I am an arbitration and mediation professional who practised Labour and Human Rights law in Canada for more than 30 years.
In 2018 I left the private practice of law and began working full time as an Arbitrator/Mediator in Labour Relations and Human Rights disputes.
In my experience, timely resolution of workplace disputes is essential to remove obstacles which negatively impact the health of an organization, employee morale, productivity and growth.
While the best Labour Relations solutions are those that are negotiated between the parties, an independent Arbitrator or Mediator can play a key role in guiding the parties to those solutions.
In labour relations, “win-win” resolutions are based on three fundamental principles – (i) impartial investigation (ii) expert mediation and (iii) efficient adjudication of differences founded on respect for the rule of law.
Each sector of employment has its own unique labour relations environment.
In my professional career, I have gained experience in the following unionized and non-unionized sectors of employment: Municipal, Health, ICI Construction, Entertainment, Public Transportation, Retail, University and College sectors, Federal and Provincial Public Service, National Coast Guard, Air Traffic Control and RCMP.
I know how important it is to be efficient and cost-effective in arbitration, mediation and workplace investigations.
– Partner at JewittMcluckie & Associates, Ottawa 1998 – 2018
– Partner at Raven, Jewitt & Allen, Ottawa 1992 – 1997
– Partner at Nelligan/Power, Ottawa, 1980 – 1991
– LLB., University of Ottawa Law School, Ottawa, Cum Laude 1975 – 1978
– Bachelor of Arts, Lakehead University, Thunder Bay 1972- 1975
– 5 Day Intensive Interactive Adjudication Course, Canadian Council of Administrative Tribunals January 2020
– Certificate – Effective Decision Writing for Adjudicators, Society of Ontario Arbitrators and Regulators and Osgoode Law School April 2020
– Conducting Workplace Investigations – Harassment and other Workplace Wrongdoing – 2 day Interactive Workshop presented by APTUS October 2018
– Canadian Council of Administrative Tribunals Update – Judicial Review; Online Hearings; Ethics and Adjudication June 2020
– ADR Institute of Canada WEBINAR – Gaining Proficiency and Understanding ODR using Zoom April 8, 2020
– ADR Institute of Canada – ODR – A Practical Program for Practitioners – October 5-8, 2020
– Ontario Labour Management Arbitrators Association – Member
– ADR Institute of Canada and ADR Institute of Ontario – Member
– Canadian Council of Administrative Tribunals – Member
Nav-Can and Professional Institute of Pubic Service Employees Collective Agreement expiring 2023
The social distancing requirements mandated by the Covid-19 pandemic have by necessity ushered in a whole new era of mediation and adjudication online. ODR is a branch of dispute resolution which uses technology to facilitate the resolution of disputes between parties. The experience so far is that the technology works and it works well. Some form of online dispute resolution is undoubtedly here to stay.
Parties considering this option should be prepared for a little more pre-hearing communication time with the Adjudicator to ensure familiarity with the protocols for this type of proceeding. With proper preparation, ODR can provide a cost-effective and viable alternative to in-person proceedings.
Please contact Mr. Jewitt directly to book a date or have tentative dates placed on hold.