2017 Legislative Review
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When: May 3, 2017
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Where: Canad Inns Club Regent Casino Hotel
1415 Regent Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba 
Contact: CPHR Manitoba

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2017 HR Legislative Review

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CPHR Manitoba's 2017 Legislative Review will be held on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at the Canad Inns Club Regent Casino.


May 3, 2017


Doors open/Registration: 7:30-8:15am

Continental Breakfast: 7:30-8:15am
Presentations: 8:15-4:30pm

CPD Hours: 



Canad Inns Destination Centre Club Regent Casino Hotel

1415 Regent Avenue West, Winnipeg, MB


Canad Inns Club Regent Casino Hotel
Standard room (single or double occupancy) 
$113 per night + applicable taxes 
To make a reservation, call 1-888-33-CANAD
Please do not call the hotel directly.
Reference "CPHR Manitoba" to receive preferred rate 

Cost (add GST):

Member early bird: $325 + GST
Member regular: $375 + GST 
Non-member early bird: $375 + GST
Non-member regular: $425 + GST

Registration Deadline:

Early Bird: April 5, 2017

Regular: Friday, April 28, 2017

Registration Includes:

Breakfast, Health Breaks and Lunch

Registration Inquiries:
Contact Heide Olazo at heide@cphrmb.ca or 204-943-0886 

PDF copies of the presentations will be emailed to all registered delegates one week prior to the event. No printed handouts will be available on site.

Want to purchase a binder with these PDFs printed out for you? This is available for pre-purchase only for $50**.

Click here to purchase

Only registered attendees are able to purchase the handouts. 

**Only registered delegates may purchase the printed handouts.

Event cancellation policy: This event is governed by our general Professional Development Cancellation, Refund & Transfer Policy. To learn more, click here.


Dave P. Negus, Labour and Employment Lawyer, MLT Aikins LLP

Session: Dave will review the legislative changes that came into effect in Manitoba and at a federal level in 2016. Additionally, he will highlight the latest trends in employment law.

Bio: Dave is a partner at MLT Aikins. He is a legal advisor to a wide variety of employers. His practice focuses on resolving complex labour, employment and human rights issues in both unionized and non-union workplaces. In addition, Dave has been a past Board member of The Misericordia Health Centre and Prairie Theatre Exchange. Currently he is a member of the Board and Honourary solicitor to the Canadian Corps of Commissionaires - Manitoba Division. Prior to practicing law Dave was a senior executive in human resource management.

Shandra N. Czarnecki, Partner, MLT Aikins LLP

Session: Shandra will clear the air on medical marijuana and its impact on the workplace, an employer’s duties to accommodate and to provide a safe work environment and employees’ obligations to attend work fit for duty. 

Bio: Shandra has practiced labour, employment and human rights law for 16 years, representing management of public and private sector organizations across a variety of industries. She provides practical and strategic advice on all matters relating to labour, employment and human rights law and represents employers before arbitration boards, human rights commissions and tribunals, labour boards, workers compensation tribunals and Manitoba courts. Shandra has been recognized in the 2009 - 2016 editions of Best Lawyers International for Labour and Employment Law and was recognized by Lexpert Magazine in 2013 as one of Canada's leading lawyers under 40. She is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers and co-chair of the Professions Division for the United Way Winnipeg Campaign Cabinet and current member of the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce HR Leadership Council.

Carolyn J. Frost, MLT Aikins LLP

Session: Step-by-Step:  The Process of Breaking Barriers  The Accessibility for Manitobans Act imposes obligations on all Employers and businesses.  These obligations currently impact certain public organizations and will affect any organization with one or more employee in Manitoba as of 2018.  This presentation will assist in understanding the obligations that apply to organizations, the ongoing development of Regulations under the Act specifically related to Employment, and how this legislation dovetails with current obligations in other legislation such as the Human Rights Code.   

BioCarolyn practices in the areas of Labour and Employment Law, Transportation Law and Administrative Law generally. She is experienced with labour disputes, non-unionized employment issues, human rights issues, disability insurance and WCB matters from both the employer and employee perspectives. She has significant experience working as a neutral decision maker. 

Reis Pagtakhan, Immigration Lawyer, MLT Aikins LLP 

Session: Over the last year, the Government of Canada has once again made major changes to the immigration rules for employers. If that is not enough, recent federal court decisions have added to the complications. Some of the new things over the last 12 months include:

  • New guidelines on how the government will apply employer compliance rules;
  • New rules expediting the entry of French speaking temporary foreign workers to provinces outside Quebec;
  • Changes to permanent residency rules which make it easier for temporary foreign workers to immigrate here;
  • The implementation of the Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) requirements for citizens of visa exempt countries wanting to travel to Canada; and
  • New court decisions interpreting the rules to bring in temporary foreign workers

Bio: Reis is a partner at Aikins Law and an CPHR Manitoba board member. He practices corporate immigration law and has over 20 years of experience advising businesses and individuals on immigration matters. His focus is on obtaining temporary entry and permanent residency for senior executives, managers, professionals and other company employees from all over the world; training business and HR professionals on immigration law and processes; and working collaboratively with business and HR professionals to create easy to use systems to comply with federal and provincial immigration laws. Reis has written on immigration issues for both the CBC and the Winnipeg Free Press. 

Grant Mitchell, Q.C.


Session: Grant will provide an annual review of pertinent Labour Board and Arbitration decisions. He will cover top grievance arbitration decisions from the past 12 months.


Bio: Grant was a partner at Taylor McCaffrey LLP where he led the labour/employment/human rights department until his retirement December 31, 2016. He practiced there for over 38 years, since he was 3. He delivers seminars across Canada on labour relations topics and has been doing so since 1988. He taught Labour Relations at the Faculty of Law, University of Manitoba, for 22 years. He was a board member of HRMAM for 4 years, and suggested this program as one that might be of interest to members, and has appeared at each annual event since its inception.

Grant is currently doing some work as an arbitrator/mediator as well as seminars on labour topics.


Jamie Alyce Juczak, Partner, Taylor McCaffrey LLP


Session: Jamie will review hot topics in human rights and accommodation, including age discrimination and accommodating an aging workforce; accommodation of transgender employees; and reconciling the doctrine of frustration with the duty to accommodate to the point of undue hardship.

Bio: Jamie Alyce Jurczak is a Partner with Taylor McCaffrey LLP, where she is a member of their labour and employment law and civil litigation practice groups.  She is experienced in all facets of management-side labour and employment law, and advises her clients on a wide range of workplace matters including employee discipline, wrongful dismissals, human rights, grievance and interest arbitrations, and collective agreement negotiations.  Her practice has a special focus on occupational health and safety matters.  Outside of the practice of law, Jamie is quite involved in the Manitoba business community, and owns her own dance studio in Winnipeg, where she continues to teach ballet, jazz, and musical theatre.

Ryan Savage, Partner, Taylor McCaffrey LLP 

Session: Ryan will provide an overview of employment agreements: why they are important, what they should say/shouldn’t say, and how to impose agreements on existing employees. The presentation will address overtime, termination of employment, restrictive covenants, confidential information and other important workplace issues. Ryan will also discuss Division XIV of the Canada Labour Code which has very significant implications on federally regulated employers, as recently confirmed by the Supreme Court of Canada in Wilson v Atomic Energy. He will touch on all aspects of Division XIV, including clarification of the legal framework and how best to protect from liability under it. 

Bio: Ryan is a partner at Taylor McCaffrey and a board member of CPHR Manitoba. Ryan Savage practices primarily in areas of labour and employment, and has for over 13 years. In addition, Ryan is Vice President of Boxing Canada and a former accomplished athlete and coach, attending the World Championships, Francophone Games and Commonwealth Games as an athlete and the 2008 Olympic Games, as a coach.


Chartered Professionals in Human Resources Manitoba (CPHR Manitoba)
1810-275 Portage Avenue / Winnipeg, Manitoba / R3B 2B3
tel. 204.943.2836 / fax. 204.943.1109 / email. hello@cphrmb.ca

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