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Apr 30

Safeguarding Canada’s Workforce During a Pandemic

Webinar with Katherine Fisher, Robert Myatt and Lara Speirs

In the wake of COVID-19, Canadian businesses and organizations face challenges protecting their employees. In addition to keeping workers safe and healthy, leaders must maintain morale, oversee remote working situations, and – for many – consider potential layoffs. Join the C.D. Howe Institute on Thursday, April 30 to hear an expert panel discuss the legal implications around a quarantined workforce, maintaining morale and productivity, and navigating the eventual return to physical workplaces in a way that minimizes the risk of a second COVID-19 wave.


C.D. Howe Institute events and webinars are open to members and their guests.

Please follow this link or contact events@cdhowe.org to register.


Katherine Fisher, Associate, Bennett Jones LLP

Katherine has a general litigation practice with a focus on health law and bankruptcy and insolvency. She serves clients operating in numerous industries.

Prior to entering the legal profession, Katherine worked as a nurse in the health care sector where she gained unique insights into health law. Additionally, she completed a Master of Nursing degree prior to entering law school.

Katherine clerked with the Court of Appeal of Alberta in 2013- 2014. While attending law school, Katherine served as the Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Alberta Law Review and was on the Dean’s List, Faculty of Law, University of Alberta, 2010-2013. Katherine also won the Faculty of Law Undergraduate Scholarship, 2011, 2012 and was Top Oralist, Bennett Jones Health Law Moot, 2013. During law school, Katherine was also actively involved with the Health Law Institute at the University of Alberta.

Katherine has appeared before the Provincial Court of Alberta and the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta.

Robert Myatt, Director, Deloitte

Robert is a chartered business psychologist with over 20 years' experience of enabling global companies to build the leadership they need to transform and achieve their strategic goals. He possesses a deep expertise in creating leadership strategy, assessing leadership potential and developing leadership expertise for a wide range of organizations including financial services, public sector, utilities, construction, retail, pharmaceutical, technology and manufacturing companies.


Lara Speirs, Executive Vice President &General Counsel, Legal & Public Affairs, Randstad Canada 

Lara Speirs is a fluently bilingual C-suite executive, experienced board member (ICD.D designation) and General Counsel, with over 20 years of experience in HR services, financial institutions, media/ broadcasting, government, crown corporations and registered charities.

As EVP & General Counsel, Legal & Public Affairs at Randstad Canada, Lara leads its Legal Department and Public Affairs as well as serves as Chief Privacy Officer and Corporate Secretary. As the Canadian leader for a global alliance spearheaded by top HR Services firms in partnership with McKinsey Consulting, Lara is leading Canada's strategy to help employers return their workers back to work with strong safety protocols in place and, when the time is right, helping businesses reopen and restoring our economy to productivity. Lara is an active member of the CD Howe Institute and sits on its Human Capital Council and COVID-19 working group. Lara is currently the Chair of Randstad Canada Charity Foundation. She is also the former Chair of the HR Committee and board member of Boost Youth & Child Advocacy Centre.

Prior to Randstad, Lara acted as in-house employment counsel, with expertise in overseeing HR governance, data privacy, compliance and risk management programs. Lara started her career as a constitutional litigator with the Department of Justice. Lara graduated from McGill University with both her common law and civil law degrees. Lara obtained her BAH (psychology and health) from Queens University.

Lara is passionate about the rapidly evolving world of work and brings discipline to the navigation of the complex web of automation, precarious work, heightened data security and privacy, and increasingly regulated work environments. Lara enjoys contributing to public policy discussions and leading strategies that foster business growth while mitigating these risks.   


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