Speakers

Carol Mackillop

Mackillop Law Professional Corporation is a labour and employment law firm that has been advising and representing employers since 1999.  The firm also advises Boards of Directors on issues relating to governance.  Carol Mackillop is frequently invited to speak on issues of labour, employment and human rights law.  She is a member of the Advisory Board of Queen’s University’s Centre for Law in the Contemporary Workplace and in 2013 was awarded the Lou Tepper Award of Excellence by the Frontenac Law Association.

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David Campbell

David Campbell is the Ethicist with Kingston Health Sciences Centre. He provides ethics services and support for clinicians, staff, patients and families at the Kingston General Hospital site via ethics consultations, education, and policy review and development. 

David has a PhD in Philosophy from McMaster University and a Fellowship in Clinical Ethics from the Royal Alexandra Hospital. He has been an ethicist for 10 years and has provided ethical leadership in hospitals in Alberta and California before moving to Kingston.

As a clinical ethicist David is called in when patients, families and medical teams need guidance in ethically challenging situations such as end-of-life decisions, conflicting goals of care or difficult discharges. He helps people look at tough issues from all sides, consider pros and cons, and find resolutions or reasonable compromises. In a whirlwind of questions, voices, uncertainty and emotion he stands firm as a calm, neutral presence that works toward a fair result.

Dr. Abdu Sharkawy

Dr. Abdu Sharkawy is a world-renowned internal medicine and infectious diseases specialist who is based in Toronto, Canada. From the outset of the COVID-19 Pandemic, Dr. Sharkawy was one of the key authorities speaking on and educating the public about the COVID-19 pandemic on a global stage.  

Dr. Sharkawy has provided extensive knowledge about the COVID-19 pandemic to many audiences on a global stage. He has spoken about the pandemic on well-known media platforms, such as Dr. Phil, ABC News, Al-Jazeera and BBC News, and he is the leading source of COVID-19 information for the biggest news network in Canada, CTV News. Millions of Canadians rely upon Dr. Sharkawy’s medical expertise, as a part of their daily routines.

Working on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic, in one of the largest hospital networks in Canada, has undoubtedly allowed Dr. Sharkawy to have a unique perspective on the pandemic. Dr. Sharkawy has spoken on several key areas of the pandemic, including but not limited to, the vaccines, the trajectory of the virus, and the best/worst case scenarios for the future.

Chris Edwards

Chris Edwards, a partner at Soloway Wright LLP, is a seasoned litigator, with more than 20 years of experience conducting trials and hearings before the courts, administrative tribunals and arbitrators. Edwards has appeared at all levels of courts in Ontario including the Ontario Court of Appeal. He has been counsel on several leading cases. Edwards is regularly retained by private enterprises and insurance companies in complex matters, including environmental contamination claims and has extensive experience providing strategic advice and representation to employers in all areas of labour relations, employment law and human rights, executive employment arrangements, union organizing campaigns and applications for certification. He represents employers in collective bargaining negotiations and is regularly retained by employers to act as the chair of bargaining teams, as well as senior employees in employment and professional disciplinary matters.

Dr. Hannah Marchand

Dr. Hannah Marchand is a clinical, health and rehabilitation psychologist. She is the founder and director of Compass Mental Health, a virtual mental health practice serving across Ontario. Dr. Marchand also holds positions as an associate professor and clinical supervisor at Queen’s University and the Hotel Dieu Hospital. Dr. Marchand received her PhD from the University of Ottawa and completed her residency at Rush University Hospital in Chicago. She further obtained a post-doctorate fellowship at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute Rehabilitation Centre. Dr. Marchand’s practice focuses on psychodiagnostic assessment and treatment using emperically-validated treatment modalities. She has extensive experience working with actively serving and retired members of the Canadian Forces in the context of treating chronic health conditions and comorbid mental health issues, including moral injury and PTSD. 

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Dr. Markus Besemann

Lieutenant Colonel Dr. Markus Besemann is chief of rehabilitation medicine for the Canadian Forces Health Services and a lecturer at the University of Ottawa. He is a member of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) and Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC), specializing in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He has been awarded the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States esteemed Rehabilitation Award for his medical contributions to the discipline since 2008. Markus has over 26 publications on various topics pertaining to military, pain and rehabilitation.

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David Little

David Little has practised employment law for employees from his Belleville office for thirty years.  His main area of service is Workplace Safety and Insurance Law, where he has regularly represented injured employees at all levels of appeal.  He also serves employees in accommodation cases at the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal, and frequently assists employees in accessing fair severance agreements when their employment has been wrongfully terminated. 

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Reverend James Graham

Reverend James Graham is a certified Spiritual Health Practitioner (C.A.S.C) and registered Psychotherapist (C.R.P.O.). James provides integrated psycho-spiritual care for patients in the Critical Care Program and the Mental Health Program at Kingston Health Sciences Centre. He is trained in Critical Incident Stress Management and Debriefing. James has a specialized focus on Hospital supports. His roles include Critical Care and Inpatient and Outpatient Mental Health. He is also trained in Hospital Staff Support through the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation and aims to help staff relieve stress and build resilience.

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Ted Bergeron

Ted Bergeron is a founding partner of Bergeron Clifford LLP. Ted’s legal career started in insurance defence litigation. He switched to representing only injured clients and their families in 1995. 

He has lectured extensively in the School of Rehabilitation Therapy, the School of Physical and Health Education and the Faculty of Law at Queen’s University. He has worked in a volunteer capacity with the Law Society of Upper Canada as an instructor in the Bar Admission Course teaching Civil Litigation. He is a strong supporter of the Ontario Brain Injury Association.

Ted joined the American Trial Lawyers Association (now the American Association for Justice) and the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association in 1994 and continues to be a member of both. He received a Distinguished Service Award from the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association in 2004 and continues to be actively involved in that association. 

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Chris Clifford

Chris Clifford is a former professional goaltender with the Chicago Blackhawks and Pittsburgh Penguins organizations.

Chris’ legal career began with the Toronto firm of Cassels Brock and Blackwell. He then began working for one of Eastern Ontario’s top insurance defence firms – Templeman Menninga. In the fall of 1999 Chris joined forces with Ted Bergeron and since that time they have limited their practice to the representation of injured plaintiffs and their families.

Chris has taught at the Queen’s University law school and in the St. Lawrence College law program. He has lectured extensively and published in the areas of Civil Litigation and Insurance Law. At the request of the Upper Canada Law Society, Chris has lectured and taught in their bar admissions course.

Chris has successfully represented injured clients and their families throughout Ontario and has successfully appeared in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, and before the Financial Services Commission of Ontario, the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board, the Workers Compensation Board, Social Benefits Tribunal and in front of the Canada Pension Appeals tribunal.

Joseph Dart

Joseph Dart was called to the bar in 2006, and began his legal career as a crown prosecutor in the Crown Attorney’s Office, first in Scarborough, and later in Belleville, where he worked on various high-profile criminal cases. During his time with the Crown’s Office, Joseph litigated many cases in both the provincial and superior courts of Ontario. Joe joined Bergeron Clifford in 2015, and represents plaintiffs in negligence, medical malpractice and auto cases.

Joseph is a proud member of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, the Frontenac Law Association, the Ontario Bar Association, the County of Carleton Law Association, The Advocates’ Society, and the County of Lanark Law Association. He also coaches the moot court trial advocacy team at Queen’s Law at both the Arnup and Sopinka Cup annual competitions.

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