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Formerly the alternate Chair of the Ontario Labour Relations Board, Kevin Burkett is one of Canada’s most respected labour arbitrators. A member of the National Academy of Arbitrators, he has been appointed as a permanent adjudicator under a number of collective agreements in both public and private sectors. Mr. Burkett has also acted as a mediator and arbitrator in a variety of high-profile labour disputes across Canada and has recently served as the President of the Ontario Labour-Management Arbitrators Association. It is a reflection of the regard in which he is held that his awards have been reported more often in Labour Arbitration Cases than any other Canadian arbitrator. He has written extensively on the importance of preserving an independent dispute resolution process (see Volume 6 of the Canadian Labour & Employment Law Journal), and in championing this cause he has made a major contribution to Canadian labour relations law. Mr. Burkett holds both a B.A. and an M.B.A. degree from the University of Toronto.

Recipient of the 2014 Bora Laskin Award.