The Conference Board of Canada

Council of Labour Relations Executives 

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Labour Relations is a niche and contentious area.

You work to strengthen your union-management climate, manage negotiations, and navigate emerging labour relations trends.

Are you looking for peers to discuss your strategies?

Managing labour relations presents unique challenges. But whether your interest is in collective bargaining, union–employer relations, or tracking movements in Canada’s labour landscape, the Council of Labour Relations Executives (LRC) is your gateway to leading-edge research, networking, and insights.

Transform your union–management approach. Forge lasting relations with peers in the labour relations space. Join the LRC today.

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Who should join?

Senior executives who are responsible for their organization’s labour relations strategy and programs.

All LRC members operate on the employer side, which allows them to share successes and challenges in an open and candid environment. Members represent a wide variety of industries and sectors, both private and public.

Key objectives

  • Discuss major themes influencing collective bargaining in Canada—today and in the future
  • Establish a network of labour relations professionals from across the country to discuss concerns impacting bargaining and labour trends
  • Deliver member-driven sessions with Canada’s leading labour relations employers, unions, legal professionals, thought leaders, and academics

Benefits of membership


Connect with your peers in a confidential environment to exchange ideas, challenges, and labour relations strategies from an employer perspective.


Stay current. Access our annual Labour Relations Outlook and stay up to date on top negotiating issues, insights on top priorities, and the collective bargaining environment in the coming year.


Add your voice to our roundtable discussions—a fixture at every meeting—to share your most important labour issues with peers from across the country.

Current members

  • Alberta Health Services
  • Alectra Utilities
  • Algonquin College of Applied Arts and Technology
  • Andrew Peller Limited
  • BC Hydro
  • Bell Canada
  • Boeing Canada Operations Ltd.
  • Bower Consulting Services Inc.
  • Canada Post Corporation
  • Canadian Blood Services
  • Canadian National Railway Company
  • Cargill Limited
  • Cenovus Energy Inc.
  • City of Saskatoon
  • Enbridge Gas Inc.
  • GE Canada
  • Greater Toronto Airports Authority
  • Hydro-Québec
  • Imperial Oil Limited
  • Loblaw Companies Limited
  • McGill University
  • NB Power
  • NOVA Chemicals Corporation
  • Pratt & Whitney Canada
  • Purolator Inc.
  • Saputo Inc.
  • Seaspan ULC
  • SMS Equipment Inc.
  • TELUS Communications Inc.
  • The Ledcor Group of Companies
  • The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation
  • The University of British Columbia
  • University of Ottawa
  • University of Saskatchewan
  • University of Toronto
  • University of Waterloo
  • VIA Rail Canada Inc.
  • WorkSafeBC
  • YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region

The Conference Board of Canada do an amazing job through the Council of Labour Relations of both building a network of peers from across various industries, and providing them with forums and agendas on relevant, timely and critical matters that all labour relations executives face. The Conference Board of Canada nurture an environment which is collaborative, with open-sharing of information, and high caliber guest speakers in a setting which is both professional and enjoyable.


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Member activity

Next session

October 12-13, 2022

Theme: 2023 Outlook 

Lisa Duggan, Senior Manager of Organizational Development & Volunteer Resources, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

Pedro Antunes, Chief Economist, The Conference Board of Canada

Liz Marcil, Senior Research Associate, The Conference Board of Canada

February 2023

Theme: TBC
(Agenda and speakers TBC)

Previous sessions

June 15-16, 2022

Theme: Current Labour Realities

Samar Zafar, International DEI, Mental Health, Social Justice Expert & Award-Winning Author

Ted Mallet, Director, Economic Forecasting, The Conference Board of Canada

Derrick Hynes, President & CEO, FETCO

February 23-24, 2022

Theme: Current Labour and Workplace Realities

David Mitchell, Partner, Transformation Business, Mercer

Toyin Akin-Johnson, Principal, Transformation Business, Mercer

Greg Conner, Vice-President, People and Culture

Laura MacDonald, Director, Talent, Volunteers & Labour Relations

Todd Weisberg, Partner, Shields, O'Donnell, MacKillop LLP

Recent themes

  • Current Labour and Workplace Realities
  • Outlook for 2022
  • COVID-19 vaccinations

Advisory board

Alan K. Bower

Alan K. Bower (Chair)

President and Chief Executive Officer
Bower Consulting Services Inc.

Anita ReMartinez

Anita ReMartinez

Manager, Human Resources
ExxonMobil Canada, Imperial

Anita ReMartinez

Jennifer Cooper-Stehpenson

Employee Relations Manager
BC Hydro  

Recent releases and events

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C-Suite Challenge: Attracting and Retaining Talent Through Global Volatility

Organizations planning to return to the office full-time need to understand that their employees may have a different agenda and that it may impact the organization’s ability to attract and retain talent. Overwhelming research shows that many employees who have been working from home for the past two years do not want, and are not willing, to return to the office full-time.

Issue briefing  |  7-min read
August 11, 2022

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C-Suite Challenge: Canadian Leadership Perceptions on Hybrid Work

After two years of working remotely, many workers are reluctant to return to the office full-time, with most demanding at least some flexibility in where and when they work. As public health measures begin to lift, many employers are beginning to design and implement their return-to-the-office policies, with many choosing or considering a hybrid work model.

Issue briefing  |  9-min read
April 13, 2022

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Free for members
The Bargaining Environment in 2022: Labour Relations Outlook

After more than a year of unprecedented challenges, Canada's economy is starting to recover. Employment has returned to pre-pandemic levels and wages are improving. But how will fiscal uncertainty, labour shortages, and growing unionization affect labour relations in 2022?

Online experience  |  8-min read
February 15, 2022

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