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Human Resources Management for Indigenous and Northern Organizations

Optimizing Your Organization's Human Capital and Meeting Legal Obligations

December 4, 5 and 6, 2018  ·  Whitehorse, Yukon
Featuring These Industry Experts

Scott A. McCann, Partner, Harris & Company LLP

As the leader of Harris' Indigenous employment law practice area, Scott provides legal advice, policy development, and training seminars for a number of Bands and First Nations and other Indigenous organizations in British Columbia, Alberta, Yukon, and Northwest Territories. His practice focuses on human resources, terminations, policy development, and human rights. Scott has experience appearing before arbitration boards, a variety of administrative tribunals, and has also appeared as counsel in all levels of court in British Columbia.

Dwayne Clayden, Former Director of Operations, Emergency Services, and Emergency Management, Stoney Nakoda First Nation

Dwayne Clayden is the former Director of Operations, Emergency Services, and Emergency Management for the Stoney Nakoda First Nation. In this role he implemented mental health awareness for emergency services. He worked with the Health Center to combine series to one location and provide a wide range of mental health programs. Dwayne is a popular speaker at conferences and he has spoken internationally at conferences for the past three decades. The co-author of four paramedic textbooks. Dwayne has vast experience in leadership and education. His career in emergency services career spans 40 years and includes work as a police officer, paramedic, firefighter, emergency medical services (EMS) chief, educator, and academic chair. Dwayne Lives in Calgary with Valerie and their dog Boone.

Allan Nixon, President, The Borealis Group

A lifelong northerner with extensive experience in the resources and transportation sectors offering over thirty seven years of experience in management, consultation, negotiation, liaison and fostering positive relationships both in the private and public sector. Allan had a long and varied career with the Yukon government (YG) including; environmental coordinator/manager, land claim negotiator, policy analyst, and Director. Allan spent the last 8 years of his career with YG as Assistant Deputy Minister for the Department of Highways and Public Works with responsibility for planning, construction/rehabilitation, maintenance, and regulation of all transportation related infrastructure (highways, bridges, airports, ferries) in the Yukon. In late 2017 Allan left YG to form The Borealis Group, a consulting firm offering strategic advice to assist clients find workable and lasting solutions to the challenges they face. Clients to date have included First Nation Development Corporations, Alternative Energy Companies, and the Yukon government.

Ian Pollard, Director, Human Resources, Department of Justice, Government of Yukon

Ian Pollard is currently the Director of Human Resources for the Yukon Government’s Department of Justice. He is a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) and he has several years of management experience in government. Ian had success creating and implementing Inuit employment plans for the Government of Nunavut and is passionate about helping everyone succeed in their career. Ian writes articles on LinkedIn about human resources topics and actively recruits for government positions using LinkedIn.

Dena Zavier BA CPHR, Founder, Summit Vision Communication: HR Consultant for several Yukon First Nations

Denise L. Norman, BA, CHRP, has been a HR professional for over 32 years, working both for management and as an advocate/problem solver from the union side. Employing a broad range of skills gained from training in leadership, communications, development, psychology, and outdoor adventure, she has supported five Yukon First Nations either as an employee or as a consultant in the areas of HR, leadership, audit, evaluation and policy development.




As a leader responsible for human resources, you play an essential role in your organization. You are required to develop and implement personnel policies, keep abreast of evolving laws and regulations, and champion a healthy, happy, and respectful workplace.

INFONEX's three-day Human Resources Management for Indigenous and Northern Organizations course taking place December 4-6, 2018, in Whitehorse, will provide you with a mixture of learning opportunities and advance your knowledge in employment law, staff development, how to do employee evaluations, instill a team culture, and prevent bullying in the workplace.

Attend this conference and hear HR practitioners share their success stories of improving human resources policy, employee wellness, skills capacity development, and preventing bullying, at their respective organizations. Discuss approaches to managing employees and social media. Learn about how one employer aligns their policy with the community culture. Get a toolkit for how to influence people, which will help you instill a team approach to meeting your human resources objectives. Hear how the youth movement can help you attract and retain talent for your organization.

Human Resources Management for First Nations Governments will allow you to benefit from the thought-provoking discussions, need-to-know regulatory updates, and practical tool kits covering the full scope of human resource management at First Nations organizations. We hope to see you there.

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