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Diversity + Inclusion Symposium (Burnaby)

Date: November 15, 2019
Location: Executive Hotel


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, and what thought leaders are curious about as they navigate their own diversity and inclusion journeys.

Join CPHR BC & Yukon on November 15th and participate in a conversation that you don’t want to miss!
 
Time: Registration 8:00-8:30am; Presentation 8:30am-4:00pm

CPD Hours: 6.0

Venue: Executive Suites Hotel, 4201 Lougheed Hwy, Burnaby, BC V5C 3Y6 (Pay parking available at $11 per day)
 
Registration/Breakfast
8:00-8:30 am
 
     
Welcome
8:30 - 8:45 am
 
     
Session 1
8:45 - 10:15 am
HR Competency
Diversity and Inclusion: The Changing Landscape of Workplace Dynamics
 
Kwaku Yeboah and Millicent Mabi
Employment Initiatives, Inclusion BC
Session 2
10:30am - 12:00pm
HR Competency
Building Inclusive Communities in the Workplace
 
 
Taylor Chobotiuk, CPHR
Tacofino
 

Session 3
1:00 - 2:30 pm
HR Competency
Retaining Employees through a Culture of Diversity, Inclusion & Equity
 
 
Sheri Kashman and Cori Maedel, CPHR
Jouta Performance Group
 

Session 4
2:45 - 4:00 pm
HR Competency
Closing Keynote Panel
 
 
 
 
 
 
Panelists:
• Heidi Eaves, CPHR, Relic Entertainment
• Patrick MacKenzie, Immigrant Employment Council of BC
• Nate Toevs, Neil Squire Solutions
• Kwaku Yeboah, Inclusion BC
Moderator:
• Sheh Shojaee, CPHR
CPHR BC & Yukon
 
 
 
Registration Deadline

Early Bird
(October 18)

Regular
(November 8)

Member

$325.00

$400.00

Non-Member

$400.00

$475.00

Student &
Retired Member

$275.00

$350.00

 
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: Diversity and Inclusion: The Changing Landscape of Workplace Dynamics
Presenter: Kwaku Yeboah and Millicent Mabi
Session Time: 8:45 - 10:15 am
Description:

Diversity already exists in the workplace. However, how inclusive is your organization? How prepared are you to deal with the labour market shortage? How can you attract untapped labour and talent pool? Did you know 1 in 3 Canadian has an invisible disability in the workplace? Join us in an exciting conversation about diversity, inclusion and accessibility, from an evidence-based perspective.

In this presentation, you will learn:
  • Understand Diversity and Inclusion in the workplace
  • Learn about the business case for inclusive hiring
  • Identify the pillars of workplace diversity and Inclusion
  • Learn about the future of diversity and inclusion
  • Access local resources that can enhance training, development and Policies of Diversity and Inclusion

About the presenters:
Kwaku Yeboah Kwaku Yeboah is a Director of Employment Initiative at InclusionBC and the Provincial Labour Market Facilitator for the Ready Willing & Able Initiative. Kwaku also sits on the provincial Board of the Community Action Employment Plan and an Advisory Board Member of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Collaboration for Autism (CIRCA). Kwaku’s mandate includes utilizing employment as a pathway to inclusion for persons with disabilities, advising on the development of a provincial toolkit for inclusion and diversity in the Healthcare sector and all Employers in British Columbia. As chair of evaluation "for Champions of Inclusive Health Coalition, Special Olympics" Kwaku utilizes an evidence-based approach to break barriers in Inclusion and Diversity for Persons with Disabilities while providing access to resources to potential candidates and employers. As part of his Ready Willing and Able mandate, Kwaku put more people with disabilities to work in Canada than any individual, organization and the rest of the provinces put together. The Ready Willing and Able initiative is a Federal Government Funded Initiative with the most comprehensive data for persons with disabilities and employment. It has received national and global awards.
Millicent Mabi Millicent Mabi is a doctoral researcher with a focus on the inclusion of diverse populations into the workplace. Millicent understands that the productivity of an organization is predicated on its ability to integrate the various diversities inevitably present in the workplace. She therefore provides a business case to employers, governments and organizations on inclusive talent management. In addition, Millicent supports organizations to achieve their inclusion and diversity goals through evidence-based interventions, policy development and review, staff and stakeholder training, process evaluation and improvement. Millicent brings well over a decade of professional experience in strategic planning, human resource management, project management, research and knowledge development. Millicent has a wide range of industry experience, including financial services, management consulting, non-profit, education and service industries.

Topic: Building Inclusive Communities in the Workplace
Presenter: Taylor Chobotiuk, CPHR
Session Time: 10:30 - 12:00 pm
Description:

You have an opportunity to create an inclusive culture where people value and embrace each other's unique individuality.

This workshop will focus on creating a workplace that values individuality, the argument for building communities instead of just teams, and how you can reduce bias by inspiring curiosity.

In this presentation, you will learn:
  • Understanding the relationship between culture and community
  • How embracing individuality can create higher engagement, alignment to goals, and support inclusion
  • The value of creating avenues for your people to share ideas on removing barriers
  • How establishing adaptable and curious leadership can overcome bias

About the presenter:
Taylor Chobotiuk Taylor’s passion for creating engaged and inspired workplaces has pushed him to challenge the relationship between business and its people. This led him to his current role as the Manager of People and Engagement at Tacofino, a growing BC based restaurant brand that values inspired spaces, creative high-quality food, and teams made up of unique individuals.

Topic:Retaining Employees through a Culture of Diversity, Inclusion & Equity
Presenters: Sheri Kashman and Cori Maedel, CPHR
Session Time: 1:00 - 2:30 pm
Description:

While it’s important for organizations to incorporate diversity into their hiring practices, to truly achieve a diverse workplace, the focus must be on retention.

In this presentation, you will learn:
  • What to think about when it comes to Organizational Culture + Diversity
  • Understanding your intention for Diversity, and why Diversity alone is not enough
  • Defining Diversity, Inclusion and Equity
  • Hiring practices - Are yours in alignment?
  • Retention! Areas to consider, and put in place to ensure it
About the presenters:
Sheri Kashman Offering nearly eighteen years of human resources expertise in a variety of industries, Sheri is an HR consultant who brings diverse and comprehensive HR knowledge to Jouta, and the organizations she works with. Well versed in all areas of human resources, from the day-to-day handling of HR operations to strategic HR partnership, Sheri combines her HR knowledge with her strengths in relationship building and project management to develop and implement business and culture aligned HR infrastructure.
Cori MaedelCori Maedel is a Vancouver-based entrepreneur with over 30 years of experience in human resources, and owner & CEO of The Jouta Performance Group, an industry leader in outsourced HR Consulting and Coaching. Cori is also a Certified Executive Coach who is passionate about helping people reach individual and corporate goals.
Topic: Closing Keynote Planel
Panel: Heidi Eaves, CPHR, Patrick MacKenzie, Nate Toevs, Kwaku Yeboah and Sheh Shojaee, CPHR (Moderator)
Session Time: 2:45 - 4:00 pm


About the panel:
Heidi Eaves No matter the team or project size, Heidi’s goal is to help people thrive at work. She is an energetic and collaborative people-focused leader, keen to help organizations engage their teams and grow their business in a healthy, happy, and productive way.

Heidi has over 25 years of video games and consulting experience across a range of industries, as a people manager, project leader, and human resources professional, and enjoys building programs to make companies better as they grow and innovate.
 
Patrick MacKenzie Patrick MacKenzie is the CEO of the Immigrant Employment Council of BC. He has made a career of public service from coast to coast, working in policy and program areas aimed at supporting many of Canada’s most vulnerable communities through economic and social development as well as international relations. Previously, Patrick spent 11 years working for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada at its national headquarters in Ottawa and its regional offices in Vancouver. Throughout his career, Patrick has worked with partners on matters affecting aboriginal and immigrant populations, including immigrant economic integration, provincial nominee programs, credential recognition and labour mobility.
 
Nate Toevs Nate has a long standing background in Retail, Wholesale and Business to Business sales and marketing activities and believes to his core the benefit of diversity and inclusion in all parts of society. Neil Squire for 35 years has worked with thousands of people in Canada that have disabilities, providing access to computer training, provincial and federal employment programs and their "Super Power" is helping Canadian minimize or overcome their employment related barriers with technology.
 
Kwaku Yeboah Kwaku Yeboah is a Director of Employment Initiative at InclusionBC and the Provincial Labour Market Facilitator for the Ready Willing & Able Initiative. Kwaku also sits on the provincial Board of the Community Action Employment Plan and an Advisory Board Member of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Collaboration for Autism (CIRCA). Kwaku’s mandate includes utilizing employment as a pathway to inclusion for persons with disabilities, advising on the development of a provincial toolkit for inclusion and diversity in the Healthcare sector and all Employers in British Columbia. As chair of evaluation “ for Champions of Inclusive Health Coalition, Special Olympics” Kwaku utilizes an evidence-based approach to break barriers in Inclusion and Diversity for Persons with Disabilities while providing access to resources to potential candidates and employers. As part of his Ready Willing and Able mandate, Kwaku put more people with disabilities to work in Canada than any individual, organization and the rest of the provinces put together. The Ready Willing and Able initiative is a Federal Government Funded Initiative with the most comprehensive data for persons with disabilities and employment. It has received national and global awards.
 
Sheh Shojaee Sheh graduated from UBC in 2006 with a BA in Sociology and completed an Human Resources Management Certificate at SFU in 2013. She obtained her CPHR BC & Yukon designation in 2014 and has volunteered with the organization ever since. After 14 years of experience in HR, managing talent and operations in the legal and retail sectors, Sheh joined CPHR BC & Yukon as Director of Operations & Strategic HR. Her responsibilities include HR and operations for the Association, including Post-Secondary Partnerships and Advocacy for members. At the heart of Sheh’s HR philosophy is fostering a culture of positivity and resilience while managing organizational challenges and market shifts: focusing people’s energies on the right things at the right time and getting them from where they were to where they need to be. Sheh is passionate about inclusion and diversity, gender equality, mental health and helping young leaders break down barriers needed to thrive.
 

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