Jim Hayes became a full-time mediator / arbitrator after spending a year as a Vice Chair at the Ontario Labour Relations Board.
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 of the Cavalluzzo labour law firm in 1983.
As a neutral Jim serves on the Player Agent Arbitration Panel of the Major League Baseball Players Association and as a panel Arbitrator under a number of major collective agreements including: Air Canada/Unifor; Vale Canada/USWA Local 6500; University of Toronto/CUPE; Ontario Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology/OPSEU (Faculty Agreement); Nuclear Waste Management Ontario/PWU (Chief Arbitrator); Residential Framers Association/LIUNA; Masonry Contractors Association/LIUNA; Ontario Power Generation/PWU; Bell Technical Solutions/Unifor; London Health Sciences Centre/Unifor.
Professionally, Jim received the preeminent AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell and 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.