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BCNU Announces Interim CEO

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Experienced labour lawyer and mediator to take on acting role as lead negotiator

BCNU is pleased to announce Jim Gould to the office of chief executive officer (CEO) on an interim basis following a leave taken by BCNU CEO Cody Hedman.

Current partner with Vancouver-based employment and labour law firm, HHBG Lawyers, Gould is also a qualified arbitrator and mediator who has worked as senior external legal counsel to BCNU for more than fifteen years. In this capacity, he has successfully advocated for the rights of nurses, having won key legal decisions in defence of the provincial collective agreement. He is well-versed in both the concerns our members currently face as well as the challenges they have faced in the past. He is a proud champion of the principled work of unions on behalf of workers.

Gould became a partner with HHBG in 2011 after three years with the firm. Prior to embarking on a career in law, he worked in the construction industry and served in the Canadian Armed Forces Infantry Reserves. He then obtained his Bachelor of Science degree at McMaster University and later when on to earn an Honours Degree in Social Work from Lakehead University. Gould worked as a social worker in the field of child protection in both Ontario and British Columbia.

After graduating from the UBC Faculty of Law, he clerked for the BC Court of Appeal and then went on to practise general civil litigation at a large Vancouver law firm before founding a small litigation boutique. There, his practice focused on employment and labour law on behalf of employees and trade unions.

Gould has acted as counsel in mediations and arbitrations in a wide variety of circumstances. He is an accredited civil mediation roster member of the British Columbia Mediator Roster Society. He brings his core values of loyalty, integrity, fairness, equality, social justice, and compassion to all aspects of his professional career.

Gould's interim role takes effect January 17, 2022.

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