Peggy Smith graduated from Queen’s Law School in 1994, and was called to the Bar in 1996. She also holds a B.A., (1980) and a B.Ed., (1988) from Queen’s University. She articled with the Ontario Human Rights Commission, and has been practicing labour and employment law on behalf of unions and employees for the past 20 years. Ms. Smith was co-counsel for OSPEU at the Supreme Court of Canada, in the case of OPSEU (O’Brien) v. Parry Sound), the landmark case on the jurisdiction of arbitrators to apply Human Rights Legislation. She is a frequent presenter at labour law and human rights conferences, and has published a number of articles, including “The End of Mandatory Retirement in Ontario”, “Chaos in the Workpalce – Is it Harassment?” and “Measuring the Impact of Bill 168 on the Union’s Duty of Fair Representation”.
Ms. Smith developed and teaches the Course “Human Rights in the Workplace”and has also taught Labour Law in the MIR executive program. She lives and works in Kingston, Ontario.