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Vancouver Island Symposium: Share and Connect

February 24, 2023
Union Club of BC
805 Gordon Street
Victoria, BC  
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Connect with colleagues and keynote experts from different organizations in person at our one-day symposium. Presentations and conversation about legal updates, leadership, recruitment, and lessons learned will aid us as we prepare and plan for 2023. The goal of this event is to create space for everyone to share how we navigated the challenges and celebrated the wins from during the pandemic, strategies that enhanced and encouraged overall well-being, and what HR Leaders can do to support themselves and their teams moving forward.

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

▶ Go to full Symposium agenda

"Pre-Symposium Mix & Mingle"
Carolyne Taylor, Vancouver Island Member Relations Manager, is inviting symposium attendees to a social meet-up!

When: Thursday, February 23rd at 5:00 - 6:00pm
Where: The lounge at The Union Club
Pre-registration: Not required
More details to come!

Symposium Details:
Date:Friday, February 24, 2023
Time:Registration 8:30-9:00am; Presentations 9:00am-4:30 pm (Breakfast, Buffet lunch and refreshments will be provided.)

CPD Hours: 5.25

Venue: The Union Club of British Columbia, 805 Gordon Street, Victoria BC (venue website)
Registration Fees: Early Bird Rate
(On or before February 10th)
Regular Rate
(After February 10th)
Student/Retired Member









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

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AGENDA | Friday, February 24, 2023
8:30 - 9:00am
9:00 - 9:15am
Registration/Breakfast & Networking
Welcome & Opening Remarks
9:15 - 10:30 am






Termination in 2023 - New Developments in Law
Michael Penner - Kent Employment Law (Session Details | Meet Michael)

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







Managing, Motivating and Inspiring Hybrid and Remote Teams
Jocelin Caldwell - Reimagine Work (Session Details | Meet Jocelin)

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



Creating A Workplace Culture of Safety and Belonging
David Cory - Emotional Intelligence Training Company Inc. (Session Details | Meet David)

1:30 - 2:45pm







Prioritizing DEI & People-First Hiring
Char Stark - BeaconHR (Session Details | Meet Char)

2:45 - 3:00pm
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
Michael Penner - Kent Employment Law
Keynote Session: Termination in 2023 - New Developments in Law

Session description:
There have been significant recent developments in the law around termination and employee entitlements, including eligibility for bonuses, long term disability benefits and the viability of termination clauses. Though protections for employers remain, they will need to reassess their risks associated with terminating employees.

Michael PennerMeet Michael Penner:
Michael is also a labour law specialist and has handled hundreds of grievances both in the private and public sectors. Not only has he conducted hundreds of arbitrations as union counsel, he is also a Qualified Arbitrator and brings that additional perspective to his work.

As a senior litigator, nothing fazes Michael. Regardless of the complexity of the case, Michael has an innate ability to focus on the essential issues rather than the unnecessary "noise" that can come with legal disputes.

Michael's perspective is always predicated on "return on investment", recognizing that each case has an economic value that must always be strategically considered with his clients. As such, he uses his extensive experience to maximize results for his clients.

Michael has played competitive rugby for over 38 years and brings that mentality to his work: warrior on the field, gentleman off the field.
Jocelin Caldwell - Owner & Operator, Reimagine Work
Keynote Session: Managing, Motivating and Inspiring Hybrid and Remote Teams

Joceline Caldwell Session Description:
It wasn't long ago that the norm was to walk into a physical office space every morning. Now, in the absence of our teams collaborating in person, it has never been more important for our people to feel seen, heard, supported, connected to their colleagues, and trusted and empowered to deliver. With hybrid and remote workplaces the new status quo, leaders must continuously evolve their own toolkits to remain effective at managing, motivating, and inspiring their people.

In this session, you will learn best practices for navigating new, rapidly evolving work landscapes, and leave with solutions and strategies for leading happy, high-performing hybrid and remote teams.

Meet Jocelin Caldwell:
Jocelin owns and operates Reimagine Work, a people and culture consulting company specializing in HR consulting, group facilitation, team development and retention, and coaching. She created Reimagine Work to integrate programs into workplaces to help organizations and their employees thrive.

Jocelin has over 14 years of HR and operations leadership experience, as well as over 20 years in the field of recreation. She has assisted numerous clients with recruitment and selection, terminations, return to work, policy development, organizational career management, and performance management.

In addition, as a solutions-focused coach, Jocelin has supported many executives in building their careers, enhancing their leadership skills, setting and achieving their goals, and addressing business and personal challenges.

Jocelin has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Victoria and is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) with the International Coaching Federation. She holds two additional designations: Registered Rehabilitation Professional (RRP) and Certified Career Development Practitioner (CCDP). She is also a Reconnecting Workspaces Certified Coach and specialize in supporting hybrid workplaces.
David Cory - Emotional Intelligence Training Company
Mini Super Session: Creating A Workplace Culture of Safety and Belonging

Session description:
Many organizations are implementing programs to address such critical issues as Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Psychological Safety. How can an HR professional ensure these programs are successful? Join David Cory, leadership development specialist, as he explores the relationship between DEI, Psychological Safety, Leadership and Emotional Intelligence.

David CoryMeet David Cory:
David is a certified coach (MA, CPCC), speaker, and leadership development specialist who has a passion for supporting leaders to be more effective. David is the founder of the Emotional Intelligence Training Company Inc, which, in addition to being one of the first companies to offer leadership development based on emotional intelligence, is a first choice for progressive organizations for leadership development and is a leading provider of the EQ-I 2.0/EQ 360 Certification Course globally.
Char Stark - Senior Talent Acquisition Specialist, BeaconHR
Keynote Session: Prioritizing DEI & People-First Hiring

Char Stark Session Description:
With the onset of a looming recession, companies are considering scaling back their DEIB & people-first hiring practices and budgets. Ultimately this will hurt organizations’ ability to thrive. Employer brands, retention, talent pols, and engagement will all be negatively impacted. However, the good news is that continuing DEIB & people practices during a recession doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive! In this session, I will help you evaluate your current DEIB practices (with a focus on hiring), discuss how you can maintain DEIB & people-first practices, and support you in navigating HR during an age of continuous layoffs and economic downturn.

Meet Char Stark:
Char is a Talent Acquisition leader & people advocate. With an M. A. In Organizational Psychology, she specializes in supporting organizations as they scale up by discovering A+ talent and nurturing value-driven cultures. During her career, she is primarily focused on working within the tech industry. Employees & candidates often tell her they appreciate her authenticity, kindness and ability to reframe challenging situations. Char is passionate about living her life with she calls “BEEE”, or Big Empathy & Equity Energy, both inside and outside works. When she isn’t helping connect people with their dream jobs, she loves to bake her friends’ dream cakes, rollerblade, play Catan or the Sims or hang with her small rescue dog, Cass!

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