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Human Resource Management

The Conference Board of Canada provides you with strategic information on current human resource management challenges as well as a Canadian perspective on trends in human resource management.

Topics covered:

  • compensation planning
  • reward strategies
  • benefit programs
  • health and wellness
  • industrial relations
  • employee engagement
  • work–life issues
  • performance management

HR Workshops

HR Blog

New Brunswick No Longer Kicking the Pension Can Down the Road

May 19, 2015

Workforce Analytics: What Can They Do for Your Organization?

May 06, 2015

Is Canada Ready to Embrace Changes to Labour Relations and Employment Standards Laws?

April 23, 2015

Executive Networks

  • Council for Learning and Leadership Development
  • Compensation Research Centre
  • Council on Diversity and Talent Management—West
  • Council of Industrial Relations Executives
  • Council on Workplace Health and Wellness
  • Councils for Senior Human Resource Executives—National
  • Councils for Senior Human Resource Executives—East
  • Councils for Senior Human Resource Executives—West
  • Council on Inclusive Work Environments
  • Strategic Human Resources Management Council


Culture of Engagement 2015 ( May 25, Calgary)
Workplace Wellness and Mental Health 2015 ( Jun 2-3, Toronto)
The Better Workplace Conference 2015 ( Oct 14-16, Gatineau)
Public Sector Social Media 2015 ( Oct 27-28, Ottawa)
3rd Skills and Post-Secondary Education Summit ( Nov 3-5, Edmonton)

Human Resource Management Research

This research is available to subscribers of the Human Resource Management service.

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Innovation through Diversity: Leveraging Talent for Competitive Advantage

In today's competitive global marketplace, innovation is a key component in accessing new markets, gaining greater market share, and sustaining long-term business growth. Leaders have long recognized that a diverse workforce confers a competitive advantage in the marketplace and is a potent source of innovation. However, research from the Centre for Talent Innovation has demonstrated that it takes more than just a diverse workforce to foster innovation.. Innovation requires a more hands-on approach, with leaders displaying inclusive behaviours to unlock the innovative potential of all their employees, including individuals from diverse backgrounds. So how can you ensure that your organization is making the most of its workforce, and driving the innovation you need to succeed in a competitive marketplace? Join us for this webinar as Laura Sherbin and Melinda Marshall from The Centre for Talent Innovation outline the cultural factors, leadership behaviours, and best practices that leverage diversity to drive innovation.

Recorded Webinar | May 2015 | The Conference Board of Canada

Best Practices and Processes for Maximizing the Impact of Talent Decisions: Insights from The 2015 Talent Management Strategies Conference

Using the business strategy talent management leaders can map out the key roles of the talent strategy. From there they can determine the pathways employees have to reach these roles, and put a pipeline in place that can be filled for each role.

Report | 12 pages | May 2015 | Sheri Rothman | The Conference Board, Inc.

Developing and Leveraging Innovation Talent Within Firms: Strategies to Improve Innovation Performance

This report identifies and analyzes effective strategies, tools, and approaches that firms can use to develop and leverage their innovation talent.

Report | 85 pages | May 2015 | Jessica Edge, Cameron MacLaine | The Conference Board of Canada

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Compensation and Benefits Research

This research is available to subscribers of the Compensation and Benefits service.

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Executive Compensation in Challenging Times: Trends and Principles for 2015

In today’s economic environment, many organizations are practicing fiscal restraint, enabling cost containment measures and cutting where they can. However, the race for top talent is becoming increasingly competitive, and without the proper compensation packages, companies will find themselves unable to attract and retain the people and skills they need to keep up. How can you ensure these needs are balanced within your organization? Join us for this session to get the perspective you need to create compensation plans that attract and retain top talent while balancing fiscal needs. Lance Hendren will provide an expert overview of what organizations should be doing in this increasingly volatile business environment, with a special focus on executive compensation.

Recorded Webinar | April 2015 | The Conference Board of Canada

Ending Pay Secrecy: The Case for Compensation Transparency

Most corporations go to great lengths to keep employee compensation a secret. This has been a “best practice” for decades, but is it still the right practice? While privacy is a concern, there is a growing movement for corporations to make pay public. Research has shows that pay secrecy leads to employees reaching dysfunctional conclusions about how pay is administered in their organization, which can led to loss of performance and internal conflicts. Pay secrecy also seems counterintuitive when management approaches which call for business transparency, involvement, and accountability. So does pay secrecy have a place in today’s transparent, social, and information sharing world? This recorded 60 minute session discusses the advantages and disadvantages of making pay public in corporations. Edward E. Lawler III describes what the impacts could be on your workplace, using examples from some of the top organizations in North America.

Recorded Webinar | February 2015 | The Conference Board of Canada

Retirement Readiness and Preparedness: The Perspective of Canadians and Employers

As the Canadian population ages, boomers are getting set to retire in record numbers. But just how ready are most for this major life transition? Retirement is a complicated process, and while many people are able to seek information and assistance from their employers, others have found there to be noticeable gaps in support. So what can be done to make this transition as simple as possible for both their employees and the organization? The Conference Board recently engaged in a comprehensive exploration into the experiences and perspectives of employers and Canadian workers on issues related to pensions and retirement readiness. In this 60 minute recorded webinar, Judith MacBride-King presents key highlights from two recently released reports – An Employer’s Perspective: Retirement Savings and A Survey of Non-retirees and Retirees in Canada: Retirement Perspectives and Plans

Recorded Webinar | February 2015 | Judith MacBride-King | The Conference Board of Canada

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Compensation Planning

Map showing the Average Salary Increases 2013 by Region in Canada

Women in Leadership

Women in Leadership Infographic

ROI from Wellness Programs