June People & Culture Events Calendar

JUNE 3-6:

Women Deliver 2019 Conference

The Women Deliver 2019 Conference (#WD2019) is the world’s largest conference on gender equality and the health and rights of girls and women in the 21st century. We are bringing together thousands of advocates in Vancouver to explore to solutions to achieve a more gender equal world. WDLive is our virtual conference – streaming live from Vancouver!

Through WDLive, experience #WD2019 from anywhere in the world! Subscribe to this page for plenary sessions and original content from the WDLive studio created just for a digital audience. From face to face interviews with grassroots advocates and world leaders, to candid conversations with panels of experts, to on-the-ground moments with conference delegates, hold the energy of WD2019 in the palm of your hand!

For the full digital program, please visit wd2019.org/wdlive or our YouTube page to see all plenary sessions, inspiring Power Talks, and select concurrent sessions.


Men Care: Unleashing Paternity Leave’s Power to Advance Gender Equality

Unilever’s Dove Men+Care brand and Promundo, a global leader working to advance gender equality, invite you to the official launch of a global Paternity Leave Corporate Task Force: a member-led and owned alliance that aims to identify, promote, accelerate and bring to scale commercially and societally sustainable solutions that will result in improved access and uptake of paternity leave for all men. The interactive evening session will spark discussion around this issue, offering the opportunity for like-minded organisations and individuals to unite, sharing feedback and insights on the how we can work together to ensure the benefits of paternity leave are felt at home, in work and in society. We recognise that we can achieve more collectively than by acting alone: both corporations and civil society have a significant role to play in championing paternity leave and catalysing progress towards the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 5: Gender equality and women’s empowerment.

Speakers include:


Disrupt HR Vancouver

Traditional HR and leadership practices are broken. The same processes, initiatives, and way of doing things have been repeated for decades and it’s led to overworked, depressed, and disconnected workforces. We’re changing that. We want creative ideas and different results to help put your people plan as the most important indicator to a healthy and profitable bottom line.

And that is why DisruptHR has created a platform to host these provocative conversations.

The Corker Co is hosting the one and only DisruptHR YVR of 2019 to bring together a community of people leaders–HR professionals, CEOs, technologists, and business leaders–for a buzzing night of presentations with a purpose to shift the way we work. People matter the most and this is the event to share your disruptive practice on how you’re transforming the workplace.

Should I attend?

You don’t need to be an HR professional to attend or speak at DisruptHR YVR. You do need to be passionate about the future of work and bringing human experiences into the workplace; to care that your leadership, in any area of the business, can impact someone’s life; and you do need to have an open mind and a curious spirit.

The Talks.

+ 8 - 10 speakers share their disruptive practices.
+ 5 minutes on the clock.
+ 15 second slide rotations to keep the conversation moving.
#pressureison #timeintegrity

Think TED Talks mixed with a Pecha Kucha-inspired style of talks. They’re fast and we promise they will leave you with key takeaways on bringing disruptive ideas to life at your organization.

Who’s speaking?

Saleema Chaudhry; Manager, Talent Acquisition @ PayByPhone

Kevin Rutherford; President & CEO @ Nuun Hydration

Kelsy Trigg & Darryl Stickel; VP & Global Head of HR Project Office @ SAP / Executive Consultant (respectively)

Jodi Rai; Free Agent @ Canada's Free Agents & Founder @ heyHUMANTIS

Emma Bradford; Talent Advisor @ Vancouver Airport Authority

Ed Blunderfield; Founder @ Open Dialogue

Urszula Lipsztajn; coach & guide for impact leaders & entrepreneurs

Tru Wilson; student & transgender advocate

Gavin Dew; Founder @ Forum for Millennial Leadership

Paulina Cameron; CEO @ Forum for Women Entrepreneurs

Cobie Klein Damsel; recent UBC grad & coordinator for Congress 2019

Colin Pal; Founder @ Stillness Labs

Jessica O'Dowd; Talent Communications Lead @ Arc'teryx Equipment

June 12TH:

Practical Steps to Recruit and Retain an Inclusive Workforce

You are invited to a one-day professional development training event, designed for operations and hiring managers to better hire, engage and retain people with disabilities. This training event is complimentary and made possible with funding from the Vancouver Foundation.

What will be covered:

  • Why Inclusive Cultures Matter

  • What’s Working for Business – What are leading employers doing that I can learn from?

  • Workplace Adjustments and Duty to Accommodate – What is reasonable accommodation?

  • Unconscious Bias – What are the unintended barriers in my workplace?

  • Neuro Diverse Talent – Autism in the Workplace

  • Practical Day to Day, Inclusive and Innovative Employment Practices

June 12TH:

The War for Talent

How do you find, employ, and retain Vancouver's top talent in 2019? Join us and our panel of experts for a night of lively discussion as we dive into this complex topic from multiple angles. We'll cover what today's workforce consider top concerns in their job search, why interviewing should always be a two-way street, and how to take care of your people through creating an employee-first company culture.

Our Panelists:

Libby Stewart Head of Professional Services & Research @ 7Geese

7Geese is a goal-setting and performance management software company based in beautiful Vancouver, BC. We believe in a world where people can grow and achieve more, together. We do this by making sure your entire company is engaged, aligned and connected through the use of cascading objectives, continuous feedback, values-based recognition, coaching 1-on-1s and data-driven reviews.

Lorie Corcuera Co-founder & CEO @ Spark Creations & Co. Inc

SPARK Creations & Company Inc. is a training and development organization that inspires people and companies to create meaningful cultures and workplaces. We use a unique FLOW approach through all of our product offerings to focus on the whole experience using new and fresh perspectives in a collaborative way whilst keeping it simple and clear.

More Panelists to be ANNOUNCED!

  • Registration and networking at 6pm.

  • Panel 6:45-7:30pm.

  • Networking to follow

June 13TH:

SPARK Play Breakfast: Improv-ing Culture in the Workplace

SPARK Play is an interactive training session that inspires more creativity, human connection, and fun for our community of business owners, Leaders and Teams. It will be a playground for all of us to learn and grow together!

7:30 AM - 8:00 AM Doors open, registration and light breakfast

8:00 AM - 10:00 AM Workshop

About the Workshop: Improv-ing Culture in the Workplace

According to a study conducted by The Lego Foundation, "Emotions are integral to neural networks responsible for learning. Joy is associated with increased dopamine levels in the brain’s reward system linked to enhanced memory, attention, mental shifting, creativity, and motivation." So, what creates joy? Improvisation, or improv! This form of live theatre activities is spontaneous, entertaining, and fun, and is a unique experience made up in the moment every time.

At our next SPARK Play, we will share fun improv exercises that include the power of the "yes, and" approach, behavioural psychology, how to become more flexible and see others' points of view, and how to release the need to always be right. This 2-hour session will be all play, strengthening skills in perspectives-taking, courage, and collaboration.

Nicole Davidson