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PLENARY 1: What's at Stake? Challenges for Income Security, Time, Equality and Health            

Chair: Marie-Josée Legault (TELUQ)

Michel Lizée (Université du Québec à Montréal)

Michel Lizée is an independent member and pension committee secretary of a pension plan involving community and women’s groups. It is a multi-employer defined benefits plan which he helped to establish in 2004 and that today involves nearly 3000 employees coming from nearly 400 community and women’s groups.

He was the coordinator of the Service aux collectivités at the Université du Québec à Montréal from 1976 until the end of 2013, where he acted as a trainer for a program on pension plans that was developed in collaboration with the FTQ. He served for 30 years on the Université du Québec pension committee, carrying out a number of trustee duties. In 2005-2006 he was a member of a committee of seven experts established by the Régie des rentes du Québec whose task it was to make recommendations for amending the law, particularly relating to the operation and governance of pension committees. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from UQAM (1971) and a master’s degree in political economics from Carleton University (1997).

Barbara Pocock (University of South Australia)

Barbara Pocock is the Inaugural Director of the Centre for Work + Life, at the University of South Australia. Professor Pocock, who was initially trained as an economist and completed her doctorate in gender studies, has been researching work, employment and industrial relations in Australia for over twenty five years and has undertaken considerable analysis of work and its complex intersections with households, families and social life. Barbara has published many books, articles and book chapters, and given visiting lectures in the US, Canada, the UK, New Zealand, Switzerland, and China. She is actively involved in policy development and public commentary on work issues in Australia, and undertakes many public contributions on these issues each year.

Recent books include The Work/Life Collision (2003), The Labour Market Ate My Babies: Work, Children and a Sustainable Future (2006), Living Low paid: the Dark Side of Prosperous Australia (co-authored, 2008), Kids count: Better early childhood education and care in Australia (co-edited, 2007) and Time bomb: work, rest and play in Australia today (co-authored, 2012).

Katherine Lippel (Université d’Ottawa)

Katherine Lippel is Professor of law in the Faculty of Law (Civil Law Section) at the University of Ottawa and holds the Canada Research Chair in Occupational Health and Safety Law. She is also Associate Professor of law at the Université du Québec à Montréal, where she was a professor from 1982-2006, and where she is a member of the CINBIOSE research centre, an adjunct professor in Carleton University’s School of Social Work and an adjunct scientist at the Institute for Work & Health. She specialises in legal issues relating to occupational health and safety and workers' compensation and is the author of numerous articles and books in the field. Her research interests include: Work and mental health; health effects of compensation systems; policy, precarious employment and occupational health; interactions between law and medicine in the field of occupational health and safety; disability prevention and compensation systems; women's occupational health; regulatory issues in occupational health and safety; globalization and occupational health and safety.

PLENARY 2: Achieving Citizenship at Work in the Global South: Who, What and How?            

Chair: Stéphanie Bernstein (Université du Québec à Montréal)

Kalpona Akter (Executive Director, Bangladesh Center for Worker Solidarity)

Kalpona started working as a garment worker when she was 12 years old; at age 16, she was fired for trying to organize a union in her factory. In 2001, she and two other former garment workers founded the Bangladesh Centre for Worker Solidarity (BCWS), which conducts labour rights and leadership training for garment workers and advocates for their rights.

Kalpona and other BCWS members have been subjected to serious repression for their work – including her detention, along with two other leaders of the group, the murder of one of their leaders, Aminul Islam, and the revoking of the organization’s legal status – but international solidarity has helped to win Kalpona and her co workers’ release and to regain the organization’s legal status.

Recently, the BCWS has been providing support to the victims of the Rana Plaza building collapse, in which over 1,100 garment workers were killed and over 1,600 injured. They are lobbying for just compensation for all the victims of the disaster and for brands and for retailers to sign the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh.

Rachid Filali Meknassi (Transparency Maroc / Université Mohammed V Agdal)

Since 1985 Rachid Filali Meknassi has held a state doctorate from the Rabat Faculty of Law. He is a professor of higher education at the Université Mohammed V - Agdal (Rabat), where he has worked since 1978. He is also a member of the International Labour Organization’s Committee of Experts on the Application of Conventions and Recommendations (Geneva), and an expert on the application of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNODC, Vienna). As an external collaborator for the International Labour Office Training Centre (Turin), he was the leader of the Sustainable Development through the Global Compact project (ILO, 2006-2009) and Secretary General of Transparency Maroc from 2008 to 2012. He is the Vice-President of the National Forum of Ethics and Freedom of the Press as well as being a scientific committee member of a number of academic journals and a collaborator in several national and international research groups.

In addition to the many conventions and statutes that he has drafted, and the advice relating to resource management that he has provided to various public and private organizations, Rachid Filali Meknassi also provides legal assistance and advice to a number of organizations and national, foreign and international public bodies (WB, EESC, UNICEF, FAO, UN Women). Over the last thirty years he has also compiled dozens of studies on social and development rights and produced over sixty scientific publications in Morocco and abroad.

Tim Pringle (School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London)

Tim Pringle entered academia relatively late in life. He spent the first part of his working life in construction and warehouse work before moving to Asia where he was able to combine activism in union work with his deep interest in labour relations in China. For over a decade, he worked for various labour rights organisations in Hong Kong and Mainland China. At the age of 45, Tim enrolled in the PhD program at the University of Warwick while simultaneously working as a co-investigator on a major research project examining trade union reform in Russia, China and Vietnam. Tim has published his research in numerous trade union, labour NGO and peer-reviewed journals and contributed chapters to many edited books. He has recently published two books: Trade Unions in China: the challenge of labour unrest (Routledge 2011) and The Challenge of Transition: trade unions in Russia, China and Vietnam (Palgrave 2011), with Professor Simon Clarke. He currently works as a Senior Lecturer at SOAS, University of London, where he convenes an MSc in Labour, Social Movements and Development.

Kari Tapiola (Special Adviser to the Director-General and Ex-Executive Director, ILO)

Karl Tapiola has been with the ILO since 1996. He served as Deputy Director-General and Executive Director from 1996 to 2010. Since October 2010, he has been special adviser to the Director-General of the ILO. Before joining the Office, Mr. Tapiola was a member of the ILO’s governing Body (five year term), representing the Nordic Workers. He attended his first international Labor conference as a workers’ delegate of Finland in 1974.

Mr. Tapiola worked in Finland as a journalist and as the political secretary of the Minister for foreign affairs in 1972. He was International secretary of the Central organization of finnish trade unions (SAK) in 1972-1976 ; Special Assistant to the Executive Director of the United Nation Centre on Transnational Corporations (New York) in 1976-1978 ; and General Secretary of the Trade Union Advisory Commitee (TUAC) to the OECD (Paris) in 1978-1985. In 1985, he became information Director of SAK in Finland, moving on to International affairs director in 1988 up to the beginning of his assignment with the ILO.

Mr. Tapiola has dealt with questions of international labor standards and fundamental principles and rights at work, multinational enterprises, the social and labor effects of globalization, technological change and industrial relations, and the social and labor issues in countries in transition.

PLENARY 3: Thinking Outside the Box: Innovations for Expanding Citizenship at Work            

Chair: Gregor Murray (Université de Montréal)

Elaine Bernard (Labor and Worklife Program, Harvard University)

Elaine Bernard is Executive Director of the Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard Law School and the Harvard Trade Union Program. Born and raised in Canada, Bernard has a MA from the University of British Columbia and a Ph.D. from Simon Fraser University.

A life long union member and activist, Bernard brings a refreshing balance of humour and passion for worker rights to her talks and teaching. She has conducted courses on a wide variety of topics for unions, community groups, universities and government departments. Her current research and teaching interests are in the areas of international comparative labour movements, union leadership and governance, and the role of unions in promoting civil society, democracy and economic growth. Some of her more recent talks and publications include: From Heroes to Zeros: the War on Unions and the Public Sector, Lighting Fires vs Putting Them Out: Creating a Union Organizing Culture, Why Unions Matter, Public Sector Workers and the Creation of Public Value, Labour Rights as Human Rights, Why Health Care Should Not Be a Business et Social Unionism: Labour as a Political Force.

Philippe Pochet (European Trade Union Institute - ETUI)

Philippe Pochet is General Director of the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI). He is also Professor at the Université catholique de Louvain (UCL), invited lecturer at the Faculté Universitaire Saint Louis, invited professor at the College of Europe (Bruges) and currently research scholar at the University of Berkeley (California). Prior to becoming Director of the ETUI in 2008, he was Director of the Observatoire social européen (OSE) for 16 years. During this time, other temporary positions included adjunct professor and visiting scholar at Griffith University (Brisbane), associate researcher at the Interuniversity Research Centre on Globalization and Work (CRIMT), visiting scholar at the Max-Planck-Institut für Gesellschaftsforschung (Cologne), EU Fulbright-in-Residence scholar at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (USA) and visiting scholar at the Center for European Studies, Harvard University (Cambridge, USA). Over the course of his career, Philippe Pochet has written, edited and co-edited a great number of books, articles and briefs on the social impacts of the monetary union, the social dimension of the European Union and social dialogue at the sectoral and cross-sectoral levels, the open method of coordination and new modes of governance, the social challenges of the globalization process and of climate change, etc.

Edmund Heery (Cardiff University)

Edmund Heery is Professor of Employment Relations at Cardiff Business School and currently is Associate Dean with responsibility for human resources. He has been at Cardiff Business School since 1995 and before then worked at Kingston University, Imperial College, City University, the London School of Economics and North East London Polytechnic.

Originally from Liverpool, Edmund Heery was educated at the University of Cambridge, Essex University and the London School of Economics. He is an expert in UK Industrial Relations and is best known for his work on trade unions. Recently, he has been involved in research on the role of civil society organizations in representing working people and has begun work on new forms of collective action by employers, looking in particular at Employer Forums that promote employer engagement with questions of equality and diversity at work. Recent publications include: Heery, E. J., Abbott, B. & Williams, S. W. (2012) The involvement of civil society organizations in British industrial relations: extent, origins and significance, British Journal of Industrial Relations 50 (1), Heery, E. J., Williams, S. W. & Abbott, B. (2012) Civil society organizations and trade unions: cooperation, conflict, indifference, Work, Employment and Society 26 (1), Williams, S. W., Heery, E. J. & Abbott, B. (2011) The emerging regime of civil regulation in work and employment relations, Human Relations 64 (7)

Michèle Asselin (Centre international de solidarité ouvrière - CISO)

Michèle Asselin has been the coordinator of the Centre international de solidarité ouvrière (CISO) since 2010. She sits as Vice-President on the board of directors of the Association québécoise de coopération internationale (AQOCI). Michèle Asselin is also a member of the board of the League of Rights and Freedoms. She completed three terms as president of the Fédération des femmes du Québec (2003 – 2009). She has over 25 years of experience in the women’s movement. Notably, for nine years she has held the post of coordinator of L’R des centres de femmes du Québec. She has also been active for several years in the field of international solidarity that can be found at the heart of the World March of Women.

Ferne Downey (President, Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists - ACTRA)

Ferne Downey is the National President of the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA) and the President of the International Federation of Actors (FIA). ACTRA represents over 22,000 professional performers in the English-language recorded media in Canada. As President of FIA, Downey is the first North American to head the global organization. She was elected at FIA’s 20th World Congress that brought performers and representatives from 75 countries together in Toronto, September 2012. Ferne Downey is a graduate of Dalhousie University’s Theatre Department and Harvard’s Trade Union leadership program. She has spent the past 30 years working as an actor in radio, television, film and theatre and is also a member of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association. She has served as ACTRA’s National President since 2009 and is ACTRA's representative on the board of Actra Fraternal Benefit Society (AFBS). Past service to ACTRA includes leadership on collective bargaining teams, multiple terms as Vice-President Communications, President of ACTRA Toronto and three terms as National Treasurer. Since 2011, Ferne Downey has served as a General Vice-President on the Executive of the Canadian Labour Congress.



PLENARY I: New Frontiers for Citizenship at Work

Chair: Urwana Coiquaud (HEC Montréal)

Judy Fudge (Kent Law School, University of Kent)

Judy Fudge is Professor at Kent Law School in the UK, which she joined in September 2013. Previously, she held the Lansdowne Chair in Law at the University of Victoria (2007 to 2013) and was a Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School (1987 to 2006). She was a Fernand Braudel Fellow at the European University Institute in 2012 and in 2013 a Leverhulme Visiting Professorship at Kent Law School. Currently, she is a FAS visiting Professor at REMESO, Linkoping University in Sweden. Her recent publications include: Temporary Work, Agencies, and Unfree Labour: Insecurity in the New World of Work with K. Strauss, Routledge (2013), Regulating Work: Challenging Legal Boundaries with S. McCrystal & K. Sankaran, Hart Publishing (2012), Making Claims for Migrant Workers: Human Rights and Citizenship, 18 (1) Citizenship Studies (2014) and Feminist Reflections on the Scope of Labour Law: Domestic Work, Social Reproduction, and Jurisdiction, Feminist Legal Studies (to be published).

Jane Jenson (Université de Montréal)

Jane Jenson is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Montreal, where she holds the Canada Research Chair in Citizenship and Governance. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Rochester, and then taught at Carleton University from 1971 to 1993. She has been a Visiting Professor at a number of European universities, including the Universität Augsburg, Freie Universität Berlin, and the European University Institute in Florence. Dr. Jenson held the William Lyon Mackenzie King Chair in Canadian Studies at Harvard University in 1988-89 and in spring 2005 the Chaire Bernheim d’études sur la Paix et la citoyenneté at the Université libre de Bruxelles. She was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1989 and named a Fellow of the Trudeau Foundation (2005-08).

Her current research interests and publications cover a wide spectrum of topics, including: citizenship and especially social citizenship, social policy, social movements, diversity, and gender studies. She is particularly active in the analysis of changes to social policy paradigms in the direction of the social investment perspective in Canada and the European Union.

Jennifer Gordon (Fordham University School of Law)

Jennifer Gordon has been a Professor at Fordham University School of Law since 2003. She teaches courses in the fields of immigration law, labor law, and legislation/regulation, and writes about the regulation of the low-wage workplace, restructuring global labor migration, and the relationship between law and social change. Her book, Suburban Sweatshops: The Fight for Immigrant Rights, was published in 2005 by Harvard University Press. Prior to joining the Fordham faculty, she founded the Workplace Project, a nationally recognized non-profit immigrant worker center. She has received a MacArthur Prize Fellowship, and has been named one of the top lawyers under age forty in the U.S. by the National Law Journal and Outstanding Public Interest Lawyer of the Year by Equal Justice Works. She is currently an Open Society Foundations Fellow, working on a project to regulate global labor recruiters in the context of low-wage guest work programs.

Dominique Méda (CNRS-IRISSO / Université Paris-Dauphine)

Dominique Méda is a professor of sociology at the Université Paris-Dauphine, the Director of the Institut de Recherche Interdisciplinaire en Sciences Sociales (IRISSO), an associate researcher at the Centre of Labour Studies and the Chair in Ecology, work, employment and social policy at the collège d'études mondiales (FMSH). She is the author of a dozen books on work, alternative wealth, women and social policy. She has recently published La mystique de la croissance. Comment s'en libérer, Flammrion (2013) and Réinventer le travail, with Patricia Vendramin at PUF (2013).


PLENARY II: Rethinking Citizenship at Work : Where Do We Go From Here?

Chair: Jean Charest (Université de Montréal)

Isabelle Daugareilh (Université Montesquieu-Bordeaux IV)

Isabelle Daugareilh holds a doctorate in private law from the Université de Bordeaux I. A specialist in social law, international labour law and social security law, she is the CNRS Director of Research at the Centre de Droit Comparé du Travail et de la Sécurité Sociale (COMPTRASEC) at the Université Montesquieu Bordeaux IV. Under the theme ‘Trends and issues of regulation’, she also coordinates the project entitled ‘Emergence of a social law of globalization’. Isabelle Daugareilh is the author of numerous scientific articles and chapters and has recently edited two books : Le dialogue social dans les instances transnationales d'entreprises européennes, at Presses Universitaires de Bordeaux (2013) and La Responsabilité sociale de l'entreprise transnationale et globalisation de l'économie, at Bruylant (2010).

Harry Arthurs (Osgoode Hall Law School, York University)

Harry Arthurs is Professor Emeritus, former Dean of Osgoode Hall Law School (1972-77) and former President of York University (1985-92). He has published extensively in the fields of legal education and the legal profession, legal history and legal theory, labour and administrative law, globalization and constitutionalism. In addition to serving as an arbitrator and mediator in labour disputes, Harry Arthurs has conducted inquiries and reviews at Canadian, British and American universities, and has provided advice to governments on issues ranging from higher education policy to the constitution to labour and employment law. Most recently he has chaired reviews of federal labour standards legislation (2004-2006), Ontario pension legislation (2006-2008) and the funding of Ontario’s workplace safety and insurance system (2010-2012).

Harry Arthurs’ contributions have been recognized by his election as an Associate of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy. He has been awarded the Canada Council’s Killam Prize for his lifetime contributions to the social sciences (2002), and both the Bora Laskin Prize (2003) and the Labour Law Research Network prize (2013) for his contributions to labour law. He was also co-winner (with Nobel Prize winner Joseph Stiglitz) of the ILO’s Decent Work Research Prize (2008). He has received honorary degrees from a number of Canadian universities.

Adelle Blackett (McGill University)

Professor Adelle Blackett is a William Dawson Scholar at the Faculty of Law, McGill University, and Director of the CFI- funded Labour Law and Development Research Laboratory. She is also a Quebec Human Rights and Youth Rights Commissioner. She holds a doctorate in law from Columbia University, and has published and lectured widely on transnational labour law and development. Her current scholarship focuses on transnational legal pluralism and the regulation of the domestic work relationship in post-colonial contexts. A former official of the International Labour Office in Geneva, she served from 2011-2014 as an independent expert in an ILO tripartite (government, workers and employers) initiative on labour law reform in Haiti. From 2008-2011, she was the ILO's lead expert on standard setting on decent work for domestic workers, writing the report on law and practice; drafting questionnaire on the basis of which the labour standards were negotiated; and participating as an expert member of the ILO secretariat to the International Labour Conference in 2010 and 2011 when Convention No. 189 and Recommendation No. 201 were adopted. In 2010, SSHRC awarded her the Bora Laskin National Fellowship in Human Rights Research to pursue her research on this theme, and her contributions to international law were recognized with the award of a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.

Jill Rubery (Manchester Business School, University of Manchester)

Jill Rubery joined Manchester School of Management at UMIST in 1989, having previously worked at the Department of Applied Economics at Cambridge University, where she had been a fellow of New Hall and Director of Studies in Economics. She was appointed to a Chair at UMIST in 1995. From 1991 to 1996 and again from 1998 to 2007 she acted as co-ordinator of the European Commission's group of experts on gender and employment. She has also worked as the UK member of this group of experts. Professor Rubery is a member of the ACAS Board of Arbitrators. She has been Head of the People, Management and Organizations Division at MBS since 2004 and in 2007 was appointed Deputy Director for Human Resources. In 2006 she was elected a fellow of the British Academy and an emeritus fellow of New Hall, University of Cambridge. Jill has worked as a consultant for the ILO, the OECD, European Commission (EC) and United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). Her recent publications include: Women and Austerity: The Economic Crisis and the Future for Gender Equality, with M. Karamessini, Abingdon (2013), The Welfare State and Life Transitions, with D. Anxo & G. Bosch, Edward Elgar (2010) and European Employment Models in Flux, with G. Bosch & S. Lehndorff, Palgrave (2009).