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Interior Symposium (Vernon)

November 3, 2023
Sparkling Hill Resort & Spa
888 Sparkling Place
Vernon, BC V1H 2K7 
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This symposium includes:
  • 3 Keynote Presentations
  • 2 Super Mini Sessions
  • Interactive Case Studies in Small Groups
  • 5.25 CPD Hours
Keynote Speaker highlights:
  • Sonja Lee, CPHR - Global Senior HRIS Analyst - Staffbase 
  • Candace Giesbrecht, CPHR - CMHA Kelowna
  • Colin Edstrom - Pushor Mitchell LLP
  • Claire E. MacLeod - Pushor Mitchell LLP
Super Mini Speaker highlights:
  • Braeden Wiens - Lindsay Kenney LLP 
  • Adam Currie, CPHR - President & Founder - VX Search Group
  • Emily Phair - President - TMG Search Canada
  • Adrianna Stange, Managing Consultant, TMG Search Canada  

Thank You to Our Sponsors! 
Coveted door prize provided by TMG Search Canada: Two Wine Bottles 
Coveted door prize provided by Lindsay Kenney LLP : A Wine Bottle 
TMG Search Canada     Lindsay Kenney LLP

Thank You to Our Exhibitor!
Coveted door prize provided by HUB: Yeti Cooler
 Hub International

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

CPD Hours: 5.25

Venue: Sparkling Hill Resort & Spa, 888 Sparkling Place, Vernon, BC

Accommodation at Sparkling Hill Resort & Spa:
• Group rates are for stays on November 1st and/or November 2nd, subject to availability
• Cut-off date: OCTOBER 20th - extended deadline.
• Book at group rate via this link.


If you are GST exempt: Please complete this manual registration form and submit it to along with the GST exemption documentation.
Registration Fees: Early Bird Rate
(On or before Oct 14th)
Regular Rate
(After Oct 14th)
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• 10% discount is available for groups of 5 or more from the same organization
• Registrations of all group members must be submitted at the same time in order to qualify for the discount
• To complete a group registration, please email
Fees & Cancellation Policy:
• Fees and/or agenda are subject to change without notice.
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AGENDA | Friday, November 3, 2023
8:30 - 9:00am

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

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

How HR Technology Accelerates Careers & Business
Sonja Lee, CPHR - Global Senior HRIS Analyst - Staffbase (Meet Sonja)
10:15 - 10:30am
Networking & Coffee Break
10:30 - 11:00am

Find your Bearing – An information session to help you navigate the uncharted waters of today’s labour economy

Braeden Wiens - Lindsay Kenney LLP (Meet Braeden)
Adam Currie, CPHR - President & Founder - VX Search Group (Meet Adam)

11:00am - 12:00pm

Creating a Trauma-Informed Workplace

Candace Giesbrecht, CPHR - Director of People, Culture & Engagement - CMHA Kelowna (Meet Candace)
12:00 - 1:00pm
Networking & Lunch Break
1:00 - 1:30pm

Navigating 5 Generations in the Workforce

Emily Phair - President - TMG Search Canada (Meet Emily)
Adrianna Stange, Managing Consultant, TMG Search Canada (Meet Adrianna)
1:30 - 2:30pm

Workers Compensation & Pay Transparency Update

Colin Edstrom - Pushor Mitchell LLP (Meet Colin)
Claire E. MacLeod - Pushor Mitchell LLP (Meet Claire)

2:30 - 2:45 pm
Networking & Coffee Break
2:45 - 4:00 pm

4:00 - 4:15 pm
Thank you & Closing Remarks

Sonja Lee, CPHR - Global Senior HRIS Analyst - Staffbase

Keynote Session:
How HR Technology Accelerates Careers & Business

HR Technology, including Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML), positively propels careers and businesses by automating routine tasks, providing data-driven insights in seconds, and enhancing the worker experience. Professionals who embrace these technologies have more time to focus on strategy, pro-activity, and growth within their organization. We can leverage AI and ML to make more informed decisions and drive positive business outcomes. Instead of replacing people, these technologies accelerate careers and empower everyone to work more efficiently and effectively.

Learning Objectives:
  • How the Mentality of Abundance vs. the Mentality of Scarcity is crucial for your and your organization’s success, and how this relates to welcoming HR technology with open arms.
  • HR professionals who have significantly more success working with HR technology and those who suffer without it.
  • The importance of curating and leveraging specific HR technology for your company industry and size.
  • How CPHR education has been fundamental in optimizing HR technology throughout the years and will continue to do so.
  • How Change Management skills are essential for HR technology success.

sonjaMeet Sonja Lee:
Sonja Lee is a Senior Human Resources Information Systems (HRIS) Analyst at Staffbase, a global Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) Internal Communications company recently valued at $1.1 billion. She spearheads global implementation and management of HR technology in order to create a seamless optimization of processes and data management to the extent possible. She conducts company-wide training to hundreds of people and equips them with the skills and knowledge needed to harness these new and innovative technologies.

Sonja obtained her CPHR designation in 2020, showcasing her deep-rooted commitment to the HR field, and has been contributing her expertise in business and HR for over a decade. Over the last several years, she has thrived in a dynamic start-up to scale-up landscape, donning various hats with a primary focus on people operations. Her earlier career at Statistics Canada within the Government of Canada also added to her diverse skill set.

Recently, Sonja achieved her Workday Pro certification in multiple HR functions. Workday, with its roots dating back to the 1990s and boasting a staggering 65 million users, stands as the forefront of HRIS technology. Sonja’s passion lies in executing integrations between diverse business and HR platforms and tools, thereby enhancing efficiency and delivering substantial cost and time savings for organizations.

Candace Giesbrecht, CPHR - CMHA Kelowna

Keynote Session:
Creating a Trauma-Informed Workplace

Natural disasters, pandemics, wars, hate crimes, and other traumatic events dominate news headlines while impact people and workplaces daily. What is HR's role and responsibility in these challenging times? How can we support the individuals, teams, and leaders to navigate the impact of trauma in our workplaces while balancing business and organizational needs?

In this interactive session, we will explore what a trauma-informed HR practice is and how to promote trauma-informed organizations that will ultimately support increased engagement, improved services, and reduced illness-related costs.

Learning Objectives:
  • What it means to be “trauma-informed”
  • How to incorporate trauma-informed knowledge and practice into HR roles and responsibilitie
  • Characteristics of trauma-informed organizations
  • Identify 1-2 action steps to put to work right away

candaceMeet Candace Giesbrecht:
Candace Giesbrecht has been rallying people together to do good work her entire life. She is the Director of People, Culture & Engagement at the Canadian Mental Health Association Kelowna Branch and is a Strategic HR Coach and Consultant who helps leaders and organizations with the skills they need to nurture and lead high performing teams. With over 30 years of senior leadership experience,

Candace has worked in a both the not-for-profit and private sectors. She is a Chartered Human Resources Professional and has a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Victoria and a Graduate Certificate in Strategic Human Resources Management from Royal Roads University.

In 2021, Candace became a Certified Agile PeopleOps Coach, delivering courses to HR and PeopleOps professionals, helping build their knowledge and skills to apply agile and lean methodologies to transform their workplaces. With expertise in social work, human resources, mentally healthy workplaces, remote leader performance coaching, and organizational leadership, she has a broad and deep toolbox to draw from. Her passion is helping leaders and organizations of all sizes find the sweet spot between excellence in employee experience and business success. She and her family live in the beautiful Okanagan valley where she enjoys hiking and cruising on her Vespa.

Colin Edstrom - Pushor Mitchell LLP 
Claire MacLeod - Pushor Mitchell LLP

Keynote Session:
Workers Compensation & Pay Transparency Update

Changes are coming to the Workers Compensation Act that will impact how employers reintegrate employees absent due to injuries and illnesses suffered in the workplace. This presentation will bring you up to speed on upcoming revisions to the Workers Compensation Act and other emerging issues in this (often misunderstood) area of law.

Learning Objectives:
  • How amendments to Workers Compensation Act will impact your workplace;
  • Key employer requirements of the Pay Transparency legislation taking effect in November;
  • How to navigate the crossover between human rights and workers compensation; and
  • About the new duties imposed on employers when dealing with employees absent due to injuries and illnesses suffered in the workplace.

Colin EdstromMeet Colin Edstrom:
Colin's practice focuses on labour and employment law, workers' compensation, occupational health and safety, privacy law and human rights. He is a trusted advisor and counsel to workplaces of all sizes, and takes pride in providing responsive, methodical and common-sense legal advice. Colin also assists clients with commercial litigation matters including shareholder disputes.

Colin has appeared as counsel at all levels of court in British Columbia, the Federal Court, collective agreement grievance arbitrations and various administrative tribunals, including the Human Rights Tribunal, Employment Standards Tribunal, British Columbia Labour Relations Board, WorkSafe BC and Liquor Control and Licensing Branch.

Colin frequently presents on workplace law issues to other lawyers, human resources professionals and organizations. He also regularly drafts a variety of employment-related documents including employment contracts, restrictive covenants, handbooks, and bullying and harassment policies.

Claire MacLeodMeet Claire MacLeod:
Claire MacLeod was born and raised in Kelowna. She is an associate lawyer at Pushor Mitchell LLP, where she practices both employment law and commercial litigation.

In her employment practice, Claire assists both employers and employees in a variety of workplace law matters, including wrongful terminations, human rights complaints, workers’ compensation claims, and labour disputes. In her commercial litigation practice, Claire assists businesses with disputes involving breach of contract, negligence and other business torts, franchise law, and shareholder disputes. 

When she isn’t working, Claire enjoys mountain biking, skiing, and venturing to local breweries with her partner and pup.


Braeden Wiens - Lindsay Kenney LLP
Adam Currie, CPHR - President & Founder - VX Search Group

Super Mini Session: Find your Bearing – An information session to help you navigate the uncharted waters of today’s labour economy

In the ever-shifting Canadian Labour environment navigating, locating and mitigating are the 3 key areas of focus every business should focus on. Navigating the legal regime, Locating the right people, and Mitigating and risks associated with these hires should always be at the forethought of human resources decisions.

In this collaborative discussion we will be your cartographer in a journey through the labour landscape of British Columbia with a focus on the Thompson Okanagan region.

Learning Objectives:
  • How to navigate the legal regime.
  • Best practices for locating the right people.
  • How to mitigate legal risks in a marketplace ever changing.

braedenMeet Braeden Wiens:
Braeden Wiens is the co-chair of the Labour and Employment Group with Lindsay Kenney LLP. With years of experience advising employers and HR professionals on risk mitigation, hiring practices, immigration processes and policy guidelines he can help you craft a vision for your business that is both healthy and robust. Representing employers at all levels of court and tribunals, Braeden has notable decisions in wrongful dismissal claims, workplace investigations, and temporary foreign worker appeals.
adamMeet Adam Currie:
Adam Currie is a well-known Talent Acquisition Leader, Board Advisor, Investor and Subject Matter Expert. As the Director of Executive Search & Senior Leadership Acquisition at Fraser Health, the largest regional health authority in B.C., Adam leads the strategy and execution of the executive and physician talent acquisition programs. He manages a team of nine consultants who provide talent advisory services to senior stakeholders across the health authority, covering the corporate and physician portfolios.

With thirteen years of progressive experience in the executive search sector, Adam has successfully built and grown VX Search Group, a boutique consultancy that specializes in the industries that drive the Western Canadian economy. VX Search Group was acquired by TMG Search Canada in 2023, where he continues to serve as a board advisor. Adam have also held consulting and leadership roles with Korn Ferry, Kal Tire, and Gallagher, leading teams of up to twenty and budgets of up to $2M. At Kal Tire, Adam held the role of Manager, Corporate Talent Acquisition where he led the corporate recruitment program, talent analytics and the national scale up strategy for 250+ stores across Canada.

Emily Phair - President, TMG Search Canada
Adrianna Stange - Managing Consultant, TMG Search Canada

Super Mini Session: Navigating 5 Generations in the Workforce

Join Emily Phair and Adrianna Stange of TMG Search Canada for a thought-provoking discussion on some of the complexities of today’s workplace culture.

The mindsets of working Canadian’s have profoundly shifted since March, 2020. This discussion will explore the concepts of multiple generations and how the varying and evolving individual needs have resulted in misalignment amongst employers and individuals. Discover how to foster collaboration across generational lines and gain further insight into strategies for employers to express the ‘Who Will You Become’ narrative in hiring brand marketing for successful talent attraction and retention.

emilyMeet Emily Phair:
With 20 years of experience in the recruiting industry, Emily brings a diverse skill set and broad perspective to The Mullings Group and TMG Canada.

Over the course of her career, Emily has worked in executive retained search, owned her own search firm, and designed and implemented corporate talent acquisition strategies for a Canadian-based, privately held, global organization. Prior to joining TMG, Emily led the strategic growth strategy for a multimillion-dollar global franchise staffing organization based in the US.

Emily brings an engaging and collaborative approach to leadership where she has successfully built, coached and developed high-performance sales, marketing and recruiting teams in remote environments on an international scale, for nearly a decade.

adriannaMeet Adrianna Stange:
Adrianna is a Managing Consultant for The Mullings Group Search Canada. Adrianna formerly worked for VX Search Group Inc., which was acquired by TMG Search Canada in early 2023.

Prior to joining TMG Search Canada and VX Search Group, Adrianna spent 6 years providing in-house talent acquisition solutions for high-growth Canadian companies across forestry, distribution, automotive and food and beverage services sectors, including the Jim Pattison Group, one of the largest private companies in Canada with more than 50,000 employees and sales surpassing $12 Billion.

Throughout her career, Adrianna has acted as a trusted advisor to a number of non-profit organizations and associations, including serving as a Board Member for the Peachland Wellness Centre, a member of Okanagan College’s Program Advisory Committee, and as Vice-Chair for CPHR BC & Yukon’ Southern Interior Advisory Council.

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  • HUB International Exhibitor
  • Lindsay Kenney LLP Event Sponsor
  • TMG Search Canada Event Sponsor