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Black History Month: A Panel Discussion

Date: February 25, 2021
Location: Online

Online registration for this event is now closed. 
To attend please email qdavey@cphrbc.ca before 4 pm on 02/25/2021
1 CPD hour
February is Black History Month and we have gathered a panel of HR professionals from our community to discuss what this means to them and to help us learn and become allies in our organizations.
Join hosts and panel members for a lively discussion followed by a conversation circle.
  • Giselle Blackman, CPHR
  • Nichole Wesson
  • Basil Onyia, CPHR Candidate
  • Kam Raman

Giselle Blackman, CPHR is the Head of Human Resources at Connor, Clark & Lunn Financial Group, responsible for leading the firm’s HR transformation, driving its Diversity & Inclusion initiatives and operationalizing its HR business strategy. A seasoned leader, she has over 21 years of experience in Human Resources at both union and non-union workplaces. Giselle’s experience coupled with her unique perspective enables her to partner strategically with all business functions. Prior to joining CC&L Financial Group, Giselle held positions at Concert Properties Ltd., TransLink, Colliers International, and 7-Eleven. Giselle holds a Diploma in Arts from Douglas College, Bachelor of Arts from Simon Fraser University, Diploma in Human Resources from the British Columbia Institute of Technology. She is about to embark on a new journey towards an Executive MBA at the Beedie School of Business this Fall. Additionally, she is an active volunteer with CPHR BC & Yukon and currently serves on the VOE Assessment Committee.
Giselle Blackman
Nichole Wesson has successfully created, implemented, and managed advertising and marketing campaigns, including diversity and employee engagement programs, for over 20 years. Relying on her sales and marketing experience, she currently develops innovative strategies and tactics as a Development Coach and Strategist. Nichole loves using critical thinking to resolve problems. She is a champion of how effective leadership and storytelling can improve organizations and individuals' communication and awareness. Nichole has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Leadership from California Baptist University, and in 2020, she completed her master’s degree in the same program. A GRITS (Girl Raised in the South), Nichole currently lives in Southern California after spending 12 ½ years as an active CPHR BC & Yukon member in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Nichole Wesson
Basil C. Onyia – MBA-HR, BA, CPHR Candidate, is an HR Professional with a broad scope of experience in strategic HR, talent management, analytic HR, employee engagement and culture, learning and development, and HR systems. Basil Currently works as a HR Generalist at Epicure and sits on multiple community sector tables geared towards the building community relationships, labour market analysis and solutions, and immigration in BC.
Basil Onyia
Kam Raman is the Director of Diversity and Inclusion at RBC in British Columbia with a focus both provincially and nationally. She began her career in the credit union system and brings over 20 years of progressive experience in senior leadership and strategy roles. Kam is also passionately involved in the community and is a Public Director of the BC Real Estate Association and has been active with the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade where she chaired the Communications Committee with the Women’s Leadership Council. In addition, she has served as co-Chair with Minerva’s ‘Learning to Lead’ program which is focused on advancing women in the workplace. Kam obtained her MBA from Queens University, is certified in Executive Lean Leadership and achieved her ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors. Throughout, she has been consistently recognized for her business acumen, communication, collaboration and leadership abilities. Kam is steadfastly committed to fostering a culture of diversity and inclusion for clients, employees and the many communities from coast-to-coast in Canada which RBC serves.
Kam Raman
This will take place online on Zoom.
5:00 to 6:00 pm - Panel Discussion, 6:00 to 6:30 pm Optional Conversation Circle
Pacific Standard Time (PST) – Vancouver
6:00 to 7:00 pm - Panel Discussion, 7:00 to 7:30 pm Optional Conversation Circle
Yukon Standard Time (YST) - Whitehorse 
Registration: Please register by the date indicated below.  You will receive a registration confirmation after your registration has been reviewed and approved.
Registration Deadline - February 24th, 2021 - 12pm              
Registration Fee
CPHR BC & Yukon Members - all categories   Included with Membership
  Be our guest!
  • Questions about registrations can be directed to Emmalee Gummer, Member Relations Coordinator, Vancouver Island
  • Questions about this event can be directed to Carolyne Taylor, Member Relations Manager, Vancouver Island