Donald R. Munroe, Q.C., acts as counsel to the firm.
Don began his legal career as a litigator in civil, criminal and administrative law matters. He later became widely known as a leading arbitrator and mediator in labour relations matters, as well as in a broad range of commercial, employment, human rights, securities, commodity-pricing and other civil disputes. His decisions are frequently cited as authoritative statements of law and policy. Over the years, he has also advised governments on a range of public policy issues.
Don served as Chair of the British Columbia Labour Relations Board from 1978 to 1981, then as a visiting professor of law from 1982 to 1985 at the University of Victoria, teaching constitutional and labour law. Since then, he has acted as arbitrator and mediator in hundreds of cases, including appointments by successive provincial and federal governments to assist in the resolution of complex disputes affecting the public interest. One recent instance was Don’s appointment by the BC government in 2004 as the Mediation-Arbitration Commissioner under the Coastal Forest Industry Dispute Settlement Act. An earlier instance was Don’s appointment by the federal government in 1993 as a conciliation commissioner in the violent Giant Mine labour dispute in Yellowknife.
Don’s arbitration work in the private sector includes a number of natural gas pricing disputes, both domestically and internationally. His private sector mediation work includes the successful resolution of the seminal Alberta Suncor case, the resolution of rail rate and carriage disputes, and the resolution of aircraft accident disputes.
As counsel to the firm, Don assists public and private bodies to address policy and industry challenges. He also continues to arbitrate and mediate commercial disputes, and advises clients on constitutional, environmental, aboriginal and civil files generally.
Don is recognized as a leading practitioner in the area of Labour and Employment Law in the 2012, 2013 and 2014 editions of The Best Lawyers in Canada (Woodward/White).