Conference / Seminar

2019 Healthcare Conference

Event Details

May 23, 2019
Registration: 9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Session: 10:00 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Cocktail Networking Reception: 3:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

OMNI King Edward Hotel
37 King Street East, Toronto, ON
Sovereign Ballroom, Main Floor

Given the popularity and timeliness of this event, we have moved the 2019 Healthcare Conference to a larger venue. Please join us at the nearby OMNI King Edward Hotel in Toronto. A Porter discount code is available at the bottom of this page.


Join us at our 2019 Healthcare Conference which will cover a wide variety of topics relevant to human resources professionals within hospitals, long-term care facilities and other healthcare providers.

We will discuss recent developments in labour and employment law affecting the healthcare sector, and will present effective tips, strategies and best practices to help your organization stay on the leading edge of human resources management.

In addition to the informative plenary sessions, you are invited to register to attend one of two workshops with scenario-based tabletop exercises and facilitated group discussions.

Also, don’t miss our guest speaker, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, Hon. Christine Elliott.

Cocktail networking reception to follow.



Registration and Coffee


Opening Remarks and Welcome


Plenary Sessions – 1st set

A fast-paced, tightly focused review of the legal developments that you need to know about.

The Changing Healthcare Workplace: Sector Update and the Road Ahead

Carolyn L. Kay and Jodi Gallagher Healy

This session provides an in-depth overview of the most current and pertinent developments in labour and employment law affecting the healthcare sector.

High Stakes: Discussing Cannabis in the Workplace

Jacqueline J. Luksha

With the legalization of recreational cannabis and the increase in the use of medical cannabis, employers need to consider the impact on the workplace and their organization’s internal policies.

IAC Best Practices: Feel like you are being gamed?
Strategies to ensure that you are not

John J. Bruce

IACs, PRCs and Increased Staffing. Feel like you are being gamed? Strategies to ensure that you are not.


Networking Break


(Please select one of the options below when registering for this event)

• Option A: Drug Theft, Addiction and Accommodation of Healthcare Workers

Amanda J. Hunter, Stephanie N. Jeronimo and Amanda P. Cohen

Theft of drugs is very serious in the healthcare sector.  Employees who steal drugs put patient safety and the safety of the colleagues at risk. What are employers to do when faced with an addicted employee who steals to feed their addiction?  The line between culpable and non-culpable behaviour around drug addiction and theft will be explored in this session.

• Option B: WSIB Chronic Mental Stress, Harassment and PTSD Claims in the Healthcare Sector – What to Do to Minimize Liability

Kathryn L. Meehan and Mariana Kamenetsky

Chronic mental stress claims, including for workplace harassment and presumptively work-related PTSD are new WSIB frontiers for healthcare employers. Through this interactive workshop, learn what has changed, how the WSIB is handling these kinds of claims and how you can proactively minimize liability for your organization.


Lunch and Guest Speaker, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, Hon. Christine Elliott


Plenary Sessions – 2nd Set

Regulated Health Professionals – When Must You File Mandatory Reports?

Sarah A. Eves

The Long-Term Care Homes Public Inquiry has underscored the importance of mandatory reporting under the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991. This is a refresher session on those obligations for healthcare sector employers.

Pay Equity and the Pay Transparency Act

Carolyn L. Kay

Pay Equity compliance continues to pose significant financial challenges for healthcare organizations. The session will focus on the identification of, and strategies for addressing, issues that may have developed over the years. While the Pay Transparency Act imposes additional obligations, employers will learn how those requirements are distinct from pay equity.

Occupational Health and Safety: 5 Cases You Need to Know

Nadine S. Zacks

Highlights of the significant changes made to the OHSA and key cases from 2017 and 2018.

Factors that Influence Employee Discipline for Unauthorized Access

Matin Fazelpour

First, we explore the impact of employee privacy training in discipline grievances. This will be followed by tips and best practices for privacy training. Next, we provide guidance on conducting an investigation into unauthorized accesses.

Healthcare Restructuring and PSLRTA

Kathryn L. Meehan

Service restructuring remains an ongoing fact of life in the healthcare sector and is often invariably met with union bargaining rights claims under the Public Sector Labour Relations Act (PSLRTA). This presentation provides an overview of some of the key PSLRTA decisions, as well as a brief summary of what healthcare employers can expect if they receive an application.


Q & A


Closing Remarks


Cocktail Networking Reception


Porter Airline Discount:

Porter Airlines is proud to offer a 10% discount on available base fares (with the exception of the lowest class fare during a public seat sale) for travel to and from Hicks Morley’s 2019 Healthcare Conference. The discounted fares are available for booking from March 18, 2019 to May 25, 2019.

Please book online at or through your travel agent using promo code “HICKS19”.

The promo code is intended for use by conference attendees and organizers and is not meant for distribution outside of authorized channels. Porter’s fare rules and conditions apply. For any questions regarding Porter’s services or any pre-travel concerns, contact Porter at 1-888-619-8622.