Labour & Regulatory Services - Labour Board

Board members: Chairperson and Vice-Chairpersons



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 Board of Directors of the Canadian Council of Administrative Tribunals and is actively involved in the training programs conducted by the Manitoba Council of Administrative Tribunals. He also acts as an arbitrator and mediator.

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Kristin L. Gibson

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

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David Lewis

Appointed on a part-time basis in 2020, David Lewis holds a Diploma in Agriculture and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Manitoba. He retired in May of 2019 following 32 years of practicing law; first in private practice, followed by 25 years as in-house counsel dealing exclusively in the field of labour relations. He is currently active as a chairperson in arbitration matters.

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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.

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Dennis Harrison

Appointed on a casual part-time basis in 2018, Dennis is a graduate of Red River College with a Diploma in Business Administration. He retired in June of 2017 following 32 years of employment with the Province of Manitoba in the labour department: a board officer with the Manitoba Labour Board, conciliation officer with Conciliation and Mediation Services and the executive director of Conciliation and Mediation Services.

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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.

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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 for the Law Society Admission and Education Hearing Panel. She sits on the board of the Plug In Institute ICA and l’Association des jurists d’expression francaise du Manitoba. She was appointed as Manitoba Human Rights Commission Adjudicator in 2019. Before joining the Board, Karine worked both as in-house legal counsel and in private practice in the areas of administrative law and labour and employment.

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Michael D. Werier

Appointed on a part-time basis in 2006, Michael Werier is counsel to 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, chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba, Arbitrator under the Northern Flood Agreement, and Chief Adjudicator of the Manitoba Human Rights Adjudication Panel.

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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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