OSBIE 2017 Risk Management Seminar

Date: Friday, October 20, 2017
Location: SHERATON TORONTO AIRPORT HOTEL (view map & directions)

About This Event

Ontario School Boards’ Insurance Exchange
October 20, 2017
801 Dixon Rd, Toronto

About the Risk Management Seminar

OSBIE's Risk Management Seminar will be held at the Sheraton Toronto Airport Hotel – Click Here to View a Map to the Hotel
Registration will begin at 7:45 am on Friday October 20th, 2017 along with a complimentary continental breakfast.
To provide more focused sessions, we will be offering four different tracks geared towards:
Risk Management(Educators), Claims/Legal, Operations/Maintenance and the Organization Track!
To get the most out of the program it is recommended to register for a Full Track, and not for single sessions within each track.
OSBIE is pleased to provide this annual seminar free of charge with complimentary parking – another example of the value added service that we have been providing for our members for over 25 years!
*Please note: transportation and lodging fees not included.
Need a Hotel Room?
A group rate of $165.00 per night has been arranged and reservations can be made directly with Sheraton Reservations at 1-866-932-7058 and state "OSBIE Risk Management Seminar" to receive the special group rate until September 19, 2017
Register on-line before October 16, 2017
*Should you have any difficulties submitting your on-line registration please phone 1-800-668-6724 and speak with Julie Welsh.


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Tuesday October 18, 2016

Celebrating 30 Years - OSBIE Reception!

Join OSBIE Staff the evening before the Risk Management Seminar for an open house reception.  As we prepare to kick-off our 30th year of business, we want to thank our member school boards and celebrate our continued partnership and success!

Where: Muskoka Ballroom – Sheraton Airport Hotel & Conference

Address: 801 Dixon Rd., Toronto

Start time: 6:30 pm

All Risk Management Seminar Attendees Welcome!  Please RSVP as part of the Risk Management Seminar registration process.

Wednesday October 19, 2016

Plenary Session

Are you Ready to Accelerate your Memory into Rapid Recall?

OSBIE is pleased to have Bob Gray of Memory Edge Corporation reveal the untapped memory potential in each of us.

As a recognized authority on memory systems, Bob has spent the last twenty-five years traveling the globe entertaining, keynote speaking, and training corporations, governments and associations to adapt memory systems for their particular needs.

Bob will entertain our seminar attendees with his own memory then, he’ll enriches our minds by teaching the hilarious and practical ‘Chain’ system. (A system dating all the way back to ancient Greece, which is an invaluable tool for memorizing speeches, presentation lists, complex equations and more!)

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Register early as space is limited!

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Track/Session or Event

Risk Management Track (RM)

This track is focusing on current Risk Management issues facing Principals and Educators.

Supporting Transgender Students in Your Schools
Eric M. Roher, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Supporting transgender students and students going through the gender transition process continues to present legal and practical challenges for educators.  In this session we will explore:

  • Recent human rights applications commenced by transgender students and their families;
  • Statutory obligations under human rights and education legislation;
  • Applicable case law; and
  • Best practices for providing a supportive environment to transgender students and satisfying the duty to accommodate.

Working with EMS to Manage a School Emergency
Bruce England, Founder and Principal, GTA Emergency Management Consultants Inc.

This session will be presented Bruce England, who retired from the Toronto Emergency Medical Service as a Superintendent and will provide an overview of EMS operations and how school staff can prepare to interact with EMS responders.  The session will include:

  • When to call for help?
  • Legal Responsibilities
  • An overview of the scales of incidents/emergencies
  • Recent school events

Risk Management for Educators

School boards face many risks in their day-to-day operations, ranging from student injuries from sports or school activities, fund raising activities or community groups using school facilities.

This workshop provides a background on the social, legal and human factors that are contributing to an increase in lawsuits in Canada, an overview of the Liability insurance coverage provided to OSBIE member school boards, with a focus on the principles of risk management, risk identification and the most common risk strategies available to school boards to help reduce injuries and law suits.

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Claims/Legal (C/L)

NEW THIS YEAR: In response to the emerging issues surrounding concussion management, legislation and promoting risk awareness, OSBIE will be hosting a Concussion Awareness Track containing 3 different sessions as part of our 2016 agenda!

School Board Policies on Concussions (PPM 158)
Christina Seres, Ministry of Education

The purpose of the presentation is to provide an overview of School Board Policies on Concussions (PPM 158) and the resources available to support ongoing implementation. This session will also provide an opportunity for participants to engage in meaningful dialogue and share promising practices and challenges related to policy implementation.

HEAD STRONG...Playing Safe, Staying Healthy
Michael Langlois, District School of Niagara

Educational awareness for all stakeholders in your organization by exploring a systematic and coordinated approach to the many and varied essential elements that constitute a long term, sustainable Concussion Education Program. The workshop focuses on the ever changing information regarding concussions and building partnerships to move concussion protocols forward.


An American Perspective: Head Injury Prevention Program
Brett Carruthers, New York Schools Insurance Reciprocal

The prevention of student athlete head injuries is a significant challenge to school district administrators, athletic directors and coaches. What proactive steps can be taken to reduce these injuries? How do we effectively treat these injuries? How do we get these students to 'return to learn'?  These questions and more will be answered during this session.

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Operations/Maintenance Track (OT)

Focusing on the issues that affect the Maintenance and Facilities personnel.

Security Measures in Manitoba Schools
Keith Thomas, Loss Prevention Officer & Risk Manager (retired) - Manitoba Association of School Trustees

Results of a security survey taken by Manitoba school boards will be discussed, focusing on alarm system and video surveillance upgrades and/or installation, as well as low cost measures that will assist in school security.

Goderich Tornado: Disaster to Planning to Rebuilding
Larry McCabe, Chief Administrative Officer, Town of Goderich

One of Canada’s Top Ten Weather events of 2011. Five years after an F3 tornado tore through the Port of Goderich at almost 300 km per hour, the town has made a remarkable recovery.  Join Larry McCabe, Chief Administrative Officer for the Town of Goderich, as he recounts the events of the tornado and the rebuilding of the Town, with surprises and lessons learned along the way.

Are Your Sports Fields and Grounds Safe for Play?
Past President, Sports Turf Canada

This session will address sports field and play area safety inspections. What to identify. Maintenance and repair matrix. Guidelines for both natural and synthetic field development.

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Organization Track (SO/HR)

OSBIE is pleased to continue with the new session track for Human Resources and Superintendents titled the “Organizational Track”! 

Contract Law Overview
Theresa Hartley, Partner, McCague Borlack LLP

This session will provide an overview of the basic principles of contract law beginning with an analysis of the Supreme Court of Canada case Sattva Capital Corp. v. Creston Moly Corp., [2014] 2 SCR 633, which significantly changed this area of the law.

The session will then focus on specific issues arising in contract law, particularly in relation to:

Lease Agreements (property and equipment), Construction Contracts, Maintenance Contracts, Vendor Agreements, Shared Agreements, Snow Removal and Landscaping Contracts

This will include a discussion about:

  1. Limitation of Liability Clauses
  2. Hold Harmless Clauses
  3. Waivers

from various perspectives including:

  • Negotiation tactics
  • Proper wordings
  • Enforceability
  • Impact on subsequent litigation

This session will be led by Theresa Hartley, a civil litigator with extensive experience in contract law. Theresa is a partner at the law firm of McCague Borlack LLP and is widely considered an expert in her field.

Trends in Employment Law
Sabrina Lucibello, Partner, McCague Borlack LLP

This session will address recent trends in Employment Law in relation to:

  1. the recently proposed amendments to Ontario’s Workplace Violence and Harassment provisions in the Occupational Health and Safety Act, as they relate to sexual violence and harassment and resultant issues relating to workplace investigations;
  2. the impact of social media on investigations and hiring/firing decisions; and
  3. The Ontario Human Rights Tribunal process in relation to recent issues arising in discrimination claims.

This presentation will be given by Sabrina Lucibello, a partner at the law firm of McCague Borlack LLP and an experienced civil litigator focusing on employment law and other issues. Sabrina is highly regarded as having extensive knowledge in these areas.

Succession Planning Workshop
Michelle Verhey-Korpan & Sherri Toonders, Thames Valley District School Board


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