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A unique, practical program focused on assessing, balancing and resolving human rights issues, delivered by a highly distinguished faculty of Canada's leading experts.

How deeply do you understand the complex world of human rights?

Interpreting and applying human rights legislation presents a complex and often unique set of challenges. At the same time, failure to comply with human rights laws can be very costly to organizations, both in terms of money and time spent defending claims, as well as the resulting reputational damage, should an individual’s claim be upheld by the tribunal.

This comprehensive program was designed to give you the knowledge and practical skills to competently and confidently handle day-to-day challenges, as well as more complex human rights issues.

Please note that spaces are limited and that this program sold out when last offered in May 2018.


Program Director

  • Patrick Case, LSM, LL.B., LL.M., Adjunct Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School

Advisory Board

  • Antonella Ceddia, Adjunct Professor, Solicitor – Litigation Group, City Of Toronto, Legal Services Division
  • Shelagh Day, President & Senior Editor, Canadian Human Rights Reporter
  • Fo Niemi, Executive Director, Centre for Research-Action on Race Relations (CRAAR)
  • Dora Nipp, Human Rights Education & Change Specialist, Ontario Human Rights Commission
  • Geri Sanson, Sanson Law Office Professional Corporation
  • Susan Ursel, AUrsel Phillips Fellows Hopkinson LLP

Program Faculty

  • Lisa Addario, Member, Canadian Industrial Relations Board
  • Raj Anand, WeirFoulds LLP
  • Anthony Anirud, Human Rights Commissioner, York Region District School Board
  • Sarah E. Atkinson, Lawyer, Workplace Investigator, Mediator, Workplace Resolutions
  • Kim Bernhardt, Bernhardt Arbitration & Mediation
  • Danielle Bisnar, Cavalluzzo LLP
  • Patrick Case, LSM, LL.B., LL.M., Adjunct Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School
  • Antonella Ceddia, Solicitor, Litigation Group, City Of Toronto, Legal Services Division
  • Njeri Damali Campbell, Hicks Morley Hamilton Stewart Storie LLP
  • Rajesh Dhir, Legal Director, Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation
  • Mahejabeen Ebrahim, Consultant, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Peter Engelmann, Goldblatt Partners LLP
  • Melany Franklin, Mediator, Sideroad ADR
  • Amelia Golden, Golden Investigations
  • Sharmaine Hall, Executive Director, Human Rights Legal Support Centre
  • Matthew Horner, Counsel, Ontario Human Rights Commission
  • Marian Y. MacGregor, Equity Advisor, Equity Initiatives, The Law Society of Ontario
  • Amanda Pask, Cavalluzzo LLP
  • Holly Reid, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
  • Bruce Ryder, Associate Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University
  • Jo-Ann Seamon, Senior Counsel & Manager of Legal Services, Human Rights Legal Support Centre
  • Daniel Sheppard, Goldblatt Partners LLP
  • Morgan Sim, Pinto James LLP
  • Grace Vaccarelli, Lawyer, Human Rights Legal Support Centre
  • Dianne Wintermute, Staff Lawyer, ARCH Disability Law Centre



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

Program Changes

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

Cancellations, Rainchecks 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 each program start date. If a cancellation request is made with less than 14 days’ notice, a $150 administration fee will apply. No other refund is available.


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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:
Paul Truster at PTruster@osgoode.yorku.ca

Program Details

Date & Time

May 27-31, 2019
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. EDT


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

Fee per Delegate

$2995 + HST

Registration for this program is now closed.

Printable Registration Form

Eligible CPD Credit Hours


Who Should Attend

  • Human rights professionals
  • Human resources professionals
  • Human rights lawyers
  • Employment and labour law practitioners
  • In-house counsel
  • Trade union representatives
  • Diversity/equity officers
  • Disability and return-to-work managers
  • Human rights and equity consultants

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“I found myself learning from each of the instructors (which were all, without exception, excellent). Thank you!”

Geneviève Chabot, Yukon Human Rights Commission

“The presentations were timely and on point and use of the law was relevant and appropriate. All the presenters were…excellent”

Joelle St. John, Senior Parliamentary Counsel, Government of Barbados

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.