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05-Apr-2017 Standing Up for the Workplace: The Importance of Addressing and Preventing Workplace Bullying With increasing attention on the problem of bullying in the workplace, employers must ensure that they have rigorous, thoughtful and transparent policies and practices to identify, address and prevent inappropriate, unethical and unlawful behaviours in their work environments. Kate McNeill-Keller and Carolyn Lee will address the issues surrounding workplace bullying from a dual legal and human resources perspective, engaging a discussion on the importance of proactive human resources management and the legal and ethical consequences of a failure to do the same.


Kate McNeill-Keller is a Partner in the Labour & Employment Group at McCarthy Tétrault LLP and represents both public and private sector employers in all manner of workplace matters, including workplace bullying and harassment, human rights and occupational health and safety.

Carolyn Lee is a Labour Relations and Employment Specialist at McCarthy Tétrault LLP. As an experienced Human Resources professional, Carolyn routinely advises employer clients on effective human resources practices and workplace management issues, including with respect to employee conduct and workplace bullying

22-Mar-2017 Is Canada taking White Collar Crime Seriously? Norm Keith, LL.M., partner at Fasken Martineau, addresses this timely and important topic of the accountability, criminal enforcement and the social responsibility of corporations in Canada. Topics covered include:
1.The “new normal” of criminalizing corporate behavior;

2.How the Westray Mine disaster changed corporate criminal liability;

3.The problem of proof in white collar prosecutions (Dunn & Duffy);

4.Recent examples of white collar convictions (Karigar & Kazenelson);

5.Will criminal prosecutions make businesses “more ethical”;

6.Towards a rationale model of corporate accountability and compliance.

18-Oct-2016 Urgent Update on Developing an Ethical Corporate Culture Do you know how the need to develop and monitor an ethical corporate culture is being built into expectations for boards of directors? Are you familiar with the lessons from recent corporate fiascos related to weak corporate cultures, and how those could be avoided? Are you taking full advantage of the opportunities presented by a strong ethical corporate culture?

Len Brooks, Professor of Business Ethics & Accounting, University of Toronto
David Selley, Retired Partner, Ernst & Young, LLP
the co-authors of the EthicsCentre’s 2012 publication, Ethics & Governance: Developing & Maintaining an Ethical Corporate

24-Feb-2016 Emerging Ethical Trends in Workplace Law Employment and labour law is a rapidly-changing field replete with ethical issues. As we enter 2016, it is worthwhile to look back at several key ethical developments in 2015 and attempt to assess where they might lead in this important field of law in the year(s) ahead.

We read in the news in 2015 about internal investigations of alleged employee misconduct. What is the latest view on when investigations should be conducted and how can organizations avoid the pitfalls of investigation “fails”?

Numerous ethical pitfalls also arise at the beginning of the employment process, when recruiting and hiring, and at the end when dealing with terminations. For instance, is there now a duty to bargain in good faith when negotiating employment contracts? How what you say to entice someone to join your organization can create reasonable expectations by your new employee? How should you treat your employee at the point of termination?

We are pleased to have Andrea York, Co-Practice Group Leader of Blakes’ national Employment & Labour Group, lead us in a discussion of these issues.

Andrea York

Andrea is a partner at Blakes working out of their Toronto office. She advises corporations and other employers on employment and privacy law issues, and works across a variety of sectors, including banking and financial services, retail, manufacturing, medical products, and marketing and advertising. Andrea is the Co-Practice Group Leader of the Firm's national Employment & Labour Group, Co-Chair of the Privacy Group and the Firm's national Privacy Officer. She is also national Co-Chair of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee at Blakes.

26-Jan-2016 Staffing after Ghomeshi, Ford, and Volkswagen: A renewed Agenda for Selecting Ethical Employees and Leaders With the ongoing risk of high – profile leadership failure and public exposure of employee impropriety through online media, companies are increasingly in a reactive mode as they struggle with how ethical objectives should be defined, chosen and implemented when recruiting employees and selecting leaders. Rick Hackett and Raymond Chiu will examine the challenge by drawing upon their recent survey, interview, and philosophical research focused on executive experiences, leader virtue, and HR related ethics. The wide ranging talk will provide a critical and practical framework for building ethically focused staffing strategies in organizations.

Rick Hackett is a Professor and Canada Research Chair in Organizational Behavior and Human Performance at the DeGroote School of Business. He is co-author of the HRPA endorsed textbook “Recruitment and Selection in Canada” and specializes in executive/managerial assessment, leadership, testing, and work attitudes.

Raymond Chiu is a doctoral candidate at the DeGroote School of Business and is the recipient of the Ethics Centre 2012 graduate scholarship. His research focuses on personnel selection, workplace ethics, moral values and religion and spirituality in organizations.

19-Nov-2015 Ontario Securities Commission Whistleblower Program In October 2015, the Ontario Securities Commission published Proposed OSC Policy 15-601 Whistleblower Program, which describes a whistleblower program that would encourage the reporting of serious securities-related misconduct in Ontario to the OSC. Under the proposed policy, a whistleblower could be awarded up to $5 million.

Speakers: Catherine Weiler and Clare Devlin, Litigation Counsel, Ontario Securities Commission

12-May-2015 Ontario’s new law requiring pension funds to disclose their approach to ethical investing While the Ethics Centre celebrates its 25th anniversary, we continue to see how the requirement to act ethically is increasingly weaving its way into the fabric of corporate cultures. More recently, we have seen how courts and regulators are also expecting ethical behaviour in commercial activity. In Ontario, new legislation will soon require pension fund administrators to disclose whether, and if so, how, environmental, social and governance factors will be incorporated into their investment decision-making process. Randy Bauslaugh leads McCarthy Tétrault’s national Pension, Benefits & Executive Compensation practice, and is known as one of the leading pension lawyers in Canada. Heather Lang is the Director, Institutional Relations for Sustainalytics in Canada where she helps prospective clients determine the responsible investment solutions that best fit their needs.

Randy and Heather will discuss the new legislation and the implications for pension fund administrators, while also discussing the ethical investing trend.

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20-Jan-2015 Celebrating 25 Years at the EthicsCentre - An afternoon with Dr. Mary Gentile On November 25th, the EthicsCentre celebrated 25 years of engagement with the business community in Canada. The occasion was marked by a special event with featured guest speaker Dr. Mary Gentile, Senior Researcher and Director of the "Giving Voice to Values" program at Babson College.

Summarized by Mimi Marrocco, Consultant, CSR Program, University of St. Michael's College

11-Dec-2014 Toronto’s financial sector – a growing global player with a global need for talent By: Janet Ecker, President & CEO, Toronto Financial Services Alliance (TFSA)
22-May-2014 Ethics in Public Life The Honourable R. Roy McMurtry, OC, O.Ont, QC

Ethics in Public Life - personal reflections on ethics in public life with a focus on politics and the administration of justice

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