Lisa Southern, LLB
Lisa Southern received her Law degree from the Osgoode Hall Law School at York University in 1996. She was called to the Bar in 1997 after articling at Russell and DuMoulin.
Since that time, Ms. Southern has filled a variety of legal roles that continue to provide her with a unique background and perspective.
In 2003, Lisa Southern was appointed to the BC Labour Relations Board, first as Vice Chair, and then as Registrar and Vice Chair until 2009 when she returned to private practice.
Since leaving the Labour Relations Board, Ms. Southern’s practice continues to focus on work as a neutral third party for both public and private sector organizations and she has conducted a large number of investigations into complaints involving privacy issues, human rights, harassment and workplace health and safety. She is frequently appointed as a mediator and also arbitrates labour disputes.
In 2017, Ms. Southern was appointed as the Registrar for the BC Nurses’ Union and the Health Employers Association of BC, assisting them to resolve grievances efficiently and fairly. Her work as Registrar was noted in the “Recommendations for Amendments to the Labour Relations Code” submitted August 31, 2018 (at page 29).
In addition, Lisa Southern conducts workplace assessments to assist employers in obtaining information from their employees in a confidential, neutral process that helps organizations address employee challenges in a proactive and supportive way. In further support of proactive and positive organizational change, Ms. Southern provides training on employment related issues including workplace bullying and harassment, sexual harassment and conducting investigations.
Lisa Southern is committed to serving her community. She has worked as a director on several non-profit boards, including six years with the Heart and Stroke Foundation of B.C. and Yukon. She has sat on the Board of WISH, the Starlight Children's Foundation, Endeavour, and the Team Finn Foundation. Ms. Southern rode in the BC Ride to Conquer Cancer for seven consecutive years. She has run three marathons, rode in several cycling fondos and looks forward to future competitions.