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Meet Canada's leading human resource and management experts! IPM, in conjunction with the Association of Professional Recruiters of Canada, the Canadian Management Professionals Association and the Canadian Association of Assessment Specialists, holds regular chapter events, workshops and conferences featuring recognized national industry expert speakers.

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Kyle MacIsaac



Caroline Spindler



Tova Sherman



Karen Gordon



George Raine




Register three (3) participants from the same organization at the same time and a fourth participant attends FREE of charge.


IPM's Chapter Meetings & Workplace Events

Halifax Full Day Conference

Management Strategies for Today's Workplace

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, we are cancelling ALL Spring 2020 Conferences effective March 30, 2020.

We will process refunds for all registrations by April 15, 2020.

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We thank you for your support and hope to see you at a future event. We are always here to look after your training needs and member services.

Hope everyone is safe and well!



Date: Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Hours: 9:00a.m. to 4:00p.m. (Continental breakfast served at 8:30a.m.)

Location: Best Western Plus Dartmouth Hotel, 15 Spectacle Lake Drive, Dartmouth

Topics and Speakers:

Hot Buttons: Today’s Critical Issues in Employment Law presented by Kyle MacIsaac, LL.B., Partner, Mathews Dinsdale & Clark LLP and Caroline Spindler, J.D., Associate, Mathews Dinsdale & Clark LLP

Five Steps to Inclusion in Your Workplace and Beyond presented by Tova Sherman, CEO, reachAbility Association

Performance Based Pay and Designing Variable Pay Plans presented by Karen Gordon, Principal, K. Gordon & Associates – HR Consulting Services

Rethinking Attendance Management presented by George Raine, President, Montana Consulting Group

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Ottawa - Apr. 23, 2020

Calgary - May 5, 2020

Halifax - May 6, 2020

Toronto - May 6, 2020

Edmonton - May 7, 2020

Register three (3) participants from the same organization at the same time and a fourth participant attends FREE of charge.

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Hot Buttons: Today’s Critical Issues in Employment Law

*Constructive Dismissal

Employers are entitled to change terms and conditions of employment, but when do things go too far and cross the line into the realm of constructive dismissal?

We will examine the meaning of constructive dismissal, how it arises and tips and tricks for avoiding potential liability.

*Managing Absenteeism

Absenteeism is an ever-present problem for employers everywhere. It can be challenging to determine whether absenteeism is related to a protected characteristic requiring accommodation or whether it is culpable and a basis for disciplinary action.

We will explore methods for managing both culpable and innocent absenteeism and the differences between the two.

*Termination of Employment while on LTD

When an employee is off on long-term disability for an extended period of time, it impacts the workplace. The question on everyone’s mind is “When can the employment relationship end?”

We will look at how employers can manage employees who are off on medical leave for extended periods of time, consider when an employment relationship becomes frustrated and what the employer can do to limit liability when terminating the employment of an employee off on LTD.

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Five Steps to Inclusion in Your Workplace and Beyond

The Accessible Canada Act presently known as Bill C-81 received Royal Assent in June 2019. The Act builds on the Canadian Human Rights Act focusing on the prohibition of discrimination based on disability. Every organization must not only understand the stigma around disability and its harm to workplace culture, but how to ensure their workplace welcomes all.

Discover Tova’s “win, win, win” approach to inclusion of our most marginalized citizens. Gain insights on the latest research and development on behalf of persons with all types of disabilities. Learn about the last taboo in the workplace- mental health and how we can create the kind of culture that thrives in today’s and tomorrow’s workplace. Find out what’s being done in the context of employer development and workplace culture. Identify key actions you can take right now - from the top down and the bottom up.

Identify the five steps to inclusion that provide the perfect starting point for serious inclusion influencers.

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Performance Based Pay and Designing Variable Pay Plans

Over the last several years, we have seen extensive downsizing, restructuring and reorganizations. We continually hear about improving overall competitiveness and increasing productivity. As a result of these organizational demands, compensation programs are constantly changing. Some examples are linking pay to business results, measuring performance and introducing variable pay plans.

First, we review the steps to consider in developing Performance Based Variable Pay programs.

We will focus on the importance of Performance Based Pay programs and specifically show how to develop a Short-Term Incentive Plan (STIP) that is based on the achievement of performance related goals. We will examine all the options to consider during the development stage including eligibility, type of plan, amount, measures and administration.

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Rethinking Attendance Management

As of 2011, the estimated direct cost of absenteeism to the Canadian economy was $16.6 billion. That number continues to rise despite the fact that workplaces have become safer, healthcare continues to improve and wellness initiatives are in place. Sadly, the majority of employers seem to have given up the battle, resorting to excuses like “Anyone can get a note these days” or “Tracking attendance takes too much time and leads nowhere.”

In this interactive presentation, discover how to find the light at the end of the absenteeism tunnel. Learn how the way the language we use to talk about absenteeism shapes the way we think about it. George will debunk many of the myths about what you can and can’t do. You’ll understand why most attendance policies are tedious wastes of time and how they may even put the future of attendance management at risk. Obtain practical, common-sense solutions that work in both unionized and non-unionized environments.

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