Conference / Seminar

School Board Management

Event Details

October 27, 2011
8:30 a.m. - 3:20 p.m.

Holiday Inn – Toronto International Airport
970 Dixon Rd
Toronto, ON

As in past years, our 2011 School Board Conference will cover a wide variety of topics relevant to Directors of Education, Trustees, Supervisory Officers and Human Resources Practitioners. We will take you first on a “whirlwind tour” of recent developments in labour and education law. This will be followed by two plenary sessions on critical issues concerning human rights and social media in the school board environment.

Following a buffet lunch we will invite you to attend two afternoon workshops of your choice. Our conference will conclude at 3:20 p.m.



Registration and Continental Breakfast


Opening Remarks


Whirlwind Tour

A fast-paced review of a wide variety of recent and pending cases, legislative initiatives and general scuttlebutt from the school board sector and beyond.


Refreshment Break


Plenary Session on Human Rights

Hicks Morley

Whether as employers or service providers, school boards are constantly required to manage complex human rights issues. This plenary session will bring you up to speed on the ever-changing world of the accommodation of disabilities. It will also address, analyze and expose the five leading myths about human rights law in Ontario.


Plenary Session on Social Media

Dolores Barbini and George Vuicic

  It’s everywhere. It affects your students, your employees and your elected officials. Issues of cyber-bullying, student discipline, harassment, employee misconduct, use as evidence, freedom of speech, invasion of privacy, defamation – the list of socio-legal issues continues to grow, and school boards are right in the middle of it. This session will address board rights and potential liabilities from a variety of perspectives.




Afternoon Workshop – Session “A” (Choose one)

OPTION 1: Union Rights and Wrongs

Michael Hines

A survey of issues concerning the rights, duties and liabilities involved when union reps try to flex their muscles.

OPTION 2: Practical Advice for Practitioners

Barry Brown, Dolores Barbini and Guest Speaker Dr. Jonathan Davids

How to cope with medical issues, board medical advisors, employee doctors and union interference.

OPTION 3: Teacher Discipline and TPA Terminations

Tom Moutsatsos

Current law and practical advice.


Refreshment Break


Afternoon Workshop Session – “B” (Choose one)

OPTION 1: Human Rights and Employment

Barry Brown, Dolores Barbini

The emerging significance of “family status” as a protected ground.

OPTION 2: Attendance Management and Related WSIB Issues

Hicks Morley

What are arbitrators saying? What can you do to control LTD and WSIB costs?

OPTION 3: Trustee Governance Issues

George Vuicic, Michael Hines and Guest Speaker Karen Gordon

The permissible use of in camera meetings, managing crisis communications.


Conference Concludes