Areas of Expertise
Management-side Labour and Employment Law
Collective Agreements/Collective Bargaining/Arbitrations
Human Resources Management
John is the Practice Leader of the Management-side Labour Group at BT Legal. In this role, he advises management on all aspects of employment and labour law, including representation before administrative tribunals, collective agreement negotiations, arbitrations, wrongful dismissal defence and human rights. He also assists clients in providing strategic legal and human resources advice on labour and employment matters arising out of complex mergers, acquisitions and the sale of businesses. John’s pre-law background is in operations and human resources management, in the transportation industry. This experience provides him with the unique opportunity to assist clients in the formulation of practical legal solutions, specifically tailored to their needs.
John is one of only 22 lawyers in Canada, certified as a Specialist in Labour Law by the Law Society of Upper Canada/LSO.
John represents private, public and institutional clients in a wide variety of labour and employment matters across Canada. His clients include international transportation interests, construction companies, manufacturers, health care providers, universities and major breweries. He has developed widely recognized legal sub-practices in the specialized areas of Transportation and Construction Labour Relations Law. He is the author of numerous articles in nationally recognized labour and employment publications, and frequently appears in the press to comment on emerging issues in HR law.
John was called to the bar in 1993, after earning both Canadian (LL.B.) and American (J.D.) Law Degrees. Prior to attending Law School, John obtained an Honours B.A.and an M.A. from the University of Guelph. He brings to the table over 30 years of Human Resources and HR Legal experience.
Member, Law Society of Upper Canada
Canadian Bar Association (Ontario)
Member, Transportation Lawyers Association of America and the Canadian
Transport Lawyers’ Association
Member, and past Director of the North American Transportation Employee Relations Association
Member, and past Director of the Human Resources Professionals Association of Ontario
Member, The Royal Canadian Military Institute and the Royal Canadian Yacht Club