B. Sc. (Hons), B. Ed, MA, Q.C., C. Arb, C. Med
Wayne Thistle has been an active Arbitrator and Mediator for the past thirty years assisting parties throughout Canada in resolving disputes primarily in labour, insurance, industrial and commercial areas. He has worked with all levels of governments and Crown agencies, and with many employers and unions in diverse sectors including natural resources, particularly oil and gas, mining, forestry and fishery sectors, the airline industry, the health sector, the education sector, transportation and communications sector, the insurance industry and the banking and financial sector. He has experience in complex multi-party mediations and fact findings and is a named arbitrator in a number of provincial and national collective agreements. He has been described as “one of Canada’s most noted educational administrators and one of Canada’s leading and highly respected arbitrators and mediators.”
Mr. Thistle was admitted to the Chartered Arbitrator designation by the Arbitration and Mediation Institute of Canada in 1988 and is currently qualifying for the Chartered Mediator designation. He has completed the Advanced Program in Alternative Dispute Resolution presented by the University of Windsor, Faculty of Law, and Stitt Feld Handy Houston law firm of Toronto. He also has undergone training offered in the Harvard Law School Program on Negotiation specializing in Conflict Resolution and Human Resource Effectiveness. Mr. Thistle has served in various administrative capacities over a thirty-five year career at Memorial University of Newfoundland and prior to his retirement in 2003 held, for twenty-one years, the position of Vice-President (Administration and Finance) and Legal Counsel. He has taught Commercial Law in the Faculty of Business Administration and Education Law in the Faculty of Education. He holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours Math and Physics) degree, a Bachelor of Education Degree and a Master of Arts Degree from Memorial University and a Bachelor of Laws degree from Dalhousie University.