Arbitrator and mediator, Paula Knopf Arbitrations Ltd.
As an arbitrator and mediator, Paula Knopf has been active in labour relations and dispute resolution in the private and public sectors since 1980, conducting rights and interest mediations and arbitrations. She is named as a roster arbitrator in several collective agreements.
She is a Past President of the Ontario Labour Management Arbitrators Association. She is a member of the Board of Governors of the National Academy of Arbitrators and has served as the Chair of its Professional Responsibilities and Grievances Committee, Co-Chair of the 2015 and 2016 Fall Education Conferences, was a member of the Research and Education Committee and was Chair of the 2015 Nominations Committee.
Since 2007 she has been Director of the Ontario Ministry of Labour’s Arbitrator Development Program. She was the Chair of the Education and Colleges Relations Commissions from 1991 – 1997. In 1996 she was appointed by the Federal Minister of Labour to act as one of the three members of the Task Force that made the recommendations that formed the basis of Part One of the Canada Labour Code.
She has also served as a part-time Vice-Chair of the Ontario Labour Relations Board and the Grievance Settlement Board of Ontario.
She has been an adjunct professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, having taught Labour Arbitration, coached the Labour Law Mooting Teams and supervised several Masters theses.