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September 24

IDEA are core values that many organizations strive to embody within the workplace.  

Diversity accounts for who is represented in the workplace in terms of gender, age, ethnicity, physical ability and neurodiversity. 

Equity refers to fair treatment for all people while taking into consideration each person's unique circumstances. 

Inclusion denotes how individuals experience the workplace and to what extent organizations enable employees to make meaningful contributions.  

Accessibility is about creating a welcoming and productive workplace for individuals to fulfill their role safely and efficiently. 

Research shows that companies that fully practice and demonstrate IDEA are better able to respond to challenges, win top talent and meet the needs of different customer bases. For organizations and people leaders, this requires ensuring diverse talent is well represented, leadership is held accountable, transparency and equal opportunity principles are followed, microaggressions and biases are eliminated, and a sense of belonging is consistently fostered. 

In this context, HR professionals are often at the forefront of driving change and policy updates. Yet, to do so meaningfully calls for organizational structures to evolve and adapt. Indeed, there are definite gaps at the intersection of HR and DEI. These gaps are worsened by instances of DEI falling to HR leaders without a competency framework. Making matters more complex are emerging workplace considerations such as AI and its increased use in practice on the one hand, and hard-coded business structures that are slow to change on the other. 

Attend this micro-conference to explore the best practices and lessons learnt by organizations that are successfully implementing IDEA practices. 

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Registration is FREE for HRPA members.

HRPA's member learning programming goal for 2024 is all about quality and enhanced value for your HRPA membership. This year's micro-conferences (February, April, September) will be FREE virtual events to members, aiming to offer up a total of 12 CPD hours. That's a savings of $120 per event! Not a member yet? Become one today

Why attend: 

  • Learn how to effectively implement IDEA principles at work. 
  • Become skilled at identifying gaps in and comprehensive solutions to enhance workplace inclusivity, diversity, equity and accessibility. 
  • Gain a thorough understanding of how IDEA in practice makes business better. 
  • Enhance your ability to measure the effectiveness of IDEA initiatives.

Who should attend:  

  • HR Managers and HR Directors who lead the planning and execution of HR and DEI strategies and legal compliance in this domain. 
  • HR professionals who need to understand legal rights and responsibilities in their work, such as HR Recruitment Specialists, HR Managers, HR Directors, HR Business Partners and HR Tech Specialists. 
  • Organizational Development professionals and others who lead or execute OD strategies and programs in their organizations. 
  • Business Leaders who are responsible for leadership training and development, IDEA at work and policy development. 
  • HR professionals who are involved with organizational change, employee well-being and  IDEA principles. 
  • Non-HR professionals who manage workplaces or worker issues. 
  • Other ancillary professionals in the IDEA space, including employment lawyers, students of law, IDEA professionals, Health and Safety professionals, etc. 

Why attend: 

  • Learn how to effectively implement IDEA principles at work. 
  • Become skilled at identifying gaps in and comprehensive solutions to enhance workplace inclusivity, diversity, equity and accessibility. 
  • Gain a thorough understanding of how IDEA in practice makes business better. 
  • Enhance your ability to measure the effectiveness of IDEA initiatives.

Who should attend:  

  • HR Managers and HR Directors who lead the planning and execution of HR and DEI strategies and legal compliance in this domain. 
  • HR professionals who need to understand legal rights and responsibilities in their work, such as HR Recruitment Specialists, HR Managers, HR Directors, HR Business Partners and HR Tech Specialists. 
  • Organizational Development professionals and others who lead or execute OD strategies and programs in their organizations. 
  • Business Leaders who are responsible for leadership training and development, IDEA at work and policy development. 
  • HR professionals who are involved with organizational change, employee well-being and  IDEA principles. 
  • Non-HR professionals who manage workplaces or worker issues. 
  • Other ancillary professionals in the IDEA space, including employment lawyers, students of law, IDEA professionals, Health and Safety professionals, etc. 

Date: Tuesday, September 24   
Duration: 8:45 AM – 1:40 PM   
Virtual participation: Live stream via ON24 
CPD Hours: To be announced 

8:45 AM – 9:05 AM  |  Welcome, Land Acknowledgement and Event Kickoff 
Speakers: Diane Biesinger (she/her), CHRP, Manager, People and Culture, HRPA 

9:00 AM – 9:20 AM|  Company Culture: Authenticity and Inclusion  
The pursuit of diversity in the workplace and inclusion is not merely a buzzword; it’s a commitment that demands tangible actions and genuine intentions. Great Place To Work will highlight considerations to promote diversity and inclusion in the workplace. 

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

9:20 AM – 10:00 AM|  DEI: More than a Trend 
HR is now taking on the lion’s share of DEI and needs help. What issues and trends are on the horizon and how can you prepare and adapt? 

Speakers: To be announced. 

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM|  Hiring Transparency 
When an organization is more transparent with their employees, they tend to be more successful in employee engagement and have a stronger company culture. Hiring new talent is an important first step to creating trust and a positive relationship. Let’s discuss new ways you can enhance your hiring transparency, other than just posting a salary range, that will truly champion diversity and inclusion. 

Moderator: Diane Biesinger (she/her), CHRP, Manager, People and Culture, HRPA 
Speakers: Ingrid Palmer, Chief Diversity Officer, Realize Canada 

10:30 AM – 10:45 AM  |  Tech Break    

10:45 AM – 11:45 PM |  Panel: The Intersection of IDEA and HR 
Some companies are embracing initiatives with IDEA experts while others are not able to. Instead, most oversight falls to the HR team creating this intersection of responsibility and implementation. Policies and HR mandates can often impose restrictions to IDEA progress. Where does it fall apart and how do we get HR the support they need to roll out IDEA into their job responsibilities? And in cases were IDEA is an independent unit, who do they report to: HR or the CEO? 

Speakers: To be announced. 

11:45 AM – 12:00 PM|Tech Break     

12:00 PM – 12:45 PM  |  Leveraging AI: Ease the Load and Scale IDEA 
This session explores the intentions of AI and its tactical use and considerations of IDEA. How can you effectively integrate AI into HR processes and what are the impacts on IDEA? Let’s explore a live AI rollout process together. 

Speaker: To be announced. 

12:45 PM – 1:30 PM|Panel: Scaling AI in Business    
Defining HR’s critical role in scaling AI across the business is a people problem, not IT! Experts will share insights into how biases in AI can undermine IDEA initiatives and perpetuate systemic inequalities and provide awareness to course correct AI uses. 

Speaker: To be announced. 

1:30 PM – 1:40 PM  |  Closing Remarks and Event Wrap Up    
Speakers: Diane Biesinger (she/her), CHRP, Manager, People and Culture, HRPA 

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This event is FREE for HRPA members! Not a member yet? Become one today

Not sure of your schedule? Register virtually for on demand access!  
Whether you attend the virtual sessions live or not, registering will give you access to the conference recordings. On-demand viewings qualify for CPD hours and recordings are made available for one year post-event date.   

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Diane Biesinger
Diane Biesinger (she/her), CHRP

Manager, People and Culture, HRPA

Diane has more than 20 years of experience in HR and has enjoyed working in a wide range of industries from startups to Fortune 100 companies. Diane holds the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation as awarded by the HRPA. She currently brings her passion for HR to her current role at the HRPA, where her focus runs the range of the workplace experience for all HRPA employees, “keeping the lights on in HR” and delivering on the association’s strategic initiatives.  

Diane is proud that HRPA has been certified as a Great Place to Work by GPTW Canada for the last four years and is looking forward to having that continue and improve. Prior to joining HRPA, she spent six years in the telecommunications space working with companies such as Bell and Rogers, as Director of HR. She is passionate about IDEA (inclusivity, diversity, equity, accessibility) and supporting leaders and staff promote organizational objectives. Diane likes to bring her whole self to work and is enthusiastic about relationships as she brings a genuine love of people, especially our differences, to her daily interactions. 

Grenier, Alison
Alison Grenier

Senior Consultant and Head of Culture & Research, Great Place to Work® Canada

Alison Grenier is a Senior Consultant and Head of Culture & Research for Great Place to Work® Canada. With over 15 years’ experience in the field, Alison leverages GPTW’s unparalleled data library to uncover emerging workplace trends and insights. She is skilled in high-level analysis of qualitative and quantitative data and supports some of Canada’s leading organizations with specific and actionable feedback to improve their workplace culture. Prior to joining the Institute, Alison worked in a variety of human resource roles in the manufacturing, not-for-profit and service sectors. She holds a Master’s degree in Workplace Learning and Change. 

Diane Biesinger
Diane Biesinger (she/her), CHRP

Manager, People and Culture, HRPA

Diane has more than 20 years of experience in HR and has enjoyed working in a wide range of industries from startups to Fortune 100 companies. Diane holds the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation as awarded by the HRPA. She currently brings her passion for HR to her current role at the HRPA, where her focus runs the range of the workplace experience for all HRPA employees, “keeping the lights on in HR” and delivering on the association’s strategic initiatives.  

Diane is proud that HRPA has been certified as a Great Place to Work by GPTW Canada for the last four years and is looking forward to having that continue and improve. Prior to joining HRPA, she spent six years in the telecommunications space working with companies such as Bell and Rogers, as Director of HR. She is passionate about IDEA (inclusivity, diversity, equity, accessibility) and supporting leaders and staff promote organizational objectives. Diane likes to bring her whole self to work and is enthusiastic about relationships as she brings a genuine love of people, especially our differences, to her daily interactions. 

Grenier, Alison
Alison Grenier

Senior Consultant and Head of Culture & Research, Great Place to Work® Canada

Alison Grenier is a Senior Consultant and Head of Culture & Research for Great Place to Work® Canada. With over 15 years’ experience in the field, Alison leverages GPTW’s unparalleled data library to uncover emerging workplace trends and insights. She is skilled in high-level analysis of qualitative and quantitative data and supports some of Canada’s leading organizations with specific and actionable feedback to improve their workplace culture. Prior to joining the Institute, Alison worked in a variety of human resource roles in the manufacturing, not-for-profit and service sectors. She holds a Master’s degree in Workplace Learning and Change. 

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