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National Health and Safety Conference

National • September 29, 2021
Virtual Event


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In association with: https://www.cirhr.utoronto.ca/https://www.iwh.on.ca/
 

Wednesday, September 29, 2021


Introductory remarks by Co-Chairs 9:30 AM - 9:35 AM  


Panel 1


Health and Safety Law Put to the Test: Major caselaw and legislative update

9:35 AM - 10:50 AM

Loretta Bouwmeester
Employer Counsel
Mathews, Dinsdale & Clark LLP
Ryan Conlin
Employer Counsel
Stringer LLP
Aminah Hanif
Union Counsel
Cavalluzzo LLP
David McCaskill
Counsel
Legal Services Branch

Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development
Government of Ontario


Panel Summary

In this session, leading counsel will discuss the most important occupational health and safety developments from the past year, including noteworthy prosecutions and sentencing decisions, the Ontario Court of Appeal's guidance on the definition of employer, and significant legislative changes such as the Canada Labour Code's new administrative monetary penalty regime. Final selection of topics will take place in the weeks leading up to the conference to ensure coverage of the latest developments.

Break

10:50 AM - 11:05 AM

Wednesday, September 29, 2021


Introductory remarks by Co-Chairs 9:30 AM - 9:35 AM  


Panel 2


Health and Safety Unmasked: Expert advice on managing the post-pandemic workplace

11:05 AM - 12:20 PM

Nicholas Bonokoski
Health and Safety Specialist
Ontario Nurses' Association
Erin Oliver
Vice President, Health, Safety, & Sustainability
Modern Niagara
Cameron Mustard
President and Senior Scientist
Institute for Work & Health

Panel Summary

As normalcy gradually returns in the wake of COVID-19, many organizations are turning their attention to the future: What's next for workplace health and safety? In this session, experts will provide practical guidance on managing the post-pandemic workplace, with a focus on the following issues:

  • To what extent are employers' health and safety obligations evolving to reflect the precautionary principle? What key considerations should guide workplace parties in implementing this principle?
  • What is the role of the health and safety committee in the post-pandemic workplace? What strategies would help maximize the committee's effectiveness?
  • What measures can employers and unions adopt to address the health and safety concerns that arise in hybrid workplaces?
  • What factors should employers and unions consider in ensuring the reasonableness of COVID-19 testing, vaccination, and safety policies?
  • How should workplace parties prepare for the long-term mental health impacts of the pandemic? What challenges and opportunities has the pandemic created for employers and unions in addressing psychological health and safety more broadly?
  • How has the pandemic exacerbated the disproportionate effects of health and safety issues on equity-seeking groups? What steps can employers and unions take to mitigate these effects in the post-pandemic workplace?

Conference Ends

12:20 PM

Keynote Speakers


CPD


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Conference Session

  • This program has been approved by CPHR Alberta for 2.5 Continuing Professional Development Hours.
  • This program has been approved by CPHR BC and Yukon for 2.5 Continuing Professional Development Hours.
  • The program has been approved by the Law Society of British Columbia for 2.5 Continuing Professional Development Hours.
  • This program has been approved by the Law Society of Saskatchewan for 2.5 Continuing Professional Development Hours.
  • This program has been approved by the Law Society of New Brunswick for 2.5 Continuing Professional Development Hours.
  • Members of the Law Society of Ontario may consider counting this program for 2.5 Substantive Hours; 0 Professionalism Hours.
  • Members of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society may consider counting this program for 2.5 Continuing Professional Development Hours.
  • This program contains 0.25 CEUs and may be eligible for Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals Continuing Professional Development Points. See www.bcrsp.ca for criteria.


HRPA Continuing Professional Development

This program has been approved for 2.5 Continuing Professional Development hours under Section A3 of the Recertification Log of the Human Resources Professionals Association.