Biography - Cheryl Yingst Bartel

Biography - Cheryl Yingst Bartel

Cheryl practices exclusively as a Labour Arbitrator, Mediator and Adjudicator. A former litigator for a national law firm, she has more than 25 years’ experience in conflict resolution. She holds a B.A. (1987, honours) an L.L.B. (1990, honours) and is currently finishing an L.L.M. in Labour Relations and Employment Law (Spring, 2018). She wrote her thesis for that program on issues surrounding the intersection of medical marijuana and the duty to accommodate.

Cheryl left private practice in 1999, initially focusing on legal research and writing, while gaining experience as a neutral. She is recognized as a courteous, knowledgeable, skilled communicator with a demonstrated ability to quickly understand complex issues, build practical consensus where possible, and issue timely decisions. She holds appointments to several rosters: Grievance Arbitration Roster (Alberta), Designated Mediator Roster (Alberta) Grievance Arbitrator and Employment Adjudicator Roster (Canada; Parts I and III disputes, Canada Labour Code), and is named to the ALRB Umpire Registry for Essential Services (Alberta). She has also been named as a Specialty Umpire (Courts and related matters) in the AUPE/Alberta (General Services) Essential Services Agreement.

In addition to her practice as a labour arbitrator and mediator, Cheryl receives appointments from the Government of Canada (Office of the Public Sector Integrity Commissioner) as a Senior Level Conciliator, resolving whistleblowing reprisal allegations in the federal public service, throughout Western Canada. She has also received appointments from the Alberta Labour Relations Board (post-secondary disputes), the Alberta Division of Occupational Health and Safety (workplace safety disputes) and as a neutral Investigator of sexual assault and harassment allegations involving post-secondary students.

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

Cheryl is a published legal writer and frequent conference and seminar speaker and workshop leader. Her recent presentations include: Lancaster Labour Arbitration and Policy Conferences (Calgary, 2016, 2017 and upcoming in 2018); Bargaining in the Broader Public Sector Conference (2016); CIRA Southern Alberta Conference (2017); Alberta Labour Law Review Conference (2017); Accommodation Law Conference (2017); the Council of Industrial Relations Executives of the Conference Board of Canada Mid-Winter Meeting (2018) and (upcoming) Lancaster House Skills Workshop (“Dealing with Impairment in the Workplace”, 2018).

Modified: 2018-02-22
PID: 15580