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14th Annual Northern Symposium + Social (Prince George)

Date: September 27 — 28, 2018
Location: Ramada Hotel (Prince George)


14th Annual Northern Symposium - Leadership Starts With You
Whatever your organization or role, Leadership Starts With You. Discover new ideas and strategies to advance your workplace, your leadership and your career at the 14th Annual Northern Symposium + Social. Northern BC’s largest HR event.

Get a clear view with expert commentary that is practical and relevant to Human Resources professionals and business leaders. Our speakers will engage you with the most recent hot-topic issues, legal developments, and future trends, with practical tools and takeaways for your workplace.

Receive 9 CPD hours for attending this Symposium.
Date & Time:

Thursday, September 27
Registration 12:00-1:00pm; Presentation 1:00-5:00pm; Social at CrossRoads Brewing (optional) 7:00-9:00pm

Friday, September 28
Registration 8:00am-8:30am; Presentation 8:30am-4:15pm

See Program Agenda here.

Venue: Ramada Prince George, 444 George Street, Prince George, BC V2L 1R6

Group Rate on accommodation at Ramada Prince George:
• Premiere 1 King Bed Room at $131/night (taxes and fees applicable).
• Book by August 24, 2018: Call 1.250.563.0055 or Toll Free 1.800.830.8833, mentioning the group name "Chartered Professional in Human Resources BC & Yukon", or group code "CGPG_0384".

CPD Hours: 9.0
Enquiries: Questions about registration or receipt can be directed to pd@cphrbc.ca.

Should you have any questions regarding workshops in your region, please contact Tim Read, Member Relations Manager at tread@cphrbc.ca.

CrossRoads exterior  CrossRoads interior

Northern Symposium Social at CrossRoads Brewing
September 27th at 7:00-9:00 pm | CrossRoads Brewing, 508 George Street

Join us for a social reception-style dinner with locally sourced ingredients and artisan food from the Crossroads Brewery kitchen.
Plus your choice of first drink is included – select a craft beer flight, wine or cider.
Connect with informal networking activities, meet Symposium speakers, relax and enjoy after day one of Symposium

Stand-alone tickets are available for non-Symposium guests! See fees details below.


Don't miss your chance to SAVE! 10% discount offered per two* registrants from the same organization, when registered at the same time. (Note: Manual Registration for both registrants is required in order to be eligible for the discount.)

Registration Deadline

Early Bird
(by Sep 14)

(by Sep 21)

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& Retired Member

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All pricing excludes applicable taxes. HST/GST # 119446714
A full refund, less a $25 processing fee, will be issued for cancellations submitted at least one week prior to an event or workshop. Attendee substitutions are permitted; however, member/non-member rate differences will apply. Please submit cancellation or substitution requests by fax (604-684-3225) or e-mail (pd@cphrbc.ca).
Please note that this policy does not apply to conferences, exams or no-charge registrations. CPHR exam fees are non-refundable if registration is canceled after the registration deadline. Please note our deferral policy.
Thank You Sponsors:
Deluxe Sponsor
Supporting Sponsors
Impact     Impact     Indeed

Kopar Administration      perkopolis      perkopolis
Thursday, September 27th
12:00 - 1:00 pm /
1:00 - 1:15 pm
Registration at Ramada Hotel / Welcome
1:15 - 2:00 pm
Artificial Intelligence and the HR Professional
• Baldev Gill, CPHR, CPHR BC & Yukon
HR Competency:
• Professional Practice
• Stragegy
2:00 - 2:15 pm Coffee Break
2:15 - 3:30 pm
Leadership from the Inside Out
• Marli Rusen, MFR Resolutions
HR Competency:
• Engagement
• Strategy
3:30 - 3:45 pm Coffee Break
3:45 - 5:00 pm
Leadership in Mental Health
• Rochelle Morandini, Morneau Shepell
HR Competency:
• Health, Wellness, and Safe Workplace
5:00 pm Closing of Day 1
7:00 - 9:00 pm

Northern Symposium Social (optional)
CrossRoads Brewing
508 George St, Prince George, BC V2L 1R7
Friday, September 28th
8:00 - 8:35 am
Registration at Ramada Hotel
8:35 - 10:15 am
Workplace Law: Evolving Issues
• Adriana Wills, Harris & Company LLP
HR Competency:
• Labour & Employee Relations
10:15 - 10:30 am Coffee Break
10:30 - 11:45 am
Breakout Session A
Getting Started with HR Analytics
• Roger Wheeler, CPHR, Okanagan College, Okanagan School of Business
Breakout Session B - Full
Creating a Culture of Accountability
• Yvonne Thompson, CPHR, Change Innovators Inc.
HR Competency:
• Human Resources Metrics, Reporting, and Financial Management

• Learning & Development
• Strategy
  IMPORTANT: Space is limited for each Breakout Session. Be sure to select the session during the registration process.
11:45 am - 1:00 pm Networking Lunch
1:00 - 2:15 pm
Breakout Session A
Note: The topic and speaker information of this session has been updated as of Aug 15, 2018

Inclusive Onboarding to Maximize the Diversity Dividend
• Sangeeta Subramanian, Immigrant Employment Council of BC
Breakout Session B
Marijuana: And, Now It’s Legal
• Adriana Wills, Harris & Company LLP
HR Competency:
• Strategy
• Workforce Planning & Talent Management

• Labour & Employee Relations
  IMPORTANT: Space is limited for each Breakout Session. Be sure to select the session during the registration process.
2:15 - 2:30 pm Coffee Break
2:30 - 4:00 pm
Panel Discussion: Leadership Strategies for Diversity and Inclusion
• Kara Biles, CPHR, Canadian Forest Products Ltd.
• Cheryl Pelletier, CPHR, Nisga'a Lisims Government
• Sangeeta Subramanian, Immigrant Employment Council of BC

• Fred Alaggia, CPHR, Alaggia HR Consulting
HR Competency:
• Strategy
• Engagement
4:00 - 4:15 pm Thank you and Closing