OAFC 2021 Virtual Labour Relations Seminar

OAFC Hicks Morley 2021 Virtual Labour Relations Seminar - January 19, 20 & 21, 2021

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 three 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 with 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.
 
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and provincial/municipal restrictions, we are hosting this year's seminar virtually.  We will miss this annual gathering of our members, colleagues and friends and look forward to the day when we can meet again safely, in person.  
 

2021 Seminar Highlights

  • The platform will have similar features as other online platforms, except that we are incorporating easy to use face-to-face interactions just like real life.  The OAFC is working hard on the backend to ensure that we can offer the networking experiences attendees have grown accustomed to into the 2021 event - casual conversations, networking, and all the in-between conversations!  View more information about the platform on our registration pageSpecific details will be sent out after January 4, 2021.
  • Expanded to a three-day program, with sessions running half-day to ensure you can get to other tasks during your day.
  • Agenda topics include the Sudbury Arbitration, diversity/trans gender in the fire service, case analysis: women and harassment in the fire service, managing the fire service in the age of COVID, bargaining updates, top legal trends of 2020, Urban and Suburban/Rural Breakouts and more.  Visit the latest agenda for more details.
  • While we had to suspend the Labour Relations 201 Mock Arbitration for this year, we will be offering the LRS 101 Workshop in a virtual setting, over the course of two days. The workshop will be held on the afternoons of January 19 & 20, after the main LRS sessions.  This way, those wanting to participate in both, still have the opportunity.

Labour Relations 101 Workshop - January 19 & 20, 2021

Whether Labour Relations is new to you or you're 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 a team of experts in employment law from Hicks Morley.  The cost to participate is in addition to the LRS registration fee......read more about the LRS 101 Workshop
 

Unfortunately, the Labour Relations 201 Workshop - Mock Arbitration has been suspended for 2021.  We look forward to bringing the LRS 201 workshop back in 2022.

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LRS 2021 - Agenda - As of January 18, 2021

 
 
Tuesday, January 19, 2021 - DRAFT
 
Time
Presentation
Speaker(s)
Platform
9:00
Welcome & Opening Remarks
Master of Ceremonies
Airmeet
9:05
Opening Remarks
Chief Mark MacDonald, OAFC President
Airmeet
9:10
Staffing - What is the Significance of the Sudbury Arbitration?
John Saunders, Hicks Morley with Chief Joseph Nicholls and Deputy Chief Jesse Oshell, Greater Sudbury Fire Services
ZOOM
10:40
Break
Airmeet
11:00
Managing the Fire
Service in the Age of COVID
Michael Kennedy & Amanda Cohen, Hicks Morley
ZOOM
12:00
Bargaining Update
Mark Mason & Stephanie Jeronimo, Hicks Morley
ZOOM
1:00
Hicks Morley/Attendee Networking
Hicks Morley
Airmeet
2:00
End/Break
 
1:30
Labour Relations 101 - Workshop
(This is a separate session to the LRS 2021 event and you must register for it seperately.)
John Saunders, Amanda Cohen, Jessica Toldo, Grant Nuttall
ZOOM
Wednesday, January 20, 2021 - DRAFT
 
Time
Presentation
Speaker(s)
Platform
9:00
Welcome & Opening Remarks
Master of Ceremonies
Airmeet
9:05
Opening Remarks
Chief Mark MacDonald, OAFC President
ZOOM
9:10
Remarks from the Minister of Labour 
The Honourable Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development
ZOOM
9:30
Transgender Inclusion in the Fire Service
Keynote: Kai Scott, President of TransFocus Consulting (He/Him)
ZOOM
10:30
Break
Airmeet
11:00
Presentation - Fire Chief of the Year Award
John Saunders
ZOOM
11:15
Case Analysis - Women and Harassment in the Fire Service
Lauri Reesor, Chair - Hicks Morley
Julie Clarke - Director of HR, Oakville Fire
John Saunders - Hicks Morley
ZOOM
12:15
Drug Testing in the Fire Sector
John Saunders, Hicks Morley & Carolina McDonald, City Of Grande Prairie, Human Resources Advisor
ZOOM
12:45
Hicks Morley/Attendee Networking
Hicks Morley
Airmeet
1:45
End
 
1:00
Labour Relations 101 - Workshop
(This is a separate session to the LRS 2021 event and you must register for it seperately.)
John Saunders, Amanda Cohen, Jessica Toldo, Grant Nuttall
ZOOM
Thursday, January 21, 2021 - DRAFT
 
Time
Presentation
Speaker(s)
Platform
8:45
Welcome & Opening Remarks
Master of Ceremonies
Airmeet
9:00
Social Connections Matter- Coping with Loneliness and Isolation
Keynote: Dr. Bill Howatt, Howatt HR Consulting
ZOOM
10:00
Top 10 Legal Trends of 2020
Michael Kennedy & Grant Nuttal
ZOOM
11:00
Break
Airmeet
11:30
Urban Breakout Session
Mark Mason/Jessica Toldo/Mariana Kamenetsky/Amanda Cohen
ZOOM
11:30
Suburban/Rural Breakout Session
Stephanie Jeronimo/Grant Nuttall/Mariana Kamenetsky/Amanda Cohen
ZOOM
1:00
Break
Airmeet
1:30
Urban Breakout Session Continued.
Mark Mason/Jessica Toldo/Mariana Kamenetsky/Amanda Cohen
ZOOM
1:30
Suburban/Rural Breakout Session Continued. 
Stephanie Jeronimo/Grant Nuttall/Mariana Kamenetsky/Amanda Cohen
ZOOM
2:30
End
 

For more information on our speakers and to review their bios, please visit our Speakers & Presentation Overviews tab 

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Speakers and Presentations Overview
 
 
 
Coping with Loneliness and Isolation
Dr. Bill Howatt, Howatt HR Consulting
 
Nothing like a pandemic to challenge a societies ability to feel socially connected. For many, coping with isolation and social distancing can be trying, as it is just something many of us have not had to do. It makes sense it is hard, because a core pillar for mental health is social connections. Social connections are influenced by our ability to connect with others, as well the quality of these connections at home, work, and in the community. Isolation can be defined as barrier that has a negative impact on our ability to perceive we can be as socially connected with others as we want. There are many different potential kinds of barriers that can negatively impact how a person connects - from financial, social isolation, and psychological safety. In this presentation, Dr. Howatt will introduce some of his findings from research around perceived isolation barriers.
 
Objectives:  In this presentation, participants will learn about the key elements to coping with isolation and loneliness.  This will include:
 
  • Discuss the link between mental health and social connections
  • Explore what perceived isolation is
  • Review the link between isolation and loneliness
  • Define what loneliness looks like
  • Provide some tips for how to insulate from experience loneliness.
Bill Howatt is Ph.D., Ed.D., Post Doctorate Behavioral Science, University of California, Los Angeles, Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, RTC, RSW, ICADC. He is Founder and President of Howatt HR www.howatthr.com. Dr. Howatt is known as one of Canada’s top experts in mental health issues in the workplace and has more than 30 years’ experience in the field of mental health, addiction, and human resources consulting. Dr. Howatt has published over 40 books and 400 articles, such as Stop Hiding and Start Living and The Coping Crisis.
 
He is the former Chief of Research, Workforce Productivity, at The Conference Board of Canada, leading the board’s applied research programs in workplace wellness, mental health, and workforce productivity, and Chief of Research and Development, Workforce Productivity, at Morneau Shepell, where he launched a total health consulting strategy designed to improve health engagement and productivity in Canadian organizations.
 
Through the University of New Brunswick, Dr. Howatt has created the senate-approved Psychological Safe Leader Certificate in Certified Management Essentials, Pathway to Coping and Mental Fitness.
 
Dr. Howatt is the Chair of CSA Standard Z1008: Management of Substance Related Impairment in the Workplace and sits on the CSA OHS Strategic Steering Committee.
 

 
Transgender Inclusion in the Fire Service
Kai Scott, President of TransFocus Consulting (He/Him)

Kai Scott pairs his technical skills from 15 years as a social scientist conducting social impact assessments in the mining industry with his lived experiences as a transgender man to develop innovative solutions for greater inclusion of gender diversity. He uses quantitative and qualitative methods—like interviews, surveys, systems reviews, and spatial analyses—to develop solutions that create positive, measurable change.
 
For many, transgender issues in the workplace are new territory. Concepts related to gender diversity may feel overwhelming or confusing. Kai brings an open and friendly approach in this highly interactive session. He introduces the audience to key terms and concepts related to gender diversity. Attendees will also gain a greater understanding of recent legal and administrative changes and societal trends. Kai also highlights the unique and often invisible challenges that transgender employees face within organizational practices, policies, and spaces. The session concludes with tips on how to respectfully interact with transgender people, including an explanation of pronouns, what to avoid, and how to recover from mistakes.

 
Chief Joseph Nicholls, Chief of Fire and Paramedic Services
Greater Sudbury Fire Services
 
Chief Nicholls has been involved in delivering emergency services in Northern Ontario for over 40 years, serving much of his career in Elliot Lake as a paramedic and volunteer firefighter.  For the past 20 years, he has been in Director level positions with Greater Sudbury’s Emergency Services Department. He has completed a Masters Certificate in Municipal Leadership with the Schulich School of Business, York University, and has obtained an Executive Manager designation from the Ontario Municipal Management Institute. In 2017, Joseph was promoted to Chief of Fire and Paramedic Services and General Manager of the Community Safety Department.  He is responsible for the total executive leadership of Fire, Paramedic Services, and Emergency Management staff, while developing and providing strategic direction for the Community Safety Department as a whole. As a member of the city’s Executive Leadership Team he along with other members of this team are responsible for providing enterprise level executive leadership for the corporation.
 

Deputy Chief Jesse Oshell, Greater Sudbury Fire Services

Deputy Chief Oshell has been a member of the City of Greater Sudbury Fire Services for nine years. He began his career as a Volunteer Firefighter before being promoted to Assistant Deputy Fire Chief, and most recently to Deputy Fire Chief. He has completed the Humber College Fire Services Executive Management Program, the Laurentian University Northern Leadership Program and has over 20 years of experience in senior level Information Technology and Information Systems Management. Leading the Greater Sudbury Fire Service records management system, 911 communications and dispatch, health and safety committee, along with career suppression and training operations, Jesse maintains an integral role as part of the leadership team in Greater Sudbury. During the 911 Coroner's Inquest, held in 2018, Jesse was a member of the expert panel which provided testimony on the state and function of 911 communication and dispatch services. Also, in the Sudbury Staffing Arbitration, held in 2019, Jesse provided testimony on behalf of the City of Greater Sudbury related to fire ground operations and policy.
 

 
Carolina McDonald, Human Resources Advisor
City of Grande Prairie
 
Carolina McDonald serves as a Human Resources Advisor with the City of Grande Prairie for the last year supporting the Social and Protective Services portfolio which includes the Grande Prairie Fire Department. She is an integral member of the Human Resources team, working on projects which include the redesign of Performance Review structure for the organization and a member of the Job Evaluation Committee. In addition, she provides expert advice to management and leadership in strategic planning; performance management; collective agreement and employment policy interpretation; grievance management; workforce planning; job classification and review; and employee health and wellness.
She brings 8 years of Human Resources experience previously working at Alberta Health Services. Working at a strategic partner level for a client group to translate strategies into specific organizational capabilities and to achieve business goals. Carolina’s work ethic and resilience in her profession was rewarded with a Presidents Excellence Award in outstanding achievement for People Excellence for her work with the Change the Conversation Working Group. In addition, she received a certificate in recognition for outstanding service in the response to the 2016 Wood Buffalo wildfires from the Premier of Alberta.
Carolina completed her Bachelor of Management Degree from Athabasca University and also holds a Business Administration Diploma with a major in Marketing from Durham College.
Her willingness to tackle the hard issues speaks volumes of her professional standards and values.

Julie Clarke,  Director, Strategic Initiatives and Communications
Town of Oakville

Julie Clarke has worked in both the municipal and provincial levels of government for the past 23 years.  Julie is currently the Director, Strategic Initiatives and Communications with the Town of Oakville and is responsible for driving corporate projects that will improve customer experience, innovate services, and generate efficiencies.  Prior to this role, she was the town’s Director of Human Resources from 2016-2020 where she was responsible for all HR-related services for the town. 
 
A true generalist, Julie has enjoyed a wide-ranging career in the provincial government where she was responsible for food safety issues management at the Ministry of Agriculture and Food, IT strategy and policy development with the Corporate Chief Information Office, Youth and New Professionals programs with the Ministry of Government Services and was the HR Director for Service Oakville and the Ministry of Government Services.   Her breadth of experience is a testament to her ability to immerse into different lines of business and bring a fresh perspective.  She is known for having a practical, collaborative approach to problem solving with a never-ending focus on the end goal.
 
Julie received her Bachelor of Arts from McMaster University and Master of Public Administration from Queen’s University.  She lives in Oakville with her husband and two daughters.
 

Managing the Fire Service in the Age of COVID, Hicks Morley
 
Employee absenteeism is one of the most challenging issues an employer faces. From administering an attendance management plan, to dealing with sick leaves and chronic absenteeism, to terminating an employee’s employment for failure to report to work, employers are often treading cautiously so as not to infringe on an employee’s privacy or human rights. Topics of discussion:  Absenteeism, vaccines (mandatory or voluntary), CPAP, quarantine, self-isolation.
 
Bargaining Update, Hicks Morley
 
Bargaining is all about strategy and information. In this session we will review the settlements and interest arbitration awards in the fire sector over the last year. Join us to learn more about the recent trends, potential risks, and the information you need to know to be prepared for your upcoming round of bargaining
 
Top 10 Legal Trends of 2020, Hicks Morley
 
Learn about the latest legal developments, trends and the issues that are facing municipalities and employers in general.  Understand how the most recent decisions and trends are going to shape your workplace and help or hinder the way you do business. This will be a fast paced review of the good, the bad and the ugly.
 
 
 

Your Hicks Morley Presenters

John Saunders, Partner

John Saunders is a senior labour and employment lawyer in Hicks Morley’s Toronto office.  He has over three decades 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, presumptive disability legislation, negotiations and interest arbitrations.

He has also represented numerous municipalities in private sector corporations in Coroner’s Inquests and Judicial Inquiries into fatalities.  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.

Practice Areas
Employment Law Human Rights Labour Relations Litigation Occupational Health

Industries
Energy & Utilities Government Ministries & Agencies (Federal and Provincial) Healthcare Manufacturing Municipalities & Municipal Agencies Transportation & Warehousing

Awards & Recognition
Best Lawyers in Canada (2005–2020)
Labour and Employment Law
Best Lawyers Global Business Edition (2018)
Labour and Employment Law
Who’s Who Legal (2017-2018)
Labour & Employment Law
Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (2014-2019)
Labour Relations (Repeatedly Recommended)
Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs (2014)

President’s Award
Memberships & Affiliations
Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers – Member
Canadian Bar Association – Member
Ontario Bar Association – Member (Labour & Employment Law and Municipal Law sections)

Education
Queen’s University, LL.B.
University of Toronto, B.Sc. (Hons.)


Michael Kennedy, Partner

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.

Practice Areas
Employment Law Human Rights Labour Relations
 
Industries
Government Ministries & Agencies (Federal and Provincial) Hospitality & Gaming Municipalities & Municipal Agencies Universities

Awards & Recognition
Best Lawyers in Canada (2017- 2020)
Labour and Employment Law
Legal 500 Canada 2018
Labour and Employment Law
Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (2015-2019)
Labour Relations (Repeatedly Recommended)
Best Lawyers Global Business Edition (2018)
Labour and Employment Law
 
Memberships & Affiliations
Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers – Member
Canadian Bar Association – Member
Ontario Bar Association – Member
American Bar Association – Member
 
Education
University of Western Ontario, LL.B.
Queen’s University, B.A. (Hons.)
 
Mark Mason, Partner
 
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.
 
Practice Areas
Employment Law Human Rights Labour Relations
 
Industries
Healthcare Manufacturing Municipalities & Municipal Agencies Nursing Care Facilities Social Services
 
Awards & Recognition
Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (2018-2019)
Labour Relations

 
Memberships & Affiliations
Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers – Member
Canadian Bar Association – Member
Ontario Bar Association – Member (Civil Litigation and Labour & Employment Law Sections)
Whitby Minor Lacrosse Association – Vice-President of Rep Lacrosse (2014-2015), Director of Rep Lacrosse Primary Divisions (2015-2016)
 
Education
Osgoode Hall Law School, LL.B.

Queen’s University, B. Comms. (Hons.)

 


Lauri Reesor, Partner
 
Lauri Reesor is a partner in Hicks Morley’s Toronto office and is also the chair of the firm’s Human Rights practice group. Lauri advises a wide variety of both public and private sector employers with respect to labour relations and employment issues, with a particular focus on human rights litigation, pay equity advice and related tribunal litigation, class action litigation and labour arbitrations. Lauri has also developed a strong education law practice representing school boards, including a concentration in special education law.
 
She works closely with her clients to provide strategic advice designed to meet the legislative and other challenges facing employers.
 
Lauri is a strong advocate, regularly appearing on behalf of employers, municipalities, school boards and other service providers at the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, the Pay Equity Commission, Pay Equity Hearings Tribunal and before labour arbitrators. Lauri’s practice has taken her to all levels of Court, including the Court of Appeal for Ontario and the Supreme Court of Canada.
 
Lauri is frequently called upon to speak at conferences and conduct training on issues relating to human rights and special education law, pay equity and other labour and employment issues.
 
Practice Areas
Human Rights, Labour Relations, Employment Law, Litigation, Pay Equity 
 
Industries
Education, Financial Services, Healthcare, Mining and Natural Resources, Municipalities and Municipal Agencies, Retail and Wholesale Trade, Social Services.
 
Awards and Recognition
The Legal 500 Canada Guide (2015) – Labour and Employment Law
Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (2018) – Workplace Human Rights
 
Memberships and Affiliations
Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario Practice Advisory Committee – Member, Respondent Representative (2015-present)
Chair and Director, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Halton and Hamilton (2017-present)
Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers – Member
Ontario Bar Association – Executive Member (Education Law Section) (2014-2015)
Member (Administrative Law, Civil Litigation, Class Actions Law, Constitutional, Civil Liberties and Human Rights Law, and Labour and Employment Law Sections)
Advocates’ Society – Member
Victim Services Program of Toronto – Director and Chair (2005-2012)
 
Education
University of Western, B.A., LL.B.

Stephanie Jeronimo, Partner

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, employment standards, workplace safety and insurance and pay equity issues.
 
Stephanie regularly works with municipal and hospital employers, and has developed a particular expertise in the healthcare, paramedic and fire sectors.  Stephanie provides strategic advice and representation with respect to collective bargaining and human rights issues to a range of broader public sector employers, including municipalities.  In addition, Stephanie regularly represents employers, including hospitals and municipalities, in both interest arbitrations and rights arbitrations. She also negotiates reasonable settlements of wrongful dismissals on behalf of hospitals, social service agencies, community legal clinics, municipalities and private companies.
 
Stephanie appears before labour arbitrators, the Superior Court of Justice, the 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, particularly with respect to collective bargaining and human rights issues.
 
Practice Areas
Employment Law Human Rights Labour Relations Litigation Pay Equity Workplace Safety & Insurance
 
Industries
Colleges Education Healthcare Hospitality & Gaming Municipalities & Municipal Agencies Nursing Care Facilities Retail & Wholesale Trade School Boards Social Services Transportation & Warehousing

Memberships & Affiliations
Canadian Bar Association – Member
Ontario Bar Association – Member (Labour & Employment Law Section)
The Advocates Society – Member
Young Women in Law – Member

Education
Osgoode Hall Law School, J.D.

York University, M.E.S., B.A. (Hons.)


Amanda Cohen, Associate

Amanda Cohen is a labour and employment lawyer in Hicks Morley’s Toronto office. She provides advice and representation to employers and management in both the private and public sector on a wide-range of labour, employment and human rights issues, including grievance arbitrations, collective bargaining, labour disputes, occupational health and safety, human rights and accommodation and employment standards.
 
Amanda received her Juris Doctor from Queen’s University. While studying at Queen’s, she competed in a number of provincial moots including the National Labour Arbitration Competition. She also worked at the Queen’s Legal Aid Clinic, assisting clients in managing employment and other contract disputes. Before attending law school, Amanda received a Bachelor of Science degree (Honours with Distinction) from the University of Guelph. Amanda summered and articled with the firm before returning as an associate in 2018.

Practice Areas
Employment Law Human Rights Information, Data Security & Privacy Labour Relations Litigation Occupational Health Pay Equity Workplace Safety & Insurance
 
Industries
Arts & Sports Construction Education Energy & Utilities Financial Services Government Ministries & Agencies (Federal and Provincial) Healthcare Hospitality & Gaming Manufacturing Media & Communications Membership Associations Mining & Natural Resources Municipalities & Municipal Agencies Non-profit Organizations Nursing Care Facilities Professional & Technical Services Retail & Wholesale Trade Social Services Transportation & Warehousing
 
Memberships & Affiliations
Ontario Bar Association – Member (Labour & Employment Section)
Canadian Bar Association – Member
 
Education
Queen’s University – J.D.
University of Guelph – B.Sc. (Hons.)
 

Grant Nuttall, Associate

Grant Nuttall is a labour and employment lawyer in Hicks Morley’s Toronto office. He provides advice and representation to employers and management across the private and public sectors on a wide-range of labour, employment and human rights issues, including wrongful dismissal, grievance arbitrations, collective bargaining, labour disputes, occupational health and safety, human rights and accommodation, and employment standards.

Grant Nuttall graduated from the JD/Master of Industrial Relations program at Queen’s University. While in law school, Grant worked as a student caseworker at the Queen’s Business Law Clinic, where he helped organizations navigate employment and other corporate issues. Before attending Queen’s, he was awarded the Gold Medal from his Bachelor of Management and Organizational Studies (Honors Specialization – Human Resource Management) program at Western University. Grant summered and articled with the firm before returning as an associate in 2019.

Practice Areas
Employment Law Human Rights Information, Data Security & Privacy Labour Relations Litigation Occupational Health Pay Equity Workplace Safety & Insurance
 
Industries
Arts & Sports Colleges Construction Education Energy & Utilities Financial Services Government Ministries & Agencies (Federal and Provincial) Healthcare Hospitality & Gaming Manufacturing Media & Communications Membership Associations Mining & Natural Resources Municipalities & Municipal Agencies Non-profit Organizations Nursing Care Facilities Professional & Technical Services Retail & Wholesale Trade School Boards Social Services Transportation & Warehousing Universities

Memberships & Affiliations
Ontario Bar Association – Member (Labour & Employment Section)
Canadian Bar Association – Member

Education
Queen’s University, J.D.
Queen’s University, M.I.R.
Western University, B.M.O.S.
 

Jessica Toldo, Associate
 
Jessica Toldo is a labour and employment lawyer in Hicks Morley’s Toronto office. She provides advice to employers and management in both the private and public sectors on labour, employment and human rights issues. This includes labour disputes, grievance arbitrations and human rights and accommodation.
 
Jessica obtained her Juris Doctor from Queen’s University. While at Queen’s University, she was a student editor with the Canadian Labour and Employment Law Journal and volunteered with Pro Bono Students Canada. She also successfully implemented an educational labour rights presentation for high schools in the Kingston area. She has a Bachelor of Arts (Honours with Distinction) in Labour Studies and Psychology from the University of Windsor. Jessica both summered and articled at the firm before returning in 2017 as an associate.
 
Practice Areas
Employment Law Human Rights Information, Data Security & Privacy Labour Relations Litigation Occupational Health Pay Equity Workplace Safety & Insurance
 
Industries
Arts & Sports Colleges Construction Education Energy & Utilities Financial Services Government Ministries & Agencies (Federal and Provincial) Healthcare Hospitality & Gaming Manufacturing Media & Communications Membership Associations Mining & Natural Resources Municipalities & Municipal Agencies Non-profit Organizations Nursing Care Facilities Professional & Technical Services Retail & Wholesale Trade School Boards Social Services Transportation & Warehousing Universities
 
Memberships & Affiliations
Ontario Bar Association – Member (Labour & Employment and Education Section)
Canadian Bar Association – Member
 
Education
Queen’s University, J.D.

University of Windsor, B.A. (Hons.)


Mariana Kamenetsky, Associate
 
Mariana Kamenetsky is a lawyer in Hicks Morley’s Toronto Office. Mariana’s practice is focused on workers’ compensation litigation and related matters involving human rights and labour arbitrations. She advises federally and provincially regulated employers.
 
Mariana regularly represents employer’s interests before the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board Appeals Services Division and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal. She advises employers on accommodations, internal policies and can provide training programs tailored to an employer’s specific business needs. Prior to joining Hicks Morley Mariana articled at a large full service firm and worked in house for a large Crown corporation.
 
Practice Areas
Human Rights Labour Relations Workplace Safety & Insurance
 
Industries
Construction Education Energy & Utilities Government Ministries & Agencies (Federal and Provincial) Healthcare Manufacturing Mining & Natural Resources Municipalities & Municipal Agencies Nursing Care Facilities Transportation & Warehousing
 
Memberships & Affiliations
Ontario Bar Association – Member (Labour & Employment Section)
 
Education
University of Toronto, J.D.
University of Toronto, B.Sc. (Hons.)
Transportation & Warehousing
 
 

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Labour Relations 101 Workshop - January 19 & 20, 2021


Please find our 2021 information regarding this workshop below:

Whether Labour Relations is new to you or you're 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 statutes, 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; and
  • Estoppel: What you need to know
‚ÄčThe workshop is led by Hicks Morley.  Hicks Morley is the largest firm in Canada that focuses on the representation of management in human resources law and advocacy.  This year's workshop will be held via Zoom Meeting, over the course of two afternoons, on January 19 & 20, 2021. Please note that you must have a working camera and microphone to be able to participate. 
 

2021 Draft Agenda 

Tuesday, January 19, 2021
Time Event
1:30pm to 4:30pm
Labour Relations 101 Workshop
Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Time Event
12:45pm to 4:00pm
Labour Relations 101 Workshop
The fee for the Labour Relations 101 Workshop is $199.00 per person.  This interactive workshop is limited to 40 registrants and is only open to those who are non-union, municipal management staff
 

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OAFC Hicks Morley 2021 Labour Relations Seminar!

 

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If you have any questions regarding the Labour Relations Seminar or the Labour Relations 101 Workshop, we would be more than happy to help!  
 
Questions about registration, agenda, speakers, sponsorship, or marketing opportunities at the Labour Relations Seminar, or at other OAFC events, can be directed to Kris Newton, Events & Trade Show Manager by email at kris.newton@oafc.on.ca 
 
Don't forget to tweet #LRS2021 the official hashtag of the 
OAFC Hicks Morley 2021 Labour Relations Seminar!