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Learn from leading experts representing management, union, and government ‒ a Certificate program with an emphasis on the practical.

Over five intensive one-day modules, an expert faculty will equip you with key information and practical insights on Ontario’s labour laws. Classes will include opportunities to have your questions and concerns addressed.

Now in its ninth year, the Osgoode Certificate in Labour Law is an unrivaled resource for navigating this complex and challenging field.

All key areas are covered, including:

  • Union organizing and applications for certification
  • Collective bargaining
  • Grievance arbitration
  • Restructuring unionized environments
  • The law of industrial conflict, including lock-outs and back-to-work legislation

This Certificate program provides a rare opportunity to see the big picture and how it applies to frequently-encountered and perennially-vexing situations—ensuring that you are well-equipped to deal with the challenges coming across your desk daily.


Program Faculty

  • John D.R. Craig, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP

Advisory Board

  • Diane Gee, Mediator/Arbitrator
  • Donald B. Jarvis, Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti LLP
  • Brian G. Johnston Q.C., Stewart McKelvey (Halifax, N.S.)
  • Caroline (Nini) V. Jones, Paliare Roland Rosenberg Rothstein LLP
  • Jane Mallen, Director, Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (Ontario)


  • Keith P. Burkhardt, Sherrard Kuzz LLP
  • Henry Y. Dinsdale, Hicks Morley Hamilton Stewart Storie LLP
  • Donald K. Eady, Paliare Roland Rosenberg Rothstein LLP
  • Erin Epp, Ursel Phillips Fellows Hopkinson LLP
  • Sundeep A. Gokhale, Sherrard Kuzz LLP
  • Prof. Rafael Gomez, Associate Professor, Employment Relations, Centre of Industrial Relations and Human Resources, University of Toronto
  • Anne M. Gregory, Counsel, Manitoba Nurses Union
  • Donald B. Jarvis, Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti LLP
  • Dianne E. Jozefacki, Hicks Morley Hamilton Stewart Storie LLP
  • Michael J. Kennedy, Hicks Morley Hamilton Stewart Storie LLP
  • Laurie Kent, Koskie Minsky LLP
  • Mathias Link, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP
  • Madeleine L.S. Loewenberg, Loewenberg Psarris Workplace Law LLP
  • Bonny Mak, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP
  • Jodi Martin, Paliare Roland Rosenberg Rothstein LLP
  • Heather Ann McConnell, Goldblatt Partners LLP
  • Brendan McCutchen, Wright Henry LLP
  • Christopher Pigott, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP
  • Michael S. Richards, DLA Piper (Canada) LLP
  • M. David Ross, Vice-Chair, Ontario Labour Relations Board
  • Natasha Savoline, Bernardi Human Resource Law LLP
  • Rhonda Shirreff, Shirreff Workplace Law Solutions
  • Krista Siedlak, Turnpenney Milne LLP



Fees include attendance and program materials.

Program Changes

We will make every effort to present the certificate program as advertised, but it may be necessary to change the dates, location, speakers or content with little or no notice. In the event of program cancellation, York University and Osgoode Hall Law School’s liability is limited to reimbursement of paid fees.

Cancellations and Substitutions

Substitution of registrants is permitted at any time. If you are unable to find a substitute, a full refund is available if a cancellation request is received in writing 14 days prior to the program date. If a cancellation request is made with less than 14 days notice, a $75 administration fee will apply. No other refund is available.

Technical Support

In the event you experience technical difficulties, please contact opdsupport@osgoode.yorku.ca for assistance.


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Program Details

Questions on program registration?
Please contact the Registration Team at osgoodepd@osgoode.yorku.ca

Questions on the program content?
Please contact the Program Lawyer:
Paul Truster at PTruster@osgoode.yorku.ca

Program Details

Date & Time

April 17, 21, 27 & May 1 & 5, 2020
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.



Fee per Delegate

$3,995 + HST

Government Rate: $ 3,495 + HST

Newly Licensed (2017-Present): $1,997.50 + HST

Registration for this program is now closed.

Eligible CPD Credit Hours


Who Should Attend

  • VP’s, Directors and Managers of Labour Relations
  • VP’s, Directors and Managers of Human Resources
  • Union Presidents, Officials, Business Agents, Stewards and Committee Members
  • In-House Counsel
  • Labour lawyers in private practice (including employment lawyers with involvement in unionized workplaces)
  • Labour Relations Consultants
  • Mediators, Arbitrators and Conciliators
  • Government Representatives

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Approved by HRPA for 35 Continuing Professional Development hours

“Great overview of fundamentals, with some in-depth sections as well … very good balance in content of overview of fundamentals and opportunity for more in-depth discussion at points”  

Tim Maguire, Past President, CUPE Local 79, Toronto

“Content was excellent…learned many valuable things”  

Judy Finlayson, Compliance Specialist – BASF Canada Inc.

“Very relevant to my workplace and role at work… the Keynote speaker was extremely knowledgeable… the case law and or experiences from cases that the presenters bring are extremely interesting and valuable”  

AJ Ryland, City of Ottawa (OC Transpo), Program Manager, Employee Operations


Hotels & Parking

If you require accommodations in downtown Toronto, OsgoodePD has arranged Corporate Rates with several hotels within walking distance of our downtown conference centre.

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