Labour Arbitration

Learning the Advocate’s Art and Science of Building and Presenting Winning Arbitration Cases

Alumni Voices

“An intensive week but well worth the time. I gained invaluable feedback and confidence.”

Rosangela Panzarino
Staff Relations Consultant
Canada Revenue Agency – Human Resources
Toronto, ON

Leading advocates and arbitrators will help you prepare and present a labour arbitration case, from creating an effective opening statement to examination-in-chief, cross examination and summation. In this challenging and exciting program, you’ll build presentation and advocacy skills and take part in a mock arbitration before an experienced arbitrator.

Your opportunity
During this five-day program you’ll learn to:

  • prepare effectively for the hearing
  • develop the theory of the case
  • gather all the facts
  • assess your opponent’s case
  • make opening and closing statements
  • examine and cross examine effectively
  • establish the facts at the hearing
  • tender evidence and object to evidence
  • argue effectively

Who benefits?
Labour lawyers and labour-relations professionals who are involved in grievance processes, or who prepare and present cases before boards of arbitrators, will benefit the most from this seminar.

Organizational benefits

By effectively transferring the learnings from this program, the sponsoring organization will see the following positive results:

  • Significant savings in grievance arbitration cost
  • Faster and more streamlined preparation for hearings
  • Better labour management relations
  • Greater knowledge of employment law nuances

Program leaders and trainers
Deborah Leighton (Chair), Felicity Briggs, Don Carter, Kristin Eliot, Anthony Griffin, William Hayter and Megan Telford.

Dates and Fees
Spring 2008: May 26 – 30 – $4,550.00
Fall 2008: November 03 – 07 – $4,550.00

Includes registration, tuition, lunches, some dinners and all instructional materials.
If you register and pay two months prior to the opening date of the program, you will receive a $300 discount.
Sessions begin on the Monday at 8:30 a.m. and close on the Friday at noon.

Read what previous participants say about the Labour Arbitration program.


Four Points by Sheraton Hotel is located at 285 King Street East, in historic downtown Kingston. Hotel rooms are available to participants at a special rate until one month prior to the program. Please contact the hotel directly for rate information and to book your accommodation. Phone 1-888-478-4333 or 613-544-4434 or visit the hotel’s web site at