The HRPA Annual HR Law Conference is the premiere must-attend event for HR professionals seeking to stay on top of changes to the HR law landscape – and 2022 marks its 30th Anniversary!

Over two half-days, this event welcomes all HR professionals and business leaders looking for tools and strategies to navigate a rapidly changing work environment. HR generalists, specialists, managers, and directors will also benefit from the conference’s focus on evolving legislative requirements and considerations in the workplace.

Reflect on challenges HR leaders are facing and learn from seasoned experts in HR law.

Registration now open!

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Location: Virtual + optional in-person for Day 2 at one of two select locations.

Event platform access will be communicated by email 48 hours prior to the event start.

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CPD

7 CPD Hours

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Price

Member, Non-Member and Student pricing available.

Details in the “Pricing” tab.

Early bird ends September 29, 2022.

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Osgoode Professional Development, our partner, has been approved as an Accredited Provider of Professionalism Content by the Law Society of Ontario.

The Law Society of Ontario accredited CPD total for the HRPA 2022 Annual HR Law Conference: TBD

  • Program Total: LSO (ON): 8h CPD (6h 30m Substantive; 15m Professionalism; 1h 15m EDI)

30 Years in the Making: Looking to the Past and Carving a New Path Forward in HR law 

The HRPA Annual HR Law Conference is the premiere must-attend event for HR professionals seeking to stay on top of changes to the HR law landscape – and 2022 marks its 30th Anniversary! 

This conference is geared towards HR professionals and business leaders who are looking for tools and strategies to navigate a rapidly changing work environment. HR generalists, specialists, managers, and directors will also benefit from the conference’s focus on evolving legislative requirements and considerations in the workplace. 

This year’s agenda includes a retrospective panel discussion, a live-action debate, an intimate fireside chat and an open forum “Ask Me Anything” session. We are exploring the history of HR law and analyzing current trends as well as, presenting both sides of terminations and better understanding restorative work outside of mediation. We will also do a review on how workplace investigations have changed and take a deep dive into the hot topics of human rights issues.

This event welcomes all HR professionals across the province to attend, reflect on challenges HR leaders are facing and learn from seasoned experts on HR law.

Where and when is the event taking place?

Happening over two half-days on October 26 and 27, this conference offers two event experiences: virtual only or virtual plus an in-person option on Day 2, October 27 at one of two select locations.

The virtual only event experience is for two event days: October 26 – 27, approximately 9:00 am – 12:30 pm each day and will be hosted via our event platform, ON24. Event platform access will be communicated 48 hours before the event starts.

When you register for the virtual plus in-person event experience, you will attend Day 1, October 26 virtually via the event platform link. Then you attend in-person at your chosen location on Day 2, October 27. 

There are two in-person locations to choose from:

  • LONDON, ON: Ivey Spencer Leadership Centre, 551 Windermere Road, London, ON, N5X 2T1, OR
  • BELLEVILLE, ON: Fairfield Inn & Suites Belleville, 407 North Front St., Belleville, ON, K8P 3C8

Space is limited for each in-person location and registrations are on a first-come first-served basis. When you register, you will be asked to select one of the two above locations. Register early to avoid disappointment and to take advantage of early bird pricing.

For more information, check out the FAQs page.

30 Years in the Making: Looking to the Past and Carving a New Path Forward in HR law 

The HRPA Annual HR Law Conference is the premiere must-attend event for HR professionals seeking to stay on top of changes to the HR law landscape – and 2022 marks its 30th Anniversary! 

This conference is geared towards HR professionals and business leaders who are looking for tools and strategies to navigate a rapidly changing work environment. HR generalists, specialists, managers, and directors will also benefit from the conference’s focus on evolving legislative requirements and considerations in the workplace. 

This year’s agenda includes a retrospective panel discussion, a live-action debate, an intimate fireside chat and an open forum “Ask Me Anything” session. We are exploring the history of HR law and analyzing current trends as well as, presenting both sides of terminations and better understanding restorative work outside of mediation. We will also do a review on how workplace investigations have changed and take a deep dive into the hot topics of human rights issues.

This event welcomes all HR professionals across the province to attend, reflect on challenges HR leaders are facing and learn from seasoned experts on HR law.

Where and when is the event taking place?

Happening over two half-days on October 26 and 27, this conference offers two event experiences: virtual only or virtual plus an in-person option on Day 2, October 27 at one of two select locations.

The virtual only event experience is for two event days: October 26 – 27, approximately 9:00 am – 12:30 pm each day and will be hosted via our event platform, ON24. Event platform access will be communicated 48 hours before the event starts.

When you register for the virtual plus in-person event experience, you will attend Day 1, October 26 virtually via the event platform link. Then you attend in-person at your chosen location on Day 2, October 27. 

There are two in-person locations to choose from:

  • LONDON, ON: Ivey Spencer Leadership Centre, 551 Windermere Road, London, ON, N5X 2T1, OR
  • BELLEVILLE, ON: Fairfield Inn & Suites Belleville, 407 North Front St., Belleville, ON, K8P 3C8

Space is limited for each in-person location and registrations are on a first-come first-served basis. When you register, you will be asked to select one of the two above locations. Register early to avoid disappointment and to take advantage of early bird pricing.

For more information, check out the FAQs page.

DAY 1: October 26 

8:50 AM – 9:00 AM  
Welcome and Opening Remarks 

Co-chairs: Codjoe (she/her), Partner, TurnepenneyMilne LLP; Nathaniel Marshall, Workplace Investigator & Employment Lawyer, Marshall Workplace Law; Stuart Rudner, Managing Partner, Rudner Law

Speaker(s): Kris Tierney, CHRP, CHRL, (she/her/hers), Vice President, Human Resources and Learning, HRPA 

9:00 AM – 9:45 AM 
Panel: A Retrospective Look at 30 Years in HR Law 

This panel will discuss the development of HR Law over the last 30 years, including trends and predictions for the next 30 years.    

Co-chairs: Esi Codjoe (she/her), Partner, TurnepenneyMilne LLP; Nathaniel Marshall, Workplace Investigator & Employment Lawyer, Marshall Workplace Law

Moderator: Stuart Rudner, Managing Partner, Rudner Law 

Speaker(s): Neena Gupta, Partner, Gowling WLG; Arleen Huggins (she/her), Partner, Koskie Minsky, LSM; Barry Kuretzky, Partner, Littler; Matthew L.O. Certosimo, Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG)

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Wrong Turns: How to Conduct Workplace Investigations

Workplace Investigations have become a critical component of the HR function, and employers must understand how to conduct them in an unbiased and compliant manner. This session will examine how to navigate investigations in challenging situations, develop and maintain rapport throughout the process, and assess and decide who should investigate. Get ready to learn the various nuances of how an workplace investigation can go wrong and what you can do to mitigate the risk. 

Moderator: Esi Codjoe (she/her), Partner, TurnepenneyMilne LLP 

Speaker(s): Carly Dunster, Partner, TurnepenneyMilne LLP; Hena Singh (she/her), Partner, Singh Lamarche LLP 

11:15 AM – 12:15 PM
Terminations: Updates and Best Practices

This session will examine best practices and dive into various termination topics from severance entitlement and post-termination compensation, just cause and the provisions of an Employment Agreement with ESA guidelines and standards and understanding the context and legal concept of mitigation for both the employer and terminated employee. 

Moderator: Stuart Rudner, Managing Partner, Rudner Law. 

Speaker(s): Krista Siedlak, (she/her), Partner, TurnepenneyMilne LLP; Alex Sinclair, Partner, Hudson Sinclair LLP; Danielle Rawlinson, (she/her), Employment Lawyer, Monkhouse Law Employment Lawyers 

Restorative Work: Equity Informed Practices and Principles 

This fireside chat will examine the power dynamics and balances of restorative work. Lean into this conversation to learn the necessary principles to equip you to become equity informed HR Professionals that strengthens, repairs and stabilizes the workplace with solutions outside of mediation. 

Moderator: Esi Codjoe (she/her), Partner, TurnepenneyMilne LLP 

Speaker(s): Shannon Leo, Client Partner, Pekarsky & Co; Kike Ojo-Thompson, Founder & CEO, Kojo Institute 

1:30 PM – 1:35 PM
Closing Remarks and Day 1 Wrap-up  

Co-chairs: Esi Codjoe (she/her), Partner, TurnepenneyMilne LLP; Nathaniel Marshall, Workplace Investigator & Employment Lawyer, Marshall Workplace Law; Stuart Rudner, Managing Partner, Rudner Law 

DAY 2: October 27  

8:50 AM – 9:00 AM
Welcome and Opening Remarks 

Co-chairs: Esi Codjoe (she/her), Partner, TurnepenneyMilne LLP; Nathaniel Marshall, Workplace Investigator & Employment Lawyer, Marshall Workplace Law; Stuart Rudner, Managing Partner, Rudner Law 

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Panel: Navigating Constructive Dismissals 

Constructive dismissals is one of the most common claims by employees against employers. Do you know what constructive dismissal means in Ontario and how to navigate these claims? This session will examine relevant cases studies with respect to IDEL (Infectious Disease Emergency Leave) and provide the necessary strategies to reduce constructive dismissals in your workplace. 

Moderator: Nathaniel Marshall, Workplace Investigator & Employment Lawyer, Marshall Workplace Law 

Speaker(s): Geoffrey Lowe, Associate, Rudner Law; Jennifer Mathers McHenry, Founding Partner, Mathers McHenry & Co.; Ryan Watkins, Partner, Whitten & Lublin PC 

10:15 AM – 11:15 AM  
The Advancement of Human Rights 

Human rights define what we are all entitled to a life of equality, dignity, respect, and a life free from all forms of discrimination. Human Rights instinctively describe how people expect to be treated. In this session, speakers will explore various subject matters such as family status, sexual harassment, racial discrimination, the legislative requirement of Bill 88 and the Right to Disconnect – and so much more! 

Moderator: Nathaniel Marshall, Workplace Investigator & Employment Lawyer, Marshall Workplace Law 

Speaker(s): Kathryn J. Bird (she/her/hers), Ogletree Deakins International LLP; Gregory Ko (he/him), Partner, Kastner Lam; Richa Sandill, Lawyer, Don Valley Community Legal Services 

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM  
Open Forum: Ask Me Anything 

Rounding off two days of learning, this session invites participants to reflect on the newest issues in employment law as a way to look to the future of HR.  

Co-chairs: Esi Codjoe (she/her), Partner, TurnepenneyMilne LLP; Nathaniel Marshall, Workplace Investigator & Employment Lawyer, Marshall Workplace Law; Stuart Rudner, Managing Partner, Rudner Law 

12:30 PM – 12:45 PM
Closing Remarks and Day 2 Wrap-up  

Co-chairs: Esi Codjoe (she/her), Partner, TurnepenneyMilne LLP; Nathaniel Marshall, Workplace Investigator & Employment Lawyer, Marshall Workplace Law; Stuart Rudner, Managing Partner, Rudner Law 

In-Person Presentations 

These presentations will not be recorded. 

12:45 PM – 3:00 PM  

London, ON 

Employee Terminations: Tactics and Tips to Minimize Risk 

Most employment litigation relates to terminations towards the end of the employment relationship. In this session, employment lawyer Liam Ledgerwood will discuss the types of risks that arise in terminations and strategies to avoid and mitigate those risks before, during, and after the termination.  

Speaker(s): Liam J. Ledgerwood, Associate, Siskinds LLP’s Labour & Employment Group 

Belleville, ON 

Workplace Accommodations: A Practical Guide for HR Professionals 

This session will provide attendees with practical workplace accommodation tips and strategies. It will start with a general overview of the realities of accommodations and the legal principles involved. Attendees will then work through some complex accommodation scenarios with the instructor to put the principles learnt into practice. 

Speaker(s): Colin Youngman, Labour and Employment Lawyer, Hicks Morley 

If you are an HRPA designation holder, the virtual conference sessions will be eligible for 7.0 Continuing Professional Development Hours.

CPD codes will be issued post-event and only for the sessions you attended live. On-demand sessions still qualify for CPD; however, will require you to complete your log manually. No CPD code is provided for sessions viewed on-demand. Details can be found on the CPD FAQs page.

The Law Society of Ontario

Osgoode Professional Development, our partner, has been approved as an Accredited Provider of Professionalism Content by the Law Society of Ontario.

The Law Society of Ontario accredited CPD total for the HRPA 2022 Annual HR Law Conference: 

  • Program Total: LSO (ON): TBD
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Esi Codjoe (she/her)

Partner, TurnepenneyMilne LLP

Esi Codjoe is a pragmatic and solutions focused practitioner. She provides legal advice to employers and employees, in both non-unionized and unionized workplaces. Esi understands the unique human resources challenges faced by workplace parties. She also conducts workplace investigations in the private and public sector, for both small and large employers. Providing guidance on employment and human rights disputes she seeks to understand her clients’ needs and provide custom solutions to their problems. If litigation is required, she advocates with strength and integrity. 

Esi has extensive experience in training and coaching, including in the areas of equity diversity and inclusion. She is a frequent speaker at conferences such as Lancaster House and the Ontario Bar Association. Esi has a particular interest in coaching employees to resolve interpersonal workplace conflicts and mediating workplace disputes. She has also taught employment law and labour relations at George Brown College and Ryerson University. 

Esi is an experienced adjudicator and mediator, and a former Vice Chair at the Human Rights Tribunal Ontario. In 2018, she was named as one of Canadian Lawyer Magazine’s Top 25 lawyers, and in 2019 Lexpert named her as a Change Agent in Law. Esi is also committed to volunteerism – she has served on the Toronto Representative on the Ontario Bar Association’s Board of Directors, as Secretary of the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers and as a board member at CultureLink. When not at work, Esi loves to explore the arts including visiting galleries and museums, attending film festivals and listening to live music. She has a passion for food and travel and loves to find ways to combine the two. 

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Nathaniel Marshall

Workplace Investigator & Employment Lawyer, Marshall Workplace Law

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Nathaniel is the founder of Marshall Workplace Law. He practices in all areas of employment and labour law. Prior to founding the firm, he worked at a top ranked employment law boutique that focused primarily on conducting workplace investigations, a prominent, national law firm, as well as a labour boutique. Nathaniel has conducted workplace investigations in small, medium, and large enterprises (both unionized and non-unionized), in the public sector, and within large, provincial unions. He has also conducted investigations for both federally and provincially regulated employers. He has extensive experience in workplace investigations relating to: harassment, discrimination, workplace violence, benefits fraud, bullying and those concerning employer specific codes of conduct and workplace policies. He is also well-versed in conducting workplace audits, training, restorations and mediations. 

Additionally, he has appeared as a prosecutor in numerous disciplinary proceedings under the Police Services Act, and counsel in police grievance arbitrations. Nathaniel is also certified by the Toronto Police Service to conduct use of force investigations involving Special Constables. His experience in both labour and employment law, particularly in the police sector, has provided him with a unique skill set. 

Nathaniel is an experienced advocate and has represented clients before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the Ontario Labour Relations Board, the Ontario Civilian Police Commission, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal. He has also been published in the Canadian Human Resources Reporter and Canadian Employment Law Today. 

Nathaniel received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (Dean’s List) and J.D., both from Dalhousie University, where he was a member of the Indigenous Blacks and Mi’Kmaq initiative. 

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Stuart Rudner

Managing Partner, Rudner Law

Stuart is a firm believer in education – he frequently chairs and teaches at conferences, participates in seminars and webinars, and provides commentary to the media on employment law matters. Recently, he has been providing expert analysis to 680 News as their “go-to employment lawyer”. Moreover, Stuart designed the Osgoode Professional Development’s HR Law for HR Professionals Certificate course, which he is also the founding director of. He also co-designed and is the co-founding Program Director of their Advanced HR Law for HR Professionals Certificate course. 

Having been trained in Alternative Dispute Resolution techniques and able to act a mediator in employment matters, Stuart sees things from a third side: that of a neutral third party, working with those involved to achieve a reasonable resolution to their issues.  

Offering objective, strategic advice to his clients, Stuart is recognized as one of Canada’s top Legal Social Media Influencers as well as the only Legal Influencer in Canadian HR Law in the first Lexology Awards. He has also been selected for inclusion in ‘The Best Lawyers in Canada’ in the area of Employment Law for the past seven years and is routinely featured in Canadian HR Reporter’s Employment Lawyers Directory (a comprehensive directory of the top employment law and immigration law practitioners in Canada). 

As a firm and with his family, he supports several worthwhile causes including 360Kids, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, United Way, One Voice Network, Job Skills, Family Education Centre, Lawyers International Food Enterprise (LIFE), and Volunteer Lawyers Network. 

Stuart is actively involved in the Canadian and Ontario Bar Associations i and has held several leadership positions therein. He has also volunteered to lead sessions on HR law topics and has served on HRPA’S committees, including sponsoring HRPA’s York Region Chapter and presenting an annual employment law update for the members. 

With two active children, much of Stuart’s time is spent in dance studios and hockey arenas (and driving them to and from games and practices). 

Codjoe, Esi
Esi Codjoe (she/her)

Partner, TurnepenneyMilne LLP

Esi Codjoe is a pragmatic and solutions focused practitioner. She provides legal advice to employers and employees, in both non-unionized and unionized workplaces. Esi understands the unique human resources challenges faced by workplace parties. She also conducts workplace investigations in the private and public sector, for both small and large employers. Providing guidance on employment and human rights disputes she seeks to understand her clients’ needs and provide custom solutions to their problems. If litigation is required, she advocates with strength and integrity. 

Esi has extensive experience in training and coaching, including in the areas of equity diversity and inclusion. She is a frequent speaker at conferences such as Lancaster House and the Ontario Bar Association. Esi has a particular interest in coaching employees to resolve interpersonal workplace conflicts and mediating workplace disputes. She has also taught employment law and labour relations at George Brown College and Ryerson University. 

Esi is an experienced adjudicator and mediator, and a former Vice Chair at the Human Rights Tribunal Ontario. In 2018, she was named as one of Canadian Lawyer Magazine’s Top 25 lawyers, and in 2019 Lexpert named her as a Change Agent in Law. Esi is also committed to volunteerism – she has served on the Toronto Representative on the Ontario Bar Association’s Board of Directors, as Secretary of the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers and as a board member at CultureLink. When not at work, Esi loves to explore the arts including visiting galleries and museums, attending film festivals and listening to live music. She has a passion for food and travel and loves to find ways to combine the two. 

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Nathaniel Marshall

Workplace Investigator & Employment Lawyer, Marshall Workplace Law

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Nathaniel is the founder of Marshall Workplace Law. He practices in all areas of employment and labour law. Prior to founding the firm, he worked at a top ranked employment law boutique that focused primarily on conducting workplace investigations, a prominent, national law firm, as well as a labour boutique. Nathaniel has conducted workplace investigations in small, medium, and large enterprises (both unionized and non-unionized), in the public sector, and within large, provincial unions. He has also conducted investigations for both federally and provincially regulated employers. He has extensive experience in workplace investigations relating to: harassment, discrimination, workplace violence, benefits fraud, bullying and those concerning employer specific codes of conduct and workplace policies. He is also well-versed in conducting workplace audits, training, restorations and mediations. 

Additionally, he has appeared as a prosecutor in numerous disciplinary proceedings under the Police Services Act, and counsel in police grievance arbitrations. Nathaniel is also certified by the Toronto Police Service to conduct use of force investigations involving Special Constables. His experience in both labour and employment law, particularly in the police sector, has provided him with a unique skill set. 

Nathaniel is an experienced advocate and has represented clients before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the Ontario Labour Relations Board, the Ontario Civilian Police Commission, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal. He has also been published in the Canadian Human Resources Reporter and Canadian Employment Law Today. 

Nathaniel received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (Dean’s List) and J.D., both from Dalhousie University, where he was a member of the Indigenous Blacks and Mi’Kmaq initiative. 

Rudner, Stuart
Stuart Rudner

Managing Partner, Rudner Law

Stuart is a firm believer in education – he frequently chairs and teaches at conferences, participates in seminars and webinars, and provides commentary to the media on employment law matters. Recently, he has been providing expert analysis to 680 News as their “go-to employment lawyer”. Moreover, Stuart designed the Osgoode Professional Development’s HR Law for HR Professionals Certificate course, which he is also the founding director of. He also co-designed and is the co-founding Program Director of their Advanced HR Law for HR Professionals Certificate course. 

Having been trained in Alternative Dispute Resolution techniques and able to act a mediator in employment matters, Stuart sees things from a third side: that of a neutral third party, working with those involved to achieve a reasonable resolution to their issues.  

Offering objective, strategic advice to his clients, Stuart is recognized as one of Canada’s top Legal Social Media Influencers as well as the only Legal Influencer in Canadian HR Law in the first Lexology Awards. He has also been selected for inclusion in ‘The Best Lawyers in Canada’ in the area of Employment Law for the past seven years and is routinely featured in Canadian HR Reporter’s Employment Lawyers Directory (a comprehensive directory of the top employment law and immigration law practitioners in Canada). 

As a firm and with his family, he supports several worthwhile causes including 360Kids, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, United Way, One Voice Network, Job Skills, Family Education Centre, Lawyers International Food Enterprise (LIFE), and Volunteer Lawyers Network. 

Stuart is actively involved in the Canadian and Ontario Bar Associations i and has held several leadership positions therein. He has also volunteered to lead sessions on HR law topics and has served on HRPA’S committees, including sponsoring HRPA’s York Region Chapter and presenting an annual employment law update for the members. 

With two active children, much of Stuart’s time is spent in dance studios and hockey arenas (and driving them to and from games and practices). 

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Kris Tierney, CHRP, CHRL, (She/her/hers)

Vice President, Human Resources and Learning, HRPA

Kris’ approach as an executive leader is to achieve results by creating outstanding workplaces where people and culture are strategic priorities. She is apassionate and skilled business executive with 15 years’ experience leading HR in hi-tech, high growth companies in automotive and financial services, where she served as a trusted people and culture strategist, advisor, and business partner to the C-Suite.   

Kris started her career in hospitality where she held various leadership and management positions. For more than 20 years, Kris has served as a valued member of senior and executive leadership teams, where her skills in HR, leadership, strategy, and culture were honed and her passion for business and human resources were developed. She is periodically called upon by media, conferences, and academia to contribute her experience and perspectives as an HR and business leader.   

Kris has achieved the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) and Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) designations as awarded by the Human Resources Professionals Association in Ontario, Canada. As a lifelong learner, Kris is thrilled to bring professional development and learning opportunities to the HR community in her role as Vice-President, Human Resources and Learning at the HRPA.  

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Kathryn J. Bird (she/her/hers)

Partner, Ogletree Deakins

Kathryn Bird (she/her/hers) is an employment, human rights, and labour lawyer in Ogletree Deakin’s Toronto office. Kathryn is a recognized leader in workplace and education law in Canada and was the winner of the Lexpert Rising Star Award in 2020. She advises employers, social service providers, school boards and municipalities regarding the employment relationship and the provision of services to the public. She also assists school boards, colleges and universities with legal matters related to the provision of educational services. 

A skilled litigator, Kathryn often appears before the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, labour arbitrators and at all levels of court. She has successfully defended public and private employers against a wide range of claims, including human rights allegations, long-term disability benefit claims and wrongful dismissal actions. Kathryn also advises employers and service providers on avoiding litigation through proactive strategic actions. 

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Carly Dunster, AWI-CH

Partner, Workplace Investigator, Turnpenney Milne LLP

Carly Dunster is a Partner and Workplace Investigator at Turnpenney Milne LLP, a boutique labour and employment firm in downtown Toronto. Carly has been a Certificate-Holder with the Association of Workplace Investigators since 2019. As an independent, external investigator, she has conducted workplace investigations in a wide variety of workplaces, including high-profile matters that necessitated timely and sensitive investigations.  

Carly has extensive experience in addressing complaints of harassment and discrimination under Ontario’s Human Rights Code, and in investigating non-Human Rights Code related bullying and personal/workplace harassment (under the Occupational Health and Safety Act or an employer’s policies). She has also conducted investigations into allegations of general misconduct contrary to an employer’s policies or Codes of Conduct as well as investigations where it is alleged that a poisoned work environment has been created. Carly has conducted numerous environmental audits, targeted either to specific departments or organization-wide, providing employers with information that helps them to proactively identify underlying issues in their workplace. She also regularly conducts training sessions on the creation and maintenance of respectful workplaces, and on how to conduct thorough and effective workplace investigations. 

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Neena Gupta

Partner, Gowling WLG

Neena Gupta is a partner in Gowling WLG’s Waterloo Region and Toronto offices. Her practice focuses on a broad range of employment and human rights matters. She is known for her practical, cost-effective and focused approach to employment law and litigation. Neena has advised a wide variety of employers, from start-ups to world-renowned multinationals, on all aspects of employment law, including employment offers and contracts, workplace investigations, accommodation of disability or illness, compensation plans, cross-border employment and regulatory compliance in Canada. She has taught employment and human rights law at the Faculties of Law at the University of Toronto and Queen’s University and is a popular speaker at legal and HR conferences. 

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Arleen Huggins

Partner, Koskie Minsky LLP

Arleen Huggins is a partner at Koskie Minsky LLP and head of the firm’s Employment Law Group. She has expertise in employment law and human rights law, with an emphasis on discrimination based on race, and anti-Black racism. She also practices general and commercial litigation.   

For over 30 years Arleen has provided opinions and litigated all types of employment and human rights disputes, including long term disability claims, at various court levels, including the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the Divisional Court, the Court of Appeal and before various administrative tribunals. She has extensive experience drafting and negotiating complex employment contracts and related documents for employers and employees. 

Arleen also specializes in workplace investigations, reviews and equity audits for private corporations and Boards, educational institutions and the public service, primarily in the areas of racial discrimination and harassment, anti-Black racism and sexual harassment. She has also been a speaker for the Ontario Bar Association, the Law Society of Upper Canada, Osgoode Hall Law School Professional Development, the Advocates’ Society and others, presenting at various seminars on employment law, human rights, diversity and inclusion, anti-Black racism as well as civil matters. Moreover, she has authored several articles, papers and reports. 

Arleen won a 2016 Lexpert Zenith Award: Celebrating Diversity and Inclusion for her work as a long-time board member and former President of the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers.  She was a five-year member and former Chair of the Canadian Bar Association Standing Committee on Equity and a former committee member and Chair of the Ontario Bar Association Equal Opportunity Committee, for which she won an OBA Linda Adlam Manning Award for Volunteerism.  Additionally, Arleen received the 2018 Women’s Law Association of Ontario President’s Award for her work towards the advancement of racialized women in the law. She was also a 2020 recipient of the Law Society of Ontario’s prestigious Law Society Medal. In 2021, Arleen was elected by Canadian Lawyer as one of the Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers in the Human Rights, Advocacy and Criminal Law category. Also, she has been recognized in the area of Labour and Employment Law in The Best Lawyers in Canada for 2022 and 2023. 

Arleen has served on the Doctors Without Borders Human Resources Committee and as well as a member of the federal Judicial Appointments Advisory Committee for the GTA. 

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Gregory Ko

Partner, Kastner Lam LLP

Gregory Ko is a partner at Kastner Lam LLP. His practice is focused on employment law, human rights, administrative law and civil litigation.   

Greg represents clients in workplace disputes at all levels of court in Ontario and before the Human Rights Tribunal and the Ontario Labour Relations Board.  He is routinely retained by regulated professionals facing investigation or disciplinary proceedings with their professional regulator.   

Greg also acts as discipline counsel to professional regulators as well as an independent investigator in highly sensitive matters for a wide range of organizations, including universities, hospitals and not-for-profits organizations. 

Greg is an executive member of the Ontario Bar Association’s labour and employment section and the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Caucus. He graduated from the McGill Faculty of Law and holds a Master of Laws from the University of Toronto. 

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Barry Kuretzky

Partner, Littler

A widely acknowledged expert on Canadian employment law, Barry Kuretzky brings creative solutions to business-critical decisions. His distinctive legal knowledge guides clients across the employment spectrum, from hiring to termination. 

 During a career spanning four decades, Barry has gained wide-ranging experience counseling clients in labour relations, which includes collective bargaining, union organizing drives, certification and decertification of unions, and grievances and arbitrations. Additionally, he advises marquee companies across Canada on myriad workplace challenges, including wrongful dismissal litigation, unjust dismissals pursuant to the Canada Labour Code, employment standards adjudications, and Human rights, including disability and accommodation matters. He also provides guidance on issues of sexual harassment, breach of fiduciary duty, workers’ compensation, on-the-job health and safety and wrongful hiring. Furthermore, Barry offers counsel on injunctions restraining competition and information distribution as well as negligent misrepresentation in the employment context. His areas of expertise also include employment issues related to the sale or restructuring of businesses, and negotiation and drafting of employment contracts and workplace policies.

Sought-after for his knowledge of workplace law, Barry wrote two industry-related books: Mediating Employment 

Law Disputes and Human Resources Guide to Workplace Harassment. He has been quoted significantly in the press on 

Canadian labour and employment issues and has been consistently recognized by The Best Lawyers in Canada and the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as one of the country’s top lawyers. Barry has been named as a Leading Practitioner by the Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory for 25 consecutive years and has also received the Continuing Legal Education Long-Term Achievement Award by the Law Society of Upper Canada. 

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Liam J. Ledgerwood

Associate, Siskinds LLP’s Labour & Employment Group

Liam J. Ledgerwood is an associate with Siskinds LLP’s Labour & Employment Group and provides a wide range of practical and creative solutions for employers. He provides effective advocacy before courts and administrative tribunals as well as pragmatic day-to-day advice to employers. Prior to this role, Liam received his Juris Doctor from Western University’s Faculty of Law and articled with Siskinds LLP.

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Shannon Leo

Client Partner, Pekarsky & Co.

Shannon Leo is a Client Partner at Pekarsky & Co. where she leads executive search and leadership advisory mandates in Toronto. Shannon is a lawyer by training and was most recently the Chief Talent Officer for one of Canada’s top national law firms, where she oversaw the lawyer recruitment, development and retention initiatives for the firm nationally. During her tenure, Shannon helped the firm grow and increase in profitability through strategic talent acquisitions, while also developing programs to get the most out of the firm’s talent. She was particularly dedicated to bolstering inclusion and diversity initiatives and is passionate about furthering gender and racial equity at the executive and board levels.

Shannon is uniquely qualified to consult on performance and mental wellness initiatives; she completed her master’s degree in counselling psychology at the University of Toronto and is a Qualifying Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. She also has professional coach training from the Co-active Training Institute and is qualified to perform leadership assessments, having completed the Hogan certification.

Shannon is interested in the intersection of human potential and business and is well versed in the corporate world, especially in recruitment and talent functions. She also recently obtained the “Leading with Finance” certificate from Harvard Business School.

Previously, she managed the student program for another large law firm and was the Director of Career Services at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law prior to that. She has been involved with the National Association of Legal Professionals since 2005 and is a past chair for the Canadian Section’s On-Campus Interview Advisory Group. She is a regular speaker at the association’s events and law schools across the country.

When Shannon isn’t working, you will likely find her outdoors hiking, skiing, running and trying to keep up with her family. She also loves reading and listening to podcasts to keep up with current trends in business, psychology and human capital.

Mathers McHenry, Jennifer
Jennifer Mathers McHenry

Founding Partner, Mathers McHenry & Co.

Jennifer is the founding partner of Mathers McHenry & Co., an executive advisory, employment law, and commercial litigation boutique in downtown Toronto.

She regularly advises both employees and employers about employment law and on all aspects of the employee/employer relationship, including: offers of employment, human rights obligations, changes of control, mergers and acquisitions, executive compensation, resignations, termination of employment, constructive dismissals, and post-employment fiduciary and contractual obligations.  Her practice also provides strategic and legal advice to senior executives, directors, partners, and others at pivotal transition points in their careers.

Jennifer’s litigation practice encompasses a wide range of complex employment and workplace-related commercial and appellate litigation, including actions involving wrongful and constructive dismissal, breaches of human rights legislation, breach of contract, professional negligence, breach of confidence, unfair competition, negligent misrepresentation, partnership disputes, and shareholder disputes.

Rawlinson, Danielle
Danielle Rawlinson, Associate

Monkhouse Law Employment Lawyers

Danielle is an Associate Lawyer at Monkhouse Law, licenced by the Law Society of Ontario, practicing employment law. She completed her J.D. at the University of Ottawa.

In her practice, Danielle assists employees with navigating workplace issues ranging from wrongful dismissal, constructive dismissal and human rights discrimination to contract reviews, and disability insurance claims. She is passionate about advocating for her clients and keeping their interests centred throughout the process. She approaches her work with a listening ear and a keen eye and seeks to protect the interests of her clients.

Richa Sandill
Richa Sandill

Staff Lawyer, Don Valley Community Legal Services

Richa Sandill is an employment and human rights lawyer in the legal clinic system. Her practice focuses on advising and representing marginalized and low-income workers on all aspects of employment law, including test case litigation, workplace harassment, discrimination, and wrongful dismissal. She practices at Don Valley Community Services as a Staff Lawyer for its Toronto East End Employment Law Services program. This is a joint initiative between six East Toronto clinics to provide employment law services to low-income workers. She is also actively involved in public legal education initiatives for Toronto’s east end communities.

In addition to her practice, Richa is an active member of the legal profession and a dedicated advocate for equity, diversity, and inclusion. She served six terms on the Ontario Bar Association (OBA)’s Women Lawyers Forum executive, including as Chair in 2019-2020. She has been part of the OBA Council, the OBA Equality, Dialogue on Licensing, and Pro Bono Standing Committees, and is currently a Member at Large on the Labour & Employment Law section of the OBA. She was recently re-elected as a Director on the South Asian Bar Association of Toronto (SABA Toronto), having previously served four terms. In her capacity as Co-Chair of the Women’s Committee for SABA Toronto, Richa represented SABA Toronto on stakeholder consultations with the Prime Minister’s office and the Law Society of Ontario, and co-chaired SABA’s first Women’s Leadership Summit in 2021.

Sinclair, Alex
Alex Sinclair, B.A., J.D.

Partner, Hudson Sinclair LLP

Alex is a partner with Hudson Sinclair LLP, practising in all areas of labour and employment law. He provides proactive, tailored advice on various labour and employment issues. Alex regularly guides employers through high-stakes legal issues, including complex terminations involving significant legal risks. He is a tenacious advocate and has appeared at all levels of court in Ontario and at the Federal Court of Appeal. He regularly represents clients before administrative tribunals including labour arbitrations, the Ontario Labour Relations Board, Coroner’s Inquests, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal. Alex is also a seasoned workplace investigator and is regularly retained to act as an independent investigator with respect to a variety of allegations including workplace harassment and bullying, sexual harassment, Code of Conduct violations and conflicts of interest. Alex works out of the Toronto and Oakville offices.

Singh, Hena
Hena Singh

Founding Partner, Singh Investigations & Mediations

Hena Singh is the founding partner of Singh Investigations & Mediations and a founding partner of Singh Lamarche LLP. She is recognized for providing her clients with practical and tailored solutions to employment issues.

In addition to her work as an employment lawyer, Hena has conducted hundreds of workplace investigations for companies and organizations of all types and sizes. She is a mediator, Certified Workplace Investigator and a Certified Compliance Officer. She also holds a master’s degree in Psychology.

Hena is the author of the book A Practical Guide to Conducting Workplace Investigations and co-author of the book A Practical Guide to the Law of Terminations in Ontario. Given her credentials and extensive experience, she regularly appears in the media and is a frequent presenter on various employment law, human rights, mediation and workplace investigation issues.

Watkins, Ryan
Ryan Watkins

Partner, Whitten & Lublin PC

Ryan Watkins is a partner at Whitten & Lublin PC, a boutique employment law firm in Toronto. He primarily litigates and advises clients on issues such as wrongful dismissals, workplace human rights, employment standards, recruitment and dismissals, employment contracts and employment issues in corporate transactions. He has appeared as counsel in cases before the Ontario Court of Appeal, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice and Divisional Court, the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal and the Ontario Labour Relations Board.

Ryan also frequently appears on national television and radio, as a commentator for workplace issues.

Youngman, Colin
Colin Youngman

Labour and Employment Lawyer, Hicks Morley

Colin Youngman is a labour and employment lawyer in Hicks Morley’s Kingston office. He advises and represents both unionized and non-unionized employers throughout Eastern Ontario. He is regularly engaged in wrongful dismissal litigation, occupational health and safety matters, labour arbitration cases, Ontario Labour Relations Board proceedings and human rights proceedings. Colin also advises clients on information and privacy matters, including data breach responses.

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Kris Tierney, CHRP, CHRL, (She/her/hers)

Vice President, Human Resources and Learning, HRPA

Kris’ approach as an executive leader is to achieve results by creating outstanding workplaces where people and culture are strategic priorities. She is apassionate and skilled business executive with 15 years’ experience leading HR in hi-tech, high growth companies in automotive and financial services, where she served as a trusted people and culture strategist, advisor, and business partner to the C-Suite.   

Kris started her career in hospitality where she held various leadership and management positions. For more than 20 years, Kris has served as a valued member of senior and executive leadership teams, where her skills in HR, leadership, strategy, and culture were honed and her passion for business and human resources were developed. She is periodically called upon by media, conferences, and academia to contribute her experience and perspectives as an HR and business leader.   

Kris has achieved the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) and Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) designations as awarded by the Human Resources Professionals Association in Ontario, Canada. As a lifelong learner, Kris is thrilled to bring professional development and learning opportunities to the HR community in her role as Vice-President, Human Resources and Learning at the HRPA.  

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Kathryn J. Bird (she/her/hers)

Partner, Ogletree Deakins

Kathryn Bird (she/her/hers) is an employment, human rights, and labour lawyer in Ogletree Deakin’s Toronto office. Kathryn is a recognized leader in workplace and education law in Canada and was the winner of the Lexpert Rising Star Award in 2020. She advises employers, social service providers, school boards and municipalities regarding the employment relationship and the provision of services to the public. She also assists school boards, colleges and universities with legal matters related to the provision of educational services. 

A skilled litigator, Kathryn often appears before the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, labour arbitrators and at all levels of court. She has successfully defended public and private employers against a wide range of claims, including human rights allegations, long-term disability benefit claims and wrongful dismissal actions. Kathryn also advises employers and service providers on avoiding litigation through proactive strategic actions. 

Dunster, Carly
Carly Dunster, AWI-CH

Partner, Workplace Investigator, Turnpenney Milne LLP

Carly Dunster is a Partner and Workplace Investigator at Turnpenney Milne LLP, a boutique labour and employment firm in downtown Toronto. Carly has been a Certificate-Holder with the Association of Workplace Investigators since 2019. As an independent, external investigator, she has conducted workplace investigations in a wide variety of workplaces, including high-profile matters that necessitated timely and sensitive investigations.  

Carly has extensive experience in addressing complaints of harassment and discrimination under Ontario’s Human Rights Code, and in investigating non-Human Rights Code related bullying and personal/workplace harassment (under the Occupational Health and Safety Act or an employer’s policies). She has also conducted investigations into allegations of general misconduct contrary to an employer’s policies or Codes of Conduct as well as investigations where it is alleged that a poisoned work environment has been created. Carly has conducted numerous environmental audits, targeted either to specific departments or organization-wide, providing employers with information that helps them to proactively identify underlying issues in their workplace. She also regularly conducts training sessions on the creation and maintenance of respectful workplaces, and on how to conduct thorough and effective workplace investigations. 

Gupta, Neena
Neena Gupta

Partner, Gowling WLG

Neena Gupta is a partner in Gowling WLG’s Waterloo Region and Toronto offices. Her practice focuses on a broad range of employment and human rights matters. She is known for her practical, cost-effective and focused approach to employment law and litigation. Neena has advised a wide variety of employers, from start-ups to world-renowned multinationals, on all aspects of employment law, including employment offers and contracts, workplace investigations, accommodation of disability or illness, compensation plans, cross-border employment and regulatory compliance in Canada. She has taught employment and human rights law at the Faculties of Law at the University of Toronto and Queen’s University and is a popular speaker at legal and HR conferences. 

Huggins, Arleen
Arleen Huggins

Partner, Koskie Minsky LLP

Arleen Huggins is a partner at Koskie Minsky LLP and head of the firm’s Employment Law Group. She has expertise in employment law and human rights law, with an emphasis on discrimination based on race, and anti-Black racism. She also practices general and commercial litigation.   

For over 30 years Arleen has provided opinions and litigated all types of employment and human rights disputes, including long term disability claims, at various court levels, including the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the Divisional Court, the Court of Appeal and before various administrative tribunals. She has extensive experience drafting and negotiating complex employment contracts and related documents for employers and employees. 

Arleen also specializes in workplace investigations, reviews and equity audits for private corporations and Boards, educational institutions and the public service, primarily in the areas of racial discrimination and harassment, anti-Black racism and sexual harassment. She has also been a speaker for the Ontario Bar Association, the Law Society of Upper Canada, Osgoode Hall Law School Professional Development, the Advocates’ Society and others, presenting at various seminars on employment law, human rights, diversity and inclusion, anti-Black racism as well as civil matters. Moreover, she has authored several articles, papers and reports. 

Arleen won a 2016 Lexpert Zenith Award: Celebrating Diversity and Inclusion for her work as a long-time board member and former President of the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers.  She was a five-year member and former Chair of the Canadian Bar Association Standing Committee on Equity and a former committee member and Chair of the Ontario Bar Association Equal Opportunity Committee, for which she won an OBA Linda Adlam Manning Award for Volunteerism.  Additionally, Arleen received the 2018 Women’s Law Association of Ontario President’s Award for her work towards the advancement of racialized women in the law. She was also a 2020 recipient of the Law Society of Ontario’s prestigious Law Society Medal. In 2021, Arleen was elected by Canadian Lawyer as one of the Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers in the Human Rights, Advocacy and Criminal Law category. Also, she has been recognized in the area of Labour and Employment Law in The Best Lawyers in Canada for 2022 and 2023. 

Arleen has served on the Doctors Without Borders Human Resources Committee and as well as a member of the federal Judicial Appointments Advisory Committee for the GTA. 

Ko, Gregory
Gregory Ko

Partner, Kastner Lam LLP

Gregory Ko is a partner at Kastner Lam LLP. His practice is focused on employment law, human rights, administrative law and civil litigation.   

Greg represents clients in workplace disputes at all levels of court in Ontario and before the Human Rights Tribunal and the Ontario Labour Relations Board.  He is routinely retained by regulated professionals facing investigation or disciplinary proceedings with their professional regulator.   

Greg also acts as discipline counsel to professional regulators as well as an independent investigator in highly sensitive matters for a wide range of organizations, including universities, hospitals and not-for-profits organizations. 

Greg is an executive member of the Ontario Bar Association’s labour and employment section and the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Caucus. He graduated from the McGill Faculty of Law and holds a Master of Laws from the University of Toronto. 

Kuretzky, Barry
Barry Kuretzky

Partner, Littler

A widely acknowledged expert on Canadian employment law, Barry Kuretzky brings creative solutions to business-critical decisions. His distinctive legal knowledge guides clients across the employment spectrum, from hiring to termination. 

 During a career spanning four decades, Barry has gained wide-ranging experience counseling clients in labour relations, which includes collective bargaining, union organizing drives, certification and decertification of unions, and grievances and arbitrations. Additionally, he advises marquee companies across Canada on myriad workplace challenges, including wrongful dismissal litigation, unjust dismissals pursuant to the Canada Labour Code, employment standards adjudications, and Human rights, including disability and accommodation matters. He also provides guidance on issues of sexual harassment, breach of fiduciary duty, workers’ compensation, on-the-job health and safety and wrongful hiring. Furthermore, Barry offers counsel on injunctions restraining competition and information distribution as well as negligent misrepresentation in the employment context. His areas of expertise also include employment issues related to the sale or restructuring of businesses, and negotiation and drafting of employment contracts and workplace policies.

Sought-after for his knowledge of workplace law, Barry wrote two industry-related books: Mediating Employment 

Law Disputes and Human Resources Guide to Workplace Harassment. He has been quoted significantly in the press on 

Canadian labour and employment issues and has been consistently recognized by The Best Lawyers in Canada and the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as one of the country’s top lawyers. Barry has been named as a Leading Practitioner by the Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory for 25 consecutive years and has also received the Continuing Legal Education Long-Term Achievement Award by the Law Society of Upper Canada. 

Ledgerwood, Liam
Liam J. Ledgerwood

Associate, Siskinds LLP’s Labour & Employment Group

Liam J. Ledgerwood is an associate with Siskinds LLP’s Labour & Employment Group and provides a wide range of practical and creative solutions for employers. He provides effective advocacy before courts and administrative tribunals as well as pragmatic day-to-day advice to employers. Prior to this role, Liam received his Juris Doctor from Western University’s Faculty of Law and articled with Siskinds LLP.

Leo, Shannon
Shannon Leo

Client Partner, Pekarsky & Co.

Shannon Leo is a Client Partner at Pekarsky & Co. where she leads executive search and leadership advisory mandates in Toronto. Shannon is a lawyer by training and was most recently the Chief Talent Officer for one of Canada’s top national law firms, where she oversaw the lawyer recruitment, development and retention initiatives for the firm nationally. During her tenure, Shannon helped the firm grow and increase in profitability through strategic talent acquisitions, while also developing programs to get the most out of the firm’s talent. She was particularly dedicated to bolstering inclusion and diversity initiatives and is passionate about furthering gender and racial equity at the executive and board levels.

Shannon is uniquely qualified to consult on performance and mental wellness initiatives; she completed her master’s degree in counselling psychology at the University of Toronto and is a Qualifying Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. She also has professional coach training from the Co-active Training Institute and is qualified to perform leadership assessments, having completed the Hogan certification.

Shannon is interested in the intersection of human potential and business and is well versed in the corporate world, especially in recruitment and talent functions. She also recently obtained the “Leading with Finance” certificate from Harvard Business School.

Previously, she managed the student program for another large law firm and was the Director of Career Services at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law prior to that. She has been involved with the National Association of Legal Professionals since 2005 and is a past chair for the Canadian Section’s On-Campus Interview Advisory Group. She is a regular speaker at the association’s events and law schools across the country.

When Shannon isn’t working, you will likely find her outdoors hiking, skiing, running and trying to keep up with her family. She also loves reading and listening to podcasts to keep up with current trends in business, psychology and human capital.

Mathers McHenry, Jennifer
Jennifer Mathers McHenry

Founding Partner, Mathers McHenry & Co.

Jennifer is the founding partner of Mathers McHenry & Co., an executive advisory, employment law, and commercial litigation boutique in downtown Toronto.

She regularly advises both employees and employers about employment law and on all aspects of the employee/employer relationship, including: offers of employment, human rights obligations, changes of control, mergers and acquisitions, executive compensation, resignations, termination of employment, constructive dismissals, and post-employment fiduciary and contractual obligations.  Her practice also provides strategic and legal advice to senior executives, directors, partners, and others at pivotal transition points in their careers.

Jennifer’s litigation practice encompasses a wide range of complex employment and workplace-related commercial and appellate litigation, including actions involving wrongful and constructive dismissal, breaches of human rights legislation, breach of contract, professional negligence, breach of confidence, unfair competition, negligent misrepresentation, partnership disputes, and shareholder disputes.

Rawlinson, Danielle
Danielle Rawlinson, Associate

Monkhouse Law Employment Lawyers

Danielle is an Associate Lawyer at Monkhouse Law, licenced by the Law Society of Ontario, practicing employment law. She completed her J.D. at the University of Ottawa.

In her practice, Danielle assists employees with navigating workplace issues ranging from wrongful dismissal, constructive dismissal and human rights discrimination to contract reviews, and disability insurance claims. She is passionate about advocating for her clients and keeping their interests centred throughout the process. She approaches her work with a listening ear and a keen eye and seeks to protect the interests of her clients.

Richa Sandill
Richa Sandill

Staff Lawyer, Don Valley Community Legal Services

Richa Sandill is an employment and human rights lawyer in the legal clinic system. Her practice focuses on advising and representing marginalized and low-income workers on all aspects of employment law, including test case litigation, workplace harassment, discrimination, and wrongful dismissal. She practices at Don Valley Community Services as a Staff Lawyer for its Toronto East End Employment Law Services program. This is a joint initiative between six East Toronto clinics to provide employment law services to low-income workers. She is also actively involved in public legal education initiatives for Toronto’s east end communities.

In addition to her practice, Richa is an active member of the legal profession and a dedicated advocate for equity, diversity, and inclusion. She served six terms on the Ontario Bar Association (OBA)’s Women Lawyers Forum executive, including as Chair in 2019-2020. She has been part of the OBA Council, the OBA Equality, Dialogue on Licensing, and Pro Bono Standing Committees, and is currently a Member at Large on the Labour & Employment Law section of the OBA. She was recently re-elected as a Director on the South Asian Bar Association of Toronto (SABA Toronto), having previously served four terms. In her capacity as Co-Chair of the Women’s Committee for SABA Toronto, Richa represented SABA Toronto on stakeholder consultations with the Prime Minister’s office and the Law Society of Ontario, and co-chaired SABA’s first Women’s Leadership Summit in 2021.

Sinclair, Alex
Alex Sinclair, B.A., J.D.

Partner, Hudson Sinclair LLP

Alex is a partner with Hudson Sinclair LLP, practising in all areas of labour and employment law. He provides proactive, tailored advice on various labour and employment issues. Alex regularly guides employers through high-stakes legal issues, including complex terminations involving significant legal risks. He is a tenacious advocate and has appeared at all levels of court in Ontario and at the Federal Court of Appeal. He regularly represents clients before administrative tribunals including labour arbitrations, the Ontario Labour Relations Board, Coroner’s Inquests, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal. Alex is also a seasoned workplace investigator and is regularly retained to act as an independent investigator with respect to a variety of allegations including workplace harassment and bullying, sexual harassment, Code of Conduct violations and conflicts of interest. Alex works out of the Toronto and Oakville offices.

Singh, Hena
Hena Singh

Founding Partner, Singh Investigations & Mediations

Hena Singh is the founding partner of Singh Investigations & Mediations and a founding partner of Singh Lamarche LLP. She is recognized for providing her clients with practical and tailored solutions to employment issues.

In addition to her work as an employment lawyer, Hena has conducted hundreds of workplace investigations for companies and organizations of all types and sizes. She is a mediator, Certified Workplace Investigator and a Certified Compliance Officer. She also holds a master’s degree in Psychology.

Hena is the author of the book A Practical Guide to Conducting Workplace Investigations and co-author of the book A Practical Guide to the Law of Terminations in Ontario. Given her credentials and extensive experience, she regularly appears in the media and is a frequent presenter on various employment law, human rights, mediation and workplace investigation issues.

Watkins, Ryan
Ryan Watkins

Partner, Whitten & Lublin PC

Ryan Watkins is a partner at Whitten & Lublin PC, a boutique employment law firm in Toronto. He primarily litigates and advises clients on issues such as wrongful dismissals, workplace human rights, employment standards, recruitment and dismissals, employment contracts and employment issues in corporate transactions. He has appeared as counsel in cases before the Ontario Court of Appeal, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice and Divisional Court, the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal and the Ontario Labour Relations Board.

Ryan also frequently appears on national television and radio, as a commentator for workplace issues.

Youngman, Colin
Colin Youngman

Labour and Employment Lawyer, Hicks Morley

Colin Youngman is a labour and employment lawyer in Hicks Morley’s Kingston office. He advises and represents both unionized and non-unionized employers throughout Eastern Ontario. He is regularly engaged in wrongful dismissal litigation, occupational health and safety matters, labour arbitration cases, Ontario Labour Relations Board proceedings and human rights proceedings. Colin also advises clients on information and privacy matters, including data breach responses.

Not sure of your schedule? 

Whether you attend the sessions live or not, register anyway to gain access to the conference recordings post-event. On-demand viewings still qualify for CPD hours and recordings are made available for one year post-event date. 

Event Pricing 

This year the HR Law Conference will now offer an in-person registration option. 

Two options for registration are: 

  1. Virtual only. You will receive access to the online event platform and experience the conference only online for both event days, October 26 and October 27. 
  1. Virtual + In-person. Day 1, October 26, would be virtual attendance via the online event platform. Day 2, October 27, would be in-person at your chosen location: London, ON or Belleville, ON. When you complete your registration, be sure to select your preferred location. 

Both registration options are the same event price. 

INDIVIDUAL
REGISTRATION
Early bird
Until September 29, 2022
Regular
September 30, 2022 onward
Members$225$265
Non-Members$265$305
Student Members$80$80
GROUP
REGISTRATION

3+ REGISTRANTS

Early bird
Until September 29, 2022

Regular
September 30, 2022 onward
Members$205$240
Non-Members$245$285
Student Members$80$80

Frequently Asked Questions 

All registration fees include access to the live, virtual sessions as well as the recordings post-event. On-demand recordings are available for one year from the event date. 

All registration fees include access to the live, virtual sessions as well as the recordings post-event. On-demand recordings are available for one year from the event date. 

This price also includes access to a hosted lunch and an in-person presentation by a local HR lawyer. It also qualifies for an additional XX CPD hours. 

No. Whether you participate virtual only or virtual + in-person, the registration price is the same.

There are two event experiences: Virtual only and virtual + in-person. 

The virtual event is for two event days: October 26 – 27, approximately 9:00 am – 12:30 pm each day. 

The virtual event will be hosted via our event platform, ON24. Event platform access will be communicated within 48 hours of the event start. 

When you register for the in-person event, you will attend Day 1, October 26 virtually via the event platform link. Then you attend at your chosen location in-person on Day 2, October 27.  

There are two in-person locations to choose from: 

  • LONDON, ON: Ivey Spencer Leadership Centre, 551 Windermere Road, London, ON, N5X 2T1  
  • BELLEVILLE, ON: Fairfield Inn & Suites Belleville, 407 North Front St., Belleville, ON, K8P 3C8 

You will be asked to select one of the two above locations, if you register for the in-person event. 

You will be put on a waiting list. If a space becomes available, you will be notified. Unless you hear otherwise, assume that your registration is virtual only. 

Our cancellation policy can be found here.

Please notify professionaldevelopment@hrpa.ca of your in-person cancellation.

Yes. The full virtual event recordings will be distributed post-event to all attendees, regardless of whether you attended virtually or in-person. 

Note, the in-person presentations will not be recorded. 

Bring your own viewing device – laptop, tablet or mobile device. This will enable you to actively participate in the virtual stream from the in-person venue.  

Complimentary WIFI will be available. 

No, regardless of location (London or Belleville), your in-person registration fees are the same. 

Yes. The virtual sessions will be streamed live via a projector and screen. Onscreen will be the speaker and presentation. For questions addressed to the presenter, an HRPA representative will be in the room to assist you with relaying those questions. 

No devices are required for the in-person presentation (after lunch). 

A light continental breakfast will be available, followed by the virtual event’s opening remarks. The virtual stream will be displayed on screen via projector. After the last virtual presentation, in-person attendees will be hosted to a lunch. Following lunch, a local HR lawyer will be making an in-person presentation. This in-person presentation will not be recorded. 

During the breaks and meals, we encourage you to stretch your legs, network and engage with fellow attendees. 

Business casual. 

No, the in-person presentation will not be recorded, nor is it available via a live stream during or after the event. 

Virtual participation does qualify for CPD hours. CPD hours will be announced when the program is finalized. 

Virtual + in-person participation does qualify for CPD hours. CPD hours will be announced when the program is finalized. 

CPD codes will be issued within 72 hours after the event. 

After the event, you will receive an email with instructions on how to access the on-demand session recordings. 

Access to the on-demand recordings will remain active for one year postevent. 

For registration support, email: conferenceregistration@hrpa.ca  

For technical support, email: webinars@hrpa.ca  

For general event inquiries, email: professionaldevelopment@hrpa.ca  

Are you an expert in HR law? Interested in presenting at this event? Apply now to become a registered speaker.

Contact Amber Pilon, Specialist, Sales and Sponsorship Support, to learn more about partnership or sponsorship opportunities.
Tel: 416.923.2324 ext. 309
Email: apilon@hrpa.ca

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