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Listed here you will find various events, meetings  and training of interest to residential services, child welfare and mental health.  Scroll down or click the below links for more information.

OARTY Professional Development and Training 

OARTY's key events the three day annual Conference in June, and are the KIND (Knowledge, Information and Networking Day) event in October.  For details on upcoming OARTY events and training please see below. 

OARTY Webinar - Managing Risk in the New Normal

Thursday, October 8, 2020
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Sponsored by: Frank Cowan Company

Frank Cowan’s Tracy Eso, Risk Assessment and Solutions Manager, will present a case for risk management and how to operate during the new normal. One of the key concepts to mitigate risk is an understanding of what is negligence and what must be done to mitigate that risk.   Having spent 15 years in the insurance industry in a variety of roles on both the Claims side and Risk Management side she brings a unique perspective to assist clients through the pandemic.  The presentation will outline how we all continue to assess risk management as an essential service in the midst of a pandemic to ensure that you are equipped to be responsive to the wide array of challenges facing organizations like yours.

Michael Lough Vice President, Specialty Programs & Associations joins Tracy as a co-presenter.  Mike’s background is in a variety of roles on both the Marketing and Underwriting side and he brings a solid knowledge of the policy wording to the discussion.  He will give an overview of the Liability policy and address any questions that you may have on how the insurance policy interacts with your operations.  This will include what the policy does and does not cover on a general basis (as every Claim situation is unique).   

Together we will discuss how we can build resilience into our organizations, our supply chains and our staff, so when the worst happens – we can pivot rather than plummet.

You can register for this webinar from the Webinar Registration tab.

Residential Care and the COVID-19 Pandemic 

On Friday, May 8th, OARTY hosted a webinar with Lisa Corrente of Torkin Manes LLP, presenting on key topics affecting residential care operators during the COVID-19 pandemic, including:

  • Provincial orders, directives and guidelines relevant to your operations; 
  • ​Job protected leaves, human rights and other employment law related considerations;
  • Government’s emergency relief available to employers; and
  • Complaints, civil claims and class actions as the crisis abates.

The webinar was recorded and you can contact to register to access the recorded webinar.

Employment Law Update for Residential Care Webinar

On March 13th, OARTY hosted its first members’ webinar in a series to be offered this year.  Lisa Corrente of Torkin Manes LLP, presented on key topics affecting residential care operators today, including:

  • The use of medical cannabis by your employees and the duty to accommodate;
  • Important court decisions from 2019 regarding employment contracts and terminations; and
  • Update on privacy law and protecting the personal health information of your residents.

The webinar was recorded and you can contact to register to access the recorded webinar.

OARTY 2020 Conference

The 2020 OARTY Conference is going digital! The conference will take place online on November 19th, 20th, 26th, and 27th. Details are posted on the 2020 Conference webpages. 

SafeGuards Training for Child and Adult Services

Upcoming training sessions from SafeGuards Training for Child and Adult Services are posted here for the next few months.  Please note that opportunities for in-house training and the Virtual Library can be accessed at their website at

OARTY Members: Register online and get the Member’s Rate

Group Discount: 20% off for groups of 4 or more. Contact