Michael D. Werier, K.C.

Michael D. Werier, K.C.


Mr. Werier is serving as Counsel at Winnipeg law firm of D'Arcy & Deacon LLP. He is married with two children.

Mr. Werier carries on an active practice as an arbitrator/mediator and as a civil litigator. He is legal counsel to a number of major pension plans in Manitoba, to numerous First Nation Communities, and advises on employment issues.

Mr. Werier is on the expedited list of arbitrators maintained under the Labour Relations Act of Manitoba and serves as an adjudicator under the Canada Labour Code. In 2005 and 2011, he was appointed by the Legislative Assembly Management Commission (LAMC) as an independent commissioner to decide MLA pension past service buy-back. In 2006, he was appointed part-time vice-chair of the Manitoba Labour Board. He is also chair of the Manitoba Labour Management Review Committee and recently chaired public hearings into potential changes to the provincial Employment Standards Code. In 2007, he served as an independent commissioner to determine compensation and benefits for members of the Manitoba Legislature.

In 2003, 2005 and 2011 Mr. Werier served as chair of the Judicial Compensation Committee for provincial judges in Manitoba and has also served as an interest arbitrator/mediator to determine compensation for a number of professional groups including Crown attorneys, legal aid lawyers, physicians, home care workers, paramedics and fire fighters.

Mr. Werier is included in the 2012 Edition of the Best Lawyers in Canada in the specialty of Alternative Dispute Resolution and Labour and Employment Law.

He has served as chairperson of the Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba since 2009.  He is also part-time vice-chair of the Manitoba Labour Board.

Mr. Werier has appeared before every level of Court, as well as the Manitoba Labour Board and the Canada Labour Relations Board.

Michael Werier provides legal services through Michael Werier Law Corporation.

  • University of Manitoba Bachelor of Arts, 1972
  • University of Manitoba Bachelor of Laws, 1975
  • Called to the Manitoba Bar, 1976

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, Manitoba Bar Association
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Past Member, Faculty of the Manitoba Bar Admission Course - Administrative Law
  • Presenter, Continuing Legal Education programs for The Law Society of Manitoba Labour & Employment Law and Administrative Law
  • Sessional Instructor in Employment Law, University of Manitoba (2003 to 2008)

Volunteer Affiliations

  • Past Vice-President, Winnipeg Jewish Theatre
  • Past President and Life Member, Winnipeg Jewish Child and Family Services
  • Past Board Member and Past Vice-President of Community Relations, Winnipeg Jewish Community Council
  • Past Board Member, Ramah School in Winnipeg
  • Board Member, Winnipeg Football Club (1987 - 1998)
  • Past Member of the Board of Directors, Concept Business Advisors (employment opportunities for handicapped adults)
  • Fundraising for St. Boniface Hospital & Research Foundation
  • Fundraising for the United Way of Winnipeg
  • Past Member of the Board of Directors, Manitoba Tobacco Reduction Alliance
  • Board and Executive Member, Jewish Foundation of Manitoba