19th Annual Event!
Managing Your Duty to Accommodate
Finding true balance between inclusivity and undue hardship
March 24 - 25, 2020 · Ottawa, Ontario
Confirmed Speakers Include:
Richa Sandill, Barrister & Solicitor
Richa Sandill is a Barrister & Solicitor by trade. Formally she was an associate at Wilson Vukelich LLP, practicing in Employment and Human Rights Law in the firm’s Litigation Department. In her practice, she assists clients with a broad range of employment matters, including wrongful dismissals, discrimination claims, and workplace harassment. Richa previously articled and practiced at a leading Toronto boutique employment law firm where she acted on behalf of both employers and employees, including assisting in a number of complex employment litigation disputes.
Richa has written and been quoted in publications such as the Canadian HR Reporter, the Huffington Post, the Ontario Bar Association’s JUST Magazine, the Law Times, Global News, and the Globe & Mail on employment law, human rights topics, and issues affecting the legal profession. She serves as Vice Chair for the Ontario Bar Association’s Women Lawyers Forum, as well as a member of the Equality Committee. She previously served two terms as Secretary for the Ontario Bar Association’s Constitutional, Civil Liberties, and Human Rights section. She is also a member of the Board of Directors at the South Asian Bar Association.
Glenn French, President, The Canadian Initiative on Workplace Violence
Glenn French is routinely retained to provide policy and procedural audits; conduct organizational risk assessments; expert testimony as required, as well as, working with security personnel to better understand both the nature and extent of known threats. Mr. French's work has been showcased on the CPC (The National), CITY TV, CTV, Global Television, in The National Post, Globe & Mail, Toronto Star and multiple print dailies across Canada.
Mojdeh Cox, National Director, Anti Racism & Human Rights Department, Canadian Labour Congress
Mojdeh Cox is an award winning and nationally recognized anti-racism and anti-oppression public educator and speaker. In the community, Mojdeh works with municipalities, not-for-profit organizations, and small to medium sized businesses to develop strategies to be more inclusive and address systemic discrimination.
Mojdeh is the National Director of Anti-racism and Human Rights for the Canadian Labour Congress, the largest labour organization in Canada. Representing over 3 million workers, the Canadian Labour Congress has played a significant role in making Canada a better place to work and live through advocacy, education, and research and analysis on issues impacting workers from coast to coast to coast. Mojdeh’s work entails designing and leading national initiatives on anti-racism and human rights.
Through her profound personal experiences with racism, sexism, and xenophobia, as well as her professional career in social and political advocacy, Mojdeh is an established thought-leader in innovative systems change to address discrimination at its roots. Her key interest and expertise is in inclusive and participatory design.
Mojdeh works and lives in Ottawa with her partner, their four children and newly adopted Mini Goldendoodle puppy, Leo.
Fiona Campbell, Partner, Goldblatt Partners
Fiona Campbell represents trade unions and employees in a wide variety of labour,employment, pension, and human rights matters.
Fiona does everything from helping employees negotiate their employment contracts and termination packages, to representing employees and trade unions before labour and human rights tribunals, to arguing judicial review applications and constitutional cases in the courts. She has particular expertise in the federal public service sector, including the complex employment issues that can be faced by executives and other non-unionized employees. She also represents individual employees who have been unfairly denied access to long-term disability benefits.
In her pension law practice, Fiona provides advice and representation to unions, employees, and pension plan trustees. Earlier in her career, she found a way to marry her love of human rights law and pension law through her advocacy for equal pension benefits for same-sex couples, and also has experience conducting large scale, multi-million dollar pension litigation.
Fiona can often be found speaking at legal conferences or providing training to clients on topical issues. She is currently Public Affairs Liaison for the Ontario Bar Association’s Constitutional, Civil Liberties and Human Rights section, and is a member of the Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers.
Brittany Taylor, Associate Lawyer, Rudner Law
Since being called to the Ontario Bar in 2013, my practice has been dedicated to assisting both employers and employees to manage their workplaces. My approach to workplace issues is one that is pro-active and preventative. I take great satisfaction in assisting employees and employers to identify and deal with potential issues before they have an opportunity to evolve into serious headaches for both parties. I also take great pride in acting as a vigorous advocate on behalf of my clients, whether at the bargaining table or beyond to the trial stage.
Since leaving law school behind, I have been able to continue to explore my love of writing in my practice, both in my work for clients and in the publications and presentations I have produced. This is particularly true since starting to work with Stuart Rudner in August of 2015, where I have had the opportunity to contribute regular blog posts to his firm’s blog and to be published in notable publications, including Canadian HR reporter. I have also been invited to speak at a number of conferences and panels, including events hosted by the Canadian Marketing Association, the Women’s Law Association of Ontario and the HRPA.
Jennifer Swinwood, Corporate Disability Management and Accommodation Advisor, Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Jennifer Swinwood is a Certified Disability Management Professional (CDMP). She has extensive experience creating, leading and directing strategic Organizational Health & Wellness programs, such as absence management, return to work/accommodation, attendance management and proactive health & wellness initiatives. She has experience in the private and public sector, most recently working with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police providing policy oversight of their Disability Management and Accommodation Program.
Maria Panuccio, Manager, Corporate Disability Management and Accommodation Program, Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Maria Panuccio has over 10 years experience in the public sector working with the Department of National Defence and most recently with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. She currently provides policy oversight and interpretation of accommodation & disability management issues across the Force.
Dania Versailles, Director, Clinical Services, Canadian Mental Health Association
Dania Versailles is a Director of Clinical Services at the Ottawa branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association. She is responsible for Court, Housing, Hospital and Dual Diagnosis Outreach programs as well as the staff development program. She holds a Bachelor’s and a Master’s of Science degree in Nursing, and a 2nd Master of Science in Nursing with a specialty in Mental Health and Psychiatry. She was previously a Clinical Nurse Specialist at the Montfort Hospital where she led program development initiatives concerning the management of suicidal risk behaviours, as well as leading continuous quality improvement activities within the mental health setting and other settings, in various regional and provincial professional organizations. She finds time to be involved in a number of research projects with the University of Ottawa and to taekwondo for good measure.
Stuart Wright, Health and Safety Manager, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat
Stuart Wright is a manager at the Office of the Chief Human Resources Officer within the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat (“TBS”). He is here today in his personal capacity to share his knowledge of employee participation in the duty to accommodate process, which is a subject that he has provided advice for and managed in various capacities since joining the Federal Government. Prior to joining TBS, Stuart benefited from roles in Canada and overseas working in labour relations, human rights, public international law, and civil litigation. He is a qualified lawyer in Australia and has a Masters and Ph.D in law.
Denis Pogrebinski, Labour Relations Advisor, Parliamentary Protective Service
Denis graduated from University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) Degree in Human Resources/Industrial Relations. Denis has extensive experience in human rights/accommodations in a unionized environment, acquired through various labour relations and human resources roles over the last 13 years. He brings an integrative approach of managing accommodations strategically while preserving the individuality of employees and recognizing the uniqueness of their medical conditions. He is passionate about the human rights and mental health issues, and as an executive member of the Labour Relations Council for the Federal Public Service, is a vocal advocate for the evolving role Human Resources professionals play in management of these files. Denis is certified in Mental Health First Aid by the Mental Health Commission of Canada.
Meg Steele, Senior Legal Counsel, City of Ottawa
Meg Steele has worked as a lawyer for the City of Ottawa since 2002. She specializes in labour arbitrations, human rights matters, and employment law. Meg's practice also includes providing advice on collective bargaining, workplace safety, and accessibility issues. She leads a group of lawyers and labour relations professionals that provide strategic advice on all aspects of the employment relationship.
Meg holds a B.A. (Hons.) in English and Political Science from Mount Allison University (1996) and graduated from McGill University's National Program with a BCL/LL.B. in 2000. She was called to the Bar of Ontario in February 2002.
Martin Thompson, Partner, McMillan LLP
Martin is a Partner in the Advocacy and Employment and Labour Relations / Advocacy and Litigation Group at McMillan LLP. Martin advises domestic and international clients on all aspects of provincial and federal employment legislation. He regularly appears before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the Divisional Court and the Court of Appeal for Ontario, and has represented management in labour arbitrations and negotiations, administrative boards and tribunals, including the Ontario Labour Relations Board, the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board, the Workplace Safety and Appeals Tribunal and the Financial Services Commission of Ontario.