The Magic of HR
Win a $1,000 Travel Voucher – and Go Anywhere You Want!
This year, there will be a special giveaway at the HRPA Eastern Conference. One lucky delegate will receive a $1,000 travel voucher, redeemable for any travel experience you choose. Redeemable with itravel2000.com, the voucher applies to travel deals, airfare, hotels and more – with no blackout dates. Check your next trip off your bucket list with us!
September 19 - Make Some Magic at Our East-Side Social!
As a conference attendee, you get the added benefit of an invitation to attend our inaugural East-Side Social.
Skip the arduous trip to Toronto and discover the vibrant, thriving HR community in Eastern Ontario. Network with your HR neighbours, and build invaluable connections right in your own backyard.
Share some gourmet hors d'oeuvres with new friends, some career ideas with new mentors, and some laughs with close-up magician BryTheMagicGuy, who will be on hand to entertain and delight!
This is a complimentary event. Please select "With Networking" option to indicate your attendance when registering online.
September 20 - Conference Sessions
Orlando shares how to use the unexpected challenges that life can bring as fuel for new beginnings. When the game is on the line, it’s not about the acknowledgement of the fact that we will all face challenges. It’s all about taking the energy from those challenges and channeling them in a way that positively affects ones environment.
From Overwhelmed to Flourishing: Lessons from Neuroscience
Stress is part of our life, how do we keep it under control? We will work on the understanding of what happens to our multiple brains when we are overwhelmed and the implications for our working life. We will learn how to recognize the overwhelmed state in time and practical ways to get us out of it.
During this session, Dr. Davidovich will share:
- How the different "brains" contribute to the feeling of being overwhelmed.
- How to recognize when you are overly stressed and what you can do about it.
- The impacts of stress on emotions and the physical body.
- How to recognize your internal rhythms and use them to your advantage.
- The seven steps to flourishing and thriving.
- Learn how the different "brains" contribute to the feeling of being overwhelmed.
- Understand the implications of being overwhelmed to both your health and well-being.
- Understand how to quickly recognize when you are overwhelmed and what to do about it.
Speaker: Carlos Davidovich, Optimum Talent
LGBTQ & H&S in the Workplace
There is a clear business case for LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) inclusion. There are numerous studies that have proven that inclusion of LGBTQ people creates productivity and profitability for an organization and enhances employee engagement. This session will show you how to create a positive workplace for LGBTQ staff and provide strategies and best practices to address transgender rights in the workplace.
Speaker: Colin Youngman, Hicks Morley Hamilton Stewart Storie LLP
Panel: Cannabis in the Workplace
A panel of experts will be discussing the use of cannabis in the workplace as Canada approaches full legalization in 2018. This session will provide an update on the legalization of marijuana and medical prescriptions, the employer's duty to accommodate an employee's disability requiring the use of medical marijuana and more.
Moderator: Sherry Bennett, Bayview Concierge
Panelists: Alan Whyte, Cunningham Swan; Dr. Tanny Raz, Apollo Research; Bryan Hendin, Apollo Research; Dr. Ronald Walsh, Walsh & Associates
Transforming Performance Management - The Evolution of Employee Voice - 2018 Trends
Our companies are constantly striving for greater customer satisfaction and product or service improvement, so why aren’t we giving the same vital attention to our strongest asset—our employees? The workforce is becoming more modern in all areas, and Employee Voice is a crucial area deserving of both ingenuity and attention. In order to maintain a workforce environment where employees can be engaged and perform successfully, a new approach to hearing and acting on the voice of employees is being adopted by innovative organizations.
In this session, you will learn:
Why focusing on a better Employee Voice strategy is important
The evolution of Employee Voice, and why certain methods are outdated and no longer adequate on their own
Proven effective methods and practical solutions to supporting a inspirational future of Employee Voice
Examples of companies that are doing it well
Speaker: Rob Catalano, Work Tango
Keynote: Building Relationships
In "Connectivity," Kate Davis shows the audience how to establish, cultivate, and keep connections that lead to productivity and success both in business and our personal lives. Whether it’s a CEO connecting with their staff, a client connecting with their customer, or departments connecting with other departments, good communication and rapport within an organization is the source of a flow that leads to creativity, quick resolutions, and a deeper understanding among staff of the overall business purpose. Staying connected to colleagues keeps things on track and is one of the most important elements to an organization's success.
Speaker: Kate Davis
Moving Forward with Mentoring
Mentors and mentees were promoted five to six times more often than those not in a mentoring program (Gartner). Now it's your turn. Join this interactive session that will help you take your career to the next level by establishing game-changing mentoring relationships:
- What mentoring is and its impact.
- How you can benefit from being both the mentee and mentor.
- Mentoring program best practices that you can bring back to your organization.
- How the HRPA’s MentorCity works throughout your career journey.
- Tips and exercises to enhance your mentoring skills.
- How to integrate the valuable lessons gained into your life.
Speaker: Shawn Mintz, MentorCity
Transitioning from HR Professional to Leader
Organizations of today are transforming at lightening speed. Everywhere we turn, there are organizations evolving, innovating and redesigning the way they do business. With this evolution, comes the need for the traditional HR practitioner to evolve alongside their organizations. The evolvement of organizations are forcing HR practitioners to think differently, challenge effectively, create strategy and direction, provide thought leadership and know the businesses they work within. This practical and hands-on session will focus on how you can begin your journey of upping your game as an HR professional and evolving into an HR leader who is sought after for your strategic mind. Build your leadership brand and create a legacy for yourself where you are inspiring and engaging others and yourself while transforming your organization in remarkable ways.
Speaker: Jodi Zigelstein-Yip, EnlivenHR
Employment Law 101
This program will provide an overview of key employment laws, explain the legal obligations of employers towards employees, and will provide employers with some best practices to ensure they use employment contracts and policies in a strategic manner.
- Understanding the legal obligations of employers towards employees during the employment relationship, “from hiring to firing”
- Gaining knowledge of the latest developments in employment law
- Learning some best practices in implementing strategic initiatives such as employment contracts, policy and procedure documents
Speaker: Stuart Rudner, Rudner Law
Difficult Conversations with Employees
Stressful work environments often come with an assortment of difficult conversations. Whether it's giving feedback to staff or confronting a colleague, these interactions can be challenging. This session will provide you with strategies for handling stressful situations and creating agreement through fostering open dialogue around emotional or high-stake topics.
Speaker: Debbie Kassirer, Beyond Conflict
Keynote: Dancing with Disruption
With great opportunity comes great uncertainty. Whatever sector you're in, the possibilities are hugely exciting. New technologies are creating massive breakthroughs – and disruption cannot be avoided. Disruption demands an acute sensitivity to opportunity combined with a fierce commitment to execution.
Mike Lipkin is uniquely qualified to coach you on how to dance with disruption. He not only studies disruptors for a living, he works with them. He talks to hundreds of them every year. Together with his fellow wizards in the Environics Group, he also researches the trends that are defining the new realities.
In this session, Mike will coach you on how to adapt, navigate and pivot in a way that inspires, delights and thrills others. He will reveal the seven secrets to thriving on massive change so the most desirable people want to work only with you. Mike illustrates each secret through people and companies that have changed the rules of the game, created new markets and radically redefined the future.
Speaker: Mike Lipkin