Ruben Goulart

The basics
1987    B.A., University of Toronto, St. Michael’s College
1990    LL.B., Osgoode Hall Law School
1992    Called to the Ontario Bar

Philosophy
Build a great team, and you can move mountains.

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What He’s Known For
After more than 20 years as a human resource lawyer, Ruben understands that clients don’t just have legal issues.  They have business issues. 

This is the approach that he takes in advising his employer clients, who span a broad spectrum of size and industries (with a particular focus on foreign based companies).    His practice has evolved from not only providing traditional advocacy, to also providing strategic legal guidance and risk management.  Ruben likes to be closely integrated into his clients’ decision-making process. 

Ruben also acts for senior executives in transition, whether as a result of termination or change of control.  He enjoys this type of work, and prides himself on taking a pragmatic and business minded approach to addressing their issues.
His specific experience includes:

  • Management labour relations, including certification proceedings, grievance arbitration and collective bargaining.
  • Occupational Health and Safety, including training and defense.
  • Human Rights and employment/termination litigation.
  • Human resource issues in the context of commercial transactions, including acquisitions and insolvency proceedings.
  • Change management, including compensation redesign, plant relocations and closures, and contracting out of critical functions.

Accomplishments
Ruben enjoys sharing his legal insights with business leaders, human resource professionals, and other lawyers.    In 2013 alone, he spoke at Law Society of Upper Canada conferences dealing with recent trends in termination law, and ethical issues that lawyers confront in the negotiation process. He was involved for many years as a frequent speaker and Halton Chapter member with Innovator’s Alliance, an organization for business leaders committed to “thinking outside the box”.

He is very committed to both the arts and the Mississauga community, where he grew up.  So it is not surprising that he continues to serve as the Corporate Secretary to the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga (he has done so for almost 10 years). 

Before that, he served on the Boards of the Mississauga Symphony, and the Federation of Portuguese - Canadian Business and Professionals. 

He has been involved in some pretty interesting work over the years.  Recently, he:

  • Represented the interests of the executive management team employed by a company that was acquired for over $100 million, and successfully negotiated their new employment and business restriction arrangements.
  • Successfully acted as lead litigation counsel in a multi-year dispute with former members of his client’s management team who embarked on competing ventures, contrary to his client’s interests.
  • Advised a US based client in the shut down of several facilities in Ontario, including associated termination planning, and the negotiation of closure arrangements with the applicable union.
  • Effectively developed and implemented a national labour relations strategy for a large, multi-provincial employer.

Interesting Tidbit
Ruben loves music.   Last year, he fulfilled a life long dream – learning to play the electric blues guitar.  While he’s no Jimi Hendrix, he has finally mastered the chords to Red House.