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Eastern Region Conference 2019

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AMBASSADOR HOTEL & CONFERENCE CENTRE

http://www.ambassadorhotel.com/

1550 Princess Street

Kingston, ON

K7M 9E3

1-800-267-7880

613-548-3605

Standard Room, 2 Queen Beds $129.00 + tax

Standard King $129.00 + tax


ERG 2019 CENFERENCE SCHEDULE


MONDAY, APRIL 29, 2019

7:00am - 8:45am REGISTRATION AND CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST

8:45am - 9:15am Welcome and Opening Remarks, Chair: Brent Dick

9:15am - 10:00am KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Jock Climie, Lessons Learned - From The Football Field To The Courtroom

10:00am - 10:15am BREAK

10:15am - 11:45am WORKSHOPS

Option 1: Overlapping Princples That Shape Success - Jock Climie

Option 2: Eastern Ontario LMI For The Tech Industry - Don McLaughlin

Option 3: Making A Mentally Healthy Workplace - Rebecca Higgins

Option 4: Apprenticeship - Jana Osbourne

Option 5: It's Complicated...Navigating The Ethics Of Career Development - Sarah Delicate

Option 6: Increase Employment Opportunities For People With Disabilities & Promote Inclusive & Accessable Workplaces - Shannon Bruce & Kelly Mertl

Option 7: Grounded To Growth - Don Davidson & Amber Costello

11:45am - 1:00pm BUFFET LUNCH

1:00pm - 2:45pm WORKSHOPS

Option 1: Back To Basics: Building Effective Career Plans/Action Plans - Sarah Delicate

Option 2: Inclusion At Work: Contributing To A Welcoming Workplace For Diverse Employees - Chela Breckon

Option 3: Helping People With Their Legal Problems - Michelle Cader

Option 4: There's A Hole In My Bucket, Compassion, Fatigue And Self-Care - Rebecca Higgins

Option 5: Social Enterprise Development In The Charitable Sector - Marco Pagani

Option 6: Leadership: Productive Tension - Dr. John Conrad

Option 7: EO Managers & Sr Staff - Jennifer Barton

2:45pm - 3:00pm BREAK

3:00pm - 4:15pm WORKSHOPS

Option 1: Back To Basics: Building Effective Career Plans/Action Plans - Sarah Delicate - Continued

Option 2: Inclusion At Work: Contributing To A Welcoming Workplace For Diverse Employees - Chela Breckon - Continued

Option 3: Helping People With Their Legal Problems - Michelle Cader - Continued

Option 4: There's A Hole In My Bucket, Compassion, Fatigue And Self-Care - Rebecca Higgins - Continued

Option 5: Cannabis In The Workplace: Taking A Safe Environment, Healthy Workers Approach - Kim Slade

Option 6: Grant And Proposal Writing - Ian Dick

Option 7: EO Managers & Sr Staff - Jennifer Barton - Continued

5:00pm - 6:30pm SOCIAL & NETWORKING

6:30pm BUFFET DINNER

8:30pm THE WILD WEST COUNTRY THEME DANCE


TUESDAY, APRIL 30, 2019

7:45am - 9:00am BUFFET BREAKFAST

9:00am - 10:30am WORKSHOPS

Option 1: Supporting The Mature Person With Their Job Search - Hellen Lavric

Option 2: Rural Ontario: Transportation And Labour Force Challenges - Norman Ragetile

Option 3: The Mindful Way Through Unemployment - Alexandra Trottier

Option 4: Impairment In The Workplace - Kim Slade & Glenn Cullen

Option 5: Improving Employment For Persons With Disabilities - Shannon Bruce & Kelly Mertl

10:30am - 10:45am BREAK

10:45am - 12:15pm WORKSHOPS

Option 1: Supporting The Mature Person With Their Job Search - Hellen Lavric - Continued

Option 2: LBS & ES: A Partnership For Client Success - Lisa Ambaye & Doug Noyes & Michael Andrews

Option 3: The Mindful Way Through Unemployment - Alexandra Trottier - Continued

Option 4: Impairment In The Workplace - Kim Slade & Glenn Cullen - Continued

Option 5: Improving Employment For Persons With Disabilities - Shannon Bruce & Kelly Mertl - Continued


MONDAY WORKSHOP OUTLINES


OVERLAPPING PRINCIPLES THAT SHAPE SUCCESS

Jock Climie, Partner, Emond Harnden Labour & Employment Law

Monday 10:15-11:45am

Whether you are a professional football player or succeeding in Business, there are overlapping principles that shape success.


EASTERN ONTARIO LMI FOR THE TECH INDUSTRY

Don McLaughlin, Employment Counselor, Youth Services Bureau

Monday 10:15-11:45am

The Overview of the Ottawa High Technology Job Market will examine the factors impacting the technology sector and its workers in the National Capital Region. The session will look at the evolution of the Ottawa technology market will focus on how the changing business requirements influenced the skill sets demanded by employers. This will cover the move from network hardware product development to the focus on Web technologies and applications that we see today. For the job seeker, the job titles remain the same but the descriptions that go with them have changed immensely. How do Software Developers, Project Managers, Testers, Business Analysts and Technical Writers stay ahead of the skill set curve? This session will provide an understanding to the Employment Service Provider Case Worker and Job Developer to better serve their clients entering or navigating the technology job market.


MAKING A MENTALY HEALTHY WORKPLACE

Rebecca Higgins, Mental Health Educator, Canadian Mental Health Association

Monday 10:15-11:45am

What can we do to make our workplaces more mentally healthy? This workshop will provide tips on how to promote mental health at work and challenges in doing so will be discussed and explored.


APPRENTICESHIP

Jana Osbourne, Service Delivery Manager, MTCU

Monday 10:15-11:45am

This workshop will provide an inside look at the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities role in the apprenticeship process. From registration to completion, the Ministry strives to support sponsors, trainers and apprentices in understanding their rights, performing their responsibilities and achieving the ultimate goal of certification. But how do all the pieces fit together? We’ll walk you through the apprentice’s journey from MTCU’s view.


IT’S COMPLICATED…NAVIGATING THE ETHICS OF CAREER DEVELOPMENT

Sarah Delicate, Founding Partner, Bell, Brown, Molnar and Delicate Inc. (BBMD)

Monday 10:15-11:45am

Since we work with humans, we can predict that our work will get messy sometimes. Since the humans we work with are often struggling to meet their basic needs, we can predict that our relationships can sometimes get down-right complicated. Some of the humans we work with hold positional power (employers), and that can get messy too. In this workshop, Sarah Delicate will take us through Ed J. Brandell’s 7 reasons why Case Management Relationships are complicated, as well as the Canadian Standards and Guidelines Code of Ethics for Career Development Practitioners. Sarah will facilitate a conversation on how all this human-messiness can show up in our work, and how we might best address it.


INCREASE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES & PROMOTE INCLUSIVE & ACCESSIBLE WORKPLACES

Shannon Bruce, Manager, Business Development, Employment Accessibility Resource Network (EARN)

Kelly Mertl, Director, Community Initiatives, United Way Ottawa

*This session is recommended for Employers*

Monday 10:15-11:45am

Our goal with this session is to provide employers with a deeper understanding of strategies and practices for making workplaces truly accessible, approaches to nurture a culture of inclusion and methods for productive conversations around accommodating employees.

In this session, we will learn about:

  • Real-life business insights from employers on their efforts to make their workplace more accessible for persons with disabilities. This will include their rational for doing so, first steps taken, and lessons learned on this journey
  • How local community partners and service providers can support accessible employment and your organizations diversity and inclusion journey
  • Free research and tools that can help you make your organization more inclusive for persons with disabilities

GROUNDED TO GROWTH

Don Davidson, Youth Job Connection Programs Officer, Algonquin College

Amber Costello, Youth Program's Coordinator, Employment Outreach Services

Monday 10:15-11:45am

This two part session is ideal for frontline staff who work with youth-aged clients. In the first half of this session, participants will participate in an interactive workshop that combines discussion with art. Participants will understand how to effectively apply these techniques in their work with youth. Exploration of past, present and future experiences will then be applied to creating an art piece.

During the second half, participants will take part in a facilitated discussion outlining the challenges, successes and best practices associated with the Youth Job Connection and Youth Job Connection Summer platforms.

Expect a creative, fun environment and leave with a better perspective on how to assist clients to move forward.


BACK TO BASICS: BUILDING EFFECTIVE CAREER PLANS/ACTION PLANS

Sarah Delicate, Founding Partner, Bell, Brown, Molnar and Delicate Inc. (BBMD)

Monday 1:00-4:15pm

If your clients do not at some point walk-out of your office with a plan clutched to their chest, then they simply do not have a plan. If the ‘plan’ is only in your files and not pinned to the client’s fridge, then it is your plan, not theirs.

Developing Action Plans/Career Plans is core to Career Development. In our practice, we assist self and clients in analyzing situations, identifying and developing goals, exploring options and alternatives and establishing a plan of action. A good plan can provide a renewed focus for one’s life, becoming a source of hopefulness and motivation. Since these plans are person-centered and person-directed, the plan belongs to the individual using it. The plan becomes the cornerstone of the ongoing relationship with our clients and is the foundation for effective case management.

However, the art of effective action planning is slipping. Technology has brought our field transactional, automated drop-down menus that, if allowed, can impede the action planning process, decrease motivation and even injure the trust relationship.

In this workshop, Sarah will take us back to the basics with effective action planning.


INCLUSION AT WORK: CONTRIBUTING TO A WELCOMING WORKPLACE FOR DIVERSE EMPLOYEES

Chela Breckon, Manager of the Community Settlement Initiative

Monday 1:00-4:15pm

In a time when employers are experiencing labour shortages, many are finding the skilled people they need by hiring newcomers to Canada. As employers embark on this journey for the first time, it is critical that they and their teams become inter-culturally competent so as to retain these valuable workers for the long run. Human Resource departments must learn about how to post job ads and interview with a more open cultural lens, mangers must learn how to lead, communicate, and motivate cross-culturally, and co-workers must adapt to varying styles of collaboration and interaction. Businesses must also prepare to serve a more diverse clientele, ensuring that their front-line and customer service workers are able, willing and prepared to serve each customer at the same level of excellence. This session will help participants to understand the critical workplace orientations from a cultural perspective and how to apply the learning to any person they interact with. The session is intended to build the foundations of inter-cultural competency for all diverse groups of people ranging from newcomers to millennials.


HELPING PEOPLE WITH THEIR LEGAL PROBLEMS

Michelle Cader, Community Outreach Manager, CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario)

Monday 1:00-4:15pm

*Participants in this workshop must bring their own Laptop or Tablet*

This 3 hour workshop by is designed to help community and front line workers to:

  • Detect clients’ legal issues and the area(s) of law they relate to
  • Identify sources of reliable legal information
  • Understand the difference between legal information and legal advice
  • Identify providers of legal advice and representation who can help your client

THERE’S A HOLE IN MY BUCKET, COMPASSION FATIGUE AND SELF CARE

Rebecca Higgins, Mental Health Educator, Canadian Mental Health Association

Monday 1:00-4:15pm

In this interactive session, participants will explore what compassion fatigue can look and feel like, what contributes to it, and what can be done to prevent and address it. We’ll discuss self-care and team-care strategies and challenges.


SOCIAL ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT IN THE CHARITABLE SECTOR

Marco Pagani, President & CEO, Ottawa Community Foundation

Monday 1:00-2:45pm

Marco will speak on social infrastructure investment and the associated platforms required to facilitate social enterprise development in the charitable sector.


LEADERSHIP: PRODUCTIVE TENSION

Dr. John Conrad, Director, Innovation and Business Engagement, St. Lawrence College

Monday 1:00-2:45pm

This presentation will explore how tension in the workplace should be viewed as a productive force for growth and development. Using concepts from behavioral psychology and leadership a model of productive tension will be described that emphasizes personal responsibility and improvement as cornerstones for using tension as a force for organizational impact. At the core of the presentation is a philosophy that true leadership is the desire to make others successful, especially when our work environments become more complex and challenging.


CANNABIS IN THE WORKPLACE – TAKING A SAFE ENVIRONMENT & HEALTHY WORKER APPROACH

Kim Slade, Director Emerging Markets & Commercialization, Public Services Health & Safety Association

Monday 3:00-4:15pm

This session will discuss Cannabis in the workplace and propose an approach which focuses both on prevention of risk within the workplace, roles and responsibilities of employers and workers as well as policy development options, safety sensitive positions and alternatives to drug testing. Secondly the session will explore the role workplaces play in promotion of health and wellness for workers with a focus on education and training programs. Finally the session will highlight recent and ongoing research pertaining to Cannabis in the Workplace.


GRANT AND PROPOSAL WRITING (Recommended for Management and Senior Staff)

Ian Dick, Industry Liaison – Applied Research, St. Lawrence College

Monday 3:00-4:15pm

This workshop will cover all the aspects of successful Grant and Proposal writing. These aspects include:

  • The Writing Process
  • Statement of Need/Significance
  • Essential Proposal Elements
  • Budgets
  • The Review Process


TUESDAY WORKSHOP OUTLINES


SUPPORTING THE MATURE PERSON WITH THEIR JOB SERACH

Hellen Lavic, Renfrew County Coordinator, Labour Market Group, Algonquin College

Tuesday 9:00-12:15pm

Grey Matters!

Older Workers: Canada’s Most Abundant and Under Tapped Workforce.

Employers are only beginning to see the value in the “grey”. Today’s older worker often brings qualities and skills to the workforce that are in high demand in today’s labour market. In this workshop, we’ll explore strategies to best support an older job seeker, the current labour market needs and the relationship building and job development required to find the perfect fit for your client and their future employer.


RURAL TRANSPORTATION CHALLENGES

Norman Ragetlie, Executive Director, Rural Ontario Institute

Tuesday 9:00-10:30am

Businesses in many parts of rural Ontario are facing acute labour shortages and jobs are going unfilled. Demographic projections for rural regions are not encouraging that the labour supply situation will improve. Dialogue with rural employers, work force training boards and municipal economic development stakeholders has identified that attainable housing, improved regional transportation and more effective training/settlement integration are critical elements to responding to this long-term complex challenge. Focussing on the rural transportation challenge this presentation will review a number of case studies and instructive experiences as shared through the Ontario Community Transportation Network. At this session you will learn about how rural transportation services are evolving to deal with employment related mobility.


THE MINDFUL WAY THROUGH UNEMPLOYMENT

Alexandra Trottier, Youth & Family Counsellor, Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa

Tuesday 9:00-12:15pm

Unemployment often has detrimental effects on mental health. Studies show that unemployment,

underemployment, searching for work, and job loss affects personal well-being in the following ways:

  • Higher Stress Levels
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Fears about the future
  • Increased risk of problematic substance use
  • Lower self-esteem
  • Social isolation and relationship issues
  • Stigma and shame
  • Worsening of pre-existing symptoms of mental illness

The practice of Mindfulness has been shown to help ease these damages to emotional health by:

  • Targeting the region of the brain associated with the body’s stress-response trigger
  • Reducing stress in the body
  • Stabilizing emotions (reducing anxiety, depression, shame and loneliness)
  • Bringing greater awareness to negative thinking-patterns
  • Improving relationships and increasing feelings of social connectedness
  • Increasing self-esteem and self compassion
  • Boosting concentration and improving the ability to think clearly
  • Accepting the present moment without dwelling in the past or fixating on the future

This 3-hour Mindfulness workshop will teach participants practical knowledge and self-care skills including:

  • Proper breathing techniques to ease stress
  • Meditations to improve mood, increase self-esteem and boost concentration
  • Information on the relationship between unemployment and mental health

IMPAIRMENT IN THE WORKPLACE

Kim Slade, Director Emerging Markets & Commercialization, Public Services Health & Safety Association

Glenn Cullen, CEO & COO, Public Services Health & Safety Association

Tuesday 9:00-12:15pm

This workshop will share recent results of a survey which explored current perceptions about workplace impairment, including alcohol, cannabis, fatigue, prescription medication and illicit substances.

The interactive session will help participants explore:

  • What is the impact of impairment or problematic substance use on my workplace?
  • Is my workplace prepared to manage risk associated with impairment?
  • What educational or awareness programs should my workplace consider for workers and trainers?
  • What practical steps can be taken to address workplace impairment including both a focus on the holistic health of the worker and ensuring a safe working environment?

At the end of the session participants will have an opportunity to join a centre of excellence team where they can continue the conversation and move forward with their impairment in the workplace program.


IMPROVING EMPLOYMENT FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

Shannon Bruce, Manager, Business Development, EARN Employment Accessibility Resource Network

Kelly Mertl, Director, Community Initiatives, United Way Ottawa

Tuesday 9:00-12:15pm

In this session we will share how the network has been leveraged to improve employment for persons with disabilities. By convening partners and coordinating resources our goal is to make it easier for employers to engage with a variety of service providers to find the best talent for their workplace. Since 2012 more than 3600 persons with disabilities have found employment through the efforts of our network partners. We want to share lessons learned and best practices to increase employer engagement and positive employment outcomes.


LBS & ES: A PARTNERSHIP FOR CLIENT SUCCESS

Lisa Ambaye, Executive Director, Ottawa Community Coalition for Literacy

Doug Noyes, Executive Director, Literacy Link Eastern Ontario

Tuesday 10:45-12:15pm

What actually happens when you refer your multi-barriered client? During this interactive presentation, the Rideau-Ottawa Valley Learning Network, Literacy Link East Ontario, and Literacy Ontario Central South (LBS Support Organizations) will share the shoulder-to-shoulder approach literacy organizations take to increase the employability of clients with multi-barriers. The presentation will touch on the following topics:

  • Why intake and assessment matter
  • OALCF is not a snowman from Frozen
  • The learning plan – individualized adult education roadmap
  • The LBS Service promise
  • Just the facts, ma’am! LBS interventions in action
  • Case conferencing. Bring us your challenging cases and we’ll explore how LBS solutions could support your clients’ pathways to employment

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