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Join a top tier, multi-disciplinary faculty to explore the transformation of the criminal justice system and innovative community solutions in relation to mentally ill offenders.

This one day symposium brings together those who work at the crossroads of criminal justice and mental disorder: lawyers, judges, law enforcement professionals, mental health court workers, support workers, forensic psychiatrists and psychologists to explore challenges and solutions to some of the most pressing issues today.

Don’t miss this opportunity to network with others facing similar challenges and get up to date on essential and emerging issues and positive developments. Topics include:

  • Not Criminally Responsible; case law update
  • Review Boards; trending issues
  • Alternative Justice Solutions
  • Conducting Fitness Hearings



  • Joan Barrett, Deputy Director, Crown Law Office – Criminal, Ministry of the Attorney General (Ontario)
  • The Hon. Justice Riun Shandler, Ontario Court of Justice

Keynote Speaker

  • Howard Sapers, Independent Advisor on Corrections Reform in Ontario


  • Janice E. Blackburn, Partner, Bersenas Jacobsen Chouest Thomson Blackburn LLP
  • Michael Callaghan, Assistant Crown Attorney, Toronto Crown Attorney’s Office, Criminal Law Division, Ministry of the Attorney General (Ontario)
  • Jamie Cameron, Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Alternate Chair, Ontario Review Board
  • Erin Dann, Barrister
  • Michael Feindel, Crown Coordinator, Ontario Review Board, Ministry of the Attorney General (Ontario)
  • Craig Fraser, Assistant Crown Attorney, Hamilton Crown Attorney’s Office, Criminal Law Division, Ministry of the Attorney General (Ontario)
  • The Hon. Justice Michelle Fuerst, Regional Senior Justice, Superior Court of Justice (Ontario)
  • Eric Girt, Chief, Hamilton Police Service
  • Sheldon Kennedy, Lead Director, Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre, Co-Founder of Respect Group
  • Dr. Philip E. Klassen, Vice-President Medical Services, Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health, Assistant Professor, Dept. Of Psychiatry and Dept. of Medicine, University of Toronto
  • Camille Quenneville, CEO, Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario Division
  • Dr. Sandy Simpson, Chief of Forensic Psychiatry, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Associate Professor and Head of the Division of Forensic Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto
  • The Hon. Justice Michael H. Tulloch, Court of Appeal of Ontario, Independent Reviewer, Independent Police Oversight Review, Gov’t of Ontario.
  • Judge Michael Yavinsky, Supervising Judge of the New York City Criminal Court for Brooklyn



Fees include attendance, program materials, continental breakfast, lunch and break refreshments.

Group Discounts

OsgoodePD offers group rates for both on site and webcast formats. Please note these are only available when registering for members of the same organization, at the same time, and payment is made with one invoice.

Program Changes

We will make every effort to present the certificate program as advertised, but it may be necessary to change the dates, location, speakers or content with little or no notice. In the event of program cancellation, York University and Osgoode Hall Law School’s liability is limited to reimbursement of paid fees.

Cancellations and Substitutions

Substitution of registrants is permitted at any time. If you are unable to find a substitute, a full refund is available if a cancellation request is received in writing 14 days prior to the program date. If a cancellation request is made with less than 14 days notice, a $75 administration fee will apply. No other refund is available.

Technical Support

In the event you experience technical difficulties, please contact opdsupport@osgoode.yorku.ca for assistance.


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Program Details

Questions on program registration?
Please contact the Registration Team at osgoodepd@osgoode.yorku.ca

Questions on the program content?
Please contact the Program Lawyer:
Mary Park at mpark@osgoode.yorku.ca

Program Details

Date & Time

February 23, 2018
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. EST
In Person or Webcast

Online Replay
March 29, 2018
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. EDT
Register for the Online Replay.


Osgoode Professional Development Centre,
1 Dundas St. W., 26th Floor Toronto, ONWebcast

Fee per Delegate

$495 plus HST

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Printable Registration Form

Eligible CPD Credit Hours


Who Should Attend

  • Lawyers
  • Judges
  • Review Board members
  • Law enforcement officials
  • Mental health court workers and other support workers
  • Psychiatrists
  • Forensic psychologists

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“Absolutely outstanding program all around. Very informative. Everything was great.”
Defence lawyer

“Great overview of current relevant issues, very engaging panels with knowledgeable experts.”
Justice Canada lawyer

Hotels & Parking

If you require accommodations in downtown Toronto, OsgoodePD has arranged Corporate Rates with several hotels within walking distance of our downtown conference centre.

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