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Unionization In Cannabis: Trends And Strategies

New industries bring new challenges in labor relations. Two of Canada’s top labour relations experts, Jason Fleming, CHRE and Kyle MacIssac, L.L.B., will share strategic and tactical advice on how to navigate the unionization landscape within the Canadian cannabis industry.

This online seminar will:

  • Identify trends in unionization in the cannabis industry in Canada and the United States

  • Explain how unions operate and common motivations of employees for joining unions

  • Describe the impact on the work environment and industry if unionization gains momentum in the cannabis sector

  • Outline key learning from a unionization attempt at MedReleaf as a case study

Seminar attendees will:

  • Gain an understanding of the fundamentals of labour relations legislation in various provinces

  • Gain an understanding of how unions operate and common motivations of employees for joining unions

  • Gain an understanding of labour relations activity in the Canadian cannabis industry

  • Gain an understanding of proactive union-avoidance strategies

  • Gain an understanding of employer rights and legally-compliant tactics related to union activity


Jason Fleming, CHRE, Strategic Advisor, HR Consulting Services, Cannabis At Work

Jason is an accomplished Canadian HR executive with over a decade of HR experience. He recently served as MedReleaf’s Vice President of Human Resources, where he managed the growth of the organization, from a staff of 50 to 350, and served as executive sponsor for the $3.2B corporate acquisition. Jason regularly provides thought leadership about HR issues and has written extensively on HR innovation, managing marijuana in the workplace and other HR matters.

Prior to his time in the cannabis sector, Jason was the Director of Human Resources with the Seaboard Transport Group. He holds a BA from the University of Guelph, a Post-Graduate Certificate in HR Management and a Certificate in HR Law. Jason is one of the select few people to hold the CHRE designation, Certified Human Resources Executive, with the Ontario Human Resources Professional Association. He has been recognized as one of the top 25 HR professionals in Canada by the Canadian HR Reporter and was a finalist for the 2018 KPMG HR Leader of the year award. In 2019, Jason was also named as a founding member of the Cannabis HR Network.   

Kyle MacIssac, L.L.B., Partner, Mathews Dinsdale & Clark

Kyle is a partner with Mathews Dinsdale’s Halifax office where advises employers in all areas of workplace law.  He understands the realities of business and the issues facing employers and provides timely and practical advice and solutions to his clients.

Kyle represents provincially and federally regulated employers concerning both labour and employment matters, including those concerning human rights issues, employment standards and employment contracts, wrongful dismissal, occupational health and safety, union organizing, collective agreement interpretation, grievance handling, progressive discipline and investigations into employee misconduct.  He has appeared before various courts and tribunals throughout Canada.

In addition to his litigation practice, Kyle provides managers with practical training in all manner of human resource management topics.

Ticket includes: online seminar access, recording of the session post-seminar, and the opportunity to book a 30 minute consultation with a Cannabis At Work consultant.

One of the HR Network's Founding Partner's, Cannabis At Work, is hosting this seminar on unionization. They have provided a discount of 10% for HR Network members. Become a member today and save on this event. Click here to learn about member benefits. 

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