Biographies

Panel Members

Louis R. Comeau, Chair
Robert Breen, Representative for Labour Groups
James F. LeMesurier, Representative for Employer Groups


Louis R. Comeau, ChairLouis R. Comeau
Chair

Louis R. Comeau, since 1996, is a corporate director and consultant. He is past chair of the Nova Scotia Workers' Compensation Board, past chair of Nav Canada, a $1-billion civil air navigation company, and past chair of Assomption Vie, a life insurance company located in Moncton, N.B. He was president and CEO of Nova Scotia Power Inc. from 1983 until April 1996. During his tenure, he led the ambitious and successful privatization of Nova Scotia Power Corporation to Nova Scotia Power Inc. Prior to joining Nova Scotia Power, he was owner of two businesses in the lumber and building supply sector.

He received a Diploma in Engineering and a Bachelor of Science degree from Saint Mary's University, and a Bachelor of Education from Dalhousie University. He has completed scholastic requirements for a master's degree in physics from Université de Moncton.

From 1971 to 1977, he was the first lay president of College Saint-Anne (Université Sainte-Anne) in Church Point, N.S. He started his career as a teacher.

From 1968 to 1972, he was a Member of Parliament for South West Nova.

Over the past 25 years, he served on many boards, such as AGRA, a $1.5-billion consulting engineering company, the Conference Board of Canada, and voluntary associations, such as North-South Institute, IWK Children's Hospital, universities, etc.

He currently serves on a number of boards. He is director, Hewitt (Caterpillar) Equipment Ltd. Advisory Board; director, Office Interiors Advisory Board; director, Stanfield's Limited; director, Acadian Seaplants Ltd. Advisory Board; Université de Moncton and the Sobeys School of Business Advisory Board, Saint Mary's University.

He is Honorary Governor of the Council for Canadian Unity, and served as Nova Scotia President for several years. He is honoured to serve voluntarily as presiding officer for new Canadians at citizenship and Immigration swearing-in ceremonies.

He has received several honours, notably the Library of Université Saint-Anne is named La Bibliotheque Louis R. Comeau, in recognition of achievements during his tenure. In 1980, he was honoured by the International Association of French parliamentarians for “outstanding achievement in the pursuit of good relations in the cultural, economic and social interest of francophones throughout the world."

In November 1994, he was installed as chancellor of Université Sainte-Anne. In 2004, he became chancellor of Université de Moncton, succeeding Hon. Romeo LeBlanc. In 2002, he was named a member of Order of Canada.

He was awarded the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal. He also holds honorary degrees from Acadia, Sainte-Anne and St. Mary's universities, Université de Moncton, and an honorary diploma from the Nova Scotia Community College.


Robert Breen, Representative for Labour GroupsRobert Breen
Representative for Labour Groups

Robert Breen is a founding partner in the law firm Pink, Breen and Larkin in Fredericton. He has been practicing in the field of labour and employment law, and in the administrative law/appeals field for more than 25 years. He has appeared at all levels of courts, boards and tribunals, including several appearances before the Supreme Court of Canada.

His arbitration, third-party and negotiation experience extends throughout the federal and provincial sectors, including government, university, the medical profession and longshore industries.

He chaired the Public Service Labour Relations Board and the Council of Maritime Premiers Labour Relations Board from 1990-92.

A graduate of Dalhousie University (Honours B.A., 1973), he obtained his law degree from the University of New Brunswick in 1976, where he also has lectured on labour arbitration. He taught for the New Brunswick Bar Admission course and the Continuing Legal Education Society of New Brunswick, and is a contributing consultant to several employment and administrative law textbooks.

He was appointed Queen's Counsel (New Brunswick) in 1996.


James F. LeMesurier, Representative for Employer GroupsJames F. LeMesurier
Representative for Employer Groups

Jamie LeMesurier is a partner in the Atlantic Canada law firm Stewart McKelvey based in Saint John, N.B., where he maintains an active labour and employment law practice. He attended Dalhousie University where he received a bachelor of arts, the University of New Brunswick where he received his law degree, and Osgoode Hall Law School. He was admitted to the New Brunswick Bar in 1981.

His practice has been devoted to advising and representing employers (and occasionally employees) in both the public and private sectors on all aspects of employment and labour relations law, including collective bargaining, collective agreement administration, discipline and dismissal, employment standards, grievance arbitration, human rights, occupational health and safety and workers compensation. He has extensive experience in wrongful dismissal litigation.

He has appeared before most levels of courts in New Brunswick, the Federal Court of Canada, federal and provincial (New Brunswick and Nova Scotia) labour boards and other tribunals, arbitration boards, adjudicators and commissions of inquiry.

Active in collective bargaining, he has acted as chief spokesman for management in collective bargaining negotiations in the food production, healthcare, hospitality, manufacturing, media, mining, service, retail and transportation industries. He also has acted as management nominee to various arbitration boards.

He has presented papers at numerous seminars and conferences to human resource professionals, corporate executives, industry associations, and members of the legal profession in all areas of his practice, and has been recognized as a leading practitioner in labour law and employment law by the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory. In 1999, he received the Canadian Human Resource Professional (CHRP) designation.

He is a member of the Canadian Bar Association Association, Law Society of New Brunswick, Saint John Law Society, Human Resources Association of New Brunswick and Saint John Board of Trade. He is Stewart McKelvey's New Brunswick representative to the Employment Law Alliance and the Canadian Labour Watch Society (for which he is New Brunswick content advisor). He is a founding member of the Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers, for which he continues to serve as New Brunswick director and chair of the 2007 Annual Conference Committee.


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