Skip to main content
In-Person Seminar

Seniors' Housing Symposium

When (ET)
Where Fasken
333 Bay St., Suite 2400
Bay Adelaide Centre
Toronto, ON
Get directions


Come and join us as we examine the much anticipated final Report issued by the Honourable Eileen Gillese, Commissioner of the Inquiry into the Safety and Security of Residents in the Long-Term Care Homes System. The day will begin with a panel of legal and industry experts discussing the potential impact that the Report’s recommendations will have on the seniors' housing industry. The panelists will offer insight into lessons learned from the Inquiry and will consider ways in which the industry will evolve.

After the panel, Fasken lawyers will present on various issues impacting the daily operations of long-term care and retirement homes. The afternoon will feature multiple sessions, please select the afternoon sessions that you will be attending when you register for this event. 


Attendees will get to attend each topic listed below. 

  • 8:30 - 9:00 am Registration & Breakfast 
  • 9:00 - 9:05 am Welcome Remarks - Erin Porter, Partner, Fasken 
  • 9:05 - 10:20 am Panel Discussion on the Report and Recommendations from the Honourable Eileen E. Gillese, Commissioner on the Inquiry into the Safety and Security of Residents in the Long-Term Care Home System - Philippa Welch, VP Operational Effectiveness, Sienna Senior Living, Brooke Allen, VP, Operations LTC, Revera Inc., and Jennifer McAleer, Partner, Fasken
  • 10:20 - 10:30 am Break
  • 10:30 - 11:00 am The Silver FogThis session will examine the rights that residents may have to grow and consume medical or recreational cannabis in long-term care and retirement homes.
    Barbara Miller, Partner, Fasken 
  • 11:00 - 11:30 am Privacy Rights During Regulatory Investigations – Have you struggled knowing what you are allowed to give to the Ministry, the Coroner, unions or the police when they come knocking?  This session will help you sort through your rights and obligations under various pieces of legislation.
    Daniel Fabiano, Partner, Fasken 
  • 11:30 am - 12:00 pm The College of Nurses - What are your obligations for reporting nurses to the College of Nurses and what can you expect from their disciplinary process?  
    Brian O'Byrne, Partner, Fasken 
  • 12:00 - 1:00 pm Lunch & Panel Discussion: More Than Just A Great Idea: Bridging the Gap Between Innovation and Adoption
    The Centre for Aging + Brain Health Innovation (CABHI), located at Baycrest Centre, focuses on accelerating the development, validation, commercialization, dissemination and adoption of promising innovations in the aging and brain health sector. Successfully implementing and adopting innovation can be as hard if not harder than developing the innovation itself. Join CABHI leaders, Bianca Stern, Executive Director, Health Innovations and Mel Barsky, Director, Business Development as they talk about both the practical realities and the emerging opportunities of implementing innovation into your community.  
  • 1:00 - 1:30 pm Ontario Health Teams - This session will provide an update on The People’s Health Care Act.
    Lynne Golding, Partner, Fasken 
  • 1:30 - 2:00 pm Good Governance - What lessons can be learned from the Inquiry Report when it comes to good governance?  
    Gordon Raman, Partner, Fasken

Afternoon Sessions

Session 1 - 2:05 - 3:00 pm - Choose one topic from the list below 

1. Staffing Woes – This session will examine the staffing challenges faced by the industry and examine ways to attract and retain top talent.  It will also examine issues around agency use.  
Marc Rodrigue, Associate, Fasken and Nicole Singh, Associate, Fasken 

2. Accommodating Addiction - This session will examine recent case law and discuss the current state of the law on accommodating health care professionals with addiction.  
Bonny Mak, Partner, Fasken 

3. Progressive Discipline and Performance Reviews - How can you effectively manage poor performers in a Unionized context?  What can you (and should you) agree to as part of a settlement?  This session will seek to provide employers with solutions for effectively managing their workplace.
Christian Paquette, Partner, Fasken 

Session 2 - 3:05 - 4:00 pm - Choose one topic from the list below 

1. Interpreting the LTC Regulations  - It has been almost ten months since the amendments to Regulation 79/10 came into effect.  This session will examine what those amendments were and what the impact has been.
Laurie Turner, Partner, Fasken and Sophie MacRae, Associate, Fasken 

2. No Vacancy – This session will examine the obligation for Retirement Homes to accommodate residents with disabilities and the balancing act required to ensure compliance with both the Retirement Homes Act and the Human Rights Code
Erin Porter, Partner, Fasken 

3. Interpreting OHSA - This session will examine what is required from employers in the Seniors’ Housing Industry in order to comply with the Occupational Health and Safety Act. Specifically, it will touch on the challenges in providing a safe work environment when dealing with residents with responsive behaviours.
Shane Todd, Partner, Fasken and Marc Rodrigue, Associate, Fasken

Videotaping Policy: During this event, Fasken will be videotaping the morning panel discussion. You may be filmed as part of the audience and seen in the archived footage.


The Symposium is complimentary


This Symposium is only available in-person in our Toronto office


Please RSVP by filling in the form below. Please indicate which afternoon topics you will be attending at the time of registration. 

Note: This programme contains 6 hours and 25 minutes of Substantive content for the purposes of the Law Society of Ontario's annual Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements

Event contact

Andrea Tulloch Marketing Events Manager +1 416 868 3329

Guest Speakers


Access Presentation Material