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Day 1 - Thursday, May 6, 2021

9:00
Opening Remarks from the Co-Chairs
9:05

NATIONAL ROUNDTABLE on POLICE SERVICE ACT REFORM

Join law enforcement leaders from across Canada as they discuss police reform objectives. Each speaker will present on findings from their province or territory and then participated in a Q&A panel session with other speakers.
9:10

QUEBEC

Lessons Learned During the Consultation Process for the “Reflections on Police’s Reality in Quebec” Report
9:30

ONTARIO

Monitoring Adequacy and Effectiveness in Policing – A Look at Oversight Powers within the COPS Act
9:50

MANITOBA

Delving into Initial Findings from Manitoba Police Services Act (PSA) Review
10:10

ALBERTA

Identifying Priorities in the Alberta Police Act Review
10:30
LIVE Q&A NATIONAL ROUNDTABLE on POLICE SERVICE ACT REFORM
10:45
Break
11:15

ALBERTA & OREGON

THINK TANK Analyzing Models for Partnering with Health Care Authorities
12:15

ONTARIO

Assessing Officer Liability: A Case Law Review of the Mental Health Act
1:15
1:1 Networking
1:25
Break
1:45

ONTARIO

Measuring Personal and Organizational Liability in Duty of Care Investigations
2:45

NEW BRUNSWICK & ONTARIO

Ensuring a Consistent Response when using De-Escalation and Use of Force Techniques
3:15
Break
3:45

ONTARIO

Sorry to be Sorry: Litigation and Liability Risks Under the Apology Act
4:15

CALIFORNIA - KEYNOTE

Hero to Zero: How Police Legitimacy and Public Confidence in Canada is Impacted by the United States
4:45
Closing Remarks from the Chair

Day 2 - Friday, May 7, 2021

9:00
Opening Remarks from the Chair
9:05

BRITISH COLUMBIA

Enforcing the Federal Quarantine Act Amid Covid-19 Pandemic Response Measures
9:45

ONTARIO

Top Challenges in Search and Seizure Laws: Persons, Places and Things
10:45
Break
11:15

ALBERTA

Ensuring Evidence Management when Adopting Body-Worn Camera Technology
12:00

ONTARIO

Mitigating Liability on an Officer’s Personal Social Media Platform
1:00
Break
1:45

ALBERTA

Primer on Employee Accommodation and Return-to-Work Policy
2:30
Break
3:00

ONTARIO

Trends in Electronic Crime
3:45

KEYNOTE

Canada Forces Military Police on Multinational Military Operations
4:15
Closing Remarks from the Chair

Day 1 - Thursday, May 6, 2021

9:00
Opening Remarks from the Co-Chairs

Kyle Friesen
General Counsel, Legal Services
Surrey Police Service

Fred Kaustinen
Executive Director
Ontario Association of Police Services Boards
Ontario

9:05

NATIONAL ROUNDTABLE on POLICE SERVICE ACT REFORM

Join law enforcement leaders from across Canada as they discuss police reform objectives. Each speaker will present on findings from their province or territory and then participated in a Q&A panel session with other speakers.
9:10

QUEBEC

Lessons Learned During the Consultation Process for the “Reflections on Police’s Reality in Quebec” Report

Hon. Marlène Jennings
Former Member
Parliament Committee Member
Comite consultatif sur la Realite policiere/ Advisory Committee on Police Reality
Quebec

A consultative committee tabled its final report, entitled Reflections on Police’s Reality in Quebec, in May 2020, with a focus on modernity, efficiency and trust. This session will discuss the methodology for collecting and analyzing information during the consultation process, including public meetings and polling.

9:30

ONTARIO

Monitoring Adequacy and Effectiveness in Policing – A Look at Oversight Powers within the COPS Act

Ian Scott
Former Director, Ontario Special Investigations
Unit Barrister & Solicitor

Law Office of Ian Scott
Ontario

Bill 68, The Comprehensive Ontario Police Services Act (2019), is due to come into effect in 2021, and will repeal and replace the Police Services Act (2018), the Ontario Special Investigations Unit Act (2018), as well as repeal the Policing Oversight Act (2018) and the Ontario Policing Discipline Tribunals Act (2018).

  • Receiving and screening public complaints involving police officers, special constables and peace officers
  • Establishing the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) as a provincial agency accountable to the Attorney General in a new, separate statute
  • Mandating the human rights, systemic racism, diversity and Indigenous training for new police officers, new special constables, and Police Service Board members.

9:50

MANITOBA

Delving into Initial Findings from Manitoba Police Services Act (PSA) Review

Zane Tessler
Executive Director
Independent Investigations Unit (MB)
Manitoba

The Government of Manitoba has indicated that new legislation will be introduced in 2021 based on a review of the Police Services Act completed in October 2020. This session will delve into the findings of the review, and discuss anticipated legislative changes.

  • Oversight and accountability reforms
  • Guidance on new police standards
  • Advice on enhancing civilian governance
  • Augmenting supplementary public safety services 
  • Community safety and well-being best practices. 

10:10

ALBERTA

Identifying Priorities in the Alberta Police Act Review

Mark Neufeld M.O.M.
Chief Constable
Calgary Police Service
Alberta

Building on the stakeholder engagement conducted in 2018 and 2019, this session with address some of the earlier priorities identified, next steps for the review process.

  • Governance and public trust (including complaints and oversight)
  • Indigenous policing
  • The role of police

10:30
LIVE Q&A NATIONAL ROUNDTABLE on POLICE SERVICE ACT REFORM

Your opportunity to engage with speakers from the morning and ask your questions about police reform

10:45
Break
11:15

ALBERTA & OREGON

THINK TANK Analyzing Models for Partnering with Health Care Authorities

Dale McFee
Chief of Police
Edmonton Police Service
Alberta

Chris Skinner
Chief of Police
Eugene Police Department
Oregon

This session will explore the current legal framework for police services to partner with health care authorities with an aim to modernizing police responses to calls that fall within the Mental Health Act.

  • Examining current partnership models between police and health care
  • Sharing information across agencies while maintaining privacy

12:15

ONTARIO

Assessing Officer Liability: A Case Law Review of the Mental Health Act

John Hunter
Lawyer
Borden Ladner Gervais
Ontario

  • Criteria for apprehending an individual under the Mental Health Act
  • Failure to Apprehend under mental health legislation

1:15
1:1 Networking

Make new connections, face-to-face. Troubleshoot top pain points and share breakthrough strategies using an interactive virtual feature that will introduce you to fellow industry leaders for a quick conversation.

1:25
Break
1:45

ONTARIO

Measuring Personal and Organizational Liability in Duty of Care Investigations

Katherine Beaudoin
Crown Counsel, Crown Law Office, Criminal
Ministry of the Attorney General

Gary R. Clewley
Barrister and Solicitor
Gary R. Clewley Legal Professional Corporation

Jason Nicol
Crown Counsel, Crown Law Office, Criminal
Ministry of the Attorney General
Ontario

  • Proving negligence and a lack of acceptable Duty of Care
  • Defining the responsibility or legal obligation of a person or organization to avoid acts or omissions that could likely cause harm to others
  • Examining what a “reasonable person would do or not do, considering the circumstances and the knowledge of parties involved”
  • Trends in negligent investigation complaints and misconduct charges
  • Analyzing public opinion and understanding of police procedure in relation to complaints
  • Mitigating negligence amid high workloads and diminished resources
  • Ontario Superior Court of Justice convicted and sentenced for failing to provide medical assistance to an individual in their custody
  • Determining what constitutes expert evidence

2:45

NEW BRUNSWICK & ONTARIO

Ensuring a Consistent Response when using De-Escalation and Use of Force Techniques

Roger Brown
Chief of Police
Fredericton Police Force (NB)

Superintendent Phil Lue
Director, National Critical Incident Program
Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Sergeant Sam Tease
National Police Intervention
Royal Canadian Mounted Police

  • Policing methods for situations of criminal flight and armed-and barricaded persons
  • Authorizing officers to use high-risk techniques
  • Ensuring trust in training and communications
  • Re-gaining control and de-escalation tactics – using the lowest amount of force for the desired outcome
  • Balancing the risk to the officer, the public and the perpetrator
  • Rolling out a less-lethal weapon program

3:15
Break
3:45

ONTARIO

Sorry to be Sorry: Litigation and Liability Risks Under the Apology Act

Fred Fischer
Solicitor, Legal Services
City of Toronto

Michele Brady
Solicitor, Legal Services
City of Toronto

Apology legislation exists in all Canadian provinces and territories, with the exception of Quebec and Yukon, and allows for an expression of sympathy and regret without an admission of fault. This session will discuss whether the Apology Act instills public confidence or creates a risk for police liability.

  • Identify when an apology is appropriate
  • How does an apology effect public perception of police?
  • Analyzing models and frameworks, and what to keep in mind when developing a framework
  • What litigation or liability risks might arise?

4:15

CALIFORNIA - KEYNOTE

Hero to Zero: How Police Legitimacy and Public Confidence in Canada is Impacted by the United States

Bryan Larkin
Chief of Police
Waterloo Regional Police Services (ON)

This discussion will address how the Black Lives Matter movement in the US has influenced the public’s confidence in police actions in Canada.

4:45
Closing Remarks from the Chair

Day 2 - Friday, May 7, 2021

9:00
Opening Remarks from the Chair
9:05

BRITISH COLUMBIA

Enforcing the Federal Quarantine Act Amid Covid-19 Pandemic Response Measures

Insp. Peter Tsui
Officer in Charge of Operational Readiness and Response
COVID Pandemic Silver Commander

E-Division - Royal Canadian Mounted Police

  • Responding to public complaints and disturbances
  • Enforcing curfews
  • Issuing fines to individuals and businesses for defying public health orders

9:45

ONTARIO

Top Challenges in Search and Seizure Laws: Persons, Places and Things
Davin Michael Garg

Davin Michael Garg
Crown Counsel, Crown Law Office, Criminal
Ministry of the Attorney General (Ontario)

Jill R. Presser

Presser Barristers

Caryma Sa’d
Lawyer
Law Office of Caryma Sa’d

This session will take a close look at Section 8 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

  • Challenges with invasive procedures such as drug testing with legalization of cannabis in Canada
  • Analyzing changes to the Criminal Code relating to driving while impaired including roadside breathalyzer tests, and blood test
  • Body searches
  • Expectations of privacy on digital devices, on personal, shared and work devices R. v. Jones (2017)
  • Applying solicitor-client privilege to digital devices

10:45
Break
11:15

ALBERTA

Ensuring Evidence Management when Adopting Body-Worn Camera Technology

Mathieu St. Germain
Legal Counsel, Real Time Operations Centre (RTOC)
Calgary Police Service
Alberta

Staff Sgt. Mark McVicar
Calgary Police Service Legal Counsel

Kristie Verheul
Staff Sergeant, Court and Disclosure Unit, Body Worn Camera Program and In Car Video Program
Calgary Police Service

This session can be applied toward 30 minutes of Professionalism CPD Hours with the LSO.

  • Challenges of police departments meeting increased disclosure requirements without delaying trial
  • Ensuring duty to maintain confidentiality, including justified and permitted disclosure, including privilege, as set out by the Rules of Professional Conduct and Paralegal Rules of Conduct
  • Partnership agreements for sharing video
  • Technology in a law or legal services practice, including considerations related to security of information, productivity and efficiency
  • Who is responsible to ensuring the camera works?
  • What are the rules of engagement with the public?

12:00

ONTARIO

Mitigating Liability on an Officer’s Personal Social Media Platform

Carla Goncalves
Counsel
Office of the Independent Police Review Director (OIPRD)

Ken Kelertas
Director, Legal Services
Halton Regional Police Service

Sharon Wilmot
Legal Counsel
Peel Regional Police

  • Determining what kinds of personal posts an officer can make on their social media accounts and whether the posts could create a legal liability for the officer and/or the police agency
  • Evaluating actions officers can take against unwanted activity on social media accounts, such as trolls

1:00
Break
1:45

ALBERTA

Primer on Employee Accommodation and Return-to-Work Policy

Derek A. Cranna Q.C.
Partner
Field Law
Alberta

Danny Smyth
Chief of Police
Winnipeg Police Service

  • Understanding discrimination as laid out by Canadian Human Rights legislation
  • Managing poor performance, discipline issues and patterns of negative behaviour when mental health is a consideration
  • Assessing stress leave entitlement in the absence of mental/physical disability diagnosis
  • Building tailored, employee-specific strategies versus a one-size-fits-all policy
  • Keeping employees on the job and in the workplace versus paid leave
  • Accommodating employees with mental health leave, sick leave and parental leave
    • What you are entitled to ask
    • Return to work strategies
    • Communicating with insurance companies and medical professionals
  • Managing professionalism and complaints
  • Providing adequate support during internal investigations
  • Appropriate actions for employee dismissals and transfers

2:30
Break
3:00

ONTARIO

Trends in Electronic Crime

Chris Lynam
Director General, National Cybercrime Coordination Unit
RCMP

  • Responding to ransomware attacks
  • The role of Artificial Intelligence in crime and crime prevention
  • Vehicle hacking and targeting mobile device
  • Evaluating the cybersecurity skills gap between people and tech

3:45

KEYNOTE

Canada Forces Military Police on Multinational Military Operations

Lieutenant-Colonel Vanessa Hanrahan
Canadian Forces Military Police Group

4:15
Closing Remarks from the Chair