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Fraser Valley Legal Symposium (Langley)

Date: May 3, 2019
Location: Langley Golf & Banquet Centre

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Labour and Employment law is continuously changing and evolving.
Get a clear view with expert commentary that is practical and relevant to Human Resources professionals and business leaders. Our speakers will engage you with the most recent hot-topic legal issues, case law updates and developments, and future trends to watch for.
Time: Registration/breakfast 8:30-9:00am; Presentation 9:00am-4:30pm

Venue: Langley Golf and Banquet Centre, 21550 - 44th Avenue, Langley, BC

CPD Hours*: 6.0

*Accredited by CPHR BC & Yukon and the Law Society of BC

Breakfast and Registration
8:30 - 9:00 am
Session 1
9:00 - 10:30 am
HR Competency
The Latest and Greatest from the World of Employment and Labour Law: A Review of Recent Key Decisions and Must-Knows for HR Professionals James D. Kondopulos, CPHR,
Roper Greyell LLP - Employment and Labour Lawyers
• Labour & Employment Relations
Session 2
10:45 am - 12:15 pm
HR Competency
Management Tools for Conflict in the Workplace
Brin Hamilton, CPHR and Brenda Hooper,
Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of BC
• Labour & Employment Relations
• Learning & Development
Networking Lunch
12:15 - 1:15 pm
Respectful Workplace Training in 2019 – A Fireside Chat on Emerging Theory and Best Practices

Session 3
1:15 - 2:45 pm
HR Competency
Managing Risky Terminations
Jennifer Wiegele
Mathews, Dinsdale & Clark LLP
• Labour & Employment Relations
Session 4
3:00 - 4:30 pm
HR Competency
Managing Disability in the Workplace
Michael Watt
Alexander Holburn Beaudin + Lang LLP
• Labour & Employment Relations
Registration Deadline

Early Bird
(April 12th)

(April 26th)







Student &
Retired Member



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Program Details

Topic: The Latest and Greatest from the World of Employment and Labour Law: A Review of Recent Key Decisions and Must-Knows for HR Professionals
Presenter: James D. Kondopulos, CPHR
Session Time: 9:00 - 10:30 am

The world of employment and labour law is constantly evolving.

Join James D. Kondopulos of the Vancouver-based employment and labour law boutique of Roper Greyell LLP as he reviews recent key decisions and must-knows for HR professionals.

Known for his engaging and straightforward presentation style, James will deliver interesting, practical content which is highly recommended for anyone who wishes to have an update on the most significant developments in workplace law over the last 12 to 18 months or so.

In this presentation, you will learn:
  • Update on the most significant developments in employment and labour law over the last 12 to 18 months or so.

About the presenter:
James Kondopulos, CPHR James is a founding member and partner* of Vancouver-based employment and labour law boutique, Roper Greyell LLP. He has represented employers and senior employees before all levels of court and a wide range of workplace-related administrative tribunals in British Columbia. He is frequently recommended as a strong advocate who provides capable representation and pragmatic advice.

In 2013, James was named one of Canada’s leading lawyers under 40 when he received Lexpert’s Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40 award. He was also recognized by Lexpert as a "Litigation Lawyer to Watch" in its Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers in Canada (US Guide - Litigation). For a number of years, James has been recognized by his peers as a leading lawyer in employment and labour law and listed in Best Lawyers International, Canada. He has also been repeatedly recognized in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory and an international publication called Who’s Who Legal, Labour, Employment and Benefits.

James spends most of his time outside work with his wife and their three children. He also sits as a Director of the children’s charity, Make-A-Wish BC & Yukon. He is currently the Vice-Chair of the Board.

*Practising through a law corporation.

Topic: Management Tools for Conflict in the Workplace
Presenter: Brin Hamilton, CPHR and Brenda Hooper
Session Time: 10:45 - 12:15 pm

As an HR Professional working in a dynamic environment, you engage with and support others through conflict on a regular basis. This presentation will help you to develop the skills necessary to address workplace conflicts as either a neutral party or a conflict coach. An emphasis will be placed on furthering your understanding of Alternative Dispute Resolution processes, conflict analysis, supporting parties in conflict, and facilitating sustainable solutions.

In this presentation, you will learn:
  • Enhance your understanding of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) processes and their application.
  • Understand the importance of recognizing and addressing conflict in the workplace
  • Develop conflict analysis skills to support appropriate intervention
  • Discover the importance of self awareness when engaging with conflict systems
About the presenters:
Brin Hamilton, CPHR Brin Hamilton is a conflict consultant, mediator (Q.Med), arbitrator (Q.Arb), facilitator, human resources professional (CPHR), and the owner of Vancouver-based Ahimsa Mediation & Consulting. Brin is passionate about helping others navigate conflict through effective communication and alternate dispute resolution. Her work has evolved from years of professional experiences in HR management in a health context.

Brin is an Associate Faculty member at Royal Roads University in the School of Humanitarian Studies. Additionally, she teaches conflict resolution and anger management in a community setting to build capacity of individuals to deal with challenging situations. She is actively conducting applied research in the fields of conflict management, leadership, and workplace health and safety. Both her research and practice is focused on supporting thriving workplaces and organizations.
hooper Brenda Hooper combines her expertise as an International Trainer, Facilitator and Chartered Mediator with her 29 years of management and sales experience to help Leaders and their teams develop engaging, productive and results oriented discussions.

As a Certified Executive Coach, Brenda engages her clients to "Dream-Stretch-Grow" so they can achieve the professional and personal lives they deserve. Her direct and supportive approach is aimed to partner with her clients so that they gain clarity, create action plans and build strategies for success.

Brenda received her certification in conflict resolution from the Justice Institute of B.C. in 1998 and since then has gone on to achieve her national designation as a Charter Mediator from the Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of Canada, International certifications in Conversational Intelligence, Strength Deployment Inventory and Workplace Mediation Training as well as her Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching from Royal Roads University.

Since 2011, Brenda has operated her private practice as a coach and trainer where she assists individuals and teams to develop their Leadership, Communication and Conflict Management skills. Brenda’s clients include executives and employees of the Canadian Federal Government, National and International Private Companies & non-profit organizations.

Brenda is the creator of the online training and coaching program Discussions By Design® which provides organizations with an accessible communication and conflict management program so all employees can develop these valuable skills.

Topic: Respectful Workplace Training in 2019 - A Fireside Chat on Emerging Theory and Best Practices
Presenters: Details to be announced soon!
Session Time: 12:15 - 1:15 pm

Research shows that traditional harassment training is not effective. Emerging best practices for respectful workplace training include: customizing training to be workplace relevant, bystander training, civility training, and follow up. Join speakers from Forte Law and Safe Software over lunch hear from both the legal and HR perspectives about the theory and practice of developing and delivering innovative respectful workplace training.

Topic: Managing Disability in the Workplace
Presenter: Michael Watt
Session Time: 3:00 - 4:30 pm

This session will use recent case law to explore the obligations and rights of an employer dealing with employee disability in the workplace, including substance abuse, mental disorders and physical injuries. The session will start by discussing the information employers may request to identify a disability and associated limitations affecting work performance. The discussion will next review the steps an employer must take to accommodate the employee's limitations. The session will conclude with a discussion of strategies for employers managing an employee's disability.

In this presentation, you will learn:
  • how to identify disability in the workplace;
  • what information may be requested from the employee;
  • how far an employer must go to accommodate disability related limitations;
  • strategies for managing employee disability.
About the presenter:
Michael Watt Michael Watt is the leader of AHBL's Labour & Employment Practice Group. His practice involves providing time sensitive legal advice to both businesses and employees on workplace matters including labour, employment, workers compensation and human rights laws. He assists clients defending and prosecuting claims through the Court and administrative tribunal processes as necessary. Clients he works with include local and international businesses, not-for-profits, health care employers, government entities and individuals seeking advice on workplace issues. A list of Michael's recent articles and presentations can be found on his firm's website at www.ahbl.ca.