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Both days start at 12:00 p.m. ET
Both days end at 4:30 p.m. ET

In partnership with the University of Toronto Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources.

Program Leader

Blaine Donais

Lawyer and Mediator
Workplace Fairness International

Alex Brat

Senior Executive Director, Labour Relations
University of Toronto

Program Details

Collective bargaining, contract administration, and occupational safety have always involved close contact between unions and employers, but the areas of required interface have increased dramatically and become more complex. Protecting psychological health and safety, preventing harassment, promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI), and ensuring civility and respect are all tasks that require positive, productive working relationships between unions and employers. This intensive two-day seminar will prepare management and union representatives to work together on these issues.

Through interactive exercises, panel discussions, and case studies, participants will learn to:

  • Appreciate the legal and practical roles of union and employer representatives in developing and maintaining a productive working relationship;
  • Reduce the risk of negative conflict between workplace participants;
  • Promote a healthy workplace;
  • Build the communication framework and trust necessary to deal with key areas of mutual interest to employers and unions, including:
    • Protecting psychological health and safety;
    • Preventing harassment and violence;
    • Promoting equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging;
    • Ensuring civility and respect;
    • Restoring workplaces that have become toxic.
CPD Alberta
This program has been approved for Continuing Professional Development 8.5 hours  per session under Category A of the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Log of the Human Resource Professionals Association (HRPA).
CPD Alberta
This program has been approved by CPHR Alberta for 8.5 Continuing Professional Development hours per session.


  • Members of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society may count this program for 8.5 Continuing Professional Development hours, per session.
  • CPD for Members of the Law Society of Ontario: 8.5 Substantive Hours; 0 Professionalism Hours, per session.
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