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OAFC Hicks Morley Labour Relations Seminar

January 23 & 24, 2019 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 22, 2019

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. 
 

Labour Relations 201 Workshop -  Mock Arbitration - Tuesday, January 22, 2019

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. 
 

More information coming in September 2018!  Stay tuned!

 

 

Labour Relations 101 Workshop:

January 22, 2019, 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
‚ÄčThe 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.
 

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
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.
 

More information coming in September 2018.

     

Labour Relations 201 Workshop: Mock Arbitration 

January 22, 2019, 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
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

This interactive workshop is limited to 40 registrants and is only open to those who are non-union, municipal management staff.
 

More information coming in September 2018.

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: 
 

2019 Accommodation Information 

   

2019 accommodation information coming in September 2018!

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.
 
 
 

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
 
 

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 Coordinator at 905-426-9865 x224 or by email to maureen.owens@oafc.on.ca.