Director, Labour Relations

Burlington, Ontario
To Be Determined
April 3, 2019
June 2, 2019
Job Level
AVP, Director
Employment Type
Full time
Designations Required/Preferred

Title: Director, Labour Relations

Job Type: Full-time, Permanent

Location: Burlington, Ontario

About Terrapure

We are a leading, vertically integrated provider of essential environmental and industrial services in Canada for industrial, commercial and institutional end markets, including the manufacturing, mining, construction, refining and petrochemical, waste management and remediation, institutional, transportation, pulp and paper, utilities and oil and gas sectors. Headquartered in Burlington, Ontario, we employ over 2,100 people and operate an integrated network of over 70 locations, coast to coast.

We are uniquely suited to address both the simple and complex environmental service needs of a sophisticated customer base through our highly specialized network of facilities, broad portfolio of service capabilities, deep understanding of the waste volumes we manage, and robust health and safety and regulatory compliance programs. Our comprehensive portfolio of services, including onsite and field services and collection, processing, recovery and disposal, allows us to manage the lifecycle of waste streams from point of generation through ultimate resolution, with an orientation towards minimizing disposal and maximizing the recovery or recycling of valuable by-products.

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Position Description

As our Director, Labour Relations and foremost subject matter expert, you will develop and lead Terrapure’s Labour Relations strategy demonstrating excellence in planning, directing, and implementing labour relations activities.

In collaboration with operational leadership, and corporate/operational human resources teams you will prepare and recommend collective bargaining mandates for executive leadership review.  You are a seasoned professional in leading collective bargaining, dispute resolution, contract implementation, administration, research, education, and communications as it relates to Labour Relations.  Ongoing guidance, analysis and interpretation of collective agreements across multiple business units and geographic locations will be key to developing our labour relationships.  You have experience in proactive grievance resolution and arbitrations.

Key Accountabilities - Labour Relations

  • Lead negotiator for all collective bargaining.
  • Team player, providing labour relations guidance and leadership to management and other HR professionals.
  • Possesses strong writing skills and experience drafting tentative agreements and memorandums of settlement.
  • Conducts research and prepares for grievance meetings, mediation, arbitrations, and labour board and human rights hearings.
  • Coordinates files for review with internal or external legal counsel
  • In consultation with operational leadership recommends and participates and in labour disruption/contingency planning
  • Maintains thorough documentation on all matters and ensures information is stored appropriately
  • Engages in research, literature reviews and continuous learning to maintain knowledge of trends, emerging legislation and new case law that may change the labour relations landscape
  • Contributes to the design, development and delivery of labour relations education and training initiatives for management and staff

Experience, Qualifications & Education

  • Post-secondary education in Social Sciences, Labour Relations and/or MIR/MBA
  • Formal training in alternate dispute resolution, mediation and conflict resolution an asset
  • 10+ years’ experience in progressive Labour Relations roles
  • Industrial and/or manufacturing background and exposure to field operations ideal
  • In depth knowledge and understanding of compensation modelling
  • Knowledge and experience in the application and interpretation of collective agreements
  • Experience as lead negotiator in collective bargaining
  • Full understanding and demonstrated working knowledge of relevant Canadian legislation, including Employment Standards, Human Rights Code and Labour Relations Act
  • Experience with varying provincial Labour Boards and Tribunals
  • Expert level knowledge and practice in interpreting and applying labour and employment legislation as it applies to collective agreements
  • Highly effective and persuasive personality
  • Collaborative and interest-based approach to conflict/dispute resolution
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and an understanding of the importance of written communications in a legalized environment
  • Strategic thinker with the ability to invite diverse perspectives
  • Able to work independently and under pressure
  • Excellent problem-solving skills to recommend and communicate data-driven solutions
  • Proven coaching and mentoring skills at senior managerial level
  • Experience implementing successful conflict management strategies
  • Strong analytical and research ability to support project-oriented objectives, including design, documentation, communication and implementation of initiatives
  • Strong business acumen with the ability to build trust at all levels of the organization
  • Bilingual English/French an asset
  • Ability to travel within Canada as required – up to 50% of the time during peak collective bargaining periods

Inclusion Statement

Terrapure Environmental is an equal opportunity employer.  We are committed to providing an environment without discrimination and employ personnel without regard to race, age, gender, or any other protected ground.  Our philosophy is to provide fair and equal employment and development opportunities for our employees based on skills and capability.

Terrapure Environmental provides applicants and employees with reasonable accommodation upon request, as may be required.

How to Apply

Please submit your application on-line under Careers at

Thank you for your interest but only candidates selected for interview will be contacted.

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