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|Date||RESOURCE TITLE||RESOURCE DESCRIPTION|
|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
|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 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.
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.
To receive Heather's presentation - please contact email@example.com
|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)|
|08-Dec-2014||Accommodating Medical Marijuana in the Workplace||By Parisa Nikfarjam, Associate Lawyer, Rubin Thomlinson LLP, Employment Lawyers
How did possession of Marijuana become legal for medical use?
On July 31, 2000, the Ontario Court of Appeal ruled that a total prohibition on marijuana possession was unconstitutional.
|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
|21-Mar-2014||Designing Cross-sector Social Partnerships for Local Sustainability||Dr. Amelia Clarke, Director, Master of Environment and Business (MEB) Program, University of Waterloo
Amelia Clarke’s research explores the emergence, role and design of cross-sector social partnerships as a strategy to solve community-wide social problems. These are partnerships involving local authorities, large corporations, business associations, non-governmental organizations, universities, and small- & medium-sized enterprises.
This talk focuses on Canadian communities, and considers different approaches to implementing a collaborative strategic plan when multiple organizations with different communications and decision-making systems, mandates and cultures are involved. Drawing on four cases, 72 interviews, and two Canada-wide surveys, Clarke draws out the perceived advantages and disadvantages of different ways of designing these partnerships.