AFOA BC Hosts Human Resources Conference September 23-25 in Richmond, BC

by Krysta Elliot

It’s that time of year again for AFOA BC’s Fall Conference! This year’s theme is Human Resources, and we will host many great speakers you won’t want to miss!


The River Rock Resort in Richmond, BC will host AFOA BC Human Resources Conference from September 23rd-25th, 2015.

The upcoming AFOA BC Human Resources Conference will also include the Annual General Meeting and the 12th Annual Best Practices Awards. We are expecting over 30 Aboriginal Communities to be represented at this conference from all across BC.

The first presentation will be Planning for the Future: The Role of Indigenous Public Service. The speaker, Catherine Althaus, Director and Associate Professor at University of Victoria, says “there can be no assumptions that Indigenous people accept Western ways of thinking about leadership, or that Western models of leadership offer appropriate or useful analytical tools.” Catherine’s presentation will explore the practical challenges and promises of Indigenous public service leadership.

The second and final presentation of the first day will address Properly Verifying and On-Boarding New Talent. Brock Higgins, Managing Partner for Higgins Executive Search will cover some best practices and how to access tools for on-boarding, behavioural assessments, and background checks.

Day two starts with a presentation on Developing a Substance Misuse Program in Your Workplace with Peter Vlahos from the First Nations Health Authority. He will talk about how a community can become organized to manage abuse issues, including best practices, funding support, and agency support.

Delegates will attend two workshops on September 24th. There are three different workshops to choose from: “Giving and Receiving Feedback at Work” with Nene Kraneveldt, “Making the Creative Workplace in Three Conversations” with Clemens Rettich, and an interactive workshop consisting of small group discussions for peers to share ideas and solutions on a variety of HR challenges.

Closing the second day is Scott McCann, a partner with Harris & Co, who will deliver the “Conducting Workplace Investigations” presentation. Scott explains that effective workplace investigations allow you to identify and address problems in your workplace. He will also cover best practices and how to identify potential pitfalls associated with this process.

On the last day, Cassondra Campbell from the Canadian Human Rights Commission will talk about “Dealing with Discrimination and Harassment in the Workplace.” This session will focus on what constitutes discrimination under the Canadian Human Rights Act, as well as how to address discrimination and harassment complaints when they occur. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and explore core concepts using case studies.

The conference will be held at The River Rock Resort in Richmond, BC from September 23rd-25th, 2015. We invite you to join us! Click here to register online at the AFOA BC website. For other events and workshops, go to


The River Rock Resort in Richmond, BC