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Paul Boniferro is partner in the firm’s National Labour and Employment Group, practising in both Toronto and Calgary.

As a practising Labour and Employment lawyer, he uses his unique combination of experience gained in the private and government/political sectors to advise federally and provincially regulated clients on a wide spectrum of employment issues, including executive compensation, terminations, wrongful dismissals, grievance arbitration, collective agreement negotiations, human rights complaints, government relations, occupational health and safety issues, and WSIB claims.

Governments of all stripes have sought Mr. Boniferro's advice and assistance in developing policy and legislation in labour and employment law. He is a biannual presenter at Retail Roundtable Compensation Survey Group meetings, where he updates all major Canadian retailers on developments in the area of labour and employment law. He has acted as Chief Spokesperson for the Government of Ontario (Ministry of Correctional Services) in collective bargaining with the Ontario Public Service Employees Union. He is a past member of McCarthy Tétrault’s Board of Partners and was National Practice Group Leader for the firm’s Labour and Employment Group.

Prior to joining McCarthy Tétrault, Mr. Boniferro was a Senior Policy Advisor to the Ontario Minister of Labour during one of the province’s most significant periods of labour relations reform. There, he advised the government on changes to the Labour Relations Act, the Workers’ Compensation Act, the Employment Standards Act and the Pay Equity Act. Since joining McCarthy Tétrault in 1996, he has been retained by the government on a number of occasions to provide advice on labour relations and employment issues.

He represents a wide number of private and public sector employers, both unionized and non-unionized, including those in manufacturing, energy, property management services, steel and hospitality.

The most recent editions of Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers and Chambers Canada lists Mr. Boniferro as a leading individual in the area of labour and employment. He is listed as a leading labour and employment lawyer in the current edition of The Legal 500 – Canada. He also appears in the 2016 Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory, a guide to the leading lawyers in the area of employment law, and was selected as one of Lexpert’s “Top 40 Under 40” in September 2003.

A much-requested presenter at labour and employment conferences, he is also an instructor for the Human Resources Professionals Association of Ontario (HRPAO) and is the past-chair of the HRPAO Government Affairs Committee. He is also a member of the Human Resources Association of Calgary and the Canadian and Calgary Bar Association, Labour and Employment Subsection. Mr. Boniferro is on the Board of Directors of The Canadian Club and sits on The Fundraising Campaign Cabinet for the Casey House Foundation.

Mr. Boniferro received his BA (Political Science) from the University of Western Ontario in 1987 and his LLB from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1991. He was called to the Ontario bar in 1993 and the Alberta bar in 1997. Mr. Boniferro has also studied in the MBA program at Lake Superior State University in Michigan.

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