Vincent L. Ready, a nationally renowned mediator and arbitrator, has been chosen by the Selection Committee as the 2012 co-recipient of the Bora Laskin Award. The award, named in honour of the late Chief Justice Bora Laskin, has been established by the University of Toronto to honour those who have made outstanding contributions to Canadian labour law.From the shop floor to the boardroom, Vincent L. Ready is nationally acclaimed as the man to call for the most intractable disputes. Indefatigable in his pursuit of solutions to the most rancorous disputes, he has for forty years continued to astonish seasoned labour relations practitioners with innovate solutions to complex disputes. Mr. Ready is frequently called upon by governments, employers and unions to provide strategic advice and design innovative dispute resolution techniques.After serving for twelve years with the United Steelworkers of America, Mr. Ready became a Conciliation Officer and Mediator with the Governments of Canada and British Columbia. In 1982 he moved into private practice with the founding of Vincent L. Ready Labour Arbitration and Mediation Services Ltd, in Vancouver. He has mediated or arbitrated over 7,000 labour and commercial disputes in every province and territory in Canada and is named in over 600 collective agreements.
Mr. Ready’s prestigious appointments include: Commissioner of Inquiry into Health Reform: Province of Prince Edward Island; Co-Chair of British Columbia Labour Relations Code review; numerous Industrial Inquiry Commission appointments:British Columbia; Federal Conciliation Commissioner for Grain Terminals disputes; Federal Mediator: Air Canada Regional Inc; Federal Facilitator for Port of Vancouver Container Trucking dispute; Mediator – First Nations matters.
Vincent L. Ready was the first recipient of the W.B. Kelly Award for Lifetime Achievement as a Labour Mediator. He was recently inducted a member of the National Academy of Arbitrators. Mr. Ready is a frequent speaker and guest lecturer at conferences and training seminars for labour relations practitioners across the country.