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ECONOMIC MEGATRENDS AND THE FUTURE OF WORK: HOW WESTERN CANADIAN EMPLOYERS CAN COMPETE IN THE NEW ECONOMY

Western Canada has faced its fair share of economic challenges in recent years, from the downfall of the oil and gas industry to chronic talent shortages. Compounded with rapid international economic change, disruption, ageing populations and the rise of millennials, the forces of change have been significant. In his opening keynote, Todd Hirsch, one of the country’s most eminent economists, will draw on his new book Spiders in Space to share his outlook on global, Canadian, and regional economic mega trends and their impact on Western Canadian businesses, including:

  • How can Western Canadian employers remain competitive?
  • How to create flexible, entrepreneurial, creative leaders for tomorrow’s economy
  • How businesses can adapt to rapidly changing economic conditions

CREATING A HIGH-PERFORMANCE CULTURE: CONVERSATION WITH O2E BRANDS

O2E Brands is in the business of cultivating leaders – they just happen to remove junk, paint, clean, and move houses too, according to Brian Scudamore, the company’s Founder and CEO. O2E Brands has been continuously named “Best Company to Work For” and ranked amongst the companies with the “50 Most Engaged Workplaces” and “10 Most Admired Cultures”. In this keynote co-presentation, Brian Scudamore and their VP of people and culture, Jerry Gratton, will share O2E Brand’s story, with a focus on the impact of culture on employee engagement, including:

  • Practical, inexpensive strategies for developing, improving, and nurturing corporate culture
  • Why HR needs to have a seat at the highest level of an organization
  • Tips for recruiting and retaining millennials
  • How HR leaders can effectively support their CEOs and C-suite peers

SPARKING INNOVATION IN THE NEW WORKFORCE ENVIRONMENT

The workforce is undergoing dramatic changes today and as a result, the key ingredients of engagement are changing. Failure to meet this challenge directly will negatively impact your teams' productivity and success. In this session, you will find out more about the new workforce dynamics, the impact they are having in the workplace, and some creative ways to foster innovation in the face of these major changes.

BREAKOUT SESSIONS

HR'S ROLE IN SUPPORTING BUSINESSES DURING CHALLENGING TIMES

CEO's across the globe are grappling with challenging issues such as changing regulations, customer requirements, and talent demands of the workforce. Now, more than ever, HR has a role in supporting organizations in achieving business objectives. In times of uncertainty, business leaders need to make sound and rapid decisions – decisions that can be more easily made with the help of evidence-based metrics. With the right data in hand, leaders can refocus the effectiveness of human capital across their organizations, ensuring the right people with the right skills are working as productively as possible. Such analytics can also help leaders identify shifting priorities, reassess outputs and reposition their people accordingly.

In this session, we will discuss how organizations are using evidence to bridge the gap between short-term operational and long-term strategic workforce issues, and open doors to new people strategies that impact bottom lines. Susanne DiCocco will explain how evidence-based people management can become a critical part of your business. Using examples of early adopters, the connections between HR and business KPI's will be discussed and attendees will be taught the new processes and people strategies that can help businesses during challenging times.

Susanne DiCocco - Partner, People & Change Services, KPMG in Canada

Julie Kothlow - Director, Strategy & Operations, People & Change Services, KPMG in Canada

Using Technology to Improve Employee Engagement and Drive Business Decisions

Employee engagement as a driver of business success is gaining greater focus as organizations look to technology to remove the barriers that negatively impact engagement and ultimately business results. Calgary Co-operative Association Limited understands this well as workforce management technology has helped address their challenges and stay competitive in a retail market facing increasing competition, high employee labour costs, and the need to consistently deliver a positive customer experience. In this moderated session, speakers will discuss:

  • The factors that drive down engagement and impact business productivity
  • Various approaches used to gain stakeholder buy-in and support to proposed changes
  • How technology is driving greater efficiencies and overall business performance
  • Future direction and considerations

Bart Willmore - VP, Human Resources, Calgary Co-operative Association Limited

Shawn Jacks - Retail Scheduling & Operations Communications Director, Calgary Co-operative Association Limited

Joyce Maroney - Director, Workforce Institute at Kronos Incorporated

INNOVATIVE COMPENSATION STRATEGIES TO ATTRACT AND RETAIN TALENT

With labour shortages escalating across the West and oil and gas companies preparing to rebound, many employers are looking to revise and rebuild their compensation structures to lure and retain employees. In this discussion, panelists from Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario will discuss the future of compensation in Western Canada, and how they are creatively leveraging financial and non-financial compensation plans to attract and retain talent, including:

  • The latest trends and developments in compensation systems
  • How will Cascadia Innovation Corridor affect the compensation market?
  • How to ensure that your compensation structures are competitive in current market conditions

RECRUITING FOR TOMORROW: INNOVATIVE WAYS TO BUILD YOUR TALENT PIPELINE

In Western Canada, competition for top performing candidates continues to intensify, with aggressive employers from Seattle, San Francisco and Toronto competing with local companies for the best talent. In this keynote session, learn from Stacy Zapar, 19+ year recruiting veteran turned recruiting strategist, advisor, and consultant, about disruptive talent acquisition initiatives across the globe practiced at companies who are leading the way when it comes to innovation, including:

  • How do Zappos, Netflix, TripAdvisor, Virgin America, Booking.com, Amazon and FedEx find great candidates?
  • The key to successful employer branding, social recruiting, sourcing, employee referrals and candidate engagement
  • New ways to solve common recruitment challenges
  • Easy-to- implement recruitment strategies to keep your business ahead of the curve

SUCCESSION PLANNING AND NURTURING HIGH-POTENTIAL TALENT IN AN AGE OF UNCERTAINTY

Now more than ever due to demographic changes and the forces of disruption, HR leaders need to challenge traditional methods of selecting and grooming future leaders. In this high-level panel discussion, prominent Canadian CHROs will discuss their challenges and practical solutions relating to succession planning, leadership development, talent mapping, and talent profiling. Speakers will offer insight into preparing future workforces, and the impact that technology is having on their people and business strategies, including:

  • What leadership skills are required to succeed in today’s world? What skills will leaders need in 10+ years?
  • How can we groom leaders for the future when the future is uncertain?
  • Keeping high potential leaders engaged throughout the process
  • How to incorporate diversity and inclusion principles into a leadership development program
  • How to coach your CEO and top management

TRANSFORMING PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT TO DRIVE EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT

Over the last few years, several major international companies have abolished the traditional and formal system of annual performance reviews in favour of continuous real-time feedback and ongoing performance development. Since then, many questions have been raised about the practicality of the new performance management model, and how to go about implementing it. In this session, a prominent thought leader in the area of HR and technology will discuss the future of performance management, including:

  • The importance of this shift in peformance management and how it can positively impact employee engagement and productivity
  • How to overcome the challenges of transforming performance management
  • Transforming compensation structures without relying on traditional numerical evaluation systems
  • The role of informal check-in conversations in driving a high-performance culture

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