Kathryn A. Raymond, Q.C.

(902) 460-3419 (902) 463-7500 kraymond@boyneclarke.ca
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"Critical thinking. Knowledge. Fairness."

About Kathryn

Kathryn Raymond is an arbitrator and mediator of workplace disputes.

Kathryn’s ADR practice includes labour relations arbitration, as well as appointment as an arbitrator on the Nova Scotia Minister of Labour’s List of Arbitrators, the adjudication of complaints involving labour standards, labour relations and occupational health and safety issues as a Vice Chair of the Nova Scotia Labour Board, the adjudication of allegations of human rights violations and discrimination as a Nova Scotia Human Rights Board of Inquiry and arbitrations as an Education Act Board of Appeal. Kathryn’s ADR experience also includes the arbitration of insurance disputes and tax assessment adjudication. Kathryn’s mediation practice incorporates many of the same issues. However, Kathryn particularly enjoys the resolution of harassment and bullying complaints in the workplace.

Kathryn’s experience as a neutral adjudicator is founded upon almost 30 years of experience as an advocate. Having practiced law in both Toronto and Halifax, Kathryn has acquired comprehensive knowledge and experience in workplace law, human rights, professional regulation, health law and administrative law.

Kathryn also has extensive experience as neutral counsel to adjudicative and investigative tribunals in a professional regulation and healthcare context, including medical staff privileges litigation and internal professional discipline. Her experience as neutral counsel to tribunals includes enabling effective quasi-adjudicative decision-making, education and training of tribunal members, procedural advice during hearings, policy development and procedural design.

Kathryn’s strength is critical thinking. She has the ability to simplify and clarify what may be complex issues and to understand the inter-personal relationships and dynamics that underlie many legal disputes. When requested, Kathryn brings her insights and experience to the table to assist the parties in settling their disputes.

Kathryn’s areas of interest include access to justice, interest based mediation, cultural competency in adjudication and, in general, improving the effectiveness and efficiency of dispute resolution.

Services include mediation, arbitration, mediation/arbitration (med-arb), neutral case evaluation, fact-finding, ombuds-processes, mini-trials and private final appeals in civil disputes. Kathryn offers related dispute systems design, policy development, training & education for quasi-adjudicative tribunals and conflict management services.

The right approach can resolve complex disputes in a private, confidential and relaxed setting. Hearings or mediations may be expedited upon request. Kathryn’s availability may be checked via her online calendar at adr.web. Kathryn’s reported decisions are available on Can LII.

Areas of Practice

Kathryn's Background

  • 2008: Mediator's Skills Training Course, "Mediating Justice: Learning to Mediate in a Rights Based World", conducted by The Honourable George W. Adams, Q.C., Toronto, Ontario
  • 1982 - 1985: LL.B., Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 1981 - 1982: Bachelor of Arts King's College, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 1979 - 1981: Bachelor of Arts Program, Acadia University, Wolfville, Nova Scotia
  • 1990 - Present: Partner, Arbitrator and Mediator, BOYNECLARKE LLP
  • 2008 - 2009: Acting Executive Director, Nova Scotia Health Organizations Protective Association (“NSHOPA”)
  • 1989 - 1990: Consultant, Metropolitan Hospital Advisory Committee/Council Teaching Hospitals and the Nova Scotia Department of Health
  • 1987 - 1989: Legal Counsel to the Ministry of Health for the Province of Ontario
  • 1985 -1987: Articling Clerk and Associate with Gluckstein Neinstein, Barristers & Solicitors, Toronto, Ontario
  • Nova Scotia Labour Board, Vice Chair, February 2013 - Current
  • Education Act Appeal Board Roster, September 5, 2014 - present
  • Nova Scotia Crop and Livestock Insurance Arbitration Board, Chair, 2012-2015
  • Nova Scotia Assessment Appeal Tribunal, 2012 - 2015
  • Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission Board of Inquiry Panel Roster, September 2009 – Present
  • Nova Scotia Minister of Labour's List of Arbitrators, August 2008 - present
Professional Memberships
  • Canadian Bar Association, Vice-Chair of the Administrative Law Section
  • The Advocates' Society - Nova Scotia Regional Advisory Committee
  • The Advocates' Society, 2016
  • Governance Committee of the Mental Health Foundation, Member, 2015 - present
  • Professional Development Committee of the Canadian Councill of Administrative Tribunals, Member, 2015 - present
  • Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice, Member, 2015- present
  • ADR Atlantic Institute, 2009 - present
  • Atlantic Labour Arbitrators Association, 2008 - present
  • Nova Scotia Medical Legal Society, 2003 - present
  • Canadian Bar Association, 1987 - present; Former Chair of the Health Law Subsection of the Canadian Bar Association (Nova Scotia Branch)
  • Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, 1990 - present
  • Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society Task Force on the Model Code of Conduct-Member 2010, Chair, November 2011 – 2013
  • Ethics and Professional Responsibility Advisory Committee for the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society Member, 2008; Chair 2009 - 2013
  • American Society for Healthcare Risk Management, 2009 - 2013
  • Canadian College of Health Leaders, Member, 1990 – 2014
Contributions & Consultations
  • Invited contributor to the Partnership for Productive Organizational Conflict Roundtable Discussion, “Emotional Labour: How Should We Train Conflict Resolution Professionals”, St. Mary’s University, October 28, 2014
  • Invited contributor to “Public Service Engagement Advice on the Government of Canada’s Blueprint 2020 Roundtable Discussion”, February 13, 2014
  • Invited to advise and conduct a Mediation Workshop for Adjudicators in the Nova Scotia Workers’ Compensation System for the Workers’ Compensation Issue Resolution Working Group of the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board, June 17, 2013
  • Nova Scotia Health Organizations Protective Association, Member of the Board, 2001-2011
  • Chair of the Audit Committee, 2010-2011
  • Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia, Member of the Board, 2000 – 2009 and member and Chair of various Board Committees; currently member of the Governance Committee
  • Consulted by government, regulatory colleges and associations concerning the content of the Medical Act, the Optometry Act, hospital bylaws under the Hospitals Act, the Medical Society Act, the Medical Professional Corporations Act, the Occupational Therapy Act and the Physiotherapy Act (various years)
Speaking Engagements
  • Pre – 2007 speaking engagements available upon request.
  • "Advocating for Leadership and Advancement”, Panel Moderator and “Mentoring Roundtable: Ask Me Anything”, Mentor, The Advocates’ Society CPD and Networking Conference for Women in Litigation, “Atlantic Women in Litigation” - May 5, 2016
  • “Race and Colour: A Sadly Persistent Concern in Human Rights” – Schulich School of Law Lecture – Dalhousie University, November 9, 2015
  • “Family Status Accommodation – Impact of Developing Trends, Significant Case Decisions, and Defining the Line of Undue Hardship” – Insight 12th Annual Atlantic Canada Labour & Employment Relations Forum, September 24, 2015.
  • “So You Want to Be An Arbitrator or Mediator?” Panalist Topic Best Practices – Canadian Bar Association - Nova Scotia Branch, Roadway to Resolutions Conference, May 29, 2015.
  • “Ethical Issues in Labour & Employment Law”, Panelist – Canadian Bar Association - Nova Scotia Branch, Labour & Employment Law Section Meeting, April 22, 2015.
  • “Practical Application of Course Topics and Gender Negotiation and Mediation” - Organizational Conflict and Negotiation, Guest Lecturer, Saint Mary’s University Department of Psychology, February 26, 2015.
  • “Conflict Resolution and Mediation in Employment Relations” – Avoiding Employment Breakdown” – Insight, Workplace Discipline & Terminations, September 29, 2014.
  • “Mediation Workshop” – Workers’ Compensation Issue Resolution Working Group Presentation, June 17, 2013.
  • “ADR in an Administrative Law Context” – Canadian Bar Association, Nova Scotia Branch, Administrative Law Section Civil Litigation/ADR Section Joint Meeting, November 23, 2012.
  • “Resolving Conflict without Going to a Hearing: How Do We Make Settlement and Mediation Work?" - Atlantic Police Association, October 18, 2012.
  • “Judicial Review of Private, Consensual Arbitration and Related Considerations” – Canadian Bar Association – Nova Scotia Branch, Labour & Employment Law Conference, May 4, 2012.
  • “Finding the Threshold for Seeking Accommodation and Undue Hardship” – Insight, Disability Claims in the Workplace, April 30, 2012.
  • “Social Networking and Privacy Concerns: Challenging Scenarios in a Wired Workplace”, Panellist at Lancaster House’s Labour Law Conference, Halifax, November 2011.
  • “Professional Regulation” – Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society Boot Camp for Decision-Makers Conference. Designed and commented on mock disciplinary hearing with Kim Turner, Q.C., February 2011.
  • “Physician Credentialing and Discipline” – Private Sponsor, May 2010.
Area of Practice
  • Administrative Law
  • Adjudicative & Investigative Training for Committees & Tribunals
  • Arbitration
  • Contractual Dispute Resolution
  • Health Law & Policy
  • Human Rights
  • Insurance Dispute Resolution
  • Negligence
  • Mediation
  • Med-Arb
  • Process Facilitation and Dispute System Design