David Yazbeck

YEAR OF CALL: 1993

1991 LL.B., Queen’s University

1988 B.A. Honours, Philosophy and Political Science, McMaster University

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES AND ORGANIZATIONS

  • Law Society of Upper Canada
  • Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers
  • County of Carleton Law Association
  • Honorary Patron, Workers’ History Museum
  • Member, Board of Directors, Workers’ History Museum
  • Treasurer and Member of the Board of Directors for Canadian Artists’ Representation/Le Front des artistes canadiens (CARFAC)
  • Member of the Board of Directors for Folkrum A Community Music Venue

David Yazbeck practices as an advocate for unions, employees, and human rights complainants in the areas of labour relations, human rights, judicial review and appeals, and Charter litigation, with an emphasis on the federal public sector. He has a particular expertise in employee free speech and whistleblowing, and has argued many of the leading cases.

David regularly appears before arbitrators, labour boards, human rights tribunals, and Courts at all levels. He has substantial experience arguing judicial review applications and appeals in the Federal Court and the Federal Court of Appeal, and often acts as counsel or agent in the Supreme Court of Canada.

David has taught Public Sector Law to union activists at the Labour College of Canada at the Residential Program and the Canadian Labour Congress Ontario Region Winter School. He speaks at conferences on a variety of labour and human rights issues, particularly for disability rights organization Reach Canada.

David channels a passion for music into producing and hosting the second half of the Thursday Morning Special Blend radio program, airing every Thursday at 8:00 am on CKCU 93.1 FM.

David is one of the original writers for the great Canadian music blog North by East West. He has been a Juror for the Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent On Record (FACTOR) which provides loans and grants to up-and-coming Canadian artists.