(416) 618-4413

Toronto ON


Elaine Newman B.A., LL.B., LL.M. Arbitrator and Mediator

Elaine Newman B.A., LL.B., LL.M. Arbitrator and Mediator

Elaine Newman

Very experienced, highly effective Labour Relations Arbitrator and Workplace Mediator. 2019 recipient of Ontario Bar Association Award of Excellence for Dispute Resolution.


1975, B.A., University of Western Ontario, Dean's List

1979, Call to the Bar, Province of Ontario

1978, LL.B., Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Carswell Prize

2000, LL.M., Osgoode Hall Law School, ADR Program

Academic Appointments:

Lecturer, Queen's University Industrial Relations Centre—Course Director, Strategic Grievance Handling Course, and Lecturer in Foundations Course

Associate Director, LLM Program in Labour Relations & Employment, Osgoode Hall Law School (2001 to 2009)—Program Development, Administrative Management, Student & Faculty Support

Instructor, York University, Atkinson Faculty Dispute Resolution (2000 to 2011)—Curriculum Designer & Lead Instructor in Advanced Dispute Resolution Certificate Program, Teaching Ethics of Mediation and Practicum in Dispute Resolution

Adjunct Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School (2003)—Design and instruction of the Law of Workplace Safety and Insurance

Practice History:

  • 1979–1981: General litigation, Minden Gross Grafstein & Greenstein
  • 1981–1985: Head of litigation, Advocacy Resource Centre for the Handicapped
  • 1985–1986: General Counsel, Workers' Compensation Appeals Tribunal, Ontario
  • 1986–1989,
    1991–2002: Vice-Chair, Workplace Safety & Insurance Appeals Tribunal, Conducting Hearings in Worker & Employer Appeals from Decision of the WSIB
  • 1989–1991: Union/Management Bipartisan Occupational Health Consulting, Torkin Manes Cohen & Arbus
  • 1992–1998: Mediator, Education Relations Commission
  • 1992–1998: Mediator, Grievance Settlement Board
  • 1994: Acting Director of Legal Services, Employment Equity Commission (Seconded)
  • 1995: Admission to Ontario Ministry of Labour Roster of Approved Labour Relations Arbitrators
  • 1996–1997: Ministry of the Attorney General, Pro Bono Mediator in ADR Civil Litigation Pilot Project in Mandatory Mediation
  • 1998: Admission to Mediation Roster, Mandatory Mediation Program in Toronto & Ottawa
  • 2001–2009: Associate Director, LLM Labour Relations & Employment Law, Osgoode Hall Law School, Professional Development Program
  • 2000: Academic Coordinator and Lead Instructor, Dispute Resolution Courses for Atkinson Faculty, York University

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