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Legal Symposium 2018 (Vancouver)

January 25, 2018
Terminal City Club
837 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC V6C 1B6 
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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: Terminal City Club, 837 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V6C 1B6

CPD Hours: 6.0


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 Key Recent Decisions and Must-Knows for HR Professionals James D. Kondopulos,
Roper Greyell LLP
• Labour & Employee Relations
Session 2
10:45 am - 12:15 pm
HR Competency
Recent Issues in Employee Privacy: From Hiring to Termination Veronica Rossos,
Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel LLP
• Labour & Employee Relations
Networking Lunch
12:15 - 1:15 pm
Session 3
1:15 - 2:45 pm
HR Competency
Navigating Workers’ Compensation Claims Colin Edstrom,
Pushor Mitchell LLP
• Labour & Employee Relations
Session 4
3:00 - 4:30 pm
HR Competency
Gender in the Workplace: A Dialogue on Today’s Challenges for a More Inclusive Tomorrow Erin Brandt, Kent Employment Law
Heidi Eaves, Project House Boutique Business Solutions Inc.
• Labour & Employee Relations
Registration Deadline

Early Bird
(January 5th)

(January 22nd)







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 Key Recent Decisions and Must-Knows for HR Professionals
Presenter: James D. Kondopulos
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 key recent 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 D. Kondopulos 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 the international publication, 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.

*Practising through a law corporation.

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Topic: Recent Issues in Employee Privacy: From Hiring to Termination
Presenter: Veronica Rossos
Session Time: 10:45am - 12:15pm

Details coming soon...

Topic: Navigating Workers’ Compensation Claims
Presenter: Colin Edstrom
Session Time: 1:15 - 2:45 pm

Workers compensation claims are increasingly complex. Human Resources professionals must now deal with bullying and harassment claims, and, in the case of serious injuries and fatalities, investigations where the lines between criminal law and administrative law are blurred. This presentation will provide an over of the claims process, discuss emerging issues and strategies when faced with claims, and what to do if there is a fatality or serious injury in the workplace.

In this presentation, you will learn:
  • How the workers' compensation system is administered in British Columbia
  • What to do if there is a serious injury or fatality in the workplace
  • How to use the Workers Compensation Act as a shield to litigation claims for aggravated damages

About the presenter:
Colin Edstrom Colin 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 daughter, rehabbing a torn Achilles tendon and reading biographies about former Canadian Prime Ministers.

Topic: Gender in the Workplace: A Dialogue on Today's Challenges for a More Inclusive Tomorrow
Presenter: Erin Brandt and Heidi Eaves
Session Time: 3:00 - 4:30 pm

Let's talk about gender in the workplace.

Join Erin Brandt (Kent Employment Law) and Heidi Eaves (Project House Business Solutions) to explore how the issues we face today interact with our current legal landscape. The issues are not always clear; and it is critical to recognize that for this reason, the solutions to them aren't either. We invite you to explore your experience of them with the seasoned legal and human resources guidance of Erin and Heidi. In this session, we intend to expand and develop our awareness of gender issues in the workplace in an environment that is welcoming of your curiosity and intent for inclusion.

By partaking in this session, you can expect to acquire a better understanding of:
  • Today's legal landscape
  • How to discover issues in your workplace
  • How to create an inclusive, open, and fair workplace, including policies and practices

We don't have all the answers, so please come ready to share your questions, views, and experience!
About the presenters:
Erin Brandt Erin Brandt is what Malcolm Gladwell calls a connector. Strong community roots, genuine curiosity and a deep caring for others make her a true “people person”. She is forward-thinking, and combines a millennial mindset with legal creativity to create impact and change in her clients’ lives.

Her main drivers are fairness and innovation, values which serve Erin well when advising players in emerging industries, as well as more established businesses who want to “do right”. She is a good fit for both employers and employees seeking a reasonable, collaborative solution to their workplace issues.

Erin’s status as a community leader is reflected in her active participation in Beth Israel Synagogue, where she sits as a member of the Young Adult Committee. Her give-back extends to the legal profession itself where Erin mentors the next generation of lawyers in BC through her role as supervising lawyer at UBC’s Law Students’ Legal Advice Program, and supports the professional development of her own legal peer group by sitting on the executive of both the Employment Law Subsection and Young Lawyers Section of the Canadian Bar Association (BC). In addition, she is a regular presenter at the annual CLE Employment Law Conference in Vancouver, having spoken on topics such as directors and officers’ liability (2016) and disability and workplace accommodation (2017).

Erin is also a frequent contributor to the Kent Employment Law blog, with a special emphasis on topical issues and workplace human rights. And, as a four-time speaker at Vancouver Startup Week, she is the voice of employment law for local new business.
Heidi Eaves Heidi Eaves is the principal of Project House - a trusted Vancouver consulting company specializing in creating workplace environments that maximize team productivity and employee engagement.

Heidi is a senior Chartered Professional in Human Resources, with over 20 years of experience in the software development/video games/biotech industries in HR, product development, project management, and team leadership. She understands that, in order to do great things, people need to feel challenged, motivated, creative, and rewarded.

Heidi and the Project House team partner with clients to create a consistent and positive employee experience throughout the lifecycle of their employment, with a focus on engagement and success. Heidi is passionate about training and supporting managers to help them balance quality, innovation, and deadlines with kindness and respect.

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