In this session, Christian provided participants with an overview of employment rights and equal opportunity laws in Canada for youth with disabilities. The presentation focused on the basics that young people need to know in order to self-advocate. Reference was also made to the rights of youth with disabilities under the age of 18 and their rights in relation to employment under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
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Christian Whalen, Deputy Advocate and Senior Legal Counsel
Christian Whalen is a native of Fredericton and holds a bachelor of arts degree (1987) from Carleton University; a bachelor of law degree (1989) from the University of New Brunswick; and a diplôme d’études approfondies (1993) from l’Université Robert Schuman in Strasbourg, France. A member of the bar in Ontario and New Brunswick, Mr. Whalen worked as a lawyer in private practice and as legal counsel to the New Brunswick Human Rights Commission before joining the Office of the Ombudsman in 2005 as legal counsel. He has been responsible for systemic investigations and acted as lead investigator on several reports of the Office of Ombudsman and the Office of the Child and Youth Advocate, including Connecting the Dots, Hand-in-Hand and Staying Connected.