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The Future of Work in Ontario
C. Michael Mitchell
Michael Mitchell is an Arbitrator and Mediator.
In 2015, the Government of Ontario appointed Mr. Mitchell, together with the Honourable John C. Murray, as Special Advisors to the Minister of Labour to lead the Changing Workplace Review, a process of consultations on how the Labour Relations Act and Employment Standards Act could be amended. An Interim Report was released in the summer of 2016 and the Final Report is scheduled to be completed and released soon.
Mr. Mitchell is a part-time Vice-Chair of the Ontario Labour Relations Board. He is the co-author of Ontario Labour Relations Board Law & Practice, the leading labour law textbook on the Board.
Until 2014, Michael was a Senior Partner at Sack Goldblatt Mitchell LLP, an Ontario law firm that specialized in labour and employment law. His practice in arbitration, labour board and court proceedings involved both the private and public sectors, and he also had extensive collective bargaining experience.
Michael was consistently recognized by his peers as a “best” or “leading” labour law practitioner. He also gained extensive business and commercial experience while serving for more than 20 years as the Managing Partner of the law firm.
John C. Murray
John C. Murray opened his practice as a full-time arbitrator and mediator in January, 2015.
Prior to opening his mediation\arbitration practice, from 2004 – 2014, Mr. Murray was a judge of the Superior Court of Ontario in the Central West Region. As a trial judge, he regularly dealt with criminal, family and a wide variety of civil matters. Justice Murray also sat on the Ontario Divisional Court hearing appeals and applications for judicial review.
Before his appointment to the Superior Court, Mr. Murray was a highly regarded senior lawyer with over thirty years’ experience practicing on Bay Street. Mr. Murray was a founding partner, managing partner and Chair of the Toronto firm Genest Murray and was Vice-Chair, partner and a member of the Executive Committee of Heenan Blaikie. As a practitioner, Mr. Murray regularly provided strategic, legal and management advice to major private and public sector corporations. His practice was primarily devoted to civil and constitutional litigation, administrative law, education law and labour and employment law.
He has lectured at various faculties of law and at continuing legal education conferences for judges and lawyers with emphasis on advocacy, administrative law, labour law and dispute resolution. Mr. Murray is a graduate of the University of Toronto having received his B.A. in 1966 (History and English) and his LL.B. from the U. of T. Faculty of Law in 1969. He was called to the Ontario Bar and admitted to the Law Society of Upper Canada in 1971.