Past Events

Below is a list of our past events.

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22-Mar-2018 Corporate Ethics and Artificial Intelligence: The Perfect Storm Are corporate ethics and new technologies such as AI on an unavoidable collision course?

More than ever before, we, individually and collectively, are more dependent on businesses to supply the technologies that are essential for everything we do (and governments are equally so dependent). At the same time, businesses continue to grapple with significant corporate ethics issues - Uber, VW and Wells Fargo are three recent examples. With the advent and implementation of new and more technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, autonomous (self-driving) vehicles, etc., what are the ethical issues of concern that business leaders should be attuned to and how exactly are businesses incorporating ethics into the mix? Or are we being left without the human input and oversight that are able to recognize and address ethical issues? Will these new technologies change the norms of corporate ethical behaviour? How should boards of directors approach the ethical challenges involved in balancing the risks and benefits of artificial intelligence? How will businesses deal with new challenges to ethical corporate behaviour that are now becoming more commonplace e.g. ransomware, Wannacry, hacker blackmail etc.

Note: This event is qualified for 1.0 Substantive Hours under the Rules of the Law Society of Ontario.

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06-Mar-2018 Sexual Harassment in the Workplace The ongoing accusations, revelations – and ultimately, consequences – swirling around workplace harassment are continuing to raise questions and spark debate about how men and women can work together productively in the current environment. Join us on March 6 when our esteemed panel, Colin Bohm (Corus Entertainment Inc.), Lisa Kimmel (Edelman Canada), and Janice Rubin (Rubin Thomlinson LLP), moderated by Kenneth Fredeen (Deloitte), look to untangle the grey area and discuss productive and proactive solutions to help uncover a collective path forward.

Colin Bohm, Corus Entertainment Inc.
Lisa Kimmel, Edelman Canada
Janice Rubin, Rubin Thomlinson LLP
Moderator: Kenneth Fredeen, Deloitte

Watch the webcast, and listen to the podcast from the event now!



29-Jan-2018 The Gender Gap: Increasing Representation of Women in Middle Management, in the C-Suite, and on the Board The Canadian Centre for Ethics & Corporate Policy, the Ted Rogers Leadership Centre, and the MBA student group WILA (“Women in Leadership Association”) invite you to attend the following breakfast roundtable discussion group on January 29, 2018.

“The Gender Gap: Increasing Representation of Women in Middle Management, in the C-Suite, and on the Board”

Join an intimate group of your peers for a discussion-based event where we will explore the challenges and opportunities for organizations to improve their gender diversity. Topics for discussion will include structural and cultural challenges for organizations of all sizes, along with the implications the issue has for educational organizations.

This will be a moderated event without a formal presentation. Instead, our moderator, Leanne Nicolle, will be present to guide the discussion, and to pose questions to encourage further insights.

Leanne Nicolle is The Ted Rogers School of Management’s first Executive in Residence, Inclusive Leadership. Her lifelong passion as a globally minded social innovator has taken her storied career from the private to the public sector, with a primary focus on raising awareness of young girl’s issues and rights. A social innovator, changemaker and advocate for girls and woman, she has dedicated her career to driving societal change to improve women’s well - being in athletics, education and the workplace. The event will be held on January 29, 2018 from 8:00 – 9:15 in Room No. TRS 1-003 (CPA Student Lounge,7th Floor, right beside elevators) at the Ted Rogers School of Management, 55 Dundas Street West, Toronto.

We note that this event is qualified for 1.0 Substantive Hours under the Rules of the Law Society of Ontario.

25-Oct-2017 Do They Mix? Business, Politics and Social Involvement? Join an intimate group of your peers for a discussion based event where we explore the evolving nature of companies’ and brands’ involvement in social and political movements. From bathroom laws to immigration policy, organizations seem to be increasingly aligning their brands with social and political movements. To what extent should organizations become involved in activities that are far removed from their “core purpose”? How do such alignments comport with the duties or obligations owed to their shareholders and other stakeholders? To what extent is “branding”in today’s world inherently linked to political or social causes?

This will be a moderated event without a formal presentation. Instead, our moderator, Jess Hungate, will be present to guide the discussion, and to pose questions to encourage further insights.

Jess Hungate is a graduate of Harvard College, and has a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. He has extensive experience in both operational and public policy aspects of the financial services sector. He was Assistant General Counsel in RBC’s Law Department for many years, and has been a consultant to the Canadian Capital Markets Association, The Canadian Depository for Securities and the Ontario Government.

There is no charge for attendance, but space is limited, and you must have a reservation to attend.

We note this event is qualified for 1.0 Substantive Hours under the Rules of the Law Society of Upper Canada.

17-May-2017 Annual General Meeting May 17 2017 The Canadian Centre for Ethics and Corporate Policy cordially invites you to attend our showcase event which follows our Annual General Meeting. This year our keynote address will be given by Dr. Ann Cavoukian, Executive Director of the Privacy and Big Data Institute at Ryerson University.

Dr. Cavoukian will present on Data and Ethics, highlighting the results of Deloitte’s recent global survey Privacy for Sale-To the highest bidder on consumer’s views and perceptions on data and the ethical use of consumer information.

Following her address, Kenneth J. Fredeen, General Counsel Deloitte LLP and Chair of Ethics Centre Board will moderate a panel discussion on the ethical use of data, and how to implement correct governance processes to manage data privacy and security. The panel will include:

Alaina Aston, VP Data Management and Governance, RBC
Laura Davison, Chief Privacy and Compliance Officer, ICES
Sylvia Kingsmill, Partner, Deloitte

Our group of panelists will also discuss the grey area between laws and consumer perceptions and expectations, and the highlights of the report including:

80%of global consumers feel organizations have a responsibility to manage their data ethically.

2/3 of Canadians say they would provide access to their social media accounts in exchange for a 50% discount on their insurance rate.

3/4 of Canadians don’t want their data shared beyond Canada’s borders. 90% of Canadian respondents say they would sever their ties with an organization if it was revealed the organization used data unethically.

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05-Apr-2017 Standing Up for the Workplace: The Importance of Addressing and Preventing Workplace Bullying Standing Up for the Workplace: The Importance of Addressing and Preventing Workplace Bullying

With increasing attention on the problem of bullying in the workplace, employers must ensure that they have rigorous, thoughtful and transparent policies and practices to identify, address and prevent inappropriate, unethical and unlawful behaviours in their work environments. Kate McNeill-Keller and Carolyn Lee will address the issues surrounding workplace bullying from a dual legal and human resources perspective, engaging a discussion on the importance of proactive human resources management and the legal and ethical consequences of a failure to do the same.


Kate McNeill-Keller is a Partner in the Labour & Employment Group at McCarthy Tétrault LLP and represents both public and private sector employers in all manner of workplace matters, including workplace bullying and harassment, human rights and occupational health and safety.

Carolyn Lee is a Labour Relations and Employment Specialist at McCarthy Tétrault LLP. As an experienced Human Resources professional, Carolyn routinely advises employer clients on effective human resources practices and workplace management issues, including with respect to employee conduct and workplace bullying.

This event is co-presented by the Canadian Centre for Ethics & Corporate Policy and the Human Resources Professionals Association - Toronto Chapter. Members of both organizations may attend on a complimentary basis. There is a nominal fee for non-members.

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22-Mar-2017 Is Canada taking White Collar Crime Seriously? Norm Keith, LL.M., partner at Fasken Martineau, will address this timely and important topic of the accountability, criminal enforcement and the social responsibility of corporations in Canada.

Topics to be covered will include:

1. The “new normal” of criminalizing corporate behavior;

2. How the Westray Mine disaster changed corporate criminal liability;

3. The problem of proof in white collar prosecutions (Dunn & Duffy);

4. Recent examples of white collar convictions (Karigar & Kazenelson);

5. Will criminal prosecutions make businesses “more ethical”;

6. Towards a rationale model of corporate accountability and compliance.

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20-Jan-2017 Model Business Principles to Combat Child Labour and Forced Labour Stephen A. Pike, Partner, Gowling WLG

Intensifying scrutiny by investors, consumers and other stakeholders of the use of child labour and forced labour in supply chains is impacting investment decision making , buying behavior and good corporate governance. Learn how Canadian businesses can address and manage these risks and how laws in the US and UK are already forcing transparency in supply chains.

15-Nov-2016 Regulators in a Post-Truth World Hershell Ezrin, Senior Counsel, Global Public Affairs

In our Post- truth world, governments, media and special interests are accused of manipulating and spinning facts to support their explicit and implicit goals. Using selective arguments and emotional appeals, well suited to rapid dissemination in a digital communications age, a range of interests have put regulators under assault. Some have criticized regulators for being captured by those whom they regulate, while others have charged that regulators are abdicating their 'arm’s-length' role from government to act as their agents to approve controversial or complex projects. Conversely, business has blamed regulatory approval paralysis on regulators' lack of credibility and a general lack of understanding of the emerging rules of the road.

Government's new economic and environmental policy priorities will depend heavily upon business as well as different levels of government managing infrastructure projects where regulators will be required to protect the public interest. In this talk, HershellEzrin, Senior Counsel, Global Public Affairs, and a former senior government and business leader, will draw upon case studies from the energy, food and consumer safety sectors, as well as the emerging broader issues associated with regulating disruptive technologies and the commercialization of certain products, as he discusses the ethical challenges facing both the regulator and government and why the business community and civil society need to pay careful attention to this debate as it enters uncharted waters.

18-Oct-2016 Urgent Update on Developing an Ethical Corporate Culture Len Brooks, Professor of Business Ethics & Accounting, University of Toronto
David Selley, Retired Partner, Ernst & Young, LLP
the co-authors of the EthicsCentre’s 2012 publication, Ethics & Governance: Developing & Maintaining an Ethical Corporate

Do you know how the need to develop and monitor an ethical corporate culture is being built into expectations for boards of directors? Are you familiar with the lessons from recent corporate fiascos related to weak corporate cultures, and how those could be avoided? Are you taking full advantage of the opportunities presented by a strong ethical corporate culture?

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