Past Events

Below is a list of our past events.

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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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19-May-2016 Some Reflections on Ethical Leadership The Honourable Frank Iacobucci, QC, LLD, LSM, Senior Counsel, Torys LLP

Over the course of a 55-year legal career that has spanned a variety of roles and exposed him to different perspectives, the Honourable Frank Iacobucci has seen leaders in many organizations make difficult decisions when faced with ethical dilemmas. He will reflect on his experiences and share with us the ingredients that he believes truly differentiate ethical leaders.

The Honourable Frank Iacobucci has had a varied career in private practice, academia, government and the judiciary. After earning his B.Comm.and LL.B. from the University of British Columbia and an LL.M. and Dip. Inti’l L. from Cambridge University, he began his career in 1964 in New York. In 1967 he joined the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto and was a professor there until 1985, also serving as Vice-President, internal Affairs, Dean of the Faculty of Law and Vice-President and Provost of the University. In 1985, Mr. Iacobucci was appointed Deputy Minister of Justice and Deputy Attorney General for Canada. He was appointed Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Canada in 1988 and a Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada in 1991.

After retiring from the Supreme Court of Canada in 2004, he served as interim President of the University of Toronto until June 2005. In July he returned to private practice when he joined Torys LLP as Counsel. Since that time, he has served on a number of Boards of Directors, has been the Federal Government’s Representative in the negotiations leading to the 2005 settlement agreement relating to Indian Residential Schools, an Independent Reviewer for the Ontario Government on First Nations Representation on Ontario juries, is representing the Province of Ontario in its negotiations with the Chiefs of the Matawa Council on the Ring of Fire and he has recently completed a comprehensive report for the Toronto Police Service relating to encounters of police with people in crisis.

He is an accomplished author and has received numerous awards and honours in Canada and abroad, including being appointed as a Companion of the Order of Canada in July, 2007.

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19-May-2016 Annual General Meeting Annual General Meeting
Approval of Minutes

Report from the Chair

Motions to be brought forward:

2015 Financial Statements

Nomination and Election of Directors

Appointment of Auditor

Other Business
27-Apr-2016 Corporate Criminality: Striking the balance between punishment, deterrence and individual accountability Corruption and bribery, price-fixing, systemic financial manipulation, toxic spills and more. Corporate misconduct has tragic and far-reaching consequences for individual victims and society at large. Fines for corporate misconduct have reached astronomic levels unthinkable a handful of years ago, yet individual managers and directors are rarely held accountable. Has the criminal justice system struck the right balance between punishment, deterrence and individual accountability?

Building the prosecution’s case can require painstaking and time-consuming collection and review of evidence, including millions of emails, forensic accounting analysis and countless witness interviews. All the while the corporation suffers under a media cloud of unproven allegations and “guilt until proven innocent” in the court of public opinion. The reputational harm and commercial impact of being under investigation can often far outweigh the cost of even extravagant fines.

While large fines may provide a measure of “justice” as retribution for serious corporate criminality, their ultimate cost is born by the company’s shareholders, employees and suppliers. Almost all are innocent of any wrongdoing. The absence of significant consequences for boards and management under whose watch misconduct occurred can result in a misalignment of incentives and inadequate deterrence.

Our panelists will explore the dynamics at play in complex corporate investigations and possible alternative approaches that might strike a better balance between punishment, deterrence and individual accountability of directors and managers.

Milos Barutciski has represented Canadian and international companies, including Fortune 500 companies and corporations listed on the TSX, NYSE, NASDAQ, European and Asian exchanges, in anti-corruption, price-fixing, export control, economic sanctions and other regulatory investigations and compliance matters on five continents, including investigations by the RCMP, the U.S. DOJ and SEC, and the World Bank. He is a founding member of the Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD Task Force on Bribery and was consulted by the Government of Canada in the drafting of the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act. Mr. Barutciski was also retained by the World Bank to advise on regulatory reform in Africa and the Middle East. He is a member of the Bars of Ontario and Quebec.

Jay Naster is a litigator specializing in white-collar criminal and regulatory litigation and investigations. He served as crown counsel with the Crown Law Office – Criminal (Ministry of the Attorney General) until 1997, where his practice focused on the conduct of corporate, securities and tax fraud prosecutions as against both corporations and individuals. As special counsel with the Ontario Securities Commission 1997 to 2004 he focused exclusively on the conduct of quasi-criminal and regulatory prosecutions under the Securities Act as against corporations and individuals. Since entering private practice in 2005 he acts for individuals and corporations facing criminal and regulatory investigations and allegations under the Criminal Code, Securities Act, Competition Act, and the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act.

Event co-sponsored by: Transparency International Canada Inc.

24-Feb-2016 Emerging Ethical Trends in Workplace Law

Employment and labour law is a rapidly-changing field replete with ethical issues. As we enter 2016, it is worthwhile to look back at several key ethical developments in 2015 and attempt to assess where they might lead in this important field of law in the year(s) ahead.

We read in the news in 2015 about internal investigations of alleged employee misconduct. What is the latest view on when investigations should be conducted and how can organizations avoid the pitfalls of investigation “fails”?

Numerous ethical pitfalls also arise at the beginning of the employment process, when recruiting and hiring, and at the end when dealing with terminations. For instance, is there now a duty to bargain in good faith when negotiating employment contracts? How what you say to entice someone to join your organization can create reasonable expectations by your new employee? How should you treat your employee at the point of termination?

We are pleased to have Andrea York, Co-Practice Group Leader of Blakes’ national Employment & Labour Group, lead us in a discussion of these issues.

Andrea York

Andrea is a partner at Blakes working out of their Toronto office. She advises corporations and other employers on employment and privacy law issues, and works across a variety of sectors, including banking and financial services, retail, manufacturing, medical products, and marketing and advertising. Andrea is the Co-Practice Group Leader of the Firm's national Employment & Labour Group, Co-Chair of the Privacy Group and the Firm's national Privacy Officer. She is also national Co-Chair of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee at Blakes.

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10-Feb-2016 How to Address Employee Off-Duty Misconduct Soccer games, taxi rides and domestic abuse: When can employers discipline employees for bad behaviour outside of the workplace?

In a world of ever-present cameras, social media and the public's willingness to quickly condemn, we have seen many recent examples of a conflict between an employee's right to a personal life and their employers' reputation. We are pleased to present a panel to discuss how employers can, and should, navigate these tricky waters.

Mark Crestohl, Senior Labour and Employment Counsel, Accenture Inc. will moderate the panel consisting of Jason Hanson, Chair of the Employment and Labour Law section at Oslers and Chris MacDonald, Founding Director of the Jim Pattison Ethical Leadership Education and Research Program Chair of the Ted Rogers Leadership Centre at Ryerson University.

Mark Crestohl is the Canadian Lead for Employment and Labour Law for Accenture Inc., a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital technology and operations. Mark provides employment and labour advice and representation to Accenture as part of the North American Employment Law practice on a broad range of topics. After beginning his practice at a large Toronto law firm, he has worked in an in-house environment for most of the past 20 years. In addition to serving as a member of the Executive Committee and Chair of the Events Committee of the Canadian Centre for Ethics and Corporate Policy, he is a member of the board of the Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers.

Chris MacDonald, Ph.D., is Director of the Ted Rogers Leadership Centre, and Founding Director of the Jim Pattison Ethical Leadership Program, at Ryerson University's Ted Rogers School of Management, where he teaches undergraduate and MBA classes on ethics and critical thinking. He has published widely on business ethics, healthcare ethics, professional ethics, and the ethics of technology. For over a decade he has been author of The Business Ethics Blog ( the world's #1 blog on that topic.

Jason provides business solutions to employers and boards of directors on all areas of labour and employment law, including corporate transactions, executive compensation arrangements, collective bargaining, change of control agreements, privatizations, restructurings, outsourcing, alternative dispute resolution mechanisms, legislative compliance and privacy and data protection. He has represented employers before labour relations and employment tribunals and trial and appellate courts, including the Supreme Court of Canada. He also conducts investigations and works with employers in developing proactive employment policies and procedures. He defends corporate employers and individuals in health and safety prosecutions. Local, national and international businesses benefit from Jason’s deep andcomprehensive experience grounded in his 30 year career with Osler. Jason is a former two-term elected member of Osler’s Executive Committee and is the Chair of the Firm’s National Employment and Labour Department.

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26-Jan-2016 Staffing after Ghomeshi, Ford, and Volkswagen: A renewed Agenda for Selecting Ethical Employees and Leaders

With the ongoing risk of high – profile leadership failure and public exposure of employee impropriety through online media, companies are increasingly in a reactive mode as they struggle with how ethical objectives should be defined, chosen and implemented when recruiting employees and selecting leaders. Rick Hackett and Raymond Chiu will examine the challenge by drawing upon their recent survey, interview, and philosophical research focused on executive experiences, leader virtue, and HR related ethics. The wide ranging talk will provide a critical and practical framework for building ethically focused staffing strategies in organizations.


Rick Hackett is a Professor and Canada Research Chair in Organizational Behavior and Human Performance at the DeGroote School of Business. He is co-author of the HRPA endorsed textbook “Recruitment and Selection in Canada” and specializes in executive/managerial assessment, leadership, testing, and work attitudes.

Raymond Chiu is a doctoral candidate at the DeGroote School of Business and is the recipient of the Ethics Centre 2012 graduate scholarship. His research focuses on personnel selection, workplace ethics, moral values and religion and spirituality in organizations.

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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19-Nov-2015 Ontario Securities Commission Whistleblower Program Speakers: Catherine Weiler and Clare Devlin, Litigation Counsel, Ontario Securities Commission

In October 2015, the Ontario Securities Commission published Proposed OSC Policy 15-601 Whistleblower Program, which describes a whistleblower program that would encourage the reporting of serious securities-related misconduct in Ontario to the OSC. Under the proposed policy, a whistleblower could be awarded up to $5 million.

Join us as the OSC discusses its proposed policy, the first of its kind for securities regulators in Canada.

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