrators.

David M. Ross, Vice-Chair

David Ross obtained his law degree from the University of Ottawa in 2008 and graduated with distinction. He practiced at the largest boutique law firm in Canada, which specializes in employment and labour law. He practised extensively in labour law (construction and non-construction) and appeared regularly before the OLRB prior to his appointment as a Vice-Chair.

Peigi Ross, Vice-Chair

Prior to her appointment to the Board, Ms. Ross had extensive experience as counsel on labour relations and employment matters. She was a Partner at Dunsmore Law P.C., Counsel for the Employment Law Group at the Bank of Nova Scotia and was an Associate at Hicks Morley Hamilton Steward Storie. Ms. Ross’ community involvement includes serving as a Founding Member for 100 Women Toronto.

Caroline Rowan, Vice-Chair

Ms. Rowan was appointed to the Board as a Vice-Chair in 1999. She graduated from the University of Toronto (Honours B.A. in 1986) and from Osgoode Hall Law School (LL.B. 1989). Since her call to the Bar in 1991, she has worked exclusively in the field of labour relations and employment law. She spent her first seven years in private practice in the labour and employment law group of a large multi-service downtown law firm. In the year prior to joining the Board, she worked in-house at a retail and wholesale operation with a large union and non-union workforce. Ms. Rowan is also a Vice-Chair of the Pay Equity Hearings Tribunal.

Robert Salisbury, Vice-Chair

He holds a Juris Doctor degree from Osgoode Hall Law School and a Master of Resource Management from the University of Akureyri (Iceland). Rob has served as a staff lawyer with Simcoe Legal Services, and was formerly a partner of a national law firm. Rob is a current Vice-Chair of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal.

Yvon Seveny, Vice-Chair

Yvon Seveny practised law in Alberta, as Senior Partner of Seveny Scott, Partner with Blair Chahley Seveny and as Legal Counsel with the Alberta Labour Relations Board. He holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Alberta and a Master of Laws degree from Osgoode Hall Law School.

Lee Shouldice, Vice Chair

Lee Shouldice was called to the Bar of the Province of Ontario in 1987, and practiced labour and employment law until 1993. At that time, Lee was appointed to the Ontario Labour Relations Board as a Vice-Chair. He served on the Board until 1999, at which time he joined the Labour and Employment Law Group of Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP. Lee was reappointed to the Ontario Labour Relations Board as a Vice-Chair in May, 2007.

Jack Slaughter, Vice-Chair

Jack J. Slaughter is a Vice-Chair of the Ontario Labour Relations Board. Prior to joining the Board, he had extensive experience in the construction industry as General Counsel for the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 793 from May 1985 to March 1995 and General Counsel for the Central Ontario Regional Council of Carpenters, Drywall and Allied Workers from August 1995 to February 2002. In 1995, he was Legal Counsel to the Railway Commissions under Mr. Justice George Adams, a Mediation-Arbitration Commission established by Parliament to resolve 13 collective agreements amongst CN, CP and the various railway unions. Mr. Slaughter is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School, where he received the Ivan C. Rand Award in Constitutional Law, and the University of Toronto where he graduated with High Distinction with a Major in Economics.

Paula Turtle, Vice-Chair

Paula Turtle was counsel to United Steelworkers from 1988 to 2013 and is counsel to the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) from 2013 to 2015. She holds a Bachelor of Applied Arts degree from Ryerson University and a Bachelor of Laws degree from Osgoode Hall Law School.

Kelly Waddingham, Vice-Chair

Kelly Waddingham practiced labour, employment and professional regulation and discipline law prior to her appointment as a full time Vice Chair at the Ontario Labour Relations Board. Ms. Waddingham holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto and an LL.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School.

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MEMBERS REPRESENTATIVE OF LABOUR AND MANAGEMENT

Lori Bolton

Lori Bolton is Director of Human Resources, City of Orillia. Her responsibilities include collective bargaining, grievance procedures, administration of payroll and human resource policies. Ms. Bolton is a member of the Ontario Municipal Human Resources Association Board of Directors.

Edward Chudak

Edward Chudak has extensive experience in labour relations in the education sector. He retired as Department Head of Collective Bargaining and Contract Services with the Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from York University and a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Toronto.

Thomas Collins

Thomas Collins is a former Assistant to the National President of the Canadian Auto Workers. He has prepared and presented hundreds of cases before the Ontario Labour Relations Board over the past 30 years. Mr. Collins also serves as an unpaid trustee of Retirement Pension Trust Metro Ontario Inc./Unifor, Local 414. He holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Western Ontario.

William S. Cook

William Cook is a former partner with Mathews, Disdale & Clark LLP. His practice included negotiation of collective agreements and extensive counsel work at the Ontario Labour Relations Board.. He is an Honorary Member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Toronto.

Steven Cronkright

Steven Cronkright was the Business Manager and Financial Secretary Treasurer with the Sheet Metal Workers International Association, Local 269 Kingston. He is a former Journeyman, Sheet Metal Worker. Mr. Cronkright's community involvement includes serving as President of local Building Trades in Kingston and on the negotiating committee for Sheet Metal Workers and Roofing for local and provincial collective agreements. He holds a certificate of qualification as a Journeyman Sheet Metal Worker from George Brown College.

John Dowding

John Dowding has been employed as a full-time Officer, Administrator and Labour Relations Consultant with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers for over 24 years. He has been a regular participant in litigation (arbitration and settlements) at the Ontario Labour Relations Board. Mr. Dowding holds a 309A Construction and Maintenance Electrician licence.

Jawara Gairey

Jawara Gairey is Regional Representative/Negotiator with Public Service Alliance of Canada. He is a former Diversity and Human Rights Consultant with Mount Sinai Hospital and a Researcher for CSEW/OISE with the University of Toronto. Mr. Gairey's community involvement includes serving as a member of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists. He holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Studies and Political Science and a certificate in Dispute Resolution from York University and a Master of Education degree in Sociology and Equity Studies in Education from OISE at the University of Toronto.

Robert Lechien

Robert LeChien is General Manager of the Canadian Pipe Fabricators Association. He is a former General Manager of the Association of Millwrighting Contractors of Ontario and a former Project Manager at RJS Mechanical. Mr. LeChien serves as a member of the Roster of Adjudicators for the College of Trades and the Hamilton Halton Labour Relations Committee. He holds a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Windsor.

Brian MacDonald

Brian MacDonald is a third term President of Teamsters Local Union No. 91 based in Ottawa, and the Assistant Freight Director for Teamsters Canada. Mr. MacDonald has sat on various Labour Panels and Committees, inclusive of currently sitting on the Board of Directors for the Infrastructure Health and Safety Association. Mr. MacDonald holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Law and a Graduate Studies diploma in Conflict Resolution from Carleton University.

Ron Martin

Ron Martin is Executive Director of the Construction Employers Coordinating Council of Ontario. He is also the Owner of Ron Martin Consulting, providing labour relations services to associations and contractors. Mr. Martin served on the Training, Colleges and Universities Minister's Advisory Committee from 2005 to 2007.

William Nicholls

William Nicholls has been a member of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) for the past 40 years. He has served in many leadership roles of the IUPAT negotiating collective bargaining agreements, as an organizer, health & safety representative, administrator, and mentor to IUPAT leadership. He has served as a member of the Minister of Labour Construction Industry Panel, on the board of the Ontario Construction Secretariat, was past President of both the Construction Safety Association of Ontario and the Provincial Building & Construction Trades Council of Ontario.

Heino Nielsen

Heino Nielsen graduated from Laurentian University and soon became involved with the union representing LCBO workers. His activism as steward ended with his appointment as Ontario Liquor Boards Employees' Union (OLBEU's) provincial Business Agent. In 2003 he became the Executive Assistant to the President of the Ontario Public Services Employees Union (OPSEU) where he negotiated the merger of OLBEU and OPSEU; a change that benefited the members of both unions. He was then assigned to the position of Division Administrator, responsible for managing units addressing grievance representation and arbitration, interest arbitration research, pensions, benefits and compensation appeals, health and safety, communications, campaigns, IT, and human rights. Mr. Nielsen retired in 2015 and is now a part-time member of the Ontario Labour Relations Board.

Carol Phillips

Carol Phillips was appointed a union-side board Member in January 2009. Carol began her labour career as an elected CAW leader in the 1980’s then moved through the ranks of CAW staff from a negotiator in various sectors to the Director of three departments to the Assistant to three CAW Presidents. She has served on the Executive of the CLC and OFL. Carol has also been on staff with the CLC, first as Head of the Women’s Bureau, later as assistant to CLC President Bob White. Carol served as a senior advisor to Ontario Premier Bob Rae, with special responsibility for ABCs.

David St. Louis

David St. Louis is Executive Director of the Terrazzo Tile and Marble Guild of Ontario. He is also a former Senior Mediator with Dispute Resolution Services, Ministry of Labour. Mr. St. Louis holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from York University.

John (Jack) Sullens

Jack Sullens is Chief Legal and Human Resources Officer with the Windsor-Essex Children's Aid Society. He is also a former Superintendent of Human Resource Services with the Waterloo Region District School Board. He holds a Bachelor of Laws degree and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Behaviour from the University of Windsor.

Wayne Zachar

Wayne Zachar is Director of Employee Relations with the Liquor Control Board of Ontario. He is a former Employee Relations Manager with the Liquor Control Board of Ontario and with Sola Canada, as well as a Personnel Services Manager with Goodyear Canada. Mr. Zachar's community involvement includes having coached for the Mississauga Soccer Club. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from the University of Toronto.

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