Unlocking Human Potential:
Empowering Talent, Prioritizing Wellness, Strengthening Organizations

Creating stronger workplaces and being mindful of employee expectations demands that businesses be people-focused like never before. Simultaneously, preparing for emerging trends in workplaces requires disrupting traditional top-down models and turning towards a human-centric workforce ethos, while remaining fully aware of how this impacts the role of business and HR leaders.

Today the focus is on meaningfully unlocking human potential.

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Location

Virtual

Event platform access will be communicated by email 48 hours prior to the event start.

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CPD

18.5 CPD Hours

9.5 Hours live + 9 Hours on-demand

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Price

Member, Non-Member and Student pricing available.

Details in the “Pricing” tab.

Early bird ends June 16, 2022.

Today the focus is on meaningfully unlocking human potential.

An empowered, diverse workforce amplifies workers’ voices, integrates radical flexibility and helps renew our understanding of the underlying social contract that is implied in employer-employee relationships. Prioritizing employees’ emotional wellness and psychological safety is essential to address the increasing mental health needs of a diverse workforce. In turn, this is impacted by factors such as the elder and childcare duties that workers fulfill at home.

This conference will arm HR professionals with new and critical skills, tools and strategies to address talent development and emotional wellness and develop their organizations’ people practices for a stronger future that benefits everyone. Speakers will delve into the evolution of talent and the impetus to accommodate workers’ varying life circumstances. Sessions will also address how HR professionals can lead the necessary initiatives that can create space for employee-led workshops and presentations and account for the caregiving responsibilities of workers.

Join the conversation, level up your programs, and strengthen your human potential.

EVENT THEMES

  • Centering employees’ emotional wellness 
  • Embedding an ethos of psychological safety throughout your organization 
  • Enhancing talent development strategies 
  • Developing innovative recruitment and retention solutions 
  • Gaining the latest insights and information to support your business and prepare for the future 

WHY ATTEND

  • Learn from leading experts on today’s most pressing workplace issues 
  • Hear how to safeguard your organization from risk and help unlock human potential 
  • Collaborate with and learn from other HR professionals facing similar workplace challenges 

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

  • HR specialists, HR leaders, HR generalists, HR managers, HR directors, HR business partners 
  • Organizational development professionals and others who lead or execute OD strategies and programs in their organizations 
  • HR professionals who are involved with diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives in the workplace 
  • Talent recruitment and retention specialists in charge of attracting and upskilling employees 
  • Business leaders who are responsible for employee wellbeing, employee engagement, leadership, and policy development 

Today the focus is on meaningfully unlocking human potential.

An empowered, diverse workforce amplifies workers’ voices, integrates radical flexibility and helps renew our understanding of the underlying social contract that is implied in employer-employee relationships. Prioritizing employees’ emotional wellness and psychological safety is essential to address the increasing mental health needs of a diverse workforce. In turn, this is impacted by factors such as the elder and childcare duties that workers fulfill at home.

This conference will arm HR professionals with new and critical skills, tools and strategies to address talent development and emotional wellness and develop their organizations’ people practices for a stronger future that benefits everyone. Speakers will delve into the evolution of talent and the impetus to accommodate workers’ varying life circumstances. Sessions will also address how HR professionals can lead the necessary initiatives that can create space for employee-led workshops and presentations and account for the caregiving responsibilities of workers.

Join the conversation, level up your programs, and strengthen your human potential.

EVENT THEMES

  • Centering employees’ emotional wellness 
  • Embedding an ethos of psychological safety throughout your organization 
  • Enhancing talent development strategies 
  • Developing innovative recruitment and retention solutions 
  • Gaining the latest insights and information to support your business and prepare for the future 

WHY ATTEND

  • Learn from leading experts on today’s most pressing workplace issues 
  • Hear how to safeguard your organization from risk and help unlock human potential 
  • Collaborate with and learn from other HR professionals facing similar workplace challenges 

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

  • HR specialists, HR leaders, HR generalists, HR managers, HR directors, HR business partners 
  • Organizational development professionals and others who lead or execute OD strategies and programs in their organizations 
  • HR professionals who are involved with diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives in the workplace 
  • Talent recruitment and retention specialists in charge of attracting and upskilling employees 
  • Business leaders who are responsible for employee wellbeing, employee engagement, leadership, and policy development 

Continuing Professional Development

The Summer Conference is collectively eligible for 18.5 CPD Hours: 9.5 Hours Live + 9 Hours On-demand. 

CPD codes are only issued for sessions you attended live. No CPD code is provided for sessions viewed on-demand. Sessions you view on-demand do qualify for CPD Hours and will accumulate toward the total eligible CPD hours, however you will need to log those hours manually. Details can be found on the CPD FAQs page.

Not sure of your schedule?
Whether you attend the sessions live or not, register anyway to gain access to the conference recordings post-event. On-demand viewings still qualify for CPD Hours and recordings are made available for one year post-event date.

Event Pricing
All registration fees include access to the live, virtual streamed sessions as well as access to the conference recordings post-event.

INDIVIDUAL
REGISTRATION
Early bird
Until June 16, 2022
Regular
June 17, 2022 onward
MEMBERS
Single Day
Full Event

$75
$180

$95
$230
NON-MEMBERS
Single Day
Full Event

$100
$240

$120
$290
STUDENT MEMBERS
Single Day
Full Event

$35
$80

$35
$80
GROUP
REGISTRATION

3+ MORE REGISTRANTS

Early bird
Until June 16, 2022

Regular
June 17, 2022 onward
MEMBERS
Single Day
Full Event

$70
$165

$90
$210
NON-MEMBERS
Single Day
Full Event

$95
$230

$115
$275
STUDENT MEMBERS
Single Day
Full Event

$35
$80

$35
$80

Please note that HRPA reserves the right to modify and update session titles, descriptions and speakers.

DAY 1: Tuesday, July 26 

8:45 AM – 9:00 AM 
Welcome and Opening Remarks 

Speaker(s): Kris Tierney, CHRP, CHRL, (She/her/hers), Vice President, Human Resources and Learning, HRPA; Lindsay Recknell (She/her/hers); President & CEO, Paradigm Corporate Wellness Inc.  

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM 
Enhancing Your Understanding of the 13 Factors of Psychological Safety 

As frequently as we hear terms like psychological safety, do we know what it truly means? Kickstarting the conference, this conversation will equip HR professionals with timely, comprehensive knowledge about the multiple factors shaping the workplace. This session will compel you and your organization to embrace psychological health and safety and explore the business imperative to articulate the health, business and legal necessities for doing so. The focus will be on demonstrating due diligence and mitigating causes that lead to employees becoming psychologically injured or ill.

Speaker(s): Dr. Joti Samra, Work Environment, Emotional Intelligence & Mental Resilience Expert; CEO & Founder, MyWorkplaceHealth 

10:15 AM – 11:15 AM 

CONCURRENT SESSIONS: Select 1 of 3 

Wellness in Action: Connect, Support, Build Trust – Part 1

This three-part emotional wellness series is embedded into the conference program and will be a journey of learning about and examining taboo and complex issues. Topics addressed will include the impact of domestic violence in the workplace, the difference between stress and burnout, the widespread prevalence of burnout amongst HR leaders and the varying impact of stress as experienced by working mothers/caregivers, women and racialized employees. This series is not your typical wellness talk that you all too often hear about. Prepare to take a deeper dive into these issues to help support and strengthen your organization’s wellness strategies. Attend one or two parts covering specific topics relevant to your workplace, or the entire series to enhance your learning across all of these important issues.

Speaker(s): To be announced. 

Advancing DEI with Pay Equity 

Pay equity continues to be a constant challenge within the workforce. Current data highlights persisting inequalities in wages, where women from all walks of life are greatly impacted. This session will examine the strategic advantage of implementing a proactive stance on pay equity to close pay gaps and create an equitable and fair workplace. 

Speaker(s): Kadie Ward, MBA, Commissioner and Chief Administrative Officer at Ontario Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development 

Maximizing Diverse Talent and Performance 

Diverse teams outperform non-diverse teams by 35%, yet one of the biggest factors hampering productivity is leaders being afraid to build diverse teams with people who may have opposing perspectives. In this interactive session, participants will discuss the impacts of discriminatory behaviour on marginalized groups and how inclusive leaders can champion allyship to promote a diverse workplace. 

Speaker(s): Siobhan Calderbank, Senior Director of Talent Management, Speaker, Change Management and Leadership Professional, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Strategist and Advocate 

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM 
The Current State of Employment 

Tired of hearing about the Great Resignation? Are you ready for solutions to address the factors impacting today’s current state of employment? Well, let’s talk about it! It is time to get real in a candid discussion with our panel of subject-matter experts who will provide you with the necessary skills to influence positive change in the employment landscape. 

Moderator: Diane Biesinger, CHRP, HR and Learning Specialist, HRPA 

Speaker(s): Rosie Yeung, CPA, CA, CHRL; President and Founder of Changing Lenses; Tyler Fainstat, Executive Director, John Howard Society of Ottawa; Allison Venditti, Founder of Moms at Work and My Parental Leave; Jared Simmons, Founder and Principal, OUTLAST Consulting LLC. 

1:00 PM – 1:05 PM 
Closing Remarks and Day 1 Wrap-up 

Speaker(s): Lindsay Recknell (She/her/hers); President & CEO, Paradigm Corporate Wellness Inc. 

1:05 PM – 2:00 PM 
OPTIONAL: Community Roundtable 

This end of day session is your chance to engage in self-guided learning and to reflect on the highlights of the day. This informal open forum will provide a space to brainstorm solutions, discuss ideas and learn from the experiences of fellow HR professionals. 

Moderator: To be announced 

Please note that HRPA reserves the right to modify and update session titles, descriptions and speakers.

DAY 2: Wednesday, July 27

8:45 AM – 9:00 AM 
Welcome and Opening Remarks 

Speaker(s): Kris Tierney, CHRP, CHRL, (She/her/hers), Vice President, Human Resources and Learning, HRPA; Lindsay Recknell (She/her/hers); President & CEO, Paradigm Corporate Wellness Inc.

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

CONCURRENT SESSIONS: Select 1 of 3 

Wellness in Action: Connect, Support, Build Trust – Part 2

This three-part emotional wellness series is embedded into the conference program and will be a journey of learning about and examining taboo and complex issues. Topics addressed will include the impact of domestic violence in the workplace, the difference between stress and burnout, the widespread prevalence of burnout amongst HR leaders and the varying impact of stress as experienced by working mothers/caregivers, women and racialized employees. This series is not your typical wellness talk that you all too often hear about. Prepare to take a deeper dive into these issues to help support and strengthen your organization’s wellness strategies. Attend one or two parts covering specific topics relevant to your workplace, or the entire series to enhance your learning across all of these important issues.

Speaker(s): To be announced. 

Evolving Human Connections with Recognition and Psychological Safety

As the world of work evolves, psychological safety has become ever more critical. At its core, psychological safety is about feeling comfortable bringing your whole, human self to work. For employers, it’s about empowerment and trusting teams to do the jobs they were hired to do.

One way to prioritize psychological safety is through a culture of recognition. A new Gallop report indicates that recognition drives impact by improving the employee experience. Recognition has the most impact when it is authentic – but only about a third of survey participants strongly agree that the workplace recognition they get meets this bar.

Recognition only works when you do it right. So how can organizations create an authentic, supportive environment  that allows employees to engage, innovate and flourish while building trust with their leaders? Attend this session to learn how to infuse gratitude, recognition and appreciation into the employee life cycle, in order to create an inclusive and psychologically safe environment in your organization.

Speaker(s): Dr. Meisha-Ann Martin, Senior Director, People Analytics and Research, Workhuman

The Heart of Empathetic Leadership

The evolution of today’s workforce requires leaders to improve and learn new leadership skills and practices to help all employees thrive. Now more than ever, traditional leadership styles and mindsets are fast becoming a thing of the past. Like the saying goes, “out with the old, and in with the new!”

Speaker(s): To be announced

10:15 AM – 11:15 AM 
Keynote: Thrive, Don’t Just Survive – Mental Health Skills to Empower a Thriving Organization

Mental health starts with us –  to be our best at work, we must take care of ourselves first. In this talk, we are going to focus on you, the HR professional as a leader and on your own  mental health to give you the skills to implement you learn. This which will help empower the people you work with, so they too can take care of their mental health and contribute to  thriving, productive and ultimately healthier workplaces and communities. 

Speaker(s): Lindsay Recknell (She/her/hers); President & CEO, Paradigm Corporate Wellness Inc.

11:15 AM – 12:30 PM
BREAKOUT SESSIONS: Topics to be announced

Attendees are invited to join these moderated, peer-to-peer learning sessions that are a safe space for asking questions, exploring HR issues and sharing your own insights. 

Although there will be a moderator in the room, you as the audience member drive the discussion. Come prepared to share and discuss the ideas, best practices and solutions that keep you awake at night. HRPA will combine highlights from the discussions and share these with all attendees post-event. 

To facilitate open conversations and candid discussions, these sessions will NOT be recorded.

12:30 PM – 1:00 PM 
Closing Remarks and Day 2 Wrap-up 

Speaker(s): Lindsay Recknell (She/her/hers); President & CEO, Paradigm Corporate Wellness Inc.

Please note that HRPA reserves the right to modify and update session titles, descriptions and speakers.

DAY 3: Thursday, July 28 

8:45 AM – 9:00 AM 
Welcome and Opening Remarks 

Speaker(s): Kris Tierney, CHRP, CHRL, (She/her/hers), Vice President, Human Resources and Learning, HRPA; Lindsay Recknell (She/her/hers); President & CEO, Paradigm Corporate Wellness Inc. 

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM 

MASTERCLASSES: Select 1 of 3

Applied Knowledge: Psychological Safety

Organizations are familiar with the need to protect employees’ physical health and safety in the workplace. This responsibility is defined in occupational health and safety regulations, legislation and business practice. There is no denying that mental health problems continue to have a powerful impact in the workplace. Protecting workers must also include attending to their psychological well-being. This session will provide you with the necessary information and tools to take action to protect the health and safety of your employees.

Speaker(s): To be announced

Upskilling and Reskilling

Today’s organizations are facing a shortage of skills that are vital to business growth. Business leaders recognize the need to re-evaluate business models. This includes examining and reconsidering job roles and descriptions, identifying the current skillset of employees, determining future skills required and paying attention to where gaps exist. This session will explore the importance of enhancing your talent and development strategies by providing upskilling and reskilling opportunities. It will also address the pressures that exist for employees to upskill and reskill to remain relevant in today’s competitive job market.

Speaker(s): To be announced

Trauma Informed Management

You don’t need a background in counselling or therapy to gain a trauma informed approach to workplace management. Trauma informed means you are aware of the impact that toxic stress and trauma has on the brain and the body.

In this workshop, you will learn what a trauma response is, the language of trauma informed communication and the strategies that can support you and those who may be experiencing a trauma related response. These skills can be applied in the workplace setting in the context of conflict resolution, performance management, accommodation, return to work, hiring, leadership development and team building.

Becoming trauma-informed is a proactive risk mitigation strategy to better understand the impact of trauma on systems and individuals within your professional environment. This will also contribute to creating resilient and psychologically healthy and safe workplaces.

Speaker(s): Treena Reilkoff, QMed, PHSA, WFA, BSW, BA, Trauma Informed Conflict Management Specialist, TLR Solutions4Conflict 

10:45 AM – 11:45 AM 

CONCURRENT SESSIONS: Select 1 of 3 

Wellness in Action: Connect, Support, Build Trust – Part 3

This three-part emotional wellness series is embedded into the conference program and will be a journey of learning about and examining taboo and complex issues. Topics addressed will include the impact of domestic violence in the workplace, the difference between stress and burnout, the widespread prevalence of burnout amongst HR leaders and the varying impact of stress as experienced by working mothers/caregivers, women and racialized employees. This series is not your typical wellness talk that you all too often hear about. Prepare to take a deeper dive into these issues to help support and strengthen your organization’s wellness strategies. Attend one or two parts covering specific topics relevant to your workplace, or the entire series to enhance your learning across all of these important issues.

Speaker(s): To be announced. 

Workplace Accommodations

This session offers insightful advice and considerations to take into account when accommodating employees who are experiencing mental health challenges. Attendees will gain a deeper understanding of  mental health issues, and how to proactively foster a more psychologically safe and healthy workplace culture.

Speaker(s): Kelly Bron Johnson, Founder, Completely Inclusive and the Autistic Entrepreneurs Network; Certified Workplace Psychological Health and Safety Advisor

Maximizing Human Potential Through Effective Hybrid Work Design

As the war for talent continues, hybrid work models have become the new normal. But creating a successful hybrid work culture involves much more than just establishing rules around hours and location. At its heart, hybrid work is about giving people the flexibility and freedom to work where, when and how they work best.

This session presents the research-based business case for creating an effective hybrid work culture. We will also share best practices from organizations that have found early success and consider the important role that people leaders play in enabling hybrid work.

Speaker(s): Alison Grenier, Senior Consultant, Head of Culture & Research, Great Place to Work® Canada

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM 
The People Empowered Workforce

Speaker(s): Dr. Gillian Mandich, Founder, The International Happiness Institute of Health Science Research

1:00 PM – 1:05 PM 
Closing Remarks and Day 3 Wrap-up 

Speaker(s): Kris Tierney, CHRP, CHRL, (She/her/hers), Vice President, Human Resources and Learning, HRPA; Lindsay Recknell (She/her/hers); President & CEO, Paradigm Corporate Wellness Inc.  

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Kris Tierney, CHRP, CHRL, (She/her/hers)

Vice President, Human Resources and Learning, HRPA

Kris’ approach as an executive leader is to achieve results by creating outstanding workplaces where people and culture are strategic priorities. She is apassionate and skilled business executive with 15 years’ experience leading HR in hi-tech, high growth companies in automotive and financial services, where she served as a trusted people and culture strategist, advisor, and business partner to the C-Suite.   

Kris started her career in hospitality where she held various leadership and management positions. For more than 20 years, Kris has served as a valued member of senior and executive leadership teams, where her skills in HR, leadership, strategy, and culture were honed and her passion for business and human resources were developed. She is periodically called upon by media, conferences, and academia to contribute her experience and perspectives as an HR and business leader.   

Kris has achieved the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) and Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) designations as awarded by the Human Resources Professionals Association in Ontario, Canada. As a lifelong learner, Kris is thrilled to bring professional development and learning opportunities to the HR community in her role as Vice-President, Human Resources and Learning at the HRPA.  

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Lindsay Recknell (She/her/hers)

President & CEO, Paradigm Corporate Wellness Inc.

Lindsay Recknell gets people talking, teaches self-awareness and brain science, and helps as many people as she can use positive psychology to motivate positive change.

As the President & CEO of Paradigm Corporate Wellness Inc, Lindsay Recknell continues to raise mental health maturity in organizations while making conversations about mental health in the workplace as normalized as any other conversation.  

A certified Psychological Health & Safety Advisor, Lindsay works with Leaders & HR Professionals to give them the knowledge and confidence to know what to say about mental health at work, how to help while considering the moral, ethical and legal considerations and how to make mental health-related decisions in the best interest of the company, their individual teams and themselves. 

She empowers individuals, strengthens teams and transforms organizations through her podcast, Mental Health for Leaders, a certificate program for Leaders & HR Professionals titled, Mental Health Skills Training, a digital subscription of conversation starters titled, Language of Mental Health, and a live, virtual or in-person workshop titled, From Burnout to Hope. Lindsay lives in Calgary with her husband and their two Golden Retrievers. 

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Kris Tierney, CHRP, CHRL, (She/her/hers)

Vice President, Human Resources and Learning, HRPA

Kris’ approach as an executive leader is to achieve results by creating outstanding workplaces where people and culture are strategic priorities. She is apassionate and skilled business executive with 15 years’ experience leading HR in hi-tech, high growth companies in automotive and financial services, where she served as a trusted people and culture strategist, advisor, and business partner to the C-Suite.   

Kris started her career in hospitality where she held various leadership and management positions. For more than 20 years, Kris has served as a valued member of senior and executive leadership teams, where her skills in HR, leadership, strategy, and culture were honed and her passion for business and human resources were developed. She is periodically called upon by media, conferences, and academia to contribute her experience and perspectives as an HR and business leader.   

Kris has achieved the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) and Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) designations as awarded by the Human Resources Professionals Association in Ontario, Canada. As a lifelong learner, Kris is thrilled to bring professional development and learning opportunities to the HR community in her role as Vice-President, Human Resources and Learning at the HRPA.  

Lindsay Recknall
Lindsay Recknell (She/her/hers)

President & CEO, Paradigm Corporate Wellness Inc.

Lindsay Recknell gets people talking, teaches self-awareness and brain science, and helps as many people as she can use positive psychology to motivate positive change.

As the President & CEO of Paradigm Corporate Wellness Inc, Lindsay Recknell continues to raise mental health maturity in organizations while making conversations about mental health in the workplace as normalized as any other conversation.  

A certified Psychological Health & Safety Advisor, Lindsay works with Leaders & HR Professionals to give them the knowledge and confidence to know what to say about mental health at work, how to help while considering the moral, ethical and legal considerations and how to make mental health-related decisions in the best interest of the company, their individual teams and themselves. 

She empowers individuals, strengthens teams and transforms organizations through her podcast, Mental Health for Leaders, a certificate program for Leaders & HR Professionals titled, Mental Health Skills Training, a digital subscription of conversation starters titled, Language of Mental Health, and a live, virtual or in-person workshop titled, From Burnout to Hope. Lindsay lives in Calgary with her husband and their two Golden Retrievers. 

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