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Interior Symposium (Kelowna)

November 4, 2022
Four Points Sheraton (Kelowna Airport)
5505 Airport Way
Kelowna, BC V4V 2N9 
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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

Time: Registration 8:30-9:00am; Presentations 9:00am-4:15 pm (Continental 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

Guest Room Group Rate for Symposium Attendees:
• Queen room for $145 CAD per night
• Book at group rate by October 28 via this link
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

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 ( 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.
8:30 - 9:00am

9:00 - 9:15am
Registration/Breakfast & Networking

Welcome & Opening Remarks
9:15 - 10:30 am

Be a Happy Leader: 8-Step Methodology to Drive Business Growth & a Happy Culture
Tia Graham - Arrive At Happy (Meet Tia)

10:30 - 10:45am
Networking & Health Break
10:45 - 12:00pm

Legal Strategies for Recruitment and Retention
David Brown, CPHR - Ascent Employment Law (Meet David)

12:00 - 1:00pm
Networking & Lunch Break
1:00 - 1:30 pm

Navigating Uncharted Waters
Adam Currie - VX Search Group (Meet Adam)
1:30 - 2:45 pm

Supporting Leaders in a Hybrid Context
Roberta Sawatzky, MA, CPHR, GPHR - Okanagan College (Meet Roberta)

2:45 - 3:00 pm
Networking & Health Break
3:00 - 4:00 pm


Activity Format: Each keynote speaker will rotate and facilitate this session at the attendee tables.
4:00 - 4:15 pm
Thank you & Closing Remarks
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 Graham
Meet Tia Graham:
Tia 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 Brown
Meet David Brown:
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.

Roberta Sawatzky, MA, CPHR, GPHR - Okanagan College
Keynote Session: Supporting Leaders in a Hybrid Context

Session description:
The workplace of today is very different than 5-10 years ago. Supporting our leaders to work successfully in this new working context requires additional and different skills. In this session I will share the learnings from my recent research that will equip you to confidently support your leaders by knowing what they need to lead effectively in today’s workplace. From junior to senior levels of HR, the importance of understanding the new competencies for the leaders we support, is great.

Learning Objectives:
• The four main actions team members want from their leaders.
• Seven competencies necessary for success as a hybrid leader.
• What the HR implications of the above are on the employee life cycle.

Roberta Sawatzky
Meet Roberta Sawatzky:
Roberta, a passionately curious business collaborator, international speaker, professor, and consultant, is committed to meaningful, applied research and effective teaching both in remote (on-line) and face to face contexts. Her career has afforded her over 30 years of senior leadership and training roles in for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, as well as the world of academia.

Roberta has published, and co-published research on various aspects of remote work, most recently focusing on effective leadership in hybrid teams. Roberta’s research draws on interviews conducted with those leading and working in hybrid contexts, both in North America and Europe. She believes that a collaborative partnership between industry and academia is important if we are to successfully learn, growth, and thrive in an ever changing working context that honours the needs of both employers and employees.

Adam Currie - VX Search Group
Mini Super Session: Navigating Uncharted Waters

Session description:

This session will equip HR professionals on how to design the most effective strategic operations to enhance recruitment and retention that will align with a post pandemic labour market.

Adam Currie
Meet Adam Currie:
Adam is a well-known, Talent Acquisition Leader, Board Advisor, Investor and Subject Matter Expert. He is the Founder & President of VX Search Group Inc., a talent services firm that offers solutions from recruitment to compensation with clients in the Okanagan Valley and throughout North America. VX Search Group Inc. works across the industrial, mining, retail, healthcare, real estate development, and capital markets sectors. Their clients range from start-ups and early revenue companies to established multi-national industry leaders.

Prior to founding VX Search Group Inc. Adam was the Vice President, Executive Search, RPO & Analytics for Optimum Talent, leading the BC market for the national talent services firm. Adam previously held the role of Manager, Corporate Talent Acquisition with Kal Tire where he led the corporate recruitment program, talent analytics and the national scale up strategy for 250+ stores across Canada.

Adam is known for his unique understanding of the labour market and his data-centric approach to talent acquisition. He believes in the power of communicating culture, vision and purpose through storytelling and building connective tissue between the market and opportunity. His approach to talent acquisition has been demonstrated to work at scale and resonate with all key stakeholders from operations leaders to the C Suite and Board.

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