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Fraser Valley Symposium: Strategy to Success

March 31, 2023
Sandman Hotel & Suites Abbotsford
32720 Simon Avenue
Abbotsford, BC V2T 0B8 
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Among many things, businesses have always depended on HR leaders to be experts of employment laws, benefits, compensation, medical and family leaves, and other integral policies. Today’s most successful HR leaders also have a deep understanding of organizational psychology, employee engagement, DE&I best practices, and more.

In addition to the need for hard skills like using HR technology and vast knowledge of complex topics, HR professionals must also demonstrate an entire arsenal of soft skills, including empathy, agility, communication, and sound leadership. This is why today’s human resources leaders are more than administrators and recruiters. They’re strategic partners in helping managers and executives lead the organizations to success.

Our one-day symposium will help HR professionals of all levels, walk away with practical skills and enhanced knowledge on how to fully engage in the present, invest in efforts to create healthy workplace culture, build a skilled team, and opt mize performance to ensure long-lasting success.

This symposium includes:
• 3 Keynote Presentations
• 1 Mini Super Session
• Small Group Interactive Activity
• Minimum of 4.75 CPD Hours
• Door prizes include one complimentary registration for Inclusion Symposium & Showcase (virtual)

Symposium Details:
Date: Friday, March 31, 2023
Time: Registration 8:30-9:00am; Presentations 9:00am-4:30 pm (Breakfast, Buffet lunch and refreshments will be provided.)

CPD Hours: Minimum of 4.75

Venue: Sandman Hotel & Suites Abbotsford 32720 Simon Avenue, Abbotsford, BC V2T 0B8 (venue website)
Registration Fees: Early Bird Rate
(On or before March 13)
Regular Rate
(After March 13)
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.
AGENDA | Friday, March 31, 2023
8:30 - 9:00am
9:00 - 9:15am
Registration/Breakfast & Networking
Welcome & Opening Remarks
9:15 - 10:30 am






Conducting Effective Termination Meetings
Nathan Gilmore, CPHR & Peter Saulnier, CPHR, LOGAN HR (Session Details | Meet Nathan & Peter)

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




Activity Format: Each keynote speaker will rotate and facilitate this session at the attendee tables.
12:00 - 1:00pm
Networking & Lunch Break
1:00 - 1:30pm



More details coming soon!
1:30 - 2:45pm



Law and Equity Considerations for the Workplace
Anita Atwal, CPHR , Anita Atwal Law (Session Details | Meet Anita)

2:45 - 3:00pm
Networking & Health Break
3:00 - 4:15 pm



Building Principled Relationships to Support Recruitment, Culture, and Community
Taylor Chobotiuk, CPHR, Tacofino (Session Details | Meet Taylor)

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

Keynote Session: Conducting Effective Termination Meetings
Speakers: Nathan Gilmore, CPHR & Peter Saulnier, CPHR

Session Description:
Employee terminations are a difficult but sometimes necessary decision. These high-stake meetings are emotional for all, and conducted in a potentially tense atmosphere. It is key to be prepared to minimize the chances of the meeting going sideways. We will cover how to plan for a termination meeting, including departure considerations, severance & documentation, and logistics. We will also touch on how (and how not) to deliver the message, managing employee reactions, and what to do after the meeting.

Nathan Gilmore Meet Nathan Gilmore:
With more than 15 years’ experience managing human resources in a wide variety of industries, Nathan is committed to advancing organizational performance by fostering positive, productive stakeholder relationships. He is passionate about supporting organizations, and the individuals who comprise them, through the design, development and implementation of innovative programs that drive organizational success. Nathan provides analytical expertise in the areas of research, data development, reporting, and interpretation. Nathan’s fact-based, systematic approach to analysis, combined with his ability to interpret through an organizational lens, provide meaningful insights and relevant action plans for organizational growth. Within Logan’s Career Transition practice, Nathan consults directly with clients on matters related to career planning and job search, conducts client orientations and training sessions, and provides administrative support to clients and other Career Consultants.

Nathan holds a Bachelor of Commerce (with honours) in Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources, with a secondary focus in Psychology from the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia. He is a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) with the CPHR BC & Yukon.

Peter Saulnier Meet Peter Saulnier:
Peter has consulted in human resources for over 20 years, with experience in career transition, coaching, leadership development, compensation, and organization development. His career has included leadership roles with leading career transition and human capital consulting firms, before becoming a co-founder of LOGAN HR in 2012.

Peter has been interviewed by and published in numerous periodicals, including the Globe & Mail, ROB Magazine, BC Business, and He has consulted in the US, Europe and Asia, and speaks regularly on a wide range of HR and business issues. He has served as a Director of the Board for various organizations including the CPHRBC & Yukon, WorldatWork, Chalmers Seniors’ Lodge & Foundation, and the East Vancouver Cultural Centre. Peter holds an MBA with a specialization in Human Resources & Organization Development from the University of British Columbia.
Keynote Session: Law and Equity Considerations for the Workplace
Speaker: Anita Atwal, CPHR

Session Description:
In this session, Anita will present on why workplace equity matters, the legal risks and rewards of equity initiatives, including Special programs to increase the recruitment and retention of historically disadvantaged groups and how we can use the law to advance equity. She will also discuss upcoming pay transparency legislation. Most importantly, she will provide practical tips to implement in workplaces to improve equity while also minimizing legal risk to the organization.

Anita Atwal, CPHRMeet Anita Atwal:
Anita Kaur Atwal is an experienced labour, employment and human rights lawyer. She has represented a broad spectrum of clients at various tribunals and all levels of court in British Columbia. Anita is also a skilled mediator, having received her training at the Harvard Negotiation Institute. She is on Mediate B.C.’s Associate Civil Roster. Anita is also a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) and is currently serving as Simon Fraser University’s Principal Consultant, Human Rights Office. She takes a trauma informed and culturally competent approach to her practice and is a strong believer in empowering individuals and organizations with the tools to make decisions aligned with their values and objectives.

In 2022, after 15 years in private practice at a large firm and a boutique labour, employment and human rights firm, Anita followed her heart and opened Anita Atwal Law.

Anita is active in the legal community and is a firm believer in access to justice. She is a supervising lawyer with the Everyone Legal Clinic, an Access Pro Bono initiative, to provide low cost and fixed-fee legal services to communities throughout British Columbia. She teaches clinicians employment and human rights law and supervises their work and advice in this area.

Anita also serves as the Co-Chair of the Canadian Bar Association of BC (CBABC) Workplace Investigations Subsection and is a member of the CBABC Employment Law and Human Rights Subsection. She also serves as the President of the South Asian Bar Association of B.C. and is a director of the South Asian Bar Association of North America.

In addition, Anita serves on the Board of Directors of British Columbia Infrastructure Benefits (BCIB), a Provincial Crown Corporation responsible for providing qualified skilled trades for the construction of public infrastructure projects. BCIB prioritizes the hiring of traditionally underrepresented groups, such as First Nations, women, and people with disabilities. Anita chairs the Human Resources and Governance Committee of BCIB.

Anita is frequently invited to present on a variety of topics related to workplace law, mediations and equity and diversity.
Keynote Session: Building Principled Relationships to Support Recruitment, Culture, and Community
Speaker: Taylor Chobotiuk, CPHR

Session Description:
In this session, you will learn steps for moving from performative to principled partnerships and how it can support meaningful impact in recruitment, culture, and community.

Tacofino is recognized as a leading employer of folks facing disabilities and for its partnerships with the local community. Key takeaways from this session will be supported from Tacofino’s successes and its failures.

Tyalor Chobotiuk, CPHRMeet Taylor Chobotiuk:
Taylor is the Head of People at Tacofino, a growing restaurant brand with locations across BC. Taylor was a top finalist for Diverse and Inclusive Champion of the Year, recognized as 2021 Emerging Leader of the Year and Western Livings 2021 Foodies of the Year for creating initiatives to support a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable hospitality industry.

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