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Diversity + Inclusion Symposium (Vancouver)

Date: November 22, 2018
Location: Pinnacle Hotel Vancouver Harbourfront

In Partnership with:
The Immigrant Employment Council of BC (IEC-BC) is a not-for-profit organization with a 10-year record of providing BC employers with innovative solutions to effectively connect with the global talent pool. Find out more about IEC-BC at www.iecbc.ca
Diversity and Inclusion is a topic that continues to evolve in this ever changing workforce. As HR professionals, we interact with challenges and opportunities of diversity and inclusion in almost every facet of our careers. As your professional association, we’ve curated a day of discovery, exploration and reflection on the many intricacies that inform how we approach our diversity and inclusion policies, how we identify as diverse and inclusive, today’s legal landscape and what thought leaders are curious about as they navigate their own diversity and inclusion journeys.

Join CPHR BC & Yukon on November 22nd and participate in a conversation that you don’t want to miss!
Time: Registration/breakfast 8:30-9:00am; Presentation 9:00am-4:00pm

Venue: Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront, 1133 West Hastings Street, Vancouver BC V6E 3T3

CPD Hours: 5.5


8:30 - 9:00 am



Session 1
9:00 - 10:30 am
HR Competency
Bring your Diversity & Inclusion Policies to Work
• Victoria Petrenko
  Lawyer, Overholt Law

• Cameron Wardell
  Lawyer, Mathews, Dinsdale & Clark LLP
• Labour & Employee Relations
• Engagement
Session 2
10:45 am - 12:15 pm
HR Competency
Diversity is a Given, Inclusion is a Choice
• Chris Anderson
  Project Lead, Employment Readiness Training Project, IEC-BC

• Meri Ghazaryan,
  Manager, Global Connections, IEC-BC
• Labour & Employee Relations
• Engagement
Networking Lunch
12:15 - 1:15 pm
Session 3
1:15 - 2:45 pm
HR Competency
Gender in the Workplace: A Dialogue on Today's Challenges for a More Inclusive Tomorrow
• Heidi Eaves, CPHR
  Principal, Project House Business Solutions Inc.
• Paula Krawus
  Lawyer, Kent Employment Law
• Labour & Employee Relations
• Engagement
Session 4
3:00 - 4:00 pm
HR Competency
Panel Discussion: Reaping the Benefits of Diversity & Inclusion
• Labour & Employee Relations
• Engagement
Registration Deadline

Early Bird
(November 9)

(November 16)







Student &
Retired Member



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.

Program Details

Topic: Bring your Diversity & Inclusion Policies to Work
Presenters: Victoria Petrenko and Cameron Wardell
Session Time: 9:00 - 10:30 am

Diversity leads to success. A commitment to diversity and inclusion enables organizations to understand clients’ needs in diverse markets, engage fully with the communities in which they operate and respect the diversity of perspective of their employees.

For so many reasons, organizations should value difference and actively promote a culture of respect for each individual, encouraging and creating inclusion. As is the case in so many areas, a good starting point for promotion of a culture of diversity is policy creation.

In this presentation, you will learn about:
  • about the various issues in the landscape of the creation of diversity and inclusion policies
  • The need for the creation of diversity and inclusion policies (and risks of not doing so)
  • The basics of creation of diversity and inclusion policies
About the presenters:
Victoria Petrenko
Victoria Petrenko is an associate at Overholt Law and advises employees and employers on all aspects of workplace law.

Since joining the firm in January 2016, Victoria has advised clients on severance packages, the enforceability of contracts, policies, and restrictive covenants, terminations of employment, and strategy at mediations. Where needed, Victoria ably drafts contracts, termination letters, and workplace policies for the firm’s corporate clients. She also relishes the opportunity to get on her feet for clients, representing their interests at mediation, arbitrations, and in court, both on her own and in conjunction with other lawyers from the firm. She also routinely presents on a variety of employment related topics, including employee off-duty conduct, marijuana in the workplace, and workplace harassment.

Outside of the office, Victoria is an active volunteer in the community. She enjoys running and ultimate Frisbee, as well as lengthy discussions about the current state of our local professional hockey franchise.
Cameron Wardell
Working out of the Vancouver office of Mathews, Dinsdale & Clark LLP, Cameron Wardell 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 Co-Chair of the Canadian Bar Association BC Branch Employment Law Section, as well as the Co-Chair of the Civil Litigation (Vancouver) 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: Diversity is a Given, Inclusion is a Choice
Presenters: Chris Anderson and Meri Ghazaryan
Session Time: 10:45 - 12:15 pm

Join Chris Anderson (Project Lead, Employment Readiness Training Project) and Meri Ghazaryan (Manager, Global Connections) to explore the advantages of diversity in the workplace and the impact of inclusive hiring & onboarding processes for individuals/immigrants and businesses. The session will also focus on the importance of measuring D&I results and practical tools for benchmarking and tracking success.

In this presentation, you will learn:
  • ROI of diversity and inclusion (D&I)
  • Benchmarking and different contexts of measuring D&I
  • Importance of metrics (defining diversity & inclusion)
  • Identify onboarding strategies and initiatives for positive change when hiring immigrants
  • Training on D&I and its impact on workplace culture
About the presenters:
Chris Anderson
Chris Anderson is Project Lead for the Immigrant Employment Council of BC’s Employment Readiness project. Upon graduating from SFU, he conducted primary research and developed work plans used to review and analyze documentation into the history of residential schools in Canada on behalf of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and INAC. Chris then moved to Asia where he completed Mandarin-language studies at the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies and oversaw a portfolio of skills-development and income-generation projects for the Canadian Embassy in Beijing. Upon returning to Canada, Chris completed studies in project management through the UBC Sauder School of Business, obtained Project Management Professional certification and, most recently, helped to deliver asset management planning strategies in BC’s non-profit housing sector.
Heidi Eaves
Meri Ghazaryan is the Manager, Global Connections at IEC-BC. She has more than 15 years of experience in community development from positions with non-profit, international, and public organizations. She brings extensive work experience and knowledge of labour market integration of skilled immigrants to her primary role of providing support to service delivery partners, employer partners and professional associations for the MentorConnect and Connector programs. Meri holds a B.A. in Political Science and English Language and a diploma in Human Resources

Topic: Gender in the Workplace: A Dialogue on Today's Challenges for a More Inclusive Tomorrow
Presenter: Heidi Eaves, CPHR and Paula Krawus
Session Time: 1:15 - 2:45 pm

This session will explore how the issues we face today interact with our current legal landscape. The issues are not always clear; and it is critical to recognize that for this reason, the solutions to them aren't either. We invite you to explore your experience of them with the seasoned legal and human resources guidance of Paula and Heidi. In this session, we intend to expand and develop our awareness of gender issues in the workplace in an environment that is welcoming of your curiosity and intent for inclusion.

In this presentation, you will learn:
  • Today's legal landscape
  • How to discover issues in your workplace
  • How to create an inclusive, open, and fair workplace, including policies and practices
About the presenters:
Heidi Eaves
Heidi Eaves is the principal of Project House - a trusted Vancouver consulting company specializing in creating workplace environments that maximize team productivity and employee engagement.

Heidi is a senior Chartered Professional in Human Resources, with over 20 years of experience in the software development/video games/biotech industries in HR, product development, project management, and team leadership. She understands that, in order to do great things, people need to feel challenged, motivated, creative, and rewarded.

Heidi and the Project House team partner with clients to create a consistent and positive employee experience throughout the lifecycle of their employment, with a focus on engagement and success. Heidi is passionate about training and supporting managers to help them balance quality, innovation, and deadlines with kindness and respect.
Paula Krawus
Paula Krawus is a people person. Easy to talk to and eminently relatable, her optimism is contagious. She has a natural talent for lifting her clients’ spirits while simultaneously keeping them grounded through the ups and downs that sometimes come with employment law disputes.

It’s perhaps not surprising then that Paula takes a collaborative approach to her practice. She particularly enjoys working with clients who are interested, engaged and keen to participate in the process of achieving their workplace objectives. When it comes to employer clients, she’s an ideal partner for those who view positive, constructive legal outcomes as integral to their business. Whether employee or employer, Paula keeps her clients updated and involved in their file through regular check-ins and “homework”. Having completed her law degree in French, Paula is fluently bilingual and available to advise her clients in both English and French.

Politically- and community- minded, Paula’s helping skills are not confined to the office. Having previously worked as a legal intern on Parliament Hill, her more recent contributions involve organizing candidates’ debates in Vancouver’s by-elections. A former swim instructor, Paula now focuses her water activities on scuba diving and her short-term goal is to continue to explore the Pacific Northwest waters.

Topic: Panel Discussion: Reaping the Benefits of Diversity & Inclusion
Session Time: 3:00 - 4:00 pm

Diversity has tangible performance benefits, but only when the culture is such that employees are encouraged to bring their insights and perspectives into it. Join us for this insightful panel discussion where we explore the why's, how's and other relevant justifications for diversity and inclusion to be a part of our every day.