Centre for Law in the Contemporary Workplace

Centre for Law in the Contemporary Workplace

Discussion Session with Stephen Shamie

October 24, 2014

University

Steve Shamie, Managing Partner of Hicks Moley LLP held an informal discussion session with interested Labour & Employment Club members. Steve spoke about his career path from University instructor to managing partner of one of Canada's top management-side firms, what it is like to practice labour and employment law in Ontario, and gave students insight into the bargaining of the CFL's latest collective agreement to give a current and real-world example of labour law in action. This was the third year the Club hosts this discussion in conjunction with the CLCW, which was useful for anyone hoping to practice labour & employment law or wanting to learn more about this area. The Session was held on Friday, October 24th in Macdonald Hall and gave students a unique opportunity to ask questions and discuss labour and employment law an informal environment. We thank Steve for joining us and hope to continue this in future years.


Annual Careers Panel for Students

October 17, 2014

University

The Queen’s Labour and Employment Law Club, in conjunction with the Centre for Law in the Contemporary Workplace, was proud to present their annual Workplace Law Career Panel. This event brought together labour and employment practitioners from government and both management-side and union-side firms to share their experience and field student's questions. This year’s panel event was held on Friday, October 17th from 3:00-5:00pm in the Law Lounge. Our guests included:

• Fiona Campbell, Sack Goldblatt Mitchell LLP
• Alexa Sulzenko, Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti LLP
• Katherine Ferreira, Koskie Minsky LLP
• Sundeed Gokhale, Sherrard Kuzz LLP
• Colin Youngman, Hicks Morley Stewart Storie LLP
• Anne Clark-McMunagle, Public Service Labour Relations Board


Queen’s Law Developing Mentorship Program to Pair Law Students with Labour & Employment Law Experts

August 5, 2014

The Centre for Law in the Conteporary Workplace is currently developing a mentorship program to pair students interested in careers in labour and employment law with some of the most well-respected lawyers in the country. The program will launch in the Fall of 2014 for Upper year students and Winter 2015 for First year students. For more information, or to participate in this program contact Centre Associate Director, Trish Appleyard.


Queen’s Brings Home the Hicks Cup for the Third Time in Four Years

March 28, 2014

University

On Friday March 28, the Hicks Morley Labour Law Moot Championship was held in Toronto. After preliminary rounds in all the Ontario law schools sent a team, however Queen's is the only law school that sends first-years only. In addition to competing against upper year mooters AND having never taken a labour law course, Alyssa LeBlanc and Adam James learned that they would have to switch sides only a little over a week before the championship round.

In spite of all of those hurdles, Alyssa and Adam emerged victorious from a challenging final championship round against Western and WON the entire championship, bringing the Hicks Cup back to its proper home in Kingston!

Alyssa and Adam have put an incredible amount of work into preparing for a labour law issue that would be challenging even for upper year students.

Queen’s Law has won the Hick’s Cup in three of the last four years, and came in second place in the fourth year. An incredible achievement, especially considering that Queen’s is the only school limiting participation to first-year students.


The CLCW and Queen's Law Labour & Employment Club Hosts Susan Philpott

March 12, 2014

University

Susan Philpott, a partner at Koskie Minsky LLP in its Pensions group, met with Law and Master of Industrial Relations students for an informal discussion on working in labour law for Union clients. This was the second year that the CLCW, along with the Labour and Employment Law Club, has hosted this discussion, which was useful for anyone hoping to practice labour & employment law or wanting to learn more about this area. The visit was held on March 12, 2014 in Macdonald Hall and gave students a unique opportunity to meet with a pensions expert in an informal yet informative environment. We thank Susan for joining us and look forward to continuing this in future years. In the Fall semester, the CLCW had hosted a managing partner from an employers’-side firm to provide the perspective of working on the management side.


Queen's Snags Second Place at National Labour Arbitration Moot Competition

January 2012

University

The CLCW is delighted to report that Queen's placed second at the Mathews Dinsdale Canadian Labour Arbitration Moot Competition. Oralists Jessica Liu and Angela Wiggins turned in outstanding performances, improving in each round. They benefitted from the excellent research of Swarna Perinparajah, and from the thoughtful advice, experience and late evening sounding board provided by the three members of last year's team who returned to share student coaching duties: Giovanna DiSauro, Melissa McKay and Chanelle Wong.

 

 


Bernie Adell and Don Carter win the Bora Laskin Award

December 2013

University

It is with great pleasure that we extend our congratulations to Bernie Adell and Don Carter who will receive the Bora Laskin Award this year, in recognition of their outstanding contributions in teaching and scholarship in the area of labour and employment law. This is wonderful news and well-earned recognition at the highest level for two of our Centre colleagues.

The Bora Laskin Award has been established by the University of Toronto to honour those who have made Outstanding Contributions to Canadian Labour Law. The award is name after the late Chief Justice Bora Laskin (1912-1984) who, before joining the Supreme Court of Canada, was pre-eminent as a labour law scholar and labour arbitrator.

Nominations are considered of any professional involved in labour law, including academics, labour and management counsel, judges, arbitrators and adjudicators.

Congratulations to Bernie and Don!


The CLCW and Queen's Law Labour & Employment Club Hosts Steve Shamie

October 18, 2013

University

Steve Shamie, Managing Partner of Hicks Moley LLP graciously offered to hold an informal discussion session with interested Labour & Employment Club members. This was the second year the Club hosts this discussion, which was useful for anyone hoping to practice labour & employment law or wanting to learn more about this area. The Session was held on Friday, October 18th in Macdonald Hall and gave students a unique opportunity to meet with the managing partner of one of Canada's top management-side firms in an informal environment. We thank Steve for joining us and hope to continue this in future years.

 

 


The Labour and Employment Club Hosted a Workplace Law Career Panel

September 27, 2013

September 27, 2013: The Labour and Employment Club, in conjunction with the Centre for Law in the Contemporary Workplace and the Careers Services Office hosted their third annual Workplace Law Career Panel. The panel was held in the student lounge of Macdonald Hall. The workplace Law Career Panel brought management-side, union-side and government lawyers to Queen's law. Each discussed their practice and offered practical advice to students interested in the fields of labour, employment and human rights law. The panelists included Fiona Campbell from Sack Goldblatt Mitchell LLP, Kees Kort from Hicks Morley Stewart Storrie LLP, Alexa Sulzenko from Filion Wakely Thorup Angelettiand Anne Clark-McMunagle from the Public Service Labour Relations Board.


The CLCW Went to Barcelona

June 13-15, 2013

University

Centre Researchers attended the inaugural conference of the newly-formed international Labour Law Research Netowrk, which was held at the Faculty of Law, Ompeu Fabra University (UPF), Barcelona, Spain from June 13-15, 2013. The Centre's panel, entitled Frontiers of Workplace Human Rights: A View from the Americas, featured presentations on the following topics:

"Disability accommodation in employment: How does an aging population matter and what might it mean for law and policy?" (Kevin Banks)

"Discrimination on the basis of "family status": New tool for transforming workplaces and societies or Trojan horse for subverting gender equality?" (Elizabeth Shilton)

"Labour law and the regulation of domestic work: A comparative analysis of Brazil and Spain" (Ana Gomes, together with I. Baviera Puig of the University of Navarra, Spain)

The Centre for Law in the Contemporary Workplace is very pleased to have contributed support to the conference to enable researchers from the developing world to attend.


CLCW Awarded $10,000 SARC Grant

April 2012

University

Centre Director Kevin Banks and the Centre Researcher Elizabeth Shilton have been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Senate Advisory Research Committee (SARC) to develop their research project entitlted "The Changing Role of Labour Relations Boards in Canada: Key Research Questions for the 21st Century". The Project will examine the many significant changes in the function of labour relations boards across Canada since they were fist established in period immediately after World War II, and explore wether their policies, procedures and adjudicative structures have kept pace with those changes. Banks and Shilton are working on this project with an expert subcommittee of current and former labour boards chairs, all of whom are members of the Centre's Advisory Committee: Elizabeh MacPherson, Bob Blair and Donald Carter.


Michaela Keenan-Pelletier, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP Recipient for 2012

November 15, 2012

University

November 15, 2012: Congratulations to Michaela Keenan-Pelletier, Law 14, the Borden Ladner Gervais LLP Recipient for 2012, who worked with Centre for Law in the Contemporary Workplace Director, Professor Kevin Banks, on a project exploring issues related to accommodating and integrating older workers, disabled workers and caregivers into the workplace, and the position of workplace law in a global economy, entitled "New Demographics, New Economy: Pressures and Responses in Workplace Law".

Reception was held on Thursday, November 15, 2012.

 

 


The Labour and Employment Club Hosted a Workplace Law Career Panel

September 28, 2012

  • (L-R:  Fiona Campbell, Kees Kort, Anne Mundy-Markell, Anne Clark-McMunagle)
    (L-R:  Fiona Campbell, Kees Kort, Anne Mundy-Markell, Anne Clark-McMunagle)
  • (L-R, Back Row:  Alyson Frankie, Lydia Bay, Fiona Campbell, Kees Kort, Anne Mundy-Markell, Anne Clark-McMunagle, Rebecca Shoom)
    (L-R, Front Row:  Tushar Anandasagar, Chanelle Wong, Andrew Ebejer
September 28, 2012: The Labour and Employment Club, in conjunction with the Centre for Law in the Contemporary Workplace and the Careers Services Office hosted their second annual Workplace Law Career Panel. The panel was held in the student lounge of Macdonald Hall. The workplace Law Career Panel brought management-side, union-side and government lawyers to Queen's law. Each discussed their practice and offered advice to students interested in the fields of labour, employment and human rights law. The panelists included Fiona Campbell from Sack Goldblatt Mitchell LLP, Kees Kort from Hicks Morley Stewart Storrie LLP, Anne Mundy-Markell from Gowlings LLP and Anne Clark-McMunagle from the Public Service Labour Relations Board.

 

 

 


CLCW Co-Chair Wins Ryan Alumni Award

May 2011

Hugh Christie, Law ‘81 (Artsci ‘78), has received the 2011 H.R.S. Ryan Alumni Award for his significant contributions to the Law Faculty, University and legal profession. The award, presented at the annual law alumni celebration in Toronto on May 4, honours the late Professor Stuart Ryan.

“This is a remarkably flattering award to receive,” Christie said, “all the more so because it is associated with Stuart Ryan, who was such a wonderful person. I thank Queen’s University and Queen’s Law on behalf of all of us who were given the legal skills that we have and, perhaps even more importantly, for our sense of public service and collegiality. I remember Professor Ryan encouraging our class to do work that was important, and not merely remunerative. This award speaks to those priorities."

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Centre Launch

November 5, 2010

November 5, 2010: CLCW Director, Co-Chairs and staff together with students and Queen's faculty attended to celebrate the Centre's formal launch at Queen's Law Faculty.