Jay Josefo


A practical problem-solver and advocate, Jay rolls up his sleeves to resolve the wrongful dismissal, human rights, or occupational health and safety issue on the table. Jay likes getting involved in cases at an early stage, to help to prevent small “issues” from becoming big “problems”. Representing both employers and employees, he understands the concerns of both parties involved in workplace disputes and, as such, offers strong and persuasive arguments before or at mediation or when involved in an adversarial hearing process in Court or before a Tribunal. In that respect, since 1999 Jay has been a part-time Vice Chair of the Workplace Safety & Insurance Appeals Tribunal. His experience as a decision-maker has made him aware of what adjudicators want from advocates—brevity and clarity are at the top of the list. Knowledgeable about the law, Jay also believes that an appropriate dose of humour can be a useful tool in an advocate’s arsenal. Don’t get us wrong, though, Jay knows that these issues are no laughing matter. A lover of ocean cruises, Jay adheres to his clients’ itinerary, always keeping in mind their main objective or “big picture” so as to avoid costly and unnecessary legal side-trips. Ahoy!


  • Conducting trials, motions, hearings
  • Representing parties (primarily, employers) before the Human Rights Tribunal, Labour Relations Board, other Tribunals, Boards of Arbitration, and the Courts
  • The preparation of employment and others agreements
  • Teaming with HR and/or in-house counsel to resolve difficult HR law matters
  • Familiarity with legislation and regulatory processes
  • Being a strong negotiator; who is often able to settle very contentious labour and business disputes

Community Involvement

  • Active involvement in community rate-payer associations
  • Public school board trustee (1994-1997), coming first in a field of nine candidates
  • Volunteer Director of a local Community Care organization (1998-2002) which provided services to seniors, shut-ins, and others in need
  • Volunteer Director of the East York/East Toronto branch of the Canadian Cancer Society (2000-2005)
  • Being a member of the founding organizing team of the Cancer Society’s “Jail ‘N Bail” charitable fund-raiser events successfully held over a number of years in East York/East Toronto
  • Co-Chair of the ad-hoc owners committee of his new-built condominium, addressing issues and concerns with the Developer and Tarion (Ontario New Home Warranty Corporation) with such voluntary service from 2008-2009
  • Elected President of new Condo Corporation and serving in this challenging voluntary role from 2009-2013, and continuing on the Condo Board until 2015
  • Appointed to the “Council” in 2009 (re-appointed 2012, 2015), the Board of Directors of the National Research Council (“NRC”), as sole lawyer to provide corporate-governance and related strategic and organizational planning assistance, including with legal and HR/LR matters. The NRC is the Government of Canada’s leading resource for research, development and technology-based innovation. NRC comprises 20 institutes and national programs, spanning a wide variety of disciplines, offering a broad array of services. The NRC has over 4,000 employees
  • Chair of the HR committee of NRC Council


  • LL.B. & B.C.L. (Honours), McGill University (1988)
  • B.A. (Honours), Political Science, Canadian History, McGill University (1984)
  • Call to Bar: 1990 (Ontario)




Paulette Newell
416.364.6211 Ext. 271

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