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Canada: Exploring a Unique Response to Business and Human Rights

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28 October 2021 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Eastern Standard TimeREGISTER

Join Baker McKenzie Partner, Kevin Coon for a conversation with Canada’s first Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise, Sheri Meyerhoffer.

June 2021 marked the 10th anniversary of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs), the leading global framework for the respective duties and responsibilities of governments and businesses to safeguard human rights in economic activities.

To address international human rights and responsible business conduct, in 2019 Canada established the Office of the Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise (CORE), following consultations with the late John Ruggie, author of the UNGPs.

The CORE represents the Government of Canada’s commitment to provide a mechanism to respond to concerns raised about the protection and respect for human rights by Canadian-based companies doing business around the globe in the garment, mining, and oil and gas sectors.

On 28 October, Baker McKenzie will explore the mandate of the CORE as well as the mechanisms it has put in place to address human rights complaints.

An anonymous Q&A feature will be available.

We look forward to connecting with you!


Kevin Coon acts as counsel, and as trusted and strategic adviser to government, corporate and not-for-profit organizations, on human resource, regulatory, compliance and risk management, with emphasis on international labour standards; corporate social responsibility; ethics; codes of conduct; due diligence; human rights; workplace investigations; occupational health and safety; collective bargaining; workplace harassment; positive employee relations; local and global labour relations; government relations. Mr. Coon is certified as a specialist in Labour Law by the Law Society of Upper Canada and has been ranked as a leading management side labour and employment lawyer in Canada by Who's Who Legal: Canada 2012 and recognized by Legal 500 2015 for labour and employment.

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