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Vancouver Island Legal Symposium (Victoria)

Date: September 25, 2018
Location: The Union Club of BC

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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-4:30pm

Venue: The Union Club of BC, 805 Gordon St, Victoria, BC V8W 1Z6

CPD Hours: 6.0


8:00 - 8:30 am



8:30 - 8:45 am



Session 1
8:45 - 10:15 am
HR Competency
Caselaw Update
Sharon Cartmill-Lane,
Sheen Arnold McNeil LLP
• Labour & Employee Relations
Session 2
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
HR Competency
Best Practices on Handling Workplace Bullying and the #MeToo Era
Cameron Wardell,
Mathews, Dinsdale & Clark LLP
• Labour & Employee Relations
Networking Lunch
12:00 - 1:00 pm
Session 3
1:00 - 2:30 pm
HR Competency
Marijuana in the Workplace
Gregory Anctil,
Anctil Labour Law
• Labour & Employee Relations
Session 4
2:45 - 4:15 pm
HR Competency
The Evolving Area of Accommodation
Jennifer Kwok,
Overholt Law
• Labour & Employee Relations

Registration Deadline

Early Bird
(Sep 10)

(Sep 21)

CPHR Designated Member



General Member






Student &
Retired Member



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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 (pd@cphrbc.ca).
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.

Program Details

Topic: Caselaw Update
Presenter: Sharon Cartmill-Lane
Session Time: 8:45 - 10:15 am

In this presentation, you will learn about recent BC caselaw and human rights decisions and how employers can avoid common mistakes.

About the presenter:
Sharon Cartmill-Lane Sharon Cartmill-Lane is a Partner with Sheen Arnold McNeil where she provides advice on all aspects of labour and employment law, primarily on behalf of employers, in matters pertaining to human rights, wrongful dismissal litigation, labour arbitrations, illness and disability issues in the workplace, corporate reorganizations, employment standards issues, the development and implementation of employment policies and training on respectful and healthy workplaces. She also regularly conducts and advises on workplace investigations regarding various matters for both public and private sector organizations.

Representing clients in both private and public sectors, Sharon has appeared before British Columbia’s Supreme Court and the Alberta and Manitoba Superior Courts, as well as before administrative tribunals, including provincial and federal Human Rights Tribunals, labour arbitrators and the Labour Relations Boards of Alberta, B.C. and Manitoba. She regularly speaks on labour and employment matters and has been a guest speaker at numerous events. Sharon was previously a partner of Taylor McCaffrey LLP in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She was also a member of a national law firm before joining Taylor McCaffrey. She holds a B.A. (Honours) from the University of Winnipeg, and an M.A. and LL.B. from the University of Manitoba. She has been called to the Bar in B.C., Alberta and Manitoba.

Topic: Best Practices on Handling Workplace Bullying and the #MeToo Era
Presenter: Cameron Wardell
Session Time: 10:30 - 12:00 pm

Across the world, we have witnessed an incredible swell in awareness of sexual harassment faced by women, as well as men, in the workplace. Anti-workplace bullying initiatives have similarly grown in both scope and intensity. Concomitant with this has been the development of significantly more rapid and impactful responses by employers to even mere allegations of harassment, particularly those involving sexual harassment.

In presentation will:
  • This session will provide tools, both proactive and reactive, for handling bullying in the workplace in an era where an employer needs to be particularly sensitive to such matters. Employers should be aware of the obligations owed to their employees, not only for their own benefit, but also to ensure that their employees benefit by enjoying safe, happy and productive workplaces.
About the presenter:
Cameron Wardell Working out of the Vancouver office of Mathews, Dinsdale & Clark LLP, Cam provides representation in a wide range of employment-related disputes and litigation including wrongful dismissals, restrictive covenant disputes and the pursuit and defence of injunctive relief. Cam has appeared before all levels of court in British Columbia, as well as various administrative tribunals and the Federal Court. Cam crafts effective strategies to resolve disputes efficiently, while always remaining prepared to adeptly present his client's case when matters require adjudication.

While focusing on litigation, Cam has assisted employers with a wide range of other matters, including the preparation of employment contracts and employment policies, collective bargaining and dispute resolution before labour, employment, human rights and other administrative tribunals. Cam is the current Co-Chair of the Canadian Bar Association BC Branch Employment Law Section, as well as the Co-Chair of the Civil Litigation (Vancouver) Section. Cam also tweets about the law and labour and employment from his Twitter account @CWardellesq.

Cam's legal education included a co-op term working in labour law, as well as a term studying at St. Peter's College in Oxford. After law school, Cam was a judicial law clerk at the Supreme Court of British Columbia in Vancouver.

Topic: Marijuana in the Workplace
Presenter: Gregory Anctil
Session Time: 1:00 - 2:30 pm

Non-medical use of cannabis is going to be legal on October 17, 2018. How is this going to affect the workplace? Is cannabis use going to create rampant impairment issues or is this no different than alcohol? In this session we will discuss whether employer obligations will change as a result of cannabis legalization, and what an employer should do to address and avoid workplace problems that might arise.

In this presentation, you will learn:
  • What has changed (and what hasn’t) with the new legislation?
  • How far do we have to accommodate medical use of marijuana?
  • Do we need a workplace policy? What do we put in it?
  • How do we enforce the policy?
About the presenter:
Greg Anctil is a lawyer who has practiced labour relations and employment law for more than 25 years, both in Vancouver and throughout Vancouver Island. Greg acts for private sector employers in a broad range of labour relations matters, but particularly collective bargaining and collective agreement management. He also advises employers on hiring, employment contracts and policies, discipline and dismissal, and regularly represents employers in wrongful dismissal and employment related litigation. Greg belongs to the Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers, The Canadian Labour Law Association, and is a longtime member of CPHR BC & Yukon, having served on the Island Advisory Council from 2003 through 2006.

Topic: The Evolving Area of Accommodation
Presenter: Jennifer Kwok
Session Time: 2:45 - 4:15 pm

The area of accommodation in the workplace continues to evolve, particularly with respect to the employer’s obligations and responsibilities to protect, promote and accommodate not only the physical safety of their employees, but also their psychological health and wellness needs. Certainly an inclusive and supportive work environment that encourages and supports diversity and differences can assist in reducing the severe impacts of mental distress and illness in the workplace.

This presentation will briefly describe the principles of accommodation and then focus on some of the newer developments in accommodating mental health, LGBTQ and family status in the workplace.

In this presentation, you will learn:
  • Briefly cover the foundational principles of accommodation
  • Review the most recent developments and applicable cases in connection with the complex area of accommodation of mental illness, diversity, and family status in the workplace
  • Assess possible future trends in the area of mental illness, diversity, and family status in the workplace
  • Examine employer duties and obligations, risks and policies in connection with the above accommodation issues
About the presenter:
Jennifer Kwok Jennifer is an associate at Overholt Law and practices in the firm's core areas of labour relations law, employment law, occupational health and safety, and human rights law. Jennifer's practice involves advising both employers and employees on a wide range of workplace matters such as hiring and termination issues, discipline and human rights complaints, various occupational health and safety topics, and workplace bullying and harassment issues. She is also available to draft employment contracts, conduct workplace investigations, or provide workplace training.

Jennifer began her legal career with a two-year clerkship with the Federal Court, Trial Division in 2002. She then articled in downtown Vancouver at a large national firm and then later practiced at a boutique labour and employment firm. In 2006, Jennifer joined the Vancouver Police Department and worked as a Patrol Constable in south-east Vancouver for almost 7 years, answering 911 calls and investigating a variety of criminal offences.

Outside of the office, Jennifer has been a sessional instructor at the Justice Institute of British Columbia, where she taught students enrolled in the Law Enforcement Studies Diploma. She is active as a competitive ultimate Frisbee player, has represented Canada in a number of World Championships, and also volunteers her time as a coach. When not playing ultimate, Jennifer is often painting, travelling and enjoying the outdoors.