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13th Annual Northern Symposium: Tool Up for Success in the Age of Disruption

Date: September 28 — 29, 2017
Location: Ramada Hotel (Prince George)


 

The 13th Annual Northern Symposium: Tool Up for Success in the Age of Disruption

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 updates and developments, and future trends to watch for, with practical tools and takeaways for your workplace.
 
 
Time:

Thursday, September 28
Registration 12:00pm-1:00pm; Presentation 1:00pm-5:00pm

Friday, September 29
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

CPHR BC & Yukon Group Rate on accommodation at Ramada Prince George:
• Premiere 1 King Bed Room at $131/night (taxes and fees applicable).
• Book by August 28th, 2017: Call 1.250.563.0055 or Toll Free 1.800.830.8833 and quote "CG2197".


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.
 
 
Fees:

Don't miss your chance to SAVE!
• 10% discount offered per two* registrants from the same organization, when registered at the same time.

*Manual Registration for both registrants is required in order to be eligible for the discount.

 
Registration Deadline

Early Bird
(by Sep 14)

Regular
(by Sep 21)

Member

$378.00

$430.00

Non-Member

$430.00

$493.00

Student &
Retired Member

$262.00

$294.00

 
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 28th
12:00 - 1:00 pm
Registration at Ramada Hotel
 
1:00 - 1:10 pm Welcome  
1:10 - 2:15 pm
 
 
 
HR Competency:
• Professional Practice
• Labour & Employee Relations
2:15 - 2:30 pm Coffee Break
2:30 - 3:30 pm
 
 
HR Competency:
• Professional Practice
• Labour & Employee Relations
3:30 - 3:45 pm Coffee Break
3:45 - 5:00 pm
 
Leading with Emotional Intelligence
Carolyn Stern, Carolyn Stern & Associates Inc.
HR Competency:
Health, Wellness, and Safe Workplace
5:00 pm Closing of Day 1
Friday, September 29th
8:00 - 8:35 am
Registration at Ramada Hotel
 
8:35 - 10:15 am
 
 
What's New: A Legal Update
Adriana Wills, Harris & Company LLP
 
HR Competency:
• Labour & Employee Relations
10:15 - 10:30 am Coffee Break
10:30 - 11:45 am
 
HR Competency:
• Professional Practice
• Labour & Employee Relations
11:45 am - 1:00 pm Networking Lunch
1:00 - 2:30 pm
 
HR Competency:
• Health, Wellness, and Safe Workplace
2:30 - 2:45 am Coffee Break
2:30 - 4:15 pm
 
HR Competency:
• Engagement
• Labour and Employee Relations
4:15 - 4:30 pm Thank you and Closing
 
 

Program Details

Topic: Accommodation: Continuing Evolution
Presenter: Adriana Wills
Session Date: Thursday, September 28th
Session Time: 1:10 - 2:15 pm
Description:

The session will briefly describe the foundational principles of accommodation. The session will then focus on some of the newer developments in accommodating mental health, LGBTQ and family status.

In this presentation, you will learn:
  • Ensure a foundational knowledge and understanding of accommodation.
  • Alert participants to pitfalls in thorny areas through a review of developments.
  • Provide options for addressing complex issues.

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: Weed & Work: Anticipating Legalization
Presenter: Dr. Thomas Knight, CPHR
Session Date: Thursday, September 28th
Session Time: 2:30 - 3:30 pm
Description:

Managing the impact of intoxicants in the workplace is an ongoing challenge for organizations. The legalization of cannabis in 2018 and the increasing recognition and use of medical marijuana will raise a host of fresh managerial challenges in the next few years. This session will engage the audience in thinking about these issues through several incident scenarios and table team policy development exercises.

In this presentation, you will learn:
  • The current state of the law and arbitral jurisprudence with respect to marijuana in the workplace
  • How to respond to a suspected incident of marijuana use/impairment at work
  • The facts about medical marijuana
  • Employer obligations, risks and policies around marijuana

About the presenter:
Dr. Thomas Knight, CPHR Professor Tom Knight has conducted research, taught and participated in labour relations and human resources management as a Faculty member of UBC’s Sauder School of Business for 35 years. He acts as a consultant, trainer and facilitator with a special interest in developing more capable union-management relationships.

 

 

 


Topic: Leading with Emotional Intelligence
Presenter: Carolyn Stern
Session Date: Thursday, September 28th
Session Time: 3:45 - 5:00 pm
Description:

In school, we were put into teams, but we were never taught how to work within those teams. Our instructors gave us stress, but they never taught us how to handle and manage our stress. You see, most of these life skills are not taught in school or the workplace, for that matter. In today’s day and age, soft skills are just as, if not more, important than hard skills. Being aware of your emotions and those of others, and learning to lead with emotional intelligence are skills that can be taught, and this keynote will start you off with the basics.

In this presentation, you will learn:
  • Learn what emotional intelligence is and how it plays a role in the workplace
  • Use emotional intelligence to increase personal and interpersonal effectiveness
  • Gain an awareness of your own emotional quotient or "EQ" and generate a plan for self-development

About the presenter:
Carolyn Stern Carolyn Stern is a successful entrepreneur who specializes in helping professionals get unstuck. As a life-long learner and academic, Carolyn is a 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 into 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.

As a professor of Business Administration at Capilano University, she has taught Leadership, Leadership in Teams, Public Speaking, Organizational Behaviour, Business Management, Marketing, Advertising, and Event Management over the last 12 years. In additional to her passion for sharing knowledge, she is committed to "Learn More. Be Better. Teach Others".

Carolyn is a professional member of the Canadian Associates of Professional Speakers, the National Speakers Association, and the Global Speakers Federation, making her a popular guest speaker at national and international conferences and seminars.

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: What's New: A Legal Update
Presenter: Adriana Wills
Session Date: Friday, September 29th
Session Time: 8:35 - 10:15 am
Description:

Become current in all areas of workplace legal issues, including in labour, human rights and employment. The session will also address changes proposed by the new provincial government.

In this presentation, you will learn about:
  • Awareness of new developments or evolution of ongoing issues;
  • Update on legislation and need to be vigilant;
  • How the developments are relevant to your business and your role.

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: Reaping the Tweetstorm; Emerging Technology, Social Media and the Workplace
Presenter: Cameron Wardell
Session Date: Friday, September 29th
Session Time: 10:30 - 11:45 am
Description:

In 2017, with the ubiquity of smartphones, the distinction between work and personal email has grown cloudy. Social media is everywhere and, for better or worse, on those same smartphones in your workplace. One out of three Canadians check social media daily with more than 50% of us on Facebook. It is rapidly becoming harder to disconnect than to connect.

The importance of effectively managing the technology used by your workforce cannot be understated. This presentation will touch on various topics relevant to the creation and implementation of technology and social media policies, as well as on appropriate discipline for misuse.

In this presentation, you will learn:
  • The emerging law balancing employee privacy rights that may exist even within employer property;
  • Some of the issues with working through smartphones and being accessible remotely;
  • The contemporary law of disciplining employees for postings or other activity on social media.

About the presenter:
Cameron Wardell Working out of the Vancouver office of Mathews, Dinsdale & Clark LLP, Cam provides representation in a wide range of employment-related disputes and litigation including wrongful dismissals, restrictive covenant disputes and the pursuit and defence of injunctive relief. Cam has appeared before all levels of court in British Columbia, as well as various administrative tribunals and the Federal Court. Cam crafts effective strategies to resolve disputes efficiently, while always remaining prepared to adeptly present his client's case when matters require adjudication.

While focusing on litigation, Cam has assisted employers with a wide range of other matters, including the preparation of employment contracts and employment policies, collective bargaining and dispute resolution before labour, employment, human rights and other administrative tribunals. Cam is the current Chair of the Canadian Bar Association BC Branch Employment Law Section, as well as the Vice Chair of the Civil Litigation Section. Cam also tweets about the law and labour and employment from his Twitter account @CWardellesq.

Cam's legal education included a co-op term working in labour law, as well as a term studying at St. Peter's College in Oxford. After law school, Cam was a judicial law clerk at the Supreme Court of British Columbia in Vancouver.

Topic: Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace – Introducing the National Standard and the Game Changing Factors for You and Your Organization
Presenter: Randy Kennett
Session Date: Friday, September 29th
Session Time: 1:00 - 2:30 pm
Description:

Employer responsibilities are being redefined as the health, legal and business case continues to build for an organization’s duty to protect, promote and accommodate not just the physical safety, but the psychological health and safety needs of employees. A supportive work environment can reduce the onset, severity, impact and duration of mental distress and illness. Employers, leaders and teams all play a role with doing the right thing.

In this session, you will develop your awareness of The National Standard, as well as the 13 Psychosocial Factors, which are relevant to employees and organizations, large or small, in the public, private and non-profit sectors. Gain knowledge and learn about resources to be able to take proactive and progressive actions to improve the psychological health and safety of your workplace.

In this presentation, you will learn:
  • The benefits and definitions of psychological health and safety in a work environment.
  • Key points and responsibilities with The National Standard.
  • The 13 Psychosocial Factors to prevent harm and promote health.
  • Options to assess the psychological health and safety of organizations.
  • Resources available and next steps for getting started in your workplace.

About the presenter:
Randy Kennett As a coach, facilitator and trainer, Randy’s work is dedicated to the psychological health and safety of workplaces and helping teams and leaders to work together better.

With over 20 years of career experience and credentials in adult education, human resources, and business, Randy has trained and coached thousands in both North America and internationally, working with the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.

He is the Founder of Hone Consulting and also serves as Director of Learning and Client Services. He is a certified facilitator of several acclaimed courses, a registered coach and a post-secondary instructor. Randy's workshops are a positive and valuable learning experience that are proven and research based. Learn more about Randy here.

Topic: Think Outside the Jar for Alternate Duties – a Job Jar Workshop
Presenter: Kymm Ducharme
Session Date: Friday, September 29th
Session Time: 2:45 - 4:15 pm
Description:

This is a train-the-trainer session for HR and injury management coordinators. In the workshop, participants will learn to identify modified/alternate duties in your occupation. Use this tool to engage frontline managers.

In this presentation, you will learn:
  • Identify suitable modified work for any industry
  • Match injury limitations with tasks
  • Identify industry specific alternate duties
  • Learn to conduct the Job Jar Workshop with managers

About the presenter:
Kymm Ducharme has worked in the field of Injury Management for over 20 years, she has a BSW from UVIC and an MBA from Royal Roads. She is passionate about the benefits of recovering at work and has worked with numerous employers, industries, and workers within BC to assist them to implement practices and procedures founded in the evidence based abilities model.