CONV 1051: Legal Liability and Risk Management

The goal of this course is to provide an introduction to event management law and risk management. This course has been designed to provide a broad perspective about the legal and risk management issues involved in planning and hosting tourism events. It will provide an overview of many topics that can be studied at greater depth in future law courses.


After successfully completing this course, students should be able to accomplish the following:

  • Identify and plan for potential risks inherent in events.
  • Assess the environment in which community events take place.
  • Define the Canadian Legal System.
  • Discuss issues surrounding human rights in Canada.
  • Define the law of contracts.
  • Define the law of negligence.
  • Understand the laws surrounding the restaurant sector.
  • Analyze contracts for events.

Course outline

CONV 1051: Legal Liability and Risk Management is divided into 6 modules:

Module 1: The Canadian Legal System

  • Canadian Law
  • Human Rights in Canada

Module 2: Contract Law

  • The Law of Contracts
  • Analyzing Contracts

Module 3: The Laws of Negligence and Liability

  • The Law of Negligence
  • Liability for Food and Alcohol Service

Module 4: Risk Management

  • Loss Control Program
  • Waivers and Disclaimers
  • Insurance

Module 5: Organizational Structure, Employees, and Employment Standards

  • Organizational Structure
  • Employees and Employment Standards

Module 6: Trademarks, Copyrights, and Licensing

  • Intellectual Property
  • Strategic Application of Trademark and Copyright

Required text and materials

Longchamps, D. & Wright, B.H. Canadian Hospitality Law: Liabilities and Risk. 3rd ed. Toronto: Nelson, 2007.
Type: Textbook ISBN: 9780176407216 / 0176407219

NOTE: The custom publication ISBN: 9780176631512 / 0176631518 contains nine chapters, some appendices and a glossary from the original textbook listed above. Either edition is acceptable.

Additional requirements

Computer with Internet access is required.


To successfully complete this course, students must achieve a passing grade of 50% or higher on the overall course, and 50% or higher on the final mandatory project.

Assignment 1: Case Brief 15%
Assignment 2: Analyze a Contract 15%
Assignment 3: Waivers and Disclaimers 10%
Comprehensive Quiz 15%
Online Discussions 15%
Final Major Project: Loss Control Program * 30%
Total 100%

* Mandatory

Open Learning Faculty Member

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Primary communication is through the Learning Environment's "Mail" tool or by phone. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of the course.

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