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HR Evolves – The Future of Work (Victoria)

October 27, 2017
Union Club of BC
805 Gordon Street
Victoria, BC  
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Time: Registration/breakfast options: 7:30 - 8:30 am Member's Only Breakfast OR 8:00-8:30 am coffee/tea; Presentation 8:30am-4:30pm

Venue: The Union Club of BC, 805 Gordon Street, Victoria, BC V8W 1Z6

CPD Hours: 6.0
Registration Deadline

Early Bird
(October 13th)

(October 23th)







Student &
Retired Member



Breakfast and Registration
7:30 or 8:00 - 8:30 am
(Option to Attend Member's Only Breakfast)

When you register for the conference before October 20th you have the option to attend the monthly Member's Only Breakfast as our guest (normally priced at $20).

You will be contacted by our Member Relations team on October 18th to RSVP.


8:30 - 8:45 am
Opening Plenary Ilka Bene, Island Savings  
Session 1
8:45 - 10:15 am
HR Competency
An Entrepreneurial HR Approach to Compensation
Mandie La Montagne, The Intueri Group
• Human Resources Metrics, Reporting, and Financial Management
• Total Rewards
Session 2
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
HR Competency
Freedom and Flexibility: How to Manage the Rise of the Remote Worker
Lorie Corcuera, SPARK Creations & Company Inc.
• Engagement
• Health, Wellness and Safe Workplace
• Strategy
• Workforce Planning and Talent Management
Networking Lunch
12:00 - 1:00 pm
Session 3
1:00 - 2:30 pm
HR Competency
Diversity in Teams - The Neuroscience of Communication
Jody Kennett, Elevare
• Engagement
• Learning and Development
• Professional Practice
Session 4
2:45 - 4:15 pm
HR Competency
Social Media and Cyber-bullying
Brandon Hillis, Roper Greyell LLP
• Labour & Employee Relations
• Professional Practice
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Program Details

Topic: Opening Plenary
Presenter: Ilka Bene, Island Savings, a division of First West Credit Union
Session Time: 8:30 - 8:45 am

About the presenter:

Ilka Bene Ilka has made Human Resources her career, and has worked in the private and public sector and organizations ranging from a few hundred to several thousand employees. She is currently the AVP Human Resources at First West Credit Union – you may know the local brand as Island Savings. Ilka's current role is to provide strategic advice to senior leaders in the Credit Union. She uses her influence to connect the power of people to the purpose of organization.

Throughout Ilka's career, the constant source of pride has been supporting others as they grow and develop within their HR careers. She is an active mentor both within CPHR BC & Yukon and in her workplace.

Earlier this year, Ilka was awarded the HR Professional of the Year by CPHR BC & Yukon.

Topic: An Entrepreneurial HR Approach to Compensation
Presenter: Mandie La Montagne, The Intueri Group
Session Time: 8:45 - 10:15 am
  • Disruptors will argue HR is dead and with it, Compensation. Today, multiple generations work side by side, amidst unpredictable and evolving technological, economical, and global/cultural climates.
  • The traditional approach to compensating others for their efforts or contributions is becoming ineffective, often creating more problems than it solves.
  • Stewards of “the return” in the Employer/Employee value proposition are faced with becoming dynamic, creative, and proactive, broadminded innovators, if they are to achieve any level of organizational sustainability. But how?
  • Enter the HR entrepreneur, bringing a social and professional versatility necessary to engage both Traditionalists and Futurists at the table. The Topic – Compensation: Not Dead, Just Different.

In this presentation, you will:
  • Gain new perspective on strategic partnerships and communication between organizational leaders, decision makers and HR representatives.
  • Learn innovative approaches for identifying and connecting business goals to compensation outcomes.
  • Deepen understanding of leading factors or trends; expanded 'total rewards' vocabulary.
  • Manage stakeholder expectations, respecting the need for compliance.
  • Gain awareness of the changing face of various organizations and their workforce needs.
About the presenter:
Mandie La Montagne Mandie La Montagne, MA CPHR, is Co-Founder and Partner with The Intueri Group, a blended practice consultancy specializing in strategic succession planning and business transition advisory. Mandie is a long time generalist HR professional, with a 20+ year career spent supporting, directing, and leading the people & culture function for a variety of organizations. She brings an education in Human Resources along with a Masters in Professional Communication, (spec. Intercultural & International). Mandie is active in the community, sitting as a member of the CPHR BC Fraser Valley Advisory Council, a Board Director and Chair of the Workforce Development Team with the Surrey Board of Trade, as well as participating on numerous Employer Advisory Committees. In her personal life she is Mom to two active kids, and along with her husband, is an international marathoner and traveler.

Topic: Freedom and Flexibility: How to Manage the Rise of the Remote Worker
Presenter: Lorie Corcuera
Session Time: 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

There's no question that the speed and evolution of technology has provoked our need for freedom and flexibility. According to a recent Randstad survey, only 56 per cent of Canadians are happy with their current work schedules, ranking Canada 10th of 25 countries polled, behind countries like the United States, India and France. Almost two-thirds of Canadians (65 per cent) would also prefer telecommuting at least part of the time. As the desire for a more flexible work schedule and working from home continues to rise, companies are expected to accommodate these requests more than ever.

In this presentation, you will:                              
  • Define the modern remote worker
  • Explore the unique impact of having remote workers on your team
  • Clearly understand what motivates the remote worker
  • Hear about global companies who are creating inclusive workplaces to accommodate remote workers
  • Learn how to keep the remote worker engaged
About the presenter:
Lorie Corcuera Lorie Corcuera is the Co-Founder and CEO at SPARK Creations & Company Inc., a training and development organization that inspires people and companies to create meaningful cultures and workplaces. Over the past 20 years, Lorie has cultivated her people and culture development, community relations, and leadership coaching experience as both a strategic and progressive senior human resources leader in the technology, interactive entertainment, retail, hospitality, manufacturing, professional services, and non-profit space. Lorie is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) with The Coaches Training Institute (CTI) and is a business mentor for Futurepreneur Canada, a mentor for Dress for Success Vancouver, a mentor for the HR Tech Group, and Co-Founder of the social enterprise Enspire Foundation. To learn more, go to

Topic: Diversity in Teams - The Neuroscience of Communication
Presenter: Jody Kennett
Session Time: 1:00 - 2:30 pm

Conversational Intelligence C-IQ is the neuroscience of communication founded on over 35 years of research and implemented in Fortune 500 companies around the world. The conversations we have create chemical reactions producing trust or stress. C-IQ is a body of knowledge with specific teachings and tools that leaders, teams, and businesses can employ to go from a culture of ‘I to We’, increase collaboration, and facilitate the freedom of innovation. C-IQ is producing powerful results for companies in need of diversity, change, conflict, growth, and strong leadership skills. Understanding our brains reaction to conversations will revolutionize business results.

In this presentation, you will learn:
  • The Wisdom of the 5 Brains
  • The Conversational Dashboard: 'I to We'
  • The 3 Conversational Levels
  • 5 Conversational Blind Spots
  • L.E.A.R.N Conversational Ritual for Teams/Meetings
About the presenters:
Jody Kennett Jody Kennett is a communications specialist, C-IQ Enhanced Practitioner and an international leadership, diversity, and business growth consultant. She is transforming business and culture by teaching leaders, teams, and companies how to implement the neuroscience of communication. She trains C-IQ dynamically to groups and privately for leaders seeking transformative communication skills.

Jody is the founder of Elevare where her mission is to elevate communication and leadership to the next level of performance, progressive evolution, and results. Her engaging teaching style emerged first from her studies in the Bachelor of Education program from SFU and then grew to her vast experience developing and facilitating training workshops, programs, and courses for a variety of organizations.

She is certified in Women’s Leadership with the GAIA Leadership Project and has been mentored and trained directly by Judith Glaser PHD, the creator of C-IQ where she is now a C-IQ Enhanced Practitioner. In addition, she is certified with the American Confidence Institute teaching their methodologies for personal and professional development.

Topic: Social Media & Cyber-Bullying
Presenters: Brandon Hillis
Session Time: 2:45 - 4:15 pm
  • One of the biggest challenges faced by employers in British Columbia is addressing and responding to complaints about bullying and harassment.
  • These challenges are compounded by social media, which has become the not-so-new weapon of choice for bullies
  • Many employers are under-prepared for how to deal with cyber-bullying and the improper use of social media by their employees

In this presentation, you will learn:

This session will help employers and human resources personnel develop strategies to address and respond to complaints of bullying and harassment generally, and, more specifically, how to proactively address bullying and harassment via social media.
About the presenters:
Brandon practises in all areas of labour, employment and human rights law in the workplace.

Brandon uses his technical knowledge of workplace law and general labour law to find the best strategies for his clients. Clients enjoy working with Brandon for his ability to present all the options and evaluate them with a reasoned approach. He has represented employers in workplace arbitrations, collective agreement disputes and human rights grievances.

Brandon’s unique past job experiences allow him to think holistically about the challenges that many employers and employees face. The combination of Brandon’s past experience as a labourer in a lumber mill and his years as a workplace lawyer, means Brandon excels in quickly evaluating different perspectives and delivering creative solutions. This broad outlook serves him well when drafting employment agreements and workplace policies and during grievance arbitrations.

Often sharing his expertise, Brandon also writes for publications such as Canadian HR Reporter, Business in Vancouver and The Lawyers' Daily on topics related to labour, employment and human rights law.

Brandon spends the hockey and baseball seasons cheering on the Toronto Maple Leafs and Toronto Blue Jays. In between games, he (semi-successfully) runs marathons and works on improving his limited snowboarding and golfing skills.


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