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What has helped us grow in the past will not be as helpful in the future

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"I think what individuals need to concentrate on is within their job today or their field, what are the capabilities that they have that are future proof, that are more about an understanding of human interaction," said Stephen Harrington, senior manager of Human Capital to On The Coast guest host Angela Sterritt. You can read more about it in this recent CBC article.

At SCNetwork's January event, our speaker Ilse Treurnicht, member of the Advisory Council on Economic Growth illustrated that owing to Canada's growing population, greater participation in it's workforce, pressures due to an aging demographic, the shift of trade towards Asia, and the technological imperative, "what has helped us grow in the past will not be as helpful in the future." Our February speaker, Lisa Taylor, led us further along the path in the new world of work and informed us that we aren't passive in this workplace revolution.

Reaffirming Lisa's urgency that the Future of Work is now, our speaker in April, Maria Forbes, managing director at Root Inc. proclaims, “if your CEO, CTO and CFO are not already planning for these changes, the CHRO must take charge and lead the discussion. It is time for HR to move from strategy-reactive, to strategy-proactive that finds and engages the best talent, wherever it sits in the world … starting right now.”

At Root Inc., together with her fellow managing directors, Don MacLean and Carl Wagner, Maria Forbes is partnering with CHREATE - The Global Consortium to Reimagine HR, Employment Alternatives, Talent and the Enterprise, a collaborative effort of over 30 HR futurists - to shape the future of work and design a roadmap for HR with methodologies developed at Root. The creators of CHREATE, John Boudreau and Ian Ziskin, summarize the collective wisdom in their recent book, Black Holes and White Spaces that readers have reviewed as the philosophy of HR.

We hope you will join us for this rare and interactive workshop with CHREATE's leaders, who are flying up from south of the border to share stories they have learned through their research and hours of voluntary work.

The National Club
7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Thanks to our Featured Corporate Sponsor!

The global Consortium to Reimagine HR, Employment Alternatives, Talent and the Enterprise (CHREATE) is a collaboration of HR mapping how HR must evolve to meet future challenges, to identify pivotal initiatives, to accelerate that evolution, and to design the actions needed to make the future a reality. It includes over 30 CHROs and other HR professionals, from Starbucks, eBay, McDonald’s, Walt Disney and many others.

At this session, you will hear from managing directors of Root - Maria Forbes, Don MacLean and Carl Wagner, who are partnering with CHREATE to develop tools to help shape the future of HR. Together they will be leading an interactive workshop, utilizing Root’s methodology to help build an HR roadmap that will support your business effectively.

For speaker information, REGISTER NOW ...seats for this workshop are limited!

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The National Club
7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Thanks to our Featured Corporate Sponsor!

This is not just another diversity presentation!

Human Resource professionals have long been tasked with managing issues of Diversity and Inclusion (D&I). In many organizations, the usual approach is a numbers game, based on identity diversity linked to hiring practices (the number of women in the C suite, the number of racial minorities we can see represented in the workforce, etc.) or changing customer demographics.

But in an economy driven by innovation, where do Diversity and inclusion fit and why are they important to your business?

At this session, Renée Bazile-Jones, Senior Director, Learning, Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion will:

  • Challenge the notion that D&I is all about the numbers;
  • Reframe the business case for D&I to talk to the ROI for developing an ecosystem for innovation;
  • Provide some practical, measurable measure you can take to apply this new paradigm in your organization; and
  • Energize your role as a D&I ally
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The National Club
7:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Like a boomerang, two of our past University presenters are coming back to update us on their research. Why? Because you told us they were great; that their topics resonated with you; and that you would have liked a deeper dive. Dr. Catherine Connelly, Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Organizational Behaviour at McMaster University, and Dr. Kristyn Scott, Associate Professor of Human Resource Management and Organizational Behaviour at Ryerson University will lead a session that will unfold in three acts.

ACT 1: The professors will take turns talking about: Knowledge Hiding in Organizations and Organizational Cynicism.

ACT 2: Each professor will pair up with a CHRO. A lively point/counterpart discussion will follow.

ACT 3: You’ll work in groups, and the live audience will engage in discussions about all they’ve learned. The event will close with the panel of professors and CHROs responding to questions and suggestions.

ENCORE: The two professors will provide an exclusive “sneak preview” of research studies currently underway at their respective universities.

WHY SHOULD YOU ATTEND? Because of the classic gap between Academia and Corporate Canada, we often miss opportunities to leverage new research findings for the benefit of our organizations. Here’s your chance!

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To our member, Kelly Davis from Town Shoes Limited, for making HRD Canada 's 2018 HOTLIST!


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#MeToo lessons for HR

"A workplace where people of all genders cannot work shoulder to shoulder, in an atmosphere of safety and mutual respect, is an uninspiring one. Moreover, it’s bad for business."" - Suanne Nielsen

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by Colleen Clarke

Apply the MRI Approach to Unreturned Phone Calls

Apply the MRI approach when people don’t return your calls. Imagine a most respectful interpretation(MRI) and don’t take it personally. Reach out again in a week or two. If you still don’t connect, their loss, it is not meant to be, move on.



How can you create an innovative and challenging workplace culture that encourages aspirational conversations and provides return on recognition? Check out the highlights of our magnetic March speaker - Chester Brown’s talk on "The Best Teams Win: The New Science of High Performance". 

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