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Fraser Valley Legal Symposium (Langley)

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

This event is sold out!  Please email pd@cphrbc.ca if you wish to be added to the wait-list. Thank you. 
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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
Fireside Chat: Respectful Workplace Training in 2019 -
Emerging Best Practices in Theory and Practice
Pamela Costanzo, Forte Law Corporation
Cassie Van Tol-Walker, CPHR, Safe Software
• Labour & Employment Relations
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: Fireside Chat: Respectful Workplace Training in 2019 - Emerging Best Practices in Theory and Practice
Presenters: Pamela Costanzo and Cassie Van Tol-Walker, CPHR
Session Time: 12:15 - 1:15 pm

Traditional sexual harassment training can feel irrelevant to employees who have heard the same messages repeatedly. Join us for a discussion of training targeted to a sophisticated workforce.

In this presentation, you will learn:
  • new research findings on the effectiveness of harassment training
  • best practices review of training content and delivery methods
About the presenters:
Pamela Costanzo Pamema Costanzo is a labour and employment lawyer and has practiced exclusively in that area since her call to the Bar. Before attending law school, Pam worked in human resources, responsible for employee safety and training. People's jobs are of central importance in their lives, and her passion is helping to resolve workplace issues and returning people's sense of security and job satisfaction.
Cassie Van Tol-Walker Cassie Van Tol-Walker is the HR Business Partner at Safe Software. Passionate about moving businesses forward through their people, Cassie is an energetic, “think outside the box” HR professional. Prior to her role at Safe, she worked in Management Consulting, supporting small and medium sized businesses with their HR function, and subsequently worked with a small technology company. Originally from Ontario, Cassie and her husband made the move out West a year ago, and are enjoying exploring the West Coast lifestyle.

Topic: Managing Risky Terminations
Presenter: Jennifer Wiegele
Session Time: 1:15 - 2:45 pm

No two employee terminations are alike. Some are much more difficult than others and present a particularly high risk to an organization or company. This presentation will delve into some of the issues that can make an employee termination risky and complicated such as:
  • employee disability, including mental health and addictions;
  • aging employees;
  • employee misconduct and ongoing performance issues short of just cause; and
  • situations that can give rise to reputational harm (e.g., serious sexual harassment or other flagrant misconduct).

In this presentation, you will learn:
  • identification of the specific risks in complex termination cases
  • approaches and strategies prior to termination to mitigate or reduce identified risks
  • tip and tools for effective decision making in connection with difficult and risky termination cases
  • understanding of best practices for handling and effecting complex terminations
About the presenter:
Jennifer Wiegele Jennifer Wiegele is a Partner at Mathews Dinsdale & Clark LLP. She practices in all areas of labour and employment law. She has extensive experience advising employers in labour relations matters and on all aspects of the employment relationship.

A significant part of Jennifer’s practice involves acting for and advising First Nations governments, economic development corporations, and First Nations-owned entities and business and assisting with their policy development and training, as well as governance.

In her practice, Jennifer represents and advises employers on a wide variety of workplace issues, including workplace accommodation, human rights, illness and disability, drug and alcohol testing, occupational health and safety, terminations and severance packages, constructive dismissals, post-employment issues, including non-competition, non-solicitation and fiduciary issues, employment contracts and workplace policies, harassment and bullying, disciplinary matters, employment standards, and privacy and personal information. Jennifer has appeared before most courts and employment tribunals in British Columbia.

She also conducts workplace investigations, frequently in relation to matters involving harassment, bullying, and interpersonal conflict.

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.