Karen Hollett, a senior legal professional with 25 years of experience, has been appointed chair of Nova Scotia’s Labour Board.
Kelly Regan, minister responsible for the Labour Board, announced the appointment today, Dec. 8.
Ms. Hollett holds a master of laws in alternative dispute resolution from York University and a bachelor of laws from Dalhousie University. She has previously served as a roster mediator with the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador and an arbitrator with the Newfoundland and Labrador Labour Relations Agency.
She has held several positions with Memorial University in St. John’s including director of faculty relations and general counsel, and served as a labour relations officer with the Newfoundland and Labrador Nurses’ Union.
The selection process for the chair was facilitated by Knightsbridge Robertson Surette, which worked with a selection committee of members from the labour and legal communities. The committee provided the minister with a short list of qualified candidates for consideration.
Ms. Hollett’s appointment is for five years, effective Jan. 3, 2017.
The Nova Scotia Labour Board is an independent tribunal that adjudicates and resolves disputes under provincial labour and employment laws. The board receives between 200 and 250 new matters annually.