Michel Picher

Michel Picher

130 Slater Street, Suite 200
Ottawa ON  K1P 6E2
Tel: (613) 236-0485
Fax: (819) 827-7621
Email: picherarb@sympatico.ca

Primary Jurisdiction


Arbitration Practice

In practice since 1976. Also active in Quebec.


B.A., 1967, Colby College; LL.B., 1972, Queen's University; LL.M., 1974, Harvard Law School.


Member of Board of Governors, National Academy of Arbitrators; Arbitrator of Seniority Lists for Canadian Airline Pilots Association, re: Air Canada, Air Nova, Air Alliance, Air Ontario, Air B.C., N.W.T. Air, 1994; Member, consultative committees of Ontario Law Reform Commission on Employment Disputes Adjudication and on Drug Testing in the Workplace, 1992-93; Salary arbitrator, Major League Baseball, 1992-93; Adjudicator of Drug Infraction Suspension Appeals for Sport Canada and the Centre for Drug-Free Sport; Law Professor, University of Ottawa, 1974-76.

Standard Fees for Cancellation

Notification received more than one month prior to hearing, no charge except for hearing room cancellation charges and/or file administration fee; notification received within one month of hearing, $1,840.00; if date of cancelled hearing is used for another hearing, $0.00, except for hearing room cancellation charges and/or file administration fee; s.49, O.L.R.A., where date scheduled less than three weeks prior to hearing, $600.00; settlement during course of hearing, $4,600.00 (may vary depending on time and circumstances); File Administration Fee: Where a case is cancelled or withdrawn, and a substantial time has been expended in consultation, correspondence, scheduling of hearing, notices, et cetera, up to $900.00; Daily rate for grievance arbitration Is $4,600.00.

Lists and Panels

Ontario Ministry of Labour; Labour Canada; Ontario Police Arbitration Commission; Canada Post/C.U.P.W.; Canadian National Railway, Canadian Pacific Railway, Ontario Northland Railway, VIA Rail/I.A.M., I.B.E.W., T.C.R., UNIFOR; Ontario Hydro/Power Workers’ Union; La Cité Collégiale/S.E.F.P.O.; Memorial University of Newfoundland/M.U.N.F.A.; University of Moncton/A.B.P.P.U.M.; Halifax Employers’ Association/I.L.A.; University of New Brunswick/A.U.N.B.T.

Related Adjudication Experience

Chair, Board of Inquiry, Ontario Human Rights Code, 1994-98; Adjudicator, Ontario Education Relations Commission; Vice-Chair, Ontario Grievance Settlement Board, 1983-90; Vice-Chair, Ontario Labour Relations Board, 1976-83; ADR: environment and public interest disputes.


National Academy of Arbitrators; Ontario Labour-Management Arbitrators’ Association; Association des juristes d’expression français de l’Ontario; Law Society of Upper Canada.

Arbitration Awards on CanLII

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Related Publications

Functus Officio: The Retention of Jurisdiction In Canadian Labour Arbitration”, Labour Arbitration Yearbook, 2004, (Toronto, 2004), (Republished in Labour Arbitration Yearbook, 2014); “Presidential Address” – Chicago, May 2009, Proceedings of the Sixty-Second Meeting of the National Academy of Arbitrators 2009, BNA Books; “Defining the Scope of Arbitration: The Impact of Weber: An Arbitrator’s Perspective”, Labour Arbitration Yearbook, 1999 – 2000, Vol.I (Toronto, 2000); The Arbitration Profession in Transition: A Survey of the National Academy of Arbitrators (with Ronald L. Seeber and David B. Lipsky) Cornell Studies in Conflict Resolution, Spring 2000 (for the National Academy of Arbitrators and Cornell/PERC Institute on Conflict Resolution); “Truth, Lies and Videotape: Employee Surveillance at Arbitration”, in Canadian Labour & Employment Law Journal, 1998, Vol. 6, No. 3.; "The Problem of Delay at Arbitration: Myth and Reality" (with Ellen E. Mole), in Labour Arbitration Yearbook, 1993, Vol. IV, Kaplan, Sack and Gunderson, eds. (Toronto, 1993); "Un aperçu de l'oeuvre de la Commission des relations de travail de l'Ontario, 1980 à 1991," Actes du colloque du Droit social et du travail, Université du Québec à Montréal, juin 1991; "The Canadian Railway Office of Arbitration: Keeping Grievance Hearings on the Rails" in Labour Arbitration Yearbook 1991, Vol I, Kaplan, Sack and Gunderson, eds. (Toronto, 1991); "The Mediator's Perspective, Canadian Environmental Mediation Newsletter, January 1986; "The North Simcoe Landfill Dispute: An Initiative in Environmental Mediation", Spring 1986 (Proceedings of the Symposium on Environmental Mediation, Ontario Society for Environmental Management, Toronto, March 1985); "Adjudicator, Administrator or Advocate? The Role of the Labour Board in Judicial Review Proceedings" (The Canadian Bar Review, March 1984); "Alternatives Under NEPA: The Function of Objectives in an Environmental Impact Statement" (Harvard Journal on Legislation, 1974); "The Separation Agreement as an Unconscionable Transaction: A Study in Equitable Fraud" (Queen's Law Journal, 1973)

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