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Yukon Legal Symposium (Whitehorse)

October 20, 2023
Sternwheeler Hotel & Conference Centre
201 Wood Street
Whitehorse, YT Y1A 2E4 
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A constantly evolving legal landscape contributes to increasingly complex HR challenges in the workplace.

Join us for a one-day legal symposium where our experts will answer all your burning questions. What do you do when your investigation reveals improper conduct? How do you balance competing human rights? What are your obligations for your employees’ mental health? These and other challenges make it imperative that you have a clear understanding of the law, its implications, and your obligations.

This symposium includes:
• 3 Keynote Presentations
• Interactive Case Studies in Small Groups
• 5 CPD Hours
Thank You to our Sponsor:
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Time: Registration 8:30-9:00am; Presentations 9:00am-4:00 pm (Breakfast, lunch and refreshments will be provided.)

CPD Hours: 5

Venue: Sternwheeler Hotel & Conference Centre, 201 Wood Street, Whitehorse, Yukon

If you are GST exempt: Please complete this manual registration form and submit it to along with the GST exemption documentation.
Registration Fees: Early Bird Rate
(On or before Sep 25th)
Regular Rate
(After Sep 25th)
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• 10% discount is available for groups of 5 or more from the same organization
• Registrations of all group members must be submitted at the same time in order to qualify for the discount
• To complete a group registration, please email
Fees & Cancellation Policy:
• Fees and/or agenda are subject to change without notice.
• 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 e-mail (
• 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.
AGENDA | Friday, October 20, 2023
8:30 - 9:00am

9:00 - 9:15am
Registration/Breakfast & Networking

Welcome & Opening Remarks
9:15 - 10:30 am

Recruitment and Retention from a Legal Perspective

Colin Edstrom - Pushor Mitchell LLP (Meet Colin)

10:30 - 10:45am
Networking & Coffee Break
10:45 - 12:00pm

Workplace Investigations: Tips and Tools

Jennifer Wiegele - Mathews Dinsdale & Clark LLP (Meet Jennifer)

12:00 - 1:00pm
Networking & Lunch Break
1:00 - 2:15pm

Reconciliation, Indigenization and HR: What should you know? What should you do?

Davida Wood - IRP Consulting (Meet Davida)
Tosh Southwick - IRP Consulting (Meet Tosh)

2:15 - 2:30 pm
Networking & Coffee Break
2:30 - 3:45 pm


3:45 - 4:00 pm
Thank you & Closing Remarks

Colin Edstrom - Pushor Mitchell LLP

Keynote Session:
Recruitment and Retention from a Legal Perspective

Recruitment and retention is not just about identifying individuals with valuable skills but also shaped by the law. This session will discuss legal strategies workplaces should take into consideration when deciding who's the best candidate to hire and how to your employees.

Participants will:
  • Learn how the law impacts your ability to recruit employees
  • Gain an understanding of legal pros and cons of using certain retention tools like hybrid workplaces
  • Understand the value of DEI in workplace, including a focus on Reconciliation.
Attendees will leave with a better understanding of how the law impacts their ability to manage employees, and will be challenged with incorporating these concepts in the workplace.

Colin EdstromMeet Colin Edstrom:
Colin's practice focuses on labour and employment law, workers' compensation, occupational health and safety, privacy law and human rights. He is a trusted advisor and counsel to workplaces of all sizes, and takes pride in providing responsive, methodical and common-sense legal advice. Colin also assists clients with commercial litigation matters including shareholder disputes.

Colin 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, WorkSafe BC and Liquor Control and Licensing Branch.

Colin frequently presents on workplace law issues to other lawyers, human resources professionals and organizations. He also regularly drafts a variety of employment-related documents including employment contracts, restrictive covenants, handbooks, and bullying and harassment policies.

Jennifer Wiegele - Mathews Dinsdale & Clark LLP

Keynote Session:
Workplace Investigations: Tips and Tools

In this session, we will consider when investigations must be undertaken and provide tools for making vital decisions, whether the investigation is internally conducted or assigned to a third party. Registrants will review common mistakes as well as provide tips for conducting a workplace investigation and leave you with materials to use as a reference.

Participants will be able to:
  • Discern when to conduct internal investigation or refer it to a third party
  • Learn how to make important decisions through the course of an investigation
  • Identify difficult areas and avoiding common errors
  • Have a better overall understanding of workplace investigation processes and legal obligations
Jennifer WiegeleMeet Jennifer Wiegele:
Jennifer represents employers in all areas of labour andemployment law including wrongful dismissal, employment contracts, human rights issues, employment standards, union organizing, collective agreement interpretation, grievancehandling, progressive discipline and investigations into employee misconduct.

Jen has experience appearing before arbitration boards and a variety of administrative tribunals including the Human Rights Tribunal and the BC Labour Relations Board. She has also appeared as counsel in the Provincial Court of British Columbia, Supreme Court of British Columbia and BC Court of Appeal.

A significant part of Jen’s practice involves acting for and advising First Nations governments, economic development corporations, and First Nations-owned entities and business andassisting with their policy development and training, as well as governance. Jen also volunteers for the BC SPCA Vancouver/Burnaby Branch as a Community Council member.


Davida Wood & Tosh Southwick - IRP Consulting

Keynote Session:
Reconciliation, Indigenization and HR: What should you know? What should you do?

During this session you will have the opportunity to have a recap into the understanding of what Reconciliation and Indigenization is, what it means and spend more time in understanding ways to do it! Why are these things relevant in HR and what do you need to do to do it right in this field? How do you go about incorporating this very important work into your 21st Century Organization? Together we will have the chance to walk through what all of this means and provide some tangible examples of what to do, what to avoid, and how to navigate these discussions and priorities"

Davida WoodMeet Davida Wood:
Davida Wood is a born and raised Yukoner from the Teslin Tlingit Council of Southern Yukon, a member of the crow moiety and Kukhhittan clan. Her formal education was completed through the university of Regina with a Bachelor of Education degree through Yukon College. Her informal education is on-going through her various roles in life; director, facilitator, mother, wife, teacher, First Nation member, committee member and traveler.

After working for a couple of Yukon First Nations as well as the Countil of Yukon First Nations in their Self-Government Secretariat offices, she joined the staff of First Nations Initiatives at Yukon College in 2011. In this role she worked on a variety of interesting and amazing projects tying Education and First Nations together.

As the Director of the department, she was able to work together alongside 14 Yukon First Nations whose Traditional Territory covers all of the Yukon. Her roles in governance for Tesline Tlingit Council for over eight years, as well as a variety of committee work, have opened new doors and understanding of the inner workings of First Nations Self-Government and Self-Determination in the Territory.
Tosh SouthwickMeet Tosh Southwick:
Tosh Southwick belongs to the wolf moiety and is a Citizen of Kluane First Nation. She grew up in a small northern community and is the mother to three children and the auntie to many more.

She spent the past decade as the senior lead in advancing the reconciliation journey at Yukon University. Prior to joining Yukon University, Tosh worked in Governance, Education, Human Resources and Health for various First Nation Governments and organizations.

She has also served two terms as an elected official for her First Nation. Tosh acquired her B.A. with honours in Psychology from the University of Victoria and completed a Master's in Education with the University of British Columbia.

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