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Northern Legal Symposium (Prince George)

Date: May 10, 2019
Location: Courtyard by Marriott Prince George

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 12:30-1:00pm; Presentation 1:00pm-4:30pm

Venue: Courtyard by Marriott Prince George, 900 Brunswick Street, Prince George, BC V2L 2C3

CPD Hours: 3.0*

*Accredited by:
• CPHR BC & Yukon
• Law Society of BC
12:30 - 1:00 pm
Session 1
1:00 - 2:00 pm
HR Competency
Investigation Training Workshop (from a WorkSafeBC perspective) Kelsey Robertson
Ukrainetz Workplace Law Group
• Labour & Employment Relations
Session 2
2:15 - 3:15 pm
HR Competency
Recent and Upcoming Changes to the BC Labour Relations Code from a Union Perspective Bobby Deepak
North Labour Law Corporation
• Labour & Employment Relations
Session 3
3:30 - 4:30 pm
HR Competency
Mental Illness in the Workplace Colin Edstrom
Pushor Mitchell LLP
• Labour & Employment Relations
Registration Deadline

Early Bird
(April 19th)

(May 3rd)







Student &
Retired Member



All pricing excludes applicable taxes. HST/GST # 119446714
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Program Details

Topic: Investigation Training Workshop (from a WorkSafeBC perspective)
Presenter: Kelsey Robertson
Session Time: 1:00 - 2:00 pm

This interactive session focuses on how to conduct a legally sound workplace investigation. Led by Kelsey Robertson, Associate Lawyer with Ukrainetz Workplace Law Group, this workshop will equip participants with the knowledge to carry out a fair and thorough investigation that will stand up to legal scrutiny. In particular, this workshop will focus on how to conduct a bullying/harassment investigation after a complaint has been filed with WorkSafeBC.

In this presentation, you will learn:
  • understanding the law around workplace harassment and discrimination
  • planning and carrying out an investigation
  • effective interviewing techniques and note taking
  • weighing evidence and making findings
  • communicating findings in a defensible report

About the presenter:
Kelsey Robertson Kelsey Robertson is an Associate Lawyer with the Ukrainetz Workplace Law Group, a boutique employment law firm based out of Vernon with clients locally and throughout British Columbia.

Kelsey gives her clients a voice and offers innovative and practical solutions to resolve (and prevent) workplace disputes. When legal disputes arise, Kelsey provides effective advocacy has appeared before all employment-related administrative tribunals in BC as well as the BC Supreme Court and Provincial Court.

Kelsey has a law degree from the University of Alberta and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature, with honours, from the University of British Columbia. She developed her interest in advocacy (and creative solutions) while clerking for the Provincial Court of Alberta.

Topic: Recent and Upcoming Changes to the BC Labour Relations Code from a Union Perspective
Presenter: Bobby Deepak
Session Time: 2:15 - 3:15 am

Labour relations is an ongoing process of change and one of learning. For both unionized and non-unionized workplaces, living under the BC Labour Relations Code is about to change, possibly significantly for many workplaces. Know the changes and each party’s perspective for better relations and cost savings.

In this presentation, you will learn:
  • Learn about the BC Labour Relations Code and whether it applies to your workplace
  • Learn how changes to the legislation may impact your workplace, for both union and non-union workplaces
  • Build better labour relations by knowing each other’s perspectives and save costs by minimizing litigation
About the presenter:
Bobby Deepak Bobby Deepak is a lawyer in Prince George and a part-time instructor at the College of New Caledonia (CNC), currently teaching Employment Law in the Human Resource Management program and Criminal Law. Since 2001, he has practiced law primarily in the area of Labour, Employment, Human Rights, WCB/OH&S and Civil Litigation, mostly on behalf of union clients. In 2006, he opened North Labour Law Corp, a boutique law firm representing clients throughout northern and interior BC. As part of his law practice, Bobby provides workshops and training to clients on advocacy and all matters related to workplace law.

Topic: Mental Illness in the Workplace
Presenter: Colin Edstrom
Session Time: 3:30 - 4:30 pm

Mental illness in the workplace is one of the most challenging issues facing human resource professionals. It can impact performance, attendance, workplace relationships and morale. The challenge in dealing with mental illness in the workplace is underscored by the various legal obligations placed on employers. This presentation will discuss emerging issues and best practices when faced with mental illness in the workplace.

In this presentation, you will learn:
  • Legal obligations under the common law, human rights, collective agreements workers compensation and occupational health and safety when dealing with an employee suffering from mental illness
  • The extent of the duty to accommodate persons suffering from a mental illness
  • Preventative strategies to assist employees who show early signs of a mental illness
About the presenter:
Colin Edstrom Colin Edstrom advises and represents individuals and employers in labour and employment law, workers’ compensation, occupational health and safety, and human rights. He recently moved home to beautiful Kelowna after practicing workplace law in Vancouver and has appeared as counsel at all levels of court in British Columbia, the Federal Court, collective agreement grievance arbitrations and various administrative tribunals, including the Human Rights Tribunal, Employment Standards Tribunal, British Columbia Labour Relations Board, Workers’ Compensation Board and Liquor Control and Licensing Branch. Colin spends most of his time outside of work chasing his son and daughter.