VRA Ontario Webinar - Business Continuity Planning
Presenter: Ms. Viki Scott, RC (c); BSc; RRP; CHRM; MBA; ADR (c)
Business Continuity Planning – Post COVID-19 – Workplace Transition to the “New” Normal
Never in our wildest dreams would we ever believe that we would be affected by such a catastrophic event, COVID-19 Pandemic, which has had such a significant impact on the Global and specifically our national and local economies.
Many of us believed that planning for things that “might” never happen was a difficult priority to set when other day-to-day challenges are increasingly demanding.
The lack of an emergency business continuity response plan may lead to severe losses such as multiple casualties and possible financial collapse of an organization.
As we resume business within the “new normal” model, Employers need to understand the process for returning and integrating their workforce into this “new normal” environment; their legal obligations for supporting the workforce during this process; and what needs to be done to move forward in support of this “new normal” environment.
The business operations we knew in the past, are now the past.
1. The Participant will have a better understanding of the legislative framework that drives the “due diligence” obligations requiring organizations to have in place in support of Employees as we re-open open our businesses.
2. The Participant will be oriented to the elements of a Business Continuity Plan Framework, in preparation for the “second wave” of the COVID-19 virus.
3. The Participant will have a better understanding of what resources, both internal and external, that are required for the development of an effective workforce
Viki Scott is the President and Principal Consultant & Chief Lobbyist of Scott & Associates Inc.
Viki currently manages a very reputable Consulting Firm of which provides solutions to Canadian based companies with at concentration in Labour Management Relations, Conflict Risk Management, Occupational Health and Safety, Workplace Investigations, advisory services. Her firm also provides lobbying and advocacy services to their not for profit and broader public service clients.
Viki has an extensive history with both the public and private sectors, primarily in unionized environments. She has led significant change management initiatives for major public, non for profit and private sector organizations. Her leadership positions include the Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, Workplace Health and Safety Agency, OPSEU, Extendicare Canada, Watson Wyatt Worldwide and with KPMG LLP. She also, has had the privilege of being a Chief of Staff and Senior Policy Advisor to an Ontario Premier and a number of Federal and Provincial Cabinet Ministers.
Viki has also worked with various employers in meeting Occupational Health and Safety due diligence compliance in Canadian (Provincial and Federal), U.S.A., and European jurisdictions. She has developed standardized assessment and diagnostic tools that are used for identifying and minimizing risks. One of her many accomplishments is that in her capacity as the Senior Development Officer with the Ontario Ministry of Labour, Workplace Health and Safety Agency, she was responsible for the development and implementation of the Occupational Health and Safety Certification Training Program. In addition, during her tenure with the Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services she received a number of commendations for her leadership during a provincial strike, SARS Pandemic and the provincial “blackout”.
Viki has worked with a wide range of Bargaining Agents such as CAW, OPSEU, CUPE, AMAPCEO, CEP, USWA, OPSSU, ASU, UFCW, PSAC, LIUNA, PAO, AJC, ONA, OLBEU, SEIU, UNIFOR and the Teamsters Union in the capacity as a Chief Negotiator/Spokesperson, a Grievance Mediator and as a Training Facilitator. She also conducts workplace investigations in support of the workplace parties’ obligations under the various OH&SA and Human Rights Legislation.
Viki has an MBA with a concentration in Industrial Relations and a Bachelor of Science, in Occupational Health and Rehabilitation. Viki also holds post graduate degrees in Alternative Dispute Resolution from York University and in Human Resource Management. She is a Registered Rehabilitation Professional operating under license #SCOV0381-R. Viki currently holds Associate Professor positions with the Pacific Coast University, Workplace Health Sciences and with the School of Legal and Public Administration with Seneca College, York University Campus. She is also an Adjunct Professor with the Ryerson University Centre for Labour Management Relations.