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Brian P. MacDonald

T: 519.435.6002
F: 519.433.4453
E: bmacdonald@filion.on.ca

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Jennifer Godfrey
T: 519.800.2242
F: 519.433.4453
E: jgodfrey@filion.on.ca

  • Call to the Bar, Ontario - 2010
  • Dalhousie University. Bachelor of Laws
  • University of Western Ontario, Honours B.A. in Political Science

Brian P. MacDonald

Executive Summary

Brian has been a partner since 2016. He articled with the firm in 2009 before joining as an associate in 2010.

Brian practises in all areas of labour and employment law. He acts for a wide variety of union and non-union clients, including federally-regulated clients.

He has acted as counsel in many significant arbitrations, wrongful dismissals, and proceedings before the Ontario Labour Relations Board and the Human Rights Tribunal. He has also advised on and coordinated litigation strategy with employer associations and their members, both during the open season/raiding period and during the subsequent litigation. He regularly advises on WSIB issues as well as occupational health and safety matters.

Brian’s practice has a particular focus on the construction industry and the transportation sector. He regularly appears before the Ontario Labour Relations Board representing construction industry clients in section 133 grievances, jurisdictional disputes, related employer/sale of business matters, Applications for Certification and unfair labour practices.

Brian has significant experience collective bargaining. He has appeared as lead spokesperson for both federally and provincially regulated companies in both the public and private sector and in any number industries, including manufacturing, trucking, construction, professional services, and social welfare. He provides advice on drafting collective agreement language, and is a co-author of a major text on the subject.  He also assists employers through the conciliation, strike, and injunction process where necessary.

Brian believes in providing clients practical, efficient solutions to manage complex workplace situations.

Brian is a father of four (and aware that that is probably more than enough), an avid reader, a collector of vinyl, and a fan of the Blue Jays and Raptors.

Memberships and Professional Affiliations

  • Law Society of Ontario
  • The Canadian Bar Association
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers (CACE)

Selected Publications, Presentations and Media Mentions

Ontario Labour Relations Act: Quick Reference - 2020 Edition, Carswell, Co-Author

Canadian Collective Bargaining Law: Principles and Practice, LexisNexis Canada, 2017, Co-Author