Day 1 - Tuesday, February 7, 2017

8:00
Registration Opens and Refreshments are Served
8:30
Welcoming Remarks from The Canadian Institute
8:45
Opening Remarks from the Co-Chairs

Mary Ellen Bench
City Solicitor
City of Mississauga

C. Kirk Boggs
Partner
Lerners LLP

9:00
UPDATE AND OVERVIEW
Key Cases from the Past Year and Upcoming Legal Trends

Stuart Zacharias
Partner
Lerners LLP

  • An examination of litigation trends – the new challenges municipalities are facing
  • Provincial Minimum Maintenance Standards – a 5-year review
  • Provincial Minimum Maintenance Standards – a 5-year review

9:30
Building Liability – Covering All the Bases

Damon Stoddard
Partner
Heal and Co. LLP

  • Managing building standards/code issues to help minimize claims
  • Recent updates in property assessment case law
  • Clarifying municipal obligations with respect to inspections
  • Defending against negligent building inspection claims

10:00
Sidewalk, Road, and Highway Liability – Deconstructing Key Implications

David G. Boghosian
Partner
Boghosian + Allen LLP

  • Understanding the extent of municipal liability in maintaining roads and highways
  • Adhering to and exceeding the minimum maintenance standards to avoid liability
  • Top proven strategies to defend your claim at court

10:30
Networking Refreshment Break
10:40
Examining Recent Legislative Changes to Workplace Sexual Violence and Harassment

Kenda L. Murphy
Workplace Investigator and Trainer
Rubin Thomlinson LLP

  • Understanding recent legislative changes and how this may impact your organization
  • Clarifying the standards for a provincial/municipal employer’s investigation of workplace harassment
    • A discussion of the factors that will be considered by the Ministry of Labour’s inspectors
  • Tips and strategies to avoiding litigation that may arise from Bill 132

11:25
PANEL DISCUSSION
PANEL DISCUSSION
Best Practices for Efficiently Delivering Services in a Time of Heightened Accountability

David Goodis
Assistant Commissioner
Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario

Print

  • The impact of budgetary planning on service delivery – commitment to accountability and transparency
  • A look at confidentiality – keeping confidential information private and avoiding liability
  • A discussion about ethics – going beyond the minimum standards
  • Understanding the legal obligations of municipalities/provinces and the duty of care

12:10
Networking Luncheon for Delegates and Speakers
1:00
KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Refugee and Immigrant Settlement in Small Cities and Rural Communities

Martin Harder
Mayor
City of Winkler, Manitoba

Immigration is a legal area of shared federal-provincial/territorial jurisdiction. This keynote speaker will address the role of immigration and refugee settlement in small cities and rural communities. In exploring this intergovernmental collaboration, this session will discuss settling refugees in urban communities and on-the-ground immigration challenges that arise as a result.

The Use of Cyber Technology
Municipal and Provincial governments are concerned about the security level of their digital infrastructures. Though the increased use of cyber technology is proving to be an asset to government departments, companies, and organizations, it is also important to be aware of the potential dangers of cyber vulnerability.

1:45
A | Mitigating Risk and Improving Service Delivery

Cameron Field
Staff Sergeant at Toronto Police Service
Deputy Director

Canadian Society of Evidence Based Policing

Jason Green
Partner
Hexigent Consulting

  • Using technology to assist with processing claims, reducing risk, and expediting client service delivery
  • Protecting your organization from cyber-breaches – steps, strategies, and tips to hacking prevention

2:30
PANEL DISCUSSION
B | High-Tech Policing, Challenges and Opportunities

Pino Cianfarani
Partner
Lerners LLP

Bob Munroe
Counsel
Ross & McBride LLP
President at R.B. Munroe Professional Corporation

Marco Visentini
Legal Services Department
Hamilton Police Service

Superintendent Michael A. Worster
Hamilton Police Service
Community Mobilization Division

Moderator

C. Kirk Boggs
Partner
Lerners LLP

  • The challenges of introducing technologies such as body worn cameras and other emerging products
  • The liability and legal implications of introducing and using such technology
  • Recent cases and anecdotes of using such high-tech products

3:15
Networking Refreshment Break
3:30
HOT TOPIC
Legal Ramifications of the Increased Use of Drone Technology

Avril Allen
Partner
Boghosian + Allen LLP

Aseem Prakash
Chief Robotics Officer
Karma Robotics

  • An overview of federal/provincial/municipal laws and drone use
  • Examples of municipal and provincial drone-proofing
    • See drone-based scenarios and possibilities
  • Addressing the concern for privacy and the increase in drone technology
    • Understand ‘Coexisting with Robots™

4:30
PANEL DISCUSSION
Balancing Urban Environmental Challenges with Restricted Government Budgets

Graham J. Rempe
Solicitor
City of Toronto

Robin McCleave
Vice-President Insurance & Risk Management, Public Sector
BFL Canada

  • Climate change and its impact on the resilience of communities
    • An in-depth look at cost-effective solutions for formulating and implementing climate policies
  • Water protection and source water protection plans – what you need to know
  • The impact of Region of Peel v. Director, Ministry of Environment and Climate Change on municipal liability
  • Environmental insurance – an in-depth look at salt contamination and how to minimize damage

5:15
Closing Remarks

The Fundamentals of Privacy and Its Impact on Legal Obligations and Requirements

Feb 8, 2017 9:00am – 12:00pm

Avril Allen
Partner
Boghosian + Allen LLP

David G. Boghosian
Partner
Boghosian + Allen LLP

What is it about?

(Registration Opens at 8:30AM)
Post-Conference Master Class
  • Collection and Storage of Government Generated Video
    • Retention and disclosure requirements regarding
      • Municipal CCTV on transit and other public spaces
      • Police body worn video and Toronto “carding” controversy
      • Airborne persistent surveillance systems
    • Obligation of municipalities to protect privacy of persons captured by government generated video and other MFIPPA requirements
  • Data Security for Municipalities
    • Recent data breach case studies, including ransomware attacks on municipal emergency services
    • Cloud computing and municipal privacy requirements when data is to be held in the United States
    • “Bring your Own Device” policies and data security requirements
    • Model data breach checklist for municipalities
  • Municipal liability for employee privacy breaches
    • Municipal tort lability for employee intrusion upon seclusion
    • Powers of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario
    • Model data retention/disposal policies