Manitoba Bar Association 2017 Mid-Winter Conference

The Manitoba Bar Association (MBA) will host its 2017 Mid-Winter Conference this month. Four MLT Aikins lawyers from the Winnipeg office will present at the three-day event, and Jennifer Litchfield served on the 2017 Mid-Winter Organizing Committee.

Shandra Czarnecki will discuss “Psychological Injury in the Workplace,” and Richard L. Yaffe will speak on “Partnership Law.” Both sessions take place from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on Friday, January 20. From 2 to 4:30 p.m. that day, J.J. Burnell and Kristin Gibson will present “Labour and Employment Considerations When Facing the Insolvency of a Business.”

MLT Aikins is also pleased to Sponsor the Bench & Bar Reception on Thursday, January 19 (4:30-6:30 p.m.). The Provincial Court Chief Judge, The Honourable Margaret Wiebe will host this year’s reception, which will include hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and entertainment.


Distinguished Service Award
Guy Joubert has been named the recipient of the 2017 MBA Distinguished Service Award. This honour is awarded annually to a member of the Bench or Bar who exemplifies the ideals of service to the legal profession and the community. MLT Aikins congratulates Guy on this well-deserved recognition.

Section Activity Award
This award recognizes an MBA Section whose activities during the preceding year have contributed to the promotion or enhancement of Sections and the goals of the MBA. Adele Domenco, Chair of the Young Lawyers’ Section, will receive the 2017 award on behalf of the Section.

Both awards will be presented at the Awards Luncheon on Friday, January 20 (11:45 a.m.-1:45 p.m.).

About the Presentations

Psychological Injury in the Workplace
What is psychological injury, and how has this type of injury in the workplace been addressed in recent years by arbitrators, judges and legislators? This session will tackle those questions and provide helpful advice on topics related to psychological injury in the workplace such as how to manage risks associated with psychological hazards; along with issues of accommodation, sick leave, long-term disability and employee termination.

Partnership Law
This session will provide a review of partnership law in Manitoba, including an overview of The Partnership Act of Manitoba, the strategic use of Manitoba limited partnerships and some of the challenges associated with using them, an examination of partnership agreements and how they differ from shareholder agreements, the benefits and consequences of organizing a business as a partnership rather than a corporation, and the tax implications of choosing a partnership structure.

Labour and Employment Considerations When Facing the Insolvency of a Business
Presenters will review a number of common concerns or issues that arise when a lawyer’s client, or a business that a client has dealings with, becomes or threatens to become insolvent. The presenters will explain insolvency issues in labour and employment, review the law as it relates to builder’s liens and insolvency, and will address tenant relationships and rights and obligations in the event of an insolvency.

Event Details

Thursday, January 19 to Saturday, January 21
Fairmont Hotel (2 Lombard Place, Winnipeg, MB)

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Full attendance can be applied toward the Law Society of Manitoba’s mandatory 12-hour yearly continuing professional development requirement.