Marijuana in the Workplace

April 12, 2017 11:45 AM to 2:00 PMCasino Nova Scotia, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Area of Interest: Benefits Format: In Person

Marijuana in the Worplace

As the federal government proceeds with legalization and regulation of cannabis, it is important for employers to understand the implications for the workplace, both in terms of medical and non-medical usage. Join us for a discussion from a panel of experts offering perspectives on occupational health and safety, legal and employee benefits considerations for employers. 

Halifax: Compass Room, Casino NS, April 12th 

Registration & Buffet Lunch:
11:45am – 12: 30pm
Presentations: 12:30pm to 2:00pm


Matthew Burnstein, MD
Rick Dunlop, Stewart McKelvey
Theresa Rose, Medavie Blue Cross

Registration Fees  

CPBI Member$35.00
CPBI Non-member$60.00
CPBI Member - Table of 6$210.00
CPBI Non-member - Table of 6     $360.00

Speaker Bios:

Matthew Burnstein, MD

Dr. Matthew Burnstein attended Dalhousie Medical School, graduating in 1983. After completing his internship at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal, Matthew returned to Halifax, where he obtained further training in Occupational Medicine. Over the last thirty years Matthew has provided Occupational Medical Services to employers and insurers across Canada. Matthew has served as the Occupational Medical Consultant for a range of employers/industries including Canada Post, the Shaw Group, the Capital District Health Authority, the City of Halifax, Kirkland Lake Goldmine, Medavie, Manulife, Loblaws  and his personal favourites: Hershey’s Chocolates and Labatt Brewing Company.
From 2006 to 2014, Matthew served as the Chief Medical Officer for Bell Aliant Regional Communications – Atlantic Canada’s largest telecommunications company. While at Bell Aliant, Matthew has also served as the Director of Learning and Development and, subsequently, Benefits. Matthew is a Senior Diplomat with the American Board of Disability Examiners and has been certified as an Independent Medical Examiner.

With respect to Drugs and Alcohol in the workplace, Matthew was among the first physicians in Canada to be certified as a Medical Review Officer (MRO) in 1995. He has developed drug and alcohol programs for numerous employers and has reviewed over one thousand positive drug tests. Increasingly, he is asked to assess the impact of drug use (most commonly marijuana) on work activities.

Matthew recently moved to Toronto where he continues to work as an occupational health physician and as a family physician.

Rick Dunlop
Stewart McKelvey

Rick Dunlop is a Partner with Stewart McKelvey's Nova Scotia Labour and Employment Group.  Rick has a diverse management side labour and employment law practice in which he provides practical solutions and representation on all workplace legal issues.  In particular, Rick often represents employers in human rights complaints, union certification applications in the construction and non-construction industry sectors, and wrongful dismissal actions.

Rick regularly appears before all Nova Scotia courts and labour and employment related tribunals, including the Nova Scotia Labour Board, Supreme Court of Nova Scotia, and the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal.   Rick has also successfully represented an employer before the Supreme Court of Canada in an employment law case.

Rick consistently speaks and writes on labour and employment law related matters.  Rick has been externally rated as Best Lawyers: Labour and Employment Law in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.  Rick is a current member of the Canadian Association of Counsel for Employers (CACE).

Theresa Rose 
Director, Drug Management Solutions 
Medavie Blue Cross

Theresa joined Medavie Blue Cross in 1995.  Since this time she has held various leadership positions in human resources, communications, marketing, individual products and group benefits. As the Director, Drug Management Solutions, Theresa is responsible for leading a team of professionals in the development of optimal drug plan management products and services. In, this capacity she oversees Medavie Blue Cross’s pharmacy benefit management strategy and chairs the Medavie Blue Cross Medication Advisory Panel that is responsible for the evaluation of all pharmaceutical products for its private business. A key area of focus for Theresa & her team is the pharmaceutical partnership strategy that looks for opportunities to better manage the drug spend through strategic collaborations with pharma. 

To aid the business case for employee health and wellness, she has previously led pilot programs and research with respective partners in the area of pain-self management, ulcer care and asthma to demonstrate the positive outcomes that these programs can have in the workplace. This work has contributed to the development of an innovative chronic disease management benefit being available to all plan sponsors. 

Theresa actively participates in industry issues with the Canadian Health and Life Insurance Association group insurance committee and relevant sub-committees. 

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