Speakers

Emmanuel Armah

Labour Affairs Officer

Employment and Social Development Canada Organization, Labour Standards

Matthew Demeo

Matthew Demeo

Associate

DLA Piper

Matthew is a practical and strategic labour and employment lawyer who advises employers on complex workplace issues and advocates for them in negotiations and legal disputes.

Matthew routinely assists organizations navigate a broad range of human resources issues, including employee recruitment, discipline and termination, executive employment arrangements, labour relations, organizational change and business reductions and closures. He also advises private and public sector employers on their rights and obligations relating to employment standards, human rights, workplace bullying and harassment and occupational health and safety. His experience includes working with clients throughout Canada, the United States, and abroad‎.

His practice includes the representation of employers at labour arbitrations, before administrative tribunals and at the Ontario and Federal courts. He has acted as lead spokesperson in collective bargaining negotiations and assisted employers in crises, including in response to union organizing campaigns and strikes.

Matthew is frequently called upon to provide strategic employment and labour law advice on corporate transactions, draft and enforce employment agreements and restrictive covenants, including non-competition, non-solicitation and confidentiality agreements, conduct workplace investigations and deliver training on a wide-range of workplace topics.

Before pursuing his career in ‎law, Matthew was a Human Resources Manager in the manufacturing industry.

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  •   Law Society of Ontario
  •   Canadian Bar Association
  •   Ontario Bar Association
  •   Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers
Jennifer Hodgins

Jennifer Hodgins

Partner

Norton Rose Fulbright, Canada LLP

Jennifer Hodgins practises in all areas of employment and labour law, including human rights, pay equity, employment standards, labour and employee relations, grievance arbitration, wrongful dismissal and health and safety matters. Jennifer has acted on behalf of employers in grievance arbitrations, human rights tribunal proceedings, wrongful dismissal claims, judicial review proceedings and federal and provincial labour board matters. She also regularly provides proactive and strategic advice to employers relating to workplace issues and labour relations, including collective bargaining.

Prior to joining our Toronto office, Jennifer practised labour and employment law at a management-side labour and employment boutique firm and completed a clerkship at the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Toronto. She has also worked as in-house labour counsel at a large regional hospital.

Danijela Hong

Director

Employment and Social Development Canada

Norm Keith

Norm Keith

Partner

Fasken

Norm Keith, B.A., J.D., LL.M., CRSP, practices employment, health & safety, regulatory, government investigation and business crime litigation. Norm’s employment and human rights practice includes executive compensation, workplace investigations, employment contracts & restrictive covenants, employee discipline, workers compensation, ESA enforcement, and human resources risk management. He represents employers in wrongful dismissal, workplace fraud recovery, whistle-blower cases, human rights, labour arbitrations, workplace safety, WSIB appeals and fiduciary duty litigation. Norm is the leading Occupational Health and Safety (“OHS”) lawyer in Canada. He has successfully defended more than 1,000 health & safety, environmental and workers’ compensation administrative, regulatory and criminal cases.

Norm has extensive experience in advising and representing organizations in matters involving alcohol & drugs in the workplace, harassment, sexual harassment, and violence in the workplace. He has written a leading texts in these areas: Human Resources Guide to Preventing Workplace Violence (2nd ed.) and Alcohol & Drugs in the Canadian Workplace (2nd ed.).

Kyle Lambert

Kyle Lambert

Partner

McMillan LLP

Kyle Lambert is an accomplished employment lawyer and litigator. He serves clients in a range of industries including aviation, telecommunications and media, and marketing. With extensive experience in employment and labour relations law, Kyle represents businesses in wrongful dismissal claims, human rights claims, and claims for breach of restrictive covenants, in addition to providing employment-related advice and analyses on large business transactions and workplace investigations.  Kyle is a frequent presenter and author on developments in employment and labour relations law in Canada. In his litigation practice, Kyle assists clients on shareholder disputes, complex contractual disputes, and government procurement challenges. He has appeared before all levels of Ontario’s civil courts, the Federal Court and the Canadian International Trade Tribunal.

Justine Lindner

Associate, Labour and Employment Law Group

McCarthy Tetrault

Justine Lindner is an associate at McCarthy Tétrault’s Labour & Employment Law Group in Toronto. She represents clients, including many federally-regulated employers, in workplace law matters including employment standards, wrongful dismissals, human rights, privacy, workplace investigations, occupational health and safety, labour arbitrations and employment issues arising in corporate transactions.

Caroline Richard

Partner

Bird Richard LLP

Caroline has practiced with the Firm since her call to the Bar in September 2002. She provides legal representation and advice to employers in both official languages with respect to all labour and employment matters, including wrongful dismissal actions, human rights complaints, collective bargaining, workers’ compensation claims and workplace harassment investigations.

Caroline has appeared before the Federal Courts, the Ontario Divisional Court, the Ontario and Canadian Human Rights Tribunal, the Public Service Labour Relations Board, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal and labour arbitrators in Ontario and Quebec.

Caroline is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and the Bar of Nunavut.

Dianne Rideout

Dianne Rideout

Partner

McMillan LLP

Dianne Rideout is a partner in McMillan’s Employment and litigation groups. Dianne regularly advises domestic and international clients in all aspects of the employment relationship, including: provincial and federal employment law, hiring, discipline, termination, human rights, wrongful and constructive dismissals, and other employment related litigation. Dianne regularly acts for vendors and purchasers in connection with employment and labour implications arising from complex corporate transactions.

Dianne is an experienced litigation lawyer and has appeared at all levels of court in British Columbia, as well as the Supreme Court of Canada. She also represents clients at administrative hearings before the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Tribunal, the Employment Standards Tribunal and the Human Rights Tribunal.

Dianne has also developed extensive experience in occupational health and safety law and routinely provides day-to-day counsel on health and safety regulatory compliance; as well as guidance on reprisal complaints, workplace investigations, and serious and fatal incidents.

Simmy Sahdra

Simmy Sahdra

Associate

McCarthy Tetrault

Simmy Sahdra is a Labour & Employment lawyer at McCarthy Tétrault LLP. Simmy advises and represents management regarding a variety of labour and employment issues including, labour arbitrations, collective bargaining, employment litigation, human rights, and workplace investigations. Prior to joining McCarthy Tétrault, Simmy worked and volunteered at various social justice related institutions such as the Human Rights Legal Support Centre and at the Women’s Legal Education Action Fund (LEAF) in Toronto.

Tanya Sarracini

Technical Advisor

Employment and Social Development Canada Organization, Labour Standards

Adriana Savo

Advisor, Labour Affairs

Employment and Social Development Canada Organization, Labour Standards

Duncan Shaw

Senior Director, Occupational Health and Safety, Labour Director, Harassment and Violence Prevention Division, Labour Program

Employment and Social Development Canada

Michael Sherrard

Michael Sherrard

Partner

Sherrard Kuzz

Michael is one of Canada’s leading employment and labour lawyers recognized by Chambers Global®, Who’s Who Legal® (Most Highly Regarded), Legal 500® and Lexpert®.  He is a former Chair of the National Labour and Employment Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association and the Labour and Employment Law Section of the Ontario Bar Association.    Michael represents clients in a broad range of industries and sectors.  His clients are unionized and non-unionized, domestic and foreign, public and private, and range in size and complexity of operations from small, single-location enterprises to large, multi-site, multinational corporations.

Tatha Swann

Tatha Swann

Partner

Levitt Sheikh Chaudhri Swann LLP

Tatha is a Toronto employment lawyer who advises and represents federal and provincial employers on all types of employment and labour law issues including employment contracts, severance packages, harassment, health and safety, restrictive covenants, labour arbitration and grievances, and employment standards claims.  Tatha focuses on reducing risk, minimizing any potential liability and crafting practical solutions to the employment issues every business faces.