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CPHR Alberta Diversity Symposium - Full Day PD - Edmonton

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Thursday , October 17 , 2019 at 8:00 am to 4:15 pm
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October 17, 2019
Member: $250 | Non-member: $275
Varscona Hotel on Whyte - Edmonton
Catering is included

*Attending this event counts as 7 CPD hours - please save the confirmation of attendance email for your CPD log. 

*Please review our Cancellation Policy before registering

About the Event

As an HR professional it’s important to understand what diversity is, and how you impact diversity in your workplace. More and more, organizations are recognizing that diversity and inclusion is an expectation from employees and the communities they do business in. All too often the expectation to create a diversity policy, gain knowledge, and implement diversity strategies is tasked to the HR Team – but where do they go for the tools?

The Diversity Symposium is a full day learning session for HR Professionals that will provide information, strategies and resources to implement into their workplaces to create a more inclusive and productive work culture. Read about the topics and speakers below.

About the Speakers and Sessions

Renate Burwash with Gateway | Disability in the Workplace 

Disability Workplace Inclusion – Universal Design approaches to HR Successful businesses understand that diverse and inclusive workplaces are critical to creating conditions for employees to work in unity. These environments lead to increased employee engagement, commitment, innovation, and revenue.  Disability is not only included in diversity, but people with disabilities are the largest minority group, and are included in all other minority groups. It is also the one minority that any person can join at any time. 

In this presentation, you will learn:

  • Strategies, tools, and steps to creating and implementing Universal Design HR practices in all HR phases.
  • The imperativeness of an accommodation process in the workplace and how to create one.
  • An HR inclusivity toolkit will be provided.

Leanne Monsma with Field Law LLP | #MeToo 

The #metoo movement went viral in October of 2017 and helped to increase awareness that sexual harassment is all around us, including in our workplaces. During this session, Leanne Monsma, a labour and employment lawyer with Field Law, will comment on what employers should do, as well as what employers are obligated to do, when they receive complaints of sexual harassment. Leanne will also comment on specific legal issues arising from complaints of sexual harassment such as human rights considerations and labour and employment implications. Does sexual harassment constitute discrimination and can an employer fire an employee for engaging in sexual harassment? Finally, Leanne will offer some tips on how employers can work to prevent and eradicate sexual harassment in their workplaces. 

Pride Centre Edmonton | LGBTQ2S Inclusion 

The Pride Centre of Edmonton provides a non-judgmental, welcoming space where people of all attractions, identities, and expressions can be themselves, find support, meet new people, and be part of a caring community. Under our roof is a safe space that welcomes every individual who walks through the doors. We offer resources, educationvolunteer opportunitiescounselling, and a whole host of activities. We also organize programs such as support groups, social events, and educational seminars to help improve the social, mental, and physical health of our community.

Christie Pace with Bent Arrow Traditional Healing Society | Indigenous Inclusion in the Workplace

Bent Arrow is a non-profit organization that provides unique programs and services to Edmonton’s urban Aboriginal population. Today, Bent Arrow’s Mission remains to “build on the strengths of Aboriginal children, youth, and their families to enable them to develop spiritually, emotionally, physically, and mentally so they can walk proudly in both the Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities.” Programs and Services range from youth employment programs and comprehensive family services to supported referrals and soup and bannock lunches. Bent Arrow prides itself on building relationships of trust in the community by working closely with its partners and offering culturally based and face-to-face programming. Everyone involved with Bent Arrow – employees, partners, funders, supporters, Board members, community members, and friends – becomes part of the Bent Arrow family.


  • 8:00 am to 8:30 am - Registration & Light Breakfast
  • 8:30 am to 8:40 am - Opening Remarks
  • 8:40 am to 9:50 am - Disability in the Workplace 
  • 9:50 am to 10:00 am - Break
  • 10:00 am to 11:10 am -  #MeToo
  • 11:10 am to 12:20 pm - LGBTQ2S Inclusion
  • 12:20 pm to 1:30 pm - Lunch
  • 1:30 pm to 2:40 pm - Indigenous Inclusion in the Workplace
  • 2:40 pm to 2:50 pm - Break
  • 2:50 pm to 4:00 pm - Panel Discussion
  • 4:00 pm to 4:15 pm - Closing Remarks 

Catering will be provided throughout the event!


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