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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.

"Attracting Tomorrow's Greatest Workforce"



When: Thursday, May 26, 2022
Where: Triangle Hall, High Prairie, Alberta (Directions)
Cost: $43.45 per ticket (Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Afternoon Snack)


On May 26, 2022, the "SPARK THE NORTH" - LABOUR SOLUTIONS SUMMIT will gather business owners, business executives, entrepreneurs, human resources, municipal leaders, and recruitment experts from different industries to receive the proven solutions needed to attract top talents and enhance workforce development.


The Labour Solutions Summit will serve as a venue to engage with speakers and exchange intelligence to identify strategies for attracting & retaining a talented pool of employees in the Lesser Slave Lake Region. The professional global speakers will share information on foundational strategies that will improve your understanding of the decisions that directly influence our workforce. Learn how you can better attract potential skilled team members and enhance your workforce & team retention.

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Thursday,  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



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.  

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What will Eric speak about?

The Great Resignation: Why This is the Biggest Opportunity We’ve Never Seen to Attract and Retain Incredible Teams

Regardless of which research we subscribe to; the outlook is bleak: employees coast-to-coast are transitioning jobs at rates we haven’t seen since the Vietnam War. And while many of us think this is a threat to our workplace culture and organizational success, the truth is that the opportunity has never been greater to establish a one-of-a-kind culture that attracts and keeps an incredible team. Instead of calling it ‘The Great Resignation’, perhaps it should be called ‘The Great Reconfiguration’. After all, people aren’t leaving the workforce, they’re aligning with a lifestyle that suits them. This is where the secrets lie.  
In this head-scratching, insight-filled, and unexpectedly funny keynote, workplace
culture and future of work expert Eric Termuende takes us on a journey filled with out-of-the-box ideas that are budget-free and immediately actionable as we work to not just survive ‘The Great Resignation’ but thrive through it. Just because there is a national talent shortage, doesn’t mean our team has to have one too.
In this presentation, attendees will learn:

  • What it means to ‘plant your flag’ and how to do it

  • How to tell a better story to attract top talent

  • Why the best defence is a good offence and how to retain your best people

  • Where your best recruiters are (hint* they’re closer than you think) and how to give them the free tools they need to build the team

  • What cilantro teaches us about workplace culture and attracting top talent

  • Why all of your eggs should actually be in one basket

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Kristen Cumming brings over 20 years of experience in demography and labour market information and applies it to leadership, organizational learning, and change. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and a Master of Education degree in Workplace Learning. She works as a consultant, speaker, and facilitator focused on learning, leadership, and change. 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.

What will Kristen speak about?

Navigating the Northern Labour Market


This session will provide an overview of the regional labour market and identify key influences that employers and municipal services need to track. Secondly, this session will explore the critical barriers that employers face in a tight labour market. Finally, employers will leave with specific, action items that they can use to find, recruit and select the talent they need for the future. 


Sheila Newel is a Senior Human Resources Consultant with extensive experience training others in human resources, leadership, and management skills: specific presentation topics include enhancing performance, resolving conflict, negotiating, mediating, communicating effectively, and improving processes.


Owner operator of HRMD, a company whose vision statement is “work better together”, Newel inspires through a passionate belief that the choices we make can strongly influence our own and our organization’s future in positive rather than negative ways. She readily connects with audiences and her expertise on matters relating to Human Resources shines through. Sheila offers audiences practical insights on doing the “hard stuff” first, including managing difficult conversations and augmenting front line leadership skills while learning on the job.

What will Sheila speak about?


Easier Isn’t Always Better; It Must Also Be Effective


During challenging labour markets, we need to do two things: weather the storm and continue to build for the future.  We can do that by finding the right employee and then retaining the right employee.  How to accomplish that goal is central to this presentation. 

A recent study on Labour Shortages has established automation as making it “easier” for companies to hire; however, much as automation assists us (and it does), what is easier for us isn’t always synonymous with what is best for us, nor with what is easier for potential employees to find us. 

You will discover …

  • techniques for ensuring a match between you, your organization, and your right employee, and

  • how listening for and measuring capability and willingness will, in turn, improve hiring, retention, and productivity.

A central enlightenment thinker, Immanuel Kant, told us to act in such a way that we treat humanity never merely as a means to an end, but also as an end itself.

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About the World Café

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.​


  1. Challenges

  2. Organizational Culture

  3. Perks/Benefits

  4. Recruitment Ideas

About World Cafe

Register via Eventbrite at EVENT LINK.

Have Questions?


If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to our Office Manager Divine by phone or email listed below:

Phone: 1-780-849-3232




Address: Triangle Hall, Home of the Pioneer Threshermans Association, PO Box 758, High Prairie, Alberta, T0G 1E0


Driving Directions: Located 16KM West of High Prairie on Highway 2A.

Turn North on Highway 2, and the entrance is the first driveway on the right side (east).



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