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June 17, 2014

New Chairperson Appointed to the Public Service Labour Relations Board

I wish to announce that the Governor in Council, on the recommendation of the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, has appointed Catherine Ebbs as the new Chairperson of the Public Service Labour Relations Board (PSLRB), effective July 2, 2014. The appointment of Ms. Ebbs is for a period of one year, or until the new Public Service Labour Relations and Employment Board has been established.

Ms. Ebbs comes to the Board from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police External Review Committee where she served as chairperson, chief executive officer and senior legal counsel. Prior to that, she was a member of the Parole Board of Canada, where she served as the vice-chairperson of its Appeals Division. Ms. Ebbs is also a former chair of the Heads of Federal Administrative Tribunals Forum. She holds a Master of Laws from Osgoode Law School, a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Ottawa, and a Bachelor of Arts from Carleton University.

I am pleased to welcome Ms. Ebbs to the Board.

David Paul Olsen
Acting Chairperson

October 8, 2013

Appointment of a New Part-time Board Member

I am pleased to announce that the Governor in Council, on the recommendation of the Minister of Canadian Heritage, has appointed Emily M. Burke of Vancouver, British Columbia, a part-time member of the Public Service Labour Relations Board. Her five-year term began on October 1, 2013.

I am delighted to welcome Ms. Burke to the Board.

David Paul Olsen
Acting Chairperson

November 8, 2012

Appointment of a new Full-time Board Member

I am pleased to announce the appointment as a full-time Board Member of Mr. John G. Jaworski to the Public Service Labour Relations Board (PSLRB) by the Governor in Council on the recommendation of the Minister of Canadian Heritage.

John G. Jaworski brings to the Public Service Labour Relations Board (PSLRB) extensive experience in labour- and employment-related litigation and mediation in the public sector, most recently as senior counsel at the Department of Justice. Before joining the federal public service, he worked as a practicing lawyer in the private sector in Ottawa, at the Superior Court of Ontario and at the Ontario Court of Appeal.

A seasoned instructor in the areas of litigation and business law, including the Bar Admissions Course for the Law Society of Upper Canada, Mr. Jaworski holds a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) degree from the University of Ottawa and a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Carleton University.

Mr. Jaworski takes up his position as a full-time Board Member on November 5, 2012 for a period of five years.

I know you will all join me in extending a warm welcome to Mr. Jaworski.

Casper M. Bloom, Q.C., Ad. E.
Chairperson

July 6, 2012

Appointment of a new Vice-Chairperson

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. David Paul Olsen as a Vice-Chairperson of the Public Service Labour Relations Board (PSLRB) by the Governor in Council on the recommendation of the Minister of Canadian Heritage.

Mr. Olsen brings to the PSLRB more than 35 years of experience in the areas of labour, employment and human rights law. Most recently, he was a full-time member with the Canada Industrial Relations Board.

Mr. Olsen began his public service career in 1974 as counsel for the Department of Justice, specializing in labour law and civil litigation. He also held progressively senior positions within Canada Post, including Assistant General Counsel, in which he had national responsibility for the corporation's legal practice.

He holds a Masters of Law from McGill University, a Bachelor of Law from Queens University and a Bachelor of Arts from Carleton University. A long-standing member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, he was a part-time professor of labour law at the Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa, and he is an occasional lecturer for continuing education seminars and conferences on labour, employment and human rights law, as well as pay equity.

Mr. Olsen takes up his position as Vice-Chairperson on August 27, 2012 for a period of five years.

Casper M. Bloom, Q.C., Ad. E.
Chairperson


June 1, 2012

Appointment of a new full-time Board Member

I am pleased to announce the appointment as a full-time Board Member of Mr. Michael F. McNamara to the Public Service Labour Relations Board (PSLRB) by the Governor in Council on the recommendation of the Minister of Canadian Heritage.

Mr. McNamara comes to the Public Service Labour Relations Board (PSLRB) from the Public Service Alliance of Canada, where he spent more than two decades negotiating collective agreements. He has extensive experience in negotiating collective agreements in the federal public service, as well as under the Canada Labour Code, the Parliamentary Employment and Staff Relations Act, and the Northwest Territories and Nunavut public service Acts. In addition, from 2003 until joining the PSLRB, Mr. McNamara was a director of the Federal Public Service Health Care Plan.

Mr. McNamara takes up his position as a full-time Board Member on June 1, 2012 for a period of five years.

Casper M. Bloom, Q.C., Ad. E.
Chairperson

April 16, 2012

Appointment of a new full-time Board Member

I am pleased to announce the appointment as a full-time Board Member of Ms. Margaret Shannon to the Public Service Labour Relations Board (PSLRB) by the Governor in Council on the recommendation of the Minister of Canadian Heritage. Ms. Shannon brings to the PSLRB extensive experience in the fields of labour relations, both within Canada and internationally, as well as employment law and human resources. Prior to joining the PSLRB, she was Special Advisor, Strategic Business Integration at the Canada Revenue Agency and previously Director of Collective Bargaining, Interpretation and Recourse at the Agency.

Ms. Shannon takes up her position as a full-time Board Member on April 16, 2012 for a period of five years.

Casper M. Bloom, Q.C., Ad. E.
Chairperson

October 24, 2011

Sylvie M.D. Guilbert Joins the PSLRB as General Counsel

Sylvie GuilbertI am pleased to announce that Sylvie M.D. Guilbert has joined the Public Service Labour Relations Board (PSLRB) as General Counsel, effective October 11, 2011.

A member of the Ontario and the British Columbia law societies, Ms. Guilbert has considerable experience in labour and employment law, including the areas of collective bargaining, grievance arbitration, human rights and pay equity.

Prior to joining the PSLRB, Ms. Guilbert worked as a lawyer in private practice in both Ottawa and Toronto. She also served as General Counsel at a crown corporation and as a law professor at the University of Ottawa.

Casper M. Bloom, Q.C., Ad. E.
Chairperson

September 1, 2011

Appointment of a new full-time Board Member

I am pleased to announce the appointment as a full-time Board Member of Mr. Steven B. Katkin to the Public Service Labour Relations Board (PSLRB) by the Governor in Council on the recommendation of the Minister of Canadian Heritage. Mr. Katkin was initially appointed as a part-time Board Member of the PSLRB in April 2010.

For the last 10 years, Mr. Katkin has been working in private practice in labour and employment law, and overall, he has been working in labour law for over 30 years. He takes up his position as a full-time Board Member on September 1, 2011 for a period of five years.

Casper M. Bloom, Q.C., Ad. E.
Chairperson

May 17, 2011

New Vice-Chairpersons Appointed at the PSRLB

I am pleased to announce that Renaud Paquet and Linda Gobeil have been appointed Vice-Chairpersons at the PSLRB for a period of five years.

Mr. Paquet has extensive knowledge and experience in labour relations, which he gained throughout his career. Prior to joining the PSLRB as a full-time Board member in 2008, Mr. Paquet taught collective bargaining and labour relations at the Université du Québec. Before that, he held numerous positions in the federal public service. From 2002 to 2008, he was also an arbitrator in the private sector. His appointment is effective March 3, 2011.

Madame Gobeil has many years of experience in labour relations, as well as human resources and collective bargaining. A public servant for more than two decades, she is a member of the Barreau du Québec and has held many senior positions in various departments and agencies, honing her skills in labour relations, human resources and collective bargaining. Her appointment is effective April 28, 2011.

Casper M. Bloom, Q.C., Ad. E.
Chairperson

Guy LalondeFebruary 21, 2011

Guy Lalonde Appointed Executive Director of the PSRLB

The PSLRB is pleased to announce that Guy Lalonde was appointed to the position of Executive Director, effective February 7, 2011. A graduate of Political Science, Public Policy and Management studies, Mr. Lalonde has more than 25 years experience working in various federal departments and agencies that specialize in labour relations for the public and private sectors.

December 17, 2010

Appointment of a new full-time Board Member

I am delighted to announce the appointment of Mr. Stephan J. Bertrand to the Public Service Labour Relations Board by the Governor in Council on the recommendation of the Minister of Canadian Heritage.

Mr. Bertrand comes to us from the Department of Justice, where he holds the position of counsel. He takes up his position as a full-time Board member on December 30, 2010 for a five-year term.

Casper M. Bloom, Q.C., Ad. E.
Chairperson

December 8, 2009

On Friday, November 27, 2009, the PSLRB held a reception to honour the memory of Jacob Finkelman by naming its library after him. Jacob Finkelman was the first Chairperson of the Public Service Staff Relations Board and a pioneer in the field of Canadian labour law.

Biography of Mr. Finkelman

Library/Bibliotheque
Pictured from left to right are Mr. Casper Bloom, Chairperson of the Board;
Mrs. Shirley Goldenberg, co-author with Mr. Finkelman of Collective Bargaining in the Public Service: The Federal Experience in Canada; and Mr. Barry Finkelman, son of the late Mr. Finkelman.