Program Chair

François Tanguay-Renaud

Associate Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University

Recent domestic public emergencies have created unprecedented and thorny legal issues across many different areas of law.  More and more legal professionals are being forced to seek and provide guidance in situations where there is little certainty. 

In a world in which the frequency of major emergencies is likely to keep increasing, make sure you have up-to-date information and are familiar with the best practices so that you can pivot quickly and effectively. 

On April 29, join an expert faculty of practitioners and legal academics for a discussion of important current developments in emergency law. 

The first of two panels will explore the many interjurisdictional challenges that can arise in emergencies between municipal, band, provincial and federal governments.  Whether it’s an environmental threat, cyber threat, threats of civil unrest or a public health threat, it’s essential that you recognize the many obstacles that have emerged in recent emergencies.  Our expert faculty will identify those challenges and provide you with best practices so that you can properly address their complexities. 

The second panel will feature some of the parties who were directly involved in the recent judicial challenge of the federal government’s decision to invoke the Emergencies Act.  They will examine this landmark decision which will help shape any future use by the government of its emergency powers.  You’ll get all caught up on what this significant legal precedent means for your practice while also getting a comprehensive review of the Rouleau Commission Report and its implementation.

Can’t Make the Date? Registration includes 120-day unlimited, online access to the recorded program.

What You’ll Learn

How to address the complexities of interjurisdictional challenges that can arise in emergencies between municipal, band, provincial and federal governments

How to resolve some of the legal issues created by a major emergency (environmental threat, cyber threat, threats of civil unrest or public health threat)

The Federal Court’s recent ruling and what it means to your practice, Canadian Constitution Foundation v. Canada (Attorney General); Canadian Civil Liberties Association v. Canada (Attorney General)

The implementation of the Rouleau Commission Report

Eric Tessier

Legal Counsel

“An area of law that is too often overlooked. Legal professionals finally have training that gives them real credentials and makes Emergency Law a viable area of practice. Excellent program!”

Who Should Attend

Lawyers from all areas of practice

Government lawyers, policy advisors and officials (federal, provincial and municipal)

In-house counsel

Emergency and disaster management professionals


Program Chair

François Tanguay-Renaud

Associate Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University


Sujit Choudhry

Hāki Chambers Global

Joshua Hunter

Senior Counsel, Constitutional Law Branch, Ministry of the Attorney General (Ontario)

Jody Johnson

Director, Legal Services, Halton Region

Jennifer King

Gowling WLG LLP

Ewa Krajewska

Henein Hutchison Robitaille LLP

John MacLean

Senior Legal Counsel, Legal and Constitutional Law Division, Nunavut Department of Justice

Jocelyn Stacey

Associate Professor; Associate Dean, Graduate Studies and Professional Programs, Peter A. Allard School of Law, University of British Columbia

Leah West

Associate Professor, The Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University

Jodie Al-Mqbali

Specialist, Legal & Risk Services, The Ottawa Hospital

“I really enjoyed the broad perspectives both in subject matter and vision from the various instructors and participants. I learned a lot about the different kinds of emergencies we may confront, and I understand now the unifying threads that run through our responses to these diverse kinds of emergencies.”

Program Agenda

Break (3:00 p.m. ET)

Program Ends (5:00 p.m. ET)


Apr 29, 2024

$395 + HST


Apr 29, 2024
1:00 p.m – 5:00 p.m (ET)

Jun 20, 2024

$395 + TAX


Jun 20, 2024
1:00 p.m – 5:00 p.m (ET)

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