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Employment Law Panel: Everything Old is New Again

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50 minutes
Katherine Cotton
Rob Monti
Siobhan O'Brien
Kecia Podetz
James Prowse
County of Carleton Law Association (CCLA)
50 minutes
$109.00 plus tax
CCLA 39th Civil Litigation Conference
Includes Handouts

Siobhan O'Brien, Katherine Cotton, Rob Monti, Kecia Podetz, and James Prowse present the employment law panel.


Katherine Cotton

Originally from northern Ontario, Katherine was called to the Ontario bar in 1989 with an LLB from Osgoode Hall Law School after studying at the University of Western Ontario and then graduating from Queen's. She provides legal advice and representation to clients on human resources and employment law and workplace policies and issues. Katherine has litigated for 30 years and also has extensive experience in conflict resolution and workplace investigations. She conducts mediations and investigations in the private sector and in unionized workplace settings in the public and health care sectors. Katherine has an active interest in corporate governance and has served as a Director and Board Governor for almost 20 years. From 2001 until 2010 she was a Board Member and a Committee Chair of NAV CANADA, the country's privatized air navigation service provider. In 2012 Katherine was appointed to serve on the Board of Governors of The Ottawa Hospital and is currently the Chair of the Board. She also sits on the Board of the University of Ottawa Heart Institute as an ex officio member. In 2016 she was appointed to the 3-member Departmental Audit Committee for the RCMP, which is a strategic resource that provides an advisory function in the areas of governance, risk management and internal audit.

Rob Monti

Robert has practised employment and labour law in Ottawa since 1993. Prior to joining Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP, Robert served as in-house counsel and director of labour relations at a university and was formerly a partner, practising employment and labour law at a leading Ottawa law firm. Robert has more than 25 years' experience in employment and labour matters. His experience includes representing employers, individuals and union clients covering grievance arbitration, union certifications, collective bargaining, terminations, workplace conflict, wrongful and unjust dismissal cases, sexual harassment investigations and other human rights issues. He advises employers in negotiating and drafting employment contracts and on employer legislated compliance concerning employees. He has represented clients before numerous administrative bodies and in the civil courts, acting in trials and appeals.

Siobhan O'Brien

Siobhan O’Brien is an Ottawa labour lawyer, employment lawyer and human resource lawyer. She practises management-side labour and employment law and has extensive experience in wrongful dismissal litigation, employment litigation, human rights law, grievance arbitration, labour relations, collective bargaining and strike management. Siobhan is a frequent guest speaker at employment and human resource law events and speaks on employment issues including privacy, human rights law, workplace investigations, wrongful dismissals, employment contracts, accommodation, attendance management, independent contractor matters, pregnancy and parental leave, restrictive covenants, employment benefits, and workplace policies and procedures. Siobhan serves public and private sector clients in the Manufacturing, Social Services, Developmental Services, Education, Healthcare, Financial Services, Technology and Municipal sectors.

Kecia Podetz

Kecia, a partner with Emond Harnden, is an experienced advocate who represents her clients in both formal and informal employment/labour settings. She is passionate about providing guidance and advice to her clients as they manage their day-to-day, and their more complex, human resources matters. Kecia’s clients appreciate her experienced, practical approach and her engaging manner.

James Prowse

James Prowse is a Labour Relations Advisor and In-House Counsel to the Public Service Alliance of Canada. He practices in the area of Labour and Employment Law and gives advice to the PSAC as an employer in a unionized and non-unionized workplace. James studied at the University of Ottawa and obtained his LLB from the University of London before being called to the Ontario Bar in 2012.

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