November 14, 2002

“Dealing with Violence in the Workplace”

Dr. Perry Sirota, Clinical Psychologist

In these turbulent times, violence in the workplace can have substantial repurcussions for victims, employees, management and unions. The effects of violence can be extensive and enduring.

Dr. Perry Sirota is one of Canada’s leading experts on the prevention of violence and coping strategies after such incidents. He is a clinical psychologist practicing in Calgary. He has been an expert witness before courts, arbitration boards and tribunals.

Two local speakers will discuss their experiences in dealing with this problem.

April 3, 2002

“The BCLRB: New Challenges and Opportunities”

Brent Mullin, Chair of the BC Labour Relations Board

Brent Mullin became the Chair of the B.C. Labour Relations Board in January, 2002. An experienced counsel in labour cases, he was Vice Chair of the Board from 1992 to 1998. This meeting will be his first address to the industrial relations community since assuming leadership of the Board.

January 16, 2002

“Judging the Judges: The Future of Employment Tribunals in B.C”

Richard Longpre, Assistant Deputy Minster of Skills Development and Labour

The new provincial government is considering the amalgamation of some or all employment-related tribunals. A report on this proposal will be issued in January. This new structure, if adopted, could affect the Labour Relations Board, Human Rights Tribunal, Employment Standards Tribunal and the workers’ compensation appeal procedures.

Richard Longpre, Assistant Deputy Minister of Skills Development and Labour, will speak on this important topic. In addition, two discussants will present the perspectives of the employer and labour communities.