CIRB Newslink–Winter 2014

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Message from the Chairperson

Elizabeth MacPherson, Chairperson

As the year 2014 and my mandate as Chairperson of the Canada Industrial Relations Board come to an end, it is an opportune time to reflect on the Board’s achievements over the past year.

The greatest challenge for the Board this year was the creation of Administrative Tribunals Support Services Canada (ATSSC), a new department that will provide all of the staff support to eleven federal administrative tribunals, including the CIRB. The Board’s staff have worked diligently to assist in the timely implementation of the new organization, while ensuring that service to the Board’s labour and management constituency is maintained at its usual high level.

This year saw the completion of the integration of the Board’s new responsibilities for the Status of the Artist Act, and the initiation of a system to permit documents to be filed electronically. The Board continued to dispose of more applications than it received, thereby keeping the volume of active case files at historic lows. The average processing time for all files has been reduced to its lowest level ever, at 123 calendar days, with 90% of files being disposed of in less than one year from the date received.

The Board recently welcomed the appointment of two new Vice-Chairpersons, Allison Smith and Annie Berthiaume, who will take up their duties in January. I am confident that with the appointment of Ginette Brazeau as Chairperson of the CIRB, the Board is in the best possible hands going forward.

Please accept my gratitude for your support during my tenure as Chairperson and my very best wishes for a happy and healthy 2015.

Appointments to the Board

Ginette Brazeau, Chairperson

Ms. Ginette Brazeau–Chairperson
The Government announced the appointment of Ms. Ginette Brazeau as Chairperson of the Board for a five-year term, effective December 29, 2014. Ms. Brazeau has held the position of Executive Director and General Counsel of the Canada Industrial Relations Board since September 2012 and was first appointed as Executive Director and Senior Registrar of the CIRB in April 2008. In these capacities, Ms. Brazeau assisted the Chairperson of the Board in the exercise of her overall responsibilities for the administration of the Board and was responsible for case management, legal services and the regional operations of the Board.

Prior to joining the Board, Ms. Brazeau was the Senior Director of Strategic Policy and Legislative Reform with the federal Labour Department and also worked at the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service as Director of Legislation, Research and Policy. In these capacities, she was responsible for advising senior management and the Minister of Labour on labour and employment program or legislative initiatives and on the administration of the Canada Labour Code. She started her career in the Public Service with Industry Canada serving in different positions related to corporate law policy and strategic planning.

Ms. Brazeau holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Social Sciences from the University of Ottawa and was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1996.

Ms. Allison Smith–Vice-Chairperson
On the recommendation of the Minister of Labour, the Governor in Council has appointed Ms. Allison Smith for a five-year term as a full-time Vice-Chairperson, effective January 5, 2015. Ms. Smith is a skilled labour and employment lawyer with a mix of private and public practice experience, and comes to the Board from Canada Post Corporation where she worked as Senior Legal Counsel since 2007. She is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada.

Ms. Annie Geneviève Berthiaume–Vice-Chairperson
The Governor in Council also appointed Ms. Annie Geneviève Berthiaume to a five-year term as a full-time Vice-Chairperson, effective January 26, 2015. Ms. Berthiaume is an expert labour and employment lawyer with extensive experience in providing strategic advice and guidance to management. She is currently a partner with the Ottawa firm Bird Richard and has also practiced with Norton Rose Canada, Heenan Blaikie and Nelligan O’Brien Payne. She is a member of both the Law Society of Upper Canada and the Barreau du Québec.


Ms. Louise Fecteau–Vice-Chairperson
The Board is also pleased to inform you that the Governor in Council has reappointed Ms. Louise Fecteau as Vice-Chairperson for a three-year term ending on November 30, 2017.

Appointment of Two New Industrial Relations Officers

Jonathan Plamondon, Industrial Relations Officer

Jonathan Plamondon
Jonathan Plamondon has joined the Eastern Region office in Montréal, as an industrial relations officer. Jonathan served as the Chair of the organisation Force Jeunesse, and also worked as a labour relations advisor at Bombardier Aéronautique as well as a union representative with the Service Employees Union, Local 800. Jonathan completed a European Master in Labour Studies with high honours from the Université catholique de Louvain at Louvain-la-Neuve, in Belgium, and studied at the University of Warwick in England.

Daniel De Santis, Industrial Relations Officer

Daniel De Santis
Daniel De Santis has joined the Western Region office in Vancouver. He comes to the Board from Correctional Services Canada where he served five years as a labour relations specialist and human resources advisor in three different institutions. Prior to joining Correctional Services, he worked at the Department of Veterans Affairs in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, and the Canadian Revenue Agency in Surrey, British Columbia. Daniel is a graduate of Simon Fraser University where he studied Business Administration and Human Resources Management.

Both Jonathan and Daniel are enthusiastic at the prospect of assisting the CIRB clients in their efforts to maintain sound labour-management relations, and we are confident that they will succeed in their new challenge.

Mark Your Calendars for the 2015 National Industrial Relations Conference!

The CIRB is very pleased to be partnering with the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service again to sponsor the 2015 National Industrial Relations Conference. This conference will be held on September 16 to 18, 2015, at the Château Cartier Hotel in Gatineau, and offers a unique opportunity for federally regulated employers and trade unions to participate in discussions regarding the critical issues affecting today’s workplaces and to address tomorrow’s challenges. Registration details will be made available in early 2015.

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