The HRPA conference has just wrapped up, but we are still buzzing with excitement over what an amazing three days Clear Path had in Toronto at the conference. Between the tradeshow, attending keynote presentations and presenting two seminars of our own, it was a full three days!
We were so excited to have been chosen to speak on two topics this year. It is a prestigious honour to be chosen to speak once let alone twice, as up to potentially 4000 applications are submitted to the Conference Committee each year.
On Wednesday February 1st, Anna started the morning off by presenting “Averting a Crisis: Dealing with a Potential Bill: 168 Situation” to a full room of over 100 attendees! This session provided practical tips you should take to prevent or defuse workplace violence, ways to spot workplace harassment and best practices on how to manage these situations when they occur. Participants at the seminar had the opportunity to enter to win a Clear Path Do-It-Yourself Bill 168 Package. The lucky winner was Kimberley L. from Virtual High School! Congratulations Kimberley!
In the afternoon Anna and Brenda co-presented “Dealing with WSIB Repeat Offenders”. Combining real world case studies with practical how to tips, Anna and Brenda were able to bring their extensive background in WSIB Claims Management and provide a session that was both informative and engaging. Exploring the claims management process and employer obligations under WSIA and the new re-integration system participants learned strategies to deploy when faced with a WSIB “repeat offender” and examples of how medical professionals can be leveraged to support your injured employees, challenge medical evidence and get workers back to their pre-injury job. Congratulations to Asli A. from Concord Steel Centre Ltd. who was the lucky winner of the draw for a complimentary registration to an upcoming Clear Path learning session- “ Demystifying the WSIB’s NEER Program”!
Clear Path also kept busy live tweeting throughout the conference. We were mentioned as a top influencer twice on the HRPA Hashcaster board, and on Thursday February 2nd, we made top contributor! It was great to be so active and connected with fellow attendees during those three days! Follow Clear Path on Twitter, and check out what we were tweeting about during the conference!
Being at the HRPA conference and attending the keynote presentations was a very motivational, inspiring experience that makes you rethink not only your business approach but also choices you make in your personal life. A common theme from keynote speakers like Amanda Lang (of Lang&O’Leary), Marshal Goldsmith (renowned coach to leaders) and Neil Parischa (author of Book of Awesome) was “unleashing your inner 3 year old”. Learning to be innovative, take risks and exploring challenges to increase our productivity as individuals and organizations. One of the points that resonated was that “Play can change the world”-Kevin Carroll. Embracing creativity and promoting it within your organization, and not “swimming in a sea of sameness” –Josh Linkner were all great tips. All the keynote presentations left a lasting impression that it’s important to take stock, learning to appreciate the little things and be willing to take risks and seize the moment.
We encourage all our readers to embrace play, live outside the box, and don’t get sucked back into "the sameness" and miss opportunities that are right in front of you.
Thank you HRPA for an amazing three days! Can’t wait until the 2013 Conference!
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