About Christine

Christine Schmidt is an experienced arbitrator and mediator specializing in labour and employment matters. She is fluently bilingual in English and French. Though Christine’s practice is primarily in Ontario, she has significant experience in the Federal sector.

Educated at McGill University, Dalhousie University, and the University of Toronto, Christine was called to the Bar in 1994. Prior to becoming a neutral, Christine appeared before administrative tribunals and arbitrators in professional regulatory and labour relations matters.

Christine has over 25 years’ experience in labour and administrative law. She served as a Vice-Chair at the Ontario Labour Relations Board between 2009 and 2015. For over 10 years now, Christine has adjudicated and mediated disputes in both the private and public sectors. She has numerous reported decisions. Christine’s practical and intuitive approach to resolving disputes is highly valued by the workplace parties.

Christine is on the Ontario Ministry of Labour’s list of approved grievance arbitrators and has been named a roster arbitrator in a number of collective agreements (including Air Canada and Air Canada Pilots Association, Air Canada and IAM District Lodge 40, Air Canada and Unifor, OPSEU and College Faculty CAAT-A, Canada Post and APOC, and TCRC CTY and CN ad hoc). She was also an arbitrator at the Canadian Railway Office of Arbitration & Dispute Resolution between 2013 and 2016.

Christine is a member of the Ontario Labour-Management Arbitrators’ Association (OLMAA). In 2018, she was inducted as a member of The National Academy of Arbitrators (NAA) in the United States.