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Human Resource Management

The Conference Board of Canada provides you with strategic information on current human resource management challenges as well as a Canadian perspective on trends in human resource management.

Topics covered:

  • compensation planning
  • reward strategies
  • benefit programs
  • health and wellness
  • industrial relations
  • employee engagement
  • work–life issues
  • performance management

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Setting Up for a Sustainable New Year’s Resolution

January 14, 2015

A Quick Glance at Express Entry

December 22, 2014

Leadership Development

December 12, 2014

Executive Networks

  • Council for Learning and Leadership Development
  • Compensation Research Centre
  • Council on Diversity and Talent Management—West
  • Council of Industrial Relations Executives
  • Council on Workplace Health and Wellness
  • Councils for Senior Human Resource Executives—National
  • Councils for Senior Human Resource Executives—East
  • Councils for Senior Human Resource Executives—West
  • Council on Inclusive Work Environments
  • Strategic Human Resources Management Council


Culture of Engagement 2015 ( May 25-26, Calgary)

Human Resource Management Research

This research is available to subscribers of the Human Resource Management service.

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Working in Multicultural Teams: How to Leverage Diversity

The Conference Board of Canada is pleased to present a webinar that explores the strengths that come when diversity—be it racial, religious, gender, sexual orientation or generational—is leveraged to build a more inclusive and dynamic workplace. During this interactive session, Laraine Kaminsky will share her insights into challenges and opportunities organizations face when building and working in diverse teams.

Recorded Webinar | June 2011 | The Conference Board of Canada

Managing Human Capital Risk: Who’s Doing It? How Can We get Started?

People make up a huge proportion of operating costs, and many CEOs claim that employees are the company’s most important asset. Yet most companies omit human capital altogether or include a limited number of people-related issues when they identify, assess, prioritize and treat company-wide risks through Enterprise Risk Management (ERM).

Recorded Webinar | June 2011 | The Conference Board, Inc.

It's Not Just Your Children's Facebook Anymore

Companies that use social media to improve knowledge transfer will see employees benefit from more informed thinking, better ideas, and big steps forward in innovation.

Executive Action Report | 10 pages | May 2011 | The Conference Board, Inc.

Change Management 2011: Leveraging Culture, Engagement, Community

This Conference e-Proceedings will help you deal with change by focusing on three keys to change management success – culture, engagement, and community. You’ll find out how these elements impact flexibility and adaptability, and how to harness them to drive innovation and improve performance. This e-Proceedings features presentations and case studies from leading change experts on topics such as; changing culture within your organization, making the first steps toward change, employee engagement and customer satisfaction, accelerating innovation, building community and change with social media, and leadership and change.

Conference Recordings | May 2011 | The Conference Board of Canada

Measuring the Effects of Corporate Social Responsibility

This report discusses a model for measuring the efficient and effective use of corporate resources allocated to CSR activities.

Executive Action Report | 13 pages | April 2011 | The Conference Board, Inc.

Making It Meaningful: Recognizing and Rewarding Employees in Canadian Organizations

Does your organization’s total rewards strategy include recognition? This report looks at current practices and discusses how a rewards and recognition program adds value to an organization.

Report | 46 pages | April 2011 | Nicole Stewart | The Conference Board of Canada

Google’s Innovative Approach to Innovation

The Conference Board of Canada is pleased to present an interactive webinar with Shannon Deegan that will explore Google’s three guiding principles for innovation—ubiquity, transparency and agility – and learn how these principles can be relevant to you and your organization. Examine Google’s retention tools to lure and retain the best. And learn more about Google’s strong culture of innovation and experimentation, especially their “20% time” strategy where all employees regardless of their position or level spend 20 per cent of their working hours on personal projects.

Recorded Webinar | April 2011 | The Conference Board of Canada

Succession Management: The Basics

This webcast will explain the basics of succession management. This webcast is appropriate for managers new to the field or those from other fields who need to know the basics.

Recorded Webinar | March 2011 | The Conference Board, Inc.

Terms of Engagement: New Ways of Leading and Changing Organizations

The Conference Board of Canada is pleased to present an interactive webinar with Richard Axelrod that explores how to keep your organization ahead of the change curve. For 35 years, Richard Axelrod pioneered and championed the use of employee engagement to effect large-scale organizational change. He believes that times are different now. In his latest book, Terms of Engagement: New Ways of Leading and Changing Organizations, Axelrod says that to thrive in these times of economic downturn, all energies must be applied to recognizing how to get the absolute maximum quality and productivity out of the people you have.

Recorded Webinar | March 2011 | The Conference Board of Canada

Time to Step Up: Challenges and Opportunities Facing Talent Management

This report looks at the opportunities and challenges facing the future of talent management and addresses four basic concerns that go the heart of the talent management function’s future

Report | 4 pages | March 2011 | The Conference Board, Inc.

Public Sector Human Resources: HR Excellence in a Changing World

Demographics and social change have driven the evolution of the public sector workplace for years. Talent management, succession, engagement, and performance issues have all played out against a backdrop of retiring boomers that has necessitated new recruitment and leadership development approaches. In these Conference e-Proceedings, you will learn from other public sector human resources (HR) leaders as they discuss employee engagement strategies, leadership and coaching techniques, communications and the impact of social media, and demographics and performance management. You will take away new ideas and action plans that will work in your day-to-day environment.

Conference Recordings | March 2011 | The Conference Board of Canada

Creating a Sustainable Rewards and Talent Management Model

This recorded webinar explores the impact the business climate has had on the supply and demand of talent and companies’ abilities to attract and hire talented employees. Join Ofelia Isabel, Canadian Leader of Towers Watson’s Rewards, Talent and Communications business, to learn how best performers design and execute their reward and talent management programs in the new economy.

Recorded Webinar | February 2011 | The Conference Board of Canada

Human Capital Metrics

This Conference KeyNotes Webcast contains video clips of senior executives discussing human capital analytics as a tool that can be leveraged to better manage risk and quantify workforce decisions with ROI.

Recorded Webinar | February 2011 | The Conference Board, Inc.

Workplace Diversity and Inclusiveness Forum: Translating Diversity into Business Advantage

Diversity is a critical strategic and performance issue for public and private sector leaders. In this Conference e-Proceedings experts from across Canada will help you understand how to fully capitalize on diversity, improve your existing initiative, and ensure diversity drives growth and innovation within your organization. You’ll hear case studies from leading organizations such as Xerox, St. Michael’s Hospital, and RBC on topics including immigration, innovation, and success in Canada. You will also hear expert discussion on topics such as building success with a “generationally diverse” workforce, faith at work and how to tackle tough diversity issues, literacy and productivity, capitalizing on supply chain diversity, and the advancement of women in the workplace.

Conference Recordings | January 2011 | The Conference Board of Canada

Industrial Relations Outlook 2011: From Conflict to Cooperation?

With wage settlements expected to be more modest in 2011 than the increases negotiated in 2010, labour and management have placed an increased emphasis on cooperation.

Report | 40 pages | December 2010 | Lisa Hughes, David K. Shepherdson | The Conference Board of Canada

Developing a Whole Health Culture

This 60-minute webinar is led by Keri Alletson, a Consultant and member of the Canadian research team at Towers Watson. The webinar explores the common challenges in moving the wellness agenda forward and the big ideas in health, work and wellness.

Recorded Webinar | November 2010 | The Conference Board of Canada

A Strategic Approach to Growing Talent for Succession

This report describes the fundamentals of a successful GTFS (growing talent for succession) culture, and the basic questions companies must ask as they initiate a GTFS plan.

Executive Action Report | 8 pages | November 2010 | Barbara Galli | The Conference Board, Inc.

HR Summit 2010: Trust, Engagement, and the Bottom Line

This Conference e-Proceedings will help your organization improve employee engagement and build a corporate culture founded on trust and high performance. Learn how to demonstrate the business case for trust and engagement, use social media to build trust within your organization, create passion and maximize commitment and loyalty, and harness engagement in the face of a tumultuous business environment. This e-Proceedings features clinics, case studies, and panel discussions of today’s greatest employee motivation and optimization issues from the perspective of leading organizations including The Home Depot, Inc., Walmart Canada Corp., TD Bank Financial Group, Bell Canada, General Motors Corporation, and many others.

Conference Recordings | October 2010 | The Conference Board of Canada

Go Where There Be Dragons

This report draws from the wisdom of 100+ executives on seven of The Conference Board Councils in Europe, the United States and Asia to define the global forces that are redefining the structure of leadership.

Report | 24 pages | October 2010 | David Learmond, Charles Mitchell | The Conference Board, Inc.

Managing the Risks of Workplace Violence and Harassment

The human and financial costs of workplace violence and harassment are significant. This briefing identifies six key actions that organizations should take to reduce their risk of workplace violence and harassment.

Briefing | 15 pages | October 2010 | Lisa Hughes, Bjorn Rutten | The Conference Board of Canada

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Compensation and Benefits Research

This research is available to subscribers of the Compensation and Benefits service.

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Compensation Planning

Map showing the Average Salary Increases 2013 by Region in Canada

Women in Leadership

Women in Leadership Infographic

ROI from Wellness Programs