HR Technology Symposium + Showcase Receives Glowing Reviews



CPHR BC & Yukon hosted close to 150 excited and intrigued HR professionals for the HR Technology Symposium + Showcase at the Marriott Hotel (Pinnacle) in downtown Vancouver this past Monday.

The event featured two keynote speaker panels. The morning panel was moderated by Sheh Shojaee (Stevens Virgin Law Corporations) and featured Rian Gauvreau (Clio) and Nahal Yousefian (MEC) discussing how the HR profession is being redefined by tech. The afternoon panel was moderated by Fiona Ho (Industrial Light & Magic) and featured Paul Twigg (Sierra Systems) and Lea Scherck (Thoughtexchange) talking about ‘real life’ business stories of HR software.

Six breakout sessions were held throughout the day-long event, focusing on everything from building a case for hr software to succeeding with search – optimizing the tech at your finger tips. Presenting companies included, Deloitte, Global HR Collective, TELUS Employer Solutions, 7 Simple Machines, Indeed and First West Credit Union.

The event also included a tradeshow style showcase, featuring 13 unique vendors, where people could learn all about the HR technology that is transforming the industry, straight from the companies themselves.

The event concluded with an hour of social time that allowed people the opportunity to mingle, network and socialize during the Ultimate happy hour.


“I learned that you don’t have to spend a lot to implement technology into your HR practices and it’s instrumental that you stay on top of technology trends because if you don’t, you’re going to be left in the dust…I really like the presentation by Saeed from Indeed, It really reinforced what I know about recruitment and recruitment information for any organization is very useful.”

~ Sara Colliss, Chartwell Retirement Residences ~

“I like that CPHR BC & Yukon decided to host an event on tech because there’s a lot of people out there that either don’t know what is out there for tech, or they don’t know where to go to learn more about it and how it can help their organization…I really liked the session with Paul Twigg, Lea Scherck and Fiona Ho where everyone in the room brainstormed ideas and we all collaborated to look at how technology  could influence those ideas.”

~ Kelsey Chan, Metrie ~

“The best part has been meeting people who are genuinely interested in learning more about technology and how technology can help them take HR to the next level…Our first demonstration was on our HR self-service capabilities that can help team members find their way on various internet platforms. That presentation was in connection with our HR contact centre solutions and that product is actually a partnership Oracle that we are currently jointly selling. Our second demonstration was on a Telus built, work-force analytics model, which focused on the power of big data and how you can bring in data from various dashboards to tell stories.”

~ Diana Nguyen, TELUS Employee Solutions ~

“It’s been great just getting out into the HR community and interacting with people. We’ll also take a few things back to our office from those interactions, so today has been mutually beneficial for sure…I really wanted to spend the time I had in our presentation focusing on the basics of Indeed and some of the things you need to do to recruit talent in the digital age. I shared some best practices, what works well for our clients and how you can get the most out of a recruitment strategy on a platform like indeed.”

~ Saeed Sadooghi, Indeed ~


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Watch for our annual members survey in your inbox, Nov. 16, 2018! It will take you less than 15 minutes to complete and this is your chance to impact the programming decisions we make for next year.

Last year alone, the results of our members survey led to the following initiatives:

  • More online and low-cost professional development
  • A selection of complimentary webinars – available throughout the year, on-demand
  • PeopleTalk Online
  • A new event focused on HR Technology and the future of the HR profession (see above)
  • The HR Toolkit (templates and checklists)
  • More opportunities for member volunteering and advocacy
  • A new, upcoming symposium on Diversity and Inclusion (Nov. 22, 2018)
  • AND MORE!!!

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