Community spirit and service are the foundation of the career Jorge has built. Since being called to the bar in 2006, he has worked extensively with trade unions, representing clients at grievance arbitrations and proceedings before the Ontario Labour Relations Board, the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal, the Ontario Superior Court, and the Ontario Divisional Court.
He has provided advice on sectoral bargaining strategies in hospitality, governmental engagement in casino and hotel development; voluntary recognition agreements and international organizing campaigns involving multinational companies.
Jorge has also practices in the area of pensions and benefits law. He advises boards of trustees of private section pension plans and health and welfare plans and his work has included the drafting of trust agreements, pension plan texts, regular correspondence with provincial and federal regulators on partial and full pension plan wind ups. He has advised unions and pension plan boards of trustees on pension and benefits matters such as the design, implementation, administration and termination of pension plans, wind-up surplus withdrawal issues as well as other types of employee benefit plans. He has participated in complex litigation matters concerning pension and benefit accruals before various courts and the Financial Services Tribunal.
Through each of these broad reaching experiences, Jorge has become well acquainted with emerging workplace issues facing employees and Canadian Retirees.
His dedication to justice and accessibility drive Jorge to volunteerism on a grass roots level; he co-founded the Latin American Trade Unionists Coalition (“LATUC”).
Jorge is a graduate of the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Common Law (2005) and the University of Toronto (B.A. Sociology; Industrial Relations 2001)