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

Networking

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

Research

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.

Sharing

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
  • Algonquin College of Applied Arts and Technology
  • Andrew Peller Limited
  • BC Hydro
  • BC Transit Corporation
  • Bell Canada
  • Boeing Canada Operations Ltd.
  • Bower Consulting Services Inc.
  • British Columbia Public School Employers' Association
  • Canada Post Corporation
  • Canadian Blood Services
  • Canadian National Railway Company
  • Cargill Limited
  • Enbridge Gas Inc.
  • FETCO Inc.
  • GE Canada
  • Greater Toronto Airports Authority
  • Husky Energy Inc.
  • Hydro-Québec
  • Imperial Oil Limited
  • Loblaw Companies Limited
  • McGill University
  • NAV CANADA
  • 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 Calgary
  • University of Ottawa
  • University of Toronto
  • University of Waterloo
  • Vale Canada Limited
  • 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 6, 2021

Theme: Outlook for 2022
(Will be held jointly with the Council of HR Executives (East and West) and the Compensation Research Centre

(Agenda coming soon)

Speakers
  • Pedro Antunes, Chief Economist
  • Kelsey Coburn, Research Associate, The Conference Board of Canada
  • Natalie Arruda, Research Associate, The Conference Board of Canada

October 27–28, 2021

Theme: Outlook for 2022 (continued)

(Agenda coming soon)

Speakers
  • TBC

February 2022

Theme: TBC
(Agenda and speakers TBC)

Previous sessions

June 16–17, 2021

Theme: Vaccine’s in the Workplace

Speakers
  • Anita Remartinez, Manager, Human Resources ExxonMobil Canada
  • Mariam Abou-Dib, Director of Government Affairs at Teamsters Canada
  • Scott Doherty, Executive Assistant to the National President of UNIFOR
  • Darrell Hayashi, Director of Labour Relations at Purolator
  • Dale Hildebrandt, Senior Director, Industrial Relations, The Ledcor Group of Companies.

February 24–25, 2021

Theme: Leading through disruption: The power of authenticity

Speakers
  • David Irvine, Speaker and Author
  • Rachelle Stenhouse, Director, Disability Management and Employee Wellness, Canada Post
  • Monica Haberl, Senior Research Associate
  • Natalie Arruda, Research Associate, The Conference Board of Canada

Recent themes

  • COVID-19 vaccinations
  • The impact of COVID on disability management and related leave programs at Canada post
  • Leading through disruption: The power of authenticity

Advisory board

Alan K. Bower

Alan K. Bower (Chair)

President and Chief Executive Officer
Bower Consulting Services Inc.

Greg Conner

Greg Conner

Vice-President of People and Culture
BC Transit Corporation

Mitch Medina

Mitch Medina

Manager, Employee Relations
North Atlantic Operations, Vale Canada

Anita ReMartinez

Anita ReMartinez

Manager, Human Resources
ExxonMobil Canada, Imperial

Recent releases and events

Workplaces for the Future: A Playbook for Municipal Leaders on Exploring Remote, Hybrid, and On-Site models

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented employers with a unique opportunity to reinvent the workplace. For most organizations, the future workplace will likely involve a blend of remote and on-site work. This impact paper examines the benefits and challenges of fully on-site, fully remote, and hybrid workplace models for the Regional Municipality of York.

Impact paper  |  32-min read
October 25, 2021

Labour market gets boost from vaccine rollout: Compensation Planning Outlook 2022

The data briefing for the Compensation Planning Outlook summarizes the results of the Conference Board’s annual survey and forecast. This data briefing will cover the effect of the vaccine rollout and employment.

Online experience  |  8-min read
September 7, 2021

Free for members
Labour Relations Outlook 2021

How do you bargain during a pandemic? And what are others doing? This outlook informs labour leaders, management, and policy-makers about 2021’s unique negotiating environment and the issues that will shape it. Our Labour Relations Outlook will be released in two parts this year—a Conference Board first.

Online experience  |  8-min read
March 25, 2021

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