Michelle Flaherty

Bilingual labour and employment mediation, arbitration, and independent investigation services


Michelle Flaherty is an experienced mediator and arbitrator specializing in labour, employment, and human rights matters. She is fully bilingual in English and French.

Michelle graduated summa cum laude from the University of Ottawa. After clerking with Justice L’Heureux-Dubé of the Supreme Court of Canada in 1999–2000, Michelle entered into private practice. A member of the Law Society of Upper Canada since 2001, Michelle has extensive professional experience practicing labour law, administrative law, human rights, and constitutional law. During the course of her career, she has acted for both unions and employers.

From 2012 to 2018, Michelle was an Associate professor of law at the University of Ottawa, where she taught labour law, human rights, administrative law, and alternative dispute resolution.

Michelle is on the Ontario Minister of Labour's List of Approved Arbitrators and is a mediator with the Nunavut Human Rights Tribunal. Michelle served as a Vice-chair and a member of the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario and as an arbitrator with the Grievance Settlement Board. She is a member of the Ontario Labour-Management Arbitrators' Association, the National Academy of Arbitrators, and the Law Society of Upper Canada.

Michelle was inducted into the University of Ottawa Common Law Honours Society for her service to the law school and the profession. In 2011, she was named one of Bishop’s University’s Top 10 after 10 graduates.


Michelle Flaherty

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Labour Arbitration

Michelle was appointed by the Minister of Labour to the approved list of grievance arbitrators in Ontario in December 2014.

Mediation Services

Michelle is an experienced mediator, specializing in labour, employment and human rights matters. 

Independent Investigation

She has conducted a number of independent investigations in the public and private sector.


Michelle’s arbitral decisions are available here

Michelle’s decisions as an adjudicator with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario are available here

Michelle’s decision at the Grievance Settlement Board here


Michelle’s Publications are available here


Circles mark dates on which Michelle is available, based on the last update of the calendar

To reserve a date or to request a fee schedule, please contact Michelle’s assistant Leigh
Email:assistantmfarb@gmail.com or telephone 613.552.9271

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