Biography - Andrew C. L. Sims

Biography - Andrew C. L. Sims

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Andy Sims is an experienced labour arbitrator and mediator based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He has practiced law since 1974, following his graduation from the University of Alberta. He was designated Queen’s Counsel in 1990. He was admitted to membership in the National Academy of Arbitrators in 2002 and the B.C. Arbitrators Association in 2013.

He maintains an active private practice across the country as an arbitrator and mediator. He has chaired interest arbitrations in all sectors of the economy under Alberta, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick and Federal Legislation. He also provides administrative law counsel to a variety of administrative boards and tribunals and appears regularly before the Alberta Courts as well as the Supreme Court of Canada in that capacity.

Between 1985 and 1994 Mr. Sims served as the full-time Chair of the Alberta Labour Relations Board and in 1992 took on added responsibilities as Chair of the Alberta Public Service Employee Relations Board. He also served part-time for 21 years as a Vice Chair of the Alberta Labour Relations Board and for three years as a Vice Chair of the Canadian Industrial Relations Board.

In 1995 he was appointed to chair a Task Force to review Part 1 (Labour Relations) of the Canada Labour Code, culminating in the report “Seeking a Balance” published in 1995 and amendments to the Canada Labour Code enacted in 1998. He was a member of the 1997 Advisory Committee on the Changing Workplace, under the Chairmanship of the Federal Minister of Labour. Until 2014 he sat on the Federal Minister of Labour’s Advisory Council on Workplace and Labour Affairs. In 2013 he completed a Construction Labour Legislation review for the Government of Alberta.

In 1994 he delivered the H.D. Woods Memorial Lecture to the Canadian Industrial Relations Society. He conducted the 1994 review of the Appeals Commission under Alberta’s Workers’ Compensation Act. He served as a member and Vice Chair of the Alberta Law Reform Institute (9 years) and a Sessional Instructor at the University of Alberta Law School (14 years). He has served as a Board Member of the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice and the Council of Canadian Administrative Tribunals.

In 2005, he received the Alberta Centennial Medal for "outstanding service to the people and Province of Alberta”. In 2011 he received the University of Toronto’s Bora Laskin Award for “outstanding contribution to Canadian labour law”.

During his career he has authored several hundred reported decisions in the Canadian and Alberta Labour Relations Board Reports and the Labour Arbitration Cases. He is a standing arbitrator under many collective agreements and speaks frequently on labour relations and administrative law topics. He frequently mediates or chairs interest arbitrations and conciliation panels in collective bargaining disputes.

Modified: 2016-02-09
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