Georgina Watts

Biography

If you meet Georgina on a hockey rink, you encounter a strong and skilled player. She respects the game and plays to win; a strategic and tenacious adversary. In hockey as in life, Georgina is an unyielding defender of the rights of unionized and non-unionized workers, protecting their interests and safeguarding their futures. Being able to directly affect the working lives of Canadians is the main reason why Georgina practices law.

A graduate of University of Ottawa Law School, she was called to the Bar in 1992. Since then, Georgina has represented trade unions both in private practice and as Senior Legal Counsel to the largest private sector union in Ontario. As lead counsel at UFCW Locals 175 & 633 for twelve years, Georgina led a busy department and appeared at arbitrations, negotiations, labour boards and other administrative tribunals as well as the courts. In October, 2007, Georgina joined forces first with Craig Morrison and, a few years later, with Joanne McMahon to form MMW where she, and her Toronto team of lawyers, perseveres in their commitment to representing unions and employees in a practice restricted to labour, employment, human rights and disability law on behalf of trade unions and individuals.

Georgina has authored papers for presentation and publication, most recently for the 2016 Six Minute Labour Lawyer (link), and regularly participates in panel discussions on labour relations, human rights and employment law. She also conducts educational seminars for union representatives and stewards. For seven years, Georgina co-chaired the The Six Minute Labour Lawyer (video); an annual educational seminar presented by the Law Society of Ontario for labour law practitioners.

Since its inception in 2014, Georgina has chaired a community committee that runs the Sue Deacon Cup, an annual hockey tournament aimed at raising awareness and funds for Ovarian Cancer Canada This rag tag group of family and friends of Sue Deacon has raised over $447,000 which has gone directly to a research fund administered by Ovarian Cancer Canada and named in Sue’s honour. Georgina is very proud of the organizing team’s efforts to date!