London: IN-PERSON Annual Legal Update with Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti 2024

Date and Time

Starts:10/02/2024 8:15 AM

Ends:10/02/2024 11:45 AM

Registration Closes:09/25/2024 8:00 AM

Event Type: Professional Development

2.5 CPD Hour(s)

Best Western Plus Lamplighter Inn & Conference Centre 591 Wellington Rd London, Ontario


HRPA Members: Free
Non-Members: $50 + tax

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Additional Information

This is an IN-PERSON event. Registering online in advance is required. Registrations will not be accepted at the door.

A $35 + tax “no show/late cancellation” fee will be charged if cancellation is not provided to at least 3 business days in advance. No exceptions.

Event Sponsor

We are pleased to welcome back the lawyers of Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti LLP to provide updates on current case law, statutory changes, and recent developments impacting the workplace. Presenting as a panel they will touch on many topics to help mitigate risk in the workplace.

While the specific topic details will be finalized closer to the event date, topics may include: Case Law updates, Updates and tips on constructive/wrongful dismissals and employment agreements, privacy laws, and termination updates. Join us to stay informed!

Learning Objectives:
1. Insights into the current legal landscape in Ontario
2. Managing employer / employee relationship
3. Understanding of current legal issues and issues from the last year with Case Law update


8:15 am  Welcome, Networking and Breakfast
8:40 am  Chapter Announcements
8:45 am  Speaker Presentations
10:00 am Coffee/tea break
10:20 am Speaker Presentation
11:40 am Final Words
11:45 am Event Concludes

Registration Closes:  September 25, 2024 at 8:00 AM...or sooner if it sells out!

Registration Difficulties or Questions: Please reach out to our Chapter Experience Coordinator Bobbi-Lyn Smith at

Speaker bio(s)
Darren Avery

Darren is a partner with Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti LLP, and is based in our London office. He practices in all areas of labour and employment law, as well as related areas such as privacy law, administrative law, and defending individuals and corporations charged with regulatory offences, including charges under the Occupational Health and Safety Act. Darren represents clients of all sizes, from small family-owned businesses to multinational corporations. He also has years of experience assisting public sector clients including hospitals, municipalities, and post-secondary institutions. Darren is a persuasive and effective advocate who has appeared at various levels of court in Ontario, at arbitration hearings, and at various administrative tribunals including the Ontario Labour Relations Board.

Cassandra da Costa

Cassandra is senior associate with Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti's London office. Cassandra’s practice focuses on a full range of labour and employment issues including collective bargaining, labour disputes, grievance arbitrations, human rights, wrongful dismissal defense litigation, employment standards, employment contracts, and workplace policies. Cassandra offers clients a collaborative and creative approach to solving complex workplace issues. She works with public and private sector employers alike, big and small, operating across multiple sectors. Prior to joining the firm, Cassandra practiced with a boutique management-side labour and employment law firm in London. Before being called to the Bar of Ontario, Cassandra represented a major U.S. city in collective bargaining, labour disputes, employment and human rights issues. While Cassandra maintains a broad and general practice, her past experience has instilled a keen understanding of the unique political, cultural and socio-economic environment in which municipalities operate. She also has particular experience with the labour and employment challenges relating to police services, utilities, and public sector employee unions. Having practiced labour and employment law in multiple jurisdictions, Cassandra is also uniquely positioned to assist U.S. employers navigate the Canadian regulatory landscape.

Casey Dockendorff

Casey has been a partner with Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti LLP since 2015. Casey practises in all areas of labour and employment law. She acts for a wide variety of union and non-union clients in both the public and private sectors. Casey 's practice focuses on public sector work, where she represents a number of municipalities, school boards, hospitals, and other broader public sector clients. Casey has acted as counsel in many arbitrations, wrongful dismissals, and proceedings before the Ontario Labour Relations Board and the Human Rights Tribunal. She provides regular and ongoing advice to her clients in respect to all labour and employment matters, including Workplace Safety and Insurance Act and Occupational Health and Safety Act matters. Casey has led collective bargaining as the spokesperson at the bargaining table (for both first collective agreements and renewal agreements), and she has provided advice on drafting collective agreement language. She has also provided "behind-the- scenes" advice to clients in all sectors during the collective bargaining process. Casey also regularly conducts workplace investigations on behalf of clients, and she regularly provides training to clients on how to conduct workplace investigations, including on the art of report writing. Casey also regularly speaks at conferences, meetings and seminars held by various human resources groups and organizations in London and throughout Ontario. Casey is very active in the London community serving on multiple boards and involving herself in many community fundraising events.

Brian MacDonald

Brian has been a partner at Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti LLP since 2016. He articled with the firm in 2009 before joining as an associate in 2010. Brian practises in all areas of labour and employment law. He acts for a wide variety of union and non-union clients, including federally-regulated clients. He has acted as counsel in many significant arbitrations, wrongful dismissals, and proceedings before the Ontario Labour Relations Board and the Human Rights Tribunal. He has also advised on and coordinated litigation strategy with employer associations and their members, both during the open season/raiding period and during the subsequent litigation. He regularly advises on WSIB issues as well as occupational health and safety matters. Brian’s practice has a particular focus on the construction industry and the transportation sector. He regularly appears before the Ontario Labour Relations Board representing construction industry clients in section 133 grievances, jurisdictional disputes, related employer/sale of business matters, Applications for Certification and unfair labour practices. Brian has significant experience collective bargaining. He has appeared as lead spokesperson for both federally and provincially regulated companies in both the public and private sector and in any number industries, including manufacturing, trucking, construction, professional services, and social welfare. He provides advice on drafting collective agreement language, and is a co-author of a major text on the subject. He also assists employers through the conciliation, strike, and injunction process where necessary. Brian believes in providing clients practical, efficient solutions to manage complex workplace situations. Brian is a father of four (and aware that that is probably more than enough), an avid reader, a collector of vinyl, and a fan of the Blue Jays and Raptors.

Rusty McLay, Partner

Rusty is a partner in the London office of Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti LLP practising in all areas of labour and employment law. Rusty represents clients at various tribunals and at all levels of court in all matters relating to labour and employment law, including labour arbitrations, human rights, wrongful dismissal actions and Ontario Labour Relations Board matters. Before joining the firm, Rusty was the Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel at Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning. For many years, he was a Vice-President, Legal at BlackBerry where he oversaw all global employment law issues.