Durham: 04.19.18 Dine and Learn

Date and Time

Starts:04/19/2018 5:30 PM

Ends:04/19/2018 9:00 PM

Event Type: Meeting - Dinner

1.5 Hours Hour(s)

Deer Creek Golf Club 2700 Audley Road Ajax, ON


$35 for members | $50 for non-members | $22 for student members


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Durham: 04.19.18 Dine and Learn

5:30 pm  —  6:00  pm   Registration & Networking
6:00 pm  —  7:00  pm   Dinner Buffett                                    
7:00 pm  —  7:45  pm   1ST Speaker, Christine Ashton
7:45 pm  —  8:00  pm   Q & A 
8:00 pm  —  8:45  pm   2nd Speaker, Avery Francis
8:45 pm  —  9:00  pm   Question & Answer
9:00 pm                         Announcements & Adjournment

Topic 1:

The #metoo movement has empowered many individuals who were victims of harassment to come forward. In the current workplace culture, there is no tolerance for a poisoned workplace. As HR professionals, you have to ensure that your business has in place a fulsome policy and due process procedures to address allegations of workplace harassment and workplace sexual harassment. Failing to properly prevent and address workplace harassment and workplace sexual harassment exposes the company to being found liable under the Occupational Health and Safety Act and in violation of the Human Rights Code. The fines and amounts awarded are substantial. 

Topic 2:

1 in 3 women, that we know of, have been sexually harassed in the work place. In December of 2016 I became one of the 1 / 3 women. It was through my experience that I discovered something paramount about how we as HR professionals are approaching harassment in the workplace. The workforce has changed, we have changed. In the landscape of #metoo, Uber, jian ghomeshi, and countless other public sexual misconduct accusations today’s victims are scrolling through 1 trigger at a time. Becoming apart of a debilitating statistic taught me a lot about what needs to change with the way we deal with unwanted violence in the workplace. Through Triggered I plan to shift the narrative around sexual harassment in the workplace from being prevention centric to people centric. As HR leaders It’s time to talk about supporting victims and focus on strategies and programs we can implement to do so. Though my personal story the Triggered talk is a call to action for HR Leaders to do better through cultivating environments that drive a culture of support and wellness.

Speaker bio(s)
 Christine Ashton

Christine Ashton, Lawyer

Christine’s practice is divided between labour and employment law and tax litigation. Christine is dedicated to providing her clients with creative and effective solutions, in a responsive manner. In regards to her labour and employment law practice, Christine represents unionized and non-unionized employers in all aspects of labour and employment law. Christine is thoroughly versed in issues surrounding the employment relationship from hiring, discipline, compensation, performance management, workplace health and safety, human rights, through to termination. In regards to her unionized clients, Christine has acted as the lead negotiator in collective bargaining and has effectively represented employers in regards to grievances and arbitrations. Christine is frequently engaged in the preparation of employment contracts, manuals, and policies, conducting workplace investigations, and providing client training workshops. Prior to joining Wilson Vukelich, Christine articled with the Ontario Ministry of Labour. Christine also provides advice and advocacy to executives and professionals on employment matters. In regards to her tax litigation practice, Christine represents individuals and corporations in their disputes with the Canada Revenue Agency. Christine works with accountants and our firm's team of tax lawyers to successfully represent clients at the objection stage, at the appeal stage before the Tax Court of Canada, on applications for judicial review before the Federal Court, on rectification applications, for remission orders, and in regards to requests for taxpayer relief. Christine is particularly focused on positively resolving business related tax disputes, such as the improper assessment of independent contractors as employees, the denial of valid business expense claims, shareholder benefit assessments, and director assessments.

 Avery  Francis

Avery  Francis

Always looking to what’s next, Avery works with leading start-ups to navigate the world of talent, drive diversity initiatives and build a creative culture worth being a part of. It’s through this relentless focus on talent experience that she creates meaningful, lasting connections that drive growth. Avery is passionate about building inclusive work environments through promoting diversity. Diversity and celebrating people’s differences are really the core of her values. For Avery, it’s all about focus on talent, talent management, employee experience, and allowing talent to be their authentic selves at work. It is her innate curiosity about people, work, and what gets them out of bed in the morning that keeps her inspired. Formerly the Director of Talent at Rangle.io where she joined as employee 55 and grew the team to 150 in 15 months. Avery recently joined the team at League as their Head of Talent, where she will be driving their Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging efforts as well was having their team burning brighter as they scale over the years to come. Avery believes it's imperative for leading talent professionals at all levels to embrace the challenging landscape in HR today. To lean into the difficult and complicated conversations and strive to do better. It's her belief that the work force has changed and we have a lot of work to do to catch up.