Ms. Ginette Brazeau was first appointed as Chairperson of the Canada Industrial Relations Board (CIRB) on December 28, 2014 and was reappointed for a second term in December, 2019.
Prior to her appointment as Chairperson of the CIRB, Ms. Brazeau held the position of Executive Director and General Counsel of the CIRB. In this capacity, Ms. Brazeau had delegated responsibilities for the administration of the Board and was responsible for case management, legal services and the regional operations of the Board.
Prior to joining the Board, Ms. Brazeau was the Senior Director of Strategic Policy and Legislative Reform with the Labour Program of the Department of Employment and Social Development and also worked at the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service as Director of Legislation, Research and Policy. In these capacities, she was responsible for advising senior management and the Minister of Labour on labour and employment programs or legislative initiatives and on the administration of the Canada Labour Code. She started her career in the Public Service with Industry Canada serving in different positions related to corporate law policy and strategic planning.
Ms. Brazeau served on the executive boards of the Association of Labor Relations Agencies and the Council of Canadian Administrative Tribunals. She is a member of the Law Society of Ontario and holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Social Sciences from the University of Ottawa.
Jennifer Hodgins practises in all areas of employment and labour law, including human rights, pay equity, employment standards, labour and employee relations, grievance arbitration, wrongful dismissal and health and safety matters. Jennifer has acted on behalf of employers in grievance arbitrations, human rights tribunal proceedings, wrongful dismissal claims, judicial review proceedings and federal and provincial labour board matters. She also regularly provides proactive and strategic advice to employers relating to workplace issues and labour relations, including collective bargaining.
Prior to joining our Toronto office, Jennifer practised labour and employment law at a management-side labour and employment boutique firm and completed a clerkship at the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Toronto.
She has also worked as in-house labour counsel at a large regional hospital.
Cristina Toteda is Senior Counsel, Labour and Employment Law at Air Canada, where she advises and represents the company on a broad variety of labour and employment matters. Prior to joining Air Canada, she practiced labour and employment law in a national law firm, where she advised and represented a number of federally-regulated employers. She was also a lecturer in the Faculty of Law at McGill University, from where she graduated. Following her legal studies, she served as a judicial clerk at the Federal Court of Appeal.
A Partner at our Vancouver office, Jennifer represents employers in all areas of labour and employment law including wrongful dismissal, employment contracts, human rights issues, employment standards, union organizing, collective agreement interpretation, grievance handling, progressive discipline and investigations into employee misconduct. Jen has experience appearing before arbitration boards and a variety of administrative tribunals including the Human Rights Tribunal and the BC Labour Relations Board. She has also appeared as counsel in the Provincial Court of British Columbia, Supreme Court of British Columbia and BC Court of Appeal. A significant part of Jen’s practice involves acting for and advising First Nations governments, economic development corporations, and First Nations-owned entities and business and assisting with their policy development and training, as well as governance. Jen volunteers for the BC SPCA Vancouver/Burnaby Branch as a Community Council member.