“I value my role as someone trusted to get to the bottom of workplace complaints. I also value helping employers understand and identify potential systemic issues. I enjoy that I get to contribute to making workplaces healthier and more respectful”.
Michelle Bird is a perceptive and tactful workplace investigator who has a knack for taking large amounts of complex information and distilling it into clear and concise communication for her clients.
Michelle is an analytical thinker and a good listener who can be a calming influence when emotions run high.
Michelle’s interest in workplace relationships was sparked by an organizational behaviour course that she took while completing her undergraduate degree in psychology.
At Rubin Thomlinson, Michelle conducts workplace investigations into allegations of harassment, bullying, poisoned work environments, and other problematic workplace behaviour. Michelle also assists her clients by providing workplace investigation and human rights training to staff at all levels. Michelle’s practice also includes workplace assessments and reviews.
Before joining Rubin Thomlinson, Michelle spent eight years working for the Office of the Ontario Ombudsman where she conducted investigations and wrote reports, drafted standing committee submissions and conducted training sessions for both provincial and municipal government stakeholders.
Michelle has also worked for a firm that specializes in workers’ compensation law where she conducted numerous training sessions for employers on managing WSIB claims and on creating healthier, more productive workplaces. Michelle also articled at the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal. These experiences taught Michelle how drastically an individual’s work environment can impact every aspect of their lives.
In her spare time, Michelle enjoys vegetarian cooking, yoga and going to Toronto FC soccer games.
- Year of Call Ontario, 2007
- B.A., York University
- LL.B., Osgoode Hall Law School
- Member: Law Society of Upper Canada and Ontario Bar Association
Most Recent Blog Posts:
- Emojis, exclamation points and ALL-CAPS: the pet-peeves and pitfalls of inter-office emails
- There’s an app for that, but should you use it? How technology can (and can’t) assist in combating workplace harassment
- Municipal Integrity Commissioners and Workplace Investigators: Who does what when council members are accused of harassment?