Ten hours and 45 minutes (10: 45) will be recognized as a training activity by an approved provider – the Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse – in accordance with the Règlement sur la formation continue obligatoire des avocats du Barreau du Québec (Regulation concerning mandatory continuing education of the Barreau du Québec’s lawyers).
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Payment by credit card or cheque made out to Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse. You will receive an invoice by e-mail confirming your registration.
Payment must be sent to the following address by May 2, 2016:
Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse
Marwa Sabbour Mohamed, 360,Saint Jacques Street , 2nd floor Montréal (Québec) H2Y 1P5
Registration fees include two lunches, breaks, admission to plenary sessions and workshops, simultaneous translation services, as well as a participant kit.
Only cancellations requested in writing before April 1st, 2016 will be accepted. Your registration fee will be refunded less a 25% administration fee. Cancellations and refund requests will not be accepted after April 1st , 2016. You may, however, designate a substitute to take your place.
A number of rooms have been reserved at the Hotel Le Centre Sheraton Montréal (regular room at the special rate of $179 per night, single or double occupancy, plus taxes). Please contact the hotel and make your reservations before April 15, 2016 by phone at 1-800-325-3535 or by clicking here (event reservation web page):
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Opening Remarks : David Arnot, Chair of the Canadian Association of Statutory Human Rights Agencies and Chief Commissioner for the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission. Camil Picard, Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse
Keynote speech: « Getting Respect: Responses to Stigma and Discrimination in the United States, Brazil and Israel » by Michèle Lamont, Director, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs,
Workshop 1 Women in the Workplace: Sexual Harassment OR Workshop 2 The Workplace: Racialized Minorities
In the early 80s, prohibition of harassment on the ground of sex was gradually introduced in several Canadian provinces. In the early 2000s, new laws on psychological harassment and workplace violence were implemented. Progressively, sexual harassment, a systemic discrimination against women in the workplace, is interpreted in issues related to health at work and labour relations. This workshop will reflect how the change in socio-legal processing of sexual harassment affects women’s rights at work, the scope of sexual harassment prevention policies and the effectiveness of remedies for victims.
Katia Atif, Coordinator, Action travail des femmes Rachel Cox, Professor of Law, Faculté de science politique et de droit (Political Science and Law Faculty), Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) Irene Jansen, Senior Equality Officer, Canadian Union of Public Employees Colleen Sheppard, Professor of Law, Faculty of Law, McGill University
Measures to ensure equal access to employment or employment equity have been in place in Canadian provinces for more than 30 years. However there are still many systemic obstacles preventing members of racialized minorities from accessing employment or advancing their careers. This workshop will address the persistence of systemic discrimination for members of these communities. A first step will involve taking stock of the systemic measures implemented in the labour market, including upstream measures, such as the recognition of qualifications obtained abroad. Then, a brief overview of proactive measures supported by the federal and provincial governments will bring us to (re)consider the role played by human rights commissions in Canada in implementing, monitoring and promoting access or equity employment programs.
Pascale Chanoux, Employability and Relocation Coordinator, Table de concertation des organismes au service des personnes réfugiées et immigrantes André Gariépy, Commissioner for Complaints concerning the recognition of professional qualifications in Québec Margaret Yap, Associate Professor in Human Resources Management, Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University (Toronto)
Luncheon: « Recent developments on the international scene, especially the recommendations of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development include global standards for access to justice and gender equality relevant for human rights institutions. » by Pearl Eliadis, recognized as one of Canada’s leading human rights lawyers.
Workshop 3 Youth and Socio-Professional Insertion: From Challenges to Innovations OR Workshop 4 Mental Health in the Workplace
This workshop will focus on youth access to employment and will address the types of discrimination they experience when they first enter the labour market. The current context of the labour market and its changes in the last decades will be discussed, as well as the characteristics of today’s youth.
Benoît Bernier, Co-founder and Director, Déclic Nolywé Delannon, President, Force Jeunesse and Assistant Professor in Management, Université Laval’s Faculté des sciences de l’administration (Faculty of Business Administration) Madeleine Gauthier, Honorary Professor, Institut national de la recherche scientifique’s (INRS) Centre Urbanisation Culture Société
Several studies on occupational health shed light on the risk factors and allow a better knowledge of management practices that should be promoted, but stigma and discrimination against people with mental health problems remain and some say they are on the rise. How can we remove persistent barriers? This workshop will discuss realities and challenges regarding mental health in the workplace and reflect on concrete solutions from a human rights perspective.
Annick Desjardins, Human Rights Issues Coordinator, Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Pierre Durand, Professor, École de relations industrielles (School of Industrial Relations) Université de Montréal Derek J. Jones, Lawyer, Research Group on Health and Law, Faculty of Law, McGill University Sapna Mahajan, Director, Prevention and Promotion Initiatives, Workplace, Mental Health Commission of Canada
Review of Key Legal Human Rights Rulings 2015-16 (Caselaw)
Workshop 5 Trans Children OR Workshop 6 Information Technology, Privacy and Fundamental Rights OR Workshop 7 Genetic Discrimination
This workshop will address how trans children face discrimination in their daily lives, whether at school, when receiving health and social services or in public places. The panel will also discuss issues regarding legislation regulating the change of sex designation for minors.
barbara findlay, QC, white, cisgender, lesbian, activist lawyer Dr. Shuvo Ghosh, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, McGill University, Co-Director of the Meraki Health Centre in Montreal, and Developmental-Behavioural Pediatrician, Montreal Children’s Hospital Kimberley Ens Manning, Principal, Simone de Beauvoir Institute and Associate Professor of Political Science, Concordia University (Montreal)
The emergence of an information society brings about several mutations, including those related to the law. This workshop will discuss the capacity of the law and the juridical system, in the traditional usages, to face new rights and freedoms challenges particularly the protection of privacy and the right to equality.
Chantal Bernier, Counsel, Dentons Canada LLP (Ottawa) Eloïse Gratton, Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP and National Co-Leader, Privacy and Data Security Practice Group Pierre Trudel, Full Professor, Centre de recherche en droit public (Public Law Research Centre), Faculty of Law, Université de Montréal
This workshop will address issues related to genetic testing and its impact on human rights, particularly in employment and as related to insurances. Do human rights commission have the tools to deal with this issue?
Bev Heim Myers, Chief Executive Officer, Huntington Society of Canada and Chair, Canadian Coalition for Genetic Fairness Marie-Claude Landry, Chief Commissioner, Canadian Human Rights Commission Trudo Lemmens, Professor and Scholl Chair in Health Law and Policy, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto
Workshop 8 Aboriginals’ Rights and Human Rights
Members of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) travelled across the country from 2007 to 2015 to collect testimonies of former residential school students and their descendants and, to inform Canadians about the harms they endured in the 140-year history of these institutions. In its final report published in 2015, the TRC calls for major changes and challenges the authorities regarding these changes, which was accepted by the federal government, who wishes to implement the TRC recommendations. This workshop will address the roles and responsibilities of human rights commissions in the implementation of the TRC recommendations.
Perry Bellegarde, National Chief, Assembly of First Nations . Viviane Michel, President, Native Women’s Association of Quebec. Natan Obed, President, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami