Marli Rusen brings years of extensive experience as a labour, employment and human rights lawyer to her current work as a third-party educator and problem-solver. Marli has effectively transformed her legal knowledge and understanding of workplace dynamics into proactive, practical and timely "tools" to assist parties with the informal and formal resolution of their complex workplace challenges and issues.
Marli brings to third party arbitration a history of academic excellence and extensive practical legal experience. Marli was awarded the Gold Medals in Law (University of Victoria) and Psychology (University of Winnipeg) for obtaining the highest aggregate grade point average in each area of study. In addition, Marli was recognized for her specific academic excellence in the Law of Evidence and Employment Law.
Following Law School, Marli Rusen clerked with the BC Supreme Court in Victoria, BC. Through this experience, Marli observed and was coached on the importance of transparent, fair and defensible legal proceedings, sound legal analysis and lucid decision making.
Marli then spent over 18 years acting as a legal advocate for various parties (plaintiffs, defendants, employees and employers) who chose - or were compelled - to resolve their disputes through formal litigation and arbitration.
Marli commits to applying her education and experience in a way that ensures that parties receive a fair and objective hearing, witnesses are treated respectfully and union and management receive a legally sound and practical decision in a timely manner.
As a trouble-shooter, Marli will hear evidence from the parties, in an informal hearing, and issue non-binding or binding recommendations on how to resolve the issue.
As an arbitrator, Marli will hear evidence and argument in a formal hearing and will then issue a binding award based upon the factual evidence and legal principles at play.
Marli provides the following effective and practical tools to defuse and resolve disputes: educational, hands-on training and workshops for supervisors, employees and shop stewards; conflict management systems design and policy development; workplace interventions, such as environmental scans, conflict audits and investigations, to accurately diagnose and understand the issues; and formal assistance with conflict resolution, as a third-party mediator, trouble-shooter and arbitrator. Marli also is known to be a passionate, engaging and humorous key-note speaker on workplace/interpersonal dynamics and is commonly invited to speak at in-house events and industry-based conferences.
Marli's practical framework for leaders everywhere – on how to effectively detect, diagnose and deal with dysfunction - and most importantly – how to address it in a timely, defensible and lasting manner.
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