Michael G. Sherrard

Recognized as one of Canada’s leading employment and labour lawyers by Chambers Global®, Who’s Who Legal® (Most Highly Regarded), Legal 500® and Lexpert®, Michael is former Chair of the National Labour and Employment Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association and the Labour and Employment Law Section of the Ontario Bar Association.

Michael is acclaimed for his broad range of expertise, strategic excellence, and ability to identify and broker agreement in the most difficult and acrimonious of circumstances. Says Chambers Global®, “Michael draws praise for satisfying the needs of even the most demanding clients and his specialist knowledge of union contract and negotiation issues, where he is described as “exceptional,” and impresses with his “phenomenal” work.”

Michael represents public and private sector employers operating in a wide range of industries, with expertise in the following areas:

Michael is frequently published and asked to chair or speak at international and national conferences. He is also the recipient of several awards including the Construction Institute of Canada’s Chancellor’s Award of Excellence, University of New Brunswick Alumni Award of Distinction, Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS), Lester B. Pearson Award, and Canadian Franchise Association Volunteer Leadership Excellence Award.

Michael is a past executive member of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada (LLSC), Past Corporate Chair of the LLSC’s Light The Night, and Past Chair of the Yves Landry Foundation. He is a member of the following organizations:


Publications and Media Mentions:

Strikes at two Ontario family health organizations heating up

Canadian Healthcare Network - July 31, 2018

Managing the OHSA – Best practices for manufacturers: Protect workers while successfully responding to MOL inquiries

Plant Magazine - November/December 2017

Business, labour brace for changes to Ontario's workplace laws

CBC News - February 28, 2017

Changing Workplaces Review Could Change Construction

Daily Commercial News - October 26, 2016

The Occupational Health and Safety Act: Best practices for employers

Dialogue - Ontario Electrical League - September 2015

Where does truth lie in the OCOT debate?

Daily Commercial News - June 4, 2015

Next Up for North American Employers and Unions? International and Corporate Social Responsibility

29 ABA Journal of Labor and Employment Law 245 (2014) - 2014

OHS responsibilities when employees travel

Canadian Safety Reporter - November 2011

Employment and Labour Law in Canada

CorporateINTL - December 2010

Global Labour Strategies For Multinational Employers

Employment & Industrial Relations Law - September 2010

Getting Real: The un-Union movement

Vancouver Sun - August 7, 2009

Employee Free Choice Act: Ontario Experiences and Potential Economic Impact

University of New Brunswick Law Journal, Vol. LIX - 2009

Labor Group Opposes Wal-Mart Canada's Bank Application

Wall Street Journal Online - November 7, 2008

Murphy's Law

HR Professional - October/November 2008

Legal Ramifications During Open Period

Daily Commercial News - February 1, 2007

Federal Court Upholds Surveillance Cameras In The Workplace

Daily Commercial News - December 3, 2004

The Ontario Health Premium - Who Pays?

Daily Commercial News - November 22, 2004

Supervisor Charged Over Construction Fatality

Daily Commercial News - September 17, 2004

Constructive Dismissal Case: Decision Good For Employers

Daily Commercial News - July 23, 2004

Employer Fined $5M For Workplace Safety Violations

Daily Commercial News - May 7, 2004

Raids, Displacements And Applications To Terminate Bargaining Rights

Daily Commercial News - February 13, 2004

Privacy Compliance Now Law

Daily Commercial News - December 12, 2003

Alcohol at Company Events - When is the Party Over?

Daily Commercial News - October 17 2003

Mandatory Retirement to be Outlawed

Daily Commercial News - September 26 2003

Expanding Corporate Criminal Liability

Daily Commercial News - August 29 2003


Speaking Engagements:

Positive Employee Relations & Responding to Union Organizing
Annual General Meeting of the South Central Regional Group of Ontario Land Surveyors - January 24, 2019

Out With The Old, In With The New: 2018 Year in Review & What to Expect in 2019...
Sherrard Kuzz LLP, HReview Seminar - December 5, 2018

University Forum on Contract Academic Staff
FBS/SANCP - October 12, 2018

Social Medial and Privacy - Is there a Generational Divide?
National Academy of Arbitrators (NAA) - Canadian Arbitrators’ Conference - August 4, 2018

Bill 148: It’s Now The Law! What It Means for Employers
Sherrard Kuzz LLP, HReview Seminar - March 7, 2018

Bill 148 Brings Sweeping Changes to Ontario’s Employment & Labour Laws – What Employers Need to Know!
ISAO Annual Conference - February 15, 2018

Bill 148: What it means for the Franchising Industry
Canadian Franchise Association - January 31, 2018

Conference Co-Chair
Infonex Professional Development - November 21 - 22, 2017

Preparing for Bill 148 – The “Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017
Infonex Professional Development - November 21 - 22, 2017

Canada Labour Update Fall 2017
2017 CUE Fall Conference - October 10, 2017

Conference Co-Chair
Canadian Franchise Association Law Day - September 26, 2017

Bill 148 - Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017 - Legislative Update
Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters Association(CMEA), Webinar and Round Table Discussion - September 19, 2017

Webinar Speaker
CUE\nOntario Labour Law Changes - August 16, 2017

Bill 148 - Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017 - A Briefing for Employers
Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters Association(CMEA), Webinar and Round Table Discussion - June 20, 2017

Lead Panel Discussion
International Corporate Health Leadership Meeting Council Spring 2017 - April 22, 2017

The New Ontario College of Trades (OCOT)
Ontario General Contractors Association - 10th Construction Symposium 2017 - April 6 - 8, 2017

Bill 132 – Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan Act
Ontario General Contractors Association - 10th Construction Symposium 2017 - April 6 - 8, 2017

Missing in Action: Managing Planned and Unplanned Workplace Absenteeism
Sherrard Kuzz LLP HReview Seminar - May 30, 2017

Conference Chair
Infonex Professional Development - Managing Your Duty to Accommodate - March 3, 2017

What Are Your Accommodation Obligations When Disability is Addiction-Based?
Infonex Professional Development - Managing Your Duty to Accommodate - March 3, 2017

Labor Relations Update from Canada
CUE An Organization for Positive Employee Relations, Fall 2016 Conference – 'The Power of Connection' - October 16, 2016

Changing Workplace Review
Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) - September 30, 2016

Update On Changing Workplace Review (Ontario)
2016 CFA Franchise Law Day, Canadian Franchise Association - September 22, 2016

Leaving the Postal Code: Building Awareness and Prepared Response
RIMS Canada Conference - September 11, 2016

Canada's Mobile Workforce: A Legal Perspective on Duty of Care & Employer Best Practices
2016 CURIE Calgary Annual Risk Conference - September 9, 2016

MOL Changing Workplace Review Update
Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) - June 28, 2016

Ontario Employers! Critical Amendments Are Coming to the Employment Standards Act and Labour Relations Act! Learn. Get Involved. Prepare.
Sherrard Kuzz LLP, HReview Seminar - May 31, 2016

Privacy in the Tech-Era: Your Rights and Responsibilities
An ALM Event - Insight Info, Workplace Rights & Accommodations Forum 2016 - March 29, 2016

Bargaining in the Broader Public Sector Conference
Lancaster House - December 9, 2015

Managing Alcohol and Drugs in the Workplace
Insight, 5th Edition Workplace Discipline & Termination Conference - June 10, 2015

Ontario Labour Relations Board Update
We Build Ontario, Ontario General Contractors Association - April 11, 2015

2014 Hottest Labour and Employment Developments
2015 Retail Human Resources Conference – Retail Council of Canada - April 1, 2015

Protecting your brand without becoming a co-employer
Canadian Franchise Association – Law Day - January 29, 2015

Ghomeshi Allegations Spark Vigorous Debate About Off Duty Conduct
Sherrard Kuzz LLP, HReview Seminar - January 28, 2015

Staying Ahead of the Curve – Update on Employment Law
Human Resources Professional Association Annual Trade Show and Conference - January 21, 2015

A Workshop for Pension Plan Trustees and Pension Negotiators
Lancaster House and University of Toronto Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources, Toronto Labour Arbitration Conference - December 9, 2014

Collective Bargaining Challenges
Lancaster House, 2nd Annual Pensions Conference - December 3, 2014

Responding to a Workplace Accident
HR Reporter Webinar, Thomson Reuters - November 13, 2014

Protect Your Brand Without Becoming a Co-Employer
Canadian Franchise Association, Webinar - September 23, 2014

Views from the Compensation Experts – Examining Sustainability of Law Firm Compensation Models and Pay Structures
Insight, Law Firm Leadership Conference - June 10, 2014

Employee Misuse of Workplace Technology – How to Protect Your Organization
Sherrard Kuzz LLP HReview Seminar Series - June 5, 2014

Social Media Policy Bootcamp
Association of Legal Administrators, Annual Conference and Exposition - May 20, 2014

Facing a Labour Disruption? Strategies to Gain Leverage & Win!
AIMAC, Annual Spring Labour Summit - April 15, 2014

On the Same Team: Strategies for Maintaining Positive Employee Relations
Retail Council of Canada - April 2, 2014

Assisting Your Franchisees Address Employee Misconduct Roundtable
Canadian Franchise Association, 2014 Law Day - January 30, 2014

Protect Your Brand Without Becoming Responsible for the Actions of Your Franchisees
Canadian Franchise Association, Webinar - January 15, 2014

5th Workplace Mental Health – Access to Medical Information: Privacy Considerations & Legal Compliance
Federated Press Publications - December 10-11, 2013

Keys to Addressing Healthcare’s Most Critical Workplace Issues
OTLCA, Fall Symposium - November 26, 2013

Sustainable Partner Compensation Systems
Ontario Bar Association - November 5, 2013

The Recent Impact of the L.L.O. and European Trade Union Practice on North American Employers: Positive Employee Relations – Music to Our Ears
CUE, Fall 2013 Conference - September 30, 2013

Employer Free Speech in North America
CUE - June 19-20, 2013

Certification Course – U.S. Labor Laws and Their Impact on Remaining Union Free
CUE - May 15, 2013

Canadian Legal and Legislative Update
International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans - May 8-10, 2013

Protect Your Brand Without Becoming a Co-Employer
Canadian Franchise Association, 2013 National Convention - April 8, 2013

Disability Benefits in Employment and After Dismissal
Law Society of Ontario - January 30, 2013

Labour and Employment Law - Calling All Pundits and Protégés: Celebrating Mentorship in the Labour & Employment Bar
Ontario Bar Association - December 6, 2012

Anatomy of an Unfair Labour Practice
CUE Conference Workshop - October 31, 2012

The Cost of a Collective Relationship – What’s In It for the Employer?
Ever Sheds, 9th Annual Labour Relations Conference: Reasons to Be Cheerful? - October 24, 2012

An Employer’s Post-Termination Liability: Recent Decisions That “Up the Ante” for Employers – Perspectives
The Country of Frontenac Law Association - September 28, 2012

Human Rights and Accommodation Conference
Lancaster House and University of Toronto’s Centre for Industrial Relations, Co-Chair - April 3-4, 2012

Major Case Law and Legislative Update: Analysing Key Decisions and Legislation in Labour Arbitration Law
Lancaster House, Labour Arbitration Conference - December 8, 2011

The Key Management Challenge of the Next Decade: Identifying and Developing a New Generation of Leadership
Canadian Bar Association, 7th Annual Law Firm Leadership Conference: People. Positioning. Performance. - October 24, 2011

Human Rights and Accommodation Conference
Lancaster House - April 27-28, 2011

Employer Liability – When “Reckless Disregard for Safety” Becomes Criminal: What You Should Know About Bill C-45, the Federeal Legislation That Opens the Door for Criminal Charges in the Wake of Workplace Accidents
Human Resources Professionals Association and HR Reporter Webinar - November 2, 2010

The Art of Hiring and Firing: Legal Considerations and Best Practices for Family Firms
Family Firm Institute, 2010 Annual Conference - October 15, 2010

Unions Today: Key International Labour/Union Issues Affecting Multinational Companies
International Bar Association Conference - October 3-8, 2010

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act
Sherrard Kuzz LLP HReview Seminar Series - September 21, 2010

The Case for a Global Labour Strategy: At Home or Abroad
CUE, an Organization for Positive Employee Relations, 2010 Spring Conference - May 23-25, 2010

Global Labour Strategies – The Way Forward: HR Challenges in a Rebounding Economy
XBHR Zurich Conference - March 3-5, 2010

Pandemic Preparedness and Response: Is Your Organization Ready for the Winter Flu Season? Do You Have a Workplace Pandemic Plan?
Sherrard Kuzz LLP HReview Seminar Series - November 17, 2009

Discharge for Incompetence and Incapacity: The Latest Cases; The Current Rules
Lancaster House, Audio Conference - June 25, 2009

Performance Management – How to Manage, Motivate and Avoid Liability
Sherrard Kuzz LLP HReview Seminar Series - June 3, 2009

Catching Up on Recent Cases and Legislative Developments in Labour Law
The Canadian Institute’s Forum on Labour Law - May 26, 2009

A Guide to Grievances in the Construction Industry – Proving Allegations and Defending Claims
Construction Labour Relations Conference, Insight - May 1, 2009

Managing Employees in Uncertain Economic Times
Human Resources Professionals Association of Peel - April 29, 2009

Contingency Planning & Execution Strategies for Labour Disputes – Injunctions
AFI International Group Inc. – Business Continuity Summit - April 28, 2009

Ivan C. Rand Memorial Lecture Round Table Gues Speaker – Recent Developments in Labour Law
University of New Brunswick - February 5, 2009

How to Conduct a Workplace Investigation – Without Becoming the Subject of an Investigation Yourself?
Sherrard Kuzz LLP HReview Seminar Series - November 19, 2008

Employer/Employee Relations, Drive Your Small to Medium Sized Enterprise to Success, CFO Challenges in the “SME” Sector
Financial Executives International - October 24, 2008

Non Culpable and Culpable Employee Terminations: Practical Strategies for Cost-Effective Outcomes
Insight Information, Conference Co-Chair - May 27, 2008

Human Rights and Accommodation Conference
Lancaster House and University of Toronto, Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources, Conference Co-Chair - April 1-2, 2008

Implementing and Maintaining Return-to-Work Strategies 2008: Optimizing the Management-Union Relationship During Return-to-Work Procedures and Accommodation Cases
Canadian Institute - March 5, 2008

Family Day Webinar
Human Resources Professionals Association of Ontario - January 28, 2008

Privacy of Employee Health Information: Balancing the Interests
Lancaster House - December 7, 2007

Getting Down to Brass Tacks: More Than Just Standards of Review – Tips Before Arbitrators
Canadian Bar Association, Administrative Law and Labour and Employment Law Conference - November 16, 2007

Emergency Preparedness Conference – Legal Considerations: How Emergency Preparedness Effects Your Human Resources Policies
Human Resources Professionals Association of Ontario - November 15, 2007

Enforcing Privacy Rights in the Workplace: Emerging Trends
Lancaster House, Audio Conference - November 1, 2007

Duty to Accommodate Conference – Discrimination Forum, Accommodating Religious Differences
Canadian Public Service Agency - October 23, 2007

Construction Labour Relations – Construction Certification Primer: Nuts and Bolts for Both Sides (Practical, Interactive Workshop)
Insight - October 19, 2007

Construction Labour Relations – A Quarter Century of Provincial Bargaining: Fair Representation in Broader Bargaining Structures
Insight - October 18, 2007

HR Law Conference – Protecting Company Secrets
Human Resources Professionals Association of Ontario - October 4, 2007

Employment & Labour Law Update
Human Resources Professionals Association of York Region - September 6, 2007

Collection and Disclosure of Medical Information – Everything You Need to Know
Lancaster House - May 11, 2007

Labour Arbitration Conference 2006 – Major Case Law Update
Lancaster House and University of Toronto, Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources - November 23, 2006

Legal Considerations: How Emergency Preparedness Affects Your Human Resources Policies
Human Resources Professionals Association of Ontario - November 8, 2006

Health & Safety Update 2006
Lancaster House - October 25, 2006

Labour & Employment Law for the Construction Industry: Parent-Local Disputes Within Unions: What Unions, Employers and Their Advisors Need to Know
The Canadian Institute - February 28, 2006

Construction Labour Relations, Fundamental Changes Under Bill 144, Key Industry Challenges, Strategies to Minimize Risk and Reduce Liability
Insight - November 24, 2005

What You Need to Know About the Amendments to the Labour Relations Act “Construction Amendments”
Ontario Bar Association - October 27, 2005

Video Surveillance
Lancaster House, Audio Conference - October 6, 2005

Managing the Disabled Employee
Grey Bruce Human Resources Professionals Association - June 21, 2005

Construction Labour Relations: Successor and Common Employer Provisions
Insight - April 7-8, 2005

Workplace Privacy
Lancaster House, Audio Conference - March 2. 2005

Drafting, Auditing, Negotiating and Arbitrating Your Workplace Privacy Policy: A Practical Workshop
Lancaster House - March 2, 2005

Fatal Violence in the Workplace
Insight - January 28, 2005

“Privacy” in the Arbitral Context
Ontario Labour – Management Arbitrators Association Conference - November 18, 2004

Bill C-45: Understanding New Legal Responsibilities and Duties for Corporate Executives, Good Corporate Governance: Directors’ Responsibilities, Executives’ Responsibilities
Insight, Conference Chair and Speaker - August 25, 2004

Five Steps to Privacy Compliance – Privacy Compliance for Marketers
Direct Marketing News - April 6, 2004

Workplace Investigations: “What to do – What not to do”
Lancaster House, Audio Conference - January 27, 2005

“When Privacy Interests Clash with Surveillance and Testing”
Insight - January 21, 2004

“Privacy Compliance”
Vaughan Chamber of Commerce - November 19, 2003