Construction Labour & Employment Relations Conference

December 9-10, 2019         Old Mill        Toronto, Ontario

Construction Labour &
Employment Relations Conference

December 9-10, 2019
Old Mill | Toronto, ON

December 9-10, 2019     Old Mill     Toronto, Ontario

solving the challenge of change

The Construction Labour & Employment Relations Conference is uniquely designed to foster relevant and timely discussion driven by the needs of senior executives and professionals representing Canadian building trades unions and construction employers.

Through candid debate, panel discussions and expert-led presentations, seasoned practitioners and leading advisors will examine significant legislative developments and emerging labour relations trends to uncover real-world solutions that address evolving construction industry challenges.

Join your peers and partners in a collegial and neutral setting that promotes the spirit of bipartisanship to share ideas, exchange perspectives and strengthen relationships that matter.

Continuing Professional Development

The Construction Labour & Employment Relations Conference provides an education-focused executive networking environment for earning required continuing education (CPD) hours. 

Conference chairs

Construction Labour Relations Conference Chair Rick J. Charney


Richard J. Charney

Global Head of
Employment & Labour
Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP

Construction Labour Relations Chair Alan M.Minsky, Q.C.


Alan M. Minsky, Q.C.

Partner
Koskie Minsky LLP

Construction Labour Relations Conference Chair Rick J. Charney

Richard J. Charney

Global Head of Employment & Labour
Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP

Read Profile

Construction Labour Relations Chair Alan M.Minsky, Q.C.

Alan M. Minsky, Q.C.

Partner
Koskie Minsky LLP

Read Profile

Conference chairs

Construction Labour Relations Conference Chair Rick J. Charney


Richard J. Charney

Global Head of Employment & Labour
Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP

Construction Labour Relations Chair Alan M.Minsky, Q.C.


Alan M. Minsky, Q.C.

Partner
Koskie Minsky LLP

Construction Labour Relations Conference Chair Rick J. Charney


Richard J. Charney

Global Head of Employment & Labour
Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP

Construction Labour Relations Chair Alan M.Minsky, Q.C.


Alan M. Minsky, Q.C.

Partner
Koskie Minsky LLP

Speaker Faculty

featured Keynotes

John M. Beck

Executive Chairman
Aecon Group Inc.

Arlene Dunn

Director
Canada’s Building Trades Unions

Speaker Faculty

Opening Keynote

Construction Labour Relations Keynote Arlene Dunn

Arlene Dunn

Director
Canada’s Building Trades Unions

Read Profile

Construction Labour Relations Keynote John M. Beck

John M. Beck

Executive Chairman
Aecon Group Inc.

Read Profile

Construction Labour Relations Speaker Patrick Dillon

Patrick J. Dillon

Business Manager and Secretary Treasurer
Provincial Building and Construction Trades
Council of Ontario
Read Profile

Luncheon Keynotes

Construction Labour Relations Keynote John M. Beck

John M. Beck

Executive Chairman
Aecon Group Inc.

Read Profile

Construction Labour Relations Speaker Patrick Dillon

Patrick J. Dillon

Business Manager and Secretary Treasurer
Provincial Building and Construction Trades
Council of Ontario

Read Profile

Speaker Faculty

Opening Keynote

Construction Labour Relations Keynote Arlene Dunn


Arlene Dunn

Director
Canada’s Building Trades Unions

luncheon Keynotes

Construction Labour Relations Keynote John M. Beck


John M. Beck

Executive Chairman
Aecon Group Inc.

Construction Labour Relations Speaker Patrick Dillon


Patrick J. Dillon

Business Manager & Secretary Treasurer
Provincial Building & Construction Trades Council of Ontario

Construction Labour Relations Speaker Kevin Banks

Kevin Banks

Associate Professor; Director, Centre for Law in the Contemporary Workplace
Queen's University

Eric Comartin

Legal Counsel
Ontario Sheet Metal Workers’ & Roofers’ Conference

Construction Labour Relations Speaker Elizabeth M. Keenan

M. Elizabeth Keenan

Partner
Mathews, Dinsdale & Clark LLP

Construction Labour Relations Speaker Jayson Rider

Jayson Rider

Partner
Crawford Chondon & Partners LLP

Construction Labour Relations Speaker Bannon, David J.

David J. Bannon

Partner
Hicks Morley Hamilton Stewart Storie LLP

Construction Labour Relations Speaker Don Eady

Donald K. Eady

Partner
Paliare Roland Rosenberg Rothstein LLP

Construction Labour Relations Speaker Daniel R. McDonald

Daniel R. McDonald

Partner
Norton Rose Fulbright
Canada LLP

Construction Labour Relations Speaker James Robbins

James Robbins

Partner
Cavalluzzo LLP

Construction Labour Relations Speaker Benjamin A. Barnes

Benjamin A. Barnes

Partner
Gibson & Barnes LLP

Construction Labour Relations Speaker Toni Fanelli

Tony Fanelli

Executive Director
Construction Labour Relations
Association of Ontario

Construction Labour Relations Speaker Sean McFarling

Sean McFarling

General Counsel
LiUNA OPDC &
LiUNA CECOF

Construction Labour Relations Speaker Ernie Schirru

Ernie Schirru

Partner
Koskie Minsky LLP

Construction Labour Relations Speaker John Bonin

John Bonin

Manager of Indigenous Affairs
Aecon Group Inc.

Construction Labour Relations Speaker Bernard Fishbein

Bernard Fishbein

Chair
Ontario Labour Relations Board

Construction Labour Relations Speaker Jeffrey D. A. Murray

Jeffrey D. A. Murray

Partner
Stringer LLP

Construction Labour Relations Speaker Lee Shouldice

Lee Shouldice

Vice-Chair
Ontario Labour Relations Board

Construction Labour Relations Speaker Keith Burkhardt

Keith P. Burkhardt

Partner
Sherrard Kuzz LLP

Darryl Hill

Superintendent of Operations
A6N Aecon-Six Nations Joint Venture

Construction Labour Relations Speaker Andrew Pariser

Andrew Pariser

Training and Skills Advisor (TSA)
Reporting to the Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development

Construction Labour Relations Speaker Susan Ursel

Susan Ursel

Senior Partner
Ursel Phillips Fellows Hopkinson LLP

Michael Church

Partner
CaleyWray

Construction Labour Relations Speaker David P. Jacobs

David P. Jacobs

Senior Partner
Watson Jacobs McCreary LLP

Construction Labour Relations Speaker Carl W. Peterson

Carl W. Peterson

Partner
Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti LLP

Construction Labour Relations Speaker Graham Williamson

Graham Williamson

Senior Legal Counsel
LiUNA Local 183

Construction Labour Relations Speaker Daryn Jeffries

Daryn Jeffries

Partner
Rae Christen Jeffries LLP

Construction Labour Relations Speaker Richmond, Lorne

Lorne Richmond

Partner
Goldblatt Partners LLP

Kevin Banks

Associate Professor; Director, Centre for Law in the Contemporary Workplace
Queen's University

Tony Fanelli

Executive Director
Construction Labour Relations
Association of Ontario

Carl W. Peterson

Partner
Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti LLP

David J. Bannon

Partner
Hicks Morley Hamilton Stewart Storie LLP

Bernard Fishbein

Chair
Ontario Labour Relations Board

Lorne Richmond

Partner
Goldblatt Partners LLP

Benjamin A. Barnes

Partner
Gibson & Barnes LLP

Darryl Hill

Superintendent of Operations
A6N Aecon-Six Nations Joint Venture

Jayson Rider

Partner
Crawford Chondon & Partners LLP

John Bonin

Manager of Indigenous Affairs
Aecon Group Inc.

David P. Jacobs

Senior Partner
Watson Jacobs McCreary LLP

James Robbins

Partner
Cavalluzzo LLP

Keith P. Burkhardt

Partner
Sherrard Kuzz LLP

Daryn Jeffries

Partner
Rae Christen Jeffries LLP

Ernie Schirru

Partner
Koskie Minsky LLP

Richard J. Charney

Global Head of Employment & Labour
Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP

Daniel R. McDonald

Partner
Norton Rose Fulbright
Canada LLP

Lee Shouldice

Vice-Chair
Ontario Labour Relations Board

Michael Church

Partner
CaleyWray

Sean McFarling

General Counsel
LiUNA OPDC &
LiUNA CECOF

Susan Ursel

Senior Partner
Ursel Phillips Fellows Hopkinson LLP

Eric Comartin

Legal Counsel
Ontario Sheet Metal Workers’ & Roofers’ Conference

Alan M. Minsky, Q.C.

Partner
Koskie Minsky LLP

Graham Williamson

Senior Legal Counsel
LiUNA Local 183

Patrick Dillon

Business Manager and Secretary Treasurer
Provincial Building and Construction Trades
Council of Ontario

Jeffrey D. A. Murray

Partner
Stringer LLP

Donald K. Eady

Partner
Paliare Roland Rosenberg Rothstein LLP

Andrew Pariser

Training and Skills Advisor (TSA)
Reporting to the Minister of Labour,
Training and Skills Development

Kevin Banks

Associate Professor; Director, Centre for Law in the Contemporary Workplace
Queen's University

Tony Fanelli

Executive Director
Construction Labour Relations Association of Ontario

Carl W. Peterson

Partner
Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti LLP

David J. Bannon

Partner
Hicks Morley Hamilton Stewart Storie LLP

Bernard Fishbein

Chair
Ontario Labour Relations Board

Lorne Richmond

Partner
Goldblatt Partners LLP

Benjamin A. Barnes

Partner
Gibson & Barnes LLP

Darryl Hill

Superintendent of Operations
A6N Aecon-Six Nations
Joint Venture

Jayson Rider

Partner
Crawford Chondon & Partners LLP

John Bonin

Manager of Indigenous Affairs
Aecon Group Inc.

David P. Jacobs

Senior Partner
Watson Jacobs McCreary LLP

James Robbins

Partner
Cavalluzzo LLP

Keith P. Burkhardt

Partner
Sherrard Kuzz LLP

Daryn Jeffries

Partner
Rae Christen Jeffries LLP

Ernie Schirru

Partner
Koskie Minsky LLP

Richard J. Charney

Global Head of Employment
& Labour
Norton Rose Fulbright
Canada LLP

Daniel R. McDonald

Partner
Norton Rose Fulbright
Canada LLP

Lee Shouldice

Vice-Chair
Ontario Labour Relations Board

Michael Church

Partner
CaleyWray

Sean McFarling

General Counsel
LiUNA OPDC &
LiUNA CECOF

Susan Ursel

Senior Partner
Ursel Phillips Fellows Hopkinson LLP

Eric Comartin

Legal Counsel
Ontario Sheet Metal Workers’
& Roofers’ Conference

Alan M. Minsky, Q.C.

Partner
Koskie Minsky LLP

Graham Williamson

Senior Legal Counsel
LiUNA Local 183

Patrick Dillon

Business Manager and
Secretary Treasurer
Provincial Building and Construction Trades
Council of Ontario

Jeffrey D. A. Murray

Partner
Stringer LLP

Donald K. Eady

Partner
Paliare Roland Barristers

Andrew Pariser

Training and Skills Advisor (TSA)
Reporting to the Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development

Kevin Banks

Associate Professor; Director, Centre for Law in the Contemporary Workplace
Queen's University
Read Profile

David J. Bannon

Partner
Hicks Morley Hamilton Stewart Storie LLP
Read Profile

Benjamin A. Barnes

Partner
Gibson & Barnes LL
Read Profile

John Bonin

Manager of Indigenous Affairs
Aecon Group Inc.
Read Profile

Keith P. Burkhardt

Partner
Sherrard Kuzz LLP
Read Profile

Richard J. Charney

Global Head of Employment & Labour
Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP
Read Profile

Michael Church

Partner
CaleyWray

Eric Comartin

Legal Counsel
Ontario Sheet Metal Workers’ & Roofers’ Conference

Donald K. Eady

Partner
Paliare Roland Rosenberg Rothstein LLP
Read Profile

Tony Fanelli

Executive Director
Construction Labour Relations Association of Ontario
Read Profile

Bernard Fishbein

Chair
Ontario Labour Relations Board
Read Profile

Darryl Hill

Superintendent of Operations
A6N Aecon-Six Nations Joint Venture

David P. Jacobs

Senior Partner
Watson Jacobs McCreary LLP
Read Profile

Daryn Jeffries

Partner
Rae Christen Jeffries LLP
Read Profile

M. Elizabeth Keenan

Partner
Mathews, Dinsdale & Clark LLP

Daniel R. McDonald

Partner
Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP
Read Profile

Sean McFarling

General Counsel
LiUNA OPDC & LiUNA CECOF
Read Profile

Alan M. Minsky, Q.C.

Partner
Koskie Minsky LLP
Read Profile

Jeffrey D. A. Murray

Partner
Stringer LLP
Read Profile

Andrew Pariser

Training and Skills Advisor (TSA)
Reporting to the Minister of Labour,
Training and Skills Development
Read Profile

Carl W. Peterson

Partner
Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti LLP
Read Profile

Lorne Richmond

Partner
Goldblatt Partners LLP
Read Profile

Jayson Rider

Partner
Crawford Chondon & Partners LLP
Read Profile

James Robbins

Partner
Cavalluzzo LLP
Read Profile

Ernie A. Schirru

Partner
Koskie Minsky LLP
Read Profile

Lee Shouldice

Vice-Chair
Ontario Labour Relations Board
Read Profile

Susan Ursel

Senior Partner
Ursel Phillips Fellows Hopkinson LLP
Read Profile

Graham Williamson

Senior Legal Counsel
LiUNA Local 183
Read Profile

Key Themes and highlights

  • Legal Quagmire: Implications of Legislative Changes to Construction Labour Relations
  • Re-examining Province-Wide Bargaining and Labour Relations Laws in the ICI Sector
  • Alternative Approaches and Practices to Solving Jurisdictional Disputes
  • Dual Perspectives on Fitness for Duty, A&D Testing, Impairment and the Liabilities that come from Impairment in the Construction Workplace
  • New developments in Discipline & Discharge in the Construction Industry
  • Attracting and Retaining Traditionally Underrepresented Groups into the Skilled Trades
  • Confronting the need for Labour Supply into the Future
  • And much more…

Key Themes and highlights

  • Legal Quagmire: Implications of Legislative Changes to Construction Labour Relations
  • Re-examining Province-Wide Bargaining and Labour Relations Laws in the ICI Sector
  • Alternative Approaches and Practices to Solving Jurisdictional Disputes
  • Dual Perspectives on Fitness for Duty, A&D Testing, Impairment and the Liabilities that come from Impairment in the Construction Workplace
  • New developments in Discipline & Discharge in the Construction Industry
  • Attracting and Retaining Traditionally Underrepresented Groups into the Skilled Trades
  • Confronting the need for Labour Supply into the Future
  • And much more…

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Old Mill Toronto
21 Old Mill Rd
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Tel: (416) 236-2641

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Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Hours

Ontario: Law Society of Ontario (LSO)

This program contains 2 hours and 15 minutes of EDI Professionalism content
and up to 12 hours and 20 minutes of Substantive content.

Alberta: Law Society of Alberta

For Alberta lawyers, consider including this course as a CPD learning activity in your mandatory annual Continuing Professional Development Plan as required by the Law Society of Alberta.

British Columbia: The Law Society of British Columbia

The law society of British Columbia has approved this program for 13.5 accredited CPD hours.

Quebec: Barreau du Québec

The Barreau du Québec automatically recognizes training activities held outside the province of Quebec and accredited by another Law Society which has adopted MCLE for its members. This program is thus approved by the Barreau du Québec for 12 hours and 20 minutes.

Nova Scotia: Nova Scotia Barristers' Society

For Nova Scotia lawyers, consider including this course as a CPD learning activity in your mandatory annual Continuing Professional Development Plan as required by the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society.

Saskatchewan: The Law Society of Saskatchewan

The Law Society of Saskatchewan has approved this event and confirmed that it qualifies for 12.5 CPD Hours, of which 1 hour qualifies for Ethics.

Construction Labour Relations Conference Chair Rick J. Charney

Richard J. Charney

Global Head of Employment & Labour
Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP

Richard J. Charney is a Toronto-based senior partner in the law firm of Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP, where he generally acts for employers and employers’ organizations in labour relations and employment matters. He currently serves as Global Head of Employment and Labour for Norton Rose Fulbright worldwide.

Mr. Charney is counsel to a variety of employers and employers' organizations, and appears before tribunals and courts including the Ontario Labour Relations Board. In addition to his role as advocate, he assists clients in collective bargaining and strategic advice. An active labour relations practitioner in the construction industry, Mr. Charney has a Master of Law degree from the University of Cambridge, England, is co-author of the Canada-wide publication, Judicial Review in Labour Law, and frequently lectures to groups and at the university level. He was an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law.

Mr. Charney is recognized in legal publications, such as Chambers Global, The Legal 500, International Who’s Who, Best Lawyers, and Lexpert. He was named in The 2019 Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada as one of nine leading labour lawyers in Canada.

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Construction Labour Relations Chair Alan M.Minsky, Q.C.

Alan M. Minsky, Q.C.

Partner
Koskie Minsky LLP

Alan M. Minsky, Q.C. has practised in all aspects of labour relations and employment law before the various labour relations and employment tribunals and in the courts, including before the Supreme Court of Canada, on behalf of private and public sector trade union and professional association clients.

Alan’s practice over the years has focussed on construction labour relations. He has frequently acted on behalf of building trade unions and their councils of trade unions, including the Central Ontario Building Trades and the Provincial Building & Construction Trades Council, in labour-related proceedings before the Boards and Courts. Alan has been consulted from time to time by the Ontario Minister of Labour of the day on amendments to the Labour Relations Act.

Alan has been recognized by the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2009, 2010 and 2011 in the Labour Relations and Employment Law categories. He has also been listed in the 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada for the labour practice area.

Education
LL.B., 1969, University of Toronto
B.A., 1966, University of Toronto

Memberships/Affiliations
Member, Canadian Bar Association
Fellow, College of Labour and Employment Lawyers

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Construction Labour Relations Keynote Arlene Dunn

Arlene Dunn

Director
Canada's Building Trades Unions

Before taking on the role of Director of Canada’s Building Trades Unions (CBTU), Arlene Dunn spent 25 years with the Labourers’ International Union of North America in New Brunswick. She served various positions including Recording Secretary, Secretary Treasurer of the Atlantic Region District Council, trustee of the Atlantic Labourers’ Health and Welfare Trust and Labourers’ Training Fund and Business Manager.

Looking to broaden and diversify her labour relations perspective, she moved to the province of Newfoundland and Labrador to assume the role of Executive Director of the Hebron Project Employers’ Association, where she managed labour relations and oversaw the administration of the Project Labour Agreement (PLA) for the Hebron oil platform build. Thereafter, she served as the Executive Director of the Newfoundland and Labrador Building and Construction Trades Council.

In March, 2019, after serving as the Deputy Director of CBTU for the previous three years, Arlene assumed the position of Director of Canada’s Building Trades Unions. In this role, Arlene is responsible for overseeing the operations of the CBTU office, programs and coordinating the work of the affiliates and local and provincial councils across Canada, and speaking on behalf of Canadian construction workers. Arlene is the first-ever female director of the CBTU and is the highest-ranking female in the construction sector in North America.

Arlene is a graduate of the University of New Brunswick and recently completed Women in Leadership studies at Cornell University. She is a strong advocate for providing equal opportunity to under-represented groups who have an interest in the skilled trades and she works with the various Affiliate unions to make that happen. She is especially focused on educating women about the unparalleled benefits and retirement pensions the unionized skilled trades offer, which are essential to their financial independence and self-sufficiency; as well as the wealth of career advantages - high pay and no wage gap, leadership opportunities, advancement, freedom – a profession where the glass ceiling is not impervious. She’s also passionate about helping those struggling with substance dependency and mental health. Arlene established a fully comprehensive Substance Dependency Rehabilitation Program for the members of the Newfoundland and Labrador building trades; she currently serves on North America’s Building Trades Unions Opioid Task Force; and is working with Health Canada on a national initiative to raise awareness, reduce stigma and educate the public about the opioid epidemic. Arlene is married to John, a member of the United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters and their proudest achievement is raising their daughter, Aaliyah.

Construction Labour Relations Keynote John M. Beck

John M. Beck

Executive Chairman
Aecon Group Inc.

John M. Beck is founder and Executive Chairman of Aecon Group Inc.
A graduate in Civil Engineering from McGill University, Mr. Beck has more than 50 years of experience in the construction industry in Canada and internationally. His background includes corporate leadership in numerous construction activities including heavy civil projects and public-private partnerships for the development of infrastructure, such as airports, toll roads and transit systems.

Mr. Beck is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Ontario Financing Authority and the Royal Conservatory of Music, and has been Co-Chair of the Infrastructure & Urban Development Industries at the World Economic Forum. He is a member of the Advisory Council for the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary and also a member of the Business Council of Canada. He was previously Chairman of the Board of the Ontario Power Authority, a government agency with responsibility for planning and procuring all of the province’s power needs for the next 20 years. Mr. Beck received the 2018 Par Excellence in Business Award from the French Canada Chamber of Commerce – Ontario. He also received the LiUNA Builder’s Award at the 2018 Ontario Business Achievement Awards (OBAA) and was named P3 Champion of the Year by the Canadian Council of Public Private Partnerships in 2013. In recognition of his distinguished achievements and career-long service to the engineering profession, Mr. Beck was inducted as a Fellow into the Canadian Academy of Engineering.

Construction Labour Relations Speaker Patrick Dillon

Patrick J. Dillon

Business Manager and Secretary Treasurer
Provincial Building and Construction
Trades Council of Ontario

Patrick J. Dillon is the Business Manager and Secretary Treasurer of the Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario. He is a passionate advocate for health and safety in the workplace, as evidenced by his support for legislation that strengthens worker safety, including the Right to Refuse Unsafe Work. He began his career in the construction industry as an apprentice electrician in 1961 and became a journeyperson in 1966. Following eighteen years of experience in the construction industry, he was elected Business Manager of Local 105 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. In 1991 he was elected Executive Chair of the IBEW Construction Council of Ontario. Mr. Dillon has served on numerous provincial, federal and industry-related boards. He is a past President and Member of the Board of Directors of the Construction Safety Association of Ontario (CSAO), now part ofthe Infrastructure Health and Safety Association (IHSA). He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Workers Health and Safety Centre. For sixteen years, Patrick served on the Board of Directors of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) where a part of the Board’s mandate was Prevention and he served as Chair of the Board’s Health/Safety and Prevention Committee until it was moved to the Ministry of Labour.

Construction Labour Relations Speaker Kevin Banks

Kevin Banks

Director, Centre for Law in the Contemporary Workplace
Associate Professor of Law
Queen's University

Kevin Banks is Director of the Queen’s Centre for Law in the Contemporary Workplace. He teaches, researches and writes about international and Canadian labour and employment law. His research often focuses on the law in action, and specifically on whether and how it can be effective in achieving its purposes. He also teaches property law and advocacy. He earned his S.J.D. from Harvard Law School, and his B.A. and LL.B from the University of Toronto.

Construction Labour Relations Speaker Jayson Rider

Jayson Rider

Partner
Crawford Chondon & Partners LLP

Jay joined Crawford Chondon & Partners LLP as a partner in October of 2001.

Jay represents employers in all areas of labour and employment law at both federal and provincial levels. He provides strategic advice and representation to management with respect to a full range of labour relations and employment law matters. He regularly appears as counsel in collective bargaining and before the Ontario (OLRB) and Canada (CIRB) labour/industrial relations boards, the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal, as well as private boards of arbitration and various other employment related statutory tribunals.

Jay has significant experience advising management on labour and employment issues arising from all manner of transactions or reorganizations in both the public and private sectors. Jay regularly conducts workshops and seminars dealing with issues such as union organizing, employee relations, managing in a union workplace and employment standards. Jay has also served as an employer nominee on both rights and interest boards of arbitration.

Construction Labour Relations Speaker Bannon, David J

DAVID J. BANNON

Partner
Hicks Morley Hamilton Stewart Storie LLP

David J. Bannon is a labour and employment lawyer in Hicks Morley’s Toronto office. David represents private sector employers in a variety of litigation forums. David is certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a Specialist in Labour and Employment Law. He regularly appears before the Ontario Labour Relations Board and private arbitrators, the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal, Provincial Offenses Court defending against Occupational Health and Safety Act charges, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal and the Ontario Court of Justice. David has extensive experience in the Construction and Automotive Industries. He frequently speaks on a wide range of labour and health and safety matters before private associations and industry audiences.

Construction Labour Relations Speaker Don Eady

Donald K. Eady

Partner
Paliare Roland Rosenberg Rothstein LLP

Don Eady practices union-side labour law, employment law, administrative law and government relations. He has considerable experience in all aspects of labour relations, occupational health and safety and workers' compensation. Mr. Eady has acted as counsel to trade unions with particular emphasis on internal union disputes, picketing and strike-related legal matters, union certifications, successor rights and grievance arbitration. Mr. Eady has appeared before numerous administrative tribunals and trial and appellate courts in the Province of Ontario.

In 1993 Mr. Eady was Special Assistant to the Ontario Ministry of Labour. He was involved in the development of the Crown Employees Collective Bargaining Act, as well as amendments to the Labour Relations Act, the Workers' Compensation Act and regulations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

Along with Ian Roland and Robert Centa, Mr. Eady was counsel to the Ontario Public Service Employees Union with respect to the Walkerton inquiry.

Mr. Eady has been invited to speak at various conferences on issues ranging from picketing injunctions, internal union matters, human rights in the arbitration process, innocent absenteeism, and the right to refuse unsafe work.

Mr. Eady is a member of the Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers.

Construction Labour Relations Speaker Daniel R. McDonald

Daniel R. McDonald

Partner
Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP

Dan McDonald practises in all areas of labour law, with a particular focus on construction labour litigation, as well as human rights and health and safety matters. Mr. McDonald regularly acts as employer counsel in grievance arbitrations and human rights applications, wrongful dismissal litigation and proceedings before the Canada Industrial Relations Board and Ontario Labour Relations Board.

He has authored, co-authored and presented several papers relating to arbitration trends, the rights of organized labour and human rights litigation.

Construction Labour Relations Speaker James Robbins

James Robbins

Partner
Cavalluzzo LLP

James Robbins is a partner at Cavalluzzo LLP, where he leads the firm's construction group and is a member of the labour group.

James is well known as an advocate for construction unions in Ontario. He works with his clients to develop effective strategies to achieve their goals, whether through negotiation, litigation, or advocacy regarding public policy, and provides practical ways of resolving their problems.

In the area of occupational health and safety, James provides strategic and policy advice for union clients in both provincial and federal jurisdiction and has represented them in a wide variety of courts and tribunals.

He has extensive experience acting on behalf of private and public sector union clients in labour relations matters and has appeared frequently before the CIRB, OLRB and arbitrators.

Construction Labour Relations Speaker Benjamin A. Barnes

Benjamin A. Barnes

Partner
Gibson & Barnes LLP

Ben Barnes co-founded Gibson & Barnes LLP in 2005. Prior to founding the firm, Ben worked as an associate at a Toronto union-side labour law firm and as in-house counsel for a major construction union. Ben's practice includes the representation of trade unions and, especially, construction trade unions. He regularly appears before the Ontario Labour Relations Board and other adjudicative bodies. His work routinely includes applications for certification, grievance arbitration, collective agreement negotiation, unfair labour practice applications, jurisdictional disputes, and related and successor employer applications. The representation of construction industry trade unions involves the long-term representation of sophisticated clients on many complex legal issues. Ben particularly enjoys the many opportunities for strategic planning and litigation created by the web of relationships in the industry.

Ben received an LLB from the University of Toronto in 1999 and a BA (Hons.) from Queen's University in 1995 and has, for many years been recognized by Lexpert as a leading practitioner in the field of Labour-Relations-Construction Sector.

Construction Labour Relations Speaker Toni Fanelli

Tony Fanelli

Executive Director
Construction Labour Relations
Association of Ontario

One of North America’s premier labour relations experts, Tony Fanelli has more than 30 years experience in labour relations, human resources, recruitment, labour strategy, construction management and safety processes across Canada and the US, on multi-million and billion dollar projects. He has also led sensitive negotiations with the First Nations for a variety of owners, paving the way for successful project agreements and delivery.

Tony’s experience spans a broad range of sectors including nuclear, hydroelectric, fossil, solar and wind power generation, as well as infrastructure including roads and light rail, manufacturing, oil refineries, upgraders, LNG, pipelines, petro-chemical and steel mills.

Tony brings a practical, hands-on approach to leadership, labour relations (LR) and construction management. He has deep expertise administering collective agreements; and has negotiated project and maintenance agreements with construction/maintenance building trades both provincially and nationally in Canada, and the US. He has worked in all sectors of the construction industry, primarily participating in ICI provincial negotiations in most provinces in Canada representing industrial contractors as well as other industry associations. Tony is a founding business director of the Construction Sector Council for Canada now known as Build Force Canada.

Tony has established corporate labour relations programs and procedures for a wide range of projects, and has managed the human resources function at regional and corporate levels. He has provided advice to executive management and owners on all matters relating to LR including collective bargaining, grievance resolution, safety policy & procedures, regulations and legislative matters and project governance.

Positions Tony has held throughout his career include Vice President, Manager of Labour Relations, Bantrel/Bantrel Constructors (subsidiary of Bechtel Canada); Project Labour Relations Manager, Flour Canada; Director of Labour Services for SNC-Lavalin, Montreal; Operations Manager for BFI Constructors; and Vice President, Employee Relations & Safety for Comstock Canada. Recent notable projects:

        •   Negotiated the first Project Labour Agreement (PLA) of its kind in the Province of British
             Columbia for Pacific North West Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) in Prince Rupert, BC
        •   Kitimat Modernization Project, major expansion of world scale smelter for Rio Tinto
             in Kitimat, BC
        •   Negotiated and administered the PLA for the Edmonton Valley LRT Project
             in Edmonton, Alberta
        •   Set up the Labour Strategy and PLA for Conoco Phillip’s 180,000 Barrel/day SAGD in
             Fort MacMurray, Alberta
        •   Managed the LR Program at Scotford UE1 Upgrader Project for Shell Canada in
             Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta
        •   Negotiated and administered the PLA for the Iron Ore Company (Rio Tinto) in
             Labrador City, Labrador
        •   Set up corporate governance and administered the Labour Relations Program on
             the Keeyask Project in Gillum, Manitoba for Manitoba Hydro.

Tony graduated from the University of Western Ontario; went on to University of Windsor; and received his Financial Certificate from York University.

Construction Labour Relations Speaker Sean McFarling

Sean McFarling

General Counsel
LiUNA OPDC & LiUNA CECOF

Sean McFarling is a union-side labour lawyer retained as General Counsel to the Labourers’ International Union of North America, Ontario Provincial District Council (“OPDC”) and LiUNA’s Central and Eastern Canada Organizing Fund (“CECOF”). His practice focuses on providing strategic advice and overseeing the OPDC’s legal affairs across Ontario and CECOF’s legal matters across Central and Eastern Canada.

In addition to serving as General Counsel to the OPDC and CECOF, Sean offers educational and legal services to administrative tribunals. This area of his practice includes providing training to lay tribunal members on the principals of administrative law and understanding and applying rules of procedure. He also acts as Independent Legal Counsel during hearings and litigation counsel in appellate matters.

Construction Labour Relations Speaker Ernie Schirru

Ernie Schirru

Partner
Koskie Minsky LLP

Ernie Schirru has practiced both labour and employment law at Koskie Minsky since his call to the Bar in 2003 and is the current leader of the firm’s Labour practice group.

Ernie represents industrial, public sector, private sector, entertainment industry and construction trade unions on a full range of labour relations matters, including the acquisition and maintenance of bargaining rights, unfair labour practices, discipline and discharge, grievances arising under collective agreements, human rights issues, employment standards, health and safety, workplace injuries and collective bargaining. Ernie also provides clients with advice on a wide variety of individual employment and human resource related issues and litigation.

In 2015, Ernie accepted an appointment as an adjunct professor at Osgoode Hall Law School where he teaches the upper year JD Collective Bargaining Law Course. He is also a co-editor and regular contributor to the Koskie Minsky Employment News and Employment Law blog.

Education
LL.B., 2002, Osgoode Hall Law School B.A. – Labour Studies & Politics, 1999, Brock University

Memberships/Affiliations
Former Vice-Chair and Executive Member, Ontario Bar Association Labour & Employment Law Section Member, Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers Member, Canadian Bar Association Member, Ontario Bar Association

Construction Labour Relations Speaker John Bonin

John Bonin

Manager of Indigenous Affairs
Aecon Group Inc.

John Bonin is Manager of Indigenous Affairs at Aecon Group Inc. He is an expert in relationship building and negotiations with government and Indigenous communities, and was appointed to the Provincial Minister’s Aboriginal Economic Development Advisory Panel. John brings extensive experience in indigenous relations, negotiating skills, and strategic planning complemented by significant knowledge of construction and operations. His role revolves around supporting project teams in a leadership position to help the company achieve long-term goals of being respected partners and driving economic development opportunities with Indigenous communities.

Previously, John worked at Union Gas for 40 years in various management positions including operations, construction, maintenance, sales and service across the Ontario operations. He has also assisted in the start-up of WestCoast Energy companies: Union Energy and Maritimes NRG in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.

John holds Queens’ University course certificates concentrating in consultation and negotiation, and strategic planning. He earned his Ontario College Diploma in Business Management at Fanshawe College and has been very active in leadership roles with various Chambers of Commerce, Rotary and Lions Clubs across Ontario.

Construction Labour Relations Speaker Bernard Fishbein

Bernard fishbein

Chair
Ontario Labour Relations Board

Bernard Fishbein is the current Chair of the Ontario Labour Relations Board. He is a lawyer and was the former Managing Partner of Koskie Minsky LLP where he practised trade union labour law since the firm’s inception in 1981. Prior to this, he was an Associate in the firm of Robins & Partners. Mr. Fishbein has an LLB from the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law and an LLM from Harvard Law School. He has taught employment law at the University of Toronto and arbitration law at its Faculty of Law as well as speaking at and writing for countless continuing legal educators and professional conferences and seminars. He is a Co-Chair of the University of Toronto Academic Discipline Tribunal. He is a former member of the Ontario Grievance Settlement Board and former Chair of the Labour Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association of Ontario. Mr. Fishbein is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and the Canadian Bar Association. He has held senior volunteer positions in many community organizations (including President of the Bathurst Jewish Community Centre and Adath Israel Synagogue).

Construction Labour Relations Speaker Jeffrey D. A. Murray

Jeffrey D. A. Murray

Partner
Stringer LLP

Jeff acts exclusively for employers, particularly in the manufacturing, municipal, health, and construction sectors. His extensive experience includes:

• Collective bargaining
• Labour arbitration, human rights, and labour board litigation
• Guidance on how to conduct effective campaigns to remain union-free
• Civil litigation, appeals, and judicial review
• Advising in acquisitions, downsizing, and divestitures

Jeff’s goal is to assist clients in achieving their immediate and long-term objectives in an efficient and cost-effective manner through concise advocacy and rigorous problem solving. He believes that practicing management law is an excellent way to do good in the world. He frequently works with clients based in the United States and has been a contributing editor to the Federated Press journal Management Rights. Jeff speaks regularly on Managing in a Unionized Workplace, Human Rights and Accommodation, Construction Labour Relations, and Workplace Privacy. He is also designated by the Law Society of Ontario as a Certified Specialist in Labour Law.

Jeff is a past Director of the Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers.

Education
Queen’s University, LL.B., 1995
University of Toronto, B.A. (with distinction), 1992

Construction Labour Relations Speaker Lee Shouldice

Lee Shouldice

Vice-Chair
Ontario Labour Relations Board

Lee Shouldice is a Vice-Chair of the Ontario Labour Relations Board. Lee received his B.A. in Economics and Law (with distinction) from Carleton University in 1982, his LLB. from the University of Toronto in 1985, and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1987. He practiced labour and employment law until 1993, at which time he was appointed to the Board as a Vice-Chair. Lee served on the Board until 1999, at which time he joined the Labour & Employment Law Group at the law firm of Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP. Lee became a partner at Blakes in 2000, and remained at the firm until August, 2007, when he was reappointed to the Board. Lee devotes most of his time at the Board to the adjudication of construction industry matters. He has taught courses in both labour law and employment law at George Brown College, and for many years was a contributing editor to Carswell’s Human Resources Management in Canada and Human Resources Management in Mid-Sized Firms.

Construction Labour Relations Speaker Keith Burkhardt

Keith P. Burkhardt

Partner
Sherrard Kuzz LLP

Keith Burkhardt is a partner at Sherrard Kuzz LLP, one of Canada’s leading employment and labour law firms. Keith regularly appears before the Ontario Labour Relations Board and labour arbitrators and has focused his practice on the representation of management in a number of areas including: addressing union organizing and applications for certification, collective bargaining, grievance arbitration, employment contracts and terminations, Ontario Labour Relations Board proceedings, and Workplace Safety and Insurance Board issues. He is also a member of the Ontario Labour Relations Board Advisory Committee where he provides insight and feedback to the Labour Board regarding its policies, practices and rules.

Prior to joining Sherrard Kuzz LLP, Keith obtained a Juris Doctor and Master of Industrial Relations Degree from University of Toronto, as well as an Honours Bachelor of Commerce Degree from Lakehead University.

Construction Labour Relations Speaker Andrew Pariser

Andrew Pariser

Training and Skills Advisor (TSA)
Reporting to the Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development

Andrew Pariser is a Training Skills Advisor appointed to engage with industry stakeholders and give advice to the Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development. He is also the vice-president of Residential Construction Council of Ontario (RESCON) (since 2014), and specializes in training and apprenticeship, health and safety, and labour relations. Andrew is the chair of both the RESCON Health and Safety committee and Training and Apprenticeship committee and sits on three program advisory committees (PACs) at Durham, Humber, and George Brown College.

Andrew’s passion for all issues related to apprenticeship and skilled trades began during his eight years with the Ontario Ministry of Labour in the mediator services division where he interacted with all sectors of Ontario economy including industrial, services, automotive, and construction. This passion continued with his appointment to the International Foundation of Employee Benefits Plan (IFEBP) Apprentice, Training and Education Board (2017-2018) and IFEBP Canadian Board (2018-2021).

Andrew graduated from Queen’s University with a BAH (Economics and Geography) in 2006 and again in 2007 with a master’s in Industrial Relations.

Construction Labour Relations Speaker Susan Ursel

Susan Ursel

Senior Partner
Ursel Phillips Fellows Hopkinson LLP

Susan Ursel is Senior Partner with Ursel Phillips Fellows Hopkinson LLP. As labour counsel, Susan works primarily with public sector and broader public sector trade unions and associations. She began her legal practice many years ago working for a number of construction unions on a variety of issues including jurisdictional disputes and health and safety issues. She continues her work in the construction sector today on specialized issues, primarily dealing with pensions, benefits, trusts and similar matters.

Susan is a frequent speaker, teacher and writer on human rights and Charter issues, as well as labour related issues such as pay equity, pensions, and labour rights. She has received many rewards in recognition of her long-term commitment to justice. Most recently, Susan was deeply honoured to be a 2019 recipient of the Law Society of Ontario Medal, which is given for outstanding service within the profession, in accordance with the highest ideals of the legal profession. Her numerous accolades and vast experience are detailed at www.upfhlaw.ca.

Construction Labour Relations Speaker David P. Jacobs

David p. Jacobs

Senior Partner
Watson Jacobs McCreary LLP

David P. Jacobs is a senior partner at the firm of Watson Jacobs McCreary LLP. He has practiced law for over 36 years. David represents unions, associations and institutional clients and others before Boards of Arbitration, the Ontario Labour Relations Board, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario and courts at all levels. David is independent legal counsel to professional regulation, discipline and licensing tribunals. He is General Legal Counsel to the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board and Health Services Appeal and Review Board. He is an experienced appellate advocate and mediator.

David is elected Chair of the Legal Advisory Committee of the International Criminal Court Bar Association and is admitted to the International Criminal Court’s List of Counsel. He has acted as lead defence counsel in proceedings before the Trial and Appeal Chambers of the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.

David is a lecturer, writer and media commentator on legal issues. He is active in professional associations in Canada and internationally. He is a member of the Advocates’ Society, the Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers and the Association of Defence Counsel Practising before the International Courts and Tribunals, among others. David is a member of the Public Affairs Committee of the Ontario Bar Association and past Chair of the Constitutional and Civil Liberties Section of the Canadian Bar Association (Ontario). David is the author of, among other publications, a section in the leading text, Macaulay’s Practice and Procedure Before Administrative Tribunals.

Construction Labour Relations Speaker Carl W. Peterson

Carl W. Peterson

Partner
Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti LLP

Carl W. Peterson is a partner of the firm and since his call to the bar in 1984, he has worked in all areas of labour law with special expertise in the construction industry and health and safety litigation. In addition to defending employers against health and safety charges, he has been quite active in developing policies and seminars for employers to prevent accidents and avoid litigation.

Carl has a great deal of experience in assisting non-union and union employers develop positive employee relations and employee empowerment programs and has drafted a number of policies and conducted several seminars in this new and interesting area.

Carl has gained considerable experience in resolving the legal problems associated with the use of independent contractors and outsourcing of various business functions.

Carl has also participated in a number of legal education seminars in the field of construction, health and safety, employment standards and outsourcing and has written a number of articles on these and various other labour law subjects.

Construction Labour Relations Speaker Graham Williamson

graham Williamson

Senior Legal Counsel
Labourers’ International Union of North America, Local 183

Graham Williamson is Senior Legal Counsel for Labourers’ International Union of North America, Local 183, the largest construction local union in North America. In this role Graham provides general and strategic advice to the Union, and represents the Union and its members in collective bargaining, arbitration hearings, and proceedings before the Ontario Labour Relations Board and in the Courts.

Prior to joining Local 183 Graham was a partner in a Toronto law firm where he was the head of the labour department. Graham has extensive experience representing public and private sector unions in complex labour litigation. Graham is a Certified Specialist in Labour Law. He received his B.A. (Honours) in Philosophy and English from Huron College, at the University of Western Ontario and his LL.B. from the University of Toronto.

Construction Labour Relations Speaker Daryn Jeffries

Daryn Jeffries

Partner
Rae Christen Jeffries LLP

An experienced litigator who represents management in all matters relating to labour relations and employment law, Daryn has a particular focus on the interpretation and application of collective agreements, the Ontario Labour Relations Act and the Employment Standards Act.

While Daryn partners with employers in all sectors, he has noted and extensive experience in the broader public sector, including with municipalities, hospitals and children’s aid societies. He is first and foremost a highly skilled advocate, but he is frequently recognized by clients for his strategic, day-to-day advice.

Daryn has written and spoken extensively on many labour and employment law topics, including workplace and sexual harassment, human rights, performance management, workplace safety and insurance law, and absenteeism in the workplace. He is the Consulting Editor of Employment Law for Business and Human Resources Professionals, an employment law text regularly used in post-secondary programs. He was also an Associate Editor of the Canadian Labour Relations Board Reports from 1993 to 1999.

Daryn attended McGill University for his undergraduate education and received his LL.B. from Osgoode Hall in 1992. He was called to the bar in 1994.

He is a proud dad to four incredible daughters and loves to analyze baseball statistics in his spare time.

Construction Labour Relations Speaker Richmond, Lorne

Lorne Richmond

Partner
Goldblatt Partners LLP

For almost 40 years, Lorne Richmond has represented private and public sector trade unions and their members before labour relations boards, arbitrators, and the courts.

Lorne has a particular interest in union organizing campaigns, mergers and inter-union affairs. He represented Ontario bricklayers in their ten-year campaign to win independence from their international union. He also spearheaded the effort to convince the Ontario government to amend the Labour Relations Act to require international unions in the construction industry to demonstrate just cause before placing a local in trusteeship or merging one local with another. More recently, he assisted in achieving improvements to legislation governing training and apprenticeships.

As counsel to a number of multi-employer, trusteed pension and benefit plans in the construction industry, Lorne has also developed an eclectic pension and benefits litigation practice.

Lorne has repeatedly been recognized by his peers as a leading construction labour relations lawyer, including in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory and Best Lawyers. A founding member of the Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers, Lorne also served on the Practice Advisory Committee of the Ontario Labour Relations Board for a number of years. In November 2017, he was inducted as a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.