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THE PROGRAM

2022 Virtual Conference

NLOWE’s 2022 virtual conference took place from April 26 to May 12, 2022.

Week One

April 26 | Zita Cobb, Opening Keynote

April 27 | Susan Hollett, Self – Promotion: Without the backlash

April 28 | Jenny Smith & Courtney Wells, Five Keys to Creating Brand Stickiness

Opening Keynote

Presented by Zita Cobb

REIMAGINING Communities. REIMAGINING The Economy

Zita Cobb is an eighth-generation Fogo Islander, Founder and CEO of the registered charity Shorefast, and Innkeeper of the award-winning Fogo Island Inn. Zita graduated high school on Fogo Island before studying business in Ottawa. Following a subsequent successful career in high-tech, Zita returned to Fogo Island and established Shorefast to put another leg on the Island’s struggling economy to complement its ever-important fishery. With an enduring commitment to Fogo Island, Shorefast is expanding its mission through a Community Economies Pilot – a pan-Canadian initiative to strengthen place-based economic development within the global economy.

Zita has been a Member of the Order of Canada since 2016 and was a 2020 inductee to Canada’s Business Hall of Fame. She holds honorary doctorates from McGill University, Memorial University of Newfoundland, the University of Ottawa, and Carleton University. She volunteers her full time and energy for Shorefast’s charitable initiatives and community businesses.

Click here to learn more about Zita Cobb

 

Susan Hollett

Hollett & Sons Inc.

Self Promotion: Without the backlash

Self-promotion is an important leadership skill and one of the most gender-biased. When women do promote their accomplishments and goals, it often triggers stereotypical reactions and can have a negative impact. Women tend to either not self-promote because of this, or because they feel uncomfortable doing it.

These 60 minutes will provide participants with the opportunity to answer these questions based on their own personalities and environment:

What is self-promotion? Why is it an important leadership skill?
Why is self-promotion have such a strong gender stereotype? What does that stereotype look and feel like to you?
How do you self-promote? Do you? What would you like to improve in your self-promotion skill set?
What are some examples and guidelines for self-promotion that might work for you?

Click here to learn more about Susan Hollett.

Jenny Smith & Courtney Wells

Ray Agency

Five Keys to Creating Brand Stickiness

In this dynamic presentation, we walk the attendees through what exactly a brand is (not always an easy thing to define), as well as key considerations and insights into what makes a brand stick, and stick out to audiences.   

The presentation includes real-world examples of brands that have done this effectively (and how), including internationally-recognized global brands as well as some examples from right here at home.  

Click here to learn more about Jenny Smith and Courtney Wells.

Week Two

May 03 | Meghan Felt, Growing Your Business: The paths to hire foreign workers

May 04 | Meghan Felt, Growing Your Workforce: Key rules when hiring foreign workers

May 05 | Wanda Cuff Young, The Economic and Social Value of Immigration and Diversity in Newfoundland

Meghan Felt

McInnes Cooper

Growing Your Business:

The paths to hire foreign workers

As labour shortages persist, businesses of all sizes and structures, in all industries, are looking to immigration to help grow their business, diversify their workforce, and fill important skill gaps. But it can be challenging for employers to get – and stay – up to speed on rapidly changing immigration rules: the federal and provincial governments frequently add new immigration programs, update existing ones, and close others. McInnes Cooper Immigration Lawyer Meghan Felt will leads you on a tour of the many paths to hiring Foreign Workers in Newfoundland and Labrador so you can choose the one that works for your business.

Click here to learn more about Meghan Felt.

Meghan Felt

McInnes Cooper

Growing Your Workforce:

Key rules when hiring foreign workers

As labour shortages persist, businesses of all sizes and structures, in all industries, are looking to immigration to help grow their business, diversify their workforce, and fill important skill gaps.  It’s critical, however, that employers that hire or employ a Foreign Worker in Canada understand and comply with immigration laws or face legal compliance enforcement mechanisms – with teeth. McInnes Cooper Immigration Lawyer Meghan Felt will lead you through the key rules employers need to know when hiring and employing Foreign Worker(s).

Click here to learn more about Meghan Felt.

Wanda Cuff Young

Work Global Canada

Economic and Social Value of Immigration & Diversity of NL

Newfoundland and Labrador is currently facing both a fiscal crisis and a population crisis. Our great question is on how immigration can play a role in addressing some of these issues 

How open are we as a province to welcoming newcomers and how easy or appealing is it for newcomers to make a home here? What do we need to do to improve the attraction and retention of immigrants? 

“Employers play a critical role in the immigration process: no one wants to move to, or stay in, a place where they cannot find work,” – Dr. Fang (MUN) 

While many employers are willing to hire immigrants, there are still many who aren’t familiar with how the immigration process works, and many immigrants face language barriers, lack understanding of Canadian culture or workplace practices or have difficulty in obtaining the necessary Canadian certification of foreign credentials and foreign work experience to be eligible for the positions that are available. 

This disconnect presents a missed opportunity for the individual, the employer, and the province as a whole. In a report by Mike Clair of the Harris Center, NL has the lowest immigration rate of any province in Canada which indicates that immigration isn’t something we have a lot of experience with. This needs to change if the province is to remain sustainable in the long term and if we are to play our role in the Canadian Confederation and in the global economy. 

Click here to learn more about Wanda Cuff Young.

Week Three

May 10 | Cindy O’Driscoll, Procurement – Learn How to Sell Professional Services to the Government of Canada

May 11 | Susan O’Leary, The Power of a Wellbeing Culture to Grow Your Impact and Add Value to Your Business

May 12 | Tina Varughese, Closing Plenary. The Human Side of Unconscious Bias: Making a first impression in seven seconds or less

Cindy O’Driscoll

Procurement Canada

Selling Professional Services to the Government of Canada

The Government of Canada is one of the largest public buyers of goods and services in Canada, and it is committed to pursuing economic empowerment for equity deserving groups such as women-owned or led businesses.   

As a member of NLOWE, do you operate in the professional services sector? Are you looking to secure new clients and grow your business? If you answered yes to these two questions, then this workshop will show you how to:   

  • find out what professional services the government buys and search tenders to find opportunities, 
  • register as a supplier and get pre-qualified to sell, 
  • locate and connect with federal government buyers for low dollar value contracts, 
  • promote your business to departments and agencies in the Atlantic region; and more! 

Click here to learn more about Cindy O’Driscoll.

    Susan O’Leary

    SOuL Wellbeing

    The Power of a Wellbeing Culture to Grow Your Impact and Add Value to Your Business

    The great resignation has launched interesting and challenging discussion about the changing mindsets and desires that many are looking towards when choosing workplaces or business’s they wish to be a part of.  This is opening incredible opportunities for us to pose new questions and explore solutions that can create innovative workplaces. Wellbeing cultures in business to me, are about moving beyond the metrics of productivity to those of satisfaction, sustainability and opportunities for higher quality choices that just feel better and create more balance and joy in people’s lives.  This session is designed to be a lively discussion forum, to open minds, generate simple solutions, present some available options for adding wellbeing programs and examples of what some companies are doing on the leading edge.

    Click here to learn more about Susan O’Leary.   

    Closing Keynote

    Presented by Tina Varughese

    The Human Side of Unconscious Bias: Making a first impression in seven seconds or less

     

    Unconscious Bias is making a first Impression in seven seconds or less.

    Emily is 30 years old. This role involves a lot of travel – should she be promoted? What if she decides to have children? Manuel has such a strong accent that I’m just not sure if he’s a good cultural fit for our organization? As an ambitious white male I am the minority these days! I can’t check any of the boxes. Will I be passed over for this promotion yet again? I’m ready to quit. Should Morton really lead the charge of the IT department? He just seems ancient to me.

    Are issues like these causing stress, conflict, confusion, time and money in the workplace?

    First impressions, positive or negative, are made in seven seconds or less. We all make quick assessments of others without even realizing it. We are not born with bias. Biases are formed by past situations, experiences, background and culture.

    Unconscious biases typically exist towards gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, age, disability (both physical and mental), and weight. Most of us will say “I see people for who they are” but do we?

    Unconscious biases affect and impact decision making both professionally and personally with real impact. Recognizing, managing and mitigating unconscious bias promotes diversity and inclusion. Diversity and inclusion drives innovation, increases productivity, and stimulates creativity while promoting a healthy, happy, engaging workplace culture.

    During this keynote Tina will help us to understand

    • The Neuroscience behind Unconscious Bias (“No blame, no shame”).
    • Managing and Mitigating Unconscious Bias in Recruitment, Retention and Employee Engagement.
    • Breaking Bias – Strategies for Gender, Maternal, Affinity and Ageism.
    • Sesame Street 2.0 – One of these things is not like the other, one of these things just doesn’t belong… or does it? How Diversity Drives Innovation, Creativity and Productivity.
    • Why Creating a Culture of Inclusion affects Positivity, Profits and Purpose?

    Click here to learn more about Tina Varughese.

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