Biography - Cheryl Yingst Bartel

Biography - Cheryl Yingst Bartel

Cheryl holds a B.A. (1987, honours) and an L.L.B. (1990, honours) and is currently pursuing her L.L.M. in Labour Relations and Employment Law through Osgoode Hall Law School. She is a former senior litigator for a National law firm, with appearances in the Court of Queen’s Bench, Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada.

Since leaving private practice, Cheryl has practiced exclusively as a neutral in labour relations and employment matters. She has more than 25 years’ experience in conflict resolution and is recognized as a knowledgeable, skilled communicator with a demonstrated ability to quickly understand complex issues, build practical consensus where possible and issue timely, fair decisions.

In February of 2008, Cheryl was appointed to the Arbitrator and Mediator Roster for disputes under Parts I and III of the Canada Labour Code and has managed disputes in the transportation, airline, banking and railway industries. She has experience with Med/Arb processes, and also with an expedited arbitration process for a national airline.

In October 2010, Cheryl was appointed to the Designated Mediator Roster maintained by Alberta Labour and has mediated and resolved labour disputes in both the public and private sector, including the City of Calgary (inside/outside/technical employees, Police, Firefighters), Mount Royal University, Bow Valley College, Alberta Health Services - General Support Services negotiations, as well as in utilities, manufacturing, transportation, hospitality, retail services, construction, health care (including first agreements in long term care) and high profile disputes in the Oilsands.

Cheryl has received appointments from the Alberta Labour Relations Board, the Alberta Division of Occupational Health and Safety, the Government of Alberta and was recently appointed a Senior Level Conciliator for the Office of the Public Sector Integrity Commissioner, Government of Canada. She also has experience as an outside neutral Investigator for sexual assault allegations in the post-secondary setting.

In 2016, Cheryl was appointed by the Government of Alberta to Chair the Technical Working Group (Labour Relations) for the Bill 6 consultations (inclusion of agricultural workers in the Alberta Labour Relations Code).

In addition to her practice as a neutral, Cheryl is a published legal writer and has given presentations to stakeholders on conflict resolution and current legal issues in Labour and Employment Law. Her significant research paper for her L.L.M. program concerned the duty to accommodate the use of medical marijuana in the workplace, focusing on safety sensitive positions. She recently presented as both an Arbitrator panelist (Medical Marijuana) and as a workshop leader at both the 2016 Lancaster Labour Arbitration and Policy Conference (Calgary)and the Bargaining in the Broader Public Sector Conference (Edmonton). She will also lead a workshop on managing the risks of marijuana, opiods and other drugs in the workplace at the 2017 Lancaster Labour Arbitration and Policy Conference (Calgary).

Modified: 2017-01-10
PID: 15580