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Human Resource Management for Indigenous Organizations

September 18, 19 and 20, 2018  ·  Edmonton, Alberta
Featuring These Industry Experts

Gerald D. Chipeur, QC, Partner, Miller Thomson LLP

Gerry's practice over the last three decades has focused on the development of public policy and the removal of administrative red tape. As a trial and appellate lawyer, he has advocated for clients before courts in BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario, including 22 matters before the Supreme Court of Canada. He has engaged in advocacy on a diverse range of legal issues and his legal scholarship includes over 100 articles on legal topics such as the Constitution, Indigenous law, employment and labour relations. He is frequently invited to appear as an expert witness before Senate and House of Commons committees studying legislative proposals. Most recently, he testified regarding the constitutionality of a new regime for measuring cannabis impairment and a law requiring the federal government to pay its bills on time.

Lori Craig, Human Resources Consultant, The HR Guide

Lori Craig is a certified Canadian Human Resources Practitioner (CHRP) with more than 25 years of human resources, organizational effectiveness, training, and development experience with a passionate focus on personal, interpersonal and organizational effectiveness. Lori has been recognized as a key contributor on the senior management team of an Alberta First Nations Administration, an international communications organization and has served as a Police Officer in the Calgary Police Service. She has experienced more than 45 countries in her passion for travel and cultural appreciation.

Linda R. Crockett, Founder and Executive Director, Workplace Bullying, Resources and Recovery Centre Inc.

Linda Crockett, MSW, RSW, Somatic Experiencing Trauma Therapist, is the founder of Alberta Bullying Research, Resources, & Recovery Center (ABRC).

Dawn Davis, Manager, Human Resources, Fort McKay Group of Companies

A Qalipu Mi'kmaq First Nation Band Member, Dawn moved to the Wood Buffalo Region in 2007 and immediately started working with the Fort McKay Group of Companies Human Resources Department. Dawn graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in 2004 from Saint Mary's University in Nova Scotia, with a double major in Human Resource Management and Marketing, along with a Certificate in Human Resources. She went on to study Indigenous Leadership and Management, is a member of the Canadian Aboriginal Human Resources Management Association, and also continues to study the ever-changing Human Resources field.

Gayle Desmeules, Principal, True Dialogue

Gayle Desmeules, member of the Métis Nation of Alberta, Q.Med, Master of Arts in Leadership and Training, provides interest-based mediation, and restorative facilitation training. Over 20 years experience building capacity within Indigenous communities to offer "appropriate" dispute resolution services in social services, justice, workplace and education settings. Her approach focuses on building social capital: levels of trust, mutual understanding, shared values, and behaviour that strengthens relationships making collaborative action and problem-solving possible.

Billie Fortier, Associate, MLT Aikins LLP

Billie Fortier assists Indigenous communities and landowners with issues related to natural resource extraction, land development and industry partnerships. Billie has worked on regulatory and commercial litigation matters and on issues related to the duty to consult and Indigenous governance. She has assisted Indigenous organizations on jurisdictional issues and with drafting HR policies. She is a member of the Métis Nation of Alberta. Billie has appeared before the Alberta Court of Queen's Bench and the Provincial Court of Alberta and has experience in regulatory proceedings before the Alberta Utilities Commission and the Alberta Energy Regulator.

Deborah Green, Founder and Owner, Corporate Cree Consulting

Deborah Green (Gopher) is a proud Cree woman from the Kawacatoose and Piapot's First Nations in Saskatchewan. Deborah has 20 years' experience in Diversity and Indigenous Inclusion services and solutions. Her expertise is in relationship building, HR Initiatives, Strategy Framework & Policy, and training. She identifies gaps, and develops solutions customized for clients. Deborah has developed and integrated workforce diversity strategies for hiring and developing diverse talent, fostering an inclusive work environment, and ensuring management accountability. Deborah has an extensive network of diversity organizations and contacts within Canada in all industries, private sectors, public, non-profit and government organizations. She is established and recognized as a successful and authentic subject matter expert, and role model in the Indigenous Community.

Chris Hylton, Principal, C.G. Hylton & Associates Inc.

Chris has been a consultant in Alberta since 1981 and has extensive experience in human resources and employee benefits. Chris has worked with many indigenous organizations across Canada improving organization structure, strategic plans, human resources and employee benefits. Services have focused on plans that are customized for success with management and staff alike, including job descriptions, salary grids, performance plans, organizational charts, and HR policies.

Trina Kondro, Lawyer, Emery Jamieson

As an Aboriginal law practitioner with a particular interest in governance and policy development, Trina has drafted Election Laws, Membership Codes, and a wide range of bylaws and policies designed to meet the specific needs of First Nation communities. Trina's other practice focus is employment law and she has assisted employees and employers in all aspects of the employment relationship from conducting litigation and hearings to resolve employment related disputes to drafting executive employment agreements and comprehensive policy documents.

Gina Potts, Chief Operating Officer, A3 Limited

Gina is a member of the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation, and fluent in Nakota. She has worked extensively with Indigenous people in the areas of; governance and senior management, lead facilitator for program and community development, business and economic development, strategic initiatives and event management. Gina obtained her education from the University of Calgary and Grant MacEwan Community College. She is the founder of the Nikoodi Safety Association, which is dedicated to the safety and wellbeing of Indigenous businesses and people in the workplace. Gina believe that collaboration and networking are essential tools for business success.

Colleen Verville, Partner, MLT Aikins LLP

Colleen is called to the bar in Alberta and the North West Territories. However, as some of her clients are deemed federal employers, she practises all across Canada. She has appeared numerous times on behalf of clients before the following courts and tribunals: The Alberta Court of Queen's Bench and Alberta Court of Appeal, The Supreme Court of the Northwest Territories, The Federal Court and Federal Court of Appeal, Canada Labour Code Adjudications, Federal and Provincial Privacy Tribunals, The Alberta Human Rights Tribunal and The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal.




As a Human Resources Manager your job is to strengthen the skills, competencies and abilities of the employees who are critical to the success of your organization, minimize conflict that can undermine that success and comply with a myriad of complex workplace laws just waiting to trip you up. You can't reach your organizational goals if your workforce is not functioning effectively, conflict is rumbling below the surface or time, money and resources are being wasted fighting time-consuming, expensive legal challenges.

Formidable barriers stand in your way. To achieve organizational goals, you need to understand the dimensions of your role, follow a well thought-out strategic plan, assist employees in achieving their goals and engage employees so they are not just putting in time. You need to understand and manage the conflicts that are inevitable in any organization and confidently hold even the most difficult conversations. Of equal importance, you have to be on top of a whole lot of complex laws that can undermine your effectiveness.

That's why we created Human Resource Management for Indigenous Organizations 2018, a program specifically designed to provide the HR essentials required to address the unique challenges facing aboriginal organizations. The program will provide the in-depth information, strategies and techniques you need to effectively manage performance, engage employees, and productively deal with conflict to avoid the pernicious effects of festering negativity. Experts will explain workplace legislation so it makes sense to you and address the steps you must take to ensure compliance. You will return to your organization having made an invaluable investment in your professional ability and your organization's future.

Take a few moments to review the jam-packed agenda and imagine the leg-up the information throughout will give you. This is a not-to-be-missed opportunity to learn from and network with other first nations HR managers, leading consultants and the most well-informed lawyers you will find anywhere. Then register immediately to avoid disappointment.

We look forward to seeing you.

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