Register of Arbitrators

List of Arbitrators

Guy Beaulieu John Hall Karen Nordlinger
Corinn Bell Irene Holden John Orr
Joy Bischoff Marguerite Jackson Robert Pekeles
Bob Blasina John Kinzie Arne Peltz
Mark Brown Cathy Knapp Vince Ready
Rick Coleman Judi Korbin John P. Sanderson
A. Paul Devine Heather Laing Ken Saunders
Robert D. Diebolt Stan Lanyon Glenn Sigurdson
James E. Dorsey Dalton Larson Sylvia Skratek
Elaine Doyle Paul E. Love Gabriel Somjen
Mike Fleming John McConchie Chris Sullivan
Ken Glasner, QC Joan McEwen Colin Taylor
Nicholas Glass David McPhillips Mark Thompson
Joan Gordon Wayne Moore Kate Young
Jessica Gregory Julie Nichols  

Updated May 28, 2019

Initial Placement on the Register

The Joint Advisory Committee (JAC) advises the Director on suitable candidates for placement on the Register of Arbitrators and on training programs to develop new arbitrators. The Register of Arbitrators is a requirement of the Labour Relations Code Section 83(2).

There are two means by which a person may become qualified to be placed on the Register of Arbitrators:

  1. by experience as an arbitrator under consensual appointments; or
  2. by successful completion of the Bureau's arbitrator development program or mentorship as defined below (click HERE for detail):

Mentorship is a period of approximately one year or more with an established labour arbitrator and involves training with respect to the conduct of hearings, mediation and the writing of decisions. An established arbitrator is one having ten years or more experience as an active labour arbitrator and mediator with that being the principal focus of her/his practice and with the ability, alone or in conjunction with other arbitrators, to provide substantial exposure to the conduct of hearings, mediation and the writing of decisions during the mentorship.

The JAC will apply the following criteria when advising the Director as to the suitability of candidates for initial placement on the register of arbitrators:

  1. Mutual Acceptability

    The primary criterion for all those who are placed on the Register of Arbitrators is that they be accepted as impartial and neutral by employers and trade unions. Such acceptability will normally be evidenced by the applicant having received a reasonable number of consensual rights appointments or through mentorship.

  2. Experience in Labour Dispute Resolution

    Candidates for placement on the Register may have acquired relevant experience by one or more of the following means:
    • chairing boards of labour arbitration
    • acting as a nominee for either party
    • arbitration case presentation
    • labour relations board case presentation
    • successful completion of arbitrator development program or mentorship
  3. Availability

    Arbitrators who are placed on the Register must be available to accept assignments throughout the Province and ensure that hearings are held and awards issued within the strict time limits set out in Section 104 of the Labour Relations Code.

  4. Practical Experience in Collective Bargaining

    Practical experience should include either of the following:
    • spokesperson during collective agreement negotiations; or
    • representative in grievance administration with authority to resolve grievances.
  5. Special Skills or Training

    Candidates should be able to demonstrate that they have special skill or training in several of the following areas:
    • conduct of hearings/tribunals to ensure a fair hearing/due process
    • case management
    • mediation
    • dispute resolution
    • labour relations/collective bargaining
    • employment law
    • labour relations law
    • Workers Compensation Board reviews/appeals
    • ability to communicate effectively
    • ability to write clear, concise and timely arbitration awards
    • ability to analyse issues, facts and evidence
    • mentorship

  6. Personal Suitability
    • maturity of judgement
    • impartiality
    • objectivity
    • ability to conduct arbitration hearings
  7. Resident of Province

    All arbitrators on the register are required to be residents of British Columbia and will be removed from the register immediately for failing to comply with this requirement.

  8. Other Relevant Factors

    The JAC may consider other factors which it considers relevant.

Continuing Placement on the Register

The Director, with advice from the JAC, will review regularly the suitability of those placed on the register. In addition to the criteria listed above this review will consider factors such as the acceptability and timeliness of published arbitration awards.

To remain on the register an arbitrator must establish that he or she has received:

  • five consensual appointments as a rights arbitrator under the Labour Relations Code on the preceding year; or
  • average of five consensual appointments during the past three year period. However, where an arbitrator has been unavailable due to sabbatical, maternity leave or other reasons which the JAC considers appropriate, the arbitrator must have received fifteen consensual appointments as a rights arbitrator under the Code during the last three years when not on leave.

Mutual agreement by parties to list an arbitrator in a collective agreement governed by the Labour Relations Code and each appointment under such collective agreement shall each count as one appointment.

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