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Interior Symposium (Kelowna)

Date: November 4, 2022
Location: Four Points Sheraton (Kelowna Airport)

Join us in Kelowna as our experts focus on the evolving skill sets, experience levels and needs of today’s HR professionals. Much has changed since the last time we held this event as employers today are asking more of HR professionals than ever before - a trend not only accelerated by the pandemic but also the societal, economic, and technological developments.

This one-day symposium takes a closer look at the kind of training, resiliency and leadership HR professionals continue to develop on the go, and how that affects the overall workplace proficiency in today’s business world.

This symposium includes:
• 3 Keynote Presentations
• 1 Mini Super Session
• 1 Interactive Activity in Small Groups
• 5.25 CPD Hours

Tia Graham - Founder & Chief Happiness Officer, Arrive At Happy
Keynote Session: Be a Happy Leader: 8-Step Methodology to Drive Business Growth & a Happy Culture

Session description:
The world of work and what humans expect from leaders and organizations has changed drastically. A happy and positive leader is vital for team success. This powerful talk inspires leaders to prioritize their own well-being and create thriving teams by understanding positive psychology, neuroscience, and happiness at work research. When team member happiness is placed as a top priority, customers are loyal and the reputation of the company soars. Innovation and creativity expand when team members are happy while working. There are massive personal, organizational, and financial consequences if leaders do not focus well-being for themselves and for their teams.

Tia Graha,Meet our speaker:
Tia Graham is an international keynote speaker, best-selling author and leadership trainer on positive psychology, positive work cultures, and business growth. She has worked with dozens of global companies such as Hilton Hotels, Hewlett Packard, and The American Heart Association to elevate employee engagement and drive bottom line results. With multiple certifications in neuroscience, positive psychology, coaching, and employee retention, and over 14 years of leadership experience, Tia is widely regarded by business leaders in her field.

Her insights have been featured in major media such as CNN, Forbes, and Fast Company to name a few.

Her bestselling book, Be a Happy Leader, teachers her proprietary 8-step methodology on driving productivity and business growth through a culture of happiness.

David Brown, CPHR - Ascent Employment Law
Keynote Session: Legal Strategies for Recruitment and Retention

Session description:
As baby boomers retire and younger generations of employees continue to redefine their relationship with work, it is clear that the labour shortage Canadian employers are facing is not going away any time soon. We are in a generational shift in our labour market that will require creativity and dexterity to attract and retain talent. Bean bag chairs and free lunch bars are not the answer. Neither is the status quo.

In this presentation, local employment lawyer David Brown will share some strategies that have proven successful in identifying new labour pools and retaining highly skilled staff.

Learning Objectives:
• International recruitment strategies
• Using contracts for retention purposes (forgivable loans)
• Facilitating upward mobility of promising employees.

David BrownMeet our speaker:
David believes in the power of work.

Work creates important roles for individuals and enterprises. To the individual, work is often a pillar of personal identity that is connected to the opportunities for exploration and growth that employment can provide. For the enterprise, work is a means to solve challenges in our communities. Work sparks innovation, fosters community engagement, and creates synergistic energy. It is an opportunity.

David’s belief in the power of work, and his appreciation that work affects our psychological and emotional health, is reflected in his legal practice. He advises businesses on how they can create workplaces that flourish so they can realize their mission and create empowered, values-focused environments. Known for his approachable humor, plain language communication style and empowering message, David has been a trusted employment advisor in the British Columbia Interior for many years.

Time: Registration 8:30-9:00am; Presentations 9:00am-4:15 pm (Breakfast, Buffet lunch and refreshments will be provided.)

CPD Hours: 5.25

Venue: Four Points by Sheraton Kelowna Airport, 5505 Airport Way, Kelowna, BC V1V 3C3
Registration Fees: Early Bird Rate
(On or before Oct. 17th)
Regular Rate
(After Oct. 17th)
Student/Retired Member









Fees and/or agenda are subject to change without notice. All pricing excludes applicable taxes. HST/GST # 119446714

Questions about registration or receipt can be directed to pd@cphrbc.ca.

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.