“Canadian and U.S. Session”

Christopher Albertyn is an arbitrator and mediator working principally in Ontario, Canada. He is a Mediator-Arbitrator of the Ontario Grievance Settlement Board and a Vice-Chair of the Ontario Education Relations Commission.

He was educated in South Africa (St. John’s College, Johannesburg; Wits, UNISA and Natal University) and in the US (St. Mark’s School, Southborough, Massachusetts). He worked as a trade union organizer for a textile union in Durban, South Africa (1975-76). He was admitted as an attorney in 1979. He practiced in Durban, principally in labour law with the firm Chennells Albertyn & Brunton. He was the founding Director of the Centre for SocioLegal Studies at the University of Natal in Durban (1988-89). Since 1985 he has worked as a mediator and arbitrator of labour disputes. He has lived in Toronto since 1993. He was a ViceChair of the Ontario Labour Relations Board from 1994 until 2017.

He has published on aspects of labour law, including co-authoring Alcohol, Drugs & Employment, Juta, Cape Town, 2012.

He is a member of the Ontario Labour-Management Arbitrators’ Association and of the National Academy of Arbitrators.

He is the Co-Chair of the Third Party Neutrals in Dispute Resolution Study Group of the International Labour & Employment Relations Association (ILERA).