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Back by popular demand, Colin Edstrom and Adam van der Linde presenting once again on the most current legal topics and best practices with legal considerations with you in mind! Joining them, Melanie Vipond, CPHR brings her wealth of knowledge and expertise and offers practical tips and insights on developing strategies to best position your organization and team for success in this ever-changing legal landscape.


  • "Welcoming Employees Back to a Positive Workplace,
    or Maybe Not" - Adam van der Linde, Roper Greyell LLP
  • "The COVID-19 Human Rights Response" - Melanie Vipond, CPHR, Gall Legge Grant & Zwack LLP
  • "Forbidden Love: Navigating Workplace Romances" - Colin Edstrom, Pushor Mitchell LLP

Meet your presenters

Colin Edstrom

Colin Edstrom advises and represents individuals and employers in labour and employment law, workers’ compensation, occupational health and safety, and human rights. He moved home to beautiful Kelowna after practicing workplace law in Vancouver and has appeared as counsel at all levels of court in British Columbia, the Federal Court, collective agreement grievance arbitrations and various administrative tribunals, including the Human Rights Tribunal, Employment Standards Tribunal, British Columbia Labour Relations Board, Workers’ Compensation Board and Liquor Control and Licensing Branch. Colin spends most of his time outside of work chasing his son and daughter.

Adam van der Linde

Based in Victoria, B.C., Roper Greyell Associate Adam van der Linde CD is the firm’s point-person for its many Vancouver Island clients. A member of the Canadian military since 2005, Adam has provided legal advice to Canadian Armed Forces in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Quebec, and B.C. He has also served as an advisor to Canadian Task Forces serving in the Mediterranean Sea and Indian Ocean, providing counsel on complex international issues. In addition to liaising with government departments on behalf of the military, he has advised the Canadian Armed Forces on risk management, workplace investigations and workplace discipline, including both military employment and civilian union employment issues.

Melanie Vipond, CPHR

Melanie Vipond is a lawyer in Vancouver that focuses her practice on labour and employment law, human rights, privacy and occupational health & safety law. She advises both private and public sector employers on issues relating to unionization, collective agreement negotiation, disability and harassment, workers compensation as well as general employment law issues, including wrongful dismissals and employment contract negotiation. She has appeared before all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada, as well as the BC Labour Relations Board, arbitration boards, human rights tribunals, and other administrative tribunals. Melanie is also an adjunct professor at the Faculty of Law of the University of British Columbia (UBC) teaching workplace law. She completed her Masters of Law at Stanford University.

Course Curriculum

  • 1

    Virtual Legal Symposium 3.0: The Road Ahead; Opportunities & Obligations with Legal Considerations

    • Webinar Recording

    • PowerPoint - Session 1 "Welcoming Employees Back to a Positive Workplace, or Maybe Not" (Adam van der Linde)

    • PowerPoint - Session 2 "The COVID-19 Human Rights Response" (Melanie Vipond)

    • PowerPoint - Session 3 "Forbidden Love: Navigating Workplace Romances" (Colin Edstrom)

    • Additional Resources

  • 2


    • Course Survey