Canada: Borden Ladner Gervais Hires Leading Arbitrator Mort Mitchnick
Last Updated: November 7 2005

Toronto, Ontario – September 21, 2005 – Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG) is pleased to announce that Mort Mitchnick, one of Canada’s leading labour arbitrators/ mediators, has joined the National Labour and Employment Group as counsel to the National firm and as a partner in our Toronto office.

Best known as a distinguished arbitrator and mediator, Mr. Mitchnick has served as Chair of the Ontario Labour Relations Board, as Alternate Chair of the Public Service Labour Relations Tribunal, as a Referee under the Employment Standards Act, a Board of Inquiry under the Human Rights Code, and a special mediator and arbitrator under the Education Act. He has conducted countless interest arbitrations, particularly in the fire, federal civil service and healthcare sectors, including a number of rounds of Hospital Central bargaining. For many years he served on the standing panel of arbitrators for a wide variety of industries, including Major League Baseball, power generation, the steel and airline industries and the community college, university and municipal sectors. Mr. Mitchnick most recently served as permanent Facilitator to the Physician Services Committee of the Ministry of Health and Ontario Medical Association. He also has lengthy experience arbitrating and/or mediating Wrongful Dismissal actions.

"I am pleased to be a part of BLG’s Labour and Employment Group, a truly national and cohesive team of professionals," said Mr. Mitchnick. "It is evident that lawyer development at BLG is a priority, and the firm values shared wisdom and experience which helps build and enhance client service."

Co-author of the reporting series Leading Cases in Labour Arbitration, and author of the American and European comparative labour law text Union Security and the Charter, Mr. Mitchnick is recognized as one of the leading experts in the labour relations field.

"The addition of Mr. Mitchnick, with his insight and vast experience in the profession, further strengthens the National Labour and Employment Group," said Robert Kitchen, national leader of BLG’s Labour and Employment Group.

"This partnership will enhance the Group’s ability to provide effective and timely advice and representation to employers, both regionally and nationally."

A graduate of University of Toronto Law School (LLB 1970), Mr. Mitchnick was called to the Ontario Bar in 1972, and was engaged in legal practice for seven years exclusively in the area of labour relations. He became a Vice Chair of the Ontario Labour Relations Board in 1979, ultimately becoming Chair of the Board from 1989-1992.

About BLG’s Labour and Employment Group

The BLG Labour and Employment Group is experienced in all aspects of labour and employment including labour relations, employment law and litigation, and pension and benefits. The Group provides sound practical solutions to legal and strategic issues arising in all areas of this field. It offers services to a wide variety of sectors, including private businesses, healthcare, education and all levels of government.

About Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP is among Canada’s most respected full-service national law firms. With more than 670 lawyers, intellectual property agents and other professionals in six offices across the country, BLG provides corporate legal services to a wide range of clients nationally and internationally in virtually every area of law.

BLG prides itself on its dedication to both service and professional excellence. Our success is based upon the level of expertise and professional service delivered by a fully integrated national network of experienced legal talent. At BLG it begins with understanding the business needs of clients and meeting those needs with innovative solutions. At BLG, it begins with service. For further information, visit www.blgcanada.com.

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For more information contact:
Tiffany Schier
Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
Tel:(416) 367-6610
Mobile: (416) 949-1910
tschier@blgcanada.com

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