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Board members: Chairperson and Vice-Chairpersons


Chairperson Colin S. Robinson

Vice-Chairpersons:

Kristin L. Gibson
A. Blair Graham, Q.C.
William (Bill) D. Hamilton
Diane E. Jones, Q.C.
Karine Pelletier
Michael D. Werier
Gavin M. Wood

Colin S. Robinson

Appointed as chairperson in 2012, Colin Robinson previously served as the Board’s full-time vice chairperson since 2003. Mr. Robinson holds a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree from the University of Manitoba and a Bachelor of Laws degree from Osgoode Hall Law School.  He was called to the Bar in Manitoba in 1995 and practiced primarily in the fields of labour and administrative law prior to being appointed to the Board. In addition, Mr. Robinson serves on the executive of the Manitoba Council of Administrative Tribunals and carries on an active practice as an interest and grievance arbitrator and mediator in Manitoba.

Kristin L. Gibson

Appointed on a part time basis in 2013, Kristin Gibson is a partner in the Winnipeg law firm Aikins, MacAulay & Thorvaldson LLP. She carries on practice as a labour and employment lawyer, and as a labour mediator and arbitrator.

A. Blair Graham, Q.C.

Appointed on a part-time basis in 2006, Blair Graham holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Manitoba.  He practices law as a partner in the law firm of Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP with an emphasis on civil litigation, administrative law and labour arbitration as a chairperson.  He was appointed a Queen's Counsel in December 1992, and inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers in October 2004.  He has been active as a chairperson in labour arbitration matters since 1997.

William (Bill) D. Hamilton

After serving as a part-time vice-chairperson from 2002 to 2005, William Hamilton served as the full-time chairperson of the Board from November 1, 2005 to October 31, 2012.  Effective November 1, 2012, he was appointed as a part-time vice-chairperson serving on a half-time basis.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Winnipeg and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Manitoba.  For many years, Mr. Hamilton has carried on, and continues to carry on, an active practice as an interest and grievance arbitrator/mediator in Manitoba.

Diane E. Jones, Q.C.

Appointed on a part-time basis since 1985, Diane Jones holds a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree from the University of Winnipeg and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Manitoba. She is currently active as a chairperson in arbitration matters.

Karine Pelletier

Appointed on a part-time basis in 2016, Karine Pelletier holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from l'Université de Saint-Boniface, a Bachelor of Laws degree from l'Université d'Ottawa and a Masters of Law from the University of Ottawa. She also serves as a panel member under The Vulnerable Persons Living with a Mental Disability Act. Ms. Pelletier practices law with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority in the areas of administrative law and labour and employment.

Michael D. Werier

Appointed on a part-time basis in 2006, Michael Werier is a partner in the Winnipeg law firm of D'Arcy & Deacon LLP. He carries on a practice as an arbitrator/mediator in Manitoba. He is currently chairperson of the Manitoba Labour Management Review Committee and chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba.

Gavin M. Wood

Appointed on a part-time basis in 2006, Gavin Wood holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Manitoba and a Masters of Laws degree from Columbia University in New York City. He is presently practicing as a sole practitioner under the firm name of Wood Orle Litigation Lawyers.  He is currently active as a chairperson in arbitration matters.

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