John-Paul Alexandrowicz

Partner & Co-Chair, National School Boards Practice

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Practicing in both English and French, John-Paul Alexandrowicz is an experienced school board lawyer and co-chair of BLG’s National School Boards Practice. His practice involves strategic advice and oral and written advocacy in a variety of forums including arbitration, labour boards, human rights tribunals and the courts. John-Paul has represented and advised the majority of public, Catholic and francophone school boards in Ontario, both directly and through their provincial school boards associations. He has also acted for a number of independent schools across the province.

John-Paul has advised and appeared at hundreds of arbitrations and at the Ontario Labour Relations Board on behalf of the largest school boards associations in the province and many school boards. John-Paul is extensively involved in the central bargaining process under the School Boards Collective Bargaining Act and represents school boards in unlawful strike applications, including most recently in the November 2022 Ontario-wide school strike.

John-Paul has extensive knowledge of school board operations and often appears at school board trustee meetings to provide clear explanations of complex matters.

John-Paul taught industrial relations and labour law at George Brown College and Osgoode Hall Law School, where he was the program director for the Master of Laws in Labour and Employment Law.


  • Counsel to Ontario’s largest school board associations in many central disputes arbitrations.
  • Represented Ontario school boards in November 2022 province-wide school strike.
  • Succeeded in upholding a favourable adjudicator's decision before the courts, including at the appellate level.
  • Resolved human rights complaints by employees and parents against school boards.
  • Successfully represented a school board in a human rights arbitration concerning the duties of a teacher.

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Professional Involvement

  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Education and Labour & Employment Law, Ontario Bar Association

Awards & Recognitions

  • Elected Fellow, The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers
  • Recognized in the 2024 edition (and since 2023) of The Best Lawyers in Canada™ (Labour and Employment Law)
  • Recognized in the 2024 edition (and since 2017) of the Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (Labour Relations, Consistently Recommended)

Bar Admission & Education

  • Ontario, 1999
  • LLM, Harvard University, 2002
  • LLB, University of Toronto, 1997
  • MSc, Collective Bargaining and Labor Law, Cornell University, 1994
  • BA, Industrial Relations, McGill University, 1992