Leverage: 2017 Human Resource & Leadership Conference
November 1, 2017
Posted by: CPHR Manitoba
The 2017 Human Resource & Leadership Conference came to a successful close on Tuesday, October 31 after two full days that included 17 sponsors, more than 300 delegates, 4 keynote speakers and 14 concurrent sessions.
The theme of this year’s event, ‘Leverage’ represented Human Resources and Business coming together to leverage their strategic advantage. Strategic advantage is in the points where data meets experience, where technology touches motivation, where analytics enrich leadership. Speakers and delegates converged at these points, with valuable discussion and networking.
Keynote Speakers Tina Varughese, Jody Urquhart, Sarah McVanel
Our opening keynote, Follow Me I’m Right Behind You! by Jody Urquhart, featured how humour and caring can move staff through the three levels of change management. “People don’t care how much you know but how much you care.”
Morning breakout sessions by Jody Urquhart, Lorraine Mischuk and Jen Wetherow were well-received. Jody shared how to decide what we want from difficult people in the workplace then ask for it. Lorraine highlighted the impact of negative, overwhelming words and behaviours for staff returning to work. Jen described the “human” in human resources and trust factors through four big HR Trends: Agility, Resilience, Inclusion, Big Data.
In 50 Shades of Beige, lunch keynote Tina Varughese delivered a world tour of accents and laughter while turning the spotlight on the pitfalls of relying solely on our Canadian/North American-based gut impressions to make decisions and build relationships in our increasingly diverse workplace.
Both sets of afternoon breakout sessions tackled top HR themes. Tina Varughese expanded on the value of learning more about the cultures that Manitobans do business with, and welcome to our province. Eric Stutzman shared how to determine the style of leadership needed based on the needs of the team. Kerri Twigg gave practical tips for transforming your self-talk and taking control of your career and reputation.
Later in the afternoon, Al Babiuk made a strong case for how “forcing yourself out of the office” and establishing relationships builds rapport, credibility and trust in executing strategic HR. Jamie Jurczak cleared the air on managing legal drug use in the workplace, demonstrating how to use the tools and policies many HR professionals already have in place. MaryAnn Kempe and Sarah Giesbrecht delivered a case-study based session, allowing delegates to step back and envision a mentored-centred work environment.
Day 2 Summary
Day 2 began with Sarah McVanel’s keynote, The FROG™(Forever Recognize Others` Greatness) Factor. Through compelling team-based examples from her work and home life, Sarah revealed the power of recognition. “Why look for FROGS? They’re a sign of a healthy eco-system and they go away when people stop caring.”
In the morning breakout, Sarah, continued to validate the importance of recognizing others’ strengths (including your own!) and gave tips for small ways to say ‘thank you’ that deliver big impact. David Dyck and Brenda Kriss used their own partnership as an example of the benefits of opening your HR door and methodology to an external resource. Dave Angus and Ron Brown showed how young, Indigenous Manitobans are key to growing the province’s economy and shared best practises from a local Indigenous employment strategy.
At our lunch keynote, Dr. Nick Bontis gave an eye-opening talk about our rapid-fire world of technology and information bombardment. In Leadershifting HR, he described how HR can get a seat “at the mahogany table” and accelerate collaboration by bringing back socialization, externalizing information and corporate memory more effectively, leading the combination of various departments, and internalizing leadership behaviours.
Afternoon breakout sessions dealt with some top-rated HR concerns: analytics, transgender and gender diversity and mental health. Dr. Nick Bontis presented an HR analytics methodology bringing life to HR metrics from recruitment to exit interviews. Dr. Reece Malone presented how to guide gender diverse employees through legal and social workplace transitions with caring. Josh Klassen emphasized a holistic approach based on healthy choices for thinking, working, eating, sleeping, and exercising.
We capped off the conference with an incredible panellist session featuring Michelle Whyard, New Flyer Industries, MCI Group of Companies and Sandra Morison with MCI, Frank Fair, The New Flyer Story: Business and HR Alignment at Work. Michelle and Sandra shared the importance of being honest with candidates and how engaging employees with the larger community as a way of building internal strength and loyalty. “One of the biggest ways to recognize someone is getting to know them and taking an interest in what they do.”
We made a couple of significant changes this year to enhance the delegate experience. One was to move to the new side of the RBC Convention Centre which features lots of natural light. The other, which was in part due to the change in space, was to limit the conference to sponsors only to recognize their important support of the conference and the association.
With the conference taking place during Halloween, we held a pumpkin decorating contest for sponsors. Congratulations to Facilitated Solutions who took top honours and to delegate Jennifer Tarrant, CPHR who won a complimentary registration to the 2018 HR Legislative Review (a value of $395).
A big thank you is owed to our speakers who advanced the human resource profession by sharing their knowledge and expertise.
To all the delegates - your dedication to the profession and desire for personal and professional development are appreciated. You are driving business excellence and your organizations will undoubtedly benefit.
Post-event evaluation surveys have been sent to all delegates. We appreciate your time and feedback to complete your evaluation. Please share with us your favourite conference moments!
One winner will be drawn from those who complete the survey to receive a complimentary registration to the 2018 CPHR Manitoba Conference.
2018 Conference Theme Announced
We also announced the theme for the 2018 conference:
More than ever, HR is moving into the Boardroom.
At a time when leading businesses are looking for hard answers, HR is equipped with the latest metrics, proven experience and knowledge, cultural understanding and legislative framework to help organizations evolve.
HRevolution: the time has come to recognize that people are at the core of business success.
Today’s HR professionals apply practical tools to harness the power inherent in bringing together every person’s contribution
Successful organizations embody their values, and incorporate the insights and expertise of HR to navigate their way through day-to-day challenges with confidence: addressing accommodation and integration; increasing efficiencies; attracting talent and aligning actions to objectives.
With the skills and knowledge to maximize leadership potential and shape culture, HR is becoming the catalyst that brings together collective values.
Join us on October 23 and 24, 2018 for the HRevolution.