Nelson brings to his role of arbitrator and mediator 35 years of experience in labour relations law, the first 27 years as a litigator and the most recent 8 years as an adjudicator and mediator.
In his role as litigator, Nelson appeared before arbitrators, arbitration boards and labour boards in British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island. His practice involved employers in the private sector, the public sector (both provincial and federal), and in the broader public sector.
The employers included the Ontario provincial government (including virtually all of its various Ministries), hospitals and nursing homes, newspapers and book publishers, television/radio stations, food distributors, trucking companies, security companies, auto parts manufacturers, to name a few.
Nelson had a very busy practice in his 27 years as litigator. He litigated literally thousands of cases. This gave him a well-founded, highly practical and objective knowledge of labour law across Canada, of how to conduct and argue a case and of how to settle, where appropriate. He acted for clients both in interest and in grievance arbitrations.
Nelson brings his extensive and intensive labour relations knowledge to his role as arbitrator and mediator.