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Vancouver Legal Symposium

Date: February 7, 2020
Location: Terminal City Club

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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 8:00-8:30am; Presentation 8:30am-4:00pm

CPD Hours: 6.0

Venue: Terminal City Club, 837 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V6C 1B6
8:00-8:30 am
8:30 - 8:45 am
Session 1
8:45 - 10:15 am
HR Competency
Accommodation in the Modern Workplace
Melanie Vipond, CPHR
Gall Legge Grant Zwack LLP
Session 2
10:30am - 12:00pm
HR Competency
The Legalization of Medicinal and Recreational Marijuana: Implications for Employers and Employees Jeff Wittmann
Wiebe Wittmann El-Khatib LLP
Session 3
1:00 - 2:30 pm
HR Competency
Policy and Discipline Toolkit – Creating Effective Policies and Tools to Regulate the Workplace and Manage Misconduct Jennifer Wiegele
Mathews, Dinsdale & Clark LLP
Session 4
2:45 - 4:00 pm
HR Competency
Panel Discussion: 50 Shades of Legal; Digging Beyond
We are taking your questions in advance! Feel free to email them to us.
• Melanie Vipond, CPHR
• Jennifer Wiegele
• Jeff Wittmann

About Our Speakers:
Melanie VipondMelanie Vipond, CPHR, Gall Legge Grant & Zwack LLP
Melanie Vipond is a lawyer in Vancouver that focuses her practice on labour and employment law, human rights, privacy and occupational health & safety law. She advises both private and public sector employers on issues relating to unionization, collective agreement negotiation, disability and harassment, workers compensation as well as general employment law issues, including wrongful dismissals and employment contract negotiation. She has appeared before all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada, as well as the BC Labour Relations Board, arbitration boards, human rights tribunals, and other administrative tribunals.

Ms. Vipond is also an adjunct professor at the Faculty of Law of the University of British Columbia (UBC) teaching workplace law. She completed her Masters of Law at Stanford University.
Jennifer Wiegele Jennifer Wiegele, Mathews, Dinsdale & Clark LLP
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.
Jeff Wittmann Jeff Wittmann, Wiebe Wittmann El-Khatib LLP
Born in Germany and raised in Massachusetts and Ontario, Jeff was called to the Ontario Bar in 1992 and the BC Bar in 1995. Jeff is a seasoned trial lawyer. Jeff has appeared before the BC Provincial Court, the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal. Among other areas, his litigation practice specializes in employment and labour (non-union), in addition to complex commercial litigation, estate matters, entertainment, copyright and trademark, internet and high tech law, real estate litigation, product liability and insurance.
Registration Deadline

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(January 10)

(January 31)







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