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 an arbitrator with the Grievance Settlement Board. Michelle served as a Vice-chair and a member of the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario from 2008 to 2018. She is a member of the Ontario Labour-Management Arbitrators' Association 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 was appointed by the Minister of Labour to the approved list of grievance arbitrators in Ontario in December 2014.
Michelle is an experienced mediator, specializing in labour, employment and human rights matters.
She has conducted a number of independent investigations in the public and private sector.
Michelle is regularly invited to speak at conferences concerning labour, employment, human rights and administrative law issues. She also provides mediation and adjudication training to adjudicators.