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Portage Legal Services is Jonathan Chapnick (he/him).


Jon is a  lawyer, workplace investigator, adjudicator, and chartered HR professional (CPHR). Before starting Portage in 2019, he worked for unions and employers in Ontario and BC for 15 years.  Jon has advised and assisted union presidents, non-profit housing directors, tech company CEOs, university administrators, front-line healthcare workers, government bureaucrats, union staff reps, HR managers, and RTW advisors.

Jon was appointed as a member of the  BC Human Rights Tribunal on November 1, 2023.  He is currently on leave from his law and consultancy practice at Portage.

Some of Jon's Focus Areas 

Behavioural Competencies

Cultural Safety

Health & Social Services

Healthcare Benefits

Housing Providers

HR Communication

HR File Management

HR Roles & Responsibilities

HRIS for Non-Profits

Information & Privacy

Low Barrier Workplaces

Manager Job Aids

Managing with Humility

Peer Employment


Respectful Workplace


Structural Stigma

Substance Use 

Supervisor Training

Workplace Mental Health

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