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 HR Strategic Planning:  Charting the Course of HR in Your Organization 

As you interact with your organization, it is important to be able to share the strategic goals of your HR department.  Otherwise, how will your organization’s leaders understand what value the HR department adds?  They are definitely asking and need to see the value that you bring to the total organization.  Developing a Human Resources Strategic Plan, with input from your organization, allows you to understand and communicate the HR function’s contributions.  It allows you to shape the expectations that your organization holds for what you will contribute and when.  This transparency adds value to the goals and role of the HR department.  Whether your HR function is a department of one or many, basic HR strategic planning that includes internal organizational needs assessment and external benchmark comparisons is needed.  This interactive session will show you how to approach and accomplish fundamental HR strategic planning and will lay the groundwork for development your HR business plan. 

*This session will be recorded solely for the purpose of the Speaker’s feedback and learning and will not be distributed or

Presented by:

Ed Krow, Turbo Execs

Ed works with executives and business owners who are struggling with people problems, such as adapting to changing business conditions and customer, investor, or community expectations.  He turns irrelevant and ineffective HR functions into strategic contributors by aligning HR with the business objectives.  As a result, HR actually drives business results.  Ed’s clients often refer to him as their “Safety Net” because he eliminates HR headaches and keeps them from falling into HR traps. When he is not working with clients, Ed can be found teaching at Millersville University in Pennsylvania. 



 Sexual Harassment:  Awareness and Support for HR Professionals  

This session provides a proactive approach for HR professionals and organizations seeking to understand and prevent sexual harassment in the workplace.  Going beyond basic definitions and policies, you will gain a better understanding of not only what sexual harassment is and why it happens, but how to identify risk factors in your organization that contribute to the likelihood of sexual harassment.  In addressing the root causes of sexual harassment and encouraging awareness and openness, your organization will be better equipped to assist employees who experience harassment.  In this session, you will be provided with new insights, statistics and tools required to discuss and develop prevention procedures.

Presented by:

Janelle Jackiw, ACHIEVE Centre for Leadership and Workplace Performance

Janelle has a Master’s degree in both Criminology and Educational Psychology.  Her broad range of experience includes working in front line and leadership roles in both government and social service organizations.  She is passionate about bringing awareness to the issue of sexual harassment and helping organizations create a culture where it is not tolerated.  She is an energetic presenter who enjoys delivering workshops that are relevant and practical to individuals’ work and personal lives.




 Truth Before Reconciliation 

"Truth" and "Reconciliation".  Two very significant and important words.  What do they mean in relation to our workplaces and the people with those workplaces?  Are we still looking for the truth before we can begin to reconcile?  Candace and Neal have years of both life and work experience to help you think a little deeper about these questions and also share ideas and best practices you can take into your own organization.  

Co-Presented by:

Candace Wasacase-Lafferty, University of Saskatchewan

Candace is the Director of Indigenous Initiatives at the University of Saskatchewan and a citizen of the Kahkewistahaw First Nation. She has been working at the U of S for the past fifteen years in various roles that promote Indigenous values within the institution. Candace helps various colleges and units collaborate to achieve success in matters relating to Indigenous engagement and Indigenous student success.





Neal Kewistep, University of Saskatchewan

Neal was the first First Nations graduate of the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Saskatchewan, Masters in Public Administration in 2011. He is also the first person of Indigenous ancestry to hold the office of the director in population and public health with the former Saskatoon Health Region. He was selected as one of Saskatchewan's Future 40 in 2017.  He is a co-founder of the Wicihitowin Aboriginal Engagement Conference in Saskatoon bringing community together to work towards Indigenous inclusion in human services and the economy. Neal was honoured this year by appearing on the cover of Relevance magazine, a publication targeted towards young people looking for career options.

 Leading Without Power 

You have just been given an important task, working with a group of people that don’t report to you. Congratulations! You are now presented with one of leadership’s biggest challenges; Influencing without authority. Without the tools of leverage that accompany a position of authority you have to find other ways to influence people. Learning the techniques for achieving influence without using power will grow your leadership practice and expand your toolset with practical techniques that can be applied in almost any situation. This interactive session will explore options and strategies for ways to lead when you don’t have positional authority. You will walk away with some useful tools that can be used in almost any situation. If you are part of a self-directed team, project managing professionals, looking for ways to move away from the coercive effects of leading through positional power, or seeking new tools to support collaboration, this session will have something for you.


Presented by:

Lane Sherman, PeopleStuff

Lane is a speaker, mediator, facilitator, and trainer. He is the author of the book "The Keys to Collaboration” a guide for early leaders. Lane has been working in organizational development for over 15 years and is the founder of PeopleStuff, his consulting agency. The focus of Lane's work is developing leaders and helping to build healthy engaged workplaces. He has an MA in Leadership and  Training from Royal Roads University.

 Managing Your Total Rewards Structure to Meet Your Organization’s 

This session will highlight each component of Total Rewards and their role in the larger portfolio in addition to enabling you to put Total Rewards strategy and policy in the context of the whole HR strategy for your organization.  You will assess whether your organization has the right mix and balance of the Total Rewards components and appreciate the financial dynamics of your organization.  This is a critical step for HR plans to be credible and to support adoption and implementation of Total Rewards plans by the organization. 

Presented by:

Nick Bishop, BkN Consulting Canada

Nick Bishop has considerable consulting experience at Practice Leader level including Wynford Group and Hay Group covering such issues as long and short-term incentive plans, executive compensation design, pension arrangements and mergers and acquisitions.  He has been consulting in Saskatchewan for over 10 years and his clients are now located across the 4 Western provinces and range across all industries.  The solutions, insight and advice that Nick provides to his clients are based on a successful management and executive level career. Nick held executive and senior positions in large UK domestic and Multi-national organizations in manufacturing, fast moving consumer goods, construction, brewing and hospitality retail, being the leader of Compensation, HR, PR, Government relations, M&A and Marketing functions. Nick is a regular public speaker and media commentator on compensation and related economic matters. Nick has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Leicester (UK) and a diploma in Finance and Accounting from the Association of Chartered and Certified Accountants (England and Wales). 


 HR Predictive Analytics and ROI 


During this dynamic breakout session, Dr. Bontis will present the results of a sophisticated methodological approach to assess the HR performance of organizations.  This ground-breaking HR methodology measures the antecedents of effective human capital management and the eventual drivers of organizational effectiveness.  Harvard Business Review recently reported that the first step in organizational performance measurement is to “develop a causal model”.  Dr. Bontis states, “this innovative new methodology will soon become a fundamental competence for all HR managers”.  Unfortunately, many HR managers do not understand how to use this methodology for their own organizational and personal development.  Let Dr. Bontis navigate you towards the best performance you have ever experienced. Using a unique causal modelling methodology he developed you will learn how to make your HR metrics come alive.  He promises you will walk-out of this session having experienced “world class state of the art” HR measurement.  Finally, Dr. Bontis will help guide and build your own individual capability when it comes to analytics.  He will provide personal tactics that will allow you to manage and execute an analytics project for your own organization making you invaluable to your firm.  During this session you will:

  • review world-class cases of “big data extraction for profit”
  • understand the power of HR predictive analytics in visual format
  • integrate qualitative (e.g., employee survey) with quantitative (e.g., turnover) measures
  • leverage data you and your organization collect already
  • learn how to improve your own “knowledge absorption and analytics capability”
  • determine what actual HR leadership action you can take tomorrow

Presented by:

Dr. Nick Bontis, PhD

Dr. Bontis is a Keynote Speaker at the Conference.  He is an award-winning tenured professor of strategy at McMaster University and has won more than 12 major teaching awards, and has been recognized as "faculty researcher of the year", "one of the school's most popular professors" by Maclean's magazine, and "one of the top 10 lecturers in Ontario" by TVO.  He is also a 3M National Teaching Fellow, an exclusive honour bestowed only upon the top university professors in Canada. 

Dr. Bontis is the director of the Institute for Intellectual Capital Research, a leading strategic-management consulting firm.  his consulting services have been sought by leading organizations, including the United Nations, Microsoft, Health Canada, Royal Bank, Telus and IBM.  

 Managing Performance of Employees with Mental Health and Addiction Disabilities 

It is increasingly challenging to identify the legal rights of management when managing the performance of an employee with a disability in light of obligations under the Human Rights Code.  These challenges are amplified when concerning mental health issues or addiction.  In this facilitated session, Shannon and Kathy offer valuable perspectives while discussing strategies, tools and best practices that will build your confidence as you, the HR professional, seek to find a balance between operational targets, legal obligations and employee needs.

Co-Presented by:

Kathy Pereira, Coast Mountain Bus Company

Kathy is the Director of Training, Health and Workplace Management Services for Coast Mountain Bus Company.  She oversees all health programs, human rights claims management, and the attendance program.  Prior to working for Coast Mountain Bus, she was the VP of Client Services for Interlock PPC Canada, a Global Employee and Family Assistance provider, and worked at ICBC for 26 years.  Kathy has been working in Disability Management for over 15 years and has learned first-hand how mental health issues impact individuals and the organizations they work for.

Shannon Whyley, MLT Aikins

Shannon has spent over ten years advising employers on legal issues affecting the workplace. Among her specialties are counselling employers on labour relations, collective agreement interpretation, discrimination and harassment, accommodation issues, restrictive covenants, severance, employment standards and issues involving privacy in the workplace.  She also represents employers in grievance arbitrations, human rights complaints, labour relations board matters and wrongful dismissal actions, and has appeared on their behalf before courts and tribunals in Ontario and Saskatchewan.  She acts for both unionized and non-unionized employers and has represented small and medium-sized businesses, national and multi-national corporations, municipal clients, First Nations employers, and not-for-profit organizations.  Shannon majored in Human Resources Management during her undergraduate studies, and practiced management-side labour and employment law in Toronto for several years prior to returning to Saskatchewan to join MLT Aikins.

Moderated by:

Jana Linner, MLT Aikins

Jana Linner focuses on labour and employment and human rights law. She advises employers on a variety of labour and employment issues, providing services related to collective agreement interpretation, labour relations, workplace policies, discipline and discharge, and employment contracts. She also has experience with companies in heavy manufacturing and mining industries. She acts for both unionized and non-unionized employers. Jana has represented clients at the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal, the Saskatchewan Court of Queen’s Bench, the Saskatchewan Provincial Court, the Saskatchewan Labour Relations Board and various administrative boards and tribunals. She clerked with the Saskatchewan Court of Queen’s Bench.

 The Future of HR: How are Artificial Intelligence and Robotic Automation Transforming the HR Function? 


AI technology and robotic automation are disrupting the world of business. How is the role of HR evolving in a rapidly changing landscape?  It all comes under the spotlight in this interactive session that explores how HR must rise to the challenge of unprecedented digital and technological disruption as well as analyzing how HR itself can achieve higher efficiency, effectiveness and value with the help of AI and robotic automation.


During this session you will look at:

  • How will AI and other new technologies disrupt HR? Moving from transactional HR to strategic HR – is AI the game changer for HR to be able to redefine itself?
  • The digital labour impact on the organization. What roles and skills will be automated or augmented across the organization and how?
  • The journey to digital labour for the HR function itself. What can HR do today to prepare itself for the future?
  • The role of people analytics in helping HR organizations prepare for the future of work. What people analytics practices are leading organizations globally implementing to get ready for the future of work?

Co-Presented by: 

Doreen Funk, KPMG

doreen_funk.jpgDoreen is a Director in KPMG’s People and Change practice with 25 years of consulting experience in helping organizations transform their business and the way they work. She has worked with international and domestic clients in a variety of industries including energy, utilities, insurance, banking, hi-tech, health care, and public sector. Her areas of specialization span HR transformation, workforce planning, organizational effectiveness, and change management. She is an energetic and results-driven leader with great success in building high performing teams and trusted relationships with clients.


Stavros Demetriou, KPMG

Stavros is a Director in KPMG’s People and Change practice and has more than 14 years of Canadian and international management consulting experience. Stavros has assisted a number of leading oil and gas, financial services, technology and public sector organizations with their business and HR transformations.  His key areas of specialization include workforce planning and analytics, talent management, organization design, HR process effectiveness and change management. Stavros focuses on using data and predictive analytics to help business leaders draw insights to attract, develop, retain and structure the teams they need to be successful. Stavros is passionate about studying the impact of AI, automation and robotics on the future of work for organizations and people.

 Workforce Planning to Drive Your Organization Forward 

The session focuses on strategic issues in workforce planning.  While it does cover some operational and tactical points, it does not focus on them. This session provides key elements of analyzing talent demand and talent supply in organizations.  You will learn how to interpret the corporate strategy and translate it into meaningful information with which to develop an effective Workforce Plan.  It also walks you through a step-by-step process for forecasting a talent capacity gap.

Presented by:

Caroline Cole Power, Canadian HR Solutions

Caroline Power, CEO of Canadian HR Solutions Inc., has held senior Human Resources, Corporate Training, Organizational Development, Financial Risk Management, and Strategic Planning roles over the last 20 years. Through Canadian HR Solutions Inc., Power also runs Canadian HR Academy and Sensitivity Training Canada, which is the leading provider of Sensitivity Training across Canada. She brings deep expertise in Leadership Development, Talent Management, Executive/Emerging Leader Development, and Workplace Wellness with a focus on Sensitivity Training and building Respectful Workplaces. Power spent the first 10 years of her career in leadership roles at General Electric (GE) Capital beginning in the company’s Canadian commercial equipment financing operation and later transferring to corporate headquarters, in Connecticut, to complete the Risk Management Leadership program. After GE she held executive positions at Ernst & Young and the Business Development Bank of Canada. Her last industry role was Senior Vice President of Human Resources in the Canadian banking sector. Caroline has memberships with the Canadian Psychological Association, the Canadian Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychologists, CPHR Alberta, the Human Resources Professionals' Association and the International Association of Workplace Bullying/Harassment.

 Consulting Skills for HR Professionals 

This session is applicable to internal and external HR professionals.  Human Resources has evolved over the years to become a critical factor in an organization’s success.  Key to HR and business success is the human resource professional’s ability to function as a strategic business partner.  Invariably, HR professionals experience come “push-back” from organizational stakeholders who use HR in a reactive versus proactive mode.  In this interactive session, you will learn a strategic consulting tool that enables HR to build commitment and trust to important HR and organizational initiatives.


Robert will illustrate a highly innovative and prove 4-step methodology to prepare for and conduct challenging conversations with key stakeholders in a way that fosters collaboration and shared commitment to goals and actions.  By the end of this presentation, you will be very clear on key “do’s and don’ts” in acting as strategic business partners with clients, internal or external, to achieve important HR goals and initiatives.  Examples of how this 4-step methodology has been used successfully by HR professionals throughout Canada and the USA will be included. 

Presented by: 

Robert Harris, Harris Resources Inc.

Robert is President of Harris Resources Inc., a company focused on leadership and professional development.  Robert started his career as an HR professional in Vancouver, BC.  Subsequently, Robert became Manager, Staffing and Employee Relations for Baxter Corporation, a global health care provider in the throes of large-scale restructuring.  Robert then joined Molson Breweries as Director, Corporate Human Resources.  In the 1990’s, Robert became a partner with a Canadian consulting firm, and subsequently launched his own company, which provides training, coaching and leadership development to organizations in both the public and private sectors.  Robert has written three books, most recently Change Leadership:  Inform, Involve Ignite.



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