Beyond the Hashtag – What Smart Companies Should do About Sexual Harassment… Now
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When: Friday, June 8, 2018
Where: Holiday Inn Winnipeg South
1330 Pembina Hwy
Winnipeg, Manitoba  R3T 2B4
Contact: Kayla-Lynn Desorcy

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Beyond the Hashtag – What Smart Companies Should do About Sexual Harassment… Now

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Mention sexual harassment these days and most business leaders blanch. It's an issue that cuts through demographics, negatively affecting employees, employers, individual careers and entire organizations.


On Friday, June 8, business leaders and HR professionals in Manitoba will learn first-hand what to do to protect themselves, their employees and their businesses. CPHR Manitoba is bringing together experts to share their insights on how to create a workplace culture free of harassment; handle a complaint; and move forward post-investigation.



Who should attend?

  • HR professionals
  • Business leaders
  • Business owners


Your Safety Culture: Creating a Harassment-Free Workplace

Rick Rennie, Safety Culture Specialist, SAFE Work Manitoba

This presentation will address several areas within the theme of sexual harassment as a prevention issue. First, it will summarize the Workplace Safety and Health legislative and regulatory requirements regarding prevention of sexual harassment. Next, it will discuss sexual harassment as a 'workplace hazard'. How is it the same as and different from other hazards? What special challenges are associated with identifying and addressing this hazard? Finally, it will discuss sexual harassment in the context of Safety Culture, which is a key component of injury and illness prevention and major priority of SAFE Work Manitoba's ongoing prevention initiatives. Sexual harassment is an issue that relates to multiple aspects of Safety Culture, including respect, inclusiveness, communication and leadership. How an organization discusses and deals with sexual harassment can therefore be seen as reflective of its safety culture as a whole, and a contributing factor in enhancing or eroding that culture. 


Beyond #MeToo: Practical Steps for Leaders 

Shona Welsh, Principal Consultant, S. Welsh Consulting

#MeToo is coming to your workplace if it hasn’t already arrived. So how do leaders get in front of this issue with positive and practical strategies? This session presents an optimistic view of how you can build safe and comfortable workplaces for women and the vast majority of respectful men who are their colleagues. You will leave with a greater understanding of varying reactions to #MeToo, how workplace culture is a critical factor in addressing #MeToo issues, and practical actions you can take now.


Sexual Harassment Complaints: Prevention and Investigation

Jean Torrens, Partner, MLT Aikins LLP, Calgary

Jean will cover the legislative framework and provide information about updating your policies. She will cover the investigation process: conducting objective and fair investigations, when to use an external investigator; investigation techniques: interviewing, assessing credibility and report writing skills; and investigation hurdles: is there a "Right to Silence"? What to do if criminal activity is involved. Additionally, Jean will lead participants through a hands on practical session where you will have an opportunity to work through hypothetical scenarios and learn the answers from a lawyers perspective. 


What comes next?

Devan Graham, Partner, Acuity HR Solutions

Jane Helbrecht, Partner, Acuity HR Solutions

What should organizations and leaders do following an investigation to ensure those involved feel safe and supporter? We will explore the practical actions we can take to get back to focusing on work - ensuring that we don't just maintain performance but that, where possible, we intentionally rebuild trust and restore relationships.




 8:30 – 8:35am – Opening Remarks

 8:35 – 9:00am – SAFE Work Manitoba

 9:00 – 10:15am –Beyond #MeToo: Practical Steps for Leaders

 10:15 – 10:30 –Break

 10:30 - Noon – Sexual Harassment Complaints: Prevention and Investigation

 Noon – 1:00pm –Lunch

 1:00pm – 2:00pm – Hands on Practical Session with Jean

 2:00pm – 2:45pm  – What comes next?

 2:45pm – 3:00pm – Closing remarks

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Cost (add GST):

Early Bird (until May 25)
 Member: $200
 Non-member: $250

Regular (after May 25)
 Member: $250
 Non-member: $300

SAFE Work Manitoba, Manitoba Chambers of Commerce, and Winkler Chamber of Commerce members: Don't forget to use your discount code!

Registration Deadline:

 June 5, 2018

Cancellation Policy:

This event is governed by our general Professional Development   Cancellation, Refund & Transfer Policy.

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Registration Includes:

 Continental breakfast & lunch

More about the speakers:

Jean Torrens, Partner, MLT Aikins LLP, Calgary
Jean Torrens is a partner at MLT Aikins. She acts as a strategic partner with human resources and business leaders to manage complex legal situations involving employees and unions. She has extensive experience acting for management in conducting collective bargaining, advising on discipline and terminations, navigating challenging human rights situations, updating workplace policies and investigating harassment complaints.  She has advocated for employers before courts, labour arbitrators, labour relations boards, and human rights tribunals.   She has presented at several seminars and workshops and is a former director of HRAC.


Shona Welsh, Principal Consultant, S. Welsh Consulting
Award-winning speaker and writer Shona Welsh brings to bear her 28 years of experience in human resources and leadership in this practical approach to moving beyond #MeToo. She has worked for, taught, and coached many leaders from numerous sectors, the vast majority of whom are male. Audiences love her realistic and humorous approach to workplace interactions and she has designed and facilitated hundreds of workshops on leadership, diversity, communications and innovation. A seasoned executive, Shona holds a master’s degree specializing in workplace learning, is a Certified Corporate Coach, and a Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL). Her newest book, The Sounds of Silence: Ten Leadership Strategies to Move Beyond #MeToo, will be published this fall.  


Devan Graham, Partner, Acuity HR Solutions

Devan leads the HR Consulting and Projects division. Devan excels at working with clients to deliver and implement key HR projects to support their organizational objectives and strengthen their culture. She focuses on a variety of projects including External HR Audit, Engagement Indicator, Employee Handbooks, Organizational Design & Development, Compensation and Performance Reviews. In addition, Devan provides ongoing coaching to clients, counselling leaders through complex employee relations situations. With everything she does, her ultimate goal is to empower leaders with the tools to effectively lead their teams.


Jane Helbrecht, Partner, Acuity HR Solutions

Jane believes that leaders are the key to building stronger organizations and elevating workplace cultures. Her focus is on facilitating Acuity's four-day Intentional People Leadership program as well as other customized leadership training workshops and programs. Prior to joining Acuity HR Solutions, Jane worked as an HR professional in generalist and manager roles where she developed her expertise in employee relations, coaching, training and development, and employee benefits. Jane is a fantastic facilitator and dynamic communicator who delivers training in an approach that focuses not only on knowledge and skills but also on shifting attitudes and building habits for long-term meaningful change. 


Rick Rennie, Safety Culture Specialist, SAFE Work Manitoba

Rick Rennie has over twenty years of professional experience in the workplace safety and health field. He has published a book and several academic articles on the subject, taught Occupational Health and Safety and Labour Relations at the University of Manitoba, and has served as Director of Policy and Research at both the Manitoba Department of Labour and the Workers Compensation Board. He is currently the Safety Culture Specialist with SAFE Work Manitoba, the public entity responsible for injury and illness prevention services. A key focus of his work is creating a safety culture in Manitoba workplaces and the role of leadership in safety culture. 

Chartered Professionals in Human Resources Manitoba (CPHR Manitoba)
1810-275 Portage Avenue / Winnipeg, Manitoba / R3B 2B3
tel. 204.943.2836 / fax. 204.943.1109 / email.

For additional information please visit: CPHR.CA

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