Conference Schedule


8:00 am – 6:00 pm Registration/Information Desk Open
8:30 am – 8:45 am  Welcome Remarks & Conference Kick-Off
8:45 pm – 10:15 am  Mark DeVolder – Harness the Hurricane
10:15 am – 10:45 am Networking & Refreshment Break in Trade Show Area
10:45 am – 12:00 pm Workplace misconduct or a symptom of a disability, or both?

Lynne Poirier
Will your team survive? A guide for using simulations to enhance team development

Allan Stewart

Designing jobs to encourage innovation

Rachelle Pascoe-Deslauriers

Roadmap to Workplace Wellness

Leslie Marques

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm  Lunch Buffet (staged in Trade Show Area)
1:00 pm – 2:15 pm Workplace Implications of the legalization of marijuana

Lauren Cicin

Neuroscience, Leadership and the Female

Roméo Cormier & Leo LeBlanc

Marketing Mindset for recruiting

Yves Boudreau & Emily Brennan

But Who Am I Now? Supporting the transition to retirement

Marilyn Noble

2:15 pm – 2:30 pm  Networking & Refreshment Break in the Trade Show Area
2:30 pm – 5:00 pm Advanced Understanding of the ROI of Disability Management

Nicola MacNaughton & Dianna St.-Pierre

Leading Through Questions

George Raine

Part 1: ONB Connects – Formalized Networking Program for Newcomers and New Grads

Monica Gaudet Justason

Part 2: Strategies for Getting & Keeping Top Talent in Atlantic Canada

Martin Chaisson

5:00 pm – 6:15 pm Award of Excellence Reception in the Trade Show Area
6:15 pm – 9:00 pm Awards of Excellence Dinner


8:00 am – 3:00 pm Registration/Information Desk Open
8:30 am – 9:00 am Day 2 Opening Remarks
9:00 am – 10:15 am An overview of Pay Equity in NB

Johanne Perron

Mentorship as a Talent Management Tool!

Hélène Savoie-Louis

Recruitment Strategies to develop high performance teams

Scott McGaw

Breaking Limiting Patterns

Nancy Lehoux

10:15 am -10:45 am Networking & Refreshment Break in the Trade Show Area
10:45 am – 12:00 pm NB Labour Adjudication Update

Erin Crandall

Crossing Cultures: Working together works

Justin Ryan

Making Competencies ‘Work’ for your organization

Kim MacLaren

Mental Fitness & Resiliency in the Workplace

Robert Laurie

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch Buffet (staged in Trade Show Area)
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm David Irvine – CREATE A HIGH ENGAGEMENT CULTURE™
3:00 pm Closing Remarks

 Compensation, Benefits and Disability Management
 Culture & Leadership
 Talent Acquisition, Retention & Motivation

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Session Details

Will your team survive? A Guide for Using Simulations to Enhance Team Development
Presented by: Allan Stewart

If you’re looking for a complete solution to your team development challenges, look no further than the Human Synergistics Survival Simulations. These high impact activities efficiently teach the behaviours and skills of successful group problem solving and decision making in a safe, controlled environment.

ONB Connects – Formalized Networking Program for Newcomers and New Grads
Presented by: Monica Gaudet-Justason

Fortune 500 companies are choosing New Brunswick and looking for a skilled workforce to fill roles in various industries. But, as we know, our province is facing a labour shortage and an out migration of our youth.  Immigration and retention have been, and will continue to be, key to NB’s economic success.  This session will briefly cover the current provincial workforce realities. Just as importantly, the information will help dispel myths New Brunswickers have about newcomers and youth.  The session will wrap up with a discussion on how individuals and organizations can get involved today, gain access to a largely untapped talent pool and overcome cultural biases in the process.

Strategies for Getting & Keeping Top Talent in Atlantic Canada
Presented by: Martin Chaisson

No topic is more popular and prevalent today than how can Atlantic Canadian organizations, big and small, find and retain the talent they require to ensure they thrive during these fast changing times? Currently a number of government initiatives are in place to help you with your recruiting strategies while Social Media offers great tools to spread your message of “who you are and what you offer” to potential employees. Yet we are still asking that very same question:  “How can we attract and retain top talent within our communities?” The problem persists. This session will elaborate on tactics and techniques which are 100% in your control and can be implemented immediately to strengthen your organization’s very own brand and culture while still leveraging the tools and programs mentioned above. In order to attract and retain the best talent you need to be at the top of your game as these potential recruits have the luxury of choosing their employer. Come find out how best to ensure they choose you!

New Brunswick Labour ‎Adjudication Update
Presented by: Erin Crandall

In Canada, the decisions of judges and adjudicators have an impact on the formation of the law upon which employers use to make decisions impacting their unionized workforce. While collective agreements may outline the general principles that govern the terms and conditions of employment, it is the decisions of judges and adjudicators that can define the specific application of those terms and conditions.

Focusing on both public service and private enterprise, the purpose of this presentation will be to review recent decisions from New Brunswick judges and adjudicators.

Mentorship as a Talent Management Tool!
Presented by: Hélène Savoie-Louis

There is no question that a highly engaged, positive workforce will allow for a more productive workplace. However recruiting and retaining that A-list employee base is becoming more challenging in light of Canadas aging workforce. Employers who are willing to go back to past best practices such as mentorship are finding success not only with recruiting millennials, but also enabling their experienced employees, to effectively transfer their knowledge to ensure smooth succession. You can manage the skills gap risk by ensuring that you have a solid team of mentors focused on integrating your newest team members.

Crossing Cultures: Working Together Works
Presented by: Justin Ryan

Businesses are now seeing the faces of their staff and clients changing. Are you driving the changes or are the changes driving you?

Working Together Works is part of our interactive Crossing Cultures workshop series. It is designed to help organizations become more effective in recruiting, retaining, and promoting cross-cultural employees, as well as in reaching out to an increasingly international community.

Whether you’re looking to expand internationally or to tap into the growing and increasingly affluent new arrival market base, knowing how to connect on a business level can mean the difference between taking the lead and getting left behind.

An Overview of Pay Equity in New Brunswick
Presented by: Johanne Perron

Pay equity – equal pay for work of equal value – is a fundamental human right. Pay equity policies and legislation aim at eliminating systemic discrimination leading to female-dominated jobs being underpaid compared to male-dominated ones. New pay equity policies are expected both at the provincial and federal levels. Pay equity plans may soon be required for organizations of more than 50 employees doing business with the provincial government while federal pay equity legislation is promised by the end of 2018. In practice, human resource professionals are at the forefront of the implementation of such policies. Be prepared!

Making Competencies ‘Work’ for Your Organization
Presented by: Kim MacLaren

Using a competency-based HR management approach, HR professionals are able to develop targeted HR strategies, plans, and programs to address and close gap in competencies within all stages of the HR cycle.

This presentation will provide HR professionals with a foundational knowldge of competencies; an overview of the benefits of competency-based HR management; suggestions on how to develop practical competency-based HR resources and tools; and a detailed overview of the process for developing a competency-based job description, an effective way to begin to make competencies WORK for your organization.

Roadmap to Workplace Wellness
Presented by: Leslie Marques

Optimizing your workforce is a key strategic advantage of human resource management in today’s competitive business environment. Investing in workplace wellness can positively influence your organization’s people, and your bottom line. To maximize the value and return on your investment, wellness must be embedded into your organization’s culture and driven by your people. In this session, we’ll demonstrate and discuss the effective planning tools and resources New Brunswick workplaces can use to make a sustainable shift in your culture, and strategically design and sustain a work environment that supports both employee and organizational wellness.

Workplace implications of the legalization of marijuana
Presented by: Lauren Cicin

Canada aims to legalize recreational marijuana by July 1st, 2018, a major change that is expected to have some impact on the workplace. This presentation will highlight the potential issues that require education and planning for employers to meet their obligations to provide a healthy and safe workplace. It will also address the implications on the employers duty to accommodate, the scope of drug testing, and employees privacy rights. It will offer advice on the workplace policies that should be in place to adapt to the changing legal landscape as it relates to legal marijuana.

Workplace misconduct or a symptom of a disability, or both?
Presented by: Lynne J. Poirier

What will be the impact of the June 2017 Supreme Court of Canada decision in Stewart v. Elk Valley Coal Corp., 2017 SCC 30? What are the limits to tolerable misconduct in the workplace based on disability? An employee tested positive for drug use after an accident, and was terminated pursuant to his employers policy. Was he was terminated for breach of the policy, or due to symptoms of his addiction? This is a critical case for HR professionals responsible for the administration of drug and alcohol policies in the workplace.

But Who Am I Now? Supporting The Transition To Retirement
Presented by: Marilyn Noble

Interviews with twelve Boomer women (each of them one to seven years into the retirement process) and a follow-up series of facilitated group discussions shed light on the timing and impetus of the decision to withdraw from paid work, and the gains, losses, challenges, and learnings experienced along the way. Informants pointed to the regrettably narrow focus of most workplace-sponsored retirement planning workshops. Absent from most such sessions are issues of identity erosion, status diminishment, concerns about becoming undervalued and invisible, loss of voice and power, and uncertainty about where to find validation and how to recreate a forward focus.

Breaking Limiting Patterns (Briser la chaîne)
Presented by: Nancy Lehoux

Human beings are creatures of habit, but too many of the patterns we develop over the years stop us from being all we can be. These limiting patterns prevent us from trying new things, being promoted, earning more money, expressing ourselves with confidence, reaching our potential, or meeting our goals. They might make us fearful, anxious, stressed, frustrated, or a variety of other negative states that stifle our ability to feel good about ourselves. IMAGINE HAVING THE ABILITY TO UNLEASH THE POWER OF YOUR MIND, bring yourself to a high level by Breaking Limiting Patterns that do not serve you.

Advanced Understanding of the ROI of Disability Management
Presented by: Nicola MacNaughton & Dianna St.-Pierre

Does your organization have a Disability Management Program? Do you know if it is effective? What are the critical factors that can ensure the efficient use of your research and program funding dollars? How are you tracking and measuring outcomes? This participatory workshop will guide you through a self-assessment resulting in a balanced scorecard to track a baseline for improvement. The presenters will utilize their expertise to share critical factors to reduce the cost of injury and illness through Disability Management initiatives. To conclude participants will gain knowledge in the development of a dashboard for tracking and measuring success.

Designing Jobs to Encourage Innovation
Presented by: Rachelle Pascoe-Deslauriers

Business innovation is inextricably linked to people and to the extent to which a business draws on all of its employees, at all levels, to innovate. This interactive workshop draws on more than three years of working with more over 65 different businesses, across all sectors and sizes, to focus on how we can design jobs to encourage employees to innovate. Practical examples of how building better jobs produces benefits for people and businesses will be provided. Participants will be asked to critically reflect on the challenges in their own organizations and benefits of engaging employees through workplace innovation.

Neuroscience, Leadership, and the Female Brain
Presented by: Roméo Cormier & Leo LeBlanc

This presentation will highlight groundbreaking research findings in the fields of neuroscience and organizational psychology that focus on contemporary leadership and sex differences in the areas of behaviour and human potential. These findings converge to affirm the female brains connectivity and distinct functions as being more appropriate and better adapted to display exceptional leadership in this era of globalization and increasing human diversity within organizations.

Topics discussed will include sex differences in specific brain functions related to leadership, communication, and coaching, as well as breaking bias and the role of emotions in decision-making, and the benefits of mindfulness.

Recruitment Strategies to Develop High Performance Teams
Presented by: Scott McGaw

Studies suggest 46% of HR leaders reported having difficulty filling jobs in 2016. Competition for top talent, candidate compensation expectations, and skills matching are just a few of the most commonly cited obstacles. In our increasingly digital world, what do employers need to consider to ensure they identify, attract, and assess the very best talent to create a high performance team. Scott McGaw, Senior Consultant with Meridia Recruitment Solutions, will explore current trends in recruitment and highlight strategies HR leaders can apply in their organizations to optimize their process and uncover the very best talent for the role.

Marketing Mindset for Recruiting
Presented by: Yves Boudreau & Emily Brennan

Technology has made a massive impact on Human Resources via new platforms that digitize a vast amount of the information HR professionals need to process. Technology gives access to the power of Big Data, impacting the way businesses understand their customers, markets, and prospective employees. The HR space is evolving and we’re going to share with you what’s happening today and what you can expect in the future – from data-driven insights to artificial intelligence to recruitment marketing.

Leading Through Questions
Presented by: George Raine

Most leaders are very good at telling things to people – here’s where we’re going; this is what you should do; I don’t like your approach; let me tell you why you’re wrong. But managers frequently overlook the power of asking “discovery” questions and really listening to the answers.  Questions prompt others to think differently. Using questions to lead seems like the sort of thing you already know how to do, but it’s a lot harder at first than it seems. This interactive session helps participants unlock the power of questions to awaken new insights and understanding in our coworkers.

Mental Fitness & Resiliency in the Workplace
Presented by: Robert Laurie

The importance of mental fitness and resiliency in workplaces is well understood by Human Resource Professionals. While more is being done to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health issues, Employee Assistance Programs are increasingly being called upon resulting in greater costs to employers.

This workshop will show the benefits of implementing positive mental health and resiliency practices in workplaces and how this extends current thinking in improving workplace wellbeing, engagement, and performance. A validated questionnaire and report outlining the prevalence of mental fitness and resiliency practices in workplaces, and where additional attention should be placed, will be presented.


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