Ontario Appoints Special Advisors For Changing Workplaces Consultations
Ontario has appointed two Special Advisors, C. Michael Mitchell and the Honourable John C. Murray, to lead and coordinate upcoming public consultations on the changing workplace and provide the Minister of Labour with a final written report with recommendations.
The advisors will provide guidance on the engagement process and solicit input from the public by participating in regional consultations, holding targeted stakeholder meetings and soliciting written submissions. They will also examine academic and inter-jurisdictional research on the changing workplace. The consultation on the changing workplace fulfills a commitment made in the 2014 Throne Speech.
C. Michael Mitchell
Mr. Mitchell was a Senior Partner at Sack Goldblatt Mitchell LLP, an Ontario law firm that specializes in labour and employment law. He practiced law for more than 37 years, and served for 22 years as the Managing Partner of the firm. He has also acted as a mediator in civil and labour cases and as an adjudicator appointed by the courts under a class action settlement. As a lawyer he appeared regularly in all levels of the courts and before administrative tribunals. Mr. Mitchell is co-author of a textbook on the Ontario Labour Relations Board. He recently opened his practice as a full-time arbitrator and mediator. Mr. Mitchell lives in Toronto and is active in several community organizations.
The Honourable John C. Murray
John C. Murray commenced his practice as a full-time mediator and arbitrator in January 2015. He was called to the Ontario Bar and admitted to the Law Society of Upper Canada in 1969. Mr. Murray was appointed to the Bench of the Superior Court of Ontario in May 2004 and retired from the bench in December 2014. Prior to his appointment to the bench he was a founding managing partner and Chair of the Toronto litigation firm Genest Murray. As a practitioner, Mr. Murray regularly provided legal advice to major private and public sector corporations along with public sector institutions such as universities and hospitals. He often acted as an arbitrator and was a pioneer in establishing Alternative Dispute Resolution services in Toronto. He is also a former Chair of the Labour Law Section of the Ontario branch of the Canadian Bar Association.