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HRPA Algoma Annual HR Conference 2015

Starts: 2015-05-07 Ends: 2015-05-07

Algoma Human Resources Professional Association


Thursday, May 07 2015 | The Grand Gardens (Denis Street)

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Dear Algoma HRPA Members, Human Resources Professionals,  Managers/Supervisors, Union Representatives, Students and partnering Algoma district associations:

Don't miss Algoma Human Resources Professional Association's conference.

Why should you attend?

  • Earn 5.5 HRPA PD Hours
  • Learn what is new in employment case law
  •  Explore the topic of social media in the work place
  •  Get motivated to make a difference in your workplace
  •  Network with your peers


Members:              $ 75.00

Non-Members:      $ 100.00

Students:               $ 50.00



Mark Contini


Mark Contini: Mathews Dinsdale & Clark LLP

Mark is our Managing Partner.

Practical and progressive, Mark advises some of Canada's largest employers, both union and non-union, on workplace issues.  

The 2011 Canadian Legal expert Directory regards Mark as one of the leading lawyers in management-side labour relations, and Best Lawyers in Canada considers him to be one of the top labour and employment lawyers.

In addition to his consultative work, Mark speaks before human rights tribunals, in judicial reviews, before appellate courts, and is a frequent spokesperson for employers in collective bargaining and grievance arbitration. As well, he regularly speaks about new and pressing challenges in workplace law in seminars and presentations.

Mark speak to us about the Latest Arbitration and Case Law.

Event Info

May 07 2015

Time: 8:45am to 10:00am & 10:15am to 11:45am


Paul Cassan

Specializing his practice in labour and employment, administrative law, civil litigation and tax assessments, Paul has experience with matters before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the Divisional Court, the Ontario Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada. Paul also has experience acting as lead counsel for the City of Elliot Lake in the recent public inquiry in to the mall collapse.

Paul has significant experience in the labour and employment field and recently litigated the leading case on social media in the workplace: Tenaris Algoma Tubes Inc. and USWA, Local 9548 (D), re, 2014 CarswellOnt 8009 (Ont Arb). In that case, Paul successfully advocated upholding the dismissal of a male employee who posted sexually harassing and threatening comments online about a female co-worker.

Paul has negotiated many collective agreements during his career. Over the past year alone he has negotiated several collective agreements in the health care field as well as in for financial institutions and employers in the hospitality industry. He has also been involved in a significant number of grievance arbitrations as well as many discipline and dismissal actions in the employment (non-unionized) field ranging from executive terminations to front line workers. Paul has had many successes in both labour and employment law fields at solving problems and resolving matters as well as litigating or arbitrating issues as required.  

Paul brings a unique perspective and court experience to Wishart Law Firm LLP, with his background in sociology, his advocacy skills, his logic and lateral thinking.  Paul will be talking about the issue of employee comments online and if they are ground for discipline.  He will look at past cases and discuss the need for a Social Media policy in the workplace.

Event Info

May 07 2015

Time: 1:00pm - 2:00pm


Julie Hryweniwicz

Julie Hryniewicz has been an inspirational speaker, adult educator and workshop leader for over a decade, following her career as a police officer. She is the author of 'Whole Living' (2009 - DVD), 'Natural Balance: How to Energize, Heal and Simplify Your Life' (2006 - Book) and 'What Happened to my Tires?' (2004 - CD).

Julie is an Alumni of the Governor General's Canadian Leadership Conference and has a   Law Clerk Diploma and Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology, with Criminology focus.  She has received training including: Certified Life Coach Practitioner, Professional Relaxation Therapist, Peer Mediation, Social Skills Facilitator and Grief Counseling in the Workplace.

Julie will speak to us about  leadership and creating a workplace culture and how it can lead to greater innovation, better service delivery, and how workplace culture drives performance.

Event Info

May 07 2015

Time: 2:00pm to 2:45pm


Team Jacobs

Team Jacobs members were introduced to the sport of curling at a very young age. We were all   considered "rink rats", eager to learn from the family members who introduced us to the sport and   never wanting to go home until we were forced to leave. We were all very fortunate to have someone in our lives who participated in national-level competitions and individuals who not only helped us develop our own game, but more importantly acted as inspirations for us to model ourselves around and strive to achieve similar success.

As a team, our experience far exceeds our age. We have set the bar high for ourselves as individuals to be considered the best at our respective positions and as well as for our team to remain as the No. 1 team in the sport of curling

Team Jacobs will be speaking about Teamwork and Leadership  - how it has lead them to success during the 2014 Olympics and the 2015 Brier. They will speak about their experience and tie it into how it can be implemented in the workplace by Human Resources Professionals, Management, Supervisors, Small Business owners.  

Event Info

May 07 2015

Time: 3:00pm to 4:00pm