To be, or not to be, remote?

That is the question Brock University’s Niagara Community Observatory (NCO) is exploring in its latest research brief on the future of working at home or some office-home combination.

With stay-at-home orders instituted in March 2020 winding down, “we are now at a key transition point that requires deliberate discussion and planning,” says brief co-author Kate Cassidy.

“Pivoting quickly during an emergency is one thing, but building a remote work strategy for the long term is quite another,” says Cassidy, adjunct professor within Brock’s Department of Communication, Popular Culture and Film.

The NCO at Brock University would like to invite you to a presentation on the questions all employers should be asking as they determine a new remote-work policy.

Dr. Cassidy teaches business communication at Brock University and Mackenzie Rockbrune is a fourth-year student in the Department of Communication, Popular Culture & Film who worked as the research assistant on this project.

They will be joined by panelists:

  • Mishka Balsom, President & CEO of the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce
  • Dolores Fabiano, Executive Director, South Niagara Chambers of Commerce
  • Laurie Ryan-Hill, Human Resources Director, Mainstream (Community Support Services in Niagara)
  • Stacy Terry, Executive Director, Distress Centre of Niagara

There will be time for a question-and-answer session with discussion on this extremely timely topic.

Please RSVP to this email,, and a Microsoft Teams link will be sent to you the day before the event.