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Details for Tuesday April 2

Wednesday, April 3 Schedule

Keynote Session
8:30 – 10:00
THINK. DO. SAY. A Guide for Personal and Corporate Success in a Busy, Busy World Ron Tite
Breakout Sessions
10:45 – 12:15
What You Need to Know: Labour Relations Code Reform Update Rob Sider, Sandra Banister, Barry Dong
Anatomy of an Investigation: Step by Step Tips on
Effective Investigations
Lisa Southern, Terry Honcharuk, Christopher Munroe
Developing and Measuring Your D&I Strategy: Lessons from the Field Michael Bach
The Coup: How to Lead and Create Disruption Within Organizations and Industries Ron Tite
Cultivating a Learning Organization – Why Experiential
Learning and Emotional Intelligence Need to Be a Part
of Your Employee Training
Carolyn Stern
She-Ra! Practical Tips to Boost Women Leaders in Your Organization Angelique Meyer, Michelle Penney
Celebration Gala Lunch
12:15 – 2:15
Enjoy this celebration of HR excellence and recognition of our sponsors at a plated luncheon.
Dealing With Criticism and Pressure – How to Perform When it Matters Most Hayley Wickenheiser
Breakout Sessions
2:15 – 3:15
1,000 Small Acts: Implementing Strategy Effectively Jon Bracken
Making Human Resources Strategically Invaluable –
Driving change through people in transformational times
Michael Watson
HR Innovation Lab Interactive Session
Strengthening Mental Health In The Workplace Dave Phillips
Building Resiliency: Tools and Strategies Your Team Needs
to Champion the Pace of Change
Helen Wong
Action-Oriented Paths to Pay Transparency: What Your
Company Can Do Today to Help Close the Gender Gap
Annika Reinhardt, Wendy Pat Fong
Keynote Session
3:30 – 5:00
Hide Your Goat Steve Gilliland
Conference schedule, speakers and sessions are subject to change.For CPHR holders: Your attendance will be tracked by scanners at the door to each breakout. To claim your CPD Hours, you must be scanned into each session you attend.

Wednesday Session Details

THINK. DO. SAY. A Guide for Personal and Corporate Success in a Busy, Busy World
DATE: Wednesday, April 3, 2019
TIME: 8:30am – 9:45am
TRACK: KEYNOTE
AUDIENCE LEVEL: All
DESCRIPTION: Thinking is your beliefs and values. It’s not your product, it’s your purpose.

Doing is the decisions you make and actions you take to live your values.

Saying is how you communicate your values and actions: the internal or external selling, marketing, and promotion.

When an organization and all its people think, do, and say the same things, it creates complete alignment. But when an organization and its people DON’T think or do or say the same things, the result is an integrity gap. That’s not good for careers. And it’s certainly not good for business.

This entertaining and enlightening keynote will not only inspire your people to change their thoughts and actions to align with the organization. It’ll also give them the tools to do it.

PRESENTER(S):

Relevant, engaging, and interactive, Ron Tite exceeds expectations each and every time he takes the stage. Named one of the “Top 10 Creative Canadians” by Marketing Magazine, he’s been an award-winning advertising writer and creative director for some of the world’s most respected brands, including Air France, Evian, Hershey, Johnson & Johnson, Kraft, Intel, Microsoft, and Volvo. Addressing a variety of topics surrounding branding, corporate strategy, creativity, content, and social media, Tite’s presentations are not only information-packed, they’re also infused with his unique humour–guaranteed to have you laughing while you learn.

Currently, Tite is Founder and CEO of Church & State, a content marketing agency based in Toronto. His work has been recognized by The London International Advertising Awards, The New York Festivals of Advertising, The Crystals, The Extras, The Canadian Marketing Association, and The Marketing Awards, to name just a few.

Tite is also executive producer and host of the Canadian Comedy Award-winning show Monkey Toast, and publisher of the award-winning and bestselling humour book, This is That Travel Guide to Canada, with CBC Radio’s hit show, This is That. He has written for a number of other television series, penned a children’s book, and wrote, performed, and produced the play, The Canadian Baby Bonus.


What You Need to Know: Labour Relations Code Reform Update
DATE: Wednesday, April 3, 2019
TIME: 11:00am – 12:30pm
TRACK: Employment Law & Legislation
AUDIENCE LEVEL:
DESCRIPTION: TBC
PRESENTER(S):
Rob Sider
Sandra Banister
Barry Dong

Anatomy of an Investigation: Step by Step Tips on Effective Investigations
DATE: Wednesday, April 3, 2019
TIME: 11:00am – 12:30pm
TRACK: Employment Law & Legislation
AUDIENCE LEVEL:
DESCRIPTION: Investigations are always urgent, emotional and reactionary. Making good decisions in these moments of crisis can be difficult. Using a “live scenario”, this session will give you unique insight into how the experts navigate the crisis-laden complexities of workplace investigations. You will move through these important moments guided by, and participating with, leaders in the field.

In this moment by moment scenario, the panel will travel with you through the triggering incident, the complaint process, planning, and then into the actual investigation itself and, the final reporting out. You will learn what to do, what not to do, and today’s best practices in this important work. This session is not a lecture, or a discussion, it is an experience guided by the professionals who do this work and advise on it every day. Fasten your seatbelts, this is going to be quite the ride.

PRESENTER(S):
Lisa Southern, LLB is the Founder of Southern & Associates, a legal firm located in North Vancouver that specializes in employment and labour law, especially in the area of workplace investigations. She and her Associates guide organizations across British Columbia to find workplace solutions that enhance their organizations’ commitment to building a positive workplace environment. Lisa strongly believes that engaging a reliable and fair Investigator results in a sustainable and acceptable outcome, demonstrates the necessary due diligence, and results in less litigation post-investigation. Lisa’s specialization in workplace investigations is built on her transition through key legal roles that continue to provide her with a unique background and perspective. She received her Law degree from the Osgoode Hall Law School at York University in 1996. She was called to the Bar in 1997 after articling at Russell and DuMoulin. In 2003, Lisa was appointed to the BC Labour Relations Board, first as Vice Chair, and then as Registrar and Vice Chair until 2009 when she returned to private practice and started to focus on the important work of investigations and supporting exceptional workplace culture. She has continued her practice on being a neutral third party for both public and private sector organizations and she has conducted a large number of investigations into complaints involving privacy issues, human rights, harassment, and workplace health and safety. In addition to her investigation work, Lisa is frequently appointed as a mediator and also arbitrates labour disputes. In 2017, Lisa was appointed as the Registrar of the Office of Arbitration for the BC Nurses’ Union and the Health Employers Association of BC, assisting them to resolve grievances efficiently and fairly.

Terry Honcharuk is a Partner at The Integrity Group. Founded in 1996, The Integrity Group is a Vancouver-based firm of lawyers dedicated to helping employers in all industries and sectors create and maintain workplaces free from harassment, sexual harassment, discrimination, bullying, and workplace violence. Working as a neutral third-party workplace investigator throughout B.C. and Canada, Terry’s brings his 25 years of experience to bear in providing his clients with reliable guidance throughout an investigation. Terry also provides expertise as an educator and mediator, facilitating both group workshops and individual training on all aspects of the respectful workplace including conflict management and repairing dysfunctional corporate and institutional relationships.

Terry left private practice to take on the role of in-house counsel for a 10,000+ member trade union where he handled all its litigation including arbitrations, Labour Relations Board work, WCB/WorkSafeBC cases, and human rights issues; he also served as Privacy Officer and carried out extensive collective bargaining. Keen to gain insights from the employer’s side, Terry later accepted positions as legal counsel with employer associations in the health care and the social services sectors, respectively, handling a wide array of litigation and collective bargaining matters, and he subsequently joined The Integrity Group.

Christopher Munroe is a lawyer with Roper Greyell LLP where he practises in all areas of labour, employment and human rights law. Chris provides practical advice to employers on employment agreements, workplace policies, employment standards, termination of employment and human rights issues, with a goal of mitigating risks and preventing issues before they arise. Where necessary, Chris has litigated matters before arbitrators, administrative tribunals, and all levels of court in British Columbia. Chris speaks and writes on a wide range of employment and labour law topics, including delivering seminars and training to clients on all workplace issues.

Developing and Measuring Your D&I Strategy: Lessons from the Field
DATE: Wednesday, April 3, 2019
TIME: 11:00am – 12:30pm
TRACK: Organizational Effectiveness
AUDIENCE LEVEL:
DESCRIPTION: Michael Bach, Founder/CEO of CCDI and former National Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for KPMG Canada, will guide your journey from business case and strategy fundamentals to measurements and key indicators. Michael is a national and internationally recognized subject matter expert. We all know that organizations that truly value diversity and foster inclusion excel above all others. Research consistently demonstrates that these organizations demonstrate greater employee engagement, productivity and financial results. So, how do you build a rock-solid business case and strategy? And, even more importantly, how does your organization develop tools to measure diversity and inclusion?
PRESENTER(S):

Michael Bach is nationally and internationally recognized as a thought leader and subject matter expert in the fields of diversity, inclusion and employment equity, bringing a vast knowledge of leading practices in a live setting to his work. He has deep experience in strategy development, stakeholder engagement, training and development, research, solution development and execution, employee engagement, data analytics, measurement and diversity scorecards, targeted recruiting strategies, marketing and communications, Employee Resource Groups, Diversity Councils, and diversity related legislation (Employment Equity Act, AODA, etc.) among other skills and experiences related to field of diversity and inclusion.

Prior to taking on this role he was the National Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for KPMG in Canada, a role he created and held for the past 7 years.

Over the course of his career, Michael has received repeated recognition for his work, including being named as one of the Women of Influences’s 2012 Canadian Diversity Champions. In 2011 he was honoured as the Diversity Champion with the Catalyst Canada Honours Human Resources/Diversity Leader award. He also received the Women of Influence’s 2011 Canadian Diversity Champions, the 2011 Inspire Award as LGBTQ Person of the Year and the 2011 Out on Bay Street Leaders to be Proud of LGBT Advocate Workplace Award. In 2010 Michael was honoured by the Toronto Immigrant Employment Council with the 2010 IS Award Canadian HR Reporter Individual Achievement Award.


The Coup: How to Lead and Create Disruption Within Organizations and Industries
DATE: Wednesday, April 3, 2019
TIME: 11:00am – 12:30pm
TRACK: Personal and Professional Enrichment
AUDIENCE LEVEL:
DESCRIPTION: In 1970, Gil Scott-Heron released a single that would go down as one of the anthems of grassroots movements, “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised”. It’s the perfect theme song for what businesses are going through these days. The massive change most of us are experiencing is happening faster than anyone could have predicted. The impact is larger than we ever imagined as companies, movements, and institutions we thought were too big to fail are failing. And the organizations and people who are often toppling regimes are relative unknowns with limited experience, no legacy, and who usually exist outside the establishment. Because of that, they (and their activities) are undetected until it’s too late.

This change is usually defined as “disruption”. But it’s not disruption – it’s a coup.

The anti-establishment forces are challenging what you do, how you do it, and how you define success by writing and following their own rules. So what do you do? Give up? Throw in the towel? Just hand the keys to the planet over to Millennials? Go down with your long-held beliefs that there’s only one way to do things?

That’s what this humourous and insightful presentation will cover. The Revolution will not be televised. But during this keynote address, it certainly will be planned.

PRESENTER(S):

Relevant, engaging, and interactive, Ron Tite exceeds expectations each and every time he takes the stage. Named one of the “Top 10 Creative Canadians” by Marketing Magazine, he’s been an award-winning advertising writer and creative director for some of the world’s most respected brands, including Air France, Evian, Hershey, Johnson & Johnson, Kraft, Intel, Microsoft, and Volvo. Addressing a variety of topics surrounding branding, corporate strategy, creativity, content, and social media, Tite’s presentations are not only information-packed, they’re also infused with his unique humour–guaranteed to have you laughing while you learn.

Currently, Tite is Founder and CEO of Church & State, a content marketing agency based in Toronto. His work has been recognized by The London International Advertising Awards, The New York Festivals of Advertising, The Crystals, The Extras, The Canadian Marketing Association, and The Marketing Awards, to name just a few.

Tite is also executive producer and host of the Canadian Comedy Award-winning show Monkey Toast, and publisher of the award-winning and bestselling humour book, This is That Travel Guide to Canada, with CBC Radio’s hit show, This is That. He has written for a number of other television series, penned a children’s book, and wrote, performed, and produced the play, The Canadian Baby Bonus.


Cultivating a Learning Organization – Why Experiential Learning and Emotional Intelligence Need to Be a Part of Your Employee Training
DATE: Wednesday, April 3, 2019
TIME: 11:00am – 12:30pm
TRACK: Personal and Professional Enrichment
AUDIENCE LEVEL: Senior
DESCRIPTION: Einstein once said, “The only source of knowledge is experience.” With this in mind, do your training programs provide your employees with an experience they will remember?

Creating opportunities for your employees to experience an emotional connection to a concept is what is going to stay with them, not their notes from a training session. Experiential learning allows an employee to get their hands dirty while applying what they have learned. Learning by doing provides the learner with instant feedback and the ability to reflect on what to keep doing, what to modify, or what to change altogether.

Employing multiple senses and emotional connections when training creates stronger memories. Our brains are wired to remember emotions. Experiential learning enables employees to feel something, improving the brain’s ability to remember. Training without an “experiential” component means you risk missing out on integrating what they learned into their day-to-day activities.

Incorporating emotional intelligence into your employee training will also allow you to reap the greatest training ROI. People with high emotional intelligence can listen to their audience and understand their reaction to your training programs. When your trainers can gauge your learners’ sentiments accurately, they can alter their approach to engender a better dialogue, instead of just going on and on, missing the mark entirely.

Evoking emotions, creating hands-on learning experiences, and using emotional intelligence are skills that can be taught. This keynote will dive deep into how experiential learning and emotional intelligence are critical to delivering excellent training sessions for all different types of personalities and learning styles. You will critically analyze the training methods are you implementing in your organization and explore alternative approaches to building and reinforcing the behaviours you expect in your team.

PRESENTER(S):

Carolyn Stern is a successful entrepreneur who specializes in helping professionals get unstuck. As a life-long learner and academic, Carolyn is a university professor, corporate trainer, certified Emotional Intelligence Expert, and professional speaker.

Carolyn’s focus and passion has been on teaching emotional intelligence, leadership and team building in the workplace. She drives individuals and corporations to learn how to connect authentically, communicate effectively and thrive collectively by interweaving emotional intelligence along the way.

Due to her undeniable passion for all things EQ, she also recently launched a new division of her business called EI Experience, which is a comprehensive learning and development experience for corporations. They offer a combination of EQ Assessments, Private and Group Coaching Sessions, Live Training Workshops, Online Programs, Off-Site Retreats, and Keynote Presentations that come in recommended packages or can be customized to the needs of your organization.


She-Ra! Practical tips to boost women leaders in your organization
DATE: Wednesday, April 3, 2019
TIME: 11:00am – 12:30pm
TRACK: Talent Management
AUDIENCE LEVEL: Senior
DESCRIPTION:We will be exploring the well-known benefits and the research of having women in leadership roles. There will be a few surprises we uncover that offer an explanation to WHY companies sometimes overlook these benefits.

Some of the key areas we will be focusing on are;

  • what is “She Ra!”, and how do we leverage it
  • the influence of both and conscious and unconscious bias
  • social expectations and social norms around women in powerful roles
  • how creating a more inclusive culture can support women who choose to take on senior leadership roles
  • the critical role that employer plays in improving the representation of women
  • how we can make a career strategy personal and meaningful

By working with these key strategies, everyone from business leaders to individual employees can help combat the gender gap and move our workforce toward greater leadership balance.

PRESENTER(S):

Angelique Meyer is the Vice President, Leadership Assessment and Development with Optimum Talent in Vancouver, BC. She works with clients to create strategies and implement programs using an integrated Talent Solution approach. These strategies include Executive Coaching, Succession Planning, Emerging Leaders, Strategic Design, Executive and Team Assessments.

Angelique comes with extensive business acumen through managing her own companies and working with C-Suite leaders. In her work as an executive coach and strategic partner for medium size businesses, Angelique’s clients have won awards for leadership development programs and creating an exceptional service culture. Prior to her role at Optimum Talent, Angelique worked as the National Director for Talent Development at a leading CEO, peer advisory group, working directly with former CEO’s across Canada to launch their own peer advisory groups.

Angelique has her MBA from Royal Roads University in Victoria, and she is an accredited Executive Coach, with a PCC (Professional Certified Coach) designation from the ICF (International Coaching Federation). Angelique also is a graduate of the Advanced Leadership Program with CTI (Coaches Training Institute) in California, Master Graduate from Rapport Leadership International in Nevada, and graduate of the neuroscience coaching program from the NeuroLeadership Institute in New York.

Michelle Penney is a best practice pollinator. For the past 20 years she has led a hybrid career as an entrepreneur and a Senior Manager providing strategy, project and customer experience expertise across a broad range of industries. These include the Olympics, arts, events, education, technology and finance. She was a founding director of Movent Dance Company, producers of the popular Dances for a Small Stage Series, and a founding member of Lean In Canada’s Vancouver Chapter.

Today, Michelle runs a global coaching and consulting practice focused on bringing people and presence to the forefront of leadership and into corporate offices. She works with teams and Executives in expanding their leadership potential. Recent workshop design and presentation includes: Customer Experience – A Shift In Perspective and Navigate Your Exit and a keynote on Empathetic Leadership. Michelle received her MBA and Certificate in Global Strategy from Simon Fraser University, a Certificate in Organizational Analysis from Stanford, is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC), and a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). Michelle is also a graduate of the Advanced Leadership Program with CTI (Co-Active Training Institute) in California.


Dealing With Criticism and Pressure – How to Perform When it Matters Most
DATE: Wednesday, April 3, 2019
TIME: 12:30pm – 2:30pm
TRACK: Networking Gala Lunch
AUDIENCE LEVEL:
DESCRIPTION: In this talk, leadership speaker Hayley Wickenheiser provides inspiration and tips for how to perform under pressure. She shares advice for how to stay motivated and achieve success by going above and beyond—at home, at work, and on the ice.
PRESENTER(S):

Seven World Championships; Six Olympic appearances; Five Olympic medals; Four Olympic Gold medals – Hayley Wickenheiser is a titan of sport and a leader both on and off the ice. Considered one of the best female players in the game, her hockey IQ is highly respected in all areas of both the male and female game. She has played in or coached at four NHL development camps with the Philadelphia Flyers, the Edmonton Oilers and the Toronto Maple Leafs, the first woman in history to have done so. She is also still holds the record for the most assists, points and goals for the Canadian Women’s National team.

Hayley joined the Canadian National Women’s Team at just 15 years old and had a career spanning 23 years, retiring in 2017 to begin her pursuit of a career in medicine, which she is currently studying at the University of Calgary. She is a member of the Order of Canada, a member of the IOC Athlete’s Commission, Founder of The Canadian Tire Wickenheiser World Female Hockey Festival, the Vice Chair of the Calgary 2026 Bid Committee and most importantly, a mom to her grown son Noah.


1,000 Small Acts: Implementing Strategy Effectively
DATE: Wednesday, April 3, 2019
TIME: 2:30pm – 3:30pm
TRACK: Business Management & Strategy
AUDIENCE LEVEL: Mid-Level
DESCRIPTION: Large decisions act as the major drivers of strategic change, but execution can be undermined if the day to day behaviour of teams is not aligned. Presentation discusses how disruption can be used to initiate change, but decision making frameworks and prioritization methodologies can be used to ensure consistent execution. Goal setting will be discussed and how doing the right thing should be more important than achieving individual goals.
PRESENTER(S):

Jon Braken describes himself as a “Leadership Consultant, hiker, kayaker, photographer. He says:

“I have the experience to listen, the intellect to evaluate information and the strength to drive organizations. I have clear customer empathy and a conviction to deliver on my commitments. I have extensive technology business knowledge, product management, marketing and general management skills and the ability to communicate at every level of an organization.

I aspire to “grace under pressure”.


Making Human Resources Strategically Invaluable – Driving Change Through People in Transformational Times
DATE: Wednesday, April 3, 2019
TIME: 2:30pm – 3:30pm
TRACK: Business Management & Strategy
AUDIENCE LEVEL: Senior
DESCRIPTION: The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result – Albert Einstein

We are living in some of the most transformational times in human history. Quantum computing is fueling big data. Big data enables decision making that is far superior to anything we have seen in history. The internet of things is fueling artificial intelligence and deep learning which, in turn, fuel robotics.

There is no industry that will be immune to transformation. Those that adapt, will thrive. Those who embrace the status quo will cease to exist. It is that simple.

Interestingly, that which can be digitized or automated will become extremely valuable. This is where you come in. Human only traits like emotion, creativity, and empathy will binds and propel organizations.

Together, we will explore how these disruptions will impact the world as we know it. We will contextualize these disruptions in what they mean for our organizations, and we will identify how effective human resources strategies will represent the accelerant to strategic adaptation.

But, for our strategies to be effective, they must be linked to organizational strategy. Let’s explore what this looks like and give you tools to engage at the executive table to help your team build and execute strategy and develop leaders. This cannot be done effectively without you. Are you ready?

PRESENTER(S):

Mike Watson is the founder of Ignite Management Services Ltd, a boutique strategic advisory firm that supports mid-size enterprises and complex trade associations in developing action-oriented strategic plans. Ignite doesn’t provide answers, they provide questions. It is the act of exploration that results in synergistic teams sharing pursuits.

Mike’s philosophy is that the corporate sector has set the bar too low in pursuing employee engagement. Instead, he calls for organizations to recognize the impact they have on employee well-being and how this recognition leads to better people, companies, and communities.

Mike grew up in a small town, Trail, B.C.. He left in 1984 to pursue his BSc (AgrEcon) from UBC. With a degree and limited knowledge, he started a career in banking. While he successfully progressed to the level of VP of Retail Banking, Marketing and Wealth for a mid-size BC Credit Union, he was never a banker.

In 2007, Mike took a leap of faith, followed his heart, and walked away from banking. He incorporated Ignite, hung a shingle, worked hard and hoped for the best. The gamble paid off and now Mike and his team are able to creatively approach corporate strategy and leadership development for some tremendous organizations and people across the country.


HR Innovation Lab
DATE: Wednesday, April 3, 2019

TIME: 2:30pm – 3:30pm
AUDIENCE LEVEL: All

DESCRIPTION: Are you tired of solving problems in isolation? This interactive session invites you to join a movement of agile and inclusive collaboration – a unique opportunity to engage with your peers, and share experiences/ideas with other industry leaders in a World Café inspired format.

The HR Innovation Lab is a structured conversational forum for knowledge sharing and discovery. Arm yourself with the confidence to take action on insights, gain fresh ideas and develop actionable plans to get ahead of the curve with long term strategic planning at the HR Innovation Lab.


Strengthening Mental Health In The Workplace
DATE: Wednesday, April 3, 2019
TIME: 2:30pm – 3:30pm
TRACK: Organizational Effectiveness
AUDIENCE LEVEL:
DESCRIPTION: Everyday pressures in today’s work environments can become toxic when ignored. Learn how HR leaders can be better equipped to adequately identify signs of potential mental health problems in the workplace. You will learn the importance of psychological safety audits and innovative treatment in strengthening the corporate mental health strategy, leading to an improved culture, reduced absence and disability costs.
PRESENTER(S):
Dave Phillips TBC

Building Resiliency: Tools and strategies your team needs to champion the pace of change
DATE: Wednesday, April 3, 2019
TIME: 2:30pm – 3:30pm
TRACK: Personal and Professional Enrichment
AUDIENCE LEVEL: Mid-Level
DESCRIPTION: At the beginning of the century, Ray Kurzweil, Futurist and Chief Engineer at Google, predicted that 20,000 years of progress would be crammed into the next 100. The pace of change is perceived to be at an accelerated rate and we are expected to change with it. However, how can we do this and remain resilient? What competencies and skills will you require? Most importantly, what can I do as an individual to build my resiliency?

This will be an interactive session as we explore the future of work and how this will impact organizations and individuals. We will explore ways to build change resiliency which will look at strengthening your own ability to adapt to change.

PRESENTER(S):

Helen Wong is a Director in PwC’s People and Organization Practice. She leads the change management advisory services in Western Canada. Helen has expertise in stakeholder engagement, organizational design and workplace transformation. This is complemented with experience in leading operational excellence, learning & development, design thinking and leadership development.

Helen has extensive experience working with large, complex organizations. Of recent, her focus is on helping organizations enable digital enhancements (e.g. enterprise solutions), digital and service transformations. She has experience working with not-for-profits, public sector, post-secondary institutions, energy sector and health care.


Action-Oriented Paths to Pay Transparency: What Your Company Can Do Today to Help Close the Gender Gap
DATE: Wednesday, April 3, 2019
TIME: 2:30pm – 3:30pm
TRACK: Talent Management
AUDIENCE LEVEL: Emerging/Mid-Level
DESCRIPTION: Never have we seen more advocacy around pay equality and transparency than in the last couple of years. And the push is spreading globally. Australia has mandated gender pay gap reporting for most companies, in the UK all companies with more than 250 employees must publish salary differences between men and women annually. Germany allows staff of companies with more than 200 employees to request information about how their pay has been determined. Nordic countries, like Iceland, have been even more aggressive, making companies prove they are paying male and female staff equally. Focusing the lens on Canada, it is uncertain if and when wage gap transparency will be mandated. Nevertheless, with the 2018 announcements of more funds being allocated towards pay transparency and pay equity in the federal budget and provinces like Ontario pushing for new legislation, it’s hard to ignore that change is in the air.

And yet, waiting for laws to mandate pay transparency is not the way to a progressive and equal pay future. In this session, learn what your company can do to proactively initiate more transparency around pay. Explore practical examples and approaches to boost your candidate experience through pay transparency hacks, learn how to improve your communication around pay, and find out how a pay gap audit can help pinpoint where to make immediate changes.

PRESENTER(S):
As the co-founder of Talent Collective, an organization focused on helping progressive companies develop, grow and reward their talent, Annika Reinhardt creates compensation strategies that are values aligned and don’t break the bank. Annika is a Certified Compensation Professional with a Masters Degree in Project Management and 10+ years of experience in learning and development at organizations such as Kwantlen University, BC Hydro, and Intrawest. Today, she spends most of her time building strategic compensation plans with growing tech companies across Canada and can also be found advocating for equal pay and pay transparency on news outlets such as CBC, CTV and the Globe & Mail.
Wendy Pat Fong is the Chief of Staff at 7 Geese, a fast-growing Vancouver tech company. Her background in Operations, HR, and Psychology has helped her support 100+ organizations with their goal setting and performance management processes. When she is not implementing innovative internal processes such as flexible vacation and employee-led salary reviews at 7Geese, she acts as an OKRs coach to support clients with their strategies to execution roadmaps.

Hide Your Goat
DATE: Wednesday, April 3, 2019
TIME: 3:45pm – 5:00pm
TRACK: KEYNOTE
AUDIENCE LEVEL:
DESCRIPTION: Our fast-paced and stress-filled schedules open the gate to allow people and circumstances every opportunity to “get our goat.” HIDE YOUR GOAT puts into perspective how your daily life intersects with people of diverse backgrounds, opinions and personalities. In this eye-opening session, Steve Gilliland shows how to avoid being robbed of the opportunity to perform at peak performance because of negativity.
PRESENTER(S):

A member of the Speaker Hall of Fame, Steve Gilliland is one of the most in-demand and top-rated speakers in the world. Recognized as a master storyteller and brilliant comedian, he can be heard daily on SiriusXM Radio’s Laugh USA and Jeff & Larry’s Comedy Roundup. With an appeal that transcends barriers of age, culture and occupation—plus an interactive and entertaining style—Steve shows audiences how to open doors to success in their careers, their relationships and their lives. Presenting to over 250,000 people a year, more than two million have now heard him speak, with audiences encompassing nearly three dozen industries. Steve has the distinction of speaking in all 50 states and in 15 countries. As one newspaper stated, “Steve is what happens when the humor of a stand-up comic collides with the inspiration of motivational speaker.”

In addition to his brilliant speaking career, Steve is a prolific, accomplished author, evidenced by four of his books—Enjoy The Ride, Making a Difference, Hide Your Goat and Detour—perennially making the publisher’s bestseller list and his being named Author of the Year. His thought-provoking writing style makes his articles a favorite with nationally prominent magazines. He influences the lives of millions through his presentations, books, CDs and DVDs. An extensive array of these products has been utilized by small businesses, Fortune 500 companies, U.S. and Canadian government agencies, churches, school districts and nonprofit organizations. Speaking the language of active business leaders, his books and CDs identify practical lessons that grow people and their businesses.

Everyone who hears his message leaves with a renewed sense of enthusiasm for who they are and for what really matters.