Kathryn Raymond, Q.C. arbitrates and mediates workplace disputes. She also has 35 years of experience serving clients as an advocate, practicing employment law, administrative law and professional regulation.
Kathryn’s dispute resolution practice includes labour relations arbitration, including by appointment to the Nova Scotia Minister of Labour’s List of Arbitrators since 2008, the adjudication of human rights and discrimination complaints as a member of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal and as a Nova Scotia Human Rights Board of Inquiry, arbitrations in the education and insurance sector and tax assessment adjudication as a member of the Nova Scotia Assessment Appeal Tribunal. Kathryn formerly adjudicated complaints involving labour standards, labour relations and occupational health and safety issues as a Vice Chair of the Nova Scotia Labour Board.
Kathryn finds it especially rewarding to resolve harassment and bullying complaints in the workplace through mediation and workplace investigations.
Kathryn has specialized knowledge of labour standards in the federal sector. In 2019 she was appointed by the Federal Minister of Employment, Labour and Workforce development as a member of the Expert Panel which published the "Report of the Expert Panel on Modern Federal Labour Standards", providing advice and recommendations to the federal government respecting key labour standards issues in today’s workplaces.
Kathryn’s services include the following conflict resolution services: mediation, arbitration, mediation/arbitration (med-arb), neutral case evaluation, workplace investigation, private mini-trials and final appeals in civil disputes. Kathryn offers dispute systems design, policy development, training and education for quasi-adjudicative tribunals.
Kathryn has been inducted into the Canadian Academy of Distinguished Neutrals. To book an arbitration or mediation, Kathryn's availability may be checked via her online calendar for arbitrations. To do so, please click the link to the Canadian Academy of Distinguished Neutrals below.
In her legal practice, Kathryn provides advice and legal representation before the courts and tribunals for her clients. Kathryn was awarded the designation of Queen’s Counsel in 2017 for her contributions to the legal profession. Having practiced law in both Toronto and Halifax since graduating from the Dalhousie Law School in 1985, Kathryn has comprehensive knowledge and experience in all issues related to the workplace, including employment law, labour relations, human rights, professional regulation, and administrative law.
Kathryn also has extensive experience in a professional regulation and healthcare context as neutral counsel to adjudicative and investigative tribunals, including medical staff privileges litigation and professional discipline. This includes training tribunal members, procedural advice during hearings, policy development and procedural design.
Her knowledge includes statutory interpretation and application in regulated environments. She has been involved in statutory and regulatory development in Nova Scotia and policy development with both the Nova Scotia and Ontario governments.
Kathryn’s strengths in serving clients are her analytical ability, pragmatic and practical approach and empathy.
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