Greater Vancouver Fire Chiefs’ Association presents

3rd Annual Labour Relations Seminar

February 25 – 26, 2020| Executive Airport Plaza Hotel | Richmond, BC


Executive Airport Plaza Hotel
7311 Westminster Highway
Richmond, BC


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The hotel is located 5 minutes from the Vancouver International Airport and a 15 minute drive from downtown Vancouver. Special guest room rates are available. Be sure to mention this seminar when booking accommodation using the above toll-free number. Guest room rates are available until January 15, 2020. If you are booking accommodation after this time, or were unable to receive our preferred rate, please email


Learn first hand from a team of legal experts, labour relations specialists and industry leaders for insight and guidance over a broad range of labour, organization and HR topics. The Labour Relations seminar is the only one of it’s kind in Western Canada. Nowhere else will you receive this much detailed, relevant information and guidance from such a broad range of presenters at an affordable fee.

Who should attend?

If you are an exempt Fire Officer, Police or HR Professional that participate in labour relations this is for you! This seminar has been designed as a forum for learning and information sharing for employers.

What you’ll get

  • informative seminar led by experts and industry leaders (Download Agenda)
  • the opportunity to learn from a broad range of well informed presenters
  • education and guidance on current issues
  • access to the official event app, Whova
  • downloadable copy of presenter’s slides
  • share, network and connect with others in your industry
  • completion certificate
  • delicious lunch

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$135 Day 1 only | $499 Day 1 and 2

Gain knowledge directly from the Metro Vancouver Regional Employers Services (RES) as they present an “RES 101” workshop where they will cover key workplace concepts related to their group: collective bargaining, grievance and arbitration management and managing employees. The panel will feature senior RES team members: Jacquie Griffiths, Director and Darryl Ainsley, Division Manager, Collective Bargaining. All management representatives are welcome to attend, even those located outside of the Metro Vancouver RES group. This workshop is ideal for new exempt managers or those looking for a refresher. 

Jacquie Griffiths
Jacquie GriffithsJacquie is the Director of Regional Employers Services for Metro Vancouver. She and her team provide human resources and labour relations services to the municipalities in the region. Jacquie has also held the position of Chief Negotiator and Associate Executive Director for the BC Public School Employers’ Association and served three terms as a Referee for the Employment Insurance Commission of Canada from 2004 – 2013. In 2009, Jacquie was recognized as one of Business in Vancouver’s “40 under Forty”. She is currently BC’s representative on the Canadian Chartered Professionals in Human Resources National Standards Council.

Darryl Ainsley
Darryl AinsleyDarryl is the Division Manager, Collective Bargaining, Regional Employers Services for Metro Vancouver. Darryl and his bargaining team provide bargaining and related collective agreement services to the municipalities in the region. Prior to assuming the role of Division Manager Darryl was a negotiator for Regional Employer Services, serving as a spokesperson in Fire, Police, Library, and Inside/Outside bargaining. Before joining Regional Employer Services Darryl was in the post-secondary sector for many years, moving from roles as a faculty member to the position of Manager of Labour Relations at a post-secondary institution where he was responsible for managing grievances, leading local bargaining, and participating in various provincial common tables.


Key presentations from:

Dr. Jeff Morley
Jeff Morley picJeff is a Registered Psychologist. Dr. Morley previously served with the RCMP in various roles from uniform to plain clothes through to human resources, conflict resolution, change management, health services as well as in municipal and provincial detachments and on national initiatives. Jeff was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 for work in the area of trauma and resilience in policing. Since 2004, Dr. Morley has been an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Counselling Psychology at the University of British Columbia, teaching group counselling, advanced group counselling, career counselling and trauma counselling.

Kai Scott
Kai Scott headshotKai is the President of Transfocus Consulting. He is a social scientist who has devoted his 15-year career to solving complex social issues, especially related to vulnerable and resilient populations. Kai uses a blend of discovery and reflective approaches to bring greater understanding and clarity to issues of gender diversity to create solutions for the challenges that organizations face. Kai engages clients in transparent decision-making processes that allow them to become confident, informed leaders in emerging gender diversity issues. He helps demystify this often-daunting topic in a reassuring, supportive manner, inspiring confidence, new vistas and excitement in clients.

$399 Day 2 only | $499 Day 1 and 2
During this full day of learning chief fire and police officers, senior local government officials and human resource professionals experience presentations from a team of legal experts, fire and police chief officers and industry leaders who give insight, up-to-date knowledge and guidance on a wide range of current labour relations issues impacting fire and police organizations.

New this year is a panel of Fire Chiefs and HR Managers moderated by Darryl Ainsley. This panel features a cross section of metro Fire Chiefs and HR managers from across Canada who will discuss up-to-date topics currently impacting the fire service including recruitment, bargaining, workplace structure and more!

John Saunders
John Saunders
John is a senior labour and employment lawyer in Hicks Morley’s Toronto Office. He has over 30 years of experience advising municipalities and fire departments. John’s practice includes acting as spokesperson at collective agreement negotiations for fire departments, presenting at fire interest arbitrations or acting as the municipal nominee at those arbitrations. He does rights arbitrations, human rights applications and wrongful dismissal litigation. He has particular expertise in Coroner’s Inquest involving Fire Departments. He assists many municipalities across the country as they address the particular labour and employment issues in their Fire Departments.

Julia Nanos
Julia NanosJulia is a labour and employment lawyer at Hicks Morley in Toronto. She advises public and private sector employers on a wide-range of labour and employment issues, with particular focus on human rights and accommodation, wrongful dismissal defence litigation, grievance and interest arbitrations, collective bargaining, employment contracts and employment standards.Julia has appeared as counsel for employers before labour arbitrators, the Ontario Human RightsTribunal, and the Superior Court of Justice, and as lead negotiator in collective bargaining negotiations.

Stacey Holloway
Stacey Holloway headshotStacey is the Senior Consultant and Principal at Holloway Group where she helps organizations and the people within them bring about and navigate change. Stacey has worked as a strategist, facilitator, interventionist, mediator, coach and trainer for over 30 years and has extensive consulting experience working with executives, individuals and teams. She is a Senior Trainer at the Justice Institute of BC’s Centre for Conflict Resolution and has developed several successful training programs. Stacey is in demand across North America as a keynote speaker, thanks to her participatory presentations filled with energy, humor and creativity.

David McDonald
Dave MacDonald headshotDavid is a leading labour, employment and human rights lawyer in Vancouver. Employers seek out David’s skills as strategic counsel in workplace law. David proactively works with clients to find solutions to employment issues. He has a particular focus on labour relations and collective bargaining. He also gives advice in all areas of employment law, human rights in the workplace and occupational health and safety. David shares his expertise with clients and professional organizations through presenting seminars on labour relations and employment law.

Jessica Anne Gregory
Jessica Anne Gregory headshotJessica is a B.C Arbitrator, Mediator and Investigator specializing in grievance and other labour disputes.She offers workplace dispute resolution services that fairly and efficiently assist parties in bringing finality to labour and employment disputes. Jessica embraces alternate dispute resolution methods such as mediation and works closely with parties to create an answer that brings stability and finality to outstanding workplace issues.She also offers comprehensive workplace investigations for both public and private organizations, conducted in an unbiased manner consistent with principles of natural justice and procedural fairness.

Neil Dubord
Neil DubordNeil is a Chief Constable with Delta Police where he has served since 2015. Chief Dubord was awarded the Officer of the Order of Merit from the Governor General of Canada, the Police Exemplary Medal and the Queens Diamond Jubilee medal. He is a member of several national, provincial and international policing organizations. Chief Dubord holds a Master’s degree in Leadership and Training from Royal Roads University, graduated from the FBI National Academy and the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development program, is a Canadian Human Resource Professional and successfully defended his dissertation to fulfill the requirements of his Doctor of Philosophy Degree in business from Northcentral University.

Thomas Roper
Thomas RoperThomas is a founding partner at Roper Greyell where he focuses on strategic planning and counsel work. He advises employers on all aspects of employment law and labour relations and represents clients in employment related litigation. In 1992, Tom was appointed by the Minister of Labour as part of a three-person panel to review and propose revisions to theB.C. Labour Relations Code. The panel’s recommendations resulted in major changes to the labour legislation in B.C. Tom is a past-president of the Human Resources Management Association of British Columbia and on the Selection Committee for the Bora Laskin Award, given annually by the University of Toronto for outstanding contribution to labour law in Canada. Tom is currently a member of the Board of Governors for the Business Council of British Columbia.

Ryan Copeland
Ryan CopelandRyan is a partner at Roper Greyell where he provides strategic advice and representation to public and private sector clients in all areas of labour, employment and human rights law. Ryan assists employers in managing employee and labour related risk through advice and consultation on matters such as harassment, absenteeism, health and safety and the drafting and interpretation of workplace policies and employment contracts. Ryan also helps clients navigate through various litigation processes, including at the courts, labour arbitrations, labour boards, human rights tribunals, WorkSafeBC and other administrative tribunals. Ryan represents clients as lead spokesperson at the bargaining table and as counsel at interest arbitrations.

Metro Chiefs Discussion Panel (moderated by Darryl Ainsley)

Deryn Rizzi
Deryn Rizzi pictureDeryn is the Fire Chief with Vaughan Fire and Rescue Service. Prior to that she served as Deputy Fire Chief with VFRS, having first joined the service in 2001 as a firefighter. Chief Rizzi’s emergency management experience also includes serving as an operations officer with the Office of the Fire Marshal. Chief Rizzi completed undergraduate studies and a Bachelor of Education from Queen’s University. She graduated from York University with both a Masters of Arts, Disaster and Emergency Management and a Disaster and Emergency Certificate. Chief Rizzi also holds a Masters Certificate in Municipal Leadership from the Schulich School of Business and is completing a Ph.D. at York University.

Ken Block
Ken BlockKen is the Fire Chief of Edmonton Fire Rescue. His career spans over thirty years in the Edmonton Fire Service, beginning as a firefighter and progressing through the ranks. He was named Fire Chief of the Year through the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs. Chief Block has worked as an advocate for firefighters serving three terms as union president. His leadership was instrumental in successfully uniting a fractured labour management relationship with the Edmonton Fire Fighters Union, Local 209, eventually developing into one of the most progressive, highly regarded firefighter Unions inNorth America. Chief Block sits on the Metro Fire Chiefs Executive Board as Secretary and is an active member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs, and the Alberta Fire Chiefs Association.

John Dawson
Photo 002John is a Senior Labour Relations Officer with the City of Winnipeg, where he is responsible for coaching labour relations and human resources staff on developing internal operational policies, collective agreement interpretations, and various statutes/legislation. In addition, he provides guidance and consultation to senior management, departments, and human resources on all labour relations issues and strategies, and participates regularly in many areas of human resource program creation. Prior to joining the City of Winnipeg, John spent many years in leadership with Canada Post. He has represented the employer at grievance arbitration hearings over a wide range of issues at both Canada Post and the City of Winnipeg. To compliment his 16 years of labour management experience, John is working on completing a Bachelor’s Degree in Labour & Industrial Relations from Athabasca University, and is currently completing a certificate in Labour Relations from Queen’s University.

Gina Lijoi
Photo 002Gina Lijoi is a Human Resources Partner with the City of Vaughan and brings over 16 years of municipal experience in all aspects of human resources management. She is responsible for providing strategic
advice and consultation on a broad range of human resources matters, including labour relations issues,
recruitment and investigations, enabling clients to successfully meet their business objectives. Gina has
worked with all client groups within the organization and has been an integral and consistent partner of
the fire department for 12 years. She develops and maintains strong working relationships within all
levels of the organization and is a trusted advisor. Gina is a Certified Human Resources Leader and holds
a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto.

More information coming soon for these panel members:

John Lane, Fire Chief, Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service

Kim Ayotte, Fire Chief, Ottawa Fire Services

Jo-Anne Delorme, Human Resources, City of Ottawa