National Leader, Practices and People & Partner, McCarthy Tétrault LLP
Paul Boniferro is a partner in the law firm McCarthy Tétraut’s national labour and employment group, and he practises in Toronto and Calgary. He was a key member of the firm’s senior leadership team for more than six years, helping manage the firm through one of its most innovative and successful periods, and he previously sat on the firm’s board of partners.
A trusted adviser to many clients, Paul represents a number of private and public sector employers—both unionized and non-unionized—including those in the areas of manufacturing, energy, property management services, steel and hospitality.
Prior to joining McCarthy Tétrault, Paul was a senior policy advisor to the Ontario minister of labour during a period of significant labour relations reform. He advised the government on changes to the Labour Relations Act, the Workers’ Compensation Act, the Employment Standards Act and the Pay Equity Act.
Paul is listed in the most recent editions of Chambers Global and Chambers Canada as a leader in the areas of labour and employment. He appears in the Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory, and he was previously selected as one of Lexpert’s “top 40 under 40.” He is a sought-after presenter at labour and employment conferences and is past chair of the Human Resources Professionals Association of Ontario, for which he was an instructor. He is also a member of the Human Resources Association of Calgary and the Canadian and Calgary bar associations.
With his strong communication and consensus-building skills, Paul is a recognized and skilled crisis manager. On behalf of his clients, he has led the management of high-profile, sensitive crisis situations across the country.
In his practice, he uses a combination of his experience in the private and government sectors to advise federally and provincially regulated clients on an array of employment issues, including executive compensation, terminations, wrongful dismissal cases, grievance arbitration, collective agreement negotiations, human rights complaints, government relations, occupational health and safety issues, and workers’ compensation claims.
Governments of all political stripes have sought Paul’s advice, and he has led several high-profile labour negotiations. He has acted as chief spokesperson for the Ontario government in collective bargaining with OPSEU (the Ministry of Correctional Services), the Ontario Provincial Police Association (OPP), and with all the teaching and non-teaching unions (Ministry of Education). As well, he was a key member of the Premier’s Council on Provincial Assets, and he negotiated collective agreements on behalf of Hydro One and Ontario Power Generation to facilitate the initial public offering of Hydro One shares.
Paul sits on the board of governors of Algoma University and the board of directors of the Toronto Canadian Club. He is on the fundraising campaign team for the Casey House Foundation and Egale Centre.
Paul received his BA in 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. Paul has also studied in the MBA program at Lake Superior State University in Michigan.
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