Heather Ann McConnell is a good listener, which makes her a great lawyer. She asks all of the questions needed to understand her clients’ goals and takes the time to really get to know the issues, culture, and language of the specialized workplaces of her clients.
Heather Ann works closely with teachers, first responders, municipal employees and other workers on every issue they face in the workplace. A labour lawyer through and through, Heather Ann litigates before grievance arbitrators, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, and the Ontario Labour Relations Board. She also regularly represents educators in child protection investigations and professional discipline matters.
A seasoned negotiator—in mediation/arbitration, in settlement discussions with a professional regulator, and at the bargaining table — Heather Ann brings creativity and tenacity to deliver results. She understands how vital collective bargaining is to improving the lives of workers and their families, and actually enjoys the exhausting hours at the negotiating table and the nitty-gritty details of interest arbitration.
Heather Ann’s work reflects her deep and long-standing commitment to the protection of public services and public education. One of the proudest moments of her career so far was her work on the successful Charter of Rights challenge to Bill 115 to protect teachers’ and education workers’ collective bargaining rights and the right to strike. Clients seek out Heather Ann to take on cases that have a broad impact for their members and workers across Ontario.
Heather Ann’s commitment to social justice and cultural diversity reaches beyond her practice of law. She is the co-chair of COBA, the Collective of Black Artists’ – Parent Action Committee, and actively fundraises for its children’s dance and drumming program. She is also a member of the Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers, and is an executive member of the Ontario Bar Association’s Education Law section.
When she’s not working you can find Heather Ann cheering on her favourite Toronto sports teams – the Toronto Raptors and the Blue Jays.
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