Barrie: 10.24.18 - 15th Annual Conference

6 hours

Date and Time

Starts:10/24/2018 8:00 AM

Ends:10/24/2018 4:30 PM

Event Type



Liberty North

100 Caplan Avenue

Barrie, ON


Members: $99 | Non-Members: $149


Additional Information

Event Sponsor

"It's all about the People", Changing Employee Experience to Employee Engagement.  The reality is that many generations make up today's workforce. 

A full day conference designed to provide Human Resources Professionals with the Information and Knowledge to Meet the Challenges of a Changing Workplace.  Learn about legislation updates and best practice recommendations.  This event includes inspirational and motivational keynotes, and legal update sessions designed as interactive learning experiences.   Don't miss this opportunity to learn and network with industry professionals!

Presentations include:

Kristen Harcourt, Certified Professional Coach and Speaker
8:30 to 10:00 a.m.
The Power of Emotional Intelligence when Leading a Multigenerational Workforce
For the first time in history, five generations are working side by side. This offers organizations new opportunities as well as potential challenges. With so many different personality styles, life stages and career development expectations it's critical that a proactive approach is taken in the workplace. Research conducted by Harvard University, the Carnegie Foundation and Stanford Research Center concluded that 85% of job success comes from having well-developed soft and people skills, and only 15% of job success comes from technical skills and knowledge. Leaders need to become more aware of what motivates them and their employees, understand the unique needs of each individual and create an inclusive work environment. This workshop will give specific strategies that leaders and employees can implement to improve their emotional intelligence, resulting in stronger relationships, deeper empathy, better communication, and a more engaged workforce.

Topics include:

  • Understanding generational differences at work
  • The importance of diversity & inclusion
  • Recognizing biases and assumptions
  • Discussion of Emotional Intelligence competencies
  • Stats and case studies on the ROI of self-aware leaders
  • Tactical ways leaders & employees can develop EQ and self-awareness
  • Equipping leaders to be better coaches
  • Key strategies to get buy-in for behavior change
  • The impact on culture

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this session participants will discover:

  • How to build stronger relationships at work
  • How to listen with empathy and compassion
  • A better understanding of their strengths and blind spots
  • How to have more effective coaching conversations
  • A deeper awareness of their unique behaviour patterns
  • How to respond instead of react and create inclusivity
  • An action plan to further develop their skills

Jennifer Heath, Partner, Piccolo Heath LLP
10:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

The increased prevalence of social media presents both challenges and opportunities for employers.

Understanding how to navigate this seemingly ever-changing medium has become a necessity for the modern human resources professional. This presentation focuses on the implications and privacy concerns associated with social media in the workplace. The session also considers strategies regarding pre-employment social media vetting, employee use of social media in the workplace and off-duty, investigation techniques and post-termination restrictions on social media.

The learning objectives are:

  • Understanding the prevalence and impact of social media use inside and outside the workplace
  • Reviewing employee obligations and employer powers regarding social media issues, using real-life, viral scenarios
  • Conducting proper investigations regarding social media issues
  • Identifying privacy law implications of social media use and misuse
  • Assessing discipline and termination strategies following social media misconduct and implications of same
  • Implementing preventative practices and policies regarding social media misuse by employees

Lunch: 12:00 – 12:45 p.m.

Brad Coulbeck,

12:45 to 2:15 p.m.

The Resilient Mind: How HR Professionals can Build Mental and Emotional Toughness

The current workplace is filled with stress, much of it related to human resources issues and workplace conflict.  This chronic stress can't be avoided, especially for HR professionals.  This presentation teaches research-based cognitive and behavioural skills that increase a person's capacity to deal with a psychologically demanding work environment without suffering the adverse effects of stress.  Brad uses his practical experience to illustrate how resiliency research works in the real world.  "Resiliency Factors" are behavioural characteristics that can be learned, that help a person overcome the negative aspects of stress.

Brad will discuss:

  • how resiliency is a learned skill
  • why being resilient will help HR professionals succeed in their work
  • ingredients that make up resiliency, such as support system, realistic optimism, stress inoculation, sense of humour, body quieting/meditation, active coping style, etc.
  • a formula on how to apply the factors while going through a stressful event
  • how to decrease the stress of  "difficult conversations"
  • how to decrease the residual emotional impact of workplace conflict
  • how to perform at peak effectiveness despite stress

Brad will teach Problem-focused and Emotion-focused techniques that will raise resiliency, and lead audience members toward overcoming obstacles. The audience will leave with enhanced knowledge about what it takes to succeed in a fast paced and demanding work environment. 


  • Lecture
  • PowerPoint
  • Practical exercises such as breathing exercise and visualization exercise
  • Handouts

HRPA Core Competencies:

  • Health, Wellness & Safe Workplace
  • Organizational Effectiveness


Stuart Rudner, Employment Lawyer and Mediator, Rudner Law
2.30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The affects of Cannabis in the Workplace

Cannabis is now recognized as a legitimate form of treatment for some conditions and symptoms, and Health Canada estimates that 450,000 Canadians will be using cannabis for medical reasons by 2024. In addition, the Federal government will decriminalize recreational use of cannabis in October of 2018. As cannabis becomes more mainstream, there will be implications for the workplace, and employers may encounter various types of users, from the addict to the self-medicator.

Each different type of user raises different issues regarding accommodation in the workplace. Employers often fear the worst, assuming they must allow almost anything in the name of accommodation. Much of the fear surrounding cannabis in the workplace is misplaced, but this is a timely reminder to employers that their policies and procedures must be brought up to date.

Stuart will discuss how the law applies to recreational and medicinal cannabis users, the duty to accommodate and its limits, and how to respond to requests for accommodation. He will also address discipline and dismissal, as well as the proactive use of policies and procedures to minimize liability while governing the workplace.

David Turner, Partner, Turner HR Law
2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Working with an Aging Workforce

With many employees delaying retirement for various reasons, employers face both challenges and opportunities in dealing with an aging workforce. This session will focus on the legal considerations that go into managing an aging workforce and will include:

  • Human Rights Considerations
    • age-based discrimination
    • accommodation requirements
    • the concept of “ageism” 
  • Matching Employer Expectations with Employee Work Production
  •  The Employment Contract
    • establishing and maintaining employer standards
  • Performance Management (at any age)
    • keeping skills current
    • dealing with sub-par job performance
  • Raising the Retirement Issue
    • how to discuss the elephant in the room without getting squashed

About Us: At Turner, A Human Resources Law Firm™ we have many years of experience advising, representing and litigating on behalf of employers with respect to

employment and labour law. We strive to assist employers to develop and implement clear policies and procedures that protect the best interests of the business and at the same time respect the applicable legal requirements. We work with employers and their management to develop practical and workable responses to employment issues. We believe in providing employers with the tools to identify, understand and strategically work through issues that arise in their workplace. In this way, we help ensure that management is best positioned to foster a positive, effective and productive environment for all.


Continental Breakfast and Lunch Buffets Included

Speaker bio(s)

 Brad Coulbeck

Brad Coulbeck

Brad has been a police officer for 27 years, currently serving as the Detachment Commander of Chatham OPP. Prior to this role he spent seven years as Team Leader of a police tactical unit, and riot squad. He has advanced training in Critical Incident Stress Response, and is a Certified Trauma Services Specialist. Brad serves as the Vice-President of the Board of Directors of the Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists (ATSS).

As a Certified Hypnotherapist and NLP Practitioner, Brad uses his knowledge of the subconscious mind combined with his practical experience, to train clients on how to boost resilience and grit.

Brad is the author of the book – The Resilient Mind: Achieve Success by Building Mental and Emotional Toughness. His personal philosophy is that you can’t avoid stress if you want to be successful, so you have to build capacity to thrive in a demanding, chaotic and ever-changing business environment. Brad is just recently back from a one year international policing mission in the Middle East. He was an advisor on leadership and tactics to security forces in the West Bank and Gaza. Brad hates paperwork, loves to travel, and is a world-class procrastinator.

 Kristen Harcourt

Kristen Harcourt, Professional Coach

For the last 10 years Kristen has consulted with hundreds of organizations in various industries helping them create more positive and productive workplaces. Her specialties have been talent management, leadership development, organizational wellness, team effectiveness and performance management.

In January 2017 she started her coaching practice so that she could work with more individuals on a one-on-one basis and have a deeper impact. Her mission in the workplace is to help leaders develop greater self-awareness and emotional intelligence, lead with courage, reach their full potential and bring out the best in their people. She also works with individuals in a personal setting who want to have more balance, meaning, clarity and fulfillment in their lives. She’s dedicated to supporting individuals in becoming more aware of their strengths, blind spots, values and purpose.

Kristen is a graduate of McMaster University, having attained her Honors Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Psychology. She completed her coach training and certification through The Coaches Training Institute (CTI) and achieved her CPCC designation – Certified Professional Co-Active Coach.

On a personal note, Kristen is a big believer in kindness and intentional living. She’s passionate about humanizing the workplace and creating innovative work environments where people thrive.


 Jennifer Heath

Jennifer Heath

Jennifer is dedicated to improving the health and productivity of her clients’ workplaces. She is well-versed in current employment-related case law and statutes, but is also sensitive to the practical impact of the law on both her employer and employee clients.

With her solid experience in handling a wide range of workplace issues, Jennifer has represented small to large-sized organizations across various industry sectors, including manufacturing, energy and technology. In addition to assisting employer clients, Jennifer also represents senior employee clients, both in pre-litigation negotiations and in the courtroom.

Over nearly ten years of practice, she has worked on many employment law matters for her clients, such as drafting employment and independent contractor agreements and workplace policies. She also provides strategic advice regarding termination, restructuring and disability management issues. Jennifer is a seasoned litigator, and has successfully handled numerous motions, hearings and mediations.

 Stuart Rudner

Stuart Rudner, Lawyer

Stuart Rudner isn’t one of those lawyers who is ideologically married to one side or the other – employee or employer. While many individual employees have their rights trampled on, he has also seen employees take advantage of those same rights to the detriment of their employer. There is good and bad in every group, and that is why his firm works with both employers and employees. They have the advantage of being able to see every situation from both sides. With training in Alternative Dispute Resolution techniques in his role as a mediator in employment matters, Stuart is also able to see things from a third side: that of a neutral third party, working with those involved to achieve a reasonable resolution to their issues.

Stuart chairs and teaches at many conferences, and he is the founding Program Director of Osgoode Professional Development’s HR Law for HR Professionals course and the co-founding Program Director of their Advanced HR Law for HR Professionals course. Additionally, he is flattered to be frequently consulted and interviewed by the media on matters relating to Employment Law.

With his firm and with his family, Stuart is a proud supporter of a number of worthwhile causes, including 360Kids, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, United Way, One Voice Network, Job Skills, Family Education Centre, Lawyers International Food Enterprise (LIFE), and Volunteer Lawyers Network.

He also believes in giving back to the professional communities that he is part of. Since the start of his career, Stuart has been actively involved in the Canadian and Ontario Bar Associations and has held several leadership positions. He has also volunteered countless hours leading sessions on HR Law topics and serving on committees for the HRPA, and is currently on the Board of Directors of the International Association for Human Resource Information Management (IHRIM). Since his firm is based in York Region, he takes particular pride in sponsoring the York Region Chapter of the HRPA and presenting an annual Employment Law update for their membership.

With two active children, much of Stuart’s time is spent in dance studios and hockey arenas (and, of course, in his car driving them to and from games, practices, tournaments and competitions). He is a firm believer in using technology to make life easier – without sacrificing the needs of his clients.

 David Turner

David Turner, Partner

David acts as counsel to management with respect to all aspects of Canadian employment and labour law. This includes advising, representing and litigating on behalf of clients with respect to: employment law; labour relations; wrongful dismissal; employment standards; human rights; workplace policies and procedures; employment contracts; performance management; and workplace safety and insurance matters.
David strives to assist employers to develop and articulate clear policies that protect the employer’s interests. He also works with his firm’s clients to develop practical and workable responses to employment issues such as performance management, employee discipline and workplace harassment.
David has lectured at the Law Society of Upper Canada and Ryerson University on Employment and Labour Law.
Free time in the summer is spent with his family at his cottage. In the winter David coaches his son’s hockey team.
He graduated from Queens Law School in 1984 and was called to the bar of the Law Society of Upper Canada in 1986. He is also a member of the Canadian Bar Association and the Ontario Bar Association.

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