Day 1 - Wednesday, May 4, 2022

8:00
Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:45
Remarks from the Co-Chairs
9:00
Fireside Chat with RCMP Executive
9:30
Implementing COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination Policies: Assessing the Occupational Health, Labour Relations, Human Rights, and Police Services Act Implications and Risks for Police Services
10:15
Networking Break
10:30
The Finer Points of Disciplinary Hearings Amid Long-Term Disability Claims: Special Considerations and Key Pitfalls to Avoid
11:15
How to Conduct Internal Harassment Investigations of Sworn Officers and Civilian Police Staff: Reconciling Occupational Health and Safety Act and Police Services Act Requirements
12:00
Networking Luncheon for Speakers and Delegates
1:15

STATUS REPORT ON POLICE REFORM

A Cross-Country Comparison of Police Services’ Responses to Defund the Police Campaigns: What is Changing—and What is Not?
2:30
Using Race-Based Data Collection for Proactive Policing: Lessons Learned for Police Services Across Canada with a Look at Ontario’s Anti-Racism Act
3:15
Networking Refreshment Break
3:30

CASE STUDY

Finding Efficiencies for Crisis Response, Apprehension and Transfer to Hospital Staff with a Look at the Ontario Mental Health Act
4:15

CASE STUDY

Inside the Implementation and Evaluation of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Models in Police Misconduct Complaints
5:00
Closing Remarks from the Co-Chairs

Day 2 - Thursday, May 5, 2022

9:00
Remarks from the Co-Chairs
9:05
KEYNOTE ADDRESS
9:30
Using Facial Recognition Technology: New Guidelines, Privacy and Human Rights Law Considerations
10:15
Networking Break
10:30
Ensuring Officer Safety amid High-Risk Pandemic- Related Calls for Service: From Protests to Private Residential Searches and Seizures
11:15
Custody and Access Enforcement: Apprehending Children Under Section 36 of the Children’s Law Reform Act and other Family Law Matters
12:00
Networking Luncheon for Speakers and Delegates
1:00
Decriminalization of Drugs Under the Canadian Controlled Drugs and Substances Act: A Practical Analysis of the CACP Decriminalization Report
2:00
The Biggest Missteps to Avoid When Enforcing the Residential Tenancy Act in Landlord-Tenant Disputes and Evictions: What is Now Leading to Disciplinary Actions and Litigation against Police Departments
2:45
Networking Refreshment Break
3:00
Maintaining Informant Confidentiality and Solicitor-Client Privilege: Key Case Law, Best Practices and Crime Stoppers Tips-and Concrete Examples of What Can Go Wrong
3:45
Investigation of Sexual Offenses by Military Personnel: Latest Developments
4:30
Closing Remarks from the Chair

Day 1 - Wednesday, May 4, 2022

8:00
Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:45
Remarks from the Co-Chairs

Rachel Huggins
Deputy Director – Executive Lead, Cannabis Legalization
Ontario Provincial Police

Gary V. Melanson, M.O.M.
Solicitor, Senior Director of Legal Services and Risk Management, Legal Services Branch
Waterloo Regional Police Service

9:00
Fireside Chat with RCMP Executive

Jolene Bradley
Director Of Strategic Communications
Royal Canadian Mounted Police

9:30
Implementing COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination Policies: Assessing the Occupational Health, Labour Relations, Human Rights, and Police Services Act Implications and Risks for Police Services

Svina Dhaliwal
Director, People and Culture
Toronto Police Service

Gary V. Melanson, M.O.M.
Solicitor, Senior Director of Legal Services and Risk Management, Legal Services Branch
Waterloo Regional Police Service

Peter Mowat
Manager of Labour Relations, People & Culture
Toronto Police Service

Ivy Nanayakkara
Manager, Wellness
Toronto Police Service

Throughout 2021, many private and public sector employers implemented vaccination requirements against COVID-19. This session will explore the particulars of implementing such requirements across Police Services in Ontario the lessons learned for polices services across the country.

Topics will include:

  • Implementing a Policy/Procedure—key considerations and risks in the policing environment
  • Member privacy, collective agreements, and legal implications under the Police Services Act
  • Accommodation under the Human Rights Code

10:15
Networking Break
10:30
The Finer Points of Disciplinary Hearings Amid Long-Term Disability Claims: Special Considerations and Key Pitfalls to Avoid

David Butt
Barrister
Camden Lane Law Chambers

Joël M. Dubois
Partner
Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall LLP/s.r.l.

  • Adhering to hearing timelines and meeting the duty hold hearings in a reasonable time
  • Delineating when a disability claim will force a hearing postponement, and when proceeding can move forward
  • Analyzing how psychological issues impact a professional standard’s hearing including timelines and delays
  • Addressing the medical evidence in a trial
  • Outlining which medical information a physician can share with police and or an employer

11:15
How to Conduct Internal Harassment Investigations of Sworn Officers and Civilian Police Staff: Reconciling Occupational Health and Safety Act and Police Services Act Requirements

Joy Hulton
Special Advisor, Office of Professionalism, Respect, Inclusion and Leadership
Ontario Provincial Police

Holly Walbourne
Legal Counsel
Thunder Bay Police Service

  • Conducting investigations of civilian police members who are not subject to the Police Services Act
  • Finding the balance between human relations-style and professional standards-style investigation methods

12:00
Networking Luncheon for Speakers and Delegates
1:15

STATUS REPORT ON POLICE REFORM

A Cross-Country Comparison of Police Services’ Responses to Defund the Police Campaigns: What is Changing—and What is Not?

Carole McDougall
Commissioner, Vice-Chair
Halifax Board of Police Commissioners

Robert Johnson
Staff Superintendent, Strategy and Risk Management Unit
Toronto Police Service

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

Moderated by:

Fred Fischer
Solicitor, Legal Services
City of Toronto

This session will review how police departments across Canada have responded to some of the public demands to defund police services.

Nova Scotia
Halifax Board of Police Commissioners passed a motion to accept the terms of reference for the Committee to define defunding police in March 2021

Ontario
Toronto City Council rejected a motion to cut 10% from the Toronto Police Service’s budget, in April 2021

Alberta
Edmonton City Council voted to develop a strategy for the city’s Community Safety and Well-Being Task Force, in April 2021

2:30
Using Race-Based Data Collection for Proactive Policing: Lessons Learned for Police Services Across Canada with a Look at Ontario’s Anti-Racism Act

Ricky Veerappan
Director, Respect, Inclusion & Leadership, Office of Professionalism, Respect, Inclusion and Leadership (OPRIL)
Ontario Provincial Police (OPP)

Suelyn Knight
Executive National Advisor for Race Based Data Collection
Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Anthony Odoardi
Deputy Chief, Innovation and Technology
Peel Regional Police

Join this session to explore the practical impact of race-based data collection initiatives, with a review of data collected since 2020, following Ontario’s Anti-Racism Act (2017). Speakers will also compare and contrast findings from different police services.

  • Analyzing race-based data for patterns in policing, calls for response and criminal behaviour
  • Evaluating how can data be used to increase police accountability and transparency, and build community trust
  • Developing training and procedures to better equip officers to do their jobs safely
  • Discovering supports to deliver intelligence-led, bias-free policing

3:15
Networking Refreshment Break
3:30

CASE STUDY

Finding Efficiencies for Crisis Response, Apprehension and Transfer to Hospital Staff with a Look at the Ontario Mental Health Act

Sgt. Peter Wiesner
Supervisor, Crisis Response Branch
Hamilton Police Service

Sandra Kurdziel, BSc, MPH
Social Navigator Program Coordinator
Hamilton Police Service

Join this session to hear Hamilton Police Services’ multi-pronged strategy to effectively address calls for service involving mental health and homelessness through partnerships with healthcare and social service providers.

  • Analyzing the effectiveness of building community partnerships including:
    • Crisis Outreach and Support Team (Coast) in partnership with St. Joseph’s Health care for non-urgent responses
    • Mobile Crisis Rapid Response Team (MCRRT) for urgent and life-threating situations
  • Transferring a person in police custody into the custody of hospital staff when awaiting an involuntary medical examination or psychiatric assessment
    • Time spent in hospitals waiting for transfer
    • Interaction with health care staff
  • Deciphering when to apprehension under the Mental Health Act
  • Calculating how money is being divided and spent among agencies and partners

4:15

CASE STUDY

Inside the Implementation and Evaluation of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Models in Police Misconduct Complaints

Catherine Wood
Sergeant, ADR / Intake Officer Professional Standards
Ottawa Police Service

Dave Merkel
Staff Sergeant, Professional Standards Unit
Ottawa Police Service

Donna Cross MA, C. Med.
Program Manager, Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Professional Standards Branch
Edmonton Police Service

  • Examining which types of complaints are appropriate for an ADR approach, and when ADR won’t work
    • Triaging the complaints process
  • Evaluating success rates, clearance rates and timelines
  • What does success look like in an ADR model?
    • Building trust between the service and the community
    • Supporting police members and building trust across police services

5:00
Closing Remarks from the Co-Chairs

Day 2 - Thursday, May 5, 2022

9:00
Remarks from the Co-Chairs
9:05
KEYNOTE ADDRESS

Eric Ward
Assistant Commissioner, Strategic Initiatives and External Relations
Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario

9:30
Using Facial Recognition Technology: New Guidelines, Privacy and Human Rights Law Considerations

David Goodis
Partner
INQ Law
Former Assistant Commissioner Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario

Antonella Ceddia
Lawyer, Litigation Section
City of Toronto

The Privacy Commissioner of Canada issued draft guidelines for the use of facial recognition technology by police agencies. This session will cover key topics, including:

  • Examining when policing agencies have lawful authority to use facial recognition technology
  • Applying the standards of privacy protection that are proportionate to the potential harms involved
  • Collecting and using personal information and determining whether the action is compliant with the Charter and human rights laws

10:15
Networking Break
10:30
Ensuring Officer Safety amid High-Risk Pandemic- Related Calls for Service: From Protests to Private Residential Searches and Seizures

R. Kyle Friesen
General Counsel, Legal Services
Surrey Police Service

  • Examining Occupational Health and Safety legislation for police officers
  • Taking increased officer safety precautions when attending protests and civil disobedience
  • Protecting officer safety from communicable disease, viruses and bacteria when attending healthcare facilities
  • Implementing heightened safety procedures when entering and/or searching a private residence, including quarantine checks

11:15
Custody and Access Enforcement: Apprehending Children Under Section 36 of the Children’s Law Reform Act and other Family Law Matters

Christopher Diana
Senior Counsel
Ministry of the Solicitor General (Legal Services Branch)

Jason D. Fraser
General Counsel, Legal Services
York Regional Police

  • Assessing when the Act is being used or abused by family members and legal counsel
  • Examining the ramifications of use of force action on children
  • Case law review
  • How Police Enforcement clauses are being use and enforced in custody and access agreements
  • Enforcing matrimonial home and restraining orders

12:00
Networking Luncheon for Speakers and Delegates
1:00
Decriminalization of Drugs Under the Canadian Controlled Drugs and Substances Act: A Practical Analysis of the CACP Decriminalization Report

Rachel Huggins
Deputy Director – Executive Lead, Cannabis Legalization
Ontario Provincial Police

Bryan Larkin
Chief of Police
Waterloo Regional Police Services
President
Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police

An in-depth and practical look at the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) report entitled Decriminalization for Simple Possession of Illicit Drugs: Exploring Impacts on Public Safety & Policing, which includes evidence-based analysis for improving the response to problematic substance use.

  • Shifting toward a harm reduction approach with the implementation of supervised Consumption and treatment services sites
  • Implementing a framework of diversion program options to provide frontline police with pathways to health, rehabilitation and recovery support
  • Establishing a safe supply under a physician care model
  • Supporting diversion programs that create alternative pathways for police to link people who use drugs to treatment and other health, housing and social service supports

2:00
The Biggest Missteps to Avoid When Enforcing the Residential Tenancy Act in Landlord-Tenant Disputes and Evictions: What is Now Leading to Disciplinary Actions and Litigation against Police Departments

Melissa Insanic
Counsel, Legal Services
York Regional Police

Bryce Chandler
Legal Counsel, Director of Human Resources
Windsor Police Service

  • Understanding police authority when responding to landlord-tenant complaints, including:
    • What is your authority to evict a tenant?
    • What actions are likely to lead to a complaint about officer conduct
    • What actions are likely to lead to a complaint against the police service
  • Coordinating with the Rental Housing Enforcement Unit and the Landlord and Tenant Board

2:45
Networking Refreshment Break
3:00
Maintaining Informant Confidentiality and Solicitor-Client Privilege: Key Case Law, Best Practices and Crime Stoppers Tips-and Concrete Examples of What Can Go Wrong

Christopher J. Somerville
Partner
Affleck Greene McMurtry LLP
National Legal Advisor
Canadian Crime Stoppers Association

Surinder S. Aujla
General Counsel
Public Prosecution Service of Canada

Det. Marc Madramootoo
Crime Stoppers Coordinator, Community Partnerships & Engagement Unit
Toronto Police Service

  • Examining best practices for disclosure to legal counsel and balancing when solicitor-client privilege against informer privilege, with a look at R. v. Brassington (2018)
  • Evaluating when the scope of informer privilege applies, with a look at R. v. Durham Regional Crime Stoppers Inc. (2017)
  • Exploring the ramifications of using an informant tip improperly in an investigation

3:45
Investigation of Sexual Offenses by Military Personnel: Latest Developments

Lt.-Col. Jean-Michel Cambron
Director – Legal Services
Canadian Forces Provost Marshal

Kathleen S. MacDonald
Senior Counsel
York Regional Police

This session will look at the practical implications of ongoing efforts to assign a greater role to the civilian police services in the investigation of sexual offences involving members of the Canadian Armed Forces.

  • Referring matters of sexual misconduct to the municipal police for investigation
  • Exploring early stages of creating a national standard
  • Restoring institutional trust through civilian police investigations into military police
  • Developing protocols and procedures
  • Lessons learned from recent cases
  • Analyzing the benefits of a standardized process
  • Best practices for maintaining a victim-centric approach

4:30
Closing Remarks from the Chair