David P. Olsen


David Olsen joins the Federal Public Sector Labour Relations and Employment Board (FPSLREB) as a Vice-Chairperson, bringing to the FPSLREB more than 35 years of experience in the areas of labour, employment and human rights law. Most recently, he was a Vice-Chairperson with the Public Service Labour Relations Board (PSLRB).

Mr. Olsen began his public service career in 1974 as counsel for the Department of Justice, specializing in labour law and civil litigation. In 1981, Mr. Olsen established a labour, employment and human rights law practice group to service what was then the newly created Canada Post Corporation. Mr. Olsen held progressively senior positions within Canada Post, including Assistant General Counsel, in which he had national responsibility for the corporation's legal practice. Prior to joining the PSLRB, Mr. Olsen had been a full-time member with the Canada Industrial Relations Board.

Mr. Olsen holds a Masters of Law from McGill University, a Bachelor of Law from Queens University and a Bachelor of Arts from Carleton University. A long-standing member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, he was a part-time professor of labour law at the Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa, and he is an occasional lecturer for continuing education seminars and conferences on labour, employment and human rights law, as well as pay equity.