BRIAN G. BELL
Prior to becoming a lawyer, Mr. Bell focused his career as a Human Resources Generalist spanning close to 30 years within both the private and public sectors covering all facets of Employment and Labour law. The hands-on experience gained within the diverse workplace sectors and business environments, has provided a unique opportunity to develop transferable skills applicable within the legal system. This has been a key success factors in dealing with the broad spectrum of issues that arise in today’s increasingly complicated workplace.
In dealing with today’s clients, Mr Bell has been involved in a wide range of issues in the Employee/Employer Relationship including but not limited to The Ontario Labour Relations Board, Employment Standards, Collective Bargaining, Compensation Administration, Employee Benefits, Wrongful/Constructive Dismissal, Pension matters, Pay Equity, Terminations With and Without Cause, and Performance Appraisal processes.
AREAS OF PRACTICE
Employment and Labour Law
2004 University of Windsor, MBA, Major in Management & Labour Studies
2007 Faculty of Law, University of Windsor, L.L.B./J.D.
2015 – Present Sole Practitioner, BGB Professional Corporation.
2010 – 2015 Associate Lawyer, Pace Law Firm.
2009 – 2010 Associate Lawyer, Holden and Moorhouse.
2004 – 2009 Chief Executive Officer, Windsor Public Library.
2003 – 2004 Interim Executive Director of Human Resources, City of Windsor.
1997 – 2003 Director of Human Resources & Corporate Services, Windsor Public Library.
1994 – 1997 Human Resource Consultant, Ralar Associates.
1991 – 1994 Manager Personnel/Operations, Royal Bank of Canada.
1989 – 1991 Manager Human Resources, CEL/PMP.
1988 – 1989 Manager Employee Relations, NCR Canada.
1987 – 1988 Assistant Manager Personnel, Royal Bank of Canada.
SELECTED HIGHLIGHTS OF ACHIEVEMENTS
– Represented employers as well as employees at various Tribunal processes such as Human Rights, Ministry of Labour, CPP Disability and LTD Benefit Appeals.
– Successfully handled numerous organizational changes involving terminations with and/or without cause.
– Developed and introduced Human Resources Succession Planning, Time Management, and Teambuilding programs to both private and public sector workplaces
– Bargained CUPE, IBEW, Teamster, and W.P.F.F.A. (Fire Fighter) collective agreements without strike or lockout
– Designed employee orientation program introducing new hires to the company environment
– Reduced grievance submissions by 90% at Windsor Public Library over 2 year period and 50% within 8 month period within manufacturing facilities
– Developed and modified work program to accommodate WSIB claimants
– Executed change management initiatives throughout both financial and public sector environments
Optimist Club of Kingsville, Distinguished President
Optimist International SWONT District, Club Services Committee
Kingsville District High School, Parent Council Member
Optimist Club of Kingsville, Charter President
Burlington Chamber of Commerce, Corporate Challenge Committee