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Ontario Government Transition: Pop-up Compliance Seminar for Aspiring Staffers, Lobbyists and Others

Government Ethics, Transparency and Political Law Seminar
When (ET)
Where Fasken Toronto or via Webinar
333 Bay St., Suite 2400
Bay Adelaide Centre
Toronto, ON
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The chance to work inside government is a marvelous privilege, but also carries heavy responsibility – including legal responsibility. An oft-repeated concern is that that nobody explains the rules until after a staffer starts working for government – by which point it is too late.

Lobbying of government is centuries-old democratic right, but it, too, is subject to rules. For example, lobbyists must not place government officials in a conflict of interest. What does that mean when you wish to lobby somebody you worked with, or helped, on a recent election campaign?

No one likes to dwell on consequences, but recent events have demonstrated what can happen to public officials and lobbyists who step outside the rules. Compliance is not an after-thought; it must be a key part of your decision making.

This free, pop-up compliance seminar is designed for those thinking about the Ontario Government transition and what it means for them.

It will examine the rules on staffers and the rules on lobbyists. It will explore requirements, restrictions and release of information. It will provide essential information before you decide your next step.

This seminar will also be an important refresher for those who already lobby or already deal with government in the course of their business.

Topics to be covered

  • Restrictions on political staffers: Understand the rules before you take the job
  • Conflict of interest
  • Criminal law risks for public officials, lobbyists and those doing business with government
  • Disclosure and transparency: Find out what information on you will become public
  • Post-employment rules for political staffers: How what happens inside government will limit what you can do after you leave
  • Lobbyists, government/legislative staffers and conflict of interest
  • How campaign work or volunteering affects you as a (potential) lobbyist

Who should attend

  • People contemplating employment with a Minister or MPP
  • Current lobbyists and people contemplating lobbying as a career
  • Former campaign workers and volunteers considering next steps
  • Anyone interested in how conflict-of-interest rules and lobbying rules affect their business or organization during this time of transition

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  • 9:15 am - 9:30 am Registration and Breakfast
  • 9:30 am - 10:45 am Seminar with Q&A

Videotaping Policy: During this event, Fasken will be videotaping and broadcasting to a live audience. You may be filmed as part of the audience and seen on screen and in the archived footage.


You can participate in this seminar on-line via webinar, or by attending in-person at our office in Toronto


This seminar is complimentary


Please RSVP by filling in the form below

1.25Hours Available Via Webinar
The 1.25 hours from this non-accredited seminar may be applied towards the nine Substantive Hours of annual Continuing Professional Development (CPD) required by the Law Society of Ontario.

Event contact

Andrea Tulloch Marketing Events Manager +1 416 868 3329