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Human Resource Management for Indigenous Communities

September 17, 18 and 19, 2019  ·  Vancouver, British Columbia
Featuring These Industry Experts

Thomas Benjoe, CEO, FHQ Developments, SK

Thomas Benjoe is the President & CEO for FHQ Developments and is from the Muscowpetung First Nation. He has a First Nations Business, Economic Development and Governance background from First Nations University of Canada/University of Regina and is a Certified Professional Director.

Thomas is a founding Board of Director’s member for FHQ Developments and served 6 years on the Board. FHQ Developments is the Economic Development Corporation for the File Hill’s Qu’Appelle Tribal Council that manages Partnerships and new Business Ventures on behalf of its Limited Partners, the 11 First Nations of FHQTC. FHQ Developments also provides services to its Limited Partners through Nation Economic Development and Employment & Retention Services.

Thomas currently serves on a number of committees and boards including the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce, Innovation Saskatchewan, First Nations Power Authority, First Nations University of Canada Spring Celebration Powwow Committee, Member of Leaders Council at the Hill & Levene Schools of Business, University of Regina, Council for Entrepreneurship Growth (Economic Development Regina) and the FNUniv Aboriginal Youth Entrepreneurship Camp Steering Committee.

Thomas is the recipient of the Crowning Achievement Young Alumni Award from the University of Regina (2017) and has been recognized by CBC's "Future 40"(2013), the Red Cross' "Young Humanitarian of the Year"(2009), RBC's "Diversity Leadership Award"(2014), "Regional President's Award"(2015) and a "Top Performer" Convention Winner which recognizes the top 1% of RBC employees (2015).

Thomas was also recognized as a Top 10 Most Influential Economic Developers by Treaty 4 News, a feature that profiles business leaders, job creators and entrepreneurs who have made a valuable contribution to improving the lives of Indigenous people through business and have helped keep Saskatchewan’s economy vibrant and strong.

Jennifer Biddlecombe, Principal Consultant, Jouta Performance Group

With over 25 years in the Human Resources field, Jenn has enjoyed working in a variety of industries as a senior internal HR practitioner and external consultant.

Jenn particularly enjoys working with Indigenous Communities and Organizations; helping them achieve their goals through impactful HR programs.

A continuous learner, Jenn is passionate about getting to know each organization she works with – their history and culture, as well as their current opportunities and challenges. Being mindful of the important connection between community culture and organizational culture is key to building a solid HR infrastructure.

Cori Maedel, CEO, Jouta Performance Group

Cori Maedel is a Vancouver-based entrepreneur, and owner & CEO of The Jouta Performance Group, an industry leader in outsourced HR Consulting and Coaching.

With over 30 years of experience in human resources, Cori has worked with over 300 organizations. Cori’s strength lies in translating the often overwhelming subject of HR into practical and realistic tools for any organization to implement; providing strategies and infrastructure to help businesses become more effective, productive and profitable.

As a Certified Executive Coach, Cori motivates, inspires and creates meaningful change by assisting people in reaching individual and corporate goals – and their own maximum potential.

Kristi Searle, Human Resources Business Strategist, Peoplebiz Consulting Inc.

Kristi Searle, CPHR, SHRM-SCP, CPC, with decades of experience as an internal and external executive and advisor, and maintains high-level membership on several industry associations, panels, boards and executive committees. Peoplebiz partners with medium, large and Fortune 500 companies across sectors, providing a spectrum of contingency and retainer-based services that impact profitability. Peoplebiz works with a number of First Nations and Indigenous organizations like: Musqueam Indian Band, Tsleil-Waututh Nation, Musgamagw Dzawada'enuxw Tribal Council, Dzawada'enuxw First Nation, Metis Nation BC, Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation, Castlemain Group, First Nations Fisheries Council, Cold Lake First Nation, Inter Tribal Health Authority, Kwakiutl Band Council and Kwikwasut'inuxw Haxwa'mis First Nation.




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 Communities, 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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