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15th Annual Northern Symposium + Social (Prince George)

Date: September 26 — 27, 2019
Location: Ramada Hotel (Prince George)


 

15th Annual Northern Symposium - Leading for the Future
Whatever your organization or role, this Symposium will prepare you to lead into the future. Prepare for challenges that are upon us today and are coming tomorrow. Understand the future of HR, discover new ideas and strategies to advance your workplace, your leadership and your career. The 15th Annual Northern Symposium + Social is 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.
 
This symposium is brought to you by:
 
Deluxe Sponsors
Indeed     Sterling Check
 
 
Supporting Sponsors

AiMHi      belairdirect      Ceridian      Navy & Sage Benefits

Neil Squire Society      Prevue      Tourism Prince George     
 
 
Date & Time:

Thursday, September 26, 2019
Registration 12:00-12:45pm; Networking + Tradeshow Opens 12:45-1:00pm; Presentation 1:00-5:00pm; Social at Betulla Burning Pizzeria Napoletana 7:00-9:00pm

Friday, September 27, 2019
Registration 8:00am-8:30am; Presentation 8:30am-4:15pm

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 $125/night (taxes and fees applicable).
• Book by August 30, 2019: Call 1.250.563.0055 / Toll Free 1.800.830.8833, or email reservations@ramadaprincegeorge.com, mentioning the group name "Chartered Professional in Human Resources BC & Yukon", or group code "CGPG_1537".

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.



Betulla Burning  Betulla Burning

Northern Symposium Social at Betulla Burning
September 26th at 7:00-9:00 pm | 1253 3rd Avenue, Prince George

Join us for a social reception-style dinner from Betulla Burning Pizzeria Napoletana.
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.


 
 
Fees:

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.

 
Fees/Registration Deadline

Early Bird
(by Aug 30)

Regular
(by Sep 20)

    
Student & Retired Member
Member
Non-Member
Social Event

(Optional add-on or stand-alone ticket)

$260.00
$380.00
$430.00
 $  N/A
 

$295.00
$430.00
$495.00
 $  30.00
 

 
 
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.
 
 

Agenda

Thursday, September 26th
12:00 - 12:45 pm
12:45 - 1:00 pm
Registration at Ramada Hotel
Networking + Tradeshow opens
 
1:00 - 1:15 pm

1:15 - 2:00 pm
 
 
 
Welcome

Opening Keynote:
Know your Background Check – Hiring with Confidence in Canada and Abroad

Iain Murray, Regional Sales Director, Sterling
HR Competency:

 
2:00 - 2:15 pm Coffee Break + Tradeshow
2:15 - 3:30 pm
 
 
WORKPLACE LAW UPDATE, 2019
Adriana Wills, Harris & Company LLP
 
HR Competency:
3:30 - 3:45 pm Coffee Break + Tradeshow
3:45 - 5:00 pm
 
Cultivating a Learning Organization -
Why Experiential Learning and Emotional Intelligence Need to Be A Part of Your Employee Training

Carolyn Stern, EI Experience
 
HR Competency:

5:00 pm Closing of Day 1
7:00 - 9:00 pm

Northern Symposium Social (optional)
Betulla Burning Pizzeria Napoletana
1253 3rd Avenue, Prince George
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Friday, September 27th
8:00 - 8:45 am
Registration + Tradeshow opens
 
8:45 - 10:15 am
 
Northern HR & Business Leaders Panel
Panelists
Jessie Drew, CPHR Northern Lights College
Ray Noonan, Scotia Bank
Sandra Rossi, CPHR, Northern Health

Moderator:
Judy Mason, CPHR
HR Competency:

 
 
 
 
10:15 - 10:35 am Coffee Break + Tradeshow
10:35 - 11:50 am
 
Breakout Session:
Employee Fulfillment: The Future of Attracting and Retaining the Best People
Colin Pal, Stillness Labs
 
 
Breakout Session:
ACCOMMODATION – Is There Anything New to Talk About?
Adriana Wills, Harris & Company LLP
HR Competency:




  PRE-SELECTION REQUIRED: Space is limited for each Breakout Session. Be sure to select the session during the registration process.
11:50 am - 1:15 pm Networking Lunch + Tradeshow
1:15 - 2:30 pm
 
Breakout Session:
Building Inclusive Communities in the Workplace
Taylor Chobotiuk, CPHR, Tacofino
 
 
Breakout Session
How to be the HR Tech Maven Everyone Counts On
Brenda Rigney, CPHR, Rigney & Associates
HR Competency:



 
  PRE-SELECTION REQUIRED: Space is limited for each Breakout Session. Be sure to select the session during the registration process.
2:30 - 2:50 pm Coffee Break + Tradeshow
2:50 - 3:50 pm
 
 
 
 
Digging Into Data to Create Hiring Strategies That Work
Saeed Sadooghi, indeed.com
 
 
 
HR Competency:

3:50 - 4:00 pm Thank you and Closing
 
 

Program Details

Topic: Know your Background Check – Hiring with Confidence in Canada and Abroad
Presenter: Iain Murray
Session Date: Thursday, September 26th
Session Time: 1:15 - 2:00 pm
Description:

Every day, Canadian organizations incorporate background screening into hiring decisions, yet most hiring managers are unaware of exactly what types of checks they can perform, the information they are receiving, best practices to ensure compliance and accuracy, and how to weigh that information as part of a hiring decision.

In this presentation, you will learn:
  • Explore best practices for building a comprehensive background screening program
  • Gain a greater understanding of the nuances of screening in Canada and abroad
  • Learn to build or revise a background screening policy

About the presenter:
Iain Murray A background screening expert and graduate of Simon Fraser University’s School of Criminology, Iain Murray led the development and operation of Canada’s first fully online background screening platform that has screened over one million Canadians. For more than a decade, Iain has been responsible for managing vendor partnerships with police services and credit bureaus, leading product development, and advising on Criminal Record Check policy. Currently a Regional Director, Iain leverages his 15 years of experience in the field to advise organizations on screening policy and implement background screening programs. Iain’s contributions to the background screening industry in Canada have helped hundreds of organizations reduce costs and turnaround time associated with screening while improving applicant experience, records management, and compliance processes. Moreover, his work has improved access to personal information for hundreds of thousands of Canadians looking to work or volunteer.

Topic: WORKPLACE LAW UPDATE, 2019
Presenter: Adriana Wills
Session Date: Thursday, September 26th
Session Time: 2:15 - 3:30 pm
Description:

This past year has seen significant changes to provincial and federal legislation affecting the workplace. We will provide you with detailed information about the legislative changes to statutes which affect the employment relationship on a daily basis and the potential consequences for managing the employment relationship with employees, including unionized and exempt employees and the collective bargaining relationship with the Union. In the case of BC, the changes have occurred not only to the typical employment statutes, i.e. Employment Standards Act, Labour Relations Code, etc. but also changes to other statutes which will affect employers’ costs. (ICBC)

We will also review key decisions from courts and tribunals, including human rights tribunals and arbitration boards. There are interesting and very relevant decisions potentially affecting management directions.

In this presentation, you will learn:
  • a complete view of the changes which have occurred from a legislative perspective and be able to pursue further inquiries in those areas which may affect them
  • a good overview of the decisions which have been published in the last year from all levels of courts and tribunals and be able to consider whether any of their employer policies or practices need to be considered; or, whether they need to adjust their position in collective bargaining.

About the presenter:
Adriana Wills Adriana advises and advocates for clients on workplace law matters, with emphasis on labour relations, human rights, and employment issues. While representing clients in both the public and private sectors, Adriana has particular expertise with municipal and health employers, as well as with the broader public sector, including crown corporations.

With over thirty years' experience advising on employment relationships, Adriana has a foundational belief that clients want practical solutions to their workplace problems. Clients regularly consult Adriana from the outset of an issue to receive her assessment of the problem from a legal context. By acquiring in-depth knowledge of a client's operations, business objectives, and other factors, she is able to provide options that are relevant, contextual, and avoid legal and other risks.

Adriana believes in working as part of her client's team to ensure managers and supervisors are aware of potential pit-falls and know to seek advice in a timely way. She has developed and presented training ranging from first-line supervisory skills to more complex subjects relating to the application of human rights principles.

As an advocate, Adriana is focused and relentless. She has appeared before arbitration boards, the Labour Relations Board, the Human Rights Tribunal, and at the BC Supreme Court and Court of Appeal.
 

Topic: Cultivating a Learning Organization - Why Experiential Learning and Emotional Intelligence Need to Be A Part of Your Employee Training
Presenter: Carolyn Stern
Session Date: Thursday, September 26th
Session Time: 3:45 - 5:00 pm
Description:

Einstein once said, "The only source of knowledge is experience." With this in mind, do your training programs provide your employees with an experience they will remember?

Evoking emotions, creating hands-on learning experiences, and using emotional intelligence are skills that can be taught. This keynote will dive deep into how experiential learning and emotional intelligence are critical to delivering excellent training sessions for all different types of personalities and learning styles. You will critically analyze the training methods are you implementing in your organization and explore alternative approaches to building and reinforcing the behaviours you expect in your team.

In this presentation, you will learn to:
  • Discuss the role of the brain when it comes to learning in the workplace
  • Identify the five adult learning principles
  • Explore the experiential learning process and apply to emotional intelligence
About the presenter:
Carolyn SternCarolyn Stern is a successful entrepreneur who specializes in helping professionals get unstuck. As a life-long learner and academic, Carolyn is a university professor, corporate trainer, certified Emotional Intelligence Expert, author and professional speaker.

Carolyn’s focus and passion has been on teaching emotional intelligence, leadership and team building in the workplace. She drives individuals and corporations to learn how to connect authentically, communicate effectively and thrive collectively by interweaving emotional intelligence along the way.

Due to her undeniable passion for all things EQ, she also recently launched a new division of her business called EI Experience, which is a comprehensive learning and development experience for corporations.

They offer a combination of EQ Assessments, Private and Group Coaching Sessions, Live Training Workshops, Online Programs, Off-Site Retreats, and Inspirational Keynote Presentations that come in recommended packages or can be customized to the needs of your organization.

Carolyn holds a Bachelor of Commerce, Marketing, a Bachelor of Education, Business Education and a Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Primary Education from the University of British Columbia. She has also earned a Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in International Business from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark and completed a Master of Arts in Leadership from Royal Roads University. Lastly, she is a Certified Facilitator in the area of Emotional Intelligence with MHS Inc.

Topic: Northern HR & Business Leaders Panel
Panelists: Jessie Drew, CPHR, Ray Noonan and Sandra Rossi, CPHR
Moderator: Judy Mason, CPHR
Session Date: Friday, September 27th
Session Time: 8:45 - 10:15am
Description:

HR professionals of Northern B.C. work very hard to serve organizations with challenges and opportunities that are unique to their region. These conditions are what unite the HR community and together, on a panel HR Leaders of the North will be sharing their practices and perspectives on what it means to be an HR professional in that region. You’re invited to engage with this panel for a chance to learn more about what your community is doing to support people of Northern B.C.


About the panelists:
Jessie Drew Jessie Drew is a Certified HR Professional and coach who is passionate about helping managers and leaders succeed! As Associate Vice President, People and Institutional Strategy at Northern Lights College, Jessie has been mentoring and coaching in operations, finance and human resources since 1996; and holds both a CPHR and SHRM- SCP designation.

An avid watercolor artist at heart, Jessie spends any free time with a brush in her hand, and dreams in color.
Judy Mason Organized, communicative, and creative, Judy Mason has served as a consultant for twenty-five years. She is the president of TranStrata Inc. Using her innate business sense and vast pool of experience, she helps businesses accelerate their value and transition to new levels effectively. Since 2005 Judy has been a sessional instructor at the University of Northern British Columbia in the School of Business, Human Resource program.

Judy was the Senior Director of Administration and Human Resources (HR) /CAO for Dean Mason and Company Inc., from 1992 to 2013. She holds a Masters of Business Administration (MBA), CPHR and SHRM-SCP.

Taking her knowledge beyond the workplace doors, Judy has volunteered for a variety of organizations. She currently is Chair of the CPHR BC & Yukon Northern Advisory Council, the UNBC Advisory Committee for Development and Membership Chair of the Rotary Club of Prince George.
Ray Noonan Ray Noonan is proud to be leading a knowledgeable and experienced team of Scotiabank financial experts at North BC & Yukon District. Ray’s extensive training, education and experience allows him to provide valuable insight, relevant advice and appropriate solutions tailored to his client’s individual needs.

Ray has worked in the financial services industry providing specialized services to clients since 1996. He has worked in service, banking operations, small business, branch management and wealth management. He obtained both his BSc and MBA from UNBC in Prince George. Ray is an active in the community with The PG Chamber of Commerce, PG Community Foundation and PG Estate Planning Council.
Sandra Rossi Sandra Rossi is currently working at Northern Health in the role of Regional Director, Recruitment & Retention. Within this role she is responsible for the design, development, implementation, and management of innovative recruitment, retention and engagement strategies that increase organizational effectiveness and health at Northern Health. In addition, Sandra has extensive senior leadership experience in post-secondary education and has consulting expertise in the private sector and with non-profit organizations.

Topic: Employee Fulfillment: The Future of Attracting and Retaining the Best People
Presenter: Colin Pal
Breakout Session Date: Friday, September 27th
Breakout Session Time: 10:35 - 11:50 am
Description:

We’re in the midst of disruption and change in the workforce. Between the war for talent and the need of culture transformation, topics like employee engagement and employee wellness are growing in importance. What most companies have yet to realize is that these are just strategies to meet a more important underlying need: fulfillment at work. Only when leaders and managers start to understand the unique needs of each person can they begin to build a culture of freedom and responsibility that naturally attracts and retains the best talent. In this interactive session, we’ll explore the needs to be met for employee fulfillment and the different wellness and engagement strategies to support it.

In this presentation, you will learn:
  • Learn the employee engagement and wellness mistakes companies make trying to attract and retain talent.
  • Understand the shared common needs for employee fulfillment and how to identify the unique needs that motivates each person.
  • Learn how to build self-awareness and self-improvement among your team.
  • Relationships are key. Learn skills for relational excellence that both challenges people directly while still caring for them personally.
  • Create a culture of learning. Learn strategies for encouraging, allowing, and navigating through conflict together.

About the presenter:
Colin Pal Colin is the millennial everyone wants on their team. He’s the founder of Stillness Labs, a leadership and team development company that's changing the future of work by helping teams transform their workplace culture into an incubator of personal growth and fulfillment. He spent 7 years training as a Buddhist monk in southern France before becoming a leadership coach and corporate meditation teacher. He blends together his knowledge and experience—in Buddhist meditation, mindfulness-based stress reduction, somatic practices, behaviour change, and leadership development—to facilitate experiential workshops and programs that help leaders and teams transform their relationship with stress, conflict, and change so they can show up powerfully in their potential.

Topic: ACCOMMODATION – Is There Anything New to Talk About?
Presenter: Adriana Wills
Breakout Session Date: Friday, September 27th
Breakout Session Time: 10:35 - 11:50 am
Description:

This session will provide a brief overview of the basics of accommodation. However, the focus and majority of the session will focus on the more complex and thorny accommodation principles and practical issues facing employers, including the increasing emphasis on family and religious accommodation, the continuing challenges created by attempting to accommodate employees’ physical and( increasingly)mental health disabilities, including addictions; and, how to manage interventions by unions, including demands that employers not communicate with employees during their absence.

We will also discuss current decisions from BC and across Canada about these difficult issues.

Finally, we will provide guidance on changes to policies/practices to facilitate effective accommodation and limit potential liability.

In this presentation, you will learn:
  • the legal principles and current decisions
  • how the law applies to specific workplace situations
  • additional skills and tools for managing complex accommodation requests
  • some insight and tips on how to respond to and manage difficult interactions with union representatives

About the presenter:

Adriana Wills Adriana advises and advocates for clients on workplace law matters, with emphasis on labour relations, human rights, and employment issues. While representing clients in both the public and private sectors, Adriana has particular expertise with municipal and health employers, as well as with the broader public sector, including crown corporations.

With over thirty years' experience advising on employment relationships, Adriana has a foundational belief that clients want practical solutions to their workplace problems. Clients regularly consult Adriana from the outset of an issue to receive her assessment of the problem from a legal context. By acquiring in-depth knowledge of a client's operations, business objectives, and other factors, she is able to provide options that are relevant, contextual, and avoid legal and other risks.

Adriana believes in working as part of her client's team to ensure managers and supervisors are aware of potential pit-falls and know to seek advice in a timely way. She has developed and presented training ranging from first-line supervisory skills to more complex subjects relating to the application of human rights principles.

As an advocate, Adriana is focused and relentless. She has appeared before arbitration boards, the Labour Relations Board, the Human Rights Tribunal, and at the BC Supreme Court and Court of Appeal.
 

Topic: Building Inclusive Communities in the Workplace
Presenter: Taylor Chobotiuk, CPHR
Breakout Session Date: Friday, September 27th
Breakout Session Time: 1:15 - 2:30 pm
Description:

You have an opportunity to create an inclusive culture where people value and embrace each other's unique individuality.

This workshop will focus on creating a workplace that values individuality, the argument for building communities instead of just teams, and how you can reduce bias by inspiring curiosity.

In this presentation, you will learn:
  • Understanding the relationship between culture and community
  • How embracing individuality can create higher engagement, alignment to goals, and support inclusion
  • The value of creating avenues for your people to share ideas on removing barriers
  • How establishing adaptable and curious leadership can overcome bias

About the presenter:
Taylor Chobotiuk Taylor’s passion for creating engaged and inspired workplaces has pushed him to challenge the relationship between business and its people. This led him to his current role as the Manager of People and Engagement at Tacofino, a growing BC based restaurant brand that values inspired spaces, creative high-quality food, and teams made up of unique individuals.

Topic: How to be the HR Tech Maven Everyone Counts On
Presenter: Brenda Rigney, CPHR
Breakout Session Date: Friday, September 27th
Breakout Session Time: 1:15 - 2:30 pm
Description:

Implementing a new HR technology solution can be considered a daunting task by some. We'll break down the HR tech journey phase by phase, aligning each step with an intention, and support every touchpoint with learnings to maximize your team's success.

We'll adopt an end-user mentality throughout the process and deliver success by using this five step approach:

- Align
- Imagine
- Design
- Commit
- Grow

In this presentation, you will learn:
  • The design elements of an effective HR technology implementation.
  • How to automate systems to make room for human interaction.
  • Ways to avoid common pitfalls in implementing HR technology.
About the presenter:
Brenda Rigney Brenda Rigney has extensive experience working with leading brands and high growth organizations within the retail, hospitality, cooperative banking and health care sectors. Her executive leadership career has traversed from operations, sales and human resources at brands like Gap Inc, Aritzia, Vancity, Earls Restaurants and Nurse Next Door. Brenda has a passion for creating people systems to help position companies for growth transformations while ensuring the employee and customer experience are top of mind.

Today, Brenda is consulting with Vancouver based companies reaching 100-20,000 employees on operationalizing culture solutions, such as strategic planning, organizational design and executive and leadership development. Her clients range from technology, manufacturing, hospitality, health care, marine construction and engineering companies. In addition to her consulting practice, Brenda serves on her family’s company board with Graymont Ltd., acts as Vice President of Events with Young Women In Business Association, and Co-Chair of HR Open Source, a global human resource association.
 

Topic: Digging Into Data to Create Hiring Strategies That Work
Presenter: Saeed Sadooghi
Session Date: Friday, September 27th
Session Time: 2:50 - 3:50 pm
Description:

With so much information at your fingertips, it can be hard to decide what data to use – and to understand how it affects your hiring strategy. This session will explore how you can leverage data to create hiring strategies that work, and offer practical advice for breaking down the data to glean insights that make your job easier.

In this presentation, you will learn about:
  • How labour market data and performance metrics help drive your recruitment strategy
  • How to use data to identify flaws in your recruitment advertising strategy
  • Strategies that will help improve campaign performance and maximize recruitment ROI
About the presenter:

Saeed SadooghiAs a Recruitment Evangelist for Indeed.com, Saeed brings industry trends and data to Canadian recruiters to help propel their strategies. As a product and platform expert, he consults organizations on how to best leverage Indeed to find the right talent and optimize their recruiting practices and performance. He has over 15 years of experience and has previously held global roles in North America and Asia.