Speaking Engagement

2022 Faculty Bargaining Services (FBS) Annual Conference: FBS Reunited: Where Did We Leave Off? Where Are We Going?

Event Details

November 2, 2022 - November 4, 2022

Delta Ottawa City Centre, 101 Lyon Street North, Ottawa, ON, K1R 5T9

Featuring: Njeri Damali Sojourner-Campbell and Michael J. Kennedy


The FBS Annual Conference brings together labour relations professionals of all levels from Canadian universities to better equip them in matters related to academic collective bargaining and contract administration. Members will enjoy ample networking opportunities and sector-specific content to enhance their skills as workplace managers and university negotiators.

In “Equitable Hiring and Human Rights Law: Interrogating Themes of ‘Identity,’ ‘Citizenship,’ and ‘Membership’ in Recruitment,” Njeri Damali Sojourner-Campbell will discuss the legal and human rights framework of identity, citizenship, and membership within the context of hiring and other aspects of the employment relationship. This panel-style discussion will take place on Friday, November 4 at 1:30 p.m.

In “Drafting Collective Agreements for Full-Time Faculty: Guiding Principles,” Michael J. Kennedy will examine guiding principles for drafting language on topics including governance, equity, workload, increased support for teaching and learning, health and safety issues, financial challenges, financial exigency, and performance assessment. This workshop-style session will take place on Thursday, November 3 at 10:30 a.m.

In “Annual Lawyers’ Panel – Case Law Update,” five distinguished panelists—including Michael J. Kennedy—will each provide an in-depth analysis and commentary on the latest cases that are most likely to be cited as precedents in the course of negotiations or grievances/legal challenges. This is one of the most popular sessions at the conference and will take place on Friday, November 4 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

To learn more about these sessions and to register for the conference, visit the FBS Annual Conference website.