Human-Centric HR Law: Balancing Compliance with Compassion

hybrid format iconThe HRPA Annual HR Law Conference is now in its 32nd year! Over the years this premiere must-attend event for HR professionals has provided legal insights and reflection on challenges with the opportunity to learn from seasoned experts.

2024 promises to deliver tools and strategies to navigate a rapidly changing work environment, will continue to be a hybrid format (with a larger venue space), all with a new date! That’s right, the HR Law Conference is moving from fall and into spring. Set your calendars for May 29!

Location 

In person: 
The Westin Harbour Castle, Toronto 
Frontenac Ballroom 
1 Harbour Square, Toronto, ON  M5J 1A6

Virtual: ON24 live stream 

Human-Centric HR Law: Balancing Compliance with Compassion

Join us in person or virtually on May 29 for an invigorating gathering of HR professionals and business leaders seeking to stay on top of changes to the HR law landscape. HR generalists, specialists, managers and directors will benefit from this conference’s focus on evolving legislative requirements and considerations in the workplace.  

In addition to the prominent “Ask an Expert” session, this year’s program is designed to address the challenges and trends of HR law, including updates surrounding constructive dismissals, strategies for mitigating bad-faith damages, the intricacies of human rights in the workplace, and the increasingly pivotal role of artificial intelligence and technology. Integrating these topics will provide HR professionals confidence and accuracy in all aspects of the decision-making process, also ensuring they have the right tools to support the multifaceted challenges of their roles effectively. 

Why attend 

  • Gain the latest insights and information to support your business and prepare for the future. 
  • Learn from leading experts on today’s most pressing HR law workplace issues. 
  • Invest in your professional development by staying up-to-date on the latest legislative developments, trends, and best practices, making yourself a valuable asset to your organization while advancing your career in HR. 
  • Benefit from summer savings and corporate group pricing. 
  • Virtually or in person – the choice is yours! 

Who should attend 

  • HR Managers, HR Directors who lead the planning and execution of HR strategies and legal compliance.
  • HR professionals who need to understand legal rights and responsibilities in their work (HR Recruitment Specialists, HR Managers, HR Directors, HR Business Partners, HR Tech Specialist).
  • Organizational Development Professionals and others who lead or execute OD strategies and programs in their organizations.
  • Business Leaders who are responsible for leadership training and development, employee engagement and policy development.
  • HR Professionals who are involved with organizational effectiveness, psychological safety and change-management and DEI&A principles.
  • Non-HR professionals who manage workplaces or worker affairs.
  • Other ancillary professions who have a requirement for legal awareness and compliance, including employment lawyers, students at law, EDI professionals, Health and Safety professionals, etc.

Location 

In person: 
The Westin Harbour Castle, Toronto 
Frontenac Ballroom 
1 Harbour Square, Toronto, ON  M5J 1A6

Virtual: ON24 live stream 

Human-Centric HR Law: Balancing Compliance with Compassion

Join us in person or virtually on May 29 for an invigorating gathering of HR professionals and business leaders seeking to stay on top of changes to the HR law landscape. HR generalists, specialists, managers and directors will benefit from this conference’s focus on evolving legislative requirements and considerations in the workplace.  

In addition to the prominent “Ask an Expert” session, this year’s program is designed to address the challenges and trends of HR law, including updates surrounding constructive dismissals, strategies for mitigating bad-faith damages, the intricacies of human rights in the workplace, and the increasingly pivotal role of artificial intelligence and technology. Integrating these topics will provide HR professionals confidence and accuracy in all aspects of the decision-making process, also ensuring they have the right tools to support the multifaceted challenges of their roles effectively. 

Why attend 

  • Gain the latest insights and information to support your business and prepare for the future. 
  • Learn from leading experts on today’s most pressing HR law workplace issues. 
  • Invest in your professional development by staying up-to-date on the latest legislative developments, trends, and best practices, making yourself a valuable asset to your organization while advancing your career in HR. 
  • Benefit from summer savings and corporate group pricing. 
  • Virtually or in person – the choice is yours! 

Who should attend 

  • HR Managers, HR Directors who lead the planning and execution of HR strategies and legal compliance.
  • HR professionals who need to understand legal rights and responsibilities in their work (HR Recruitment Specialists, HR Managers, HR Directors, HR Business Partners, HR Tech Specialist).
  • Organizational Development Professionals and others who lead or execute OD strategies and programs in their organizations.
  • Business Leaders who are responsible for leadership training and development, employee engagement and policy development.
  • HR Professionals who are involved with organizational effectiveness, psychological safety and change-management and DEI&A principles.
  • Non-HR professionals who manage workplaces or worker affairs.
  • Other ancillary professions who have a requirement for legal awareness and compliance, including employment lawyers, students at law, EDI professionals, Health and Safety professionals, etc.

Continuing Professional Development Hours: 5.5 hours
LSO (ON): 5h 30m CPD (4h 30m Substantive; 30m Professionalism; 30m EDI)

In person:  
The Westin Harbour Castle, Toronto 
Frontenac Ballroom 
1 Harbour Square, Toronto, ON  M5J 1A6 

Virtual: ON24 live stream  

Develop the program with us! 

Pre-Event survey results (preliminary): 2024 HR Law Conference – pre-event survey – Apr4.xlsx 

8:30 AM – 9:00 AM | Welcome, Land Acknowledgement and Event Kickoff   
Speakers: To be announced. 
Hoop Dancer: Lisa Odjig, Hoop Dancer, Odawa, Ojibway nation

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM | Primer Ideas: Highlights to Classic Workplace Issues and Trends
Staying abreast of employment law requirements is not just beneficial; it’s essential. This dynamic, session is your gateway to refreshing and expanding your understanding of key legal principles that govern the workplace.  

Here’s what we’ll cover: 

  • Constructive Dismissals with Tatha Swann (she/her), Founding Lawyer, Swann Law
  • Employee Contracts + Termination Clauses with JP Karam, Partner, Willis Business Law
  • Damages and Wrongful Dismissals with Behzad Hassibi, Partner, Israel Foulon Wong LLP
  • Just Causes with Jason Huang-Kung (he/him), Partner, Kung, Lo & Jia LLP
  • Human Rights with Ozlem Yucel, Partner, TurnpenneyMilne LLP

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM | Jeopardy: Burning HR Law Questions
Get ready for a thrilling new twist on the “Ask the Expert” session format! This time, we’re bringing the excitement and challenge of a Jeopardy game to the world of HR Law, where your burning questions take center stage. Before the event kicks off, we’re inviting all attendees to get involved by submitting their most pressing questions by completing the pre-event survey here.   

Moderator: Stuart Rudner (he/him), Employment Lawyer & Mediator, Managing Partner, Rudner Law 

Speaker(s): Rich Appiah, Employment and Labour Counsel, Appiah Law; Misha Munim, Lawyer | Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Consultant, Munim Consulting; Hena Singh, Founding Partner, Investigations and Mediations, Singh Lamarche LLP 

11:00 AM – 11:30 AM | Energy Break  

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM | Compliance and Compassion Case Studies
These comprehensive sessions offer an in-depth exploration of real-world case studies that highlight critical legal challenges and trends in human resources. Led by seasoned HR law experts, the sessions will feature a detailed analysis of each case, emphasizing the legal principles involved, the decision-making process, and the outcomes. The sessions will equip HR professionals with strategies and solutions to effectively address and mitigate legal risks in their organizations.

11:30 AM – 12:00 PM | Family Status and Accommodation
Understanding the legal nuances of family status and accommodation has become paramount for HR professionals. This session delves into the intricate legal landscape surrounding family status as a protected ground under human rights legislation and the duty to accommodate employees’ needs related to their family obligations.

Speaker: Danielle S. Rawlinson, B.A. (Hons), J.D, Legal Counsel, TFI International

12:00 PM – 12:30 PM | Conducting Trauma-Informed Human Rights Investigations 
This session focuses on the imperative of integrating trauma-informed principles into the conduct of human rights investigations within the workplace. Recognizing and addressing trauma’s impact is crucial in investigations related to discrimination, harassment, and other human rights violations to ensure fair, sensitive, and effective outcomes. By adopting a trauma-informed approach, organizations can better support individuals involved in these difficult situations, cultivating a culture of respect, understanding, and legal compliance.

Speaker(s): Sreya Roy, Lawyer, Workplace Investigator, Bernardi Human Resource Law LLP

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM | Lunch 

1:30 PM – 2:00 PM | HR Law: AI and Technology
This essential session will examine the legal risks associated with AI algorithms and technologies that may perpetuate bias or discrimination in hiring, performance evaluation, and other HR processes. Gain insights into the challenges HR professionals face to ensure compliance with legal requirements while leveraging AI and technology for recruitment, talent management, and other HR-related functions.  

Speaker(s): To be announced. 

2:00 PM – 2:30 PM  | Foreign Trained Talent
Join us for an engaging discussion that explores the opportunities and challenges of leveraging foreign-trained talent. Explore the challenges related to credential recognition and gain insights into the importance of cultural competency in HR practices when working with foreign-trained talent, including understanding cultural nuances, communication styles, and workplace norms. 

Speaker(s): Sharaf Sultan, Principal Lawyer, Sultan Lawyers

2:30 PM – 3:00 PM | Energy Break 

3:00 PM – 3:30 PM | Fireside Chat: Bad Faith Damages 
In this candid discussion, seasoned legal practitioners with expertise in bad faith damages will provide a unique opportunity to gain valuable insights. Explore what constitutes bad faith claims, while deepening your understanding of this important aspect of litigation, you will learn the strategies for mitigating the risk of bad faith claims. This includes proactive measures that organizations can implement to minimize exposure to liability. 

Speaker(s): Nancy Shapiro (she/her), Partner, Koskie Minsky LLP; Stefan Rosenbaum, Partner, Singh Lamarche LLP

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM | Closing Keynote: True Leadership: Speaking Truth to Power  
Speaker(s): The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, Former Member of Parliament | Former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada | Bestselling Author

4:30 PM – 4:45 PM | Event Wrap-up
Speaker(s): To be announced. 

Join us in person or virtually!  

In person space is limited – register early to save money and guarantee your spot!   

Looking to register your team of 5 or more? Be sure to check out the additional savings for our Corporate Groups below.  

Registration Options  
There are three options for registration:  

  1. In person – Limited space! Attend live at our venue, The Westin Harbour Castle Hotel. 
  1. Virtual – Participate online, remotely via live streaming.  
  1. Corporate – If you are looking to host your team, department or organization, these discounted rates for participation are for you!  
In Person  Members & Students Non-Members
Save My Spot! Save 50% until March 21$475 $237.50 Save 50%$575 $287.50 Save 50% 
Early Bird March 22 – April 18$475 $375 Save $100 $575 $475 Save $100
Regular April 19 onward$475  $575  

In Person Event Pricing Inclusions  
Space is limited and registrations will be accepted on a first come first served basis.  

All registration fees include continental breakfast, light snack and hot buffet lunch. You will also gain access to the on-demand recordings post-event. 

VirtualMembersNon-Members Students
Save My Spot! Save 50% until March 21$375 $187.50 Save 50% $475$237.50 Save 50% $100
Early Bird March 22 – April 18$375 $275 Save $100 $475$375 Save $100$100
Regular April 19 onward  $375  $475 $100

Virtual Event Pricing Inclusions  
All registration fees include access to the live, virtual streamed sessions as well as access to the conference recordings post-event.  

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

Plus, if space permits, you can change your virtual registration to be in person.  

Benefit from team, department or company registration with our corporate rates. Corporate rates are applicable to individuals from the same company and may include members or non-members.   

Corporate RatesIn Person Virtual 
Up to 5 team members$1,500 – Average price per person: $300  $1,000 – Average price per person: $200  
Up to 10 team membersLimited opportunities. Please inquire at tseifert@hrpa.ca $1,850 – Average price per person: $185  
Up to 20 team membersLimited opportunities. Please inquire at tseifert@hrpa.ca $3,000 – Average price per person: $150
Unlimited  Limited opportunities. Please inquire at tseifert@hrpa.ca $4,200

Corporate Event Pricing Inclusions  
Pricing includes access to the live sessions as well as access to the conference recordings post-event.  

All cancellation requests or inquiries must be received in writing to professionaldevelopment@hrpa.ca.  

The complete cancellation policy can be found here.

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Nathaniel Marshall (he/him)

Workplace Investigator & Employment Lawyer, Marshall Workplace Law

Nathaniel is the founder of Marshall Workplace Law. He is a prominent workplace investigator and is known for conducting complex investigations in a variety of sectors including police services, school boards, universities, hospitals, municipalities, and crown corporations. Nathaniel provides proactive solutions that are tailored to each client’s workplace culture and not only designs processes to address their specific needs, but also withstand legal scrutiny. Additionally, Nathaniel is sought out for his expertise in conducting investigations related to applicable human rights legislation, and specifically with regard to anti-Black racism. He received a Bachelor of Arts (Dean’s List) in Political Science, and a Juris Doctorate, both from Dalhousie University, where he was a member of the Indigenous Black & Mi’Kmaq Initiative. Nathaniel carries on a national practice and is called to the bar in Nova Scotia, Ontario, and Nunavut. 

Munim, Misha
Misha Munim (she/her)

Lawyer | Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Consultant , Munim Consulting

Misha Munim is an Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Strategist at Munim Consulting. She helps organizations cultivate inclusive, accessible environments free of discrimination and harassment.  Prior to launching her consulting practice, Misha served as a Human Rights Lawyer in both Canada and South Africa. 

In Ottawa, her research supported the drafting of Federal equality legislation such as the Accessible Canada Act and human rights litigation at the Supreme Court of Canada.  In Cape Town, South Africa, Misha defended the rights of transgender prison inmates and participated actively in helping South Africa pass its first hate speech bill to protect racial minorities.   

As an investigator in both public service and private practice, Misha has conducted numerous, complex human rights investigations through a trauma-informed lens. 

Misha has worked extensively with Indigenous communities across Canada, facilitating the resolution of human rights matters in accordance with Indigenous restorative justice traditions. Misha holds a dual Juris Doctor/Master of Arts from the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law and the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, and an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Trinity College, University of Toronto. 

Outside of work, Misha enjoys retreating in nature, swimming, and reading social justice books. She also volunteers with Pro Bono Ontario, providing free legal advice to Canadians in areas of human rights and employment law.

Appiah, Rich
Rich Appiah

Employment and Labour Counsel, Appiah Law

Rich Appiah is the principal of Appiah Law | Employment + Labour Counsel. He provides expert strategic counsel and legal representation in HR law to businesses of all sizes, as well as to managers and senior executives.    

Called to the Bar of Ontario in 2006, Rich has significant experience as a negotiator and litigator. He has appeared as counsel before all levels of Ontario courts and the Ontario Labour Relations Board. He has also represented clients before boards of arbitration, the provincial and federal Human Rights Tribunals, the Ontario Ministry of Labour (Employment Standards Branch), and the Canadian Industrial Relations Board.  In 2016, Rich was recognized as a “Lawyer to Watch” by Lexpert Magazine. Since 2019, he has been recognized by his peers as a leading practitioner in employment law in the annual Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory   

Rich has published extensively and frequently presents at conferences on matters relating to employment and labour law and legal ethics. He also provides media commentary on pressing legal developments, including as a featured guest for all major Canadian news networks. With a lifelong commitment to volunteerism, Rich serves on the Board of Governors of the University of Guelph and is chair of the Board’s Human Resources and Governance and Membership Committees. He serves on the Board of Directors of STEPS Public Art (as a former chair and current interim chair); and has been an elected member of the Ontario Bar Association’s Employment and Labour Section Executive. He is also the former president of Delisle Youth Services. 

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Hena Singh (she/her)

Founding Partner, Investigations & Mediations, Singh Lamarche LLP

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 bookA 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. 

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The Hon. Jody Wilson-Raybould

Former Member of Parliament | Former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada | Bestselling Author

The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, PC, OBC, KC, was raised to be a leader. The daughter of a hereditary chief and Indigenous leader, she always knew that she would seek leadership roles and responsibilities. As a lawyer, an advocate, and a leader among Canada’s Indigenous Peoples, she’s built a strong reputation as a bridge builder and champion of good governance and accountability. She shares her unique perspective as both a community and political leader on topics such as Indigenous rights and reconciliation, democracy and governance, leadership, and justice. 

Wilson-Raybould was first elected as a Member of Parliament for the new constituency of Vancouver Granville in 2015. She was then appointed the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada making her the first Indigenous person to serve in this portfolio. In January 2019, she was appointed the Minister of Veterans Affairs of Canada and Associate Minister of National Defence, positions she held until her resignation from cabinet in February 2019. During the 2019 election, Wilson-Raybould was re-elected as an Independent Member of Parliament for Vancouver Granville, making her Canada’s first ever female Independent MP elected and the only elected Independent in the 43rd Parliament. 

Prior to politics, Wilson-Raybould was a provincial crown prosecutor in Vancouver and served three terms as an elected Commissioner of the BC Treaty Commission. She was also elected BC Regional Chief of the Assembly of First Nations in 2009, where she devoted herself to the advancement of First Nations governance, fair access to land and resources, as well as improved education and health care services. She served until 2015, holding responsibilities for governance and Nation building on the Assembly of First Nations Executive. 

Wilson-Raybould is a descendant of the Musgamagw Tsawataineuk and Laich-Kwil-Tach peoples, which are part of the Kwakwaka’wakw and also known as the Kwak’wala speaking peoples. She is a member of the We Wai Kai Nation with her traditional name, Puglaas, meaning “woman born to noble people.” She served two terms as an elected councillor for her Nation and was also a director and chair of the First Nations Finance Authority and a director of the First Nations Lands Advisory Board. 

Wilson-Raybould is the bestselling author of three books, the political memoir “Indian” in the Cabinet: Speaking Truth to Power, which was a finalist for The Writers’ Trust Balsillie Prize for Public Policy and the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing; From Where I Stand: Rebuilding Indigenous Nations for a Stronger Canada; and, her most recent, True Reconciliation: How to Be a Force For Change. 

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Behzad Hassibi

Partner, Israel Foulon Wong LLP

Behzad is a Partner at Israel Foulon Wong LLP and a graduate of McGill University’s Faculty of Law. His legal practice is solely dedicated to advising both employees and employers regarding a full range of employment and labour law matters. Behzad was recently selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2024 edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in Canada™ for his work in Labour and Employment Law. 

Behzad has appeared successfully at the Ontario Court of Appeal, Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Ontario Court of Justice, and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal. He has also represented clients in proceedings before the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario and the Ontario Labour Relations Board. 

Prior to joining Israel Foulon Wong LLP, Behzad clerked for the judges of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Toronto. Behzad has previously worked at a national full-service firm, as well as at a legal publishing company specializing in labour, employment, and human rights law.  

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Jason Huang-Kung (he/him)

Partner, Kung, Lo & Jia LLP

Jason heads the Labour & Employment and Construction Law practice at Kung, Lo & Jia LLP. 

Jason represents both employers and employees in employment law disputes. He has acted for both sides before various administrative tribunals such as the Ontario Labour Relations Board, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, as well as in court.  

He regularly provides on-the-go legal advice to employers in all aspects of employment law, including employee management, accommodation requests, workplace harassment, terminations, etc.  

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Lisa Odjig

Hoop Dancer, Odawa, Ojibway nation 

Lisa, a remarkable talent, stands as a 7-time Indigenous Hoop Dance Champion and a two-time World Champion Hoop Dancer.  

Lisa’s mesmerizing performances have been showcased at distinguished events, including the 2023 NHL Indigenous Heritage Celebration Game, where her hoop dance paid homage to Indigenous heritage. The NBA Toronto Raptors halftime show, as well as the CFL Toronto Argonauts and Hamilton Tiger Cats halftime shows, have all witnessed the enchanting rhythm and grace of Lisa’s performances.   

Beyond North America, her talent has transcended borders, taking the form of Hoop dance to stages across the globe. Lisa’s captivating presence has left an indelible mark on audiences in Europe, the Middle East, and the Caribbean, spreading the beauty and significance of Indigenous culture to diverse corners of the world. 

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Stefan Rosenbaum

Partner, Singh Lamarche LLP

Stefan Rosenbaum is a partner at Singh Lamarche LLP, focusing on employment and human rights law. Stefan regularly acts for both employees and employers, and conducts workplace investigations. 

Stefan has extensive litigation experience. He has appeared before the Human Rights Tribunal and Ontario Superior Court of Justice. Stefan has experience in all aspects of the litigation process up to and including trials and appeals. 

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Sreya Roy (she/her)

Lawyer and Workplace Investigator, Bernardi Human Resource Law LLP

Sreya’s social justice and anti-oppression background informs her goal to help create safe, healthy, and respectful workplaces. Before becoming a lawyer, Sreya worked in the not-for-profit sector supporting survivors of sexual violence and human trafficking. She also provides anti-violence, anti-oppression, and inclusivity training and education. 

Sreya conducts balanced, trauma-informed investigations using an anti-oppression lens. Sreya conducts cultural assessments and has investigated several complex cases in unionized and non-unionized environments, municipalities, universities, school boards, hospitals, athletic clubs, private sector and for not-for-profit organizations. Her investigation experience includes bullying, sexual harassment, sexual violence and sexual assault, discrimination and harassment based on race, sex, and sexual orientation. 

Sreya facilitates the HRPA Workplace Investigations Training and Certificate Program and conducts workplace training. She is frequently invited as a speaker to present on various conferences and programs on topics such as, unconscious bias, micro-aggressions, investigations interviews, intersectionality, sexual violence, racial harassment, and having difficult conversations in the workplace. 

Sreya is fluent in Bengali and has a working knowledge of Hindi. 

Rudner, Stuart
Stuart Rudner (he/him)

Employment Lawyer & Mediator, Managing Partner, Rudner Law

Stuart Rudner is a leading Employment Lawyer and Mediator. For eight consecutive years, he has been selected by his peers for inclusion in ‘The Best Lawyers in Canada’ in the area of Employment Law, and he has been repeatedly named in Canadian HR Reporter’s Employment Lawyers Directory (a comprehensive directory of the top employment law and immigration law practitioners in Canada).   

He was also named one of Canada’s top Legal Social Media Influencers and recognized as the only Legal Influencer in Canadian HR Law in the first Lexology Awards. Stuart is the founder of Rudner Law, which was selected as the Silver Winner for Best Labour & Employment Boutique Law Firm in the Canadian HR Awards, and has been selected as one of the Top Three Employment & Labour Boutiques in Canadian HR Reporter Readers’ Choice Awards for the past four years.   

Rudner Law was chosen as the winner of the 2019 and 2020 International Advisory Experts Award – Employment Law within Canada and the winner of the Canadian Employment Law Firm of the Year for 2019 and 2020 in the Global Law Experts Annual Awards.   

Stuart is the author of You’re Fired! Just Cause for Dismissal in Canada and has contributed to several other texts. He comments frequently in the media on Employment Law matters, moderates several blogs, and hosts a monthly online show: Fire Away. Relationships are what matters to Stuart, whether it is spending time with his family and friends or being a trusted advisor to his clients. Stuart and his team know that our clients don’t have Employment Law questions; they have business decisions to make, and their job is to ensure that their clients make informed decisions. 

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Nancy Shapiro (she/her)

Partner, Koskie Minsky LLP

Nancy Shapiro’s practice is devoted exclusively to the area of employment law. 

Nancy has been recognized by Best Lawyers™ as the 2023 “Lawyer of the Year” for Labour and Employment Law in addition to other distinguished professional rankings including The Best Lawyers in Canada and Chambers Canada, which she has held since 2022. In 2022 Nancy received the Canadian HR Reporter 5 – Star employment ranking. Nancy was also ranked for three straight years as one of the top 500 lawyers in Canada by the Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada and has been recognized in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a leading practitioner in the area of employment law (both for employer and employee side work), since 2017. 

Nancy represents non-unionized employers and employees in a wide variety of sectors. Nancy is thoroughly versed in issues surrounding all aspects of the employment relationship from hiring, discipline, disability management, performance management and human rights through to termination. She is frequently engaged on the preparation and negotiation of employment contracts, manuals and policies, legislative compliance, restructuring, workplace investigations as well as litigation and appellant work. Nancy focuses on working with her clients in an effort to proactively minimize risks and cost while being a zealous advocate. 

As a member of the firm’s litigation department, Nancy also acts on cases of wrongful dismissal, breach of contract, discrimination, constructive dismissal, director and officer liability and errors and omissions issues and partnership/shareholder disputes in the employment context. Nancy is also a frequent speaker at industry conferences and author of many employment related articles. 

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Sharaf Sultan

Principal Lawyer, Sultan Lawyers

Sharaf Sultan focuses his practice on both employment and workplace immigration law.  Sharaf has extensive experience in all aspects of employment law, including wrongful dismissal, design of policies and procedures, as well as workplace human rights matters. Sharaf advises both large and small employers on a wide range of workplace employment matters, including hiring and termination, performance management, drafting of workplace employment policies, restrictive covenants, and employment contracts. Sharaf also regularly manages employment litigation and human rights applications.  

Sharaf further advises employers on a wide range of immigration matters for companies involved in the relocation or hiring of foreigners into the Canadian labour market. He has extensive experience preparing and providing advice with respect to business visitor visa applications, intra-company transfers, and Labour Market Impact Assessment applications. Sharaf’s clients include large Canadian, American, and multinational corporations.  

Prior to becoming a lawyer, Sharaf worked at the International Labour Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, where he was responsible for the design of statistical analyses of child labour practices across various global jurisdictions. 

Sharaf regularly writes and speaks on both employment and workplace immigration matters. He has also taught at the university level (including at Dalhousie and Queen’s University) on advocacy, employment, and immigration law.  

Prior to founding Sultan Lawyers, Sharaf was a lawyer within Heenan Blaikie LLP’s labour and employment group.  

Sharaf has also been recognized through several awards including Best Lawyers, Top Choice, and Client Choice awards.

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Tatha Swann

Founding Lawyer, Swann Law

Tatha Swann is an accomplished employment and labour lawyer who wears many industry hats and can offer her expertise and experience across a broad range of matters.  

Tatha defines success as providing employers with practical leave advice so they can address workplace issues efficiently and affordably and focus on business operations.  

Tatha also works with executive employees to obtain compensation and peace of mind when they have been terminated or mistreat in the workplace. 

Tatha has appeared in the media fighting for client rights in several cases that received national and international attention (https://swannlaw.ca/press-media/). 

Tatha has represented federally and provincially regulated private sector employers in telecommunications, airline, automotive, real estate, manufacturing, construction, not for profit, entertainment/media and other industries in litigation and day-to-day employment issues.  

She has also represented employers and employees in litigation, including wrongful dismissal, human rights, unjust dismissal, harassment claims, unpaid wages, bonus, LTIP, executive compensation, overtime, enforcing non-competition and non-solicitation agreements, and breach of confidentiality against former employees and other workplace issues in court and before the Ontario Labour Relations Board, Canada Industrial Relations Board, Federal and Provincial Human Rights Tribunals, and federal unjust dismissal adjudications. 

Marshall, Nathaniel
Nathaniel Marshall (he/him)

Workplace Investigator & Employment Lawyer, Marshall Workplace Law

Nathaniel is the founder of Marshall Workplace Law. He is a prominent workplace investigator and is known for conducting complex investigations in a variety of sectors including police services, school boards, universities, hospitals, municipalities, and crown corporations. Nathaniel provides proactive solutions that are tailored to each client’s workplace culture and not only designs processes to address their specific needs, but also withstand legal scrutiny. Additionally, Nathaniel is sought out for his expertise in conducting investigations related to applicable human rights legislation, and specifically with regard to anti-Black racism. He received a Bachelor of Arts (Dean’s List) in Political Science, and a Juris Doctorate, both from Dalhousie University, where he was a member of the Indigenous Black & Mi’Kmaq Initiative. Nathaniel carries on a national practice and is called to the bar in Nova Scotia, Ontario, and Nunavut. 

Munim, Misha
Misha Munim (she/her)

Lawyer | Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Consultant , Munim Consulting

Misha Munim is an Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Strategist at Munim Consulting. She helps organizations cultivate inclusive, accessible environments free of discrimination and harassment.  Prior to launching her consulting practice, Misha served as a Human Rights Lawyer in both Canada and South Africa. 

In Ottawa, her research supported the drafting of Federal equality legislation such as the Accessible Canada Act and human rights litigation at the Supreme Court of Canada.  In Cape Town, South Africa, Misha defended the rights of transgender prison inmates and participated actively in helping South Africa pass its first hate speech bill to protect racial minorities.   

As an investigator in both public service and private practice, Misha has conducted numerous, complex human rights investigations through a trauma-informed lens. 

Misha has worked extensively with Indigenous communities across Canada, facilitating the resolution of human rights matters in accordance with Indigenous restorative justice traditions. Misha holds a dual Juris Doctor/Master of Arts from the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law and the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, and an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Trinity College, University of Toronto. 

Outside of work, Misha enjoys retreating in nature, swimming, and reading social justice books. She also volunteers with Pro Bono Ontario, providing free legal advice to Canadians in areas of human rights and employment law.

Appiah, Rich
Rich Appiah

Employment and Labour Counsel, Appiah Law

Rich Appiah is the principal of Appiah Law | Employment + Labour Counsel. He provides expert strategic counsel and legal representation in HR law to businesses of all sizes, as well as to managers and senior executives.    

Called to the Bar of Ontario in 2006, Rich has significant experience as a negotiator and litigator. He has appeared as counsel before all levels of Ontario courts and the Ontario Labour Relations Board. He has also represented clients before boards of arbitration, the provincial and federal Human Rights Tribunals, the Ontario Ministry of Labour (Employment Standards Branch), and the Canadian Industrial Relations Board.  In 2016, Rich was recognized as a “Lawyer to Watch” by Lexpert Magazine. Since 2019, he has been recognized by his peers as a leading practitioner in employment law in the annual Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory   

Rich has published extensively and frequently presents at conferences on matters relating to employment and labour law and legal ethics. He also provides media commentary on pressing legal developments, including as a featured guest for all major Canadian news networks. With a lifelong commitment to volunteerism, Rich serves on the Board of Governors of the University of Guelph and is chair of the Board’s Human Resources and Governance and Membership Committees. He serves on the Board of Directors of STEPS Public Art (as a former chair and current interim chair); and has been an elected member of the Ontario Bar Association’s Employment and Labour Section Executive. He is also the former president of Delisle Youth Services. 

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Hena Singh (she/her)

Founding Partner, Investigations & Mediations, Singh Lamarche LLP

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 bookA 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. 

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The Hon. Jody Wilson-Raybould

Former Member of Parliament | Former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada | Bestselling Author

The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, PC, OBC, KC, was raised to be a leader. The daughter of a hereditary chief and Indigenous leader, she always knew that she would seek leadership roles and responsibilities. As a lawyer, an advocate, and a leader among Canada’s Indigenous Peoples, she’s built a strong reputation as a bridge builder and champion of good governance and accountability. She shares her unique perspective as both a community and political leader on topics such as Indigenous rights and reconciliation, democracy and governance, leadership, and justice. 

Wilson-Raybould was first elected as a Member of Parliament for the new constituency of Vancouver Granville in 2015. She was then appointed the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada making her the first Indigenous person to serve in this portfolio. In January 2019, she was appointed the Minister of Veterans Affairs of Canada and Associate Minister of National Defence, positions she held until her resignation from cabinet in February 2019. During the 2019 election, Wilson-Raybould was re-elected as an Independent Member of Parliament for Vancouver Granville, making her Canada’s first ever female Independent MP elected and the only elected Independent in the 43rd Parliament. 

Prior to politics, Wilson-Raybould was a provincial crown prosecutor in Vancouver and served three terms as an elected Commissioner of the BC Treaty Commission. She was also elected BC Regional Chief of the Assembly of First Nations in 2009, where she devoted herself to the advancement of First Nations governance, fair access to land and resources, as well as improved education and health care services. She served until 2015, holding responsibilities for governance and Nation building on the Assembly of First Nations Executive. 

Wilson-Raybould is a descendant of the Musgamagw Tsawataineuk and Laich-Kwil-Tach peoples, which are part of the Kwakwaka’wakw and also known as the Kwak’wala speaking peoples. She is a member of the We Wai Kai Nation with her traditional name, Puglaas, meaning “woman born to noble people.” She served two terms as an elected councillor for her Nation and was also a director and chair of the First Nations Finance Authority and a director of the First Nations Lands Advisory Board. 

Wilson-Raybould is the bestselling author of three books, the political memoir “Indian” in the Cabinet: Speaking Truth to Power, which was a finalist for The Writers’ Trust Balsillie Prize for Public Policy and the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing; From Where I Stand: Rebuilding Indigenous Nations for a Stronger Canada; and, her most recent, True Reconciliation: How to Be a Force For Change. 

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Behzad Hassibi

Partner, Israel Foulon Wong LLP

Behzad is a Partner at Israel Foulon Wong LLP and a graduate of McGill University’s Faculty of Law. His legal practice is solely dedicated to advising both employees and employers regarding a full range of employment and labour law matters. Behzad was recently selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2024 edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in Canada™ for his work in Labour and Employment Law. 

Behzad has appeared successfully at the Ontario Court of Appeal, Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Ontario Court of Justice, and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal. He has also represented clients in proceedings before the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario and the Ontario Labour Relations Board. 

Prior to joining Israel Foulon Wong LLP, Behzad clerked for the judges of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Toronto. Behzad has previously worked at a national full-service firm, as well as at a legal publishing company specializing in labour, employment, and human rights law.  

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Jason Huang-Kung (he/him)

Partner, Kung, Lo & Jia LLP

Jason heads the Labour & Employment and Construction Law practice at Kung, Lo & Jia LLP. 

Jason represents both employers and employees in employment law disputes. He has acted for both sides before various administrative tribunals such as the Ontario Labour Relations Board, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, as well as in court.  

He regularly provides on-the-go legal advice to employers in all aspects of employment law, including employee management, accommodation requests, workplace harassment, terminations, etc.  

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Lisa Odjig

Hoop Dancer, Odawa, Ojibway nation 

Lisa, a remarkable talent, stands as a 7-time Indigenous Hoop Dance Champion and a two-time World Champion Hoop Dancer.  

Lisa’s mesmerizing performances have been showcased at distinguished events, including the 2023 NHL Indigenous Heritage Celebration Game, where her hoop dance paid homage to Indigenous heritage. The NBA Toronto Raptors halftime show, as well as the CFL Toronto Argonauts and Hamilton Tiger Cats halftime shows, have all witnessed the enchanting rhythm and grace of Lisa’s performances.   

Beyond North America, her talent has transcended borders, taking the form of Hoop dance to stages across the globe. Lisa’s captivating presence has left an indelible mark on audiences in Europe, the Middle East, and the Caribbean, spreading the beauty and significance of Indigenous culture to diverse corners of the world. 

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Stefan Rosenbaum

Partner, Singh Lamarche LLP

Stefan Rosenbaum is a partner at Singh Lamarche LLP, focusing on employment and human rights law. Stefan regularly acts for both employees and employers, and conducts workplace investigations. 

Stefan has extensive litigation experience. He has appeared before the Human Rights Tribunal and Ontario Superior Court of Justice. Stefan has experience in all aspects of the litigation process up to and including trials and appeals. 

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Sreya Roy (she/her)

Lawyer and Workplace Investigator, Bernardi Human Resource Law LLP

Sreya’s social justice and anti-oppression background informs her goal to help create safe, healthy, and respectful workplaces. Before becoming a lawyer, Sreya worked in the not-for-profit sector supporting survivors of sexual violence and human trafficking. She also provides anti-violence, anti-oppression, and inclusivity training and education. 

Sreya conducts balanced, trauma-informed investigations using an anti-oppression lens. Sreya conducts cultural assessments and has investigated several complex cases in unionized and non-unionized environments, municipalities, universities, school boards, hospitals, athletic clubs, private sector and for not-for-profit organizations. Her investigation experience includes bullying, sexual harassment, sexual violence and sexual assault, discrimination and harassment based on race, sex, and sexual orientation. 

Sreya facilitates the HRPA Workplace Investigations Training and Certificate Program and conducts workplace training. She is frequently invited as a speaker to present on various conferences and programs on topics such as, unconscious bias, micro-aggressions, investigations interviews, intersectionality, sexual violence, racial harassment, and having difficult conversations in the workplace. 

Sreya is fluent in Bengali and has a working knowledge of Hindi. 

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Stuart Rudner (he/him)

Employment Lawyer & Mediator, Managing Partner, Rudner Law

Stuart Rudner is a leading Employment Lawyer and Mediator. For eight consecutive years, he has been selected by his peers for inclusion in ‘The Best Lawyers in Canada’ in the area of Employment Law, and he has been repeatedly named in Canadian HR Reporter’s Employment Lawyers Directory (a comprehensive directory of the top employment law and immigration law practitioners in Canada).   

He was also named one of Canada’s top Legal Social Media Influencers and recognized as the only Legal Influencer in Canadian HR Law in the first Lexology Awards. Stuart is the founder of Rudner Law, which was selected as the Silver Winner for Best Labour & Employment Boutique Law Firm in the Canadian HR Awards, and has been selected as one of the Top Three Employment & Labour Boutiques in Canadian HR Reporter Readers’ Choice Awards for the past four years.   

Rudner Law was chosen as the winner of the 2019 and 2020 International Advisory Experts Award – Employment Law within Canada and the winner of the Canadian Employment Law Firm of the Year for 2019 and 2020 in the Global Law Experts Annual Awards.   

Stuart is the author of You’re Fired! Just Cause for Dismissal in Canada and has contributed to several other texts. He comments frequently in the media on Employment Law matters, moderates several blogs, and hosts a monthly online show: Fire Away. Relationships are what matters to Stuart, whether it is spending time with his family and friends or being a trusted advisor to his clients. Stuart and his team know that our clients don’t have Employment Law questions; they have business decisions to make, and their job is to ensure that their clients make informed decisions. 

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Nancy Shapiro (she/her)

Partner, Koskie Minsky LLP

Nancy Shapiro’s practice is devoted exclusively to the area of employment law. 

Nancy has been recognized by Best Lawyers™ as the 2023 “Lawyer of the Year” for Labour and Employment Law in addition to other distinguished professional rankings including The Best Lawyers in Canada and Chambers Canada, which she has held since 2022. In 2022 Nancy received the Canadian HR Reporter 5 – Star employment ranking. Nancy was also ranked for three straight years as one of the top 500 lawyers in Canada by the Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada and has been recognized in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a leading practitioner in the area of employment law (both for employer and employee side work), since 2017. 

Nancy represents non-unionized employers and employees in a wide variety of sectors. Nancy is thoroughly versed in issues surrounding all aspects of the employment relationship from hiring, discipline, disability management, performance management and human rights through to termination. She is frequently engaged on the preparation and negotiation of employment contracts, manuals and policies, legislative compliance, restructuring, workplace investigations as well as litigation and appellant work. Nancy focuses on working with her clients in an effort to proactively minimize risks and cost while being a zealous advocate. 

As a member of the firm’s litigation department, Nancy also acts on cases of wrongful dismissal, breach of contract, discrimination, constructive dismissal, director and officer liability and errors and omissions issues and partnership/shareholder disputes in the employment context. Nancy is also a frequent speaker at industry conferences and author of many employment related articles. 

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Sharaf Sultan

Principal Lawyer, Sultan Lawyers

Sharaf Sultan focuses his practice on both employment and workplace immigration law.  Sharaf has extensive experience in all aspects of employment law, including wrongful dismissal, design of policies and procedures, as well as workplace human rights matters. Sharaf advises both large and small employers on a wide range of workplace employment matters, including hiring and termination, performance management, drafting of workplace employment policies, restrictive covenants, and employment contracts. Sharaf also regularly manages employment litigation and human rights applications.  

Sharaf further advises employers on a wide range of immigration matters for companies involved in the relocation or hiring of foreigners into the Canadian labour market. He has extensive experience preparing and providing advice with respect to business visitor visa applications, intra-company transfers, and Labour Market Impact Assessment applications. Sharaf’s clients include large Canadian, American, and multinational corporations.  

Prior to becoming a lawyer, Sharaf worked at the International Labour Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, where he was responsible for the design of statistical analyses of child labour practices across various global jurisdictions. 

Sharaf regularly writes and speaks on both employment and workplace immigration matters. He has also taught at the university level (including at Dalhousie and Queen’s University) on advocacy, employment, and immigration law.  

Prior to founding Sultan Lawyers, Sharaf was a lawyer within Heenan Blaikie LLP’s labour and employment group.  

Sharaf has also been recognized through several awards including Best Lawyers, Top Choice, and Client Choice awards.

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Tatha Swann

Founding Lawyer, Swann Law

Tatha Swann is an accomplished employment and labour lawyer who wears many industry hats and can offer her expertise and experience across a broad range of matters.  

Tatha defines success as providing employers with practical leave advice so they can address workplace issues efficiently and affordably and focus on business operations.  

Tatha also works with executive employees to obtain compensation and peace of mind when they have been terminated or mistreat in the workplace. 

Tatha has appeared in the media fighting for client rights in several cases that received national and international attention (https://swannlaw.ca/press-media/). 

Tatha has represented federally and provincially regulated private sector employers in telecommunications, airline, automotive, real estate, manufacturing, construction, not for profit, entertainment/media and other industries in litigation and day-to-day employment issues.  

She has also represented employers and employees in litigation, including wrongful dismissal, human rights, unjust dismissal, harassment claims, unpaid wages, bonus, LTIP, executive compensation, overtime, enforcing non-competition and non-solicitation agreements, and breach of confidentiality against former employees and other workplace issues in court and before the Ontario Labour Relations Board, Canada Industrial Relations Board, Federal and Provincial Human Rights Tribunals, and federal unjust dismissal adjudications. 

HRPA has reserved a limited room block for the HR Law Conference. Book your room before the booking deadline to take advantage of preferred rates. 

The Westin Harbour Castle, Toronto 
1 Harbour Square, Toronto, ON  M5J 1A6 

Preferred rate starting at $399 CDN/night 

Individual participants will be responsible for making their own reservations directly with the hotel. 

To make your reservation, call the hotel directly, toll free 1-888-236-2427 or 416-869-1600. 

Group name for reservations: Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) Annual HR Law Conference May 2024 

Cut-Off Date for booking: Tuesday, May 7, 2024. After this date, reservations will be handled on a rate availability basis. 

All reservations must be cancelled by 11:59 pm EST 72 hours (3 days) prior to arrival. Cancellations made after this deadline will result in a charge of a 1 night stay plus taxes. A valid credit card is required at the time of booking. 

  • Check-in time is 3:00 P.M. 
  • Check-out time is 11:00 A.M. 

Valet parking is offered 24 hours and is available at a 10% discount. Rate is subject to change but was last verified at $55/24 hours. 

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