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​Upcoming Events:

Our next event will be held in September 2016. Stay tuned!
All event attendees MUST pre-register online and make payment by credit card. Cash and/or cheques are no longer accepted at the door.​
Dietary Requirements 
Anyone with food allergies or restrictions should advise the Program Committee Team by email at: at the time of registration so the caterer can be advised.
Accommodation Requests
HRPA, Peterborough Chapter has an accommodation process in place and provides accommodations for members with disabilities. If you require a specific accommodation because of a disability or a medical need, please contact a member of the Program Committee by e-mail at: so that arrangements can be made for the appropriate accommodations to be in place prior to the event date.
Event Cancellation
HRPA, Peterborough Chapter reserves the right to cancel events from time to time due to inclement weather, speaker availability or other unpredictable events. Members will be notified by e-mail should the need to cancel an event arise. It is important to ensure that your HRPA profile is up to date with the correct contact information. Refunds will be provided where applicable.
Cancellation Fees
NO CHARGE EVENTS: Any HRPA member who registers for a free event offered by HRPA, Peterborough Chapter and does not show up nor provides the required 72 hours’ notice will be invoiced a fee of $25.00 plus applicable taxes.
CHARGE EVENTS: Registered attendees must provide the required 72 hours' cancellation notice in order to receive a refund. The Board reserves the right to review unique circumstances and determine refund eligibility on an individual basis.
Should you need to cancel your registration please send an email to:  





Wednesday May 25, 2016

ABM/Social Media and Privacy in the Workplace Dinner Meeting
Registration & Networking: 5:15 pm - 5:45 pm
Dinner: 5:45 pm - 6:15 pm
ABM: 6:15 pm - 6:30 pm
Speaker Presentation: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Best Western Otonabee Inn, 84 Lansdowne Street East, Peterborough, Ontario
PRICING (plus applicable taxes):
HRPA Members: Complimentary
Non-Members: $45.00
Sunday, May 22, 2016
Access the 2016 ABM Agenda.pdf .
In this workshop, employment lawyer Parisa Nikfarjam discusses the emerging issues surrounding social media and privacy and provide practical approaches to responding to these ever-evolving challenges.
Attendees will:
* Gain a better understanding of recent case-law on social media use, misuse, and an employee's right to privacy in the workplace;
* Develop best practices and policies for using and/or controlling the use of social media platforms; and
* Learn from case studies on how to react to social media use without risking privacy breaches.
About the Speaker: 
Parisa Nikfarjam is an employment lawyer with the boutique employment law firm, Rubin Thomlinson LLP. Parisa assists employees and employers navigate through challenging workplace issues including: recruitment; accommodation; employee discipline; workplace human rights; workplace harassment and violence; and termination.

In addition to providing counsel to her clients in all areas of employment law and workplace human rights, Parisa conducts workplace investigations into allegations of harassment, violence and discrimination for employer clients.

Parisa is also an avid writer and presenter on employment law issues, and has conducted workshops on harassment and bullying, social media, and termination practices for human resources professionals, schools, libraries, and various other employers. Parisa also writes numerous articles on employment law issues for a variety of publications including HR Connected, HR Matters, TalentEgg and Metro. Parisa is currently writing a book for HR professionals on the issue of psychological harassment.

Wednesday April 27, 2016
HRPA Strategy Review and Social Networking Event
HRPA Vice President, Regulatory Affairs and Registrar, Claude Balthazard, will be presenting on the Association’s new 2016-2020 Strategic Plan which will revolve around four core areas: reinforcing HRPA as protector of the public and regulator of the HR profession, upgrading governance processes, promoting the principle that HR is a primary profession with a core global body of knowledge and building on the designations and competency framework.
There will be a Q&A at the end of the presentation, so come on out and learn where your profession is headed.
Our Social Networking Event begins right after the HRPA Strategic review. This is a great opportunity to connect and engage with like-minded HR professionals and of course, have some fun.


Wednesday March 30, 2016
Round Table Talk with WSIB & MOL 
Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB)
Learning Objectives:
To understand:
·         The “Better at Work” approach to case management
·         Best practices in the management of return to work
·         Return to work strategies that will allow you to get the best possible outcome for your employee and your business
Ministry of Labour (MOL)
An interactive presentation with the MOL on Safety in the Workplace, Inspections, Investigations (changes and are you in compliance?)
Carrie Edgeworth, Return to Work Specialist, WSIB
           Attended the University of Waterloo and studied Kinesiology and Ergonomics. Graduated in 2004.
           Started working at WSIB in 2006 as an Ergonomist. Worked as an Ergonomist until 2010 and then started her current role as a Return to Work Specialist.
Jennette Poole, Work Transition Specialist, WSIB
           Graduated from the University of Guelph with an Honours in Biological Sciences. 
           Started with Manulife Financial, launching a 18-year career in the field of Disability Management.  
           In 2008, Jennette’s focus shifted to Vocational Rehabilitation in the Group Benefit area with Manulife.  
           In 2010, Jennette joined the WSIB.  After a one year management contract, Jennette returned to her passion of working in the field as a Work Transition Specialist, helping Workers and Employers identifying solutions to drive return to work outcomes.   
Mike, MOL
I'm a Trent University and Fleming College graduate.  I began my enforcement career in the summer of 2000 with the Ministry of Environment where I spent the next 4 years performing and supervising specialized inspections and investigations of hazardous waste processing facilities and petrochemical manufacturers across Ontario.
I came to the Ministry of Labour 12 years ago in the industrial health and safety program working out of the Peterborough District Office.  In that time I have had the unfortunate task of investigating 5 fatal workplace events as well as over 70 worker critical injuries.  Although my work takes me into a variety of workplaces I have advanced knowledge in the manufacturing, health care, farming and chemical sectors.  I am the health care lead for the Peterborough District office.
In addition to my work in the Ontario Public Service, I have been a professor at Fleming College for the past 7 years.  I teach use-of-force as well as environmental law and, most recently, proposed, wrote and launched the new post-graduate certificate course entitled Health, Safety and Environmental Compliance that is designed to assist people find work as compliance specialists in related fields.  I am the current program coordinator for this new program.


Wednesday February 24, 2016

 EVENT CANCELED - Handling Crisis in the Workplace 
Providing the appropriate kind of help at the right time is critical in times of crisis, and knowing how best to respond can have a significant impact on employees when a crisis happens at work.
During her presentation, Crisis at Work! Tracy will discuss the crisis process, what types of crisis situations may arise and how human resources leaders can appropriately provide support in these circumstances. She will also review several types of resources available in this community and how workplaces can proactively prepare to address and/or diffuse crisis in the workplace.
Tracy Graham is a social worker with a bachelor of social work from Caledonia University in Scotland and over 15 years of hands on and leadership experience supporting clients with a broad range of mental health needs.
During her career, Tracy has worked with children and their families, as well as adults with various types of physical disabilities, dual diagnosis and/or geriatric needs.
Since joining the Canadian Mental Health Association's Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge Branch (CMHA HKPR), Tracy has progressed through several roles, and for the past 6 years, she has been the Crisis Program Manager at CMHA HKPR. In her current role, Tracy liaises closely with several community partners to provide supports for clients in crisis and in transition from health care centres to their communities. In addition, she has developed and regularly delivers Crisis Intervention Training to the Peterborough area police force. 
Wednesday January 27, 2016
Employment Law Update - What's the Buzz and Hot Topics
During this interactive session you will listen to the Hot topics in Employment Law for 2016 and have a chance to ask questions to Sherrad and Kuzz LLP about what is new and current in Employment Law updates for 2016.
Major Case Law Update:
- The Supreme Court of Canada clarifies the test for constructive dismissal in Potter
- The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario sets new high for damage award in Presteve Foods
- Drug and Alcohol Testing and Policies: New battle-lines are drawn
Legislative Update:
- Bill 132: The "It's Not Okay" Campaign against Sexual Violence and Harassment
- Bills 109 and 144: Indexing of WSIB benefits and protections against reprisals for complaints
- The "Changing Workplaces" Review
Questions and Answers:
- Your time to ask an expert
Stephen Shore - Sherrad Kuzz LLP
Stephen is a skilled advocate whose practice is focused on the representation of management in many areas of employment and labour law with particular emphasis on grievance arbitration, wrongful and constructive dismissal litigation, collective bargaining, applications for certification, and employment and labour issues in corporate restructuring and transactions. Stephen regularly writes for a variety of employment and labour law publications and speaks on his areas of expertise.
Stephen teaches and coaches Labour Arbitration at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law, appointed as an Adjunct Lecturer; serves as the Chair of the Human Resources Committee of the Board of Hillel of Greater and is a former Executive Committee and current Alumni Committee Member of the St. Michael's Hospital Young Leaders. He is also a member of the Canadian Bar Association, Ontario Bar Association (Labour & Employment, Civil Litigation, Constitutional, Civil Liberties, Human Rights, Pensions & Benefits, Insolvency, Young Lawyers), Advocates' Society and Law Society of Upper Canada.
Stephen is a graduate of the Faculty of Law of University of Toronto and holds a Bachelor of Science, Honours Degree in Economics and Statistics from Dalhousie University. Stephen articled with Sherrard Kuzz LLP during which time he completed a secondment with the Ontario Labour Relations Board.
Date: Thursday December 10, 2015, 1PM EST
Topic: Creating a Highly functional HR Department (this is pending HRPA accreditation)
Thursday December 3, 2015
Northeastern Mentoring Program Launch - HRPA Members Only Event
5:30pm to 6:00pm: Registration
6:00pm to 7:30pm: Program Launch
Best Western Otonabee Inn, 84 Lansdowne Street East, Peterborough, Ontario
Wednesday November 25th, 2015
HR Analytics - How it will affect your career (and how to make sure the impact is a good one) 
HR professionals know they need to demonstrate progress on analytics or risk being seen as "behind the curve". But not all HR pros want to become "numbers junkies" - this event is for both the "numbers people" and the "people people". David will give practical guidance on how to avoid being left behind by the analytics boom.
Key Benefits of Attending:
- Ensure you avoid the traps that cause so many HR metrics programs to fail
- Understand why "evidence-based management" makes analytics so much easier for both "numbers people" and "people people"
- Learn steps you can take today to make progress without needing additional budget or headcount
- Have a change to ask the questions you have about the real world challenges of doing HR analytics
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David Creelman is CEO of Creelman Research. He helps HR leaders understand and address new issues in human capital management.
His most recent book Lead the Work: Navigating a World Beyond Employment (co-authored with Boudreau and Jesuthasan) is on the future of work and has received plaudits from the CHRO’s of Starbucks, IBM and LinkedIn.
Most relevant to this event, he and Carnegie-Mellon’s Denise Rousseau lead a community of practice of Fortune 500 companies on analytics and evidence-based management. This group openly shares their real experiences in analytics.
Based in Toronto, but working globally, David has spoken at the World Bank Headquarters in Paris, worked with the Etisalat Academy in Dubai, and helped leaders from Japan’s Recruit Co. tour the US HR tech industry (Recruit bought He is a long-term member of the Workforce Institute’s advisory board in Boston and regularly conducts research for the Tokyo-based Works Institute.
Prior to his current role, David helped launch as Chief of Content and Research. Earlier still, he worked as a management consultant for the Hay Group in Toronto and Kuala Lumpur.
Dave Ulrich says of David Creelman “Without measurement, HR is full of false hope.  And instead of measuring what is easy, we have to learn how to measure what is right, no matter how difficult.  David Creelman has done ground breaking work on reporting human capital and organization capabilities issues.  His work will influence and shape a profession.”
Wednesday October 28th, 2015 - 1/2 Day Workshop
Trust Your Canary - Tackling the Incivility Challenge
On October 28th we welcome you to join us at our annual joint event with the Peterborough Health at Work Committee.  This year we are excited to offer you a half-day workshop focusing on Incivility in the workplace.  Sharone Bar-David, LLB, MSW, author of  'Trust Your Canary-Every Leader's Guide to Taming Workplace Incivility' will be leading you through an interactive workshop where you will learn how to tackle incivility in your workplace.
All attendees will receive a complimentary copy of Sharone Bar-David's book, Trust Your Canary: Every Leader's Guide to Taming Workplace Incivility.
You've seen it many times: rude or disrespectful behaviour such as skipping basic acknowledgements, eye rolling, sarcasm, gossip, social exclusion, belittling, and various forms of dismissive body language. If left unchecked, workplace incivility has surprisingly far-reaching effects on motivation, engagement, productivity, psychological health, talent retention, teamwork, and organisational reputation.
This interactive, entertaining, and thought provoking session will inspire you to feel, think, and act differently with regards to workplace incivility. It offers cutting edge information that will help you grasp key issues and leave you equipped with practical strategies for maintaining civil work environments that result in exemplary performance. But that's not all - you might find yourself taking an honest look at your own behaviour and as a result strive to become a shining example of exemplary civility!
The session will invite you to:
- Connect the crucial dots between incivility and productivity, team culture, and service
- Leave the session able to constructively address others' incivility
- Acquire strategies for personally stepping up to boost civility in your work environment
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    Sharone Bar-David, LLB, MSW, author of Trust Your Canary - Every Leader's Guide to Taming Workplace Incivility, is Canada's leading expert on workplace incivility and the president of Bar-David Consulting, a company specializing in creating respectful work environments and offering innovative solutions for turning around the behaviour of abrasive leaders. She is the creator of the recently released Respect-on-the-Go toolkits and Trust Your Canary Team Civility Booster programs. Over the past 24 years, Sharone has worked with over 30,000 people in a wide range of industries through training sessions, consulting, coaching and keynote speeches. In 2014 she delivered a webinar on civility and respect for the Mental Health Commission on Canada on the new standard for workplace psychological safety.
    With a background as a lawyer and social worker, Sharone is a regular guest commentator for the Canadian HR Reporter magazine and the author of a popular blog with a loyal international following. She is known for her dynamic, entertaining and highly interactive style and her ability to create ah-ha moments for those with whom she works. Her clients consistently comment on the great value they find in her direct and thought-provoking approach and the safe way in which she invites people to challenge their habitual beliefs and actions.
    For more information please visit
    Wednesday, September 30th, 2015
    Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace
    The concept of “emotional intelligence” (EI) has been the focus of much research over the past 25 years. It is interesting to observe that human resource specialists were some of the first groups of professionals to take notice of the EI construct. Not surprisingly, there continues to be an active interest in examining the relationship between EI and the workplace.
    With the pressure of work, deadlines and interpersonal conflict can cause employees and managers to react negatively toward each other. And when those reactions are emotionally charged, they can serve to sabotage teamwork. Your team members are intelligent and capable, but are they emotionally intelligent? Emotionally intelligent managers and supervisors are your greatest assets.  They ensure that their departments are running like well-oiled machines, where everyone is working together towards common goals. 
    However, on the other hand managers and supervisors with low emotional intelligence will continually sabotage their own efforts in build their team.  These managers and supervisors fail to observe and understand the emotions of their employees, and in efforts to solve problems and improve productivity they tend to push away their team members. 
    This presentation will examine some of the recent work exploring this relationship, with special attention directed to issues in applying EI research to organizations.
    Dr. James D. A. Parker
    Canada Research Chair in Emotion and Health,
    Professor, Department of Psychology
    Trent University, Peterborough, ON
    Dr. James D. A. Parker is the Director of the Emotion and Health Research Laboratory at Trent University; he is also a Professor of Psychology at the same institution. 
    Dr. Parker earned his Ph.D. in psychology from York University (Ontario) in 1991, and from 1991 to 1994 was a research fellow in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. He held the Canada Research Chair in Emotion and Health at Trent University from 2002 to 2012.
    Dr. Parker has published over 160 articles and chapters, mostly in the areas of emotion and wellness. He is co-author of Disorders of affect regulation published by Cambridge University Press and co-editor of the Handbook of emotional intelligence published by Jossey-Bass.