ELAO’s Thirst for Knowledge conference and gala draws hundreds – sessions now available for on-demand viewing

The Employment Lawyers Association of Ontario (ELAO) recently hosted its annual Thirst for Knowledge (TFK) conference and gala in Toronto.

“This year, the ELAO expanded the decades-old meeting of employment lawyers called ‘Thirst for Knowledge’ to include a conference on Nov. 9 and a gala on Nov. 23,” said Tahir Khorasanee, vice-president of ELAO and a senior associate with Steinbergs LLP.

“With close to 250 employment lawyers in attendance, it is one of the largest gathering of lawyers from one of the most collegial bars in North America, the employment bar,” he said. “The Ontario Employment Lawyers pride themselves on being first and foremost agents of justice while remaining zealous advocates for their clients.”

The conference, which took place at the Holiday Inn Toronto Downtown Centre, is now available for purchase for on-demand viewing on HR Law Canada, the media sponsor for TFK.

Attendees who view the sessions will receive 5 CPD hours, which includes 3 substantive hours and 2 hours dedicated to equality, diversity, and inclusion or professionalism topics, fulfilling part of their professional development requirements. The fee is $200 plus HST.

Aimed at uniting both sides of the Ontario employment bar – representing employees and employers – as well as HR professionals, the event is a manifestation of ELAO’s commitment to fostering a ‘thirst for knowledge’ within the legal community.

The day-long conference, meticulously planned by co-chairs Zoya Alam and Jawdat Saleh, featured a range of speakers and panel discussions addressing key issues in employment law.

Patricia DeGuire, the Ontario Human Rights Chief Commissioner, kickstarted the event with a fireside chat that set the tone for a day of insightful discussions.

The agenda was packed with four panels covering diverse and pertinent topics. These include a focus on electronic monitoring and privacy in the workplace, diversity and equity beyond the buzzwords, the evolving landscape of remote work and contract considerations, and the intricacies of workplace investigations and terminations for cause.

Speakers from various law firms and organizations, such as Hicks Morley Hamilton Stewart Storie LLP, Vencora, Turnpenney Milne LLP, and Progressive Barristers, lead these discussions.

To purchase the TFK conference on-demand, visit https://hrlawcanada.com/webinars/registration-tfk-employment-law-conference-on-demand/. Participants will get a certificate confirming attendance once they’ve completed viewing the sessions.

If you have questions, contact [email protected] or see www.elao.ca for more information about the Employment Lawyers Association of Ontario.

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