Douglas Ruck

Douglas Ruck is a lawyer with extensive experience in the fields of labour and employment law, human rights, civil litigation and administrative law. He was the first full-time Chairperson of the Unified Nova Scotia Labour Board, and formerly served as the Vice-Chair of the Canada Industrial Relations Board, Nova Scotia Labour Standards Tribunal, Labour Relations Board, and Board of Inquiry for the Human Rights Commission. Douglas is also the former Chairman of the Labour Standards Tribunal, Civil Service Employee Relations Board, and Public Sector Compensation Board, and was the managing partner for the private law practice of Ruck & Mitchell.

Douglas has lectured and presented workshops and seminars at the provincial, national, and international level on a variety of topics in labour and employment law, human rights and more. As well, as Nova Scotia's former Ombudsman, Douglas was instrumental in the creation of Nova Scotia's Children’s Ombudsman and was the founding Director of the Canadian Ombudsman Association.

Douglas holds an undergraduate degree from the University of King's College, pursued further studies in political science at Simon Fraser University, and holds an LL.B. from Dalhousie University Law School. He has also completed negotiation and conflict management training at Dalhousie University and mediation training at Harvard Law School. Douglas was called to the Nova Scotia Bar in 1978.

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