Speakers

Alex Lucifero

Alex Lucifero

Partner

Samfiru Tumarkin LLP

Alex is an Ottawa employment lawyer with Samfiru Tumarkin LLP’s Labour and Employment Law practice group, practicing in the areas of employment law and long-term disability insurance. Alex leads the firm’s Ottawa office as its Managing Partner.

Alex’s employment law practice consists of advising and acting for clients with respect to wrongful dismissals, terminations, severance packages, constructive dismissals, reviewing and negotiating employment contracts and the enforcement of post-employment obligations, including non-disclosure agreements and restrictive covenants.

Caroline Richard

Caroline Richard

Partner

Bird Richard LLP

Caroline is the Managing Partner of the Firm. Fluently bilingual, she provides legal representation and advice to employers in both official languages in respect of all labour and employment matters, including wrongful dismissal actions, labour arbitration matters, human rights complaints, collective bargaining, occupational health and safety work refusals and prosecutions, and workers’ compensation claims.

Caroline has appeared before the Federal Courts, the Ontario Provincial Court, the Ontario Divisional Court, the Ontario and Canadian Human Rights Tribunal, the Public Service Labour Relations Board, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal, the Occupational Health and Safety Tribunal Canada and labour arbitrators in Ontario, Quebec, and New Brunswick. She has provided labour and employment law services for more than 10 years. 

Called to the Bars of Ontario in 2002 and Nunavut in 2009, Caroline provides advice and guidance to public and private sector employers in both jurisdictions. 

David MacDonald

President

CanAdapt

David is an 18 year veteran of the WCAG authoring team, the longest standing Invited Expert on the working group. He is currently working on WCAG 2.2 and 3.0. He contributed to the WCAG2ICT on document accessibility, the WCAG Evaluation Methodology, and is an editor of Using ARIA. He was consultant to the GC for Bill C-81, the Accessible Canada Act and the high profile Donna Jodhan case. David taught WCAG to the Prime Minister’s office and was lead accessibility strategist for the House of Commons. He audited websites under the jurisdiction of the CTA (Air Canada, Westjest, ViaRail, etc.) and CRTC (Bell, Telus, Rogers, etc.). He trained 80 web/mobile developers, managers, and designers at the CBC. He has worked with many Fortune 500 companies in the US and Europe including Bayer and Intel. He is on the Certification Committee for the International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP).

Glenn French

Glenn French

President

Canadian Initiative on Workplace Violence

Mr. French is the President of the Canadian Initiative on Workplace Violence. Within the mental health field, he has held many senior administrative and clinical positions within both the private and public sectors. He is a frequent speaker at conferences throughout Canada, and the United States, focusing on individual workplace threats. His work has garnered widespread media attention, including Public Safety Canada’s Prevention Magazine. Mr. French’s paper entitled “Towards a Global Standard for Workplace Conduct” was presented at the 9th Global Conference on Occupational Health and Safety sponsored in part by the WHO.

Jill Lewis

Lawyer

Nelligan O’Brien Payne LLP

Originally from cottage country in the Haliburton Highlands, Jill moved to Ottawa to receive her J.D. from the University of Ottawa. During law school, Jill was a member of the competitive mediation team. She represented the University of Ottawa in Paris, France at the ICC International Mediation Competition and received first place in the Weiler Mediation Competition. Jill was also awarded the Bertha Wilson Scholarship, the P. Andree Wylie Scholarship, and the Greg Ratushny Scholarship for her commitment to community service. She is currently an executive member of the Ontario Bar Association – Young Lawyers Division.

Jill has always been known as a people-person and she applies that approach to her practice. She believes in actively listening to her clients’ needs and interests in order to find them a solution.

Outside of the office, Jill loves to go hiking with her husband and their foxhound, Hunter. You can also find her visiting family in Haliburton and soaking in the natural setting as much as she can.

Liz Horvath

Liz Horvath

Manager, Workplace Mental Health, Opening Minds

Mental Health Commission of Canada

Liz Horvath brings nearly 25 years of experience guiding organizations across Canada to achieve better business outcomes through strategic integration of health, safety and wellness. She joined the Mental Health Commission of Canada in August of 2019 as the Manager, Workplace Mental Health where develops and implements mental health strategies for employers who wish to adopt the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace and other programs and modules that encourage mental wellness and safety.  Prior to joining MHCC, Liz was instrumental in the creation of the National Standard of Canada on Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace through her role as Project Manager with the CSA Group. She then worked on helping organizations implement mental health and wellbeing strategies through her company, Hale Health and Safety Solutions.

Liz is a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) and is a member of the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE), the Ontario Workplace Health Coalition, the International Association on Workplace Bullying and Harassment (IAWBH), the Crisis and Trauma Research Institute (CRTI), and the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA).

Liz’s personal mission is to help as many people as possible flourish in life.

Martin Thompson

Martin Thompson

Partner

McMillan LLP

Martin Thompson is the Office Management Partner of McMillan LLP’s Ottawa branch as well as partner in the Employment and Labour Relations and Advocacy and Litigation groups.

In Martin’s employment law and labour practice, he advises domestic and international clients on all aspects of provincial and federal employment legislation. He advises and represents management on various labour relations matters, including drafting employment agreements, policies and compensation, workplace harassment and discrimination, employee discipline, wrongful dismissal litigation, employee termination and severance packages, workplace health and safety, human rights and grievance arbitrations.

Martine Oliveira

Martine Oliveira

Director

AGS Rehab Solutions Inc.

Martine has over 20 years of experience in the field of vocational rehabilitation and disability management. Her career started with front line mental health work and her passion for mental health has persisted through the years, making her a perfect fit to joint AGS’s reputable executive team in 2017. She is a Certified Disability Management Professional and a Consensus Based Disability Management Auditor with a reputation for upholding best practice approaches in the work that she and her teams provide. In addition, Martine also finds time to teach at the York-Seneca Rehabilitation Services program, where she has shared her passion for rehabilitation and disability management as an Instructor for over 11 years. Martine is also a Certified Mental Health First Aid Trainer and the Vice President, Employer and Client Services at AGS Rehab Solutions Inc., where she works closely with an extensive interdisciplinary providing proactive and client-centric services related to stay at work and return to work disability management and rehabilitation initiatives.

Meg Steele

Meg Steele

Senior Counsel

City of Ottawa

Meg Steele has worked as a lawyer for the City of Ottawa since 2002. She specializes in labour arbitrations, human rights matters, and employment law. Meg’s practice also includes providing advice on collective bargaining, workplace safety, and accessibility issues. She leads a group of lawyers and labour relations professionals that provide strategic advice on all aspects of the employment relationship.

Meg holds a B.A. (Hons.) in English and Political Science from Mount Allison University (1996) and graduated from McGill University’s National Program with a BCL/LL.B. in 2000. She was called to the Bar of Ontario in February 2002.

Samara Belitzky

Samara Belitzky

Associate

Samfiru Tumarkin LLP

Samara is an Ottawa employment lawyer and an associate with Samfiru Tumarkin LLP’s Employment Law practice group. Samara represents and regularly advises both employees and employers on various employment law matters, including wrongful dismissal and constructive dismissal, severance negotiations, employment agreements, and human rights and harassment issues in the workplace.

Samara considers herself fortunate to have practiced almost exclusively in the area of labour and employment law; having represented her clients before the Ontario Small Claims Court, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, and the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal.

Stephanie Lewis

Stephanie Lewis

Counsel

Dentons

Stephanie Lewis is counsel in Dentons’ Litigation and Dispute Resolution group with a focus on employment and labour. Since her call to the Ontario Bar in 2009, Stephanie has had the privilege of applying a respectful and practical approach to litigation in order to protect her clients’ rights. Prior to joining the Dentons, Stephanie practiced in all areas of civil litigation at a bilingual Ottawa litigation boutique firm.

Stephanie has appeared before and/or assisted on matters before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the Ontario Court of Appeal, the Divisional Court, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, Provincial Offences Court, the Ontario Labour Relations Board, the Landlord Tenant Board, and the Ontario Municipal Board.

While obtaining her law degree at the University of Ottawa, Stephanie was a peer advisor, a member of the student government executive, and volunteered with Pro Bono Students Canada. Stephanie graduated cum laude and received the Perley-Robertson, Hill and McDougall LLP Prize for highest standing in Federal Tribunals Practice, as well as the Shore, Davis & McGarvey Prize for highest standing in Selected Issues in Feminist Law.

Stephanie believes that excellence in advocacy is borne out of passion, hard work, civility and the knowledge that everyone deserves respect. She is proud to apply these principles in her work in order to obtain the best possible results for her clients. She also has the privilege of sharing her passion for litigation through teaching Trial Advocacy at the University of Ottawa and through her volunteer work with Ottawa’s Advocacy Club, a volunteer organization that teaches litigation skills to young associates.