Human Rights Law Conference 2018

Course Date: November 29, 2018

Total: 11h 38min

Day 1

Welcome and Introduction

Sandra F. Guarascio — Roper Greyell LLP, Vancouver
Lindsay M. Lyster — Moore Edgar Lyster LLP, Vancouver

Judicial Review Update

  • review and update of significant BC Supreme Court, BC Court of Appeal, and Supreme Court of Canada cases

Katherine A. Hardie — BC Human Rights Tribunal, Vancouver
David G. Wong — Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, Vancouver

Sexual Misconduct: Prevention and Investigation

  • best practices for prevention: policies and beyond
  • the essentials of investigations and what you can and can’t disclose

Jessica L. Derynck — Legal Counsel, Health Sciences Association of BC, New Westminster
Carolyn M. MacEachern 
Young Anderson, Vancouver


Sexual Misconduct: Claims, Damages, and Case Law Update

  • different forums for sexual misconduct claims (HRT, WCB, civil, criminal), tests, and damages
  • recent cases and analysis

Sara Hanson Moore Edgar Lyster LLP, Vancouver
Bethany Hastie — Assistant Professor, Peter A. Allard School of Law, University of BC, Vancouver

Lunch with Featured Speaker

"Whose Job is it to Protect Human Rights?"
The Honourable Lynn Smith, QC Peter A. Allard School of Law, University of BC, Vancouver

Enhancing and Supporting Mental Capacity: Practical and Ethical Issues

  • what mental capacity means
  • why this subject matters particularly to human rights practice
  • when a lawyer can represent a person with diminished capacity
  • practical strategies for supporting your client to have adequate capacity to participate in the legal process

Krista James — National Director, Canadian Centre for Elder Law, Vancouver
Kevin Love — Community Legal Assistance Society, Vancouver
Heather D'Oyley — Vancouver Coastal Health, Vancouver


Challenging Governmental Action

  • how do you deal with governmental action and legislation that is discriminatory
  • human rights vs. Charter
  • procedural issues
  • implications SCC Matson/Andrews case

Laura Track — Community Legal Assistance Society, Vancouver
Oliver Pulleyblank — Pulleyblank Law, Vancouver

Effective Advocacy at the Human Rights Tribunal: A view from the Tribunal Members

  • Q & A session with members of the Human Rights Tribunal about best (and worst) practices in mediation, hearings, and written applications
  • panelists will also discuss recent policy and practice changes at the Tribunal

Devyn Cousineau — BC Human Rights Tribunal, Vancouver
Emily Ohler — BC Human Rights Tribunal, Vancouver
Barbara A. Korenkiewicz 
BC Human Rights Tribunal, Vancouver
Moderator: Lindsay M. Lyster — Moore Edgar Lyster LLP, Vancouver

Day 2


Sandra F. Guarascio — Roper Greyell LLP, Vancouver
Lindsay M. Lyster — Moore Edgar Lyster LLP, Vancouver

Case Law Update

  • key cases
  • analysis and trends
  • effects on practice

Laura DeVries — McCarthy Tétrault LLP, Vancouver
Christopher M. McHardy
— McCarthy Tétrault LLP, Vancouver


An Intersectional Analysis at the Crossroads of Canadian Human Rights Law and Canadian Immigration Law

  • medical inadmissibility
  • criminal inadmissibilty
  • identifying immigration status
  • renumeration of foreign nationals

Deanna L. Okun-Nachoff — McCrea Immigration Law, Vancouver
Véronique Delahaye — McCrea Immigration Law, Vancouver

When are Workplace Drug Policies Discriminatory

Lindsay Waddell — Moore Edgar Lyster LLP, Vancouver
Sari A. Wiens— Harris & Company LLP, Vancouver

Networking Lunch (provided)

Why Law Firms Should Embrace Workplace Inclusion and Well-being

  • why workplace inclusion is important
  • the benefits of recognizing and supporting diversity
  • why law firms should prioritize employee health

Claire L. Marchant  Practice Advisor and Equity Ombudsperson, Law Society of BC, Vancouver
Bena Stock — Associate Director, Lawyers Assistance Program of BC, Vancouver


Implications of the Decision in Trinity Western University v. Law Society of British Columbia

  • is there a “rights” hierarchy?
  • the role of Charter values in litigation
  • the level of deference granted to decision-makers
  • could this decision become a “creep” towards imposing Charter obligations on private parties, by virtue of the Charter obligations owed by regulatory bodies?
  • could the decision be used to regulate ideologies within educational institutions?
  • what implications might the case have on other religious institutions?
  • will the decision be limited to lawyers because of the special role lawyers play in society?
  • how will or could this decision affect the protections granted under s. 41 of the Human Rights Code?

Gwendoline Allison — Foy Allison Law Group, West Vancouver
Robyn P.M. Trask — BC Teachers' Federation, Vancouver

Ethics Fact Patterns

  • what would/should you do?
  • discussions in context

Shona A. Moore, QC — Moore Edgar Lyster LLP, Vancouver
Gabriel M.A. Somjen, QC — Arbitrator and Mediator, Vancouver

Closing Remarks

Sandra F. Guarascio — Roper Greyell LLP, Vancouver
Lindsay M. Lyster — Moore Edgar Lyster LLP, Vancouver