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 30 years!
*Please note: transportation and lodging fees not included.
Need a Hotel Room?
A group rate of $169.00 per night (based on single occupancy) 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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Friday, October 20, 2017

Plenary Session

Words don’t lie only people do: Improve your interviewing skills through linguistic lie detection

Nejolla Korris is CEO of InterVeritas Intl. which provides lie detection, social media risk consulting and training, interviewing and interrogation training, investigative services, intelligence gathering, litigation support and linguistic statement analysis.

If honesty is always the best policy, how come we don’t always get it? How important is it for us to learn the truth from our employees, students and clients?   Interviewing is an integral part of any business or academic environment. This session will teach you how to get the best out of interviews, how to gather information more accurately and comprehensively. It will also use Linguistic Lie Detection techniques to teach you how to read the ‘interviewee’ and how to determine the difference between truthful and untruthful persons.


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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.

Organizations Aren’t Hacked, People Are! (Social Media Session)
Nejolla Korris, InterVeritas

Human manipulation is the greatest risk for any organization.  Toss in social media and this risk multiplies immensely. Your employees and students are on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn every day.  Every day, personal and professional information makes its way online. Within this seminar:

  • Learn to manage social corporate risk
  • Protect the reputation of your school
  • Legal implications of data leakage via social media
  • Social Engineering and how it affects your employees and your organization
  • Review some of the significant social media blunders corporations have made

Supporting Students with Autism & Other Special Needs
Eric Roher, Borden Ladner Gervais

A recent study found that one in 68 children were identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).  New research shows that the number of children identified with ASD continues to rise.  This session will examine:

  • School boards are facing new challenges in supporting students with ASD and other special needs;
  • More parents are looking for tailor-made educational tools to support their children;
  • School boards are faced with constraints regarding budget, personnel and limited resources;
  • Schools must balance the obligation to accommodate special needs children and serve the majority of their students;
  • The roles and responsibilities of school administrators and special education staff to support their students;
  • Best practices for schools in navigating this complex and demanding issue.

Risk Management for Field Trips & School Activities
Julie Welsh, OSBIE

In today's society, involvement in "extreme activities" is encouraged for young people by the media and in advertising on a daily basis.  How do schools manage these expectations and pressure to offer extreme school activities while balancing the safety of students?

The following topics will be discussed:

  • Social Concerns and Legal Expectations when planning school activities.
  • The various risk management strategies available when organizing school activities.
  • Where are YOUR Risks when organizing and planning school activities?
  • Informed consents vs. waivers
  • Working with third party vendors to meet safety standards and manage risks.

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Claims/Legal (C/L)

This track focuses on sessions regarding current Claims and Legal topics.

OSBIE Mock Trial – Part 1
Brett Rideout (Genest Murray) & OSBIE staff

Come join one of OSBIE’s outside counsel as well as several members of OSBIE’s in-house legal and claims staff enact a mock trial involving the prosecution of a fictitious slip and fall claim that is typical of the type of action handled by OSBIE.

The mock trial will be an abbreviated presentation of a trial, from the opening arguments, through to the examination and cross-examination of witnesses, the closing arguments and finally to the (rushed) judgement of her honour, Karen Murphy.

The presentation will include examples of issues and obstacles commonly encountered during trials including:

a)         The use of discovery evidence

b)         The use of custodial daily log records

c)          Evidentiary issues

d)         Objections

e)         The use of case law

A question and answer session will follow the presentation.

OSBIE Mock Trial - Part 2
Brett Rideout (Genest Murray) & OSBIE staff

Continuation of the slip & fall trial.


Cyber Liability - Better Incident Response Practice
Jordan Michaux, Hicks Morley Hamilton Stewart Storie LLP

School board data security incidents now occur regularly.  Boards must be prepared to respond effectively.

This session, by an experienced breach coach from Hicks Morley, will address best practices in incident response, including:

  • What steps come first?
  • When to engage external experts?
  • When (and when not) to notify the Privacy Commissioner and individuals?
  • When is a credit monitoring offer appropriate (or not)?
  • Messages to consider and messages to avoid. 

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Operations/Maintenance Track (OT)

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

Environmental Concerns for School Boards
Tom Williams, XCG Consultants

This session will include discussion of the following topics as they relate to school board operations:

Environmental Site Assessment and Remediation – includes discussions on:

  • Underground storage tanks – regulatory requirements and how to protect the natural environment;
  • Site Assessment – land history, identification of off-property potential sources of impacts, school closure or new build due diligence, presence of on-site septic and/or private water supply, waste generator registration, and on-site automotive repair course and associated waste generation
  • Remediation – long term monitoring of groundwater and/or indoor air quality;

Laboratory chemical storage safety - Hazardous incidents; proper storage; eliminating unnecessary or redundant chemicals; identifying chemicals with higher risks and determining possible substitutions.

Hazardous materials including asbestos management plans and proposed changes to regulation; mould; Indoor Air Quality; upcoming new legislation for Radon, current allowable levels of Radon and mitigation measures.

Fort McMurray Wildfire Impact & Lessons Learned
Allan Kallal, Fort McMurray Public Schools

The presentation will cover the impact of the fire on the community; Fort McMurray Public School District's emergency response preparation and lessons learned; communication, the ability to rely on official channels, social media and decision making; and re-entry preparation and support

Construction Requirements & the Ontario Building Code
Thomas Pepper, B.Eng., P. Eng. - 30 Forensics

This session will provide insight into common construction deficiencies within educational facilities. The presentation will focus on the Ontario Building Code and Fire Code requirements, and impending changes to bring awareness to the construction requirements related to public safety.

This presentation will allow the attendee to:

  • Become aware of the legal framework and evolution of the Ontario Building Code;
  • Appreciate the relationship between the Ontario Building and Fire Codes;
  • Understand the design process of buildings;
  • Identify the potential risks associated with personal injury claims;
  • Distinguish requirements related to doorway glazing, latching, barrier-free design and pedestrian walkways;

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Organization Track (SO/HR)

The Organizational Track provides sessions for Human Resources and Superintendents.

Medical & Recreational Marijuana: Hashing out the Legal Issues
Brenda Stokes Verworn, DSB of Niagara lawyer (retired)

This session will examine what school boards should be doing to address the legal issues of weed in the workplace.  Is there a duty to accommodate, and if so, what should be expected of employees who have a prescription to use medical marijuana? Are there safety sensitive issues in our schools? What are the effects of marijuana use and how will impairment be determined? What case law exists to guide school administrators in dealing with these challenging issues? What policies should school boards develop? This session will also address the implications for both school staff and students of the pending legalization of recreational marijuana. Will schools still be able to prohibit student use on their campuses and will its use and distribution still warrant discipline in the form of a suspension or expulsion?


Agreements & Contracts – How to Build Successful Partnerships
Scott Spindler, Harrison Pensa LLP

School boards are increasingly being encouraged to enter into partnerships and other cooperative arrangements with any number of community partners. Topics covered in this seminar are intended to provide strategies and approaches to:

  • Help identify the issues to be considered when structuring a partnership; minimize risk when entering into partnerships; and,
  • Achieve successful partnerships.

Managing Privacy, Security & Access to Information Compliance Risks
Renee Barrette & Fred Carter, Office of the Information & Privacy Commissioner/Ontario

All publicly-funded school boards in Ontario are subject to Ontario’s privacy and access to information laws which give the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner (IPC) an oversight role. This session will review current trends, recent IPC decisions and guidance documents, and new legislative amendments affecting your institution.

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