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Toronto, Nov. 21: Modern Slavery in Supply Chains: Trends in Global Corporate Liability and Legislation

Exploitative or forced labour, termed “modern slavery”, in supply chains is an increasingly recognized and urgent problem. Discovery of modern slavery in a company’s supply chain can seriously affect the reputations and business of companies and sectors of global manufacturing, and has devastating consequences for its victims.

Many jurisdictions, such as the U.K. and California, have already passed laws to tackle the problem, and others such as France and the E.U. are close to introducing their own. This ICJ Canada event will bring together leading legal experts on anti-slavery laws from the UK and Canada, together with Canadian government representation and a human rights researcher, to consider the problem, solutions proposed in other jurisdictions, their impact on Canadian companies, as well as possible approaches Canada itself might consider.

November 21, 2016, 
Panel Discussion from 5:30 – 7:00 pm
Reception from 7:00 – 8:00pm

20 Toronto Street, Toronto, Ontario

Registration: Free event, but please register today to reserve your place. 


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Panel Discussion:

  • The UK Modern Slavery Act: It’s history, effectiveness and room for improvement - UK solicitor Peter Talibart, Managing Partner of Seyforth Shaw LLP London office;

  • UK Government experience in legislating and enforcing the UK Modern Slavery Act – Kevin McGurgan, UK Consul-General and Director-General of UK Trade and Investment in Canada

  • How does the UK Modern Slavery Act affect Canadian Companies? - Mark Trachuk, Partner, Osler Hoskin & Harcourt LLP in Toronto;

  • Modern slavery in supply chains: a view from the front lines, informing suggestions for effective legislation - Ruth Dearnley, Chief Executive Officer, Stop the Traffik

  • Practical Considerations for Implementation - Jonathan Drimmer, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Barrick Gold Corp.

  • Canadian Trends and Considerations - Mora Johnson, Barrister and Solicitor, Former Chair, OECD Forum on Responsible Mineral Supply Chains, Former Senior Advisor, Global Affairs Canada


This program is eligible for 1.5 hours of CPD credit, of which 0.5 hours quality for EPPM content in Ontario.

This event will be of particular interest to:

  • In-house counsel, particularly those involved in compliance trends and requirements;
  • Government officials in the federal and provincial departments whose mandate includes Canadian supply chains
  • Lawyers advising companies with supply chains outside of Canada;
  • Senior officials including government relations and compliance officers in Canadian corporations;
  • Corporate CSR groups and professionals; and
  • Representatives of organizations that work with corporate supply chain businesses such as accounting firms, unions etc.

Event presented by ICJ Canada in partnership with the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association and with the support of Global Compact Network Canada and the Ryerson University Institute for the Study of Corporate Social Responsibility. Sponsored by Osler, Hoskin, and Harcourt LLP.

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