|Darragh Meagher (Co-Chair)
Director, Employment Law Section
City of Toronto
Darragh Meagher is the Director of Employment Law for the City of Toronto. He received both his LL.B. (1987) and his LL.M. (2008) from Osgoode Hall Law School. Darragh provides advice to both City Council and City staff on a broad variety of issues related to the employment of unionized and non-union employees. His practice includes collective bargaining negotiations, rights and interest arbitration, human rights and wrongful dismissal litigation. Prior to joining the City of Toronto, Darragh worked for the City of Mississauga and in private practice.
|John W. Saunders (Co-Chair)
Hicks Morley Hamilton Stewart Storie LLP
John Saunders has been with Hicks Morley since he articled in 1986/1987. He is a partner and advises a wide variety of unionized and non-unionized employers on all issues relating to labour and employment law. His practice includes collective agreement negotiations, rights and interest arbitrations and wrongful dismissal litigation.
He acts for a wide variety of employers in the forestry, metals and manufacturing industries and provides them with strategic advice as they deal with the fiscal, legal and practical realities of the current economic times. In addition, John represents numerous municipalities with particular expertise regarding fire department and EMS labour and employment matters.
Mr. Saunders has represented numerous clients in Coroner’s Inquests dealing with fire related issues. In the past, he has represented the City of Orillia in a four and one-half week Coroner’s Inquest in four fatalities in a Retirement Home fire and the City of Vaughan in a Coroner’s Inquest into a fatality in a construction trench. Mr. Saunders was counsel for the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs for the Elliot Lake Algo Mall Inquiry. He is regularly invited as a key note speaker to industry and legal conferences. On an annual basis since 2006, John has been named in the peer reviewed publication, The Best Lawyers in Canada in the Labour and Employment Law Area. In addition, he has been recognized as a leading practitioner in the Canadian Legal LEXPERT Directory in the area of Labour Relations for the last few years. He serves on the Hicks Morley Executive Committee as the Finance Partner.
John is the past Chairman of the Board of Elders in his local church. He is an avid downhill skier and enjoys fixing things at his cottage in Muskoka.
EnerCare (Formerly Direct Energy Home Services)
Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP
Andrew Bratt is a member of Fasken Martineau’s Labour and Employment Law group. Andrew’s practice is focused on all aspects of employment law, including recruitment and hiring, employment agreements, restrictive covenants, employment standards, workplace policies, disability management, accommodation, workforce reductions, discipline, terminations, unjust dismissal, wrongful dismissal and disability benefits related claims. Andrew also advises corporate clients with respect to labour and employment issues arising out of various types of corporate transactions.
Andrew regularly represents employers in employment-related litigation, human rights proceedings, employment standards claims and workers’ compensation proceedings. Andrew has appeared before a variety of administrative tribunals, courts and mediators.
Andrew speaks regularly on a broad range of employment law topics and has lectured at Queen’s University Faculty of Law, University of Western Ontario Faculty of Law and at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. Andrew is also a regular and significant contributor to The Duty to Accommodate in Employment, the leading text on the subject, published by Canada Law Book, which has been cited in several arbitration and court decisions across Canada.
Ross & McBride LLP
Ed Canning graduated from the University of Toronto Law School in 1990 and was called to the bar in early 1992. Since that time he has practiced employment law with the firm of Ross & McBride LLP in Hamilton where he is now Partner. Ed represents both employees and employers dealing with employment, termination, human rights and statutory entitlements. He has appeared at all levels of the court system including arguing a human rights case before the Supreme Court of Canada in 2001 as well as a variety of administrative tribunals. Ed has been writing a bi-weekly column for The Hamilton Spectator on issues relating to employment law since 1994.
Norton Rose Fulbright
Sarah Crossley is a partner with Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP. She practices exclusively in employment and labour law, advising and representing employers in both federal and provincial jurisdictions. Ms. Crossley advises employers on a variety of employment and labour matters, including terminations, human rights and disability management, collective agreement administration, employment agreements, policy development, discipline and discharge. She regularly acts as employer counsel in wrongful dismissal litigation, grievance arbitrations and human rights proceedings.
Ms. Crossley is a frequent speaker on employment and labour matters. In addition, she regularly provides seminars and training for clients on a variety of matters, including human rights, harassment, discrimination, and effective workplace management. She also conducts workplace investigations.
Ryan Edmonds Workplace Counsel
Ryan Edmonds is the owner of Ryan Edmonds Workplace Counsel, a boutique firm that provides workplace law services to both employers and employees. Prior to starting his own practice, Ryan was a lawyer in the national labour and employment law group of one of Canada’s most prominent law firms. Ryan also clerked at the Ontario Labour Relations Board, where he was seconded during his articles. An academically-decorated graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School, Ryan has authored a number of award-winning law journal articles on labour and employment law, and frequently writes on the subject in various industry publications. Ryan is active in the community. In addition to being a founding director of Out on Bay Street, he has also been a section executive of the Ontario Bar Association’s Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Conference since 2012.
Dewart Gleason LLP
His expertise is eclectic. He has appeared in the Supreme Court of Canada, as well as in all levels of court in Ontario, on a wide range of civil, constitutional and labour matters.
He has an active practice defending solicitor’s negligence claims, and he also acts for plaintiffs in a number of areas, including employment, defamation and police and crown misconduct. In addition, Tim represents trade unions in picketing injunctions, insolvency matters, and judicial review applications. In his labour practice, Tim deals with all aspects of labour litigation and collective bargaining for trade unions.
Tim is an adjunct professor at the University Of Toronto Faculty Of Law, where he teaches advanced labour law. He is a past chair of the Ontario Bar Association’s Labour Relations and Employment Section and a former contributing editor of the text Ontario Labour Relations Board Law and Practice, 3rd ed.
Tim is founder and captain of the DGLLP hockey team. He plays centre, shoots left, and has a respectable wrist-shot and almost no penalty minutes. His favourite colour is orange and his favourite drink is calvados
Hicks Morley Hamilton Stewart Storie LLP
Elisha is a member of the firm’s Litigation Group and has represented clients in trials, hearings, motions, and mediations. Elisha brings a practical view to litigation and works with her clients to develop the best strategy for the particular issue at hand. In her litigation practice, Elisha has developed a niche in class action litigation on behalf of employers. She recently worked as a member of the litigation team which successfully defended a financial institution on the first national proposed class action for overtime. Elisha received her LL.B. from Queen’s University. She was the recipient of a number of academic prizes in her legal studies, including one for highest standing in Collective Agreements and Arbitration and one in the combined areas of Labour/Human Rights/Employment Law.
|M. Elizabeth Keenan
Mathews, Dinsdale & Clark LLP
|James G. Knight
Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti LLP
Jamie Knight is a partner in the Toronto office of Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti LLP. The firm is part of the international law firm alliance L&E Global, which has some 1200 employment and labour lawyers operating in 18 countries, including the highly regarded Jackson Lewis firm with over 50 offices in the United States. Jamie has 30 years of experience representing management as a labour and employment lawyer, including regular appearances before the courts, arbitration boards, labour relations tribunals, as well as participating in adjudications in human rights, employment standards and health and safety matters. Jamie also has extensive experience in collective bargaining and assisting employers in interacting with trade unions. Jamie’s clients are in various sectors, including manufacturing, entertainment, construction, food and cleaning services, municipalities, health and financial services. Jamie is often asked to sit as an employer nominee on interest arbitration boards.
Jamie has authored or co-authored some twenty publications for human resources professionals and lawyers, most of them in multiple editions, including Halsbury’s Laws of Canada – Labour and the Employment Litigation Manual. From 2005 to 2010, Jamie prepared the quarterly Knight’s Roundtable for Canada Labour Views (CLV). He is a frequent speaker and media commentator on labour and employment issues, including current employment law issues such as workplace violence and workplace harassment, attendance management, accommodation in the workplace, and planning for public health emergencies. In addition to specific client training sessions, Jamie taught management and human resources employees in employment law programs at the University of Guelph for almost 20 years, with a focus on workplace safety and effective human resources management.
Jamie is an active participant in the Human Resources Professionals Association of Ontario (HRPAO) and has spent the past several years serving on the Discipline Committee. Jamie is also Chair of the Human Rights Committee and on the Board of CACE (Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers) and was Co-Chair of the 2011 CACE National Conference. Jamie and his wife Betty work with a Canadian charity to support education and maternal health in Sierra Leone, Africa. On his most recent trips in 2011 and 2013, Jamie had the privilege of presenting lectures to West African law students in Freetown and at the University of Makeni, Sierra Leone.
Kuretzky Vassos Henderson LLP
Director, Human Resources
EnerCare (Formerly Direct Energy Home Services)
Miller Thomson LLP
Christine O’Donohue is an experienced litigation partner with a special expertise in employment law, executive compensation, privacy and labour related injunctions to restrain unlawful picketing. She has also gained considerable knowledge and expertise in a range of industries, including real estate and financial services.
Ms. O’Donohue provides practical and proactive advice to our clients’ human resource professionals to limit exposure to costly civil actions and human rights complaints. She is committed to helping clients resolve disputes in a sound, fair and business–minded manner and recommends mediation and arbitration where appropriate.
She works closely with clients to draft employment contracts and restrictive covenants, determine appropriate employee discipline, manage disability claims, and to implement workplace policies. Ms. O’Donohue is often called upon to speak on emerging legal issues and counsels the strategic development of preventative policies and procedures to reduce exposure to litigation.
Ms. O’Donohue was appointed Miller Thomson’s Ontario Privacy Officer in 2003.
Sherrard Kuzz LLP
Michael Sherrard is the founding member of Sherrard Kuzz LLP. Recognized as one of Canada’s leading employment and labour lawyers by Chambers Global®, Who’s Who Legal®, and Lexpert®, Michael is Past Chair of the National Labour and Employment Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association and the Labour Relations Section of the Ontario Bar Association. He is also the recipient of the Construction Institute of Canada’s Chancellor’s Award of Excellence, and the University of New Brunswick Alumni Award of Distinction. Michael is widely published and speaks on a variety of employment and labour law topics. He is frequently asked to develop and lead workshops designed to improve managerial leadership skills. Michael acts for a wide variety of employers – public and private – with experience in the full range of employment and labour issues, including: Acquisitions, Divestitures & Restructurings; Advising the Multinational & Multi-Jurisdictional Employer; Attendance Management; Canada Industrial Relations Board Proceedings; Collective Agreement Administration; Collective Bargaining; Construction Labour Relations; Employee Relations; Employee Screening and Hiring; Employment Contracts; Employment Standards; Executive Compensation; Grievance Arbitration; Human Rights; Injunctive Court Proceedings and Judicial Review; Interest Arbitration; Management Training; Mediation; Occupational Health and Safety; Ontario Labour Relations Board Proceedings; Pay Equity; Privacy; Responding to Union Organizing and Applications for Certification; Sale or Closure; Strike or Lock-Out; Workplace Audits; Workplace Investigations; Workplace Safety and Insurance; Wrongful Dismissal Litigation.
|Ronald M. Snyder
Ronald M. Snyder is a Partner at Fogler, Rubinoff LLP. He is certified as a Specialist in Labour Law by the Law Society of Upper Canada and is Nationally recognized as an expert in Federal Labour Law. With a heightened knowledge of the interpretation and application of the Canada Labour Code, Mr. Snyder works with Chief decision-makers at federally-regulated companies to solve their most complex labour and employment issues. Operating out of both of Fogler, Rubinoff LLP’s Toronto and Ottawa offices, he represents both public and private sector employers throughout Canada before an array of administrative tribunals and all levels of courts concerning a wide variety of workplace issues. He is also a noted Canadian labour law author whose textbooks and publications are one of the most often referenced authorities in awards rendered by arbitrators and the courts. His treatise, Palmer & Snyder’s Collective Agreement Arbitration in Canada, is widely regarded as a “leading text” on the law relating to workplace issues in the unionized context, and his Annotated Canada Labour Code treatise, published annually since 1992, has made him a household name among those who practice federal labour and employment law.
Attendance at this conference will provide you with an opportunity to connect with HR leaders and distinguished legal counsel. Gain insights on how to best maintain a fair and equitable process and manage discipline and termination of the employment relationship effectively. Don’t miss out on this invaluable 2-day event!
Director, Employment Law Section
City of Toronto
John W. Saunders
Hicks Morley Hamilton Stewart Storie LLP
- Consequences of Inadequate Workplace Investigations – Are You Ready to Bear the Costs?
- Restrictive Covenants and Anton Piller Orders
- Employment in the Digital Age – Role of Social Media and Technology in Discipline and Termination
- Unjust Dismissal and Constructive Dismissals – Updates, Changes and Consequences of Mismanagement
- Drafting and Implementing Air-Tight Termination Provisions – Essential Considerations
- Managing Alcohol & Drugs in the Workplace
WHY YOU SHOULD ATTEND:
- Learn how to minimize errors, setbacks and counter-productive actions
- Take away practical advice from case studies and examples to strengthen your case when situations arise
- Benefit from the experts who have represented on the biggest cases and their perspectives of how those decisions have impacted both employers and employees
- Gain insight into best practices to avoid common pitfalls and costly post-termination complications
WHO SHOULD ATTEND:
- Vice Presidents, Directors and Managers of:
- Human Resources
- Employee Relations
- Employment Law
- Strategy and Consulting
- Labour and Employment Relations
- Employee Services
- Benefits, Compensation and Payroll
- HR and Labour Relations Consultants
- Benefits and Pension Consultants
- Workplace Investigators
- Business Agents and Representatives
- Committee Members
- In-house Counsel
- Chief Operating Officers
- Employment and Labour Lawyers
- Administrative Law Practitioners
- Legal Counsel
|8:15||Registration and Continental Breakfast|
|8:55||Welcome Remarks from Insight Information|
|9:00||Co-Chairs’ Opening Remarks|
Attendance Management – Managing Absenteeism and Innocent Absenteeism
M. Elizabeth Keenan
Employer Obligations and Responsibilities for Bullying and Harassment in the Workplace
James G. Knight
|10:45||Networking Refreshment Break|
Consequences of Inadequate Workplace Investigations – Are You Ready to Bear the Costs?
Special Challenges Associated with the Dismissal of Employees in Protected Classes
Non-Unionized Dismissals under the Federally Regulated Regime: A Historic Change in Approach
Ronald M. Snyder
Challenges and Grievances After Termination – Unionized and Non-Unionized Environments
|3:00||Networking Refreshment Break|
Anton Piller Orders and Restrictive Covenants
|4:00||Conference Concludes for Day One|
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