Northern ON: IN-PERSON Legal Update with Cheadles LLP

Date and Time

Starts:09/28/2023 8:30 AM

Ends:09/28/2023 11:30 AM

Registration Closes:09/27/2023 10:35 AM

Event Type: Professional Development

2.0 CPD Hour(s)

Victoria Inn Hotel and Convention Centre 555 Arthur St W Thunder Bay, ON


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Non-Members: $55 + 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.

Event Sponsor

Join Cheadles LLP lawyers Jordan Lester and Jeremy Kirk for valuable legal updates.

Jeremy will start us off with an informative presentation on the employee vs contractor legal distinction. This is becoming more common-place in the post-covid work-from-home era. It is critical that HR and business professionals understand the distinction before entering into a working relationship as the misclassification of an employee as a contractor can have serious financial consequences.

Then grab your coffee and get set for Jordan Lester hosting an employment law gameshow called “is it enforceable”? This will explore the minefield of whether a termination clause in an employment contract will be enforced by a Court.

The topics that will be covered include:

  • Update on developments from the Courts
  • Understanding the contractor versus employee distinction
  • The post-Covid landscape for employee relations
  • The enforceability of termination clauses
  • Common law notice periods

Learning Objectives:

This session will help HR practitioners function as strategic business partner by better understanding the employee versus contractor legal distinction, how to set more enforceable termination clauses in employment contracts, and how to proactively manage employment relationships to mitigate legal risk.


8:30am    Welcome and Networking

8:40am   Breakfast

9:30am   Speaker Presentation – Jeremy Kirk

10:15am   Coffee refresh

10:30am  Speaker Presentation – Jordan Lester

11:30am   Event Concludes


Registration Closes:  September 21, 2023 at 8:00 AM…or sooner if it sells out!

Registration Difficulties or Questions: Please reach out to our Chapter Experience Coordinator Tammy Williams at

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Speaker bio(s)
Jordan Lester

Jordan is a partner at Cheadles, having joined the firm in September 2013. Prior to joining Cheadles, Jordan articled as a judicial law clerk for the Superior Court of Justice – Northwest region. While based in Thunder Bay, he also clerked for the Superior Court judges of Kenora, Sault Ste. Marie and Parry Sound. Before entering the world of law, Jordan spent several years as a reporter for the CBC, filing stories at the regional, provincial and national level, making regular contributions to programs such as World Report, Ontario Today, and The World This Weekend. Jordan is very active with various not-for-profit organizations in Thunder Bay, and in his spare time he enjoys snowboarding, playing hockey, fishing and watching the Blue Jays.

Jeremy Kirk

Jeremy Kirk is an associate lawyer at Cheadles LLP in Thunder Bay. He is a member of the firm's litigation team and focuses primarily on labour and employment law.