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Joan Gordon, Arbitrator, Vancouver, British Columbia.

Joan Gordon

Arbitration, Mediation & Dispute Resolution Services
300 - 1275 West 6th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V6H 1A6
Tel: (604) 676-1576
Cell: (604) 836-2380
Fax: (604) 676-1575
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Recognized to British Columbia Chapter for:
Labour Arbitration Specialist

Other ADR Services: ADR Training Services, Facilitation, Fact Finding, Med-Arb, Neutral Evaluation

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Chairs arbitration and expedited arbitration panels in numerous public and private sector workplaces in both provincial and federal jurisdictions. Mediates labour disputes. 
2004 - 2007 PART-TIME MEMBER: Public Service Labour Relations Board
2004 - 2016 ADJUDICATOR: Yukon Public Service Labour Relations Board
2004 - 2016 ADJUDICATOR: Yukon Teachers' Labour Relations Board
Adjudicated and mediated labour and employment disputes falling under the legislative mandates of these statutory tribunals.

1992-1996 VICE CHAIR: British Columbia Labour Relations Board
Appointed as a full-time Vice Chair from 1992-95 and as a part-time Vice Chair from 1995-96. Adjudicated a wide variety of disputes under the British Columbia Labour Relations Code. Worked with the mediators in the Mediation Division of the Labour Relations Board. Facilitated the settlement of labour disputes and implemented new case management and alternative dispute resolution techniques.

Board Appointments
1998 - 2001: CHAIR: Emergency Medical Assistants Licensing Board
Order In Council appointment to Chair the Emergency Medical Assistants Licensing Board. The Board is responsible for licensing all Emergency Medical Assistants in the province. The Board also receives and investigates patient care complaints and conducts disciplinary hearings into such complaints.

Teaching Experience

2011-2016 Adjunct Professor, Peter Allard School of Law, UBC 

Employment Experience

1984-1992 LAWYER: Rankin & Company (Partner)
Acted as legal counsel for trade unions, professional organizations and individuals in labour relations, professional discipline, human rights and workers' compensation matters. Advised clients on all aspects of labour law and administrative law. Appeared before a variety of tribunals including the British Columbia Labour Relations Board, the Canada Labour Relations Board, arbitration boards, professional discipline panels, Workers' Compensation Review Boards and the Courts.


2011 Debra Van Ginkel QC Mentoring Award                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               


Arbitral Approaches to "Deemed Quit" Provisions published in UBC Law Review, Volume 36, Number 2, June 2003.

Prepares and presents papers for the Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia (CLE) including:

2007 CLE Labour Arbitration & Labour Relations Conference: Arbitrator's Remedial Jurisdiction. 2005 CLE Labour Arbitration Conference: Miscellaneous Privacy Issues - Video Survelliance & Electronic Monitoring. 2002 CLE Labour Arbitration Conference: Deemed Quit Provisions. 1998 CLE Labour Arbitration Conference: Alternative Dispute Resolution. 1993 CLE Labour Aribtration Conference: Labour Relations Board Appeals. 1991 CLE Collective Bargaining Conference: The Legal Framework. 1990 CLE Labour Law Fundamentals Conference: Unfair Labour Practices. 1989 CLE Employment Law & Practice Conference: Supreme Court Injunctions. 1985 CLE Injunctions Conference: Labour Injunctions (co-author). 1985 CLE Collective Bargaining Conference: Bargaining in Good Faith & Unfair Labour Practices (co-author).

Lectures at seminars and conferences on various labour arbitration, labour relations and human rights issues including:

2011 National Academy of Arbitrators Annual Meeting: Revisiting the Elements of Just Case - Pienary Panelist. 2011 Lancaster House Labour Arbitration Conference: Damages and Remedies -Innovative Approaches to Compensation and Redress - Panelist. 2010 Lancaster House Labour Arbitration Conference: Damages and Remedies - Innovative Approaches to Compensenation and Redress. 2010 National Academy of Arbitrators Regional Meeting:Navigating the Jurisdictional Minefield. 2008 HRMA Conference: Mediation at Arbitration.2008 National Academy of Arbitrators Conference: Tough Calls in Arbitration. 2008 Insight Western Canada Labour Relations Conference: Speedy Resolutions - Perspectives on the Effective Use of Mediaton at Arbitration. 2007 Lancasterhouse Human Rights & Privacy Conference: Remedies for Harassment, Bullying and Intimidation in the Workplace. 2006 Insight Western Canada Labour Relations Conference: Advanced Issues in the Duty to Accommodate. 2005 University of Calgary Labour Arbitration and Policy Conference: Tough Calls in Labour Arbitration. 2005 Canadian Institute Keynote Address: An Arbitrator Reflects on 10 Years of the Duty to Accommodate. 2004 Lancaster House Labour Arbitration Conference: Major Case Law Update. 2004 Lancaster House Human Rights in the Workplace Conference: Determining When Workplace Reorganization Reaches the Limit of Undue Hardship. 2001 Centre for Labour-Management Development: Discipline & Discharge in the Unionized Workplace. 1999 Centre for Labour-Management Development: Effective Grievance Handling. 1996 HRMA Human Rights Conference: The Duty to Accommodate - An Arbitrator's Perspective.

Acts as mock arbitrator/instructor/coach at various labour and management sponsored advocacy skills workshops and law student moot competitions including:
• Mock Arbitrator for the 2016 Queen’s School of Business held in Burnaby, B.C.
• Co-instructed the BC Business Council Arbitration Skills Workshops in Whistler, B.C. - 2005 and 2008
• Mock Arbitrator at the CLC Winter School in Harrison, B.C. - annually
• Coach the Matthews Dinsdale & Clark Canadian Labour Arbitration Moot Competitions – annually

Case Experience

  • Employment
  • Labour/Unions
  • Workplace Rights


  • 1984 - Called to the British Columbia Bar
  • 1983 - LL.B., University of British Columbia
  • 1983 - Professional Legal Training Program
  • 1979 - BA, University of British Columbia

Dispute Resolution Training
1998-Present: Completed the Harvard Law School Mediation Training Program. through Simon Fraser University as well as numerous mediation, negotiation and interest-based dispute resolution skills training courses at the Justice Institute of British Columbia. Attended in-house training programs at the Labour Relations Board of British Columbia including interest-based negotiation, alternative dispute resolution and consensus-building techniques. Completed first level of the Commercial International Arbitration course sponsored by the American Arbitration Association and The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Arbitrator's Association of British Columbia: Member and Past President
  • National Academy of Arbitrators: Past Member
  • British Columbia Council of Administrative Tribunals: Past Director
  • British Columbia Industrial Relations Association:  Member
  • Judicial Advisory Committee for Provincial Court Appointments: Past Member
  • West Coast LEAF

Rates Information

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