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Atlantic HR 2017: Facing Challenges, Building on StrengthsMar 28, 2017 Halifax

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

7:45 AM Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:15 AM Opening Remarks from the Chair
Brewer <br />  
Executive Program Developer
The Conference Board of Canada
8:30 AM Plenary Session 1
Conference Board Research on HR Trends and Metrics: Strategic Workforce Planning and Lessons for Atlantic Canada

The HR Trends and Metrics Survey is a national survey of human resources practices and organizational metrics. This event will feature the results of the fourth edition of this survey.

The survey will help you better understand current trends related to Canadian organization's workforces. It also aims to help Canadian organizations benchmark current HR strategies and practices against other leading Canadian organizations, in areas such as:

  • workforce planning
  • performance management
  • talent segmentation
  • succession planning
  • learning and development
  • total rewards
  • employee engagement/relations the HR function

This session will focus on Strategic Workforce Planning and the lessons learned for HR organizations wanting to lead in Atlantic Canada.

Jackson <br />  
Associate Director, Human Resources Transformation and Effectiveness Research
The Conference Board of Canada
9:15 AM Plenary Session 2
Panel Discussion—Retaining Young Talent in the Region

For the Atlantic region to realise its full potential it needs to do a better job if keeping young talent in the region. Too many graduates of the region's over 100 post-secondary educational institutions elect to leave to pursue careers either elsewhere in Canada or overseas. This applies to all levels of the education system from skilled trades to the most highly qualified young adults.

Carroll <br />  
Director, EMBA Program and Associate Professor, Sobey School of Business
Saint Mary's University
Brennan <br />  
Marketing Manager
Crawford <br />  
Director, Partnership and Innovation
Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency
Saksida <br />  
Assistant Professor of Management, Executive MBA Program Director, Faculty of Business
University of Prince Edward Island
10:15 AM Networking Break
10:45 AM Plenary Session 3
Becoming an Employer of Choice in Atlantic Canada and Across the Nation

This extended exploration of what it takes to be regarded a best employer will open with three short presentations by HR leaders from acknolwedged employers of choice in the region. Each of our panellists will share some of their key initiatives that have helped them attract, retain and engage top talent. The subsequent discussion will focus on these initiatives as well as what these leaders think employers in the Atlantic region need to do to up their talent game in the future.

Gray <br />  
Director, Human Resources and Organizational Development
Medavie Blue Cross
McCarville <br />  
Vice-President, Human Resources
Killam Apartment REIT
MacDonald <br />  
Manager, Health Services
Jazz Aviation LP
12:00 PM Networking Luncheon
1:00 PM Plenary Session 4
Building on Strengths—Finding Top Employees in Unexpected Places

Aligning with the theme of "building on strengths" this session will explore how employers in the Atlantic Region are looking outside the expected to find great employees…

Non Traditional Hiring, Management and Engagement—The Case of Autism Nova Scotia

This session will look at how organizations can support employees with Autism Spectrum Disorder. This issue gained a considerable amount of attention in 2016 after a video of an autistic barista at a Starbucks in Toronto went viral leading to an appearance on the U.S. talk show Ellen.

While this publicity was welcome, what is needed is broader recognition and better understanding of this condition and concrete efforts to place people on the Autism Spectrum in the workplace and create the conditions for success.

That is what Cynthia Carroll does. In this session, she will share her recent work with Halifax's Autism Job Seekers Database that connects employers—like Halifax Libraries, Value Village and UPS—with people with autism who are seeking employment.

Employment Strategies for Veterans

Veterans represent a great and under utilized resource for Canadian employers. Helmets to Hardhats Canada is devoted to helping veterans and serving reservists develop the skills they need to succeed and to helping employers ensure that they can effectively use their talents.

In this session, you will hear from Gregory Matte about some of the challenges involved in helping veterans transition to civilian trades and the value their dedication, experience, and abilities bring to employers.

Carroll <br />  
Executive Director
Autism Nova Scotia
Matte <br />  
National Executive Director
Helmets to Hardhats Canada
2:15 PM Plenary Session 5
Rethinking D&I for Atlantic Canada

Today's workforce is characterized by increasing diversity. And those organizations wanting to succeed need to ensure that they create inclusive environments that allow everyone to succeed and reach their potential.

In this session, you will hear from Patricia Butt about how Emera has gone about creating an inclusive environment for all workers, including women working in the skilled trades, aboriginal employees and people with disabilities. This has involved collaborating with contractors, unions and others to find suitable candidates and ensure an inclusive work culture.

Butt <br />  
Director, Human Resources
Emera Inc.
3:00 PM Refreshment Break
3:15 PM Plenary Session 6
Boost: Making Downtime Uptime—Increasing Employee Resilience at Work and Away

In today's workplace doing more with less has gone from being a temporary phase to business as usual. We all know that this takes a huge toll on employees—both physically and mentally.

Organizations have a responsibility to help their employees live healthier lives. Yet when they consider how to help employees foster resilience and effectiveness at work they tend only to think of approaches and techniques that can be applied on the job. But there's a new way to approach organizational effectiveness that focuses on how the activities you engage in while away from the job make you more effective, productive, and resilient when you return to work.

This approach is called "Boosting" and focuses on how you can flip your downtime into "Uptime" to most successfully recharge your batteries and return to work happier, more productive, and feeling like work requires less effort. In this session, Dr. Jamie Gruman will discuss his forthcoming book and present his ReNEW model, which synthesizes the research behind Boosting.

Dr. Jamie Gruman will discuss specific activities you can implement during your time away from work so that instead of just having your leisure time give us a break, it gives you a boost!

Gruman <br />  
Associate Professor, Organizational Behaviour
University of Guelph
4:15 PM Closing Remarks from the Chair
Brewer <br />  
Executive Program Developer
The Conference Board of Canada
4:30 PM Conference Adjourns

Sponsored by


Sobey School of Business at Saint Mary's University logo

Marketing Partners

Atlantic Chamber of Commerce logo

Halifax Chamber of Commerce logo


University of New Brunswick College of Extended Learning logo

The details of this event are subject to change. Please revisit this page periodically for updated information.