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 2024 - 8th Annual Future Leaders Conference Agenda

For a printable copy of the agenda please click here

Friday, May 3, 2024

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm  -  CACE Sponsored Networking Event Lobby Bar

Saturday, May 4, 2024

10:00 am – 1:00 pm  -  Registration Wildrose Foyer

11:50 am – 12:50 pm  - Attendee Networking Lunch Wildrose North

12:55 – 1:05 pm  -  Welcome Remarks – Co-Chairs – Wildrose Center & South
Speakers:  Casey Dockendorff, Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti LLP &  Jill Wilkie, Miller Thomson LLP

1:05 – 2:05 pm  -   Cracking the Code: Delving Into Intriguing Workplace Investigation Issues - Wildrose Center & South

 Through the issue of case studies, panel members will discuss unique, interesting and complex workplace investigations issues, such as:

  • Engaging and instructing an investigator
  • Sexual assault in the workplace and working with local law enforcement
  • Witness tampering
  • Breaches of confidentiality

Speakers:  Casey Dockendorff, Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti LLP & Jennifer Hawkins, Southern Butler Price LLP

2:05 – 3:05 pm   -  Structuring Settlements - Wildrose Center & South

  • Overview options
  • Tax implications of structuring a settlement
  • EI repayment obligations
  • Reporting obligations
  • Indemnities
  • The Use of Consent Orders

 Speakers:  Kecia Podetz, Emond Harnden LLP & Jessica Bungay, Cox & Palmer

3:05 – 3:30 pm  -  Networking Break Wildrose Foyer

3:30 – 4:30 pm  -  Jurisdictional Jigsaw: Issues all L & E Lawyers Should be Aware of Across Canada - Wildrose Center & South

Panel members will review unique provincial labour and employment topics across the jurisdictions, including:

  • Pay transparency legislation
  • Just cause: does it exist (Quebec, NS)
  • Drafting termination clauses that will stick
  • Ban on non-disclosure agreements
  • Ban on non-competes

Speakers:  James Kondopulos, Roper Greyell LLP & Brittany Carson, Lavery de Billy LLP

6:30 – 9:00 pm  - Mentoring Reception & Dinner – Brix & Barrell Restaurant


  • Casey Dockendorff, Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti LLP
  • Martin Thompson, McMillan LLP
  • Ian Pickard, McInnes Cooper
  • Jill Wilkie, Miller Thompson LLP
  • James Kondopulos, Roper Greyell LLP
  • Vicki Giles, McLennan Ross LLP
  • Kecia Podetz, Emond Harnden LLP
  • Nicole Skuggedal, Lawson Lundell LLP
  • Brittany Carson, Lavery de Billy LLP
  • Christopher Deehy, Lapointe Rosenstein Marchand Melançon, LLP
  • Matthew Carroll, Royal Bank of Canada
  • Jessica Bungay, Cox & Palmer
  • George Avraam, Baker & McKenzie
  • Rebecca Saturley, Stewart McKelvey
  • Neena Gupta, Gowlings WLG
  • Shandra Czarnecki, MLT Aikins LLP               

9:00 pm  -  Post Dinner Networking the Rooftop

Sunday, May 5, 2024

9:00 – 9:45 am  -  Buffet Breakfast Wildrose North

9:45 – 10:45 am  - If Only I Knew Then - A Panel of Insights - Wildrose Center & South

  • Is there such a thing as over-preparing witnesses
  • Using technology to your (dis)advantage
  • Building a practice as an L & E practitioner
  • Due Diligence- what is it and how do I do it well
  • Can you avoid employment standards legislation in a sale of business

 Speakers: Martin Thompson, McMillan LLP & Ian Pickard, McInnes Cooper

10:45 – 11:45 am -  Accommodation Mosaic: Piecing Together Unique Issues and Solutions to Accommodation Requests - Wildrose Center & South

  • Things you can ask the employee
  • Using Template letters
  • Checklist of questions you can ask

Speakers: Vicki Giles, McLennan Ross LLP & Jill Wilkie, Miller Thompson LLP

11:45 am – 12:00 pm  -  Networking Break Wildrose Foyer

12:00 – 1:00 pm  - The Wild, Wild, West – A Practical Guide to Practicing Labour  and Employment Law Wildrose Center & South

  • Hear from experienced labour lawyers about some of the practical realities of labour law
  • When and How to Use Consent Awards
  • When to Raise Preliminary Issues
  • Collective Bargaining- thinking beyond the current term and relationships with unions

Speakers:  Alison Adam, McLennan Ross LLP & Erin Ludwig, Associate General Counsel, Alberta Health Services

1:00 pm  - Closing RemarksWildrose Center & South 
Speaker: 2023-2024 CACE President, Nicole Skuggedal

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