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HR 101 for the Non-HR Professional

  • 18 Sep 2019
  • 27 Nov 2019
  • 6 sessions
  • 18 Sep 2019, 11:00 AM 1:00 PM (MDT)
  • 2 Oct 2019, 11:00 AM 1:00 PM (MDT)
  • 16 Oct 2019, 11:00 AM 1:00 PM (MDT)
  • 30 Oct 2019, 11:00 AM 1:00 PM (MDT)
  • 13 Nov 2019, 11:00 AM 1:00 PM (MST)
  • 27 Nov 2019, 11:00 AM 1:00 PM (MST)
  • ECVO Training Room (Suite 258, Bonnie Doon Professional Centre 8330 82 Avenue NW)
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Introducing HR 101 for the Non-HR Professional — the ultimate starter pack for organizational effectiveness.

ECVO, in partnership with Juna Consulting is excited to continue our brand new human resources learning series with HR 101 for the Non-HR Professional. This series is a comprehensive beginner course for those wanting to grow their HR knowledge and skills or for those looking to reconnect with the fundamentals. As an added benefit, HR 101 is a great place to meet your HR peers in the non-profit community!

This series is for:

  • Anyone who is handling the HR functions for their organization but has little to no HR background (“HR off the side of their desk”)
  • Managers and front-line supervisors who are responsible for managing employee performance
  • New HR professionals (0-3 years in HR) who want to get a head start on adding practical skills and current best practices to their repertoire
  • Anyone who would like to learn more about how to effectively manage “people resources” — including volunteers!
  • Small organization directors or business owners eager to mitigate risk by building a strong foundation of knowledge in human resources

This series will be delivered in a Lunch & Learn format: bring your lunch and enjoy it in the company of other like-minded professionals and then dive into 90 minutes of fun and informative learning.

Participants can register for the full suite of six sessions or for individual sessions as needed.


Workshop 1: Interviewing & Selection Skills

September 18, 2019 

After the session you will: 

  • Know what to look for when screening a resume, and shortlist candidates efficiently
  • Design effective questions to ask during the pre-screening process
  • Develop effective interview questions and apply different interviewing techniques 
  • Conduct a professional interview meeting that “sells” candidates on the organization
  • Avoid asking inappropriate questions that should not be asked in an interview

Workshop 2: Human Rights & Employment Standards

October 2, 2019 

After the session you'll know how to:

  • Ensure your organization’s programs comply with law (Employment Standards)
    • Hours of work, overtime, pay issue, leaves of absence, terminations, and more
  • Describe the provincial Human Rights protected grounds and how to prevent discrimination/harassment claims
  • Discuss case studies around Bona Fide Occupational Requirements (BFORs)
  • Assess whether an employment contract is complete and compliant

Workshop 3: Progressive Discipline & Terminations

October 16, 2019

After the session you'll know how to:

  • Apply the steps of progressive discipline and document performance matters appropriately (including templates)
  • Distinguish between termination for cause and without cause
  • Terminate an employee effectively (when and how to have the difficult “firing” meeting)

Workshop 4: Performance Reviews

October 30, 2019

After the session you'll know how to: 

  • Describe the performance management cycle and process
  • Explain the manager’s and the employee’s roles in performance management 
  • Know what to do before, during and after a performance review meeting
  • Apply best practices to the annual performance review process

Workshop 5: Compensation & Benefits

November 13, 2019

At the end of the session you'll know how to: 

  • Determine if you are paying your employees competitively in the market (external equity)
  • Discover if you have internal pay equity issues (imbalances)
  • Identify employee benefits that will attract, retain, and engage the right staff to your organization 

Workshop 6: Orientation & Onboarding

November 27, 2019

  • Assess your current employee onboarding process (gap analysis)
  • Identify how you can improve your new employee orientation program (best practices for 0-3 months)
  • Discover how to continue to engage your staff (3-12 months)


11:00 am – 11:30 am Lunch (bring your own!)

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Presentation (incl. Q&A)

About the Presenters:

Julianna Cantwell, CACE, CPHR is the President of JUNA Consulting Inc., a strategic human resources consulting practice that helps organizations improve individual and group performance. Specializing in learning & development for 20 years and communications for more than 15 years, Julianna logs over 100 days a year speaking and facilitating learning.

Committed to lifelong learning, Julianna is a graduate from the University of Alberta, NAIT, and MacEwan University and is a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR). She is also a Past President of the Human Resources Management Association of Edmonton (HRMAE), a former Director on the Board of Alberta Women Entrepreneurs (AWE), and is currently Vice Chair of the Self-Regulation Policy Advisory Group for the Chartered Professionals in Human Resources – Alberta (CPHR-AB). Julianna also served as a Director on the Board for Little Warriors.

Barb Read, CPHR, RPR is a Human Resources Consultant with JUNA Consulting and is a Chartered Professional in Human Resources and a Registered Professional Recruiter with a generalist background that spans all functional areas of the human resources practice. She brings expertise in business and operational process, recruitment and selection, new employee orientation, policy and procedure development, compensation, performance management, workplace investigations and employee relations. Barb has experience across private, public and not-for-profit sectors, and has a strong operations background to complement her HR expertise.

Barb is a certified member of the Human Resources Institute of Alberta and a member of the Institute of Professional Management. She completed a two-year term as Committee Chair for the HRIA Edmonton Chapter and served as Co-Chair for the 2014-2015 year.



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