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Interior Legal Symposium (Kelowna)

Date: May 31, 2019
Location: Four Points Sheraton

Thank you sponsor:
Encompass Benefits
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 8:30am-9:00am; Presentation 9:00am-4:30pm

Venue: Four Points Sheraton, 5505 Airport Way, Kelowna, BC, V1V 3C3

CPD Hours: 6.0

*Accredited by:
• CPHR BC & Yukon
• Law Society of BC


Breakfast and Registration
8:30 - 9:00 am



Session 1
9:00 - 10:30 am
HR Competency
Case Law Updates
Lawrence Robinson
Alexander Holburn Beaudin + Lang LLP
• Labour & Employee Relations
Session 2
10:45am - 12:15pm
HR Competency
Breaking the Tie: Resolving "He Said/She Said" Workplace Investigations Pamela Connolly
Ukrainetz Workplace Law Group
• Labour & Employee Relations
Networking Lunch
12:15 - 1:15pm
Session 3
1:15 - 2:45 pm
HR Competency
Mental Illness in the Workplace
Colin Edstrom
Pushor Mitchell LLP
• Labour & Employee Relations
Session 4
3:00 - 4:30 pm
HR Competency
Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop - Managing Attendance and Performance in the Workplace Mark Bout and Grady Tyler
Mathews, Dinsdale & Clark LLP
• Labour & Employee Relations

Registration Deadline

Early Bird
(May 3rd)

(May 24th)







Student &
Retired Member



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

Topic: Case Law Updates
Presenter: Lawrence Robinson
Session Time: 9:00 - 10:30 am

This session will provide an update of recent cases of interest to human resources practitioners in the area of employment law. The topics covered include classification (employees or independent contractors), conduct amounting to just cause for termination, damages for wrongful dismissal and enforceable termination clauses.

In this presentation, you will learn:
  • Classification - recent case law considering the difference between employee and independent contractor
  • Just cause - when will misconduct amount to just cause for termination
  • Damages - short-term employee notice periods
  • Enforcement of contractual limitations - what language will be enforced

About the presenter:
Lawrence Robinson Mr. Robinson is a member of the firm's Labour + Employment, Business Disputes, Cannabis and Local Government Practices.

He is the Past Chair of the Employment Law Subsection of the Canadian Bar Association, British Columbia Branch and is a frequent author and lecturer, on matters pertaining to general litigation and more specific topics pertaining to local governments and employment disputes.

He has appeared as counsel at all levels of court in British Columbia and has represented clients before numerous administrative tribunals in the province. He is a member of the Alexander Holburn Subrogation Recovery team.

Topic: Breaking the Tie: Resolving "He Said/She Said" Workplace Investigations
Presenter: Pamela Connolly
Session Time: 10:45 - 12:15 pm

Have you had difficulty making a finding where there are two different versions of events and no direct witnesses? When conducting workplace investigations, one of the most difficult tasks is resolving "he said/she said" scenarios. This session will focus on how to obtain and assess evidence so that stalemates are the exception rather than the norm.

In this presentation, you will learn how to:
  • Identify useful sources of evidence
  • Obtain evidence from a variety of sources
  • Evaluate credibility
  • Assess and balance evidence to make sound, defensible findings
About the presenter:
Pamela Connolly Pamela Connolly is an employment lawyer with Ukrainetz Workplace Law Group. She is an experienced workplace investigator and speaks and conducts training seminars regularly about the topic. She also has a varied employment and labour law practice that involves assisting employers with issues arising from hiring to terminations and everything in between, as well as advocating for clients' interests at courts and tribunals.

Pamela is passionate about employment law. Not only is the law interesting and constantly developing, Pamela believes it is meaningful work. She strives to make a positive impact on workplaces by educating and empowering clients, leading to success for both employers and employees.

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 how to:
  • 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.

Topic: Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop - Managing Attendance and Performance in the Workplace
Presenters: Mark bout and Grady Tyler
Session Time: 3:00 - 4:30 pm

Mark and Grady will discuss the 'ins and outs' of addressing the all-too-common issues involved in managing employees who fail to perform (or sometimes even attend) the workplace. The management of poor performance can be a difficult process. Even more difficult is ascertaining whether improvement is happening/possible or whether the point has been reached where there is cause for the dismissal of an employee. Poor attendance, on the other hand, can be a minefield of potential issues for employers including issues that tie into human rights concerns and potentially even safety.

In this presentation, you will learn:
  • The proper mechanisms for the collection of information from absent employees.
  • How to properly assess and manage an employee’s performance and what to do when they fail to be managed.
  • How to respond to lengthy or repeated leaves of absence with little or no justification.
About the presenters:
Mark Bout Mark Bout offers a practical and proactive approach to managing the workplace. Mark practices in all areas of workplace law, advising and representing employers on issues involving discipline and discharge, wrongful dismissal actions, occupational health and safety, human rights, and workers compensation matters. Mark has represented clients before both the Provincial and Supreme Court of British Columbia, and also regularly assists employers with a wide range of other matters, including the preparation of employment contracts and employment policies and dispute resolution before labour, employment, human rights, and other administrative tribunals.
Grady Tyler Grady is a partner at the Vancouver office of Mathews Dinsdale, where assists employers from all Western Canadian Provinces with both labour and employment matters. He also regularly represents management at the bargaining table, and advises on workers' compensation and occupational health and safety matters. Grady is called to the bar in BC and Saskatchewan, and is a former adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia, Faculty of Law, where he taught Employment Law for several years.