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OAFC Hicks Morley 2018 Labour Relations Seminar

January 17 & 18, 2018 Hilton, Downtown Toronto

The labour relations seminar (LRS) is an annual event held in partnership with Hicks Morley - the largest firm in Canada focusing on the representation of management in human resources law and advocacy.  Over the course of two days, chief fire officers, senior municipal officials and human resource professionals experience presentations from a team of Hicks Morley legal experts, Ontario chief fire officers, and renowned speakers who give insight, up-to-date knowledge and guidance on a wide range of labour relations issues that are currently impacting the fire service.
 
Throughout the seminar, attendees speak candidly with their colleagues and the Hicks Morley lawyers, providing immeasurable learning opportunities. The Labour Relations Seminar is the only event of its kind in Canada. Nowhere else will you receive this much detailed, relevant legal advice, for such a small fee.
 

Pre-Seminar Workshops

Labour Relations 101 Workshop - Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Whether Labour Relations is new to you or you are looking for a refresh, this workshop is a great opportunity to learn the basics when engaging in employment law, collective agreements, bargaining, arbitration and the grievance process.  The workshop is led by John Saunders and a team of experts in employment law from Hicks Morley.  The cost to participate is in addition to the LRS registration fee.  For more information visit the LRS 101 event page.
 

Labour Relations 201 Workshop -  Mock Arbitration - Tuesday, January 16, 2018

In this interactive workshop, two Hicks Morley labour lawyers, Julia Nanos and Stephanie Jeronimo, “face off” in a mock arbitration hearing before an actual arbitrator.
 
Attendees are separated into two groups: “management” and “association”.  Participants learn about the arbitration process, and proceedings through the simulation and prep of a mock arbitration case.
 
The workshop focuses on grievance arbitration and examines both procedural and substantive issues, including the scope of arbitration, pre-arbitration, arbitration processes and handles a select issue in arbitration – discipline and discharge, contract interpretation, and human rights.  The cost to participate is in addition to the LRS registration fee.  For more information, visit the LRS 201 Mock Arbitration Event Page.
 

The all-inclusive registration package is back by popular demand for the 2018 event! 

The all-inclusive package is geared to those members wanting to take part in both the Labour Relations Seminar and a Pre-Seminar Workshop (either the LRS 101 or 201), and who are planning to stay at the hotel for the duration of the event.  
 
By utilizing this full-service option, the OAFC is able to offer a savings to you of $50 per person on the package, versus booking a-la-carte options. Best of all, you only have to register once; the OAFC staff team will make all the arrangements!   There are only 40 LRS 101 and 40 LRS 201 packages available.
 
The all-inclusive package includes:
 
  • Three nights’ accommodation at the Labour Relations Hotel, the Hilton, Downtown Toronto (January 15/16/17, 2018)
  • Choice of either the LRS 101 Workshop OR the LRS 201-Mock Arbitration Workshop on Tuesday, January 16, 2018
  • Breakfast, lunch and coffee breaks on Tuesday, January 16, 2018
  • OAFC Hicks Morley Labour Relations Seminar on January 17 & 18, 2018
  • Breakfast, lunch and coffee breaks on January 17 & 18, 2018

Additional information can be found on our registration options page

We look forward to welcoming you in Downtown Toronto!

 
Don't forget to tweet #LRS2018, the official hashtag of the 
OAFC Hicks Morley 2018 Labour Relations Seminar!
 
 
 

2018 Labour Relations Agenda

Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Time
Presentation
Facilitators
Room
9:00
Labour Relations 101
Pre-Seminar Workshop
View detailed agenda
John Saunders, Anna Karimian, Allison E. MacIsaac
Carmichael/
Jackson
9:00
Labour Relations 201 - Mock Arbitration Pre-Seminar Workshop.
View detailed agenda
Julia Nanos & Stephanie Jeronimo  Arbitrator:  Liz McIntyre
Lismer/MacDonald
 
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Time
Presentation
Speaker(s)
Room
7:00
Breakfast
Toronto Foyer
8:00
Part One: Fire, Police & Emergency Services Bargaining Trends
Julia Nanos, Stephanie Jeronimo, John Saunders, Michael Kennedy, Mark Mason
Toronto Ballroom
10:00
Coffee Break
Toronto Foyer
10:30
Part Two: Fire, Police & Emergency Services Bargaining Trends
Julia Nanos, Stephanie Jeronimo, John Saunders, Michael Kennedy, Mark Mason
Toronto Ballroom
11:30
Bill 148:  Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act
Amanda Hunter & Tom Agnew
Toronto Ballroom I/II/III
12:30
Lunch
Toronto Foyer
1:30
WSIB: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Panel
TBA
Toronto Ballroom
2:00
Legal Update: Case Law, Legislative Changes & Recent Arbitrations
Michael Kennedy & Tom Agnew
Toronto Ballroom
3:15
Coffee Break
Toronto Foyer
3:30
KEYNOTE:  Unconscious Bias
Lisa Mattam
Toronto Ballroom
5:00
Reception at Hicks Morley
 
Thursday, January 18, 2018
Time
Presentation
Speaker(s)
Room
7:00
Breakfast
Toronto Foyer
8:00
Meet the Arbitrator
John Stout, Stout Dispute Resolution Inc.
Toronto Ballroom
9:00
Urban Breakout
John Saunders & Stephanie Jeronimo
Toronto Ballroom
9:00
Suburban/Rural Breakout
Mark Mason & Julia Nanos
Carmichael/Jackson
10:00
Coffee Break
Toronto Foyer
10:30
Urban Breakout continued…
John Saunders & Stephanie Jeronimo
Toronto Ballroom
10:30
Suburban/Rural Breakout continued…
Mark Mason & Julia Nanos
Carmichael/
Jackson
12:30
Lunch & Departures
Toronto Foyer

Don't forget to tweet #LRS2018, the official hashtag of the 
OAFC Hicks Morley 2018 Labour Relations Seminar!
 

2018 Speaker and Presentation Overviews

Keynote Presentation:  Is Your Perception My Reality?
Presented by Lisa Mattam, The Mattam Group


Until recently, a commonly held understanding was that only “bad” people are prejudiced so many of our diversity efforts focused on identifying these individuals and changing their beliefs. However, evidence from Harvard University, among others, now reveals that we all inadvertently make assumptions and decisions that impact some groups more adversely than others. It is thus important for leaders to be aware of unconsciously held beliefs and how these biases might impact their decision making on a day-to-day basis. During this interactive keynote, we will:
 
  • Understand and describe unconscious bias
  • Develop an internal awareness of how unconscious bias is created * (System 1 and System 2 thinking)
  • Discuss the impact of bias within organizations
  • Discuss concrete opportunities to minimize bias
A recognized leader in Talent Management and Diversity, The Mattam Group is a Toronto based management consulting firm that serves global markets.
 
Under the direction of Managing Principal, Lisa Mattam, the team has taken on significant projects in facilitation, training and strategy in the areas of Diversity and Inclusion.
 
The Mattam Group is considered a leader in the area of diversity and inclusion and as such Lisa Mattam is consistently quoted on these issues in various media such as the Globe and Mail, The Financial Post, The Montreal Gazette and The Calgary Herald. She has also keynoted for the HRPA Diversity Conference 2008, 2009, the Ministry of Child and Youth Services, the Ministry of Government Services, Industry Canada, the Federated Press Conferences 2008-­‐2013 and a variety of corporate organizations. In 2010, Lisa chaired the HRPA on Change and Diversity and worked actively with the HRPA in design of the agenda and program for those conferences.
 
In 2008, The Mattam Group (TMG) partnered with the HRPA and online magazine Diversity! in the Workplace on the development of a Diversity Webinar series which has featured topics such as Diversity Strategy, Cultural Competence, Recruitment and Retention of Diverse Groups, Best Practices in D&I and Breaking the Glass Ceiling for Women. In this capacity, Lisa and her team members collaborated with their partners on topic selection and the recruitment of speakers. Consultants at TMG were responsible for facilitating these sessions. These webinars consistently generated strong evaluations and this program ran until 2013.
 
In 2014, The Mattam Group partnered with bestselling author and lawyer Reva Seth on the report Mom’s The Word: How Organizations Can Change The Impact of Motherhood on Long Term Career Success. This collaboration and effort has resulted in a variety of media and client engagements focused on advancing all women.
 
The Mattam Group has worked with clients such as Spectra Energy, Direct Energy, Dell, Bayer and PepsiCo continues to work with leading clients developing diversity strategy and training.
 
 
Meet the Arbitrator
Presented by John Stout, Stout Dispute Resolution Inc.
 
John Stout is a mediator, arbitrator and independent investigator practicing primarily in the Province of Ontario. His practice includes mediating and adjudicating disputes in both the private and public sectors. John is known for his practical and economical approach to resolving disputes.
 
John was educated at the University of Windsor where he obtained a B.A. 1989, B.A. (hons.) 1990 and LL.B. 1993. He was called to the Bar in Ontario in 1995. In 2006, the Law Society of Upper Canada granted him the designation of Certified Specialist (Labour Law), which he held until his retirement from the practice of law in 2008.
 
John has over twenty years’ experience in the adjudicative process. After his call to the Bar, John practiced law at a small boutique labour and administrative law firm. Later, he joined one of the leading labour law firms in Toronto, where he became a partner. While in private practice John appeared as counsel before administrative tribunals, arbitrators, and in the Courts on various matters involving labour relations, employment, human rights, constitutional, judicial review, pension and benefits. John was counsel of record in numerous reported decisions.
 
In 2008, John retired from the practice of law and embarked upon a career as a mediator and arbitrator. In a very short period of time, John has become one of the most sought after mediator/arbitrators in Ontario. John is named as a roster arbitrator in numerous collective agreements, including the College Employer Council and Ontario Public Service Employees Union (Academic Bargaining Unit); Toronto Transit Commission and Amalgamated Transit Union 113; Vale Canada and USW 6500; Bruce Power LP and the Power Workers Union; Hydro One Inc. and the Society of Energy Professionals.
 
John has served as an arbitrator at the Canadian Railway Office of Arbitration & Dispute Resolution. John was the arbitrator appointed by the Independent Energy System Operator, Ontario Power Authority, Power Workers Union and the Society of Energy Professionals to address all merger issues. John is also the Chief Arbitrator for all contracting out grievances between Essar Steel Algoma Inc. and United Steelworkers 2251.

John has numerous cases reported in the Labour Arbitration Cases (4th) edition as well as being noted in Leading Cases on Labour Arbitration (2nd) edition and Canadian Labour Arbitration (4th) edition (Brown & Beatty).
 
John is a member of the National Academy of Arbitrators and the Ontario Labour Management Arbitrators’ Association.
 
John is also a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada (non-practicing) and the Advocates Society. In addition, he is a member of the Canadian Bar Association (OBA) Labour and Employment sections, where he has served on the executive.
 
Part One & Two: Fire, Police & Emergency Services Bargaining Trends
Presented by Hicks Morley
This session will start with the latest in trends in the police sector and discuss the “new” police settlement norm and what it means for the fire sector.  The session will also canvas contract settlements, changes in benefits and what’s happening in the EMS sector.

Legal Update: Case Law, Legislative Changes & Recent Arbitrations
Presented by Hicks Morley
The latest in legal trends in the fire sector will be canvassed including arbitration, interest arbitration, human rights and court decisions.
 
Urban Breakout: Proposed Topics:  Coming soon.  If you have topics of interest for the Urban Breakout, please forward them to Maureen Owens, Events & Trade Show Assistant to maureen.owens@oafc.on.ca

Rural Breakout:  Proposed Topics:  Coming soon.  If you have topics of interest for the Rural Breakout, please forward them to Maureen Owens, Events & Trade Show Assistant to maureen.owens@oafc.on.ca
 

Your Hicks Morley Presenters:

 
John Saunders is a senior labour and employment lawyer in Hicks Morley’s Toronto office.  He has over 29 years of experience advising public and private sector employers on a wide range of labour and employment issues.  John’s practice includes collective agreement negotiations, rights and interest arbitrations, human rights applications, and wrongful dismissal litigation.

John also has a particular expertise in municipal law with regard to fire and paramedic issues.  He provides ongoing negotiation advice to fire and paramedic departments on staffing, deployment, benefit issues, accommodation, mandatory retirement and presumptive disability legislation.  He has also represented numerous municipalities in Coroner’s Inquests, Judicial Inquiries into fatalities and interest arbitrations.

John also works with employers in the healthcare, manufacturing, waste disposal, forestry, nuclear, property assessment and call centre sectors.

John is the past Chairman of the Board of Elders of his local church.  He is an avid downhill skier and enjoys fixing things at his cottage.

Michael Kennedy is a labour and employment lawyer in Hicks Morley’s Toronto office. Michael is counsel to a wide variety of broader public sector employers, such as universities and municipalities, and large private sector employers.

Michael’s practice regularly takes him across the province. He is chair of the firm’s University practice group and is the former chair of the Municipal practice group.
 
Michael appears as counsel in labour and employment disputes involving the courts, arbitration, the Ontario Labour Relations Board, and the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario.  Michael also has extensive experience in providing strategic bargaining advice and has unique experience as counsel in over 60 interest disputes.
 
Mark Mason is a labour and employment lawyer in Hicks Morley’s Toronto office. His practice includes arbitration advocacy, employment litigation, human rights proceedings and the entire spectrum of collective bargaining, including interest arbitrations and strike management. Mark advises a variety of public and private sector employers and brings a practical and solution-focused approach to the legal services he provides.
 
Mark is recognized as one of Ontario’s leading counsel in the emergency services sector through his work with municipalities in managing their relationships with both firefighters and paramedics. He works extensively in this area and keeps his clients current on existing and emerging sector trends. Mark also chairs the firm’s Municipal industry practice group.
 
A portion of Mark’s practice also involves day-to-day human resources and workplace consulting. He works closely with various employer groups, speaks extensively at conferences and seminars and conducts client training workshops, all on a wide variety of issues facing management in both labour and employment law.  He provides employers with the knowledge and tools they need to anticipate and manage their workplace issues.
 
Stephanie Jeronimo is a labour and employment lawyer at Hicks Morley’s Toronto office. Stephanie advises and represents both public and private sector employers on a wide range of labour and employment matters, including labour relations and collective bargaining, human rights matters, wrongful dismissal litigation, pay equity, employment standards and workplace safety and insurance issues.

Stephanie regularly works with municipal employers, and has developed a particular expertise in the emergency services and fire sectors. She advises municipalities, both in relation to fire fighter and paramedic matters and on general labour relations and accommodation issues. She has represented municipalities at the bargaining table, interest arbitrations and rights arbitrations. Stephanie has also negotiated reasonable settlements of wrongful dismissals on behalf of neighborhood improvement service providers, community legal clinics, municipalities and private companies.

Stephanie appears before labour arbitrators, the Superior Court of Justice, Small Claims Court, the Pay Equity Hearings Tribunal, the Ontario Labour Relations Board, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board and the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario. She is also a frequent speaker on human resources law.
 
Julia Nanos is a labour and employment lawyer at Hicks Morley’s Toronto office. She advises public and private sector employers on a wide-range of labour and employment issues, with particular focus on human rights and accommodation, wrongful dismissal defence litigation, grievance and interest arbitrations, collective bargaining, employment contracts and employment standards.

As an advocate, Julia has appeared as counsel for employers before labour arbitrators, the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal, the Ontario Labour Relations Board, the Superior Court of Justice, and the Small Claims Court.
Julia has particular experience advising municipalities with respect to their fire department labour and employment matters. She has represented municipal fire departments at grievance and interest arbitrations, and in collective bargaining negotiations with both volunteer and career fire unions. She also regularly speaks at fire services-related conferences.

In her spare time, Julia sits on the Board of Directors of Ernestine’s Women’s Shelter – an emergency shelter for women and children fleeing violence in Toronto.
 
Thomas Agnew is an employment and labour lawyer in Hicks Morley’s Toronto office. He advises public and private sector employers on a wide range of human resources issues and regularly appears as counsel for employers in courts and tribunals throughout Ontario.
 
Thomas advises his clients in all areas related to human rights, employment standards, labour relations and workplace safety issues. He regularly serves as counsel for public and private sector clients in rights and interest arbitrations and frequently acts as lead negotiator in collective agreement negotiations.  In addition to arbitration and tribunal litigation, he appears as counsel for employers in court with a particular focus on wrongful dismissal defence litigation.
 
When not serving as an advocate for his clients, Thomas advises on workplace policies and frequently provides training seminars for clients on all areas of labour and employment law.
 
Allison MacIsaac is a labour and employment lawyer at Hicks Morley’s Toronto office. She provides advice and representation to both private and public sector employers and management on a wide range of labour and employment issues including human rights and accommodation, labour disputes, grievance arbitrations, wrongful dismissals, employment standards and employment contracts.

While in law school, Allison served as a senior caseworker with the Osgoode Business Clinic. Allison was an active member of the Osgoode Mooting Society and participated in multiple advocacy competitions, including the Arnup Cup and the Mathews, Dinsdale & Clark Labour Arbitration Moot, where she was a national finalist. Allison also received the Beard Winter Prize for the highest standing in Trial Advocacy, and the Goodmans LLP and the Charles Edward Woodrow Awards for academic excellence and extracurricular involvement.

Prior to law school, Allison graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Economics from McGill University, where she directed a non-profit organization for special needs children.

Amanda Hunter is a labour and employment lawyer in Hicks Morley’s Toronto office.  She advises clients in both the private and public sector on all labour, employment and human rights issues. She has a particular expertise in the application of the Ontario Employment Standards Act, 2000 and minimum standards legislation in other provinces, providing strategic advice on compliance issues including facilitating audits and mitigating non-compliance risks. She regularly appears as counsel on behalf of employers before the courts, labour arbitrators, the Ontario Labour Relations Board and the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario.

Amanda regularly represents a number of GTHA hospitals at arbitration and also advises on other issues relevant to hospitals including advice regarding the Public Sector Labour Relations Transition Act, the Broader Public Sector Accountability Act and the new Broader Public Sector Executive Compensation Act, 2014.

Anna Karimian is a labour and employment lawyer in Hicks Morley’s Toronto office. She advises public and private sector employers on a wide-range of labour and employment issues, including human rights and accommodation, grievance and interest arbitrations, collective bargaining, occupational health and safety, employment standards and employment contracts.

While completing her Juris Doctor degree at the University of Ottawa, Anna acted as the co-chair for the Employment and Labour Law Student Society and she also acted as a representative of the Health Law Students’ Association. Prior to law school, Anna obtained her Master of Arts in International Relations from McMaster University and Honours Bachelor of Arts from Western University, majoring in International Relations. Anna articled with the firm before returning in 2016 as an associate.
 
Don't forget to tweet #LRS2018, the official hashtag of the 
OAFC Hicks Morley 2018 Labour Relations Seminar!
 

Labour Relations 101 Workshop - January 16, 2018, Hilton, Downtown Toronto

Whether Labour Relations is new to you or you are looking for a refresh, this workshop is a great opportunity to learn the basics when dealing with employment law, collective agreements, bargaining, arbitration and the grievance process. 
 
Throughout the workshop the following topics will be covered:
 
  • Employment related statues, including the FPPA
  • Employment law principles
  • Operating under a collective agreement
  • How to deal with grievances
  • Bargaining: what you need to know
  • How to prepare for arbitration
  • Interest arbitration: how it works
  • Rights arbitration: how it works
  • Management rights
  • Estoppel: what you need to know
The workshop is led by John Saunders, Anna Karimian and Allison MacIsaac from Hicks Morley.  Hicks Morley is the largest firm in Canada focusing on the representation of management in human resources law and advocacy.
 
What our 2017 attendees had to say.....
 
"Loved the open forum, knowledge of presenters and the good legal advice. I like the availability of the lawyer for quick "one-on-one" question."
 
“I enjoyed the practical real case scenarios.   I liked the mix of attendees from across many different fire departments that shared their experiences.”
 
"Great opportunities to freely discuss issues with legal and other municipalities."  
 
"I liked the actual case descriptions with varied topics.  The small group enabled good participation."
 

Draft Agenda

Time Event
7:00am
Registration Opens
8:00am
Breakfast
8:50am
Introductions
9:00am
Labour Relations 101 Workshop
10:30am
Break
10:45am
Labour Relations 101 Workshop
12:00pm
Lunch
1:00pm
Labour Relations 101 Workshop
3:00pm
Coffee Break
3:45pm
Labour Relations 101 Workshop
4:30pm (approx.)
Workshop Ends
The Labour Relations 101 Workshop registration fee is $300, plus HST.  If you are planning on attending the Labour Relations Seminar, and are planning on booking hotel accommodations, our all-inclusive package will save you over $50 versus booking these options a-la-carte, and is available on our registration options page.  
 
This interactive workshop is limited to 40 registrants and is only open to those who are non-union, municipal management staff. Attendees will leave the workshop with course materials and useful checklists.  Your registration fee includes breakfast, lunch and coffee breaks.  
 
Don't forget to tweet #LRS101, the official hashtag of the 
OAFC Hicks Morley Labour Relations 101 Workshop!
 
     

Labour Relations 201 Workshop:  Mock Arbitration January 16, 2018, Hilton, Downtown Toronto

In this interactive workshop, two Hicks Morley labour lawyers, Julia Nanos and Stephanie Jeronimo, will “face off” in a mock arbitration hearing before arbitrator, Liz McIntyre. 
 
Attendees are separated into two groups: “management” and “association”.  Participants will learn about the arbitration process and proceedings, through the simulation of a mock arbitration case.
 
The workshop focuses on grievance arbitration and will examine both procedural and substantive issues, including the scope of arbitration, pre-arbitration and arbitration processes and handle a select issue in arbitration – discipline and discharge, contract interpretation, and human rights.
 
The format is a combination of in-class discussion, break-out sessions, a mock arbitration and debrief.  The debriefing session includes an explanation of the arbitrator’s decision and reasoning, and the group will engage in an interactive discussion/question/answer session.
 
Who should attend:  Non-union chief fire officers, directors and managers of labour relations, directors and managers of human resources.
 

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the day, attendees will have a better understanding of the following:
 
  • Prepare effectively for a hearing and develop the theory of a case
  • Assess your opponent’s case
  • Opening and closing statements
  • Examine and cross-examination
  • Establish the facts at the hearing
  • Evidence and object to evidence
  • How an arbitration is prepared and presented before an experienced arbitrator
What our 2017 attendees had to say.....
 
“Great to hear from an arbitrator what aspects he considers and how he broke down the arguments.”
 
“Outstanding learning process from my perspective since I have limited experience in this field. Sincere congratulations to the Hicks Morley team for a job well done.”
 
“I really enjoyed the opportunity to go through the process with lawyers and an arbitrator – it was an invaluable experience.”
 
“Where else can you discuss such issues with a team of lawyers taking the time to answer all questions & concerns – great experience.”
 
Draft Agenda
Time Event
8:00am
Breakfast
8:50am
Introductions
9:00am
Labour Relations 201 - Mock Arbitration
10:30am
Break
10:45am
Labour Relations 201 - Mock Arbitration
12:00pm
Lunch
1:00pm
Labour Relations 201 - Mock Arbitration
3:00pm
Coffee Break
3:45pm
Labour Relations 201 - Mock Arbitration
4:30pm (approx.)
Workshop Ends
The Labour Relations 201 Mock Arbitration Workshop registration fee is $300, plus HST. If you are planning on attending the Labour Relations Seminar, and are planning on booking hotel accommodations, our all-inclusive package will save you over $50 versus booking these options a-la-carte, and is available on our registration options page.  
 
This interactive workshop is limited to 40 registrants and is only open to those who are non-union, municipal management staff.  Included in your registration fee is breakfast, lunch and coffee breaks.  
 
Don't forget to tweet #LRS201, the official hashtag of the 
OAFC Hicks Morley Labour Relations 201 Mock Arbitration Workshop!
 

Hotel Accommodations

       

Hilton Downtown Toronto
145 Richmond Street West
Toronto, Ontario, M5H 2L2
Tel:  1-416-869-3456  Fax: 1-416-869-3187


Hotel Overview 

Be at the center of the action when you stay at the Downtown Hilton Toronto hotel.
 
The Hilton Toronto is ideally located between the bustling financial district, vibrant entertainment and theatre quarters. The hotel is surrounded by the city's major attractions such as the CN Tower, Eaton's Centre, Air Canada Centre and Rogers Centre. Conveniently accessible to Toronto's Union Station and the local subway system, the hotel is about 30 minutes from Pearson International Airport and 10 minutes from Toronto Island Airport.
 
Several of the guest rooms feature spectacular CN Tower and waterfront-facing views. Spacious guest rooms and suites offer open floor plans and modern décor. Upgrade to an executive room and enjoy complimentary WiFi with deluxe continental breakfast and evening snacks in the executive lounge.  
 
Hotel amenities make traveling relaxing and easy with a heated indoor and outdoor pool, 24-hour fitness center, childcare services and access to the Adelaide Club for fitness classes. Rooms at the hotel feature stunning views and complimentary WiFi. Get work done in the business center and enjoy some of the finest Canadian cuisine at Tundra, the Hilton's on-site restaurant.
 
Adjacent to the hotel is the Four Seasons Center for Performing Arts, home to the Canadian Opera Company and the National Ballet of Canada. Walk a couple blocks to reach city hall and network while staying in the financial district.

For more information on the Hilton Toronto please visit: 
 

2018 Accommodation Information 

   

The OAFC has negotiated the following special hotel rate for the 2018 Labour Relations Seminar.  
 
1 KING BED or 2 QUEEN BEDS:  Rate per night:  $173.00
The metropolitan sophistication of the Hilton Toronto is reflected in the unique urban design of our spacious guestrooms. Each guest room is equipped with a Hilton Alarm Clock Radio with MP3 connection, large working desk, two-line phones with voicemail, coffee maker, iron, ironing board, in-room safe and hair dryer.  High-speed internet access is available for 14.95 CAD for 24 hours. Each guestroom also features items from the Hilton Serenity Collection and the Serenity Bath which features Hilton exclusive bath amenities.
 
Check In:  3:00pm
Check Out: 12:00pm
 
Parking:
Self parking:  C$66.00 (Clearance is 6’4”)
Valet parking: C$40.00 (Clearance is 6’4”)
 
Please note that the parking lot is independently operated from the Hilton Hotel. 
Other parking and travel information can be found on our Destination Overview, Parking and Travel tab.
 
Reservations
 
You can book your reservation online through our online booking link, found at https://aws.passkey.com/go/OAFC2018.  Alternatively you can contact the hotel at 416-869-3456 or 1-800-267-2281 and speak to reservations.  Ensure you reference "Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs" when booking through the phone.   
 
Please note that if you registered for the all-inclusive registration package, the OAFC will look after your hotel accommodations.  If you did not book the all-inclusive package, you are responsible for your own accommodations.
 
The special room rate will be held until January 5, 2018.  Rooms go very quickly at this hotel, so book your room now.
 
Don't forget to tweet #LRS2018, the official hashtag of the 
OAFC Hicks Morley 2018 Labour Relations Seminar!
 

OAFC Hicks Morley Labour Relations Seminar - Destination Overview

Downtown Toronto

Located in the heart of downtown at the corner of Richmond Street and University Avenue, the Hilton Hotel is easily accessible from the highway, walking distance from Union Station, the CN Tower, the Rogers Center and many of the thriving theaters. Just outside the hotel's front door is the vibrant Toronto Entertainment District, offering the best in dining, attractions and nightlife. The Hilton is also connected to the Toronto PATH system, making getting around easy. The 17 miles of connecting tunnel not only ensures easy access around the city but is home to the world’s largest underground shopping space, offering over 1,200 outlets.
 

   

We encourage you to mix business with pleasure. Just steps from the hotel are countless attractions, restaurants and bars perfect to enjoy with your colleagues after a day of meetings. The neighbouring attractions can be found in the following map: 
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Travel to Downtown Toronto

The Hilton Toronto is conveniently close to the Gardiner Express Way and is just a few minutes from Union Station. We strongly encourage guests to take VIA Rail, the GO Train or the TTC for travel to the Labour Relations Seminar. It will save you a good deal of time and money. For more information on locations, scheduling and costs please visit the following links:

 

Driving Directions to the Hilton Toronto

From the Southwest (Niagara / Hamilton)
From ON-403 E, follow signs for Queen Elizabeth Way/ON-403. Continue on Queen Elizabeth Way, then merge onto Gardiner Expressway E. Take the York St Exit and go north on York (stay in right lane) then left onto Richmond St. Hotel is on the south side of Richmond St.
 
From the West (Windsor / London)
From ON-401 E, continue onto ON-403 E. Keep right at the fork and follow signs for Queen Elizabeth Way/ON-403. Continue onto Queen Elizabeth Way, then merge onto Gardiner Expressway E. Take the York St Exit and go north on York (stay in right lane) then left onto Richmond St. Hotel is on the south side of Richmond St.
 
From the East (Kingston)
From the Autoroute 20 W, continue onto ON-401 W. Exit ON-404. Keep right at the fork and follow signs for Don Valley Parkway S/Downtown. Continue and follow signs for Gardiner Expressway W. Merge onto Gardiner Expressway W. Take the York St Exit and go north on York (stay in right lane) then left onto Richmond St. Hotel is on the south side of Richmond St.
 

Parking at the Hilton Toronto

Parking is available from the hotels front entrance on Richmond Street. Please note, the parking lot clearance is only 6ft 4in. Self-parking is available at the rate of $66.00 per night and valet is available for $40.00 per night.
 
If you are driving a vehicle taller than 6ft 4in, the Sheraton Centre Hotel located one block east of the Hilton offers a parking garage with no height restriction at the rate of $50.00 per night.
 
Within close proximity of the Hilton Toronto, there are several pay-lots that offer parking options from the half hour to overnight. If you are interested in downtown Toronto parking lots within proximity of the hotel see the map below: 
 

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Additional Parking Options

Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel Parking

  • Valet parking at a rate of $50.00 CAD (+ HST) per night and $55.00 CAD (+ HST) per night for oversized vehicles, subject to change, with unlimited in and out privileges.
  • Availability is limited to 200 spots and are distributed first come, first served with a maximum of 20 oversized vehicles.

Local Downtown Toronto Pay Parking Lots

Within close proximity of the Hilton, Downtown Toronto Hotel, there are several pay-lots that offer parking options from the half hour - overnight. If you are interested in downtown Toronto parking lots within proximity of our hotel visit Green P Parking’s website
IMPARK Toronto:  Visit https://lots.impark.com
 
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Contact Us

If you have any questions regarding the Labour Relations Seminar, Labour Relations 101 or 201 Workshops, we would be more than happy to help!  Please contact Maureen Owens, Events and Trade Shows Assistant at 905-426-9865 x224 or by email to 
 
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OAFC Hicks Morley 2018 Labour Relations Seminar!