10:00 am - 11:00 am EST

Chairs:  Benjamin L. Berger, Emily Kidd White and Sonia Lawrence 

 A Tribute to Peter Hogg 

Jamie Cameron, Professor Emerita, Osgoode Hall Law School  

Wade Wright, Professor, Western University Faculty of Law  

A Review of the Supreme Court’s 2020 Constitutional Jurisprudence  

Providing a review of the Supreme Court of Canada’s 2020 constitutional jurisprudence, highlighting key patterns and trends and commenting on significant developments.  

Bruce Ryder, Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School

11:15 am - 12:30 pm EST 

Questions of Jurisdiction  

Chair: Emily Kidd White 

Our panelists will speak to some complex cases where the Supreme Court ruled on questions of jurisdiction, including the adjudicative jurisdiction of a Superior Court over property outside of the province in cases concerning Aboriginal title and other Aboriginal rights recognized and affirmed by s. 35  of the Constitution Act1982 , and the scope of the Federal Criminal Law Power, by looking at an impugned law’s pith and substance, and the relationship between public health and criminal law purposes.  Cases:  Newfoundland and Labrador (Attorney General) v. Uashaunnuat (Innu of Uashat and of Mani‑Utenam), 2020 SCC 4; Reference re Genetic Non-Discrimination Act, 2020 SCC 17.

"Indigenous Peoples’ rights and the Canadian Constitutional Structure: the Challenge of Transboundary Claims"  |  Sophie Thériault, Vice-Dean (Academic) and Full Professor, Faculty of Law, Civil Law Section, University of Ottawa 

"Touch of Evil: Disagreements at the Heart of the Criminal Law Power "   |   Eric Adams, Vice Dean and Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Alberta

 Hoi Kong, Rt. Hon. Beverley McLachlin, P.C., UBC Professorship in Constitutional Law, Peter A Allard School of Law

12:45 pm - 1:30 pm EST

The Power of Advocacy

 Keynote Speaker
The Honourable Sheilah L. Martin 

1:45 pm - 3:00 pm EST

Interpreting the Charter of Rights and Freedoms 

 Chair: Sonia Lawrence 

Our panellists consider some of the surprises, splits and spats at the Supreme Court on big questions of how the Charter of Rights and Freedoms is to be interpreted and applied Cases: Fraser v. Canada (Attorney General), 2020 SCC 28; Ontario (Attorney General) v. G, 2020 SCC 38; Quebec (Attorney General) v. 9147-0732 Québec inc., 2020 SCC 32 

The Great Reset?  What Fraser v. Canada Tells Us About Section 15 | Carissima Mathen, Professor, University of Ottawa Faculty of Law  

Judicially Licensed Unconstitutionality Revisited   |  Hugo Cyr, Professor, Département des sciences juridiques, Université du Québec à Montréal & Valérie Kelly, LL.B (UQAM), LL.M (Université Laval)

De-constructing a Fine: How a Case about Kitchen Cabinets has Reshaped International Law and the Charter |  Ravi Amarnath, Constitutional Law Branch, Ministry of the Attorney General (Ont),Courtney Harris, Constitutional Law Branch, Ministry of the Attorney General (Ont) & Ellen K. Weis, Serious Fraud Office, Ministry of the Attorney General (Ont) 

3:15 pm - 4:45 pm EST

Living Constitutional Justice: 

A Panel in Memory of Joseph J. Arvay, OC, QC   

Chair: Benjamin Berger  

Participants in this panel will reflect on the enormous contributions of Joe Arvay to the justness of our collective constitutional lives, tracing a dimension of his influence and imagining where his legacy may yet take us. 

Frank Addario, Addario Law Group LLP 

Alison Latimer, Barrister and Solicitor 

"Joe’s Justice: Joseph Arvay’s Contributions to Public Interest Standing, Costs and Remedies"  |  Kent Roach, Professor, University of Toronto Faculty of Law 

The Hon. Lynn Smith, Peter A. Allard School of Law (UBC) and Retired Justice of the B.C. Supreme Court  

4:30 pm - 4:45 pm EST 


Chairs:  Benjamin L. Berger, Emily Kidd White and Sonia Lawrence