HR in a Box 2017-18 Workshop Series


CCVO, in partnership with the Talent Pool and CPHR Alberta, is pleased to present the 2017-18 series of HR in a Box. This year’s workshops are hands on, with an emphasis on group discussion and case studies. Each session provides opportunities to share ideas, work together on strategies, develop practical solutions to real issues, and take away tips and tools to implement at your workplace. Some sessions may involve pre-reading.


Thank you to everyone who participated in a 2017/18 HR in a Box session. The 2018/19 series will be announced later this year. 


Past Sessions (with videos)

Rolling Out the HR Strategic Plan: HR Analytics and Scorecard to the Rescue

Jan. 24, 2018

HR metrics and workforce analytics help organizations identify strengths and weaknesses, areas for improvement, and opportunities for growth. With today’s workplace spanning multiple generations, and the focus on emerging required skills, HR metrics are rapidly evolving. More emphasis is also being given to the role of data collection for managerial decision making. Join Janet Salopek to navigate how to align HR analytics with your business strategies and organizational goals. You will also discuss how HR metrics and workforce analytics improve bottom line results.

Recruitment in a Shifting Skills Landscape: Planning Tactics

Nov. 28, 2017

Current economic trends are creating a different sort of competition for recruitment. New ways of attracting talent are a priority for many organizations, with strategic focus and specialist knowledge crucial to success. Join Janet Salopek to explore recruitment practices in the rapidly shifting landscape of work and the impact of emerging new skills. Learn to identify different perspectives as you plan for what is expected to be increasingly challenging years ahead.

The Cannabis Quagmire: Accommodation 2017 & Beyond

Oct. 24, 2017

With legal marijuana just around the corner, employers need to be aware of their rights and responsibilities. Organizations and HR professionals need to answer questions regarding acceptable level of use, required policies and procedures, and violation of rules. Using the “Workplace marijuana possession/use” case study, Adam Czarnecki will lead a discussion on the myths and realities of cannabis usage in the workplace, including types of cannabis products, medical marijuana, recreational uses, human rights vs privacy vs safety, and workplace readiness.

Changing Demographics & Managing Change Within a Dynamic Workforce 

Sept. 13, 2017

Change has become the norm in today’s workplace. To stay relevant, organizations need to continually evaluate, realign plans based on new information, and embrace diversity and technology. Join Janet Salopek to discuss how shifting demographics are impacting talent attraction, retention, and development. Participants will also explore perspectives on organizational people plans, and the resulting change management processes that will impact organizations.


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About the Facilitators 

Janet Salopek, CPHR, is the founder of Salopek & Associates Ltd. With more than 20 years of experience, she is a senior business leader with a strong background in strategic planning, human resources, and board governance. Janet is proud of the many partnerships Salopek & Associates has developed with nonprofit organizations in Calgary and across Canada. She has served on several boards and has been an instructor at the University of Calgary.


Adam Czarnecki, CPHR, is a member of the senior management team of a heavy-duty truck dealership group in Alberta where he is responsible for human resources, health and safety, and information technology. Adam is an avid contributor to industry webinars, conferences, and expert panel discussions related to human resources, trades, and the Alberta employment pool. Adam is a past CPHR board member, and volunteers with various nonprofits as a speaker on employment, corporate readiness, and as a resume advisor to students.

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