Canada Labour and Employee Relations Network

A network for senior-level labour and industrial relations professionals

The Canada Labour and Employee Relations Network (Canada LERN) is one of four labour groups that compose ORC’s Global Labour and Employee Relations Networks. Canada LERN brings together top labour relations executives to discuss current labour contracts, issues, best practices, and trends that affect their companies and their labour relations management. ORC Worldwide’s partner in managing Canada LERN is Ogilvy Renault, one of Canada’s leading labour relations law firms.

Members also discuss recent labour negotiations, analyze management and union strategies, meet with Canadian labour experts and network with their professional peers. Member companies have unionized workers—skilled and unskilled—and represent a wide range of industries operating in Canada—manufacturing, technology, utilities, and others.

Canada LERN members serve as the nucleus for the network’s activities. They provide the leadership, resources, and information that make the group unique. The composition reflects the diverse character of Canadian business and features representatives from all major industry groupings. The diversity of membership serves to increase Canada LERN’s effectiveness and its reputation as the premier labour relations professional peer group in Canada.


Canada LERN members meet twice a year in the spring and fall at Ogilvy Renault. The sessions offer high-level discussion using the roundtable format, and the group adheres to a strict policy of confidentiality while promoting open sharing of information among members.

Ongoing Services

Throughout the year, Canada LERN serves as a virtual community, keeping members abreast of important labour developments via topical webcasts, news updates, and member surveys. Members receive information and data on recent settlements, wage trends, and union membership in Canada—its growth and changes.

Who Should Join?

If you have decision-making authority for a Canadian organization’s industrial relations, union relations, or labour relations, consider the benefits of membership in Canada LERN. For more information, contact Bill Bruce at 212-852-0397.

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