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Cowichan Valley Roundtable - Working in Distributed Teams

Date: February 27, 2019
Location: Island Savings, a division of First West Credit Union

CPD hours: 1.5

Please note Roundtables are exclusively available and free to CPHR BC & Yukon Members. You can find more on becoming a Member on our website.


Event Summary:  Brand New Roundtable for the Cowichan Valley!
HR practitioners gather to top up their knowledge, share successes and lessons-learned, and take-away practical tips, tools and techniques.  Participants are encouraged to bring real-life HR-related scenarios, challenges/questions and/or best-practices that they would like to share and/or see discussed by the group. The Roundtable Leader will guide the dialogue and encourage participation.
Topic:  Working in Distributed Teams 
Where you work (the place) is no longer limited by where you work (the organization).  Technology and the gig economy have given us the ability to create teams that are not limited by geography.  As HR professionals, this provides opportunities but also poses some challenges.  Indeed, some of us may be part of distributed teams ourselves.  In this roundtable session, we’ll have a short presentation followed by discussion and sharing of successes and opportunities.
As this is the first Cowichan Valley roundtable after a significant hiatus, the session will include a discussion of how to make this group viable and sustainable in the future.  If you have ideas for future topics and/or presenters, please bring your suggestions along.
Roundtable Lead(s):  Ilka Bene, CPHR, is currently Senior Manager, Strategic Projects within People Services with First West Credit Union (you’ll recognize the local brand as Island Savings). This role has her engaged in initiatives related First West’s future growth, including a significant focus on culture and change. She provides strategic advice to senior leaders in the Credit Union, where she uses her influence to connect the power of people to the purpose of the organization. The merger of Island Savings with First West in 2015 was very successful largely because of this focus on people and purpose.  Before joining the Credit Union, Ilka held several roles with BC Ferries in Victoria and, before that, served the public service in Alberta.
Through her career, her simple purpose statement “helping people work together better” has served her well and has most recently led her to explore the role of culture, the changing nature of work, and the place that work has in our lives. She is an active mentor and volunteer. In 2017, Ilka was the recipient of the Chartered Professionals in Human Resources (CPHR BC & Yukon) HR Professional of the Year award.
Roundtable Lead(s):  Adam Bishop, CPHR Candidate, is currently a Talent Acquisition Specialist within People Services with First West Credit Union. In this role he specializes in both Talent Acquisition and Employee and Labour Relations, which allows him to continue fostering First West’s pride in not only serving the needs of its members and employees, but it’s community at large. This work has also allowed him to spearhead initiatives that breakdown employment barriers for people with disabilities. Adam's previous experience in human resources focused in the public-sector at Island Health and ISM Canada, an IBM company in both Talent Acquisition, Disability Management and Occupational Health & Safety.
For more information on the Cowichan Valley Roundtables, please contact Ilka Bene or Adam Bishop.
Island Savings - Boardroom 
499 Canada Avenue 
Duncan, BC

12:00 -1:30 pm

Pre-registration is required.

Please note: You MUST register for a roundtable before the end of the day, on the day of the roundtable, to ensure that it will appear on your member profile, for CPD hours.

Should you have any questions regarding event registrations, cancellations or substitutions, please contact Susan Pearse, Member Relations / Professional Development (VI).

Should you have any questions regarding events in your region, please contact Carolyne Taylor, Member Relations Manager, Vancouver Island.

Registration Deadline:   February 25, 2019
Member   $0.00
Student Member   $0.00