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CPHR NS - Workplace Investigations - Introduction (Halifax)
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When: Wednesday, February 6, 2019
8:45-11:30am, check in between 8:30-8:45am
Where: CPHR Nova Scotia
84 Chain Lake Drive, Suite 103

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CPHR CPD:  2.5

Overview of the Session

This session will provide participants with introductory training on how to conduct competent workplace investigations. First, this session will provide an overview of the legal regime that regulates behaviour in the workplace. Next, the session will cover effective pre-investigation planning and communication, including the concepts of procedural fairness and neutrality. Participants will learn about best practices related to questioning techniques, credibility assessments and fact-finding. This introductory session will be interactive and enable participants to engage with the materials covered. The session will provide an opportunity to participate in facilitated discussions and exercises designed to provide participants with an introduction to the skills needed to conduct competent workplace investigations.

Learning Outcomes

Participants will be introduced to:

  • Legal regime that regulates behaviour in the workplace
  • Pre-investigation planning and communication, including the concepts of procedural fairness and neutrality
  • Questioning techniques
  • How to assess credibility
  • How to determine facts


About the Facilitator

A partner in Pink Larkin’s Halifax office, Gail Gatchalian, Q.C. has 20 years of experience representing employees, unions, professionals and not-for-profits along with extensive litigation experience before labour arbitrators, in court and before administrative tribunals.

Gail is a recognized media authority on sexual harassment law and workplace investigations pertaining to it. Gail is retained by large and small employers and organizations to conduct competent, prompt, independent and fair investigations, primarily involving complaints of sexual harassment and violence in the workplace. She also provides coaching to organizations conducting internal workplace investigations.

Recognized for her excellence as a labour and employment lawyer, Gail is the Chair of the Canadian Bar Association National Labour and Employment Law Section. She is also a Nova Scotia Human Rights Board of Inquiry Chair. Gail’s leadership in the profession includes her role as Vice-President of the Canadian Bar Association Nova Scotia Branch, having previously served as Treasurer and Equity Chair.

Raised in Cape Breton, Gail graduated with a B.Sc.(Hons) in Biology from Dalhousie University in 1993, and received her LL.B. from the University of Toronto in 1996.



  8:30 am  Participant Check-in and Coffee/Tea available
  8:45 am  Session begins
  11:30 am  Session concludes



Early Bird (by Jan 16)

After Jan 16, 2019
Members $139 plus HST ($159.85) $199 plus HST ($228.85)
Future Members and Others $299 plus HST ($343.85) $359 plus HST ($412.85)

CPHR Nova Scotia's CPHRs receive a $20 discount off the above pricing.


To Register

Pre-registration is required.  To register, click on the register for this link above.  By registering, you confirm that you have read and agree to the Payment Terms and Cancellation Policy.

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The registration deadline is Wednesday, January 30, 2019, at 12 noon (or earlier if the event is sold out).  Please note that registrations are not possible after online registration has closed.  Registration cannot be purchased at the door.

Payment Terms

Payment is due by the registration deadline or within 30 days of your registration (whichever is earlier).  Payments made be made conveniently online at time of registration by Visa/Mastercard or by cheque received by the registration deadline.  Cheques must be received by the registration deadline (January 30) by CPHR Nova Scotia, 84 Chain Lake Drive, Suite 103, Halifax, NS B3S 1A2.  Registrations January 16th or later must be paid online at time of registration.

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Cancellation Policy

A refund, less a $40 plus HST processing fee, will be issued for cancellations received in writing by Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at 12:00 noon.  Those who make reservations and do not attend will be required to pay for the full session fee.  Cancellations received in writing by 12:00 noon on January 16, 2019 will only be charged the processing fee.  Substitutions are permitted up to two business days before the event (for substitutions, the registrant must advise our office of their replacement in writing by 10:00am on Monday, February 4).  Member/non-member rates will be applied to the substitutions.  This cancellation policy applies regardless of date of registration.  Registrations after the cancellation deadline are non-refundable.

By registering, you confirm that you have read and agree to the Payment Terms and the Cancellation Policy.

Chartered Professionals in Human Resources of Nova Scotia
84 Chain Lake Drive, Suite 103 / Halifax, NS / B3S 1A2
Telephone: (902) 446-3660/ Toll Free: 1 (888) 678-3805 / Fax: (902) 446-3677