Please note that the conference has been approved for continuing legal education and will credit a total of 19 hours and 30 minutes.


16 May 2017

■   8.00-9.00   Registration 

■   9.00-9.45   Keynote Address
The Honourable Marie Deschamps
Justice (Retired), Supreme Court of Canada

Antecedents and Beginnings

■   9:45-10:45   Origins
Canada’s Legal-Constitutional Continuity, 1791-1867
James W.J. Bowden, Université d’Ottawa
Towards an Historical Understanding of the   Preamble to the Constitution Act (1867)
Ryan Alford, Lakehead University

■   10:45-11:00   Tea Break

■   11:00-12:00   From BNAA to Constitution
Decolonising the Canadian Constitution
Bruce Ryder, Osgoode Hall Law School
The Transformation of the BNA into Canada’s “Constitution”
Peter Price, Cambridge University

■   12:00-13:00   Lunch

■   13:00-14:00   Dissenting Voices
Empire of Poverty: Nova Scotia’s Anti-Unionists as Critics of Liberal Political Economy
E.A. Heaman, McGill University
Newfoundland Charts a Different Course
Dònal Coffey, Max Planck Institute for European Legal History


■ 14:00-15:30 A Snapshot of Federalism
1867-1949: The JCPC Sets the Stage
Jonathan Shanks, Justice Canada
1950-1982: Good-bye to Watertight Compartments
Peter Oliver, Université d’Ottawa
1983-2006: Federal Powers on the Rise
Luanne A Walton, Justice Canada
2007-Present Cooperative Federalism Era
Pierre Foucher, Université d’Ottawa

■   15:30-15:45   Tea Break

■   15:45-17:00   Federalism in Action: Bankruptcy
A Disguised Bankruptcy Law: The Code of Civil Procedure of Lower Canada, Judicial Abandonment of Property, and Private Law in the Context of Federal Silence
Daniel Simeone, McGill University
The New Bankruptcy Detective Agency? The Origins of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy in Great Depression Canada
Thomas G.W. Telfer, Western University
Should Paramountcy Protect Secured Creditor Rights? Saskatchewan v Lemare Lake Logging in Historical Context
Virginia Torrie, University of Manitoba

■   17.00   Reception


17 May 2017

■   8.45-10.00  Federalism in Action: Commerce
Everything I Needed to Know about Federalism, I Learned from Insurance Law
Barbara Billingsley, University of Alberta
Financial Markets and Federalism
Stéphane Rousseau, University of Montreal
Is There a Federal Common Law of Employment?
Finn Makela, University of Sherbrooke

■   10.00-10.15   Tea Break

The Canadian Parliament and the Westminster System

■   10.15-11.15   History and Development
How We Got Here
Steven Chaplin, Senior Legal Counsel, House of Commons,
A New-Old Approach to the Study of Canada’s Parliament
David Smith, Ryerson University

■   11.15-12.15   The Way Forward
Looking at privilege reform for 21st century: Non-Party Legislatures and Westminster Government
Tim Mercer, Clerk – Northwest Territories
Title TBA
Charles Robert, Clerk of the Senate and Clerk of the Parliaments

   12.15-13.15 Lunch

■   13.15-14.15   Senate Reform
The Senate Makeover: Redefining the Legislative Process without Structural Change
Dara Lithwick & Élise Hurtubise-Loranger, Library of Parliament
Reforming the Upper House: A Comparative Perspective
Matthew P Harrington, Université de Montréal

   14.15-15.15   Québec and the Constitution
Québec and the Theory of the Federative Pact
Sébastien Grammond, Université d’Ottawa
The Allegory of the Supreme Court as Accomplice of Trudeauism: Re-examinging the Ford Case
Frédéric Bérard, Université de Montréal

■   15.15-15.30   Tea Break

■   15.30-16.45   The Charter in the Next Century
Greening the Charter: Constitutionalising a Right to a Healthy Environment
Jason MacLaren, Lakehead University
The Charter and the Future of Citizenship
Marlette Brennan & Miriam Cohen, Lakehead University
Back to the Future: Indigeneous Rights and Section 25
Konstantia Koutouki, Université de Montréal

■   16.45   Reception


18 May 2017

Constitutional Architecture

■   9.00-10.00   The Court and the Constitution
The Supreme Court’s Changing Conceptions of Itself Since Confederation
Adam Dodek, University of Ottawa
150 Years of Constitutional Interpretation
Benjamin Oliphant, Gail Legge Grant Munroe LLP

■   10.00-10.15   Tea Break

■   10.15-12.00   Constitutional Amendment in Canada: History, Law, Politics and Theory
The Most Powerful Court in the World? Constitutional Amendment after the Senate Reform and Supreme Court References
Richard Albert, Boston College
The Legacy of Patriation and the Accords
Jamie Cameron, Osgoode Hall Law School
Constitutional Values and the Case for Court Reform
Kate Glover, Western University
The True Character of the Constitutional Modification Procedure
Catherine Mathieu, Woods LLP

■   12.00-13.00   Lunch

■  13.00-14.00   Amendment, Conventions, and Constitutional Architecture
Immuring Dicey’s Ghost: Constitutional Conventions and Architecture
Leonid Sirota, Auckland University of Technology
Institutional Reform in the Age of Architecture: Avoiding Constitutional Amendment, Altering Conventions?
Emmett Macfarlane, University of Waterloo
The Right to Independent Election Administration
Michael Pal, University of Ottawa

   14.00-15.00   Monarch and Democracy

Telling Stories:  Parliament, the Crown and Canada
Ann Chaplin, Department of Justice
The Crown and Canadian Independence: From Vanguard to Vestige
Philippe Lagassé, Carleton University

■   15.00-15.15   Tea Break

■   15.15-16.15   Contested Ground
The Division of Powers and Aboriginal Law
Ron Stevenson, Department of Justice, Canada
Conflicted Lands
Ron Levy, Australian National University

■   16.15-17.00 Closing Remarks
The Honourable Jean-Marc Fournier
Minister Responsible for Canadian Relations and the Canadian Francophonie

■   17.00   Reception

This content has been updated on 8 May 2017 at 17 h 46 min.