Jim Hayes became a mediator/arbitrator following his appointment as a Vice Chair to the Ontario Labour Relations Board in 2011.
Prior to becoming a neutral, Jim represented clients for over thirty years in labour relations matters across Canada. He also appeared before arbitrators in the United States as external labour counsel to the National Hockey League Players’ Association. Jim was a founding partner in 1983 of what became a leading labour law firm in Toronto.
As a neutral, Jim has been named as a permanent arbitrator in several major collective agreements including: Air Canada/Unifor; Vale Inco/United Steelworkers; Nuclear Waste Management Ontario/Power Workers Union (Chief Arbitrator); Masonry Contractors of Toronto/LIUNA; Residential Framers’ Association/LIUNA; Ontario Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology/OPSEU (Faculty Agreement).
Professionally, Jim was named by his peers year after year as a leading labour lawyer in such publications as: Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada; Expert Guide to the World’s Leading Labour and Employment Lawyers; Chambers Global; Lexpert Canadian Directory (most frequently recommended); Best Lawyers in Canada. He is a past Chair of the Labour Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association (Ontario).
Jim received his law degree from the University of Toronto Law School following graduate work at the Industrial and Labor Relations School at Cornell University.
He served as a member of the Board of Governors of Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning for consecutive three year terms.
Jim is a fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers (USA) and a member of the Ontario Labour Management Arbitrators’ Association.