Speakers

Helen Berry

Helen Berry

Legal Counsel, Representation and Legal Services Branch

Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC)

I joined the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) as a Classification and Equal Pay Specialist over 18 years ago. I have represented PSAC members as a technical expert and team-lead on numerous joint union/management job evaluation projects for private-sector federally-regulated employers. I represented PSAC in pre-legislation consultations and as a witness before the Standing Committee on Pay Equity in 2016, appeared as a witness before the Senate and House committee hearings into the Pay Equity Act (PEA), and as the PSAC representative for the PEA regulation consultations.  In June 2020, I was appointed by PSAC as its representative to the Pay Equity Commissioners Tri-Partite Pay Equity Committee.

Colby Briggs

Colby Briggs

Team Lead, Compensation Team

Professional Institute of Public Service Canada (PIPSC)

Colby Briggs is an advocate for bringing labour and management together to solve shared problems as equal partners.  As Compensation Team Lead at the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada, he and his team are responsible for issues which, under federal law, generally do not have recourse to independent third-party adjudication.  This means that, to advance the rights of membership, a focus on win-win outcomes is critical to obtaining employer buy-in.  Colby has also worked as a policy design and pay equity consultant to progressive employers in the non-profit and technology sectors.  He is the President of the PIPSC Staff Association (UNIFOR) and previously served as a Vice President of the McGill University Administrative Staff Union (PSAC).  His HR interests include inclusive workplace design, collective leadership, organisational architecture, and anti-bias policy development.

Raquel Chisholm

Raquel Chisholm

Lawyer

Emond Harnden LLP

Raquel Chisholm advises employers at both the Ontario and Federal jurisdictions in all areas of labour and employment law, with a particular focus on human rights, disability management and pay equity. Raquel articled with Emond Harnden in 2003, joined the firm as an associate in 2004 and became a partner in 2014. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bishop’s University in 1992 and an LL.B from the University of Ottawa’s Common Law Program in June 2003.

Raquel provides a wide variety of services including drafting employment contracts, management training, legal opinions, collective bargaining and policy writing. She represents clients at labour arbitrations, as well as hearings before the Pay Equity Hearings Tribunal, Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, and Canadian Human Rights Tribunal. Raquel also advises clients during investigations by the Canadian Human Rights Commission.

Raquel has in-depth knowledge of the pay equity area. With considerable experience in both the provincial and federal sectors, she has aided clients with pay equity audits, conducted seminars for employers, negotiated pay equity plans, responded to and settled pay equity complaints, and assisted clients with addressing and managing their pay equity obligations both in achieving and maintaining pay equity.

Before embarking on her legal career, Raquel worked for The War Amputations of Canada for seven years and developed an expertise in many areas of charity and not-for-profit management. During that time, Raquel became a member of the Canadian Society of Association Executives (“CSAE”) and earned her Certified Association Executive (“CAE”) designation through its Association Management Education Program. Raquel uses this experience to advise her charity and not-for-profit clients on corporate governance matters such as corporate law compliance, by-law revisions and conflict of interest.

Ian Cullwick

Ian Cullwick

Telfer School of Management

Ian Cullwick currently serves on the faculty of the Telfer School of Management’s Executive MBA program, and is a retired Partner with an international consulting firm.  He also served as the Vice-President of HR and Organization Research at the Conference Board of Canada.

Ian is a specialist in human resources governance, organization and performance management, and compensation strategy.  He is also a noted thought leader and has authored articles on organization design, performance management and compensation strategy. Ian currently serves on Boards of the TransCanada Trail and FSO Ottawa.

Jennifer Hodgins

Jennifer Hodgins

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.

Related services

  • Employment and labour
  • Human rights

Key industry sectors

  • Financial institutions
  • Life sciences and healthcare
  • Transport

Education
B.A. (Hons.), University of Toronto, 2006
LL.B., Dalhousie University, 2010

Admissions

  • Ontario 2011

Speaking engagements

  • “Proactive pay equity legislation for the federal sector,” Norton Rose Fulbright Canada client webinar, June 12, 2019.
  • “Ontario’s New Pay Transparency Legislation,” HR Masterclass, Human Resources Directorate, September 10, 2018.
  • “Update on Workplace Investigations,” The Six-Minute Employment Lawyer 2017, the Law Society of Upper Canada,  June 7, 2017.
  • “The Right to Strike and Other Musings from the Supremes” (co-presenter with Richard Charney), client seminar, May 2015.
  • “Update on Employment Standards: Protected Leaves, Frustration, and More” (co-presenter), client seminar, September 2014.
  • “The Canada Labour Code: A Primer for Federally Regulated Employers,” HR Reporter webinar, Thomson Reuters, April 10, 2014.

Memberships and activities

  • Ontario Bar Association
  • The Advocates’ Society
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.

Jackie VanDerMeulen

Jackie VanDerMeulen

Partner

Fasken Martineau LLP

Jackie VanDerMeulen is a partner in the Labour, Employment and Human Rights Group at Fasken, where she practices all aspects of labour and employment law. She is a skilled advocate who regularly represents employers in labour arbitrations, interest arbitrations, federal and provincial labour board matters, human rights proceedings, employment litigation and applications for judicial review.  Jackie is recognized by Lexpert in the category of Workplace Human Rights and has developed particular expertise in accessibility legislation and pay equity.  She frequently assists federally and provincially regulated employers with their accessibility and pay equity programs, including any resulting litigation.