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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

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Setting Up for a Sustainable New Year’s Resolution

January 14, 2015

A Quick Glance at Express Entry

December 22, 2014

Leadership Development

December 12, 2014

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


Atlantic Canada HR Summit 2015: Innovative People Practices in the Emerging Talent Decade ( Feb 25-26, Halifax)

Human Resource Management Research

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

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The Strategic Workforce Planning Leader's Bookshelf

This report briefly describes more than 40 books and articles, and includes brief summaries and information on the topics covered including their level of complexity.

Report | 28 pages | November 2011 | Lara Rosner, Mary B. Young | The Conference Board, Inc.

Building a Culture of Innovation

How do you activate innovation within your organization?  Global innovation and design consultancy Continuum will speak about the challenges of building a culture of innovation, motivating individuals, creating capacity, and scaling innovation. In an interactive session, the Continuum team will present best practices and core principles that can help you consider the conditions for innovation and how you can work within your organization to develop them.

Recorded Webinar | November 2011 | The Conference Board, Inc.

Work and Life: The Balancing Act

This report examines the growing imbalance between work-life and personal life, explores the business case for work–life balance programs and practices, and outlines guidelines for organizations.

Report | 42 pages | November 2011 | Crystal Hoganson | The Conference Board of Canada

Diversity & Inclusion Conference KeyNotes

This Conference KeyNotes Webcast will provide highlights of The 2011 Diversity & Inclusion Conference (June, 2011). Video footage of the conference will set context for live questions and answers with the presenters.

Recorded Webinar | November 2011 | The Conference Board, Inc.

Learning and Development Outlook 2011: Are Organizations Ready for Learning 2.0?

Canadian organizations’ failure to prioritize learning and embrace new approaches to learning and development may be contributing to Canada’s declining competitiveness. A strong learning culture enables organizations to keep pace with rapid changes in work and learning.

Report | 62 pages | October 2011 | Carrie Lavis | The Conference Board of Canada

Total Reward to Improve Employee Engagement

Recent research by The Conference Board has confirmed that there is a clear link between employee engagement and business performance. But worryingly there is evidence that globally employee engagement dropped significantly last year.

Recorded Webinar | October 2011 | The Conference Board, Inc.

HR Summit 2011: Driving Engagement and Trust Through Leadership

Trust and engagement are critical to peak performance. There are multiple generations in yor organization, and each has its own perceptions of engagement. The challenge is to find the best approaches to reach different employees at different levels and stages of their careers. This Conference e-Proceedings will show you how to bring together leaders and employees to build an engaged organization, shape your culture to support high trust and an engaged culture, and capitalize on innovation and creativity through the stories leaders and employees tell each other. This interactive series of presentations features case studies from leading organizations such as Molson Coors Canada, Intact, Costco Wholesale Canada Ltd. and Fusion Homes

Conference Recordings | October 2011 | The Conference Board of Canada

Créer des milieux de travail propices à la santé mentale : points de vue des employés et des gestionnaires

Ce rapport, fondé sur un sondage mené à l’échelle nationale, met en lumière les défis auxquels doivent faire face les employés aux prises avec un problème de santé mentale en milieu de travail, et propose aux employeurs des solutions destinées à assurer le meilleur soutien possible aux employés concernés.

Rapport | 82 pages | October 2011 | Louise Chenier, Karla Thorpe | Le Conference Board du Canada

Human Capital in Asia-Pacific, 2011–2013: Identifying Top Challenges and Strategies

Rapid growth in the Asia-Pacific region means that companies there are facing challenges in leadership development, talent acquisition, and retention.

Executive Action Report | 6 pages | October 2011 | Vijayan P. Munusamy, Rebecca L. Ray, Nicholas Sutcliffe, Lindsay Collins | The Conference Board, Inc.

CEO Challenge Reflections: Talent Matters

While CEOs rank talent as a critical challenge to business success, there is disagreement among human capital professionals when it comes to the strategies that best manage and develop this crucial link in the growth chain.

Executive Action Report | 9 pages | October 2011 | Rebecca L. Ray | The Conference Board, Inc.

What’s Next for HR with Dave Ulrich

The Conference Board of Canada is pleased to present "What’s Next for HR with Dave Ulrich". This 60-minute interactive webinar showcases this leading authority on leadership and human resources. Dave will suggest steps in the HR journey—a journey that must begin with a direction and the direction needs to be connected to the business.

Recorded Webinar | September 2011 | The Conference Board of Canada

Women in Senior Management: Where Are They?

This report explores the progression of women in senior management positions over the last 22 years, highlights challenges women still face in the workplace, and suggests practices for overcoming these barriers.

Report | 32 pages | August 2011 | Louise Chenier, Elise Wohlbold | The Conference Board of Canada

Bringing New Hires Up to Speed: How Structured Onboarding Can Help

This briefing describes the organizational benefits of strategic onboarding. It shows how a well-developed and well-executed onboarding process will deliver business results by reducing ramp-up time for new employees and increasing their engagement.

Report | 16 pages | August 2011 | Katie O’Brien | The Conference Board of Canada

Broadening the Base for Strategic Workforce Planning: The Value of Cross-Functional Partnerships

What differentiates leaders who’ve made steady headway with their SWP programs? Often, it’s their ability to partner with other functions and, by doing so, to broaden the base of support for SWP.

Executive Action Report | 9 pages | August 2011 | Mary B. Young | The Conference Board, Inc.

Making Your Rewards Meaningful

The Conference Board of Canada is pleased to present Making Your Rewards Meaningful – a webinar that brings our report, Making It Meaningful: Recognizing and Rewarding Employees in Canadian Organizations, to life. It will delve deeper into how to design a competitive rewards and recognition programs—one way to stay ahead of your competition. The webinar will focus on best practices in the area, and will provide insights into how organizations can improve upon their reward and recognition programs.

Recorded Webinar | August 2011 | Nicole Stewart, Karla Thorpe | The Conference Board of Canada

Engaging Business Leaders in Strategic Workforce Planning

This guide includes basic questions to drive the initial conversation between the strategic workforce planning (SWP) leader and business leaders.

Executive Action Report | 7 pages | July 2011 | Mary B. Young | The Conference Board, Inc.

Employee Engagement in a VUCA World: A Review of Current Research and Its Implications

This report combines analysis of some of the most important employee engagement research of today and puts it into perspective for members.

Report | 32 pages | July 2011 | Rebecca L. Ray | The Conference Board, Inc.

Workplace Mental Health 2011

As more organizations recognize the human and economic costs of mental health, senior health, productivity, and public and private sector leaders are taking action. New initiatives and public discussion of the issues have increased awareness of mental health challenges in workplaces and in society. In addition to discussion on managing psychological health, helping employees return to work, change management, and employer liability, this Conference e-Proceedings presents original Conference Board of Canada research on workplace mental health as well as successful case studies from leading organizations including Scotiabank and Canada Post Corporation.

Conference Recordings | July 2011 | The Conference Board of Canada

Managing Human Capital Risk

This report presents the results of a survey of 161 companies on the state of their human capital risk assessment and management in answer to five key questions.

Report | 48 pages | July 2011 | Ellen S. Hexter, Mary B. Young | The Conference Board, Inc.

It’s about Trust and Training: Examining Your Organization’s Internal Coaching Practice

This report discusses ways in which an internal coaching program can provide a cost-effective approach for developing talent, as well as the potential obstacles to success posed by issues of training and trust.

Executive Action Report | 7 pages | July 2011 | Amy Abel | The Conference Board, Inc.

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Compensation and Benefits Research

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

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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