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.