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Where to from Here: A Canadian Strategy for the UN Principles on Business and Human Rights?

May 8, 2014 @ Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada

Location of Conference: Ryerson University’s Ted Rogers School of Management, 55 Dundas West, Toronto, Ontario, Room TRS 3-129 (ninth floor).

A summary of the conference is available here.

Conference webcast archive. The conference is now over, but many were able to watch it livestream. You can watch the archive footage here: Ryecast.

In addition to the full archive of the event, a 1.5 hour documentary of the Conference has been prepared by Ryerson University Journalism students. It is now accessible on YouTube.  

Where to from Here: A Canadian Strategy for the UN Principles on Business and Human Rights, Ryerson University, May 8, 2014. Photo credit: Sasan Ghanadian. 

Lene Wendland, Advisor on Business and Human Rights, United Nations Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights, speaks via video on "UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights," at Ryerson University, May 8, 2014. Photo credit: Sasan Ghanadian.

John Sherman III, General Counsel, Senior Advisor and Secretary, SHIFT Project, speaks via Skype at Ryerson University, May 8, 2014. Photo credit: Sasan Ghanadian.

Alex Neve, Amnesty International-Canada, speaks on "Developing a Canadian Strategy for Implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights: A Civil Society Perspective," at Ryerson University, May 8, 2014. Photo credit: Sasan Ghanadian.

Ben Chalmers, Mining Association of Canada, speaks on "A Canadian Industry View on Putting the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights to Work," at Ryerson University, May 8, 2014. Photo credit: Sasan Ghanadian.

Huguette Labelle, Chair, Transparency International, speaks at Ryerson University, May 8, 2014. Photo credit: Sasan Ghanadian. 

Duane McMullen, Director General, Trade Commissioner Service Operations, Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada, Government of Canada, speaks at Ryerson University on May 8, 2014. Photo credit: Sasan Ghanadian.

Wendy Brookes, Brock University, speaks on "Indigenous Rights Violation Risk: A Canadian Strategy Towards Implementing the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights" at Ryerson University, May 8, 2014. Photo credit: Sasan Ghanadian.

Stephanie Gervais, Carleton University, speaks on "Exporting Human Rights through Investment Agreements: Are Canadian Investment Treaties in line with the United Nation’s Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights?" at Ryerson University, May 8, 2014. Photo credit: Sasan Ghanadian.

Nadine Grant, Plan Canada, speaks on "Learning and Good Practice from integrating Child Rights into NGO-business partnerships" at Ryerson University on May 8, 2014. Photo credit: Sasan Ghanadian.

Mark Sitter, Sherritt International, speaks on "Learning and Good Practice from integrating Child Rights into NGO-business partnerships" at Ryerson University on May 8, 2014. Photo credit: Sasan Ghanadian.

Sara Seck, University of Western Ontario, speaks on "Implementing the UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights: A Strategy for Legal Education" at Ryerson University on May 8, 2014. Photo credit: Sasan Ghanadian.

 

Stephanie Meyer, Stratos Inc., speaks on "A Collaborative Approach to Strategy Development and Implementation" at Ryerson University on May 8, 2014. Photo credit: Sasan Ghanadian.

Conference Presentations available for download below (pdf):

Welcome

Kernaghan Webb: "From Heroic ad hocism to Systemic Change: Opening Remarks for the Conference on a Canadian Strategy for the UN Principles on Business and Human Rights"

Keynotes
Lene Wendland: "UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights," from the Office of the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights Alex Neve: "Developing a Canadian Strategy for Implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights: A Civil Society Perspective," from Amnesty International-Canada
Ben Chalmers: "A Canadian Industry View on Putting the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights to Work," from the Mining Association of Canada
 
Note: presentations are not available for John Sherman III, Huguette Labelle, and Duane McMullen
Afternoon presentations
Kernaghan Webb (Ryerson University): "Learning from the Past, Looking to the Future: A contribution to a Canadian Strategy for Implementing the UN Principles on Human Rights" Wendy Brookes and Fayez Elayan (Brock University): "Indigenous Rights Violation Risk: A Canadian Strategy Towards Implementing the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights"
Stephanie Gervais (Carleton University): "Exporting Human Rights through Investment Agreements: Evidence from the extractive sector in Latin America" Nadine Grant (Plan Intl-Canada) and Mark Sitter (Sherritt): "Learning and Good Practice from Integrating Child Rights into NGO-Business Partnerships"
Stephanie Meyer and Steffen Kramer (Stratos): "A Collaborative Approach to Strategy Development and Implementation" Louise Reilly (Stanford University): "Regulating the Void:  Enforcing Workers’ Rights to Safety in a Globalized Garment Industry"
Sara Seck (Western University): “A Canadian Strategy for Implementing the UNGPs: The Role of (Legal) Education”

 
Evening Presentation  
Global Compact Network Canada, Save the Children and UNICEF-Canada: “Children’s Rights and Business Principles”

 


The United Nations (UN) Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, developed by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises, is the essential elaboration of the relationship between human rights and business. The framework guides a multitude of actors, states and organizations including the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development in the development of initiatives in business and human rights. The impact of these Guiding Principles upon the Canadian context however, remains to be seen. How does or should the Framework influence the business sector, government, non-governmental organizations or academics in Canada?

In light of international developments, there will be a one-day conference at Ryerson University in Toronto involving multi-sectoral/-stakeholder participation to explore directions for the Canadian response to the UN Guiding Principles.   

In order to support cross-sectoral dialogue, representation from various sectors including business, government, non-governmental organizations as well as multidisciplinary academics are invited to explore directions for the Canadian response to the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Dialogue will be supported by several keynote speakers confirmed to participate including:

  • Lene Wendland, Office of the UN Commissioner on Human Rights
  • John F. Sherman, III, General Counsel and Senior Advisor, Shift
  • Alex Neve, Secretary General of Amnesty International-Canada
  • Huguette Labelle, Chair, Transparency International
  • Ben Chalmers,Vice President, Mining Association of Canada
  • Duane McMullen, Chair, Government of Canada’s National Contact Point under the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises


View biographies of our keynote speakers
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When: May 8, 2014, from 8 am to 8 pm

Where: Ryerson University, 55 Dundas Street West, Toronto, Ontario M5B 2K3 Canada

Download the conference program.

 

This event has been sponsored by the following:

  • Ted Rogers School of Management
  • Ted Rogers School of Management Office of the Dean
  • Jim Pattison Ethical Leadership Education & Research Program
  • The Ryerson Institute for the Study of Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Provost and Vice President Academic
  • Faculty of Arts
  • Faculty of Community Services


We are also grateful to the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development for their financial contribution in support for this Conference

 

Conference Organizing Committee (in alphabetical order):

Tara Collins, Assistant Professor, School of Child and Youth Care, Ryerson University,tara.collins@ryerson.ca

Graham Hudson, Associate Prof. Arts/Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, Ryerson University,graham.hudson@crim.ryerson.ca

Chris Macdonald, Associate Prof., Director, Jim Pattison Ethical Leadership Education, TRSM/Research Program, Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University, chris.macdonald@ryerson.ca

Mitu Sengupta, Associate Prof. Arts/Department of Politics & Public Administration, Ryerson University,sengupta@ryerson.ca

Kernaghan Webb, Associate Prof. and Founding Director, Institute for the Study of Corporate Social Respnsibility, TRSM/Department of Law and Business, Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University, kernaghan.webb@ryerson.ca

Questions?

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Tara Collins at tara.collins@ryerson.ca or Kernaghan Webb at kernaghan.webb@ryerson.