65th Annual Conference of the Association of Labor Relations Agencies

Halifax, Nova Scotia | July 16 – 19, 2016

The ALRA Conference planning committee has been working diligently to put together a diverse and stimulating program. The conference Agenda will be posted here when it is available. Below is an overview of the conference schedule.

ALRA 2016 Conference Agenda

ALRA 2016 Conference Advocates Day Agenda

SATURDAY JULY 16, 2016

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.   ALRA Academy – Harbour Suite A and B

Facilitators:
Scot Beckenbaugh   Deputy Director, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (US), Vice President, Finance of ALRA
Ginette Brazeau       Chair of the Canada Industrial Relations Board and a President-Elect of ALRA
Sheri King                   Regional Director, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (Canada), Past President of ALRA (2011-2012)
Tim Noonan               Executive Director of the Vermont Labor Relations Board and Past President of ALRA (2014-2015)

Agenda:
1:00 P.M.     Introduction to ALRA Academy and Introduction of Attendees
1:15 P.M.     The World of Labour Relations:  US and CANADA
-      General overview 
-      Access to collective bargaining (Representation)
-      Unfair labor practices
2:00 P.M.     BREAK
2:15 P.M.     The Concepts of Neutrality
-      Discussion of the ALRA Neutrality project
-      Scenarios
3:15 P.M.     Approaches to Mediation
-      A Comparative Analysis of US and Canada
4:45 P.M.     Introduction of members of the ALRA’s Executive Board

6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.         Welcome Reception
Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market – Rooftop
This location is not in the hotel,
please see Conference Venue Map


SUNDAY JULY 17, 2016

7:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.  Breakfast – Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market – Main Floor
Norbert’s Good Food
Halifax’s only organic farm to table eatery!

This location is not in the hotel, please see Conference Venue Map

9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.      Plenary Session – Atlantic Ballroom

9:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.     Concurrent Roundtable Discussions

  1. Mediators’ Roundtable – Atlantic Ballroom

Facilitators:
Kathy Peters              Regional Director - Pacific, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (Canada)
Javier Ramirez          Director of Field Programs and Innovation, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (US)

  1. Board and Commission Members’ Roundtable – Harbour Suite B

Facilitators:
Catherine Ebbs        Chair of the Public Service Labour Relations and
Employment Board
Linda Puchala          Chair of the National Mediation Board

  1. Administrator/General Counsel Roundtable – Boardroom

Facilitators:
Sylvie Guilbert         Executive Director and General Counsel of the Canada Industrial Relations Board
Eileen Hennessey   General Counsel of the National Mediation Board

11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.  Brunch – Commonwealth A
Nova Scotia Labour History
Moderator:
Neil McNeil                Mediator, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (Canada)

Panelists:
Robert Chisholm     A former trade unionist and Nova Scotia politician
Rick Clark                  Recently retired President of the Nova Scotia Federation of Labour
Larry Wark               Retired Area Director, CAW

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Challenges and Outcomes – Atlantic Ballroom
The Year in Review
Panelists:
Virginia Adamson   Acting Executive Director and General Counsel of the Public Service Labour Relations and Employment Board
The new and developing RCMP labour relations regime
Ginette Brazeau      Chairperson of the Canada Industrial Relations Board
Lessons learned from implementing legislation moving from a card check to mandatory votes in certifications and revocations
Bernard Fishbein    Chair of the Ontario Labour Relations Board
Jurisdictional questions over medical marijuana production operations
Guy Baron                Director General of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (Canada)
Hot bargaining issues and an overview of Preventive Mediation program
Allison Beck              Director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (US)
Verizon/CWA/IBEW strike, FMCS 2.0 and other FMCS developments.
Linda Puchala          Chairman of the National Mediation Board
NMB developments, including the impact of the Health Care CADILLAC Tax, the extension of Positive Train Control, completion of joint collective bargaining agreements in the American & United mergers, the new merger between Alaska & Virgin, other bargaining trends or issues impacting bargaining. 
Kevin Flanigan         Director of the Office of Conciliation New York State
Public Employment Relations Board
Roll up of issues and developments in the states impacting collective bargaining.

MONDAY, JULY 18, 2016 - ADVOCATES' DAY

7:30 - 8:30 Breakfast – Atlantic Ballroom

8:30 - 8:45 Opening Remarks and Welcome – Commonwealth Ballroom
The Hon. Kelly Regan - Minister of Labour and Advanced Education, Province of Nova Scotia

8:45 - 9:45 North American Economic Outlook
Glen Hodgson - Chief Economist, Conference Board of Canada

9:45 - 10:45 Challenges Facing Unions - Setting a Course for the Future
Leo W. Gerard – International President, United Steelworkers

10:45 - 11:00 Break

11:00 - 12:30 Workforce Evolution – The Problems with Precarious Work
Dr. Maurice Mazerolle – Associate Professor, Human Resources/Organizational Behaviour Department, Ted Rogers School of Business Management, Ryerson University
Panel – Modernizing Labour Laws for the New Worker

  • Douglas G. Ruck - Chair, Nova Scotia Labour Board
  • Wilma B. Liebman, Visiting Distinguished Scholar at Rutgers University School of Management and Labor Relations
  • Richard Griffin - General Counsel, National Labor Relations Board

12:30 - 1:45 Luncheon – Keynote Speaker
Roger Cuzner – Member of Parliament for Cape Breton—Canso (Nova Scotia) and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour

1:45 – 3:00 The Predictors and Consequences of Workplace Aggression
Dr. Camilla Holmvall – Associate Professor with a cross-appointment between the departments of Psychology and Management, Saint Mary’s University

Panel – Processes to Investigate and Resolve Workplace Violence

  • Steve McCullough - Human Rights and Employment Equity Coordinator, General Motors
  • Susan Houston - National Coordinator Employment Equity, Unifor
  • Robin MacLean—Executive Director Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union
  • Dave Collins— Manager Labour Relations—Nova Scotia Health Authority

3:00 - 3:15 Break

3:15 – 3:45 Ladder of Inference – How to Avoid Making Incorrect Assumptions
Louise Aubertin – Director, Dispute Prevention, FMCS – Canada

3:45 – 5:00 Non-Verbal Communication – How to Read Body Language
Christine Gagnon – Synergologist

5:30 – 7:30 Reception for Advocates and Delegates
Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

Tuesday July 19, 2016

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.       Breakfast – Commonwealth A

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.     Meaningful and Relevant RemediesAtlantic Ballroom
Panelists:
Bruce Archibald, QC          Professor, Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University
Jennifer Llewellyn              Professor, Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University
Gail Gatchalian                    Partner, Pink Larkin
Rebecca Saturley                Regional Managing Partner, Steward McKelvey      

10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.     Break

10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.     Concurrent Workshops-  The Practice of Making Whole

  • Mediators’ Workshop -– Atlantic Ballroom

When and Where does the Mediator’s Job End?
Facilitators:
Peter Simpson          Assistant Deputy Minister, Ontario Ministry of Labour
Scot Beckenbaugh   Deputy Director, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (US)

  • Adjudicator’s Workshop - Harbour Suite A and B

Do Statutory Constraints Preclude Relevant Remedies in Adjudicatory Matters?
Facilitators:
Virginia Adamson    Executive Director and General Counsel of the Canada Industrial Relations Board
Eileen Hennessey     General Counsel, National Mediation Board
Marjorie Wittner     Chair, Massachusetts Department of Labor Relations, Commonwealth Employment Relations Board

11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.    Luncheon – Commonwealth A

1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.      The Ethics of Neutrality - Harbour Suite A & B

Facilitators:
Sheri King                   Regional Director, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (Canada),
Tim Noonan               Executive Director of the Vermont Labor Relations Board

2:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.      Annual Business Meeting - Harbour Suite A & B

3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.      Executive Board Meeting – Boardroom
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.      Reception – Atlantic Mezzanine

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.      Closing Banquet – Commonwealth A

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