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October 16, 2014 In This Issue
Learn & Connect
Member Matters
In the news...
Job Board
Western Compensation & Benefits Consultants
Staffmax Staffing and Recruting
Change Innovators Inc.
Learn & Connect

Together, HR and Leadership can breathe new life into any organization, so HRMAM is gathering people, ideas and tools that will infuse work life with freshness, value and meaning. 

Connecting to the pulse of business means tapping into people's real motivations: supporting cultures where great ideas thrive; creating experiences that customers love; and finding all the ways that 'soft' influences align with 'hard' performance indicators.

On October 29 & 30, HR professionals from around Manitoba will gather together at Connect 2014: Pulse to share information, learn new ideas and trends, network and be inspired.

Connie Podesta I Executive Career Coach, Award-winning Speaker, Author and Board Certified Therapist
Leadership...Like You've Never Heard It Before! The Power of Accountability, Empowerment and Ownership

Drew Dudley I Founder & Chief Catalyst of Nuance Leadership Inc. 
Redefining Leadership and the Power of 'Lollipop Moments'

Michelle Ray I Author and Founder of Lead Yourself First Institute
So...You Think You've Got Influence

Sean Aiken I Author and Creator of The One Week Job Project
In Pursuit of Passion - 52 Jobs, 52 Weeks

Registration is now open for individual keynote presentations! 

For more information or to register, click here.

Registration closes October 24, 2014


HRMAM and Change Innovators Inc. are hosting a panel discussion and presentation featuring Assiniboine Credit Union (ACU) and its remarkable commitment to a fully integrated leadership development program.  ACU will share how they built internal capacity to support, enhance and ensure a continuous focus on leadership development for all future leaders.  

Please join us to explore the importance and significance of leadership excellence in today's environment. You will have the opportunity to ask questions of the project sponsors and project manager along with leaders from all levels of ACU.

Date: November 13, 2014
Time: 4:30 - 8:00pm  
Location: Fort Garry Hotel, Winnipeg
Cost: Members $125 + GST
Non-members  $135 + GST
Registration deadline: November 7, 2014 at Noon

For more information or to register, click here


At HRMAM, we are committed to building the strategic capability and organizational impact of HR practitioners, and providing value to our members.

To further support the Continued Professional Development needs of our growing population of Certified Human Resources Professionals (CHRPs), and in recognition of the quality of some of the HR professional development programs offered throughout Manitoba, we are proud to introduce the HRMAM Accreditation Program. For more information about the program, click here.

Here are the Upcoming Events for our Accreditation Program Partners:

Incident Investigations in the Workplace
By Safety Services Manitoba
Date: November 4 & 5, 2014
Location: Safety Services Manitoba, 3-1680 Notre Dame Ave
To register or learn more, click here

Due Diligence and Liability 
By Safety Services Manitoba
Date: November 13, 2014
Location: Safety Services Manitoba, 3-1680 Notre Dame Ave
To register or learn more, click here

Ongoing Courses: 

Managing Episodic Disabilities Interactive On-line Courses

HRMAM in partnership with CWGHR are pleased to offer Managing Episodic Disabilities: An Introduction and Managing Episodic Disabilities: Accommodation Best Practices. These interactive self-directed on-line courses take 15 hours to complete and are worth 15 Continuing Professional Development Hours. 

For more information on these courses, click here.


The October 29 webinar entitled,"Resolve to Resolve; Conflict Resolution," will cover how to identify conflicts and the sources of conflict before situations escalate, how to deliver complex messages clearly and powerfully and how to persuade difficult people and manage emotions. Click HERE to register for this webinar online.

The November 12 webinar entitled,"Starting from Scratch: Drafting Consistent and Fair Employment Policies" will cover the importance of establishing and communicating employee responsibilities, rights and conditions of employment, the benefits of utilizing employment policies, what they can mean for your organization and how to create and implement successful policies, processes and procedures. Click HERE to register for this webinar online.


The (un)Self-Aware Leader
Overcoming the sabotaging effect of pressure on performance - You will learn why self-awareness is the foundation of managing pressure and the brain science of emotions and pressure. 
Date: Wednesday, October 22, 2014
To register or learn more, click here

The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce and Modern Earth Web Design are presenting a new webinar series that will run live from 12:00 - 12:45pm every Wednesday. 
Public Speaking Makes Me Shake in My Boots
Move from just communicating to connecting.  Learn the three keys to facing your fear when you speak, the three great places to find illustrations to make your point and the three factors to any great speech. 
Date: October 22, 2014
To register or learn more, click here

Financial Statements - A Necessary Evil?
Many people feel financial statements area  necessary evil, while others believe they are a key management tool... why is that? 
Date: October 29, 2014
To register or learn more, click here  


Brought to you by the University of Winnipeg Faculty of Business and Economics and the Conference Board of Canada

Date: Thursday, November 6th, 2014
Time: 8:30am - 3:30pm
Location: The MET, Winnipeg
Cost: Not for Profit                    $350
Regular                                      $450
Corporate Group of Six           $2,250

For more information, click here
Red River College

The CHRP Validation of Professional Experience Assessment is a formal step in earning the CHRP designation that requires candidates to demonstrate three or more years of professional experience in Human Resources within the last ten years. 

To gain your CHRP designation through the assessment experience, CHRP candidates will be required to submit a completed application.  This application will need to be validated by your current employer.  In order to be eligible to submit an application you need to be a Candidate (someone who has passed the NKE) and have had your proof of degree verified.  

The next submission deadline is January 15. 

For more information on the Validation of Professional Experience Assessment, please click here.


CHRP candidates must now complete an Experience Assessment requirement to obtain the CHRP designation.

The Experience Assessment requires CHRP candidates to demonstrate three or more years of professional experience in Human Resources within the past ten years. The Experience Assessments have been in effect since February 2013. The Validation of Professional Experience Committee will be offering information sessions on how to complete the Validation of Experience requirement. 

Dates: November 4, 2014
              November 25, 2014
Location: Girl Guides Canada, 213-530 Century Street, Winnipeg (Google Maps)
Time: 5:00pm - 6:00pm

To register, click on the date you wish to attend.  Registration is required as seating is limited. Please register for only one of the info sessions. 

McFadden Benefits & Pension Ltd.
Workers Compensation Board
The Institute of Corporate Directors
Member Matters

The HRMAM 2013-2014 Annual Report is now available for viewing online.  Please click here


On October 2, our 2014-2015 Board of Directors was announced at our Annual General Meeting, seeing 3 new members being elected to Director positions. 

Roma Thorlakson, CHRP - Chair
Yvonne Thompson, CHRP - Past Chair 
Kirsty Stevens, CMA - Treasurer (re-elected, 1 year term)
Reis Pagtakhan, LLB - Board of Directors (re-elected, 2 year term)
Jenna Buckley, CHRP - Board of Directors 
Jeff McMaster, CHRP - Board of Directors
Robyn Normandale, CHRP - Board of Directors 
Kathy Randall, CHRP - Board of Directors
Nish Verma, CHRP - Board of Directors (newly elected, 2 year term)
Dr. Sylvie Albert - Board of Directors (newly elected, 2 year term)
Erin Polcyn-Sailer, CHRP - Board of Directors (newly elected, 2 year term)


Formerly known as the Excellence in Leadership Awards, the HR Excellence Awards are designed to showcase outstanding Human Resource achievements in Manitoba, honouring employers and individuals who are leaders in diversity, development, impact and innovation. 

The HR Excellence Awards include two types of awards - Business Excellence Awards and Professional Excellence Awards.  The Business Excellence Awards include eight categories which align with the key professional practices of Human Resource Professionals, while the four Professional Excellence Awards are designed to recognize specific individuals for their unique contributions.  

HRMAM encourages organizations and individuals to nominate themselves or others for an HR Excellence Award by submitting an application to the HRMAM office.  

Do you have any questions about any of the award categories or the application process? Please contact: 
Laura Haines
Events, Sponsorship & Marketing Manager 
(204) 943-0882

For more information on the application process and the awards, please click here.


Canada Career Counselling, in partnership with The Vanier Institute of the Family, is looking for survey participants to understand the experiences of women on maternity leave, as well as employer perceptions regarding employees' transition to and form maternity leave.

This study has been developed with the support of the Canadian Education and Research Institute for Councelling (CERIC) and is open to both women and employers across Canada.  Your experiences will provide valuable insight into understanding and improving maternity leave career transitions. 

For general information about the project please click here

Managers/HR - click here to complete the survey
Employees - click here to complete the survey

If you have any questions or concerns about this study please contact Avra Davidoff by email at or by phone at 403-261-5085 

This study has been approved by the University of Calgary Conjoint Faculties Research Ethics Board


Safety Saves Conference & Tradeshow
Opportunities for Synergy, Collaboration and Innovation 
Dates: October 26 & 27, 2015
Location: Canad Inns Polo Park

IPAM & CSSE MB are now accepting proposals for session presenters at the 2015 conference.  They are looking for speakers willing to share their occupational health, safety and environmental knowledge and experience with the safety managers and program leaders in attendance at the event.  Proposals may range from 1 - 3 hour sessions, with the majority of sessions being 1 hour in length.  The 2015 conference will be covering many aspects of safety in the workplace.  The following topics can be used as a guide for submitting your presentation, but they are open to additional topics.

Risk Assessment Business of Safety Selling Safety
Disability Management Engaging Employees Health Care Industry
Home Care Workers Disaster Planning Disaster Management
Environmental Safety Industry Specific Safety Tools & Programs

For more information, click here 

Forward your questions or proposals by January 12, 2015 to Kristin Petaski


In the news...
Eating Well - Stay Well, Eat Well - Be Active
Click here to visit the Healthy Workplace Month website
Does old-style HR support of a chat over a cup of coffee have a place compared to expensive EAPs and private medical insurance?  Read more here
3 senior executives share their experiences and why they chose to promote their employees. Read more here
More and more businesses are discovering that having teams of virtual employees is better for their budget, better for their end product, and thus holistically better for their company.  Read more here
Job Board

Senior HR Generalist Acuity HR Solutions
Manager Employee Relations & Engagement The North West Company
Human Resources Generalist Praxair Canada Inc.
Human Resources Consultant - Labour & Employee Relations Winnipeg Regional Health Authority 

Click here for the Job Board



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