The Ontario Changing Workplaces Review: Lessons for B.C.

Saturday, October 14th
10 am - 12:30 pm
SFU, The Wosk Centre for Dialogue
WCC 320 Strategy Room
580 West Hastings Street, Vancouver

View recorded presentation and panel discussion

Keynote speaker:

C. Michael Mitchell, Special Advisor to the Ontario Changing Workplaces Review

C. Michael Mitchell is an Arbitrator and Mediator and he is also 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, specializing in both labour and employment law. His practice involved both the private and public sectors, and he 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.. 

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 and advice 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, An Agenda for Workplace Rights”, was released on May 23, 2017.


Dr. Sara Slinn, Professor of Law, Osgoode Hall Law School

Tom Beasley, Chair of the BCLI Employment Standards Act Reform Project

David Fairey, the co-chair of the BC Employment Standards Coalition

The Ontario Changing Workplaces Review was the largest of Ontario's labour laws in decades. Published in 2017, the Review's final report contains 173 recommendations that take special account of the growth of precarious work in the province. But precarious work isn't limited to Ontario. What can B.C. learn from the Changing Workplaces Review process and recommendations? C. Michael Mitchell, Special Advisor to the Review, will give a keynote presentation on these questions. It will be followed by a panel discussion. The event is free and all are welcome.

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Light refreshments served

Sponsored by The SFU Labour Studies Program, with the generous support of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

October 14, 2017