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Ontario Labour Relations Board

Ministry
Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development
URL
www.olrb.gov.on.ca
Address
2ND FLOOR, 505 UNIVERSITY AVENUE
TORONTO
M5G2P1
Phone
(416) 326-7500
Fax
(416) 326-7531
Background
Labour Relations Act, S.O. 1995, C. 1, SCHEDULE A, S. 110 (opens a new window)
Function

The Board is an independent adjudicative tribunal which plays a fundamental role in the labour relations regime within Ontario. It has a mandate to provide excellence in administrative justice through the effective resolution of a wide range of labour relations and employment disputes. The Board adjudicates and mediates disputes under the Labour Relations Act, Employment Standards Act, Occupational Health and Safety Act and numerous other labour and employment-related statutes. Matters before the Board include certification and termination of bargaining rights, unfair labour practice complaints, unlawful strikes and lockouts, jurisdictional disputes in the construction and non-construction industries, accreditations in the construction industry, construction industry grievances, sale of a business and related employer applications in the construction and non-construction industries, interim order applications, Ministerial References, School Boards Collective Bargaining Act applications, essential services agreements, Crown Employee Collective Bargaining Act disputes, first collective agreement applications, Hospital Labour Disputes Arbitration Act, Ontario College of Trades and Apprenticeship Act appeals, Colleges Collective Bargaining Act applications, Public Sector Labour Relations Transition Act cases, a large variety of reprisal cases and numerous others under a large variety of statutes.

Membership

The Board is composed of a Chair one or more Vice-Chairs and an equal number of members representing employers and unions, respectively. The Lieutenant Governor in Council designates one of the vice-chairs to be alternate chair.

Qualifications

•    Able to hear, mediate and decide cases under more than 24 statutes, in particular, high-profile and precedent setting cases, and provide oral or written reasons which are often lengthy and are subject to judicial review.  Able to act as a neutral adjudicator.
•    Ability to formulate impartial and fair decisions using sound judgment and to communicate them orally and in writing in a timely manner.
•    Thorough understanding of the administrative justice system and its legal principles.
•    Knowledge of the legislation and jurisprudence under the Board’s jurisdiction and related laws and legal processes and rules of evidence or the ability to acquire such knowledge.
•    Understanding of the Board's rules of practice and supporting procedures.
•    Superior dispute resolution and analytical skills to resolve complex matters involving multiple interests, under public scrutiny.
•    Excellent communication skills and relationships in the labour relations community.
•    In-depth understanding of the professional, institutional, policy and community context in which the agency operates, or the ability to acquire such understanding.
•    Knowledge of the continuum of dispute resolution practices to design new, or change existing, processes.
•    Commitment to the protection of the public interest within the mandate of the agency.

Term

There is no limitation in legislation, however, the Agencies & Appointments Directive limits the term of appointment to a maximum of ten years in total for regulatory and adjudicative agencies. Re-appointment to a further term beyond the maximum of ten years in total may be made only in exceptional circumstances in the public interest. If a member of the Board resigns or his or her appointment expires, the Chair of the Board may authorize the member to complete his or her duties or responsibilities in a particular file.

Meetings
Hearings are held daily in Toronto at the Tribunal's Head Office, as well as across the Province. The Board regularly meets internally as called by the Chair.
Remuneration

Appointees are remunerated according to Schedule B of the Agencies and Appointments Directive

Appointments & Vacancies

No. Position Member Term Location
1. Chair (Full-Time) BRIAN O'BYRNE
28-Feb-2022 - 27-Feb-2024
toronto
2. Alternate Chair (Full-Time) LINDSAY LAWRENCE
03-Nov-2022 - 01-Sep-2023
toronto
3. Vice-Chair (Full-Time) KELLY WADDINGHAM
01-Jan-2018 - 31-Dec-2022
toronto
4. Vice-Chair (Full-Time) NEIL KEATING
22-Jan-2021 - 21-Jan-2023
oshawa
5. Vice-Chair (Full-Time) MAUREEN DOYLE
07-Feb-2021 - 06-Feb-2023
toronto
6. Vice-Chair (Full-Time) C MICHAEL MITCHELL
28-Feb-2021 - 27-Feb-2023
toronto
7. Vice-Chair (Full-Time) CAROLINE ROWAN
07-May-2021 - 06-May-2023
toronto
8. Vice-Chair (Full-Time) PATRICK KELLY
03-Jun-2021 - 02-Jun-2023
toronto
9. Vice-Chair (Full-Time) JESSE KUGLER
26-Aug-2021 - 25-Aug-2023
toronto
10. Vice-Chair (Full-Time) LINDSAY LAWRENCE
02-Sep-2021 - 01-Sep-2023
toronto
11. Vice-Chair (Full-Time) ROSLYN MCGILVERY
31-Oct-2018 - 30-Oct-2023
toronto
12. Vice-Chair (Full-Time) DANNA MORRISON
17-Feb-2022 - 16-Feb-2024
toronto
13. Vice-Chair (Full-Time) JOHN LEWIS
11-Mar-2019 - 10-Mar-2024
oakville
14. Vice-Chair (Full-Time) MICHAEL MCCRORY
29-Aug-2021 - 28-Aug-2024
toronto
15. Vice-Chair (Full-Time) PEIGI ROSS
29-Aug-2021 - 28-Aug-2024
toronto
16. Vice-Chair (Full-Time) MICHAEL MCFADDEN
05-Nov-2019 - 04-Nov-2024
toronto
17. Vice-Chair (Full-Time) DAVID ROSS
15-Nov-2022 - 14-Nov-2025
mississauga
18. Vice-Chair (Full-Time) JACK SLAUGHTER
03-Feb-2021 - 02-Feb-2026
toronto
19. Vice-Chair (Full-Time) GENEVIEVE DEBANE
01-Jan-2022 - 29-Jun-2026
toronto
20. Vice-Chair (Full-Time)
21. Vice-Chair (Part-Time) BRIAN SMEENK
20-May-2021 - 19-May-2023
toronto
22. Vice-Chair (Part-Time) JOHN (GIOVANNI) MARTELLI
20-May-2021 - 19-May-2023
etobicoke
23. Vice-Chair (Part-Time) DEREK ROGERS
31-Oct-2018 - 30-Oct-2023
toronto
24. Vice-Chair (Part-Time) THOMAS KUTTNER
31-Oct-2018 - 30-Oct-2023
tecumseh
25. Vice-Chair (Part-Time) JOHANNE CAVÉ
07-Mar-2021 - 06-Mar-2024
gatineau
26. Vice-Chair (Part-Time) ROBERT KITCHEN
09-Jul-2022 - 08-Jul-2027
heathcote
27. Vice-Chair (Part-Time)
28. Member (Part-Time) DAVID ST.LOUIS
18-Feb-2020 - 17-Feb-2025
etobicoke
29. Member (Part-Time) LORI BOLTON
11-Mar-2020 - 10-Mar-2025
coldwater
30. Member (Part-Time) WILLIAM COOK
18-Mar-2020 - 17-Mar-2025
thornbury
31. Member (Part-Time) WILLIAM NICHOLLS
06-May-2020 - 05-May-2025
cobourg
32. Member (Part-Time) BRIAN MACDONALD
01-Jan-2022 - 21-Jun-2026
mountain
33. Member (Part-Time) JOHN DOWDING
01-Jan-2022 - 21-Jun-2026
sarnia
34. Member (Part-Time) WAYNE ZACHAR
01-Jan-2022 - 21-Jun-2026
mississauga
35. Member (Part-Time) HEINO NIELSEN
01-Jan-2022 - 29-Jun-2026
toronto
36. Member (Part-Time)