About Deborah 


Deborah Cooper brings a wealth of experience to the realm of labour relations from the internal grievance processes to chairing labour management committees and handling adjudication. Her proficiency extends to collective bargaining, across diverse sectors, including the federal public service, private industry, and the non-profit sector. With over a decade of instructional experience with Queen’s IRC, Deborah serves as a mediator/adjudicator, facilitator, and speaker. Previously, she was the Executive Director of a federal union representing public service employees in multiple bargaining units across Canada.

Transitioning from private practice as an employment and labour lawyer to in-house roles with federal bargaining agents, Deborah’s career trajectory led to her appointment as General Secretary of the National Joint Council (NJC) of the Public Service of Canada in 2013. Here she oversaw directives integrated into collective agreements on topics such as travel and relocation to the healthcare and long-term disability plans.

In subsequent roles, Deborah advocated for workers in a significant federal union and within the federally regulated aviation industry as Director of Labor Relations and General Counsel. She has worked in the non-profit industry for over 20 years as a volunteer, holding positions ranging from Secretary to President.

Deborah also lived and worked in various roles overseas in Paris, France for several years, including at the Canadian Embassy. She holds an Honours Bachelor Degree from the University of Ottawa, a Law Degree from the University of Western Ontario, and Certificates in Labour Relations and Advanced Human Resources from Queen’s University IRC. She has been a member of the Law Society of Ontario for over 25 years.

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