Mark Mason is a labour and employment lawyer in Hicks Morley’s Toronto office. His practice includes arbitration advocacy, employment litigation, human rights proceedings and the entire spectrum of collective bargaining, including interest arbitrations and strike management. Mark advises a variety of employers in the public and private sectors and he brings a practical and solutions-focused approach to the legal services he provides.
Mark is recognized as one of Ontario’s leading counsel in the emergency services sector through his work with municipalities in managing their relationships with both firefighters and paramedics. He works extensively in this area and keeps his clients current on existing and emerging sector trends. Mark also chairs the firm’s Municipal industry practice group.
A portion of Mark’s practice also involves day-to-day human resources and workplace consulting. He works closely with various employer groups, speaks extensively at conferences and seminars and conducts client training workshops, all on a wide variety of issues facing management in both labour and employment law. He provides employers with the knowledge and tools they need to anticipate and manage their workplace issues.
Awards & Recognition
The Best Lawyers in Canada™ (2022-2023)
Labour and Employment Law
Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (2018–2022)
Labour Relations (Repeatedly Recommended)
Memberships & Affiliations
Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers – Member
Canadian Bar Association – Member
Ontario Bar Association – Member (Civil Litigation and Labour & Employment Law sections)
Whitby Minor Lacrosse Association – Vice-President of Rep Lacrosse (2014–2015), Director of Rep Lacrosse Primary Divisions (2015–2016)
Select Publications & Presentations
“Case Law Review” Understanding in Ontario Employment Law, HRPA: Peterborough and Thousand Islands Chapters (April 28, 2021)
“Bargaining Update” and “Urban Breakout Session” Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs Labour Relations Seminar (January 19, 21, 2021)
“Pregnant Fire Fighters,” “Suburban/Rural Breakout Session,” “Urban Breakout Session,” and “Legal Update: Top 10 Legal Challenges of the Year” Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs Labour Relations Seminar (January 29–30, 2020)
“Provincial Governance Review” Ontario Municipal Human Resources Association One Day Seminar (June 24, 2019)
“Essential Services Agreement Update – Lessons Learned,” “Bill 148 ESA Update – Are You Complaining or Not?” and “EMS Bargaining Landscape – What’s Happening and Where are We Headed?” Ontario Association of Paramedic Chiefs Education Symposium (May 8–9, 2019)
“Annual Hicks Morley Legal Update” Ontario Municipal Human Resources Association Spring Workshop (April 10–12, 2019)
“Legal Update – Top 10 Legal Challenges of the Year” Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs Labour Relations Seminar (January 23, 2019)
“OMHRA Fall Conference 2018” Ontario Municipal Human Resources Association (September 19–21, 2018)
“A Different Form of Climate Change” Paramedic Chiefs of Canada Annual Conference in Edmonton, AB (June 2018)
“Ontario Association of Paramedic Chiefs (OAPC) 2018 Spring Conference” Ontario Association of Paramedic Chiefs (May 9–10, 2018)
“Legal Implications and Management of First Responder Mental Health Issues” Global Paramedic Leadership Mental Health Summit, Warwick, England (March 22–23, 2018)
“Fire, Police & Emergency Services Bargaining Trends” Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs Labour Relations Seminar, Toronto (January 17–18, 2018)
Osgoode Hall Law School, LL.B.
Queen’s University, B. Comms. (Hons.)