Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour

Labour and Employment Board chair named (08/09/05)

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Sept. 5, 2008

FREDERICTON (CNB) - Robert D. Breen is the new chair of New Brunswick's Labour and Employment Board, Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Ed Doherty announced today.

"As the minister responsible for the board, I am very pleased to announce this appointment," Doherty said. "Mr. Breen has the background and expertise to be an effective chair.  He is acknowledged and well-respected by the employee and employer communities."

Born in Saint John, Breen lives in Fredericton and has practised law since 1976. He was appointed a Queen's counsel in 1996. Throughout his career, Breen has focused on labour, employment, administrative and related public law areas.

Breen is a graduate of the University of New Brunswick and Dalhousie University. This year, he was one of the three members of the independent panel reviewing New Brunswick's Workplace, Health, Safety and Compensation Commission.

He also served as chair of the New Brunswick Public Service Labour Relations Board and Council of Maritime Premiers Labour Relations Board.

Breen is listed in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a leading practitioner in the fields of employment, labour law and workplace human rights. He was recently voted among the best lawyers in Canada in 2008 for labour and employment law.

Breen's appointment is for a five-year term effective Sept. 20.

"I also recognize and thank outgoing chair George Filliter of Fredericton for his contributions and hard work in the position of board chair during the past five years," said Doherty. "Mr. Filliter deserves to be commended for his service and dedication."

The New Brunswick Labour and Employment Board is an independent, quasi-judicial tribunal responsible for adjudicating employment and labour matters through the Industrial Relations Act, Public Service Labour Relations Act, Employment Standards Act, Pension Benefits Act, Human Rights Act and The Fisheries Bargaining Act.

For more information about the Labour and Employment Board, visit the website at:


MEDIA CONTACT: Andrew Holland, Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour 506-444-5655.