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Thursday , February 27 , 2020 at 7:30 am to 4:00 pm
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February 27, 2020
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Member: $425 | Non-member: $475
Hotel Blackfoot - Calgary
Catering will be provided on event day

*Attending this event counts as 8 CPD hours - please save the confirmation of attendance email for your CPD log. 

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About the Event

CPHR Alberta HR Law Conference is back!  We are excited to bring you our HR Law Conference in the Calgary Chapter on Thursday February 27, 2020.  Located at Hotel Blackfoot, the conference will consist of a full-day of presentations and panel discussion delivered by local HR and employment law experts. Stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks but register now, this conference sells out every year!

The HR Law Conference is designed specifically for CPHR Alberta Members, living and working in Alberta.  We will bring together some of Alberta’s most knowledgeable legal professionals to provide you with up-to date legal information for 2020 that is relevant to you and your city.  The key to making Alberta’s workplaces great is staying in-the-know on HR Law and best practices!

Presenters and Session Information

Changing with the Times:  Key Employment & Labour Tool Kit for Organizational Change As companies consider and implement organizational change, it is important to understand the potential pitfalls and risks from an employment and labour perspective, including severance costs, constructive dismissal, and applicable collective agreement terms and restrictions.  More importantly, organizations need to be aware and make use of key tools to assist with implementing such change with minimal risk and cost, such as working notice, layoffs, negotiating consent, and contracting out.

Presenter – Megan Van Huizen with Brownlee LLP Megan came to Brownlee LLP in 2016 as a Litigation Associate and practices in the Labour and Employment Group. She has advocated for her clients on various matters and loves to take on a new challenge. Her goal is to provide clients with cost-effective, practical and creative solutions, along with pro-active strategies for the long term. Megan’s expertise is diverse, which allows her to provide advice on a wide variety of issues. In addition to her legal practice, Megan is committed to being involved in her community. She participates in the Pro Bono Law Alberta Civil Claims Duty Counsel Project and is on the Board of Governors for the King’s University in Edmonton. Megan also has experience volunteering with a community development organization abroad, as well as working with inner city communities.

Mediation and Settling Employment Disputes PARLEE McLaws LLP will be speaking on the utility of and processes involved I mediations in the context of employment disputes.  Employers are increasingly turning to avenues outside the court system to settle employment disputes in order to avoid the protracted time, cost and exposure to a public forum necessitated by the court process.

The discussion on mediation will include the various benefits of mediation, the necessity of a detailed assessment in advance of mediation, documents that should be preserved for later use in mediations, working with legal counsel on preparation for mediations, the issue of settlement authority and the principle of good faith negotiations.

The session will include tips for the settlement of an employment dispute, with particular emphasis on settlement agreements and the allocation of settlement funds.

Presenter - TBA with PARLEE McLaws LLP

International Mobility of Employees—Obtaining Work Authorization for Employees in Canada and the United States in an Ever-Changing Immigration Landscape. Giving HR managers who may be, for the first time, (a) hiring foreign workers to Canada and/or (b) sending Canadian workers to the United States, a general overview of the work permit/work visa categories (and their corresponding legal requirements) that would most likely be applicable.

Presenter – Veronica Choy, Partner with Miller Thomson LLP Veronica Choy is the Chair of Miller Thomson’s national Immigration group. She acts for a broad range of companies and individuals on Canadian and American business immigration matters. Licensed in Alberta and Washington, Veronica offers her clients the unique advantage of sourcing their American and Canadian immigration needs in one place. This allows clients to consider a wider range of practical options, processes, and consequences in the hiring and movement of personnel to work in Canada and/or the United States. She can clarify the wide range of work permit and work visa options for Canada and the United States and advise on acquiring permanent residency and citizenship status.

Veronica works with companies to develop and implement plans and strategies involving the hiring and movement of personnel in Canada and the United States in order to expand their business, share knowledge and experience within a global company, or successfully execute a business transaction. She works with clients across all industries to determine the most appropriate immigration options for their employees—for both short-term projects and permanent transfers—and provides practical advice on how best to proceed.

Social Media, Your Employees and the Law Learn about the pitfalls of Social Media, your employees and the effects to your organization for negative postings, speech, etc.

Presenter – Stephen Torscher, Partner with Miller Thomson LLP Stephen Torscher provides trusted advice to clients on a wide range of labour and employment issues. His practice covers all aspects of the employment relationship from hiring to firing.

Stephen advises clients on a range of human resources matters including employment contracts, workplace policies, grievances and arbitration, employee discipline, and terminations. He has also provided strategic advice to vendors and purchasers of businesses in Alberta in order to manage transactional employee issues. Stephen acts as counsel in litigation concerning wrongful dismissal, human rights, employment standards, and labour arbitrations.

Stephen has a broad range of experience in other areas of litigation including health law, creditors’ rights, professional negligence law, foreclosure, and Aboriginal law and has appeared in all levels of court in Alberta and the Federal Court of Canada.

Stephen has presented lectures and seminars on a variety of employment-law issues and is an editor of the Miller Thomson Labour and Employment Law Blog.

Panel with Southern Butler Price – Navigating Complex Investigations: Preparing for the Unpredictable Using examples from numerous investigations, our presenters will draw on their experiences as investigators to highlight some of the most unexpected moments and highlight options for addressing them.

Using storytelling, humour and audience engagement, the session will be an engaging, interactive presentation that will give attendees more tools in their toolbox for when unexpected events transpire during investigations.

Using a “live scenario”, this session will give insight into how the experts navigate the crisis-laden complexities of workplace investigations. You will move through these important moments guided by, and participating with, leaders in the field.

This session will walk through several triggering incidents;

  • the complaint process;
  • planning;
  • the investigation itself; and
  • the reporting out.

Attendees will learn what to do, what not to do, and today's best practices in this important work.


  • 7:30 am to 8:00 am Registration
  • 8:00 am to 8:05 am Welcome
  • 8:05 am to 9:05 am Changing with the Times: Key Employment & Labour Tool Kit for Organizational Change
  • 9:10 am to 10:10 am Mediation and Negotiating
  • 10:10 am to 10:25 am Break
  • 10:25 am to 11:25 am International Mobility
  • 11:30 am to 12:30 pm Social Media & the Law
  • 12:30 pm to 1:30 am Lunch
  • 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm Part 1: Navigating Complex Investigations: Preparing for the Unpredictable
  • 2:30 pm to 2:50 pm Break
  • 2:50 pm to 4:20 pm Part 2: Navigating Complex Investigations: Preparing for the Unpredictable
  • 4:20 pm to 4:30 pm Closing remarks


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