Legislative Updates and Your Association

A CSAE Trillium PDX Workshop

Thursday, March 29, 2018
8:00 am: Breakfast    9:00 am –1:00 pm: Workshop (with a box lunch for the road)

DoubleTree by Hilton, Toronto Downtown
108 Chestnut Street, Toronto, ON M5G 1R3

Register Here:  http://www.csae.com/Education-Events/Details/ArticleId/2763/Legislative-Updates-and-Your-Association

What do the changes to Ontario’s Labour Laws (Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act) mean for your Association?

Are you in Compliance with CASL and the AODA?

What will the 2018 provincial election mean for your organization?

CSAE Trillium’s Legislation Day returns March 29, 2018 to help you answer these questions and more; plan to spend the morning with our panel of experts as we untangle the Federal and Provincial Legislative landscape. This session is intended for Chief Staff Officers and other Senior Staff responsible for Finances, HR and other Compliance related functions within your Association.


8:00 am – Breakfast
9:00 am: Welcome and Workshop Introduction
9:15 am – 10:15 am: Laura Williams – HR Legislation
10:30 am – 11:30 am: Victoria Prince – Legislation and your Association
11:45 am – 12:45 pm: Public Affairs Association – Government Relations Update
12:45 pm: Closing Remarks
1:00 pm – Workshop Ends with a box lunch for the road

Human Resource Legislation – presented by Laura Williams, LLB, Founder and Principal, Laura Williams HR Law and Williams HR Consulting

2018 is a year when employers will experience a relatively seismic shift of the labour and employment law landscape.  While the increase to minimum wage seems to receive the most attention, there are numerous changes that have been enacted and proposed to employment standards, labour relations and health and safety legislation that employers must understand to minimize exposures to liability and be prepared to meet new and enhanced compliance responsibilities.   The changes will create an overlay of additional complexity to the employment relationship in areas that employers typically experience challenges, including: classifying employees, scheduling, workplace harassment, attendance management, accommodation and staying union-free.

Laura will discuss the significant changes that will shift the employment and labour law landscape in 2018 and, most importantly, how organizations can prepare.  During the session, Laura will:

– Review the proposed changes under Bill 148, The Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017
– Discuss how entitlement to chronic mental stress claims under workplace safety and insurance legislation will be enhanced under Bill 127
– Examine the implications that these changes will have on organizations, and
– Explore key strategies and best practices to minimize risks and meet new compliance responsibilities.

As the Founder and Principal of Williams HR Law and Williams HR Consulting, Laura Williams has more than 16 years of experience providing strategic advice and legal representation to employers on a full range of labour and employment law matters. Her core practice areas include pre-termination advice and strategy, workplace safety and insurance, wrongful dismissal actions, union organizing and certification, grievance arbitration, human rights, investigations, harassment management, privacy, employment standards, workplace policies, employment contracts and workplace culture recovery.  Laura is passionate about providing her clients with proactive advice designed to minimize workplace law challenges, maximize employee engagement and boost their bottom line performance.

She is widely recognized as a leader in helping employers leverage innovative strategies to reduce liability and costs derived from ineffective and non-compliant workplace practices.

Legislation and Your Association presented by Victoria Prince, LLB, Partner, Borden, Ladner, Gervais

Your Board of Directors count on you to keep your association in compliance with all relevant Legislation and Regulations. This session will cover some of the key pieces of legislation you should be tracking. Learn the status of the Ontario Not for Profit Corporations Act (ONCA) and discover any updates to the Canadian Not for Profit Corporations Act (CNCA); hear updates on the Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL), Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). And, hear from Victoria Prince, what’s next on the horizon in terms of Legislation that may impact Ontario’s Association Sector.

Victoria Prince is a partner in the Toronto office of the law firm of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP.  She has had various management roles at BLG and currently is the National Practice Group Leader of the Corporate Commercial Group and the National Leader of the Charities and Not-for-Profit Law Group.

Victoria provides general counsel to her clients in the for-profit and not-for-profit and charity sector on a wide range of issues, including establishing and organizing entities, negotiation and drafting of agreements, governance and strategic initiatives, board orientation and on-going training for boards, compliance and regulatory audits and many other things. She is able to call on the resources of her colleagues in providing a full range of services to the sector, including employment, real estate, procurement, tax, privacy, cyberrisk and litigation advice. Victoria is the main editor of the BLG Charities and Not-for-profit blog, which posts frequently on matters of interest to the sector.

Victoria also participates in the charity and not-for-profit world. She is a volunteer director of the Kids Up Front (Toronto) Foundation, The Hammer Band: From Violins to Violence and The BLG Foundation.  Victoria has also served as a co-chair of the legal community’s Give a Day campaign for several years; this organization raises funds for the work done by Dignitas International and the Stephen Lewis Foundation. She is on the executive of the Charities and Not-for-Profit law section committees for both the Ontario and the Canada Bar Associations; Victoria currently is the Chair of the OBA CNFP section. She also mentors associates within and outside her firm and speaks often on a variety of issues.  Victoria was named one of WXN’s Most Powerful Women in 2015 and has been selected by peers for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in Canada® each year since 2013.

Government Relations Update: Lobbyist Registry Information and What to Expect from the 2018 Provincial and Municipal Elections presented by Dr. J. Stephen Andrews, Chair of the Advocacy Committee of the Public Affairs Association of Canada and John Capobianco, National Practice Lead, FleishmanHillard.

Dr. J. Stephen Andrews is Director of Legislative and Political Affairs at Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association. In this position he is responsible for developing the associations government relations and legislative strategies.

Prior to joining the Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association, Dr. Andrews worked at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Canada’s largest law firm, advising clients on government relations strategies and lobbying law and compliance issues. He has presented on lobbying registration, lobbyists’ code of conduct and compliance issues to municipal, provincial and federal governments in Canada.

With over 20 years of experience as a government policy advisor, consultant and in-house lobbyist, Dr. Andrews has gained an in-depth insight into the legal, policy and regulatory requirements facing Canada’s lobbying community.

Dr. Andrews is currently is on the board of directors of Community Living Toronto, and Community Living Ontario.

Dr. Andrews has a Ph.D. in political theory from Queen’s University and a Master’s Degree in social policy from the University of Toronto.

John Capobianco is public affairs national practice lead in FleishmanHillard HighRoad’s Toronto office. With over 30 years of grassroots political experience at all three levels of government, Mr. Capobianco offers a strong, seasoned and influential voice in public affairs. This experience has enabled him to build an extensive political network, which he can leverage to the benefit of organizations looking to engage with senior government officials.

Before joining FleishmanHillard in 2010, Mr. Capobianco was senior vice president of Edelman’s public affairs practice. Since joining Edelman in 2006, Mr. Capobianco has helped numerous private and non-profit organizations build and maintain strong relationships with key government decision-makers at the federal, provincial and municipal level. Mr. Capobianco has a vast knowledge of helping companies navigate through the intricacies of government, including successfully helping the Heart and Stroke Foundation secure $15 Million in federal government funding for a Centre for Stroke Recovery, providing strategic Counsel to the Ontario Teachers’ Private Capital for its historic $52 billion acquisition of Bell Canada and assisting a world-leading security company get their new tobacco control stamps issue through to the federal government at both the political and bureaucratic levels.

As a political enthusiast, John has twice won the Conservative Party of Canada nomination for the Toronto-area riding of Etobicoke-Lakeshore and ran as a federal Conservative candidate in the 2004 and 2006 elections under the leadership of Prime Minister Stephen Harper. John is recognized as a leader in the conservative movement and is a regular political commentator in Canada’s national media.

He is currently president of the Public Affairs Association of Canada, past president of the Canadian Club of Toronto, Chair-Elect to the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and sits on the boards of the Albany Club of. John also advises Seneca College on their newly implemented post-graduate certificate Government Relations course. Mr. Capobianco earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and economics at York University and resides in Toronto, ON.

CSAE Member – $114
Non-CSAE Member – $142


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