Northwestern Ontario 05.10.18 - 05.11.18 HR Employment and Labour Law Conference


Date and Time

Starts:05/10/2018 8:30 AM

Ends:05/11/2018 4:15 PM

Event Type



Victoria Inn

555 Arthur Street West

Thunder Bay, ON


Members: $60 | Non- Members: $90 | Students Registrants: $20


Additional Information

Event Sponsor

Northwestern Ontario 05.10.18 - 05.11.18 HR Employment and Labour Law Conference

The 2018 HR Employment and Labour Law Conference will challenge the way employers think about human resources. The conference will feature speakers and subject-matter experts from prominent law firms in Thunder Bay and Toronto on a variety of subjects, including Human Rights and Health and Safety Case Law, Social Media use, Employer Obligations for creating a Psychologically Safe Workspace, Attendance Support Programs, Obligations to support Transgender/Transitioning Employees, Bill 148, Investigations and Terminations –Best Practices, The Legalization of Marijuana, Workplace Accommodations and Employment Contracts.   The presentations will benefit Human Resources Professionals and other professional and management representatives alike.

Please select one option from session A and B on Day 1, May 10, 2018

Session A & B


Social Media Use as it impacts the Workplace – new case law update
Karina E. Pylypczuk, Hicks Morley

Employers Obligations for a Psychologically Safe Workplace
William Goldbloom, Rubin Thomlinson


Please select one option from Session C and D on Day 1, May 10, 2018

Session C & D


Attendance support programs
Karina E. Pylypczuk, Hicks Morley

Obligations to support Transgender/Transitioning employees
Brittany Taylor, Rudner LLP


Please select one option from Session A and B on Day 2, May 11, 2018

Session A & B


Investigations and Terminations-  case law and best practice to avoid litigation
Adrian Ishak,  Salesforce

Substance Abuse in the Workplace – the Legalization of Marijuana in Canada

Stephanie Pope, Persaud Employment Law


Please select one option from Session C and D on Day 2, May 11, 2018

Session C & D


New and evolving issues in workplace accommodations
Adrian Ishak, Salesforce

Do’s and Don’ts of Writing Employee

 Ryan Watkins, Whitten & Lublin

Speaker bio(s)

 Adrian Ishak

Adrian Ishak, Partner

Adrian Ishak’s practice at Rubin Thomlinson focuses on all aspects of employment law including employee relations, terminations, wrongful dismissals, employment contracts, and employment policies. He provides strategic counselling on a number of human resources, privacy and human rights issues. With a joint Ontario and Québec call and with experience in both jurisdictions, Adrian guides his clients through employment standards matters, pay and employment equity, and human rights obligations in Canadian common law and Québec’s civil law jurisdiction. Adrian represents clients in both English and French.
Before joining Rubin Thomlinson, Adrian spent nearly eight years at one of the world’s largest law firms where he counselled employers, including many Global 500 companies, across various industries.
In 2015, Adrian was recognized as a Lexpert "Rising Star”, an award that honours Canada’s leading lawyers under 40.
Adrian is President of Eva’s Initiatives, providing shelter, training and counselling to homeless youth. He also sits on the Young Leadership Council of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and he volunteers at the Legal Advice & Referral Clinic of The 519 Church Street Community Centre.

 Karina Pylypczuk

Karina Pylypczuk

Karina Pylypczuk is a labour and employment lawyer in Hicks Morley’s Toronto office. She provides advice to employers and management in both the private and public sectors on labour, employment, and human rights issues. This includes labour disputes, grievance arbitrations, human rights complaints, and wrongful dismissal litigation. Karina obtained her Juris Doctor from Osgoode Hall Law School. While at Osgoode Hall, she competed in several Provincial and National level moots. She also travelled to Bangkok, Thailand during her first summer of law school to work as a legal intern at a non-profit human rights organization. She has a Bachelor of Arts (Honours with Distinction) in Anthropology from York University. Karina both summered and articled at the firm before returning in 2016 as an associate.

 Brittany Taylor

Brittany Taylor

I was attracted to employment law because of the people-focused nature of the practice. I enjoy getting to know my clients and learning their stories. Every case is unique, and often deeply personal. At the same time, the stories and situations are inherently relatable, as work forms a hugely significant part of our day to day lives. This area of the law is also constantly evolving, which makes my job even more engaging and challenging. Since being called to the Ontario Bar in 2013, my practice has been dedicated to assisting both employers and employees to manage their workplaces. My approach to workplace issues is one that is pro-active and preventative. I take great satisfaction in assisting employees and employers to identify and deal with potential issues before they have an opportunity to evolve into serious headaches for both parties. I also take great pride in acting as a vigorous advocate on behalf of my clients, whether at the bargaining table or beyond to the trial stage.

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