Program Chair(s)

Wendy Lopez

Counsel, Catholic Principals’ Council Ontario (CPCO)

Nicola Simmons

Keel Cottrelle LLP

Medical and recreational cannabis and its use by staff and students is a new(er) challenge for teachers, school administrators and school boards.

This session will provide current and concise information on the law and risk management issues that must guide your actions.

Bringing together educational, legal, health care, law enforcement and other professionals to provide guidance on legal obligations and best practices in dealing with this evolving area.

What you’ll Learn

The applicable laws around the use of both medical and recreational cannabis by staff and students in schools

What is legal vs. what is not – dispelling any misconceptions

What are the different forms of cannabis that can be used? For what purpose? Medical vs. recreational

The applicable medical documentation and paperwork that needs to be submitted

Questions around storage, possession limits, administration and minimum ages will be discussed

The impact on schools with the introduction of legal recreational use of cannabis – student and staff expectations and discipline

Duty to accommodate issues – staff and student

Who should take the course?

School Administrators


Supervisory Officers

School trustees

Directors of Education

School board staff

Representatives from Federations, the Ministry of Education, and Ontario College of

Advocates for students and parents

Legal practitioners – education law practitioners


Wayne Baker

Superintendent of Education, Grand Erie District School Board

Mary Birdsell

Executive Director, Justice for Children and Youth

Dr. Darren Courtney

Researcher, Cundill Centre for Child and Youth Depressions; Staff Psychiatrist, Youth Addictions and Concurrent Disorders Service, CAMH

Giovanna Di Sauro

Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti LLP

Melanie Herbin

Counsel, Ministry of the Attorney General, Civil Law Division, Education/Training, Colleges and Universities Branch

Jessica Koper

Shibley Righton LLP

Chris McGrath, BA, Med

Vice-President, Student Success, George Brown College

Dr. Sharon Pyke

Retired Supervisory Officer

Emma Rhodes


Stephanie Strong, CHRL

Superintendent of Human Resources and Employee Relations, Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board

Mandy Wojcik

Goldblatt Partners


Register now

Recorded: Oct 12, 2018

$545 + HST

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Frequently Asked Questions

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