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 Leading on Purpose:  Winning People with "The Why" 

If you really want your people to be engaged and bring their best to work then you need to make sure they have a deep sense of purpose.  Research shows that people who see the purpose of their work are more productive, work longer hours and are more engaged.  We also know that when people feel inspired by the purpose of your company and organization they are more deeply committed, more willing to change, and serve customers more powerfully.

Dr. John Izzo first introduced the idea of higher purpose at work in his book, Awakening Corporate Soul, and has been showing leaders for over 20 years how to create a workplace where people are connected to the highest purpose of their work.  In this breakout session, Dr. Izzo will not only show why purpose is so critical but provide proven methods to drive purpose and the “why” with your teams.  You will learn:

  • WHY purpose matters
  • How to drive the WHY on a daily basis in your organization
  • Daily and weekly practices that create a culture of purpose that leads to high productivity and great service

Presented by Dr. John Izzo

Dr. John Izzo helps companies maximize their potential from the ground up.  For over 20 years, Dr. Izzo has worked with thousands of leaders around the world, on employee engagement strategies and brand transformations.  He has been a pioneer in employee engagement, leading change, shifting employee and consumer values and corporate social responsibility, and is known for his hard hitting practical content, his inspirational storytelling and the lasting impact he has on organizations. 

Dr. Izzo has advised some of the best companies in the world on activating purpose including DuPont, TELUS, Manulife, McDonald's, Tim Horton's, SAPA, RBC, Lockheed Martin, Qantas Airlines, Humana, Microsoft and the Mayo Clinic. 

He is the bestselling author of seven books, including the international bestsellers Awakening Corporate Soul, Values Shift, The Five Secrets You Must Discover Before You Die, Stepping Up, and The Five Thieves of Happiness.  His latest book, The Purpose Revolution, was published in 2018. 

Frequently profiled in the media, Dr. Izzo has been profiled by the likes of Fast Company, PBS, CBC, The Wall Street Journal, CNN and Inc. magazine.

 Who Takes Care of the Mental Health of the HR Professional?  

Mental health and wellness in the workplace often fall in the hands of HR professionals. Are you responsible for accommodating employees with mental illness, responding to employee situations involving bullying, harassment, discrimination, substance abuse, violence and other issues in the workplace? Attend this session and learn why HR professionals are susceptible to mental health challenges and complete your own self-assessment to ensure your health and wellness is a priority. 

In this session Dr. Sirota will:

  • Distinguish between mental health and mental illness
  • Provide descriptions of poor mental health, adequate mental health, good mental health and great mental health
  • Discuss key terms – burnout, stress, coping, resilience, GRIT, self-care, healthy v. unhealthy coping
  • Discuss why HR professionals are susceptible to mental health challenges
  • Present a self-assessment tool
  • Discuss self-management
  • Discuss recovery

Presented by Dr. Perry Sirota

Perry is a Clinical and Forensic Psychologist, with degrees from McGill University (BA, First Class Honours), and Queen’s University (MA, Ph.D) and the University of Phoenix (MBA).  His work is divided equally between providing psychotherapy for a range of issues (depression, anxiety, relationships, work and workplace related concerns, bullying and harassment, substance use issues, anger and aggression, sexuality, etc), with people of all ages; coaching for business and life, psychological assessments, often for court or litigation purposes, corporate training, workshop delivery (many areas, but lately related to workplace bullying, mental health in the workplace, advanced skills training, understanding and dealing with difficult and challenging workers, and diagnostic challenges, like those relating to the new DSM-5), expert review of mental health files and mental health reports, litigation support, investigations, business and organizational consultations, and the provision of expert testimony in courts, arbitrations and administrative tribunals. Perry has advanced training and practice in the areas of workplace bullying, workplace substance use, risk management, risk assessment and prediction, criminal profiling, threat assessment, violence and aggression intervention, and workplace violence. He helps organizations develop internal screening methods, workplace violence and drug policies, bullying and harassment policies and protocols, and how to manage internal crisis situations. He has prepared psychological evaluations for all Court jurisdictions, and has testified over 350 times as an expert witness in the Court of Queen’s Bench, Provincial Court, Family and Youth Court, labour arbitrations, and administrative tribunals. Perry travels broadly responding to workplace threats, incidents of violence, and other workplace and organizational crises.

 SGI Wins "Gold" for Safety Culture 

Three years ago, Jessica Hill Flaman was asked to lead SGI’s Corporate Safety department after spending the majority of her career in labour relations. With no previous safety experience, she was very reluctant to take on the challenge. SGI is committed to improving safety in communities and being there for customers. SGI employees work tirelessly to improve traffic safety and make roads safer. However, despite being good leaders in the community, SGI was not walking to talk in their own workplaces. It was time for a change.
There were struggles along the way, but ultimately SGI went from a Priority 50 firm by Workers’ Compensation Board (due to work-related claims), to being named Canada’s Safest Employer.

In this session, Jessica will discuss how SGI changed its safety culture and share her experience of embracing feelings of uncertainty and fears of failure to drive performance and improve safety culture.

Presented by Jessica Hill Flaman

Jessica Hill Flaman is the Director of Corporate Safety at SGI.  She has over 20 years' experience in Human Resources and is passionate about improving work experiences and ensuring the health, safety and welfare of employees. Jessica attended the University of Regina (BAdmin) and Queen's University (Industrial Relations). 

 Ask The Experts - MLT Aikins 

In this open forum legal session, you will have the opportunity to ask burning employment questions and engage with a panel of experienced lawyers from MLT Aikins, one of the top Western Canadian law firms. Fortune Magazine acknowledges MLT Aikins as one of its Go-To Law Firms.

To support the Conference schedule and encourage substantial information sharing in the session, you are encouraged to email your prepared question (in brief form) no later than Monday, September 16, 2019 to Charmaine Wintermute, Conference Manager, at Pre-prepared questions will be forwarded directly to the panel of experts.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

Occupational Health and Safety
Workplace Investigations
Workplace Accommodations
Employment Policies and Contracts
Drug and Alcohol Testing


Questions will also be accepted in the session. 


Expert Panel:

Leah Schatz, Partner

Leah practices as a partner with MLT Aikins LLP, exclusively in the area of labour and employment law. She advises on issues related to the workplace, and acts in a variety of roles in collective bargaining, occupational health and safety, and human rights, including representing clients as chief spokesperson during collective bargaining and conducting workplace investigations. She has lectured extensively throughout Saskatchewan, and spoken at a variety of national conferences on labour and employment issues affecting workplaces. As counsel, she has appeared before numerous administrative boards and tribunals, including the Saskatchewan Labour Relations Board and the Canada Industrial Relations Board, and has also appeared before all levels of the Saskatchewan courts, as well as the Supreme Court of Canada.

Leah received her law degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 1993 and was appointed Queen's Counsel in 2016. She has been recognized by Benchmark Canada in the Best Lawyers in Canada category for from 2015 to present.

John Agioritis, Partner

John Agioritis represents clients on all types of regulatory infractions and criminal matters, including federal and provincial occupational health and safety legislation. He has assisted employers of all sizes including small closely held companies to large, publicly traded multinational international entities navigate their way through occupational health and safety investigations and prosecutions in various industries. John also provides pro-active advice on due diligence measures designed to meet and exceed occupational health and safety obligations. He has appeared before the Saskatchewan Provincial Court, Alberta Provincial Court, the

Saskatchewan Court of Queen's Bench, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench and the Court of Appeal for Saskatchewan.

Robert Frost-Hinz, Partner

Robert is a partner in MLT Aikins LLP's labour and employment department.  Robert provides employers and management with guidance on a wide-variety of labour and employment issues.  Robert is also active in assisting unionized employers with collective bargaining.  Robert has appeared before all levels of Courts in Saskatchewan as well as various administrative boards and tribunals including the Saskatchewan and Alberta Labour Relations Board, various labour arbitration boards, along with employment standards and occupational health and safety adjudicators. 


Brent Matkowski, Associate

Brent assists unionized and non-unionized employers with a variety of labour and employment law issues including labour relations, human rights, occupational health and safety, workers’ compensation, labour standards, employment contracts, employer policies, and discipline. Brent has appeared before the Saskatchewan Labour Relations Board, Provincial Court, Court of Queen’s Bench and Court of Appeal.

 The Business Case for Leadership Development 

Farm Credit Canada (FCC) has sponsored ground-breaking research to determine what the relationship is between leadership behaviour and business outcomes.  Join Greg to learn about the published research, how leadership development drives business outcomes, and how FCC goes about developing ‘best-in-class’ leaders.  All of this is at the heart of creating a competitive advantage for FCC customers and stakeholders through a great culture and employee experience.

Presented by Greg Honey 

A healthy culture is at the heart of a productive workforce, and Greg ensures the culture is alive and well at Farm Credit Canada.

With over 25 years of human resource experience, Greg started at FCC in 2000. Today, he oversees Human Resources, facilities and administration for our 1,800 employees and 100 offices across Canada.

Greg has a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Regina, and has done extensive reading and course work on human resource development topics. He is a certified coach by the Hudson Institute of Coaching. Greg currently serves on the board of Habitat for Humanity Regina and is past President of CPHR Saskatchewan's Board of Directors.

 How to Engage Men as Champions for Inclusion

This session supports the challenge many organizations face regarding how to engage men in championing and sponsoring inclusion and gender equality. Profiling Nutrien’s partnership with Catalyst and the Men Advocating Real Change (MARC) movement, this session will outline specific efforts that have proven to increase inclusion through male leadership and advocacy.  During the session, attendees will explore approaches to engage and develop male colleagues as advocates and champions toward creating inclusive work cultures, where all people feel a sense of respect and belonging. 

Presented by Brett Elmgren, CPHR

Brett is the Director of Talent Management for Nutrien, and formerly led PotashCorp’s global Organization Development department prior to the merger between Agrium and PotashCorp.  Brett is a Chartered Professional in Human Resources, with over 10 years of experience working in HR for large Saskatchewan organizations including PotashCorp, Cameco and Federated Co-operatives Limited. Brett holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Saskatchewan, and Master of Arts degree in Leadership from Royal Roads University.  Brett’s work focuses on aligning people and culture with business strategy and provides global leadership over Nutrien’s Diversity and Inclusion strategy.

 The Role of HR in Cyber Security 

Cyber Security is one of the most discussed topics and risks by boards and executives around the world. As we continue to introduce technology into our companies we also expand the risk. HR plays a key role in helping to protect companies and employees around cyber security. In this session, Eugene Ng will discuss how the cyber security landscape is evolving, how it is impacting HR, and what the role HR professionals play in mitigating cyber risk for companies and employees.

Presented by Eugene Ng

Eugene Ng is MNP’s Cyber Security Leader for Eastern Canada. A
member of the firm’s Enterprise Risk Services team, Eugene identifies security technology, products and services that give clients a competitive advantage.

Eugene oversees research and development activities and formulates long-term vision and strategies at the executive management level to help the firm better serve clients. He provides a full range of cyber security services and solutions to medium-sized and large enterprises, delivering strong advice to help clients make business decisions relating to technology.

Prior to joining MNP, Eugene co-founded a successful cyber security company that won many industry awards. There, he held the position of Chief Innovation Officer and was involved in the design and high-level strategic security vision with some of Canada’s largest corporations. Eugene has attended numerous events to understand the marketplace and upcoming technologies and has been a guest speaker, most notably a panel speaker at the Canadian Association for Security and Intelligence Studies to discuss cybercrime with some of Canada’s most respected government agencies.

Eugene is a graduate of the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University. He holds the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) designation and is a PCI Qualified Security Assessor.

Engaging in Building Reconciliation:  Practical Considerations for Organizations and Human Resource Professionals 


Saskatchewan is and has always been an Indigenous space and place. The arrival of newcomers to this place irrevocably changed the landscape and the way of life for the Indigenous Peoples of this land. Included in this change is the impact of colonization and systemic oppressive practices aimed at forced assimilation, at any cost. Reconciliation is the process that Canada is now applying to redressing the harms done to Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. What does "Truth" and "Reconciliation" mean in relation to our workplace and HR practices?


The presenters have many years of experience supporting reconciliation through Indigenous engagement. Dr. Stryker Calvez and Elizabeth Duret will draw on their extensive experience to guide you in how to get started in supporting indigenization, decolonization and reconciliation in relation to professional development, HR practices (training, job descriptions, roles) and important areas where initiatives can be focused to build sustainable support for Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. Best practices from the University of Saskatchewan will be shared.

Presented by: 

Dr. Stryker Calvez

Stryker is a Métis/Michif researcher and educator from the Red River territory around Winnipeg. Over the last 20 years he has worked extensively with provincial governments, post-secondary institutions, organizations and communities to better understand how to implement and/or improve educational, social support, and health programming for Indigenous peoples, newcomers to Canada, and vulnerable populations. He has been recognized for his contributions to these communities, building better understandings of Indigenous Peoples, supporting diversity and inclusion management, and facilitating effective intergroup relations. Currently he is the Manager of Indigenous Education Initiatives at the University of Saskatchewan. In this position Stryker has been leading and supporting numerous institutional indigenization priorities, building reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people, developing cultural professional development initiatives, and consulting with colleges and schools to develop and implement indigenization strategies.

Elizabeth Duret, CPHR

Elizabeth (Liz) Duret joined the University of Saskatchewan in April 2015 as a Senior Consultant for Diversity and Inclusion with a strategic focus on Indigenous engagement. Previously, Liz was a probation officer with the Department of Corrections and Public Safety before transitioning into post-secondary in 2005. With over 20 years of human resources and consulting experience, Liz brings a wealth of experience, training, and passion to the work she does in the areas of diversity and inclusion, intercultural competency and Indigenous engagement. Liz is a Certified Life Skills Coach and Group Facilitator, and holds her professional designation as a Chartered Professional in Human Resources. On a more personal note, Liz is a proud Métis woman born and raised in Saskatoon, and has two sons.




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