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Vancouver Legal Symposium: With Due Process

January 27, 2023
Terminal City Club
837 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC V6C 1B6 
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We’re excited to welcome you back in person to our year opening Legal Symposium. This one-day event includes an in-depth review of applicable employment law updates and reasonable accommodation considerations for the workplace. Join our keynote experts as they discuss relevant statistics and current trends throughout this engaging symposium.

This symposium includes:
• 3 Keynote Presentations
• 1 Mini Super Session
• Interactive Activity &/or Panel Discussion
• Minimum of 5.25 CPD Hours

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Time: Registration 8:30-9:00am; Presentations 9:00am-4:30 pm (Breakfast, Buffet lunch and refreshments will be provided.)

CPD Hours: 5.25

Venue: Terminal City Club, 837 W Hastings St, Vancouver (venue website)
Registration Fees: Early Bird Rate
(On or before January 9th)
Regular Rate
(After January 9th)
Student/Retired Member









Fees and/or agenda are subject to change without notice. All pricing excludes applicable taxes. HST/GST # 119446714

Questions about registration or receipt can be directed to

A full refund, less a $25 processing fee, will be issued for cancellations submitted at least one week prior to an event or workshop. Attendee substitutions are permitted; however, member/non-member rate differences will apply. Please submit cancellation or substitution requests by fax (604-684-3225) or e-mail ( Please note that this policy does not apply to conferences, exams or no-charge registrations. CPHR exam fees are non-refundable if registration is canceled after the registration deadline. Please note our deferral policy.
AGENDA | Friday, January 27, 2023
8:30 - 9:00am
9:00 - 9:15am
Registration/Breakfast & Networking
Welcome & Opening Remarks
9:15 - 10:30 am

Bullying & Harassment: Threading the Needle Between Effective Management and Claims Management
Richard Johnson, CPHR - Co-Founder + Partner, Ascent Employment Law Corporation
(Session Details | Meet Richard)

10:30 - 10:45am
Networking & Health Break
10:45 - 12:00pm

"Invisible Disabilities": Accommodating Mental Illness in the Workplace
Natasha Jategaonkar - Lawyer, Mathews Dinsdale & Clark LLP
(Session Details | Meet Natasha)

12:00 - 1:00pm
Networking & Lunch Break
1:00 - 1:30 pm

Medical Evidence for Fitness to Work, Stay at Work & Accommodations
Erica Enstrom, Founder & President - Integra Medical Consulting
(Session Details | Meet Erica)
1:30 - 2:45 pm

Employment Law Update + Pay Transparency, Investigations & Other Emerging Trends
Jennifer Kwok - Partner, Overholt Law LLP
(Session Details | Meet Jennifer)

2:45 - 3:00 pm
Networking & Health Break
3:00 - 4:00 pm
4:00 - 4:15 pm
Interactive Group Activity /Panel Discussion
Thank you & Closing Remarks

Natasha Jategaonkar Session Description:
"Invisible Disabilities": Accommodating Mental Illness in the Workplace

The British Columbia Human Rights Code prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of disability. Due to the "invisible" nature of many mental illnesses, as well as the stigma continuing to surround them, some employees may not seek the accommodations they require and some employers might not know what (and when, and how) to ask. This presentation begins with the general principles of workplace accommodation and delves into the special considerations and duties that apply to accommodation of mental illness as well as highlighting particular legal and other concerns for employers.

Meet your speaker:
Natasha Jategaonkar - Lawyer, Mathews Dinsdale & Clark LLP

Natasha Jategaonkar is a Partner at the Vancouver office of Mathews, Dinsdale & Clark LLP. She advises clients on matters related to human rights complaints, wrongful dismissals, collective bargaining, occupational health and safety matters, and other matters related to workplace law. Natasha also regularly conducts workplace investigations related to allegations of discrimination, bullying and harassment, and other issues. Before joining the firm in 2014, Natasha graduated from UBC Law and completed a clerkship at the BC Supreme Court. Before entering law school, Natasha worked for seven years as an epidemiologist and health researcher and applies this experience when assisting clients with related issues.

Richard Johnson Session Description:
Bullying & Harassment: Threading the Needle Between Effective Management and Claims Management

In this session, workplace lawyer, Richard Johnson of Ascent Employment Law, will discuss the legalities and practicalities of bullying & harassment with a focus on prevention, risk management and how to deal with complaints if they arise. This session will focus on relevant aspects of the BC Workers Compensation Act, Human Rights Code and the common law as it they apply to workplace bullying & harassment.

Meet your speaker:
Richard Johnson, CPHR - Co-Founder + Partner, Ascent Employment Law Corporation

Richard loves what he does and the people he works with. He is passionate about workplace issues and ensuring that the legal solutions he offers are practical and make situations better; not worse or more contentious.

He is a stickler for practicality, fairness and respect, and his approach aims to manage workplace issues before they become irreparable. He has a particular knack for risk mitigation and aims to resolve matters without unnecessary conflict. However, years of trial experience show that litigation is sometimes a necessary tool to get his clients a fair outcome. When engaged in litigation, Richard appreciates his relationships with opposing counsel and the mutual respect and collegiality that comes hand-in-hand with vigorous advocacy for each lawyer’s client.

Richard believes that employers and employees are essential and deserving of fair treatment. In fact, in most cases, employers and employees have many of the same fundamental needs and aims. That is why he does not represent only one side. His experience has made Richard an effective advisor and representative for employers in need of excellent advice and representation.

As the father of two young boys, Richard is constantly on the move and loving it!

Jennifer Kwok Session Description:
Employment Law Update + Pay Transparency, Investigations & Other Emerging Trends

More session details coming soon!

Meet your speaker:
Jennifer Kwok - Partner, Overholt Law LLP

Jennifer is a partner at Overholt Law LLP and practices in the firm’s core areas of employment, labour relations, occupational health and safety, and human rights law. Jennifer’s practice involves advising both employers and employees on a wide range of matters arising from the workplace such as hiring and termination issues, severance packages, restrictive covenants, human rights, and workplace complaints, such as bullying and harassment. Jennifer is available to conduct third party workplace investigations, or provide workplace training. Jennifer believes in providing her clients with practical solutions, and thoughtful, straightforward advice. She takes great care in getting to know her clients, and ensuring that her advice fits their specific needs and objectives.

Outside of the office, when not teaching her puppy new tricks, Jennifer is outside playing Ultimate (Frisbee), hiking, and trying not to fall off her mountain bike.

Erica Enstrom Session Description:
Medical Evidence for Fitness to Work, Stay at Work & Accommodations

1 in 4 of your employees will experience a health event (i.e. an injury or illness) that can potentially take them out of the workplace. This is not only disruptive to your business but there is real and significant harm that can happen to your employee due to long term worklessness.

When faced with an employee’s medical issue it can be challenging for employers to find the support they need or even know what to do to support their employees in the best way they can. Despite wanting to be sensitive and accommodating to the needs of their employees, many employers can find it difficult to know exactly what is required of them in certain circumstances. If an employee requires a fitness to work or medical assessment, or they have requested a work from home or other accommodation for health reasons, many employers are unsure how to proceed.

Meet your speaker:
Erica Enstrom, Founder & President - Integra Medical Consulting

With twenty-five years of knowledge, experience and insight, employers and unions come to Erica for guidance on complicated occupational health matters. Legal and insurer clients know of Erica’s capacity to build strong, lasting relationships based on mutual trust and solid advice. Physicians and allied health professionals request Erica’s clinical guidance because they know she does the right thing, even when it is the hard thing.

Erica Enstrom is a court-qualified medical legal expert, clinical consultant, and evaluator in the areas of functional capacity, cost of future care and occupational health and wellness. She is an organizational behaviour specialist with a strong foundation in leadership studies. Erica’s 25+-year career has been exclusively in the independent medical assessment space, serving stakeholders across the disability, casualty, employment, and legal sectors.

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