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Interior Legal Symposium 2018 (Kelowna)

Date: June 1, 2018
Location: Four Points Sheraton

Sponsored by:
Wine Country Gift Baskets
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-4:00pm

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

Hotel Group Rate at Four Points Sheraton:
Mention "CPHR Okanagan Symposium" when booking to receive a preferred rate – Traditional Queen (2 beds) or King for $149.00 + tax only until Friday, May 25th
Toll Free: 1–855-900-5505

CPD Hours: 6.0


Breakfast and Registration
8:30 - 9:00 am



Session 1
9:00 - 10:25 am
HR Competency
The Top 10 Employment Law Cases from the Last Year David Brown, Kent Employment Law
Tifffany Zanatta, Kent Employment Law
• Labour & Employee Relations
Session 2
10:40am - 12:05pm
HR Competency
The Failure to Accommodate an Addiction and the Resulting Consequences for the Employer Jennifer Kwok, Overholt Law
Carman Overholt, QC, Overholt Law
• Labour & Employee Relations
Networking Lunch
12:05 - 12:55pm
Session 3
12:55 - 2:20 pm
HR Competency
Navigating Workers’ Compensation Claims Colin Edstrom, Pushor Mitchell LLP • Labour & Employee Relations
Session 4
2:35 - 4:00 pm
HR Competency
Gender in the Workplace: Panel Discussion
Sara Charvet, First West Credit Union
David Mardiros, Mardiros Law
Grant Stevens, CPHR, KF Aerospace
Veronica Ukrainetz, Ukrainetz Workplace Law Group
Kim McCaveney, CPHR, Staroaks Safety Training Ltd. (Moderator)
• Labour & Employee Relations

Registration Deadline

Early Bird
(May 22)

(May 25)







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).
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: The Top 10 Employment Law Cases from the Last Year
Presenters: David Brown and Tiffany Zanatta
Session Time: 9:00 - 10:25 am

The law is always changing, evolving and shifting. To help CPHR members stay on top of these important developments, Kent Employment Law lawyers David Brown and Tiffany Zanatta are happy to discuss the TOP 10 court decisions HR professionals should be aware of.

In this presentation, you will learn:
  • Update of the law on core areas of employment law, including wrongful dismissals, human rights, health and safety and protection of confidentiality and intellectual property.

About the presenters:
David Brown David Brown - David is an individualist. His nonconformist mindset and passion for transformation set him apart in a profession steeped (and sometimes mired) in tradition. Where others spot problems, David sees possibility and promise. He understands and appreciates not just the practice but the business of law. Add to all this his disarming wit, bellowing voice, and lofty stature, and there’s no mistaking him in a crowd. A trusted workplace advisor to companies in BC’s Interior, David is firm in his belief that employment relationships should be mutually beneficial to employers and employees alike, founded on a relationship of trust and respect.
Tiffany Zanatta Tiffany Zanatta - Tiffany has a special knack for making the complex, simple. She excels under pressure and handles even the most stressful situations with focus, calm, and genuine caring. Combine all that with her drive to improve the lives of those around her and you’ve got just the person you want handling your workplace challenges. Tiffany’s previous experience advising clients on criminal and family law issues has made her keenly attuned to the human side of legal practice. Having worked with clients from all walks of life, she appreciates that behind every legal problem is a person with unique needs and values – which makes her ideally suited to support employers and employees in their pursuit of sustainable employment practices.

Topic: The Failure to Accommodate an Addiction and the Resulting Consequences for the Employer
Presenters: Jennifer Kwok and Carman Overholt, QC
Session Time: 10:40am - 12:05pm

The Duty to Accommodate is now a well-established principle in Canadian human rights and employment law. What will satisfy the employer’s duty to accommodate where an employee suffers from a drug or alcohol addiction? There are significant risks and potential liability for an employer that does not satisfy its obligations to accommodate. This presentation will address ways for employers to minimize the risk of litigation.

In this presentation, you will learn:
  • What will satisfy the employer’s duty to accommodate with respect to drug and alcohol addictions?
  • What is the employer’s duty to inquire?
  • When can an employer discipline or terminate the employment of a person who suffers from a drug or alcohol addiction without breaching human rights legislation
  • About Human Rights Proceedings, Grievances and Work Safe BC Proceedings.
  • About Wrongful Dismissal Proceedings and claims for aggravated and punitive damages.
About the presenters:
Jennifer Kwok Jennifer Kwok is a lawyer at Overholt Law. Her practice focuses on providing practical and pragmatic advice on various workplace issues, such as hiring, terminations, workplace accommodation, and other human resources management issues, such as privacy and various workplace complaints. She regularly drafts and reviews contracts of employment, various workplace policies, and is available to conduct any form of workplace investigations, including complaints of sexual harassment, and workplace bullying.

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 mountain biking.
Carman Overholt, QC Carman Overholt, QC, Overholt Law, practice is working closely with senior management and human resources professionals to ensure compliance with labour, employment and human rights legislation, and development of policies and strategies that minimize the risk of litigation and disruption of operations. He has appeared, on behalf of employers, before the Supreme Court of BC, the Court of Appeal for BC, the BC Human Rights Tribunal, the Employment Standards Tribunal, the BC Labour Relations Board and the Canadian Industrial Relations Board.

Carman has represented employers in numerous labour arbitration proceedings and in connection with collective bargaining. He has significant experience in advising employers in various sectors of the economy including financial services, technology, retail, service, hospitality, construction, mining, forestry and manufacturing.

Topic: Navigating Workers' Compensation Claims
Presenters: Colin Edstrom
Session Time: 12:55 - 2:20 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 overview 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: Panel Discussion
Presenters: Sara Charvet, David Mardiros, Grant Stevens, CPHR, Veronica Ukrainetz, and Kim McCaveney, CPHR (Moderator)
Session Time: 2:35 - 4:00 pm

The challenges we face today are not simple. As we learn to identify new definitions of equality, our perspectives evolve, and so do our obligations to maintain a respectful and engaging workforce. Join us for this 90 minute panel discussion where important considerations are explored through the lenses of employment lawyers and HR professionals who share in these challenges with you. A combination of the legal framework and the grey zone of variables that HR professionals manage daily is sure to get us all thinking differently. Bring your curiosity, experience, and thirst for evolving your own perspective for a progressive exploration of gender in the workplace.
About the presenters:
Sara Charvet
Sara Charvet - Originally from the UK, Sara Charvet immigrated to British Columbia, Canada in 2010 and now calls the Okanagan Valley home. Since 2014 Sara has worked for First West Credit Union and is currently Director, Talent & Organizational Development, accountable for leadership, talent, learning and development programs, as well as implementation of an inclusion and diversity strategy. Sara has over 20 years’ experience in human resource management, within financial services, retail and telecommunications. She holds a Master’s degree in human resource management, the CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, from the UK) and the CPHR (BC and Yukon) and is a mentor with their current program.
David Mardiros David Mardiros - The focus of David’s practice is on employment law, labour law, human rights issues related to employment, and the representation of clients in professional disciplinary matters. His varied legal background and wide professional experience enables him to bring a broad perspective and knowledge base to his practice for the benefit of his clients.

David was called to the Bar of British Columbia in 1985 and to the Bar of Western Australia in 1989. He has appeared as counsel before various courts and tribunals throughout British Columbia and Western Australia. David also holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Social Anthropology and has worked as a professional consulting anthropologist in both Canada and Australia on First Nations’ land claims, land use, and resource access conflicts. He has acted as a consultant for First Nations and the governments of Canada and Ontario. He has taught at Edith Cowan University in Perth, Western Australia and the University of British Columbia Okanagan in Kelowna.
Grant Stevens Grant Stevens, CPHR is a graduate of University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Commerce – Honors and is a Certified Professional in Human Resources. He brings extensive Human Resources and Labour Relations experience, working in tourism, forestry and aviation for over 30 years. In 2015 Grant was recognized by the CPHR BC & Yukon as a finalist in the Professional of the Year category.

Grant was just recently promoted from Director of Human Resources to Vice President, Corporate Services at KF Aerospace, located here in Kelowna, BC. A strong Human Resource, trades and industry proponent, he has served on the board of a number associations and spoken at many events.

During his career, Grant has been involved in hundreds of legal issues – ranging from simple wrongful dismissals to human rights tribunals and everything in between in both BC and Federal jurisdictions. He has dealt with theft, incompetence, substance abuse, discrimination, duty to accommodate, non-culpable discharge, drug testing, negligence, harassment, worksafe investigations, training bond enforcement, labour board hearings and certification drives, among many other legal topics.
Veronica Ukrainetz Veronica Ukrainetz has a BA in English literature accompanied by a Minor in Law in the Liberal Arts from University of Calgary and a Law Degree from Dalhousie University. Veronica is a strong and passionate advocate for and advisor to her clients. She leverages her over 20-year immersion in workplace law, a preference for practical solutions and a talent for understanding human behavior to assist employers in developing and maintaining a productive, accountable and respectful workplace. Although she enjoys being in a court or hearing room, she recognizes that her clients would rather direct their resources to running their organizations and that the best solutions are those reached within the workplace, not the courtroom.
Kim McCaveney Kim A. McCaveney, CPHR worked as a senior HR Consultant in the B.C. healthcare industry for 15 years and as manager of HR for School District #27 for five years. For the past nine years, she and her partner have operated Staroaks Safety Consulting Ltd., providing electrical safety instruction for first responders and trades workers, as well as consulting to organizations regarding the entire HR function including Organizational Development, MBTI facilitation, and investigative services in Central, Northern, and Northwest BC.