Speakers - 2017

Our panel of legal, front line and human resources experts will help you gain new perspectives and increase your knowledge by addressing current issues facing organizations. This expert panel will discuss the real cutting edge HR issues.

Speaker biographies:

John C. Batzel, Partner ,Canadian Employment and Labour Lawyer at Bennett Jones Calgary

Paula Breeze, Vice President of  Human Resources at CEDA

Scott Wilson,  Vice President - Flight Operations at WestJet 

John C. Batzel, Partner, Canadian Employment and Labour Lawyer at Bennett Jones Calgary

John Batzel has a wide-ranging employment and labour law practice acting for corporations, management teams, executives and employees.
John specializes in all aspects of employment law, including managing the employment relationship, employee discipline and termination, wrongful dismissal claims, pay disputes, human rights complaints, disability and insurance issues, employee shareholder disputes, enforcement of non-competition and confidentiality agreements, contract negotiation, benefit and incentive plan management, executive compensation, employee privacy issues, workers compensation claims, occupational health and safety matters and alcohol and drug testing. John also regularly advises purchasers, sellers and other interested parties with respect to corporate mergers, acquisitions, financings and restructurings. He advises management clients on various union matters including certification, de-certification, collective agreement negotiation and grievance arbitrations.
John has appeared before a range of adjudicative bodies in Canada and elsewhere including employment tribunals under the Canada Labour Code, labour and employment arbitrations, the Alberta Court of Queens' Bench, the Alberta Court of Appeal, the Alberta Labour Relations Board, the Alberta Human Rights Commission, the Ontario High Court of Justice, the United Kingdom Employment Tribunal and the Texas District Court.
John makes frequent presentations to clients, lawyers and the public on employment law matters. He also regularly volunteers with Calgary Legal Guidance, a free legal clinic in downtown Calgary.
Paula Breeze, Vice President, Human Resources CEDA
 paula_pic Paula joined CEDA International in August 2016 as Vice President of Human Resources. Paula brings over 25 years of experience in Human Resources and has held senior management roles at a number of publicly traded companies, including the last six years as a Vice President of HR in the oilfield services and energy sector. An expert in talent management and employee engagement, Paula is focused on delivering a platform of high performance human resources services that will create and enable a highly engaged work group. She holds an MBA from University of Calgary, building on her Bachelor of Management in Human Resources and Bachelor of Arts in Sustainable Development.
Scott Wilson, Vice President, Flight Operations WestJet

Scott has been in safety, quality and flight operations roles for over twenty years in a variety of operations including managing a flight training unit, and regional, domestic and international airline operations.
Scott joined WestJet in 2001 as a First Officer upgrading to Captain in 2003. In 2002 Scott joined the training department which led to roles with increasing responsibilities including Approved Check Pilot (ACP), Standards Pilot and Manager, Flight Operations Quality Assurance. In 2006 Scott assumed the role of Company Chief Pilot as the Director, Flight Standards. In 2011 Scott helped develop the new corporate role of Vice-President, Safety, Security and Quality, responsible for supporting and advancing the airlines safety, security, emergency response and quality systems. In late 2015 Scott returned to flight operations as the Operations Manager and Vice-President, Flight Operations, responsible for the direct oversight of more than 700 safe daily departures across WestJet’s network.