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Events Events from June 2018

Small Business Training Event

Hire (Diverse) Talent – Exclusive for Small Business Owners/Operators – June 7, 2018

Date: June 7th
Time: 8am – 10am. Registration and networking will begin at 7:30am.
Venue: Executive Inn, Burnaby – 4201 Lougheed Hwy, Burnaby, BC V5C 3Y6
Cost: Complimentary with funding from the Vancouver Foundation, and support of BC Partners in Workforce Innovation, WCG Services & Presidents Group.

If you run a small business, you know that you’re only as strong as your team. Many businesses struggle to find the best talent, but what if you were inadvertently ignoring a whole pool of highly qualified and talented potential staffers? If it hasn’t yet affected your bottom line, it will, and many businesses are exploring ways to hire diverse talent to serve their business needs.

Join us to learn how other businesses have successfully expanded their hiring practices by utilizing the often untapped labour market of persons with disabilities.  Hiring inclusively is about accessing amazing (but under-represented) talent and we have the information you need to get started.  This complimentary training event, designed specifically for a small business operating environment, will focus on practical ways that hiring managers can adapt hiring practices, and gain a business advantage, by tapping into this talent pool. The event will include:

  1. A Panel Discussion including Q&A on How to Hire and Keep Diverse Talent – small business owners with experience sharing how they successfully hired people with diverse-abitlies:
  2. Legal Responsibilities – An employer’s legal duty to accommodate, consideration of disclosure, and identifying what is a reasonable accommodation or easy adjustments in the workplace

To ensure this event is productive and practical – there are only 30 spaces available. Registration will be on a first come basis, followed by a waitlist. Please RSVP to reserve your seat.


Large Business Training Event

Practical Steps to Recruit and Retain an Inclusive Workforce – June 19, 2018

Date: June 19, 2018
Time: 9am – 4pm. Registration and networking begins at 8:30am.
Venue: Executive Inn, Burnaby – 4201 Lougheed Hwy, Burnaby, BC V5C 3Y6
Cost: Complimentary for Presidents Group members

Audience: Operations Managers, Supervisors, Hiring Managers, HR Professionals

The training covered the following areas:

  • What is Impacting Workforce Shortages in 2018 and Beyond (Labour Market Outlook)
  • Workplace Adjustments and Duty to Accommodate – What is reasonable accommodation?
  • Unconscious Bias – What are the unintended barriers in my workplace?
  • Neuro Diverse Talent – Autism in the Workplace
  • Candidates and Employees Living with Mental Health Conditions
  • Practical Day to Day, Inclusive and Innovative Employment Practices
  • What’s Working for Business – What are leading employers doing that I can learn from?

See the Presentations and Highlights


Past Events:

Photos from May – June Activities:

(left) Marco Pasqua, Accessibility and Inclusion Consultant, Presidents Group, Kirsten Sutton, vice president of and managing director at SAP Labs Canada, (centre) Brad McCannell, vice president of access and inclusion with the Rick Hansen Foundation and Rick Hansen, founder of the Rick Hansen Foundation, celebrate a ‘Accessibility Certified Gold’ rating at SAP Labs’ Yaletown office. Kirsten stands in a circle talking to Marco, Brad and Rick in their wheelchairs Both table set up with Presidents Group resources on it.
Agenda for Hire Diverse Talent event sits on top of a table with a Presidents Group postcard above it. Jamie Millar-Dixon, Recruitment Specialist, BC Partners in Workforce Innovation, Taylor Chobotiuk, Manager, People and Engagement, Tacofino and Lisa Beecroft, Owner, Gabi & Jules sit side-by-side on stage. Connor Levy, Harris & Co, presents behind a podium