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2017 Employer Training and Development

Job Skills is pleased to provide training and development opportunities for employers and their staff. We graciously acknowledge our Employer Partners for their generous donations in support of the 2016 Series.

Past attendees have said "Great job Job Skills...feel fortunate that we have you in our community...Thank you for all that you do " and "It has been a pleasure being invited to attend in your events. Thank you. It's always been very educational. Excellent job to everyone at Jobs Skills!!!! "

Stay tuned to see what 2017 will bring!

About our Speakers:

Lorenzo Lisi
Lorenzo Lisi has practiced exclusively in the area of Labour and Employment Law for almost 25 years and has regularly appeared before the courts and administrative tribunals on behalf of employer clients, both provincially and federally. His areas of expertise include the drafting of employment agreements, collective bargaining, wrongful and constructive dismissal defence litigation, human rights, injunctive court proceedings, judicial review, and grievance and labour board litigation, as well as responding to union organizing and applications for certification. Lorenzo has also been recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada in the field of Labour and Employment Law (2014).

Michael MacLellan, Associate
Michael joined Crawford Chondon & Partners LLP as an Associate in 2010, and since that time has contributed to the practice in all fields of labour and employment law. He has serviced clients by appearing as an advocate at the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, the Ontario Labour Relations Board, numerous Labour Arbitration Boards, the Ontario Grievance Settlement Board, Ontario Superior Court of Justice, and various Provincial Courts. Since joining the firm, Mike has advised employers on a wide array of legal matters including: employee discipline and termination of employment, human rights, occupational health and safety (including workplace violence and harassment), responding to union certification applications and related employer applications, construction industry matters arising under the Labour Relations Act, and complaints under the Employment Standards Act.

Mike has serviced clients in both the private and public sectors, and has been legal counsel to a Provincial Ministry where he was responsible for handling legal matters arising in the workplace for clients all throughout Ontario. In this capacity he has not only advised on countless labour relations and employment law matters, but has also successfully represented the Province at arbitration and resolved matters through mediation, all while maintaining a respect for responsible use of taxpayers’ dollars.

Mike completed his undergraduate studies at York University where he earned an Honours B.A. and graduated on the Dean’s Honour List and Academic Achievement List. He is currently a member of the the Canadian Bar Association, Ontario Bar Association and Advocates' Society. Mike then earned his law degree from the University of Western Ontario. During law school, Michael was an active member of the school community, serving as both Chief Returning Officer for the Faculty of Law and Captain of the Dodgeball team in his final two years.

Matthew R. Vella, LL.B., LL.M.
Matthew is a Partner at Loopstra Nixon LLP, a business law firm serving clients across North America and around the world in a wide variety corporate matters. Matthew’s practice focuses exclusively on representing businesses in labour, employment and human rights matters. He is a seasoned litigator and frequently represents companies in union matters, wrongful dismissals, human rights claims and other employment related issues. Matthew has two law degrees, the first from Western University and a Masters of Law from the University of Toronto where he studied labour law and human rights. He has worked at one of Ontario’s leading labour law firms and has interned with the Ontario Labour Relations Board. He is a published author, most recently writing on corporate mergers from an HR and employment law standpoint, and is a frequent public speaker. He has been dedicated to the practice of management side labour and employment law for almost 10 years.


About our Speakers:

Jack Nodel, CEO, ARES Staffing Solutions. Jack has over 15 years of leadership experience, spanning over both the private and public sector. He is passionate about building relationships and prides himself on leading his team by example. For almost two decades, Jack has worked and succeeded at creating and maintaining full-bodied, meaningful relationships with everyone he works alongside, including ARES clients, candidates, colleagues, consultants and vendors. Jack is driven and dedicated to pushing the diversity and inclusion agenda forward and is equally committed to keeping clients and candidates safe through utilizing current and first rate, legally defensible recruitment practices. Through it all and most importantly, he enjoys a reputation of being fun to work with!

Anita Sampson Binder, M.A., R.P.R., Vice President of Recruitment Strategy and Delivery, ARES Staffing Solutions. Like ARES, Anita believes in being proactive. Her expertise and experience with recruitment strategy drives her to improve service and create process efficiencies, while pushing the envelope of sourcing and recruitment in a client-centric environment. She partners with executives, senior management and hiring managers to develop effective sourcing strategies and programs to solidify a competitive position in the marketplace and to achieve ‘world class’ status as an employer of choice. She has worked with companies globally on international initiatives, and has established and reported on metrics to evaluate and develop recruiting programs and best practices.

Anita’s strategic experience in corporate and agency recruitment over the past twenty years includes senior management roles in the private and public sectors with organizations like Compass Group Canada, York University, RBC and Redknee. She also has global H.R. management experience, and has held directorships in Diversity & Inclusion. Anita has served as Mentor, Community Advisor, and Video Guest Speaker for the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC) and their Peel Employer Advisory on Immigrant Employment (Sub-Committee), and she has been a Mentor for ACCES Employment. Her outreach work has played a significant role in creating a more inclusive and diverse workforce. She has spoken at Federated Press’ Recruiting Generation Y Course, Marcus Evans’ Strategic Recruiting & Employer Branding Canada Conference, and has been a Guest Lecturer on International Human Resources for George Brown College. It is worth noting that Anita’s past five teams have been paperless from coast to coast, and have actively used social media to recruit. She has been featured in the Human Resources Professional Management Magazine (Cover Story), Globe and Mail articles, and various online publications.

Anita holds a Bachelor’s degree from Cape Breton University and a Master’s degree from the University of Maine. She is registered with the Association of Professional Recruiters of Canada and is a member of the Institute of Professional Management.

Wendy Glaser, Manager, Solertia Consulting Group, Ontario Division will speak on "Performance Management"
Currently based out of downtown Toronto, Wendy was born and raised in Montreal and has consulted for companies in both Ontario and Quebec. Equipped with an academic background in psychology and business administration, Wendy brings her experience, insight and academic rigor to the job. Over the last 10 years she has worked with companies from a wide array of industries and has spearheaded numerous HR mandates, from developing employee handbooks to restructuring entire organizations. Wendy’s comprehensive approach to consulting considers all factors involved in successfully managing a thriving company.

Wendy holds a B.A. in Psychology and a certificate in Human Resources Management from McGill University as well as an M.Sc. in Administration from the John Molson School of Business. Wendy is a certified and active member of the Human Resources Professional Association.

Hellen Carriere, recently joined Solertia Consulting firm with over 9 years of Human Resources experience in various areas of the public sector in Ontario. Having spent the majority of her career working for large unionized organizations within the health care industry, she has developed extensive experience in employment and labour legislation, along with collective agreement interpretation. Most recently, she acted as co-chair for a Joint Occupational Health and Safety committee.

Helen holds a Bachelor’s degree from Nipissing University in Business Administration and Psychology and is currently working towards her CHRP designation through the Human Resources Professionals Association.