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Introducing our newest guest bloggers: Jean-Pierre A. Laporte, Sara Forte and Jeff Dutton

We are very pleased to announce that Jean-Pierre A. Laporte, Sara Forte and Jeff Dutton will be blogging regularly on First Reference Talks!

Jean-Pierre A. Laporte is by training a pension lawyer specializing in employee benefits and retirement plans.

Until July 2012 he practiced out of the Toronto office of Bennett Jones LLP, a leading Canadian business law firm. He was then appointed Chief Executive Officer of INTEGRIS Pension Management Corp., a provider of pension plans to incorporated professionals and small business owners.

Jean-Pierre has written a number of journal articles on pension reform and pension administration, including the seminal concept paper on the Supplemental Canada Pension Plan published in 2004 by Benefits and Pensions Monitor, his idea having been advocated by provincial governments, thought-leaders and industry groups. His most recent publication in the Canadian Tax Journal is entitled “A Review of Individual Pension Plans”.

For his efforts at improving pension security for Canadians, Jean-Pierre was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal by His Excellency the Governor-General of Canada.

To learn more about Jean-Pierre, visit INTEGRIS Pension Management Corp.’s website.

Sara Forte is an employment lawyer, and principal of Forte Law Corporation, based in Surrey, British Columbia.

Sara advises employer and employee clients in all aspects of employment law and workplace human rights, and has focused her practice in this area since her call to the bar in 2004. Prior to attending law school, Sara worked as a human resources professional and currently holds a Certified Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) designation from BC HRMA.

Workplace conflict is stressful, costly and distracting for everyone in the workplace. Sara works with her clients to identify employment law solutions to reduce or eliminate workplace conflict. Sara presents and writes frequently on employment law and workplace human rights issues.

To learn more about Sara, visit Forte Law Corporation’s website.

Jeff Dutton is a leading employment lawyer in Toronto. He represents both individual employees and management in all matters.

Prior to founding Dutton Employment Law, Jeff was a prosecutor for the Ministry of Labour. He has been successful at the Ontario Labour Relations Board, Ontario Court of Justice and the Ontario Superior Court. Jeff is a frequent lecturer on employment law matters and has been widely published in newspapers and trade journals.

Dutton Employment Law is a leading employment law firm practicing in downtown Toronto and across Ontario. We are regularly sought out by employees and management alike to provide employment consultation, advice, negotiation and litigation services in all employment law matters in all industries.

To learn more about Jeff, visit Dutton Employment Law’s website.

Cristina Lavecchia

Cristina is an editor and researcher at First Reference. She is a licensed paralegal and obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree, Political Science major at York University. During Cristina's paralegal and undergraduate studies she studied employment standards, occupational health and safety, and workplace safety and insurance. Read more

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