& Associates Inc.
Human Resources Consulting Firm
Mary Cook has
over 35 years experience as a senior level executive, mediator,
adjudicator and community organizer. Mary is currently Principal, of
M.E. Cook and Associates Inc., a mediation and workplace solutions
firm. Her previous employment includes over nine years as Managing
Director of the Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW);
seven years as a Panel Member for the Workers’ Compensation Appeals
Tribunal and for seventeen years at the Toronto Public Libraries.
Mary brings particular expertise and experience in collective
bargaining strategies, grievance arbitrations, mediations,
labour/management relations, health and safety prevention, workers’
compensation claims and assessments, developing and implementing
return to work programmes, conducting pay equity reviews and
maintenance programmes including job evaluation, workplace
investigations into harassment and other areas of conflict and
legislative compliance issues. She also has developed and
participated in fund-raising initiatives; preparation of grant
proposals, community development and outreach programmes,
organizational reviews, strategic planning and implementation, board
development sessions, leading a variety of educational workshops and
performed interim executive services.
She also has been involved in the political arena at all three
levels of government. Some of Mary’s accomplishments include; as a
member of the WSIB’s Chronic Pain Policy Advisory Panel in 2000
recommending policies and strategies for the prevention, management
and compensation of chronic pain injuries. She toured the province
with the 1996 Royal Commission on Workers’ Compensation.
Known for her knowledge of the issues Mary provides a relaxed,
sensitive and upbeat style of leadership that is particularly
effective in finding common ground among conflicting parties, and
promoting positive organizational change.
Mary is currently an affiliate of the Canadian Bar Association of
Ontario - ADR section, member of the Upper Canada Dispute Resolution
Group, ADR Institute of Ontario, and Association for Conflict
Resolution (U.S.), the Canadian Association of Disability Management
Coordinators, and the Canadian Society of Association Executives.