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Sharon Naipaul, Mediator, Trainer and Consultant, B.R.S., J.D.

2011 Call to the Ontario Bar

Sharon (she/her) is a Mediator, Trainer and Consultant at Strategic Workplace: Equity and Conflict Resolution Solutions. She provides mediation, workplace restoration, workplace assessments, training and other supports to a wide range of workplaces. She has 15 years of experience in labour, employment and human rights as both a practicing lawyer and a mediator. She has mediated close to a thousand disputes, including many multi-party and extremely complex, high-profile cases.

Sharon gained her expertise in workplace issues when she began her career in private practice for a prominent union-side labour law firm in Toronto. Following that, she went in-house at a major public service union as a litigator. She then spent many years as a Senior Mediator at the Ontario Labour Relations Board. After working as a mediator, Sharon returned to private legal practice as a workplace investigator, conducting numerous complex investigations as well as doing mediations, workplace restorations, and workplace assessments.

Sharon’s goal is to incorporate anti-oppressive, anti-racist, anti-hierarchical, and trauma-informed principles into all of the work that she does. She is deeply passionate about the power that mediation and mediation-related processes have to transform workplaces and conflicts, and about the as-yet untapped potential of mediation if applied in a wider variety of contexts.

Sharon was called to the Bar of Ontario in 2011 after obtaining her J.D. from Western Law in 2010. While at Western Law she interned at the International Labour Organization in Geneva, and led both the Diversity Committee and Labour Law Society.

In addition to her J.D. from Western Law, Sharon holds the Executive Certificate in Conflict Management from Windsor Law/Stitt Feld Handy Group, the Transformative Mediation Certificate from the University of Waterloo/Community Justice Initiatives, the Advanced Workplace Restoration Certificate through the Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario, and is a designated Workplace Fairness Assessor. She is a member of the OBA (Labour and Employment and ADR sections), CBA, ADRIO and ADRIC. She is a member in good standing with the Law Society of Ontario and the co-founder of the Women’s Indo-Caribbean Entrepreneurial Group. Sharon is also a Volunteer Roster Mediator with The Neighbourhood Group (formerly St. Stephen’s Community House) and a Coach for York University’s Certificate in Dispute Resolution program at their School of Continuing Studies.