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Queen's University


Shades of Grey: Law and Aging in the Contemporary Workplace Conference

Friday, April 27th, 2012 (Evening Reception with Keynote Speaker)



Saturday, April 28, 2012


Location:  Hyatt Regency Toronto

370 King Street

Toronto, Ontario



 Keynote Speaker:

Justice Thomas Cromwell

Supreme Court of Canada


Registration online or complete and return form found here



Friday, April 27th


7:00 p.m.  





Registration, Reception and Keynote Speaker

The Honourable Mr. Justice Thomas Cromwell, Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada


Saturday, April 28th

8:30 a.m.




Continued Registration

9:00 – 9:10 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Bill Flanagan, Dean, Faculty of Law, Queen’s University

Beth Symes, Partner, Symes Street & Millard LLP

Mark Ellis Partner, Baker & McKenzie LLP     

9:10 - 9:40 a.m.

Population Aging - Demo Doom or Apocalypse No?

Michael Wolfson, Canada Research Chair in Population Health Modelling/Populomics,

 University of Ottawa, Faculty of Medicine

9:40 – 10:15 a.m.

The Theoretical Justifications for Anti-Age Discrimination Law in the Employment Setting  

Pnina Alon-Shenker, Assistant Professor, Law & Business, Ryerson University

10:15 - 10:30 a.m. Break
10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Litigating Age Discrimination in the Shadow of the Charter:

McKinney Rides Again!  

Robert Charney, Constitutional Lawyer & Professor, Ministry of the Attorney General

Elizabeth McIntyre, Partner, Cavalluzzo Hayes Shilton McIntyre & Cornish LLP

Barry Brown, Partner, Hicks Morley Hamilton Stewart Storie LLP

11:30 – 12:15 p.m.
The Accommodation Gap:  What do Older Workers Need,

What Do They Have a Right To, and Are They Getting It?

Kevin Banks, CLCW Director & Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, Queen's University

Richard Chaykowski, Professor & Master of Industrial Relations Program Director,

 Queen's School of Policy Studies

George Slotsve, Department of Economics, Northern Illinois University

12:10 - 1:10 p.m. Lunch
1:10 –1:45 p.m.

Two-Tier Workplaces  

Michael MacNeil, Associate Professor, Department of Law, Carleton University

1:45 – 2:20 p.m.  Security of Retirement Benefits in Canada:  You Bet Your Life?

Ronald Davis, Associate Professor, University of British Columbia

2:20 – 2:55 p.m. Legal Issues for Employers in the Current Round of Pension Reform

Paul Litner, Partner, Pensions & Benefits, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

2:55 - 3:10 p.m. Break
3:10 – 3:45 p.m.
Employment Pensions and Gender Equality

Elizabeth Shilton, CLCW Senior Fellow, Faculty of Law, Queen’s University

3:45 – 4:45 p.m. Wrap-Up Panel – An Aging Workforce Confronts the Law of the

Workplace:  Where are We Headed?

Chair:     Justice Stephen Goudge, Court of Appeal for Ontario

Sheila Osborne-Brown, Director & Senior Counsel, Canadian Human Rights Commission

Bernie Fishbein, Chair, Ontario Labour Relations Board

Elizabeth MacPherson, Chairperson, Canada Industrial Relations Board

Susan Eng, Vice-President for Advocacy, CARP

4:45 p.m. 
Concluding Remarks

Beth Symes, Partner, Symes Street & Millard LLP

Mark Ellis, Partner, Baker & McKenzie LLP

Kevin Banks, CLCW Director & Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, Queen’s University

Registration online or complete and return form found here





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