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Chris White's Background

 

Professional Experience

2014 -present    Arbitrator and Mediator                                                   CCW Dispute Resolution Ltd.


2005 - 2014        Head, Labour & Employment Group                              Siskinds LLP

1993 - 2005        Head, Labour & Employment Group                              McCarthy Tetrault LLP (London)

1991 - 1993        Consultant                                                                           Bass Associates Ltd.

1985 - 1991        Associate Lawyer                                                                Hicks Morley Hamilton Stewart Storie LLP

1984 - 1985       Articling Student                                                                  Lang Michener LLP

Education / Training

2018                   Interest Arbitration Skills Enhancement Program        Ontario Ministry of Labour and OLMAA


2013 / 2014      Arbitrator Development Program                                    Ontario Ministry of Labour

1982 - 1983      Ontario Legislature Internship Program  

1982                  LL.B.                                                                                      Queen's University

1979                  B.A. (Hons.)                                                                          University of Toronto

Approach

As a mediator, I believe that the best outcomes are those achieved by the parties themselves and over my career I have admired those individuals, whether mediators, arbitrators or pre-trial judges, who were able to assist the parties by facilitating resolutions which recognized the varied interests of the stakeholders (some of whom may not even be at the table). 

Over the past fifteen years I have been acting as mediator in wrongful dismissal actions and, with a settlement rate over 98%, I have been able to incorporate the lessons learned in over thirty-five years of practice.  Those skills are transferable to proceedings in the unionized sector and I look forward to working with the parties to collective bargaining agreements, noting that it is vital to recognize the different dynamics of mediation in cases in which there will continue to be an ongoing relationship between the workplace parties long after the particular dispute has been concluded.

As an arbitrator, I realize that resolution between the parties is not always possible.  In the event arbitration is required, my goal is to offer hearings which demonstrate my respect for the parties and the process as well as to deliver timely decisions which are clear and straightforward.