LLB (Osgoode), of the Bar of Ontario
Laurie Kent is a partner in the Koskie Minsky Labour & Employment Group. With a practice focus on labour law, she regularly presents complex labour matters before administrative tribunals and the court. She works exclusively in the area of labour relations and represents industrial, public sector, private sector and construction trade unions before the Ontario Labour Relations Board, the Grievance Settlement Board, and at private arbitrations. Ms. Kent has extensive experience in the areas of industrial relations, acquiring and maintaining bargaining rights, unfair labour practices, discipline and discharge grievances, human rights issues, employment standards, occupational health and safety, workplace safety and insurance, and collective bargaining.
Prior to her legal career, Ms. Kent was actively involved with the labour movement. She instructed courses designed to assist shop stewards in understanding their role and responsibilities at the workplace and to enable them to better understand and interpret collective agreement language. She worked with trade unions in Mexico and spoke at a number of conferences on the impact of globalization on organized labour. She earned her law degree at Osgoode Hall Law School, and was called to the Bar in 2005.
Ms. Kent is the union side co-chair of the Ontario Labour Relations Board Advisory Committee. She is regularly asked to speak on labour relations matters. In 2015, Ms. Kent accepted an appointment as an adjunct professor at Osgoode Hall Law School where she teaches the upper year JD Collective Bargaining Law Course.