Past Events

Below is a list of our past events.

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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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21-May-2015 Terry Fallis, Award winning novelist and political staffer turned political satirist Award winning novelist Terry Fallis is this year’s featured luncheon speaker. Political staffer turned political satirist, Terry Fallis demonstrates the power of a good story to both teach and entertain. His debut novel, “The Best Laid Plans”, won the Stephen Leacock medal for humour, was selected by CBC Canada Reads as “the essential Canadian novel of the decade” in 2011 and made into a 6 part television series in 2014.

In the “real world”, Terry Fallis has over 25 years of experience as a consultant to corporate and government clients on matters that include crisis communications, media relations, marketing, public opinion polling, public affairs and stakeholder relations. His writing credits extend well beyond fiction to speeches for CEO’s, cabinet ministers and community leaders.

12-May-2015 Ontario’s new law requiring pension funds to disclose their approach to ethical investing: Panel discussion While the Ethics Centre celebrates its 25th anniversary, we continue to see how the requirement to act ethically is increasingly weaving its way into the fabric of corporate cultures. More recently, we have seen how courts and regulators are also expecting ethical behaviour in commercial activity. In Ontario, new legislation will soon require pension fund administrators to disclose whether, and if so, how, environmental, social and governance factors will be incorporated into their investment decision-making process.

Randy Bauslaugh leads McCarthy Tétrault’s national Pension, Benefits & Executive Compensation practice, and is known as one of the leading pension lawyers in Canada. Heather Lang is the Director, Institutional Relations for Sustainalytics in Canada where she helps prospective clients determine the responsible investment solutions that best fit their needs.

Randy and Heather will discuss the new legislation and the implications for pension fund administrators, while also discussing the ethical investing trend.

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02-Apr-2015 The Role of the Commissioner in the Accountability Framework at the City of Toronto Valerie Jepson, Integrity Commissioner, City of Toronto

The City of Toronto's New Integrity Commissioner Discusses the Role of the Commissioner in the Accountability Framework at the City of Toronto.

03-Mar-2015 Promoting Ethical Business Principles from Within Ula Ubani, Chief Ethics Officer, BMO Financial Group

BMO’s Chief Ethics officer discusses her role, the scope and where the opportunities are.

25-Feb-2015 Ethics is The Most Important Strategic Enabler for Today's Charities and Volunteer Leaders Joint event with the Ethics Resources Committee, Association of Fundraising Professionals, Greater Toronto Chapter

Breakfast Panel – Canadian Leaders in Philanthropy

  • Shari Austin, VP, Corporate Citizenship & Executive Director, RBC Foundation
  • Jo-Anne Ryan, Vice President, TD Waterhouse, Philanthropic Advisory Services
  • George Fierheller, C.M., B.A., D.S. Litt., LL.D.

  • Breakthrough Discussion
  • Gain knowledge to support ethical decision-making.
  • Understand the needs of charitable supporters related to ethics.
  • Learn how to apply ethics to distinguish your charity and empower your leaders.
  • 03-Feb-2015 Bhasin v. Hrynew: SCC Establishes General Duty of Good Faith in Commercial Contracts Neil Finkelstein,Partner, Brandon Kain, Partner and Geoff Hall, Partner, McCarthy Tétrault

    The Supreme Court of Canada has released a precedent-setting judgment in the area of contract law. In Bhasin v. Hrynew, 2014 SCC 71, the Court recognized for the first time that there is a general organizing principle of good faith in the performance of contracts throughout Canada, which includes a duty of honest performance. The appeal was successfully argued by Neil Finkelstein and Brandon Kain of McCarthy Tétrault’s Toronto litigation group.

    Please join Neil Finkelstein, Brandon Kain and Geoff Hall as they review the impact this judgment will have on business as usual.

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