26th May, 2016   I  Telus Calgary Convention Centre, Alberta
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7.30

 

NETWORKING BREAKFAST AND REGISTRATION

8.00

 
  George Vassos1 
George Vassos
Senior Partner
Kuretzky Vassos Henderson

 

WELCOME ADDRESS

     

8.10

 

THE EVOLVING WORKFORCE

   
Rafael Gomez
Associate Professor and Undergraduate Director of Employment Relations Program 
University of Toronto

Understand the vast myriad of forces bringing change to Canada’s workplaces.

Effective workforce strategy and future policy planning requires HR leaders to understand the economic, demographic, technological,  and social forces at play.

Get up to speed in this eye-opening talk outlining the most significant changes in the Canadian workforce that are already affecting your business.

The workplace of the early 21st century is in one major way no different from the workplace at the dawn of the Industrial Revolution. The one constant being “change”.

In 2014 roughly 1 in 5 Canadians were at or near the typical retirement age of 65. That number is expected to grow over the coming decade to 1 in 4. And it’s not just demographic changes that are at work. The division between home and work life has become increasingly blurred given the spread and proliferation of mobile and Wi-Fi connectivity. Professional workers, especially, are no longer spending large chunks of time in one domain of life and then entering another (think of the term ‘work-life’ balance as an anachronism for these workers). Rather, days look more like barcodes, fluid entries and exits from personal and professional obligations are the norm for the typical 21st Century knowledge worker. One minute they may be speaking with their child’s daycare worker and the next on a conference call with someone in the London office. Yet, amidst this sea of change are islands of stability. Yet, amidst this sea of change are islands of stability. There are still many jobs, the vast majority in fact, where traditional patterns of work exist and where the generation born in the 1990s (the so-called millennials) find it increasingly hard to “fit-in”.

Leave this session with a firm grasp of the significant changes affecting your workforce and potential areas of risk that must be considered.

9.00

Sarah Crossley1

Sarah Crossley
Partner
Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP   

THE ESSENTIALS: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW FOR 2015

 

Update your labour and employment law toolkit with the most significant legislative changes for 2015 and a recap of the top labour and employment cases of 2014.

Leave this session equipped with the essentials for seamless operations in 2015.

Sarah will discuss:

  • The most significant headlines of 2014
  • Top emerging risks for 2015

 

9.30

 

 

NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK

 

10.00

  

Jennifer Fantini1

Jennifer Fantini
Partner
Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

RE-DESIGNING THE EMPLOYMENT RELATIONSHIP

PROGRESSIVE STRATEGIES TO STAY AHEAD OF FAMILY STATUS ACCOMMODATION

 

 Get the facts straight on the complex issue of family status accommodation while engaging in a timely discussion on the evolution of the employer-employee relationship. 

As Canadians continue to work increasingly long hours, part-time jobs and under ever demanding workloads, the line between life and work has become virtually non-existent.

The challenge of accommodating family obligations and sustaining social support systems has never been more difficult on both employers and employees.

Learn what your legal obligations are in today's employment environment and what you can do to move beyond the basic legal requirements and position yourself as a progressive and desired employer of choice.

This session will outline:

  • The role that you are legally required to play as an employer
  • The importance of evolving your role of employer to being partner in the relationship 
  • The benefits of fostering a truly mutually respectful employer-employee relationship

10.50

 

ACCOMMODATING AN AGING WORKFORCE AND MANAGING A MULTI-GENERATIONAL TALENT POOL

   TIM LAWSON1 
Tim Lawson
Partner, Labour & Employment - Toronto
 McCarthy Tetrault LLP
Giselle Kovary1 
Giselle Kovary
Co-Founder/ Managing Partner
n-gen People Performance Inc.

Stay informed on the industry best practices and emerging areas of risk in aging worker accommodation and  the most effective strategies in managing a multigenerational workforce.

  • Managing performance expectations and functional capabilities of late in life employees
  • How not to terminate a senior worker
  • Getting along: managing conflicting values and lifestyles of a multi-generational workforce

11.40

  
MODERATOR: 
 
Sandeep Jindal 
Sandeep Jindal
Managing Partner
Isthmus Group of Companies

EMPLOYER CASE STUDY:
BEST PRACTICES FOR OCCUPATIONAL DISABILITY MANAGEMENT

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Maria Atkins1 
Maria Atkins
Vice President, Human Resources
SCI Group Inc. 
 
Christine Beaudry1 
Christine Beaudry
Director of Safety and Risk Management
Randstad Canada
 

 Hear from a panel of your peers on the disability management best practices that are integral to a successful program. Through a case-study approach, panelists will discuss:

  • Purpose/ROI of good claims management
  • Components of good claims management
  • Steps to look for from your team
  • Allocation of resources for maximum benefit
  • Typical challenges for employers and solutions
  • Contributing factors to high cost claims and mitigation strategies
  • KPIs and SOPs for higher management to keep track of
  • Q&A

 

12.30

 

 LUNCH & LEARN : MEDICAL MARIJUANA IN THE WORKPLACE

 
Dr. Ilan Nachim
Medical Director
Vector Medical Corporation     
 
 
co-presented with
 
Barb Butler
Alcohol and Drug Policy Expert and President
Barbara Butler & Associates
 
 

Separate fact from fiction on this controversial topic in workplace accommodation.

Health Canada estimates the number of users of medical marijuana will increase tenfold over the next decade from approximately 40,000 to nearly 450,000. For employers, this trend raises significant concerns about occupational health and safety, addiction, absenteeism and employee accommodation.

In this fascinating luncheon keynote, cannabinoid expert and practicing physician, Dr. Ilan Nachim, will debunk the most common misconceptions of the medicinal use of marijuana and the important facts that employers need to understand to appropriately accommodate their employees.

Get practical and factual answers on the real questions:

  • Illicit vs. Therapeutic Use: Is marijuana really a medicine?
  • When is marijuana an appropriate treatment option?
  • How do safety-sensitive and non safety-sensitive workplaces differ with respect to employee medical marijuana use?
  • How should an employer handle an employee who wants to use medical marijuana at work? 

In an exciting and engaging conclusion to this session, you will have an opportunity to get your burning questions answered by a diverse panel of experts from a legal, occupational and medical perspective.

 

1.30

 

 

NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK

 

1.45

 
Stuart Mackay
Senior Partner - Commercial
Litigation Team
McKenzie Lake
Sean Flaherty1  
Sean Flaherty
Associate Lawyer
McKenzie Lake

TACKLING A SILENT EPIDEMIC:HARASSMENT, BULLYING AND HUMAN RIGHTS

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With over 40% of Canadian workers experience bullying on a weekly basis, employers cannot afford to be unprepared.

Avoid the workplace disruption, costly legal battles and tarnished employer brand by getting proactive on the increasingly important issue. 

  • Defining harassment and bullying in the workplace and outlining the key elements of an employee education strategy
  • Steps to recognizing and documenting cases of harassment and bullying
  • A roadmap to a swift and complete internal investigation
  • Outlining your emergency response plan and protecting your reputation in the event of an allegation
     

2.35

Lorenzo Lisi1

Lorenzo Lisi
Practice Group Leader
Labour & Employment Team
Aird & Berlis LLP 

A GUIDE TO MANAGING COMPLEX TERMINATIONS AND LITIGATION

 

Get practical and implementable advice in this scenario based session on the do’s and don’ts of having the difficult conversations during terminations.

From the meeting to the demand letter, work through real examples of how to best handle the most complex and high-risk terminations.

3.25

 
MODERATOR:
 
 George Vassos1 
George Vassos
Senior Partner
Kuretzky Vassos Henderson

PANEL DISCUSSION - CRISIS MANAGEMENT BEST PRACTICES

 

Get the need to know tips to equip your team for the complex and multi-faceted risks that companies face in a time of crisis.

Despite the very best risk management programs, as leaders, we all know that unforeseen circumstances will arise and crisis becomes inevitable. In these situations speed, agility and sound judgement are essential to a successful recovery.

Exemplified through case-study, the diverse panel of experts will use a practical, real-life example to demonstrate the best practices and most common pitfalls in crisis management scenarios.

Learn how to successfully identify the biggest PR and legal risks during times of crisis and leave this session with the fundamental steps to a successful crisis management plan.

Finish up with a fun twist, the panel will engage the audience in an interactive trivia style Q&A that will test your knowledge of some of the most common mistakes that companies make. 

 

Jaime Watt1
Jaime Watt
Executive Chairman 
Navigator Ltd.

Sarah Crossley1

Sarah Crossley
Partner
Norton Rose Fulbright LLP

Lauren Black1

Lauren Black
Litigation Counsel
EnerCare

 

 

 

4.15

 

 

EVENT CONCLUDES

 

 

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