Diversonomics | Season 2 Episode 5 - Re-training the brain (Pt 2): Employee-employer dynamics when dealing with concussion

31 October 2017

Podcast summary: In part 1, we spoke with Gowling WLG lawyer Jane Clark about her return to work process post-concussion. In part 2, host Roberto Aburto sits down with his wife Carrie-Anne Bourassa, a civil litigation lawyer who previously suffered a concussion and has since returned to work full time. Listen as she delves deeper into the employee-employer dynamic when it comes to dealing with concussions.


Episode tip

"I think it's important for employers to start from the presumption that it's going to work out. That your employee is going to recover and they're going to be able to come back and be as productive as they were before." - Carrie-Anne Bourassa, civil litigation counsel


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Episode hosts

Roberto Aburto

Roberto Aburto is a partner in Gowling WLG's Ottawa office, practising in municipal law and civil litigation, with a focus on real estate disputes, land use planning law and commercial litigation.

He is also an active member in the swimming and lifesaving community, serving on the board of directors for the Lifesaving Society (Ontario Branch) as the corporate secretary/legal adviser, and on the Lifesaving Society (National Branch) National Team Selection Committee for Lifesaving Sport.

He is also co-chair of Gowling WLG's Diversity and Inclusion Council and is committed to promoting these principles.

To learn more about Roberto, view his bio or connect with him on Twitter or LinkedIn.

Sarah Willis

Sarah Willis is an associate in Gowling WLG's Ottawa office, practising in the areas of commercial and civil litigation, and medical defence law. Sarah also has ecommercial and civil litigation experience in a variety of areas, including contractual and construction law disputes, tort actions, and small claims court claims. While in law school, Sarah was an oralist in the 2013 Willms and Shier Environmental Law Moot competition, sat as an executive on the Women and Law Association, and was the vice-president of the class of 2013 council in her final year.

To learn more about Sarah connect with her on LinkedIn.

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