The Government of Canada’s proposed Cannabis Act raises questions and challenges for Canadian employers when it comes to managing employees’ use (and abuse) of cannabis in the workplace. Employees already have easy access to cannabis for medical purposes, which can create a conflict between an employer’s obligation to ensure a safe workplace and the duty to accommodate. In this session, the panelists will discuss myths and facts about the proposed Cannabis Act, duty to accommodate, and what employers should be doing to prepare for the legalization of cannabis by July 2018.

Learning Outcomes

  • What employers need to know about the proposed Cannabis Act and the anticipated impact on the workplace
  • An understanding of an employer’s obligation to ensure its employees are unimpaired and fit for work
  • How employers can ensure their employees are fit to work with the increasing use of cannabis for medical purposes
  • Knowledge of what employers have to accommodate, and what they don’t with the legalization and regulation of cannabis
  • Practical pointers on what employers should be doing to prepare for the legalization of cannabis


dave earleDave Earle

Dave Earle is the President and CEO of the BC Trucking Association, a member-based, province-wide, non-partisan, non-profit motor carrier association formed solely to advance the interests of British Columbia motor carriers. BCTA motor carrier members operate about 13,000 to 14,000 vehicles, employ over 26,000 people and generate approximately $2 billion annually in revenues in British Columbia

As the past employer co-chair of the Program Administration Committee for the BC Construction Industry Substance Abuse, Testing and Treatment Program, and past Co-Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Construction Industry Rehabilitation Program, Dave has an intimate knowledge of substance use, testing and treatment in an employment setting.


Graeme McFarlaneGraeme McFarlane

Graeme is a founding partner at Roper Greyell where he provides strategic and practical advice to employers on labour, employment and human rights issues in the workplace. Before he was a lawyer, Graeme was a labour relations expert for several national companies. His clients are varied and represent the rich diversity of businesses in British Columbia, which creates an interesting and challenging work environment for him to develop strategic results and practical solutions. Graeme has appeared before courts of all jurisdictions in British Columbia as well as before the Labour Relations Board, the Human Rights Tribunal, and the Employment Standards Tribunal.


Thomas BrocklehurstTom Brocklehurst

Tom Brocklehurst is the Director of Prevention Practices and Quality at WorkSafeBC. Tom’s department provides a variety of services to WorkSafeBC’s Prevention Field Services, including technical and engineering services and legal and policy advice. Tom was called to the Bar of British Columbia in 2000, and he has been providing legal and policy advice in the area of occupational health and safety at WorkSafeBC for the past 15 years.


Dr. Zeid Mohamedali MD, PhD, FRCSC

Bio coming soon


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2018 Construction Leadership Forum

Fairmont Chateau Whistler

Session Date: May 4, 2018
Session Time: 12:45 pm