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Research Associate

Job title: Research Associate
Reports to: Legal Director, Conferences
Location:Toronto (Currently remote, returning to Yonge and Davisville office when pandemic permits)
Status: Full-time, permanent

Lancaster House is a leader in providing the latest information on labour, employment, and human rights law through online and print publications and at conferences and workshops across Canada. Lancaster House provides invaluable information to serve the needs of employees, employers, professional organizations, unions, management, and legal practitioners in Canada. In addition, Lancaster House partners with the University of Toronto and Ryerson University to provide professional learning programs in labour law and labour relations.

What is the opportunity?

Lancaster House is seeking assistance with the administration and research required for event speaker recruitment.

The primary role of the Research Associate is to identify, assess, invite, and liaise with speakers to all Lancaster House conferences, workshops, skills training sessions and webinars. The Research Associate also researches and identifies important developments and topics of interest for conference panels and workshops, edits marketing materials, and analyzes competing conferences.

The Research Associate works in partnership with one other research associate and in close collaboration with Lancaster House’s program lawyers and conference director.

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Identifies, interviews, assesses, invites, and liaises with speakers to all Lancaster House conferences (in-person and virtual), webinars, workshops, professional development programs, and skills training sessions
  • Builds and maintains relationships with experts, past speakers and potential speakers, and leading organizations in relevant areas
  • Researches and identifies important developments and topics of interest for conference panels and workshops
  • Develops ideas for conference programs and topics, based on existing knowledge and additional research of mainstream and trade/academic media, case law, and legislative developments
  • Writes scenarios for workshops and webinars based on existing knowledge and additional research of case law and legislation
  • Writes promotional material for keynote speakers
  • Provides insights into descriptions and titles for conference panels, workshops, and skills training sessions
  • Proofreads marketing material aimed at a professional audience
  • Reviews and analyzes competing conferences
  • Researches ways to make conferences more interactive
  • Attends Lancaster House live conferences, monitors sessions to ensure conference is running smoothly, thanks speakers, discusses any problems with co-chairs, etc.
  • Participates in topic development and planning calls with co-chairs and speakers
  • Maintains a database of speakers
What do I need to succeed?

To be successful in this role, you will have a clear understanding of the company’s main business drivers, and work closely with editorial team to produce materials. You must be an exemplary attention to detail, and demonstrate the ability to multi-task several projects at one time.

  • A bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, or other social science or humanities field; preferably a master's degree
  • Self-motivated and able to work independently and as part of a team
  • Strong critical thinking and project management skills
  • Outstanding interviewing and research skills
  • Good judgment and persistence
  • Ability to manage shifting priorities
  • Strong work ethic
  • An interest in labour, employment and human rights law
  • Knowledge of labour law or labour relations will be considered an asset
  • Ability to identify and analyze current trends and developments, and to interview leading practitioners and experts in the field
  • Strong verbal/phone and written communication skills
  • Enjoys work that is creative as well as analytical
  • Energetic and empathetic

To Apply:

Please send your cover letter and resume to Jessica Burnstein, Legal Director, Conferences, at jburnstein@lancasterhouse.com, no later than Friday, October 1, 2021.

Lancaster House is an equal opportunity employer and strongly supports and values diversity in the workplace. Applications from all qualified candidates are welcome and individuals from equity-seeking groups are strongly encouraged to apply. Accommodations are available on request at each stage of the selection process.

Legal Writer and Researcher in Labour, Employment and Human Rights Law (Freelance)

About Lancaster House

Lancaster House is Canada's leading provider of conferences, information and analysis on labour, human rights and employment law. Our aim is to make a positive contribution to labour relations and the quality of Canadian work life. A dynamic and innovative company, Lancaster House provides information services in a variety of formats: on-line and in print, through books and newsletters, and through audio conferences, live panels, and hands-on workshops. Our seminars are attended by lawyers, union representatives, human resources professionals, academics, and adjudicators across Canada.

The Role

We are looking for a dynamic, enthusiastic and engaged individual, with a depth of experience in and a broad knowledge of all aspects of labour, employment and human rights law to research and write case law and legislative summaries and commentaries. The role requires the writer/researcher to provide in-depth legal analyses and critiques in a variety of areas of labour, employment and human rights law in a style that is readable and free from legal jargon.


LL.B. or J.D. (mandatory). LL.M with a focus on labour or employment law (preferred). Experience in the field of labour, employment and/or human rights law is desirable.


  • Capable of working independently while staying connected with colleagues.
  • Able to organize and prioritize numerous tasks and complete them on schedule.
  • Significant, and preferably comprehensive knowledge, in various areas of labour, employment and human rights law, and the ability to provide detailed, expert legal analysis, commentary and social and legal critique of developments in jurisprudence and legislation.
  • Excellent writing skills, and the ability to write to engage both lay and expert readers, is required.
  • A keen interest in labour, employment, human rights and related areas of social policy, as well as genuine social and intellectual curiosity about these areas of law are essential.
  • Interest and familiarity with international labour law and policy, and the ability to speak or read in another language, will be considered an asset.
  • Proficient in MS Office Suite and Outlook, and in legal research using Quicklaw, CanLII and other legal databases.
  • Familiar with and adept at using Twitter, Facebook, and other Internet-based tools and social media to keep abreast of current developments and connect with experts in the field.

Other Attributes

The successful candidate should have a keen interest and broad-based knowledge of labour, employment and human rights law. The individual must be energetic, enthusiastic, personable and intellectually engaged in the subject-matter areas. A strong academic background is essential to perform the many and varied tasks of the position, including interacting with experts, academics, practitioners, advisory committee members and speakers in the areas concerned.

Work Environment

Collegial, intellectually stimulating environment, involving socially significant work. The successful candidate is likely to be an individual who has a strong intellectual and social curiosity in the area of labour, employment and human rights law; possesses the ability to identify and analyze current trends and developments, and to interview leading practitioners and experts in the field; displays strong verbal and written communication skills; enjoys work that is creative as well as analytical; exhibits, to a marked degree, energy and humour; and can work quickly and accurately while maintaining a sense of humour under pressure.

Salary commensurate with qualifications. Please email your cover letter and resume to Paula Chapman at: pchapman@lancasterhouse.com.