Amanda is an arbitrator, mediator, and lawyer residing in Vancouver, British Columbia, specializing in workplace dispute resolution alongside her colleague Vince Ready.
Since becoming a neutral in 2019, Amanda has been appointed on disputes in BC, Saskatchewan, NT, NU, and under federal jurisdiction—publishing numerous decisions and settling many more cases through mediation. She is on the roster of arbitrators in BC, is named as an arbitrator in numerous collective agreements, and acts as an external adjudicator for the Canada Industrial Relations Board.
Amanda is a strong proponent of alternate dispute resolution and brings a pragmatic and transparent lens to every dispute to help facilitate resolution through fair and efficient means.
Amanda has a particular interest in mediating collective bargaining disputes. In this capacity, Amanda has been appointed as a Special Mediator by the Governments of Saskatchewan and BC as well as worked as a privately appointed mediator. Amanda was appointed as an Industrial Inquiry Commissioner for the Government of BC, publishing a report with recommendations on changes to union successorship rights in BC’s forest industry.
Outside of the labour relations context, Amanda has been hired as a mediator by private parties for disputes arising in an array of contexts—from shareholder agreements, business transactions, and organizational strife. She enjoys the diversity these cases bring to her practice. In 2020, Amanda was appointed by the Government of Yukon as an Independent Reviewer into complaints about its handling of sexual abuse incidents in a public school. Her subsequent report and recommendations were fully accepted by Government.
Amanda graduated from the University of Toronto with an honours B.A (2003) and a Juris Doctor (JD) (2007). She completed a Master of Laws (LLM) specializing in Dispute Resolution at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University in 2021.
Many of Amanda’s decisions can be found on Canlii here
Amanda acts as an arbitrator in grievances arising under a collective agreement and/or in interest arbitration.
Amanda mediates disputes in both unionized and non-unionized environments, assisting the parties to craft their own resolutions.
Amanda provides custom-tailored courses in labour, employment and human rights law.