Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

February 17, 2009 09:00 ET

The Government of Canada Announces the Appointment of a New Vice-Chairperson to the Canada Industrial Relations Board

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 17, 2009) - The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Labour, today announced the appointment of Mr. William G. McMurray as Vice-Chairperson of the Canada Industrial Relations Board. The appointment is effective March 31, 2009.

"I am pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. McMurray," said Minister Ambrose. "The Canada Industrial Relations Board will certainly benefit from his extensive knowledge and valuable experience in labour and employment law."

Since 1986, Mr. McMurray has been a practitioner of administrative law, specializing in labour and employment law. He has acted as counsel for some of Canada's largest employers in the federal transportation and telecommunications sectors.

He has appeared before, and successfully handled numerous complex cases before the Canada Industrial Relations Board, the Canada Appeals Tribunal, the Canada Transportation Agency and the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission.

Mr. McMurray studied common law and civil law at the University of Ottawa and studied political science at Universite Laval, in Quebec. Mr. McMurray has been teaching law courses at McGill University, Montreal, since 2000.

The Canada Industrial Relations Board is an independent, representational, quasi-judicial tribunal responsible for the interpretation and administration of Part I (Industrial Relations) and certain provisions of Part II (Occupational Health and Safety) of the Canada Labour Code. The Board's mandate is to contribute to and promote effective industrial relations in any work, undertaking or business that falls within the authority of the Parliament of Canada.

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