Conference: Temporary Migrant Workers

VANCOUVER, Oct. 5, 2015 /CNW/ - Simon Fraser University Labor Studies Program is holding a unique and informative 2 day conference on labour rights and organizing strategies for the ever increasing number of temporary migrant workers in British Columbia, and throughout Canada. The conference is being held at its Harbour Centre campus at 515 West Hastings (at Richards Street) in Vancouver, on Thursday October 8 and Friday 9, 2015.

The conference is intended for those generally interested in the issue as well as for activists working in the area.

The speakers are lawyers, economists, academics, and filmmakers – all activists on issues relating to the rights of temporary migrant workers. They represent almost every geographic area of Canada. There are also speakers from the United States and Mexico. They include:

Yessy Byl, the Northern Alberta educator in Human Rights Education for the Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre, and is also an instructor for Athabasca University in Labour Studies.

Kaitie Cooper, lawyer for the Hospital Employees' Union.

Natalie Drolet, West Coast Domestic Workers Association.

David Fairey, union researcher and advocate.

Lynne Fernandez, the Errol Black Chair in Labour Issues at the CCPA; researcher with Manitoba's Labour Community.

Jody Gauthier, a Vancouver lawyer who primarily practices in the areas of labour, human rights, disability and workers' compensation law.

Min Sook Lee, an award winning Canadian filmmaker and Assistant Professor at the Ontario College of Art and Design University; excerpts from forthcoming documentary: "Migrant Dreams".

Leo McGrady, lawyer at McGrady and Company, specializes in labour law, human rights, class actions, and libel law, all on behalf of unions, employees, media, and journalists; co-chair.

Naveen Mehta, lawyer and director, Human Rights, Equity and Diversity, United Food & Commercial Workers Canada.

Claude G. Melançon, partner at the Montreal firm Melançon, Marceau, Grenier et Sciortino, which represents trade unions, workers, professionals, and artists  in both the public and private sectors; co-chair.

Patricia O'Hagan, Dean, Health Sciences, University of Hawaii.

Adrianna Paz, works with the Solidarity Center AFL-CIO where she organizes with maquila female workers in the US/Mexico border and with farmworkers in Baja, California.

Art Read, General Counsel of Friends of Farmworkers, Inc., in Pennsylvania (US).

Mia Reimers, PhD, University of Victoria. She has worked at the Centre of Constitutional Studies at the University of Alberta and McGrady & Company in Vancouver.

Gary Teeple, Director of Labour Studies at SFU, co-chair.

Please check out our website, and the poster attached.

SOURCE Simon Fraser University

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For further information: Dr. Gary Teeple, email: or; Leo McGrady, at McGrady and Company, email:

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