David Olsen joins the Public Service Labour Relations Board (PSLRB) as a Vice-Chairperson, bringing to the PSLRB more than 35 years of experience in the areas of labour, employment and human rights law. Most recently, he was a full-time member with the Canada Industrial Relations Board.
Mr. Olsen began his public service career in 1974 as counsel for the Department of Justice, specializing in labour law and civil litigation. In 1981, Mr. Olsen established a labour, employment and human rights law practice group to service what was then the newly created Canada Post Corporation. Mr. Olsen held progressively senior positions within Canada Post, including Assistant General Counsel, in which he had national responsibility for the corporation's legal practice.
Mr. Olsen holds a Masters of Law from McGill University, a Bachelor of Law from Queens University and a Bachelor of Arts from Carleton University. A long-standing member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, he was a part-time professor of labour law at the Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa, and he is an occasional lecturer for continuing education seminars and conferences on labour, employment and human rights law, as well as pay equity.
Mr. Olsen was appointed as a Vice-Chairperson of the PSLRB, effective August 27, 2012 for a period of five years.