2006 Annual Conference

Fairmont Hotel
St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador
18-21 May, 2006

This year's theme is:
"The Future of Labour Law: A Brave New World or Apocalypse Now?" 

2006 Conference Presentations

10 Minute Labour Lawyer

CALL- ACAMS Business Meeting

Communications Committee report | en français

Employee Privacy

Ethics Session

Future of Industrial Confilict

Future of Labour Law and Industrial Relations


International and Comparitive Labour Law

SCC Review

Tribunal's failure of Justice


2006 Conference Schedule

Thursday May 18, 2006

3:30 – 5:00
CALL/ACAMS Council Meeting
[Council members only]
(This may require travel on Wednesday for those from the West)

6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Reception and Registration

Friday May 19, 2006

8:30- 9:00 a.m. 
Registration and Breakfast

9:00- 9:15 a.m. 
Susan Philpott CALL President
Local Organizing Committee
Overview of Conference Agenda

9:15 – 10:30 a.m. 
The Future of Labour, Employment and Labour Law
Chair: Simon Archer, Cavalluzzo Hayes
Kerry Rittich c
Kevin Banks c
Angela Cornell c

10:30- 10:45 a.m. 

10:45- 12:00 p.m. 

The Future of Labour Law and Industrial Relations as Academic Disciplines

Chair: Jeffrey Sack, Sack Goldblatt Mitchell
Daphne Taras (U of Calgary) c
Anil Verma (UT Centre for Industrial Relations) c
Michael Lynk, UWO c
Pamela Chapman c
Gregor Murray c

12:00-1:15 p.m. 
Coordinator: (St John’s Committee)
Nancy Riche c

1:30- 2:30 p.m. 

The Future of Employee Privacy – Are Privacy Laws Protections or Impediments for Unions and Workers?
Chair: Rick Engel
Stéphane Lacoste, Teamsters c (PIPEDA, Employee privacy issues)
Rick Engel (Criminal Records Check) c
Veena Verma (Anti-Terrorism) c

2:30-2:45 p.m. 

2:45-4:00 p.m. 

When the Tribunal fails to deliver justice: how to respond?
Chair: Bob Blair
David Blair, Victory Square c
Lorne Sossin c

Friday night social events

Harbour Cruise (optional for those without Gravol)
The Duke

Saturday May 20, 2006

8:30- 9:00 a.m. 
Breakfast and Registration

9:00 - 10:15 a.m. 

The Future of Industrial Conflict: The View So Far
Chair: Pat Nugent, Chivers Carpenter
John Rogers (BC Teachers) c
Kate Hughes (CBC lockout; Hydro One) c

10:15- 10:30 a.m. 

10:30- 11:45 a.m. 

The Future of Labour Law around the World: Collaboration and Cooperation
Chair: Claude Melançon, Melançon Marceau
Peter Shklanka (CALL)
Francisco Itturaspe (ALAL) c
Michael Dale (NLG) c

11:45 - 1:15 p.m. 

CALL Business Meeting
Jack Harris – Welcome to St. John’s


  • Elections – President, VPs
  • Urgent Action Network for Labour Lawyers Association for the Americas
  • CALL – role as voice of union side lawyers
  • CALL as intervenor
  • CALL Conference 2007
  • Paris Conference
  • Regional mid-year conferences
  • Other business and resolutions

1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. 

10 Minute Labour Lawyer

Coordinators: Anne Gregory + Karin Linnebach

  • Spoliation (David Wright – RWBH) c
  • Wal-Mart Organizing in Canada - a status report (Drew Plaxton) c
  • Mandatory Retirement (Heather Tottin PBL) c
  • Bill C55 (Clio Godkewitsch - KM) c
  • Use of survey evidence at arbitration (Dave Williams – Chivers) c
  • OHP and OHIP – the value of a vowel (Tim Gleason - SGM) c

2:30- 2:45 p.m. 

2:45 - 4:00p.m. 
Break-out Sessions

  1. Ethics Session: The Member versus the Union
    Chair: Randy Earle
    Garth Smorang c 
  2. Litigating Harassment: Creating Strategies
    Coordinator: Kate Hughes
    Sophie Cloutier, (Grondin Poudrier) c 
    Colin Johnston, ONA c 
    Victoria Rheaume c

6:30 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.

Coordinator: St John's Committee
Lobster Dinner at GeoCentre
Pam Morgan
*included in registration fee

Sunday May 21, 2006

9:30 a.m. 

10:00 - 11:45 a.m.

Supreme and Appellate Court Update (and Incidental Predictions and Ponderings of the Future of Labour before the Court)

Coordinator: Ethan Poskanzer/Steve Barrett

Johanne Drolet, Melançon Marceau c (Isidore Garon)
Air Canada

11:45 a.m.

Conference Wrap Up – Local Committee