Gordon Hamilton's extensive labour and employment law background includes labour relations, privacy, pensions, arbitration, collective bargaining, human rights, labour standards, workers' compensation, occupational health and safety, mediation, judicial review, human resources management and administrative law. Much of his labour law experience arose out of his active involvement in many industrial sectors, including, but not limited to, financial services, education, agriculture, manufacturing, transportation and telecommunications.
In addition to various legal roles, Gordon has worked both as a front-line labour relations manager and as a senior human resources executive for provincial and interprovincial corporations. Prior to joining the firm, he was the Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Labour Relations for a large Saskatchewan credit union, and guided them through two mergers in two consecutive years without any labour disruptions.
From 1999-2004, Gordon was a Vice Chairperson on the Canada Industrial Relations Board (CIRB), where he was charged to administer a newly revised Canada Labour Code. During his five years in Ottawa with the CIRB, he wrote over 200 decisions, regularly dealing with constitutional and jurisdictional challenges. He was an adjudicative member of the Saskatchewan Labour Relations Board from 1995-1999. He has been a hearing panel chairperson with the Saskatchewan Securities Commission since 2009, and chairs the Human Resources and Governance Committee of the Saskatchewan Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority.
Gordon has been a chief negotiator in collective bargaining since 1983, in both the public and private sectors, representing both unions and employers. In 1993, he negotiated an end to the longest active strike (8+ years) in Saskatchewan's history, representing Pineland Co-operative in Nipawin. In 2014, he was the first non-teacher ever appointed to lead collective bargaining on behalf of Saskatchewan teachers.
- Saskatchewan, 1990
- Master of Laws (Labour & Employment Law), Osgoode Hall Law School (York University), 2008
- Juris Doctor, University of Saskatchewan, 1989
- Bachelor of Arts, Mount Allison University, 1978
- The Affinity Foundation Inc. (a registered charity), Director / Board Member, 2012-2015
- Previous volunteer with minor hockey, minor outdoor soccer, youth rugby, Sunday School music program
Memberships & Associations
- Canadian Bar Association
- Law Society of Saskatchewan
- Saskatoon Bar Association
- Canadian Industrial Relations Association, 2013-present
- Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers, 2012-present
- Saskatchewan Administrative Tribunal Association, 2011-present
- Council of Credit Union Executives, 2005-2009
- Council of Canadian Administrative Tribunals, 1999-2005
- Council of Industrial Relations Executives, Conference Board of Canada, 1997-1999
Negotiating Complex Business Deals, Harvard Law School, 2008
Effective Mediation Approaches and Strategies, ADR Associates, Boulder, CO., 2001
Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation, 1996-1999
Negotiations for Senior Executives, Harvard Law School, 1996
The Art of Negotiating, Negotiations Institute of New York, 1985
Grievance Procedures in Collective Bargaining, Calgary, 1984
Introductory and Advanced Negotiations Skills, Calgary, 1983
“Privacy in Public Places: What’s Public? What’s Private?” Access to Information and Privacy Law Symposium, The Canadian Bar Association, 2014
“The Role of In-House Counsel in Labour Relations Matters”, Canadian Corporate Counsel Association Conference, Panel Member, 2013