Human Resources and Social Development Canada

Human Resources and Social Development Canada

September 14, 2007 09:00 ET

HRSDC: Minister of Labour Announces First Recipient of the W.P. Kelly Award

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 14, 2007) - The Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of Labour and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, is pleased to announce the first recipient of the 2007 W.P. Kelly Award for Lifetime Achievement as a Labour Mediator. The award was presented on behalf of Minister Blackburn to Mr. Vincent L. Ready of Vancouver, British Columbia, during a ceremony at the biennial Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service Industrial Relations Conference on September 13, 2007.

This award was created to honour the memory of the late William Patrick Kelly for his outstanding contribution to Canada's industrial relations community. As "Canada's Chief Mediator," Mr. Kelly had a profound impact on mediation services and was highly respected by his peers. He was often called upon by governments to help resolve the most difficult labour disputes. The award created in his memory is presented once every two years to a mediator who embodies the qualities Mr. Kelly demonstrated during his impressive career in Canada's public service.

"I am very pleased to announce the presentation of this award to Mr. Ready for his contribution to the betterment of labour-management relationships. His accomplishments embody the spirit of William Patrick Kelly," said Minister Blackburn. "The work of mediators is vital in ensuring that Canada has a productive, prosperous economy and a healthy society," added Minister Blackburn.

Mr. Ready is an expert arbitrator/mediator who has worked in the labour relations field for over 40 years. He began his career as a representative and organizer with the International Union of Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers (Canada). After serving with both the federal and provincial mediation services, he began his own private arbitration and mediation practice in 1982 and has facilitated the resolution of over 7,000 labour management disputes in various industries across Canada, including mining, forestry, food processing and health care.

Information on the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service is available at labour.gc.ca.

This news release is available in alternative formats upon request.

BACKGROUNDER

W.P. Kelly Award for Lifetime Achievement as a Labour Mediator

The W.P. Kelly Award for Lifetime Achievement as a Labour Mediator was established in memory of Mr. William Patrick Kelly, founder of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS). Mr. Kelly enjoyed a long career as a federal mediator and was known as "Canada's Chief Mediator."

Purpose

To recognize an individual who has an outstanding record of contribution to mediation/conciliation and who has demonstrated his or her abilities through a sustained record of resolving difficult labour disputes in Canada.

Criteria

The actual accomplishments of the individual demonstrating:

- success in resolving difficult labour disputes;

- success in promoting and advancing the profession;

- respect for the collective bargaining process, objectivity, professionalism, ethical practice; and

- commitment to continuous professional development.

Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service

The FMCS is responsible for providing dispute resolution and dispute prevention assistance to trade unions and employers under the jurisdiction of the Canada Labour Code.

It also manages the Labour-Management Partnerships Program, which provides funding for innovative projects designed to improve labour-management relationships.

By providing unions and employers with these services, the FMCS helps to foster harmonious labour-management relations throughout Canada. Through its conciliation and mediation assistance, the FMCS has achieved an enviable record for resolving labour disputes without work stoppage.

For additional information on the FMCS, visit labour.gc.ca.

BIOGRAPHY

VINCE L. READY

Mr. Ready is a seasoned arbitrator/mediator who has worked in the labour relations field since 1965. He started his career as a representative and organizer for the International Union of Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers (Canada), which later merged with the United Steelworkers of America, where between 1967 and 1978, Mr. Ready worked as an Organizer, Staff Representative, Troubleshooter, and Area Supervisor.

In 1982, Mr. Ready established his private arbitration/mediation practice, the Vincent L. Ready, Labour Arbitration & Mediation Services Ltd. Presently, he is active in every province and territory of Canada, and is named as an Arbitrator/Mediator in over 600 Collective Agreements. He has arbitrated and/or mediated over 7,000 labour and commercial disputes in Canada, including, but not limited to:

- The forest industry, including arbitrations and mediations under the Timber Harvesting Contract and Subcontract Regulations;

- Heavy construction industry;

- The grain industry in Thunder Bay and the Vancouver Port

- The airline industry across Canada: Air Canada, Canadian Airlines

- Railroad industry across Canada: CN, CP & BC Rail

- British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Newfoundland, Yukon and Northwest Territories school teacher disputes;

- Pulp, mining, food and hotel industries;

- Firefighting and police groups;

- Health care disputes in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Ontario and Prince Edward Island;

- Other multi-faceted public sector disputes in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland;

- Mediated a recommended settlement in the pulp industry in 1992;

- Internal union arbitrator/mediator, i.e. Hospital Employees' Union and Hospital Employees' Staff Union, and United Steelworkers of America and United Food & Commercial Workers.

Mr. Ready has facilitated the establishment of new workplace relationships in various industries across Canada, including: mining, forestry, food processing and health care.

APPOINTMENTS

- Commission of Inquiry - Province of Prince Edward Island - re health
reform

- Appointed Member of the Construction Industry Review Panel for Province
of British Columbia

- Appointed Co-Chair of Section 3 Labour Relations Code Review Panel for
Province of British Columbia

- Industrial Inquiry Commissioner - Province of British Columbia - re 1996
collective bargaining dispute in province-wide health care sector covering
86,000 workers. Report and recommendations issued May 8, 1996.

- Industrial Inquiry Commissioner - Province of British Columbia - re
Ambulance Service

- Industrial Inquiry Commissioner - Province of British Columbia - re
several pulp industry disputes

- Conciliation Commissioner - BC Terminal Elevator Operators' Association
and Grain Workers Union, Local 333

- Federal Mediator - Air Canada Regional Inc. and National Automobile,
Aerospace, Transportation and General Workers Union of Canada (CAWCanada)

- Industrial Inquiry Commissioner - Province of British Columbia - re BC
Ferry Corporation dispute

-Industrial Inquiry Commissioner - Province of British Columbia - re
Education - K-12 Sector

- Special Mediator in British Columbia - BC Rapid Transit and CUPE
(SkyTrain)

- Special Mediator in British Columbia - Coast Mountain Bus Co. Ltd. and
CAW-Canada and Translink and OPEIU and Translink and CUPE

- Industrial Inquiry Commissioner - Health Employers Association of British
Columbia and British Columbia Nurses' Union

- Industrial Inquiry Commissioner - Alliance of Motion Picture and
Television Producers and Canadian Film and Television Production
Association and Bargaining Council of BC Film Unions

- Special Mediator in British Columbia - Post Secondary Employers
Association and various Faculty Associations

- Facilitator - Trucking Companies and Container Truck Drivers Operating
out of the Port of Vancouver

- Special Advisor to the Task Force on Transportation and Industrial Relations Issues in the Ports of Vancouver

RELEVANT TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Mr. Ready has acted as guest lecturer on mediation and arbitration and alternative dispute resolution at various conferences and training seminars for unions, employers, and educational institutions.

MEMBERSHIPS & AFFILIATIONS

Arbitrators Association of British Columbia and Register of Arbitrators under the British Columbia Labour Relations Code.


MULTIMEDIA AVAILABLE:
http://www.ccnmatthews.com/em/2612

Contact Information

  • Office of Minister Blackburn
    Emma Welford
    819-997-7826
    or
    Human Resources and Social Development Canada
    Media Relations Office
    819-994-5559