Ray Mitchell is Legal Counsel with the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, District Council 39 (Atlantic Canada). For approximately 25 years, his legal practice has focused on construction industry labour relations. He provides legal advice and services to numerous other construction labour organizations. He regularly appears before arbitrators, labour boards, and other administrative tribunals, as well as the courts in all four Atlantic provinces, advocating on behalf of organized labour. He has extensive experience with collective bargaining, as well as advising unions and their associated trusts on strategic, policy, and governance issues.
Since 2002, Ray has served the Province of Nova Scotia as a part-time Presiding Justice of the Peace. His duties include presiding in court over provincial and municipal offences and adjudicating on applications for search and arrest warrants, emergency protection orders, peace bonds, and bail matters.
Ray served for 29 years as a Reserve Officer in the Canadian Armed Forces and retired from service as a military lawyer with the rank of Colonel.
Prior to commencing his legal studies, Ray was a Journeyperson member of the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Ironworkers. He claims the best job he has ever had is being a grandparent to Ben and Olivia.