"We learned labour attraction strategies, and strategies."
The first-ever "SPARK THE NORTH" event was successfully hosted by Community Futures Lesser Slave Lake Region in partnership with Big Lakes County, and Alberta Labour and Immigration.
The Labour Solutions Summit was held on Thursday, May 26, 2022, at Triangle Hall, in High Prairie, Alberta.
More than 50 business owners, executives, entrepreneurs, human resource professionals, and municipal leaders from different industries attended the event to receive the proven solutions needed to attract top talents and enhance workforce development. The guests included representation from Alberta Health Services, Northern Lakes College, public officials/councilors, and local business owners. They all positively said that they took away a lot of proven strategies, out-of-the-box ideas, ways to recruit, strategies, and methodologies that they can use in their organization.
The World Café was well-received by all the guests; they actively participated and went from group to group. Attendees took time to share their ideas on the topics presented by the Keynote Speakers Eric Termuende, Kristen Cumming, and Sheila Newel. Discussions took place on recruitment ideas, perks & benefits, challenges, and organizational cultures. CF staff collected this information and is planning to distribute the results to the attendees.
The success of the Labour Solutions Summit has 'sparked' Community Futures Lesser Slave Lake Region to plan an annual Spark The North event focusing on different economic and business challenges that are specific to operating businesses in our Northern Alberta region.
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SPARK THE NORTH 2022 LABOUR SOLUTIONS SUMMIT Event Information
When: Thursday, May 26, 2022 Where: Triangle Hall, High Prairie, Alberta Cost: $43.45 per ticket (Meals Included: Lunch, Morning & Afternoon Snack)
Event Schedule - May 26, 2022
9:00 AM - Doors Open 9:30 AM - Welcome 9:45 AM - KEYNOTE: Eric Termuende 10:45 AM - KEYNOTE: Sheila Newel 11:45 AM - Panel Discussion 12:15 PM - Lunch Break 1:00 PM - World Cafe 1:45 PM - KEYNOTE: Kristen Cumming 2:45 PM - Question & Answer Session 3:00 PM - Close
Keynote Speaker: Eric Termuende
Eric Termuende is the co-founder of NoW of Work, author of the bestselling book Rethink Work, and global keynote speaker. Growing up in Cranbook BC, Eric knows the incredible advantages of small-town living and the incredible lives people have in them. Eric has been on nearly 400 stages and worked with and studies the greatest companies in the world, he knows what it takes to not just build incredible teams, but also attract talent to the regions most desperately needing it, While Eric is trusted by companies like Amazon, Zoom, IBM and Coca-Cola, he also works with various chambers of commerce, regional tourism districts, community futures groups, and cities and municipalities across the country. Click here for more information about the speaker's keynote session.
Keynote Speaker: Kristen Cumming
Kristen Cumming's life work is focused on improving the connection between people and their work. Her twenty years of experience in career development and human resources is complemented by a passion for demography. Demography is a powerful tool to explore workforce trends due to its relative stability and predictability. She has the ability to connect with audiences by researching each organization and audience so that her presentation is relevant for each attendee. Kristen shows that one of the most predictable forces of change facing organizations now is that change itself is happening at an increasingly rapid pace. Organizations are challenged to keep pace and make decisions with both agility and clarity to remain competitive in an increasingly turbulent business environment. This is the time to engage the breadth and depth of the learning capacity within an organization. Leading, therefore, must be centered on the ability to steward the learning of teams and individuals. Click here for more information about the speaker's keynote session.
Keynote Speaker: Sheila Newel
Sheila Newel is a Senior Human Resources Consultant with extensive experience providing and training others in human resources, leadership, and management skills such as performance management, coaching, conflict management, process improvement, future of work, and career planning. Newel inspires through a passionate and articulate belief that the choices we make strongly influence our own and our organization’s future in positive or negative ways. She readily connects with audiences and her expertise on matters relating to Human Resources shines through. Sheila offers audiences practical insights on communication, conflict management, difficult conversations, leadership, change management, teamwork, workplace culture, employee management, staff retention, staff recruitment, talent management, influence, and negotiation. Click here for more information about the speaker's keynote session.
About the World Cafe
A World Café - is an informal cafe setting that will allow participants for a more relaxed and open conversation. There will be different booths set up with core topics for participants to explore. It hopes to encourage participants to write their inputs and suggestions related to the issues. Participants will also be allowed to network during this World Café Hour by discussing other issues affecting their strategies in attracting and retaining a talented pool of employees. CORE TOPICS INCLUDE:
About Spark the North
An initiative by Community Futures Lesser Slave Lake Region to organize events to bring together all municipal leaders, small business owners, business executives, employment & recruitment experts, and people from the academic world to explore economic development opportunities and educate participants on foundational knowledge that will improve their ability to grow and face the different business challenges in the future. #SparkTheNorth #SBCspeaks