Jessica Gregory is a Vancouver Arbitrator, Mediator and Investigator specializing in the workplace sector. She has extensive experience in labour dispute resolution. She has mediated, arbitrated and/or investigated a number of disputes in both the private and public sector. Due to her extensive prior hearing experience as counsel, she has proven to be efficient in assessing the real substance of the dispute and assisting parties in a variety of industries and service sectors to reach meaningful and conclusive resolutions. As counsel, Jessica prepared and presented numerous arbitration cases in addition to her hearing and mediation work as counsel before the Human Rights Tribunal and the Labour Relations Board. She brings these skills to her neutral role. Jessica has extensive training and education in the conduct of hearings/tribunals and therefore, is committed to efficient case management that provides a fair hearing consistent with the rules of natural justice and procedural fairness.
Jessica has instructed Civil and Administrative Law at the Justice Institute of British Columbia, and has mentored and trained young lawyers and advocates in mediation and arbitration preparation and advocacy. Jessica holds a J.D. from the University of British Columbia and a B.A. in Economics from Simon Fraser University. She was called to the Bar in British Columbia in 1998. Jessica has over 20 years experience in counsel work for both Labour and Management. She has spent an equal amount of time representing both trade unions and employers She served as the In House Counsel for the United Steelworkers of America for over 7 years, representing trade union in litigation of all legal issues. This included Arbitration hearings, Labour Relations Board and tribunal hearings.
She served as the Executive Director, HRLR & Legal Services for the CSSEA for 10 years – generating and implementing sector wide legal strategies as well as providing legal representation for legislated bargaining agents and individual members. In 2010, Jessica became an Instructor of Law for the Justice Institute of British Columbia, teaching Civil and Administrative Law to students in the Law Enforcement Studies program. In 2015 Jessica was one of the first to be recognized by the CAAB Joint Advisory Committee for completing a year long approved Mentorship under Arbitrators Stan Lanyon, Wayne Moore and Vince Ready. During this prestigious Mentorship, Jessica gained further experience in mediation, negotiation, drafting of settlements, hearing practices and procedures, decision writing and practice management.