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Professional Development Opportunities for June
The CPHR Alberta team has worked tirelessly to plan our Professional Development programs for 2021. We want to give our members the best experience when expanding their development by providing top level learning opportunities on a wide variety of topics, presented by accomplished and accredited speakers. With the HR profession requiring our members to be life-long learners, we are here to support you and your professional goals. Check out some of our half and full day professional development events taking place in June!
June 3, 17 & July 15 – Building Better Leaders
Presented by Steven Armstrong. This 3-part series aims to bring assessments, tools, and strategies of leadership to emerging and established leaders. Each session builds upon the other with the Organizational Health Survey as a guide, including dedicated discussion group time. Organizations are looking to their HR Professionals to lead, specifically through challenging times, and this 3-part series will show you how to lead by being exceedingly human.
About Steven Armstrong
For more than three decades, Steven Armstrong worked around the world as a member of the Canadian Armed Forces and the Red Cross. On the literal frontlines for many of the globe’s most notable humanitarian crises during that time – ranging from the shores of Sri Lanka after the 2004 tsunami, to the aftermath of 9/11 in New York, to fighting wildfires in Fort McMurray in 2016 – Steve has proven, over and over again, what true leadership means. Faced with complex missions and tasks that required extreme precision and unfailing resolve, Steve learned early on that properly inspiring his teams to act, move, and overcome obstacles would be the key to ongoing success. Rather than force compliance, he used his natural virtue, honour, and trustworthiness to motivate people. This exceedingly “human” side of his character enabled authentic connections and trust – instilling confidence, determination, and encouragement in all who followed his examples. Now, as a speaker, consultant and author of You Can’t Lead From Behind, Steve uses humour, honesty, and a lifetime of hard-learned lessons to tell his story and teach others how to become better and more effective leaders. Though his experience is global, his approach is down-to-earth and genuine, giving you and your leadership team the personalized tools and confidence they need to succeed. Connect with Steven on LinkedIn!
June 8 – Spring into Summer – June Mingle!
Featuring Julie Van Rosendaal. Spring into summer with Julie Van Rosendaal! Does name sound familiar? Julie recently has been known for her discussion on why butter is not softening in her recent appearance in The Globe in Mail this pass February. Are you ready to bring 5-star dining to your very own patio this season? We are eager to kick off this spring with you and your family members as we invite our local celebrity chef Julie Van Rosendaal to share some delicious and refreshing recipes with you. Whether you are a cook or not - we got you all covered! Dinner with Julie will be a unique experience that ties in virtual cooking and mixology, casual networking with your peers and an opportunity to ask your pressing questions with our guest chef. Recipes have been chosen and designed by Julie herself. Keeping in mind waste and local ingredients that you can easily find that are in season. These hand-crafted recipes will be sent directly to your inbox to prepare for the fun evening with her. This is your chance to roll up your sleeves, grab your choice of beverage and learn a few tips and tricks in the kitchen. We recognize that our member have had a whirlwind year thus far. As much as we want you to log off at the end of day, we hope that you can connect with us virtually for our June mingle. Join us on June 8th at 5 pm for a special night of entertainment, recharging and fun along the way. Registration will include 4 recipes from Dinner with Julie, chance to win various door prizes, free ticket to the Fall 2021 Conference and CPHR Alberta members are welcome to invite a non-member for our Fall of Learning (formerly pre-conference) and receive our special promo code!
About Julie Van Rosendaal
Julie Van Rosendaal is the Calgary-based author of eleven best-selling cookbooks. She has been the food columnist on the Calgary Eyeopener on CBC Radio One for over 15 years, writes about food for the Globe and Mail, and for the past twenty years has been a freelance food writer and columnist for other publications across Canada. Julie teaches, speaks and cooks at culinary schools and events —virtually, these days— and has a very engaged audience on her social media channels and website, Dinner with Julie. Website: https://www.dinnerwithjulie.com/
June 10 – Workplace Restoration after an Investigation
Presented by Michelle Phaneuf and Jennifer Paton. Critical incidents in the workplace can happen quickly or escalate over a long period of time before they erupt. These incidents can stem from violence, abuse, harassment, bullying or protracted negative conflict. Alberta employers are required to investigate incidents of violence and harassment and take corrective action. This is a strong step for creating psychological safety in our workplaces. Often support for employees during and after a significant negative event is forgotten creating an seed for the growth of an unhealthy workplace culture. Workplace Restoration is a needed and growing practice that can address these issues.
June 14, 15 & 16 – Workplace Investigation Training
Presented by Bob Stenhouse.
- Day 1 - Workplace Investigations Training - The Fundamentals This workshop provides the participant with the basic skills required to conduct a successful workplace investigation.
- Day 2 - Workplace Investigations Training - Harassment, Sexual Harassment and Psycho-Social Violence This workshop provides the participant with an understanding of the introductory skills required to conduct a successful investigation into allegations of psycho-social violence in the workplace.
- Day 3 - Workplace Investigations Training - Advanced This workshop is designed for practitioners who have taken Day One and Day Two, or who have substantial experience and training in workplace investigations.
About Bob Stenhouse
Bob Stenhouse has been conducting, overseeing and case managing investigations for over 35 years. First as an organized crime, undercover and homicide investigator in the RCMP, and later as a human rights and workplace investigations consultant. Bob then spent ten years as the leader of a Corporate Investigations Unit for Alberta Health Services ( largest employer in Alberta and highly unionized ) - where he and his team conducted the most complex and high risk investigations into internal workplace misconduct across the Province. Bob has developed investigations courses and training for hundreds of HR practitioners in western Canada in Workplace Investigations, Harassment, Bullying and Violence investigations, Psychological Safety. Bob's workshops have been unanimously rated as excellent. Bob is a passionate, engaging, and seasoned instructor and facilitator and is committed to ensuring that participants are getting the most out of their training experience. Bob has stories and case studies that will illuminate the investigative concepts in real and tangible ways, plus there are lots of laughs to be had along the way. In the words of a recent participant in Bob's advanced investigations training " I have taken training workshops for almost forty years, this training has been, by far, the best I have ever had." Connect with Bob on LinkedIn!
June 15 – Engaging Albertans in Creating Positive Workplace Cultures that Help Stop Sexual Harassment
Presented by Corinne Ofstie and Joni Avram. This presentation from the Association of Alberta Sexual Assault Services (AASAS) will offer participants insight into Albertan’s perceptions and experiences of workplace sexual harassment and how to use social science to affectively engage people in the issue of workplace sexual harassment. We’ll discuss challenges with typical training and awareness approaches to sexual harassment and the new approach we’re taking, and how participants can apply behavioural sciences methodology in their own communication around anti-sexual harassment social change initiatives.
About Corinne Ofstie
Corinne is a registered social worker with expertise working as a cross-sector coordinator within community, system and government organizations in both Sexual and Domestic Violence. As Director of Strategic Initiatives with the Association of Alberta Sexual Assault Services (AASAS), Corinne works to achieve the goals and objectives of numerous special projects including the Workplace Sexual Harassment Awareness Campaign and Training project. Among her many achievements, Corinne Co-Chaired the provincial Collaborative Justice Response to Sexual Violence Committee and was a member of the Gender Equality Network of Canada from 2017 to 2020. In 2018 Corinne was awarded Avenue Magazine’s #Top40Under40. She is a member of the Rebuilding Lives Committee for the Canadian Women’s Foundation and an Expert Advisory Panel member of Canadian Femicide Observatory for Justice and Accountability. Connect with Corinne on LinkedIn!
About Joni Avram, BA, JD, MSc.
Joni Avram, JD, MSc. is an experienced leader of large-scale public engagement campaigns that have spanned political, non-profit, and business sectors. Campaigns include: I Believe You Canada Powered by Women , Yellow Pages’ Shop the Neighbourhood, Southern Alberta Institute for Urology (SAIU), and the To This Day Project. As an experienced communicator and behavioural scientist, Joni has provided professional development training to communicators, social advocates, and educators across North America. She is the founder of Cause & Effect Marketing and LIFT Elevated Professional Development. Connect with Joni on LinkedIn!
June 23 – Cannabis at Work: Key Topics to Consider when Updating your Substance Management Policy to Include Cannabis
Presented by Karina Karassev, James Wigmore, and Shannon Friesen. Learn about why in a legalized market, employers have a responsibility, and a vested interest to educate their employees on cannabis in the workplace. This session will help you:
- Understand why simply adding the word cannabis to your substance management policy is not enough
- Understand how to talk to your employees about cannabis and impairment in the workplace
- Understand the difference between urine and oral fluid testing methods from a forensic toxicologist
About Karina Karassev
Karina is currently the COO of RCU – Responsible Cannabis Use, a cannabis education company. RCU provides an e-learning course CannEd - which covers cannabis in the context of the workplace made for employees, people managers and HR professionals in all industries. Connect with Karina on LinkedIn!
About James Wigmore
James has worked as a forensic toxicologist for over 29 years at one of the foremost forensic laboratories in North America - the Centre of Forensic Sciences in Toronto, Ontario. He has testified in over 700 criminal cases throughout Canada and in numerous personal injury civil cases and coroner’s inquests. James has published over 70 scientific articles in forensic toxicology which have been cited by institutions such as the Supreme Court of Canada, as well as numerous book chapters and three books including one on the medico-legal aspects of cannabis. James is also on the expert panel of Health Canada on public information regarding cannabis. James serves as an advisor to RCU and is featured in RCU’s e-learning course CannEd. Connect with James on LinkedIn!
About Shannon Friesen
Shannon Friesen is a designated CPHR with more than 30 years of experience in her chosen field. She is also a licensed professional investigator in the province of Alberta. Shannon has extensive experience working with organizations to create high performing workplaces with a strong corporate culture. She has conducted many workplace investigations such as harassment, sexual harassment, bullying and working with Safety teams on incident investigations, including breaches of alcohol and drug policies. She not only investigates workplace issues but also works with organizations to create, implement and train all employees on respectful workplace policies and alcohol and drug policies to ensure that all employees have a safe place to work, every day. Shannon’s career has spanned across law firms, government, utilities, and oil and gas. She is currently Principal and Sr. HR Consultant with ACTivate HR Corp., a Workplace Investigation and HR solutions consulting company founded by Shannon and her two business partners. Connect with Shannon on LinkedIn!