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Human Resources Forum

June 16, 2009

Please note that the next HR Forum Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, June 16, 2009 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm and this meeting is being hosted by ITAC.  Our moderator has put together a great agenda for this session.

As a courtesy to ITAC, our host for this meeting, all participants are to pre-register so that they can make provisions for refreshments and set up accordingly. If you are planning on attending either in person or by teleconference (for out of town participants only), please respond to this email to Micheline Levesque at Fax: (613) 238-7967 or by e-mail at no later than the end of the day on June 12, 2009.

For out-of-town HR Forum members only:  If you are unable to attend the meeting in person, teleconferencing is available by calling (416) 343-2653 – Conference ID number is 1986154#


Communicate to drive Engagement!
Kim Romans, Feelance Public Relations Practitioner and Corporate Writer, KIM&CO

As HR professions we are constantly being asked to develop communications for various programs: new bonus plans, mass terminations, sales incentive programs - you name it, we likely have to communicate it. However, communication training is rarely part of our formal development as HR professionals.
This 75 minute workshop will provide you with tools to improve your communication skills, a tool you use every day. With an overview of tips for writing for your specific audience and an eye for what “voice” is best used for the material, this workshop will appeal to both a seasoned HR professional as either a reminder of communication tools to help you better communicate and for the HR Professional who needs development in the area of communications.
Kim Romans is a freelance public relations practitioner and corporate writer.  For more than a decade, she has earned a reputation for creating communications that deliver results. Known for her writing; she crafts messages that resonate with audiences and lead to greater understanding and engagement. 

Stepping up in a downturn
Karen Pastakia, Senior Manager with Toronto Human Capital group, Deloitte
Julie May, Manager with Toronto Human Capital group, Deloitte

The global recession is putting pressure on organizations to look for operating efficiencies and potentially cut costs.  The struggling economy actually presents HR with a good opportunity to improve its strategic contribution to the business by helping the organization find the right balance between:

  • playing offensive (identifying and focusing on critical talent to ensure they stay engaged once the economy picks up), and
  • playing defensive (making fact based decisions on downsizing).

On top of all this, HR needs to help managers manage the impact of these decisions on the broader workforce such that they stay engaged and productive
This presentation will feature highlights of global pulse surveys conducted by Deloitte and Forbes Insights on how top executives are managing talent in a down economy, and our perceptive on how HR can show what it can do. The presentation will also introduce Deloitte’s Periodic Table of Talent as a tool to help organizations develop an appropriate talent strategy, as well as talent and work solutions.  (Copies of these materials will be made available to attendees)

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9:00 - 9:15 Welcome and Introductions Nadia Cerisano, Xerox
Sheryl Helsdon-Baker, Oracle
9:15 - 9:25 ITAC Overview and Update Micheline Levesque, ITAC
9:25 - 10:25 Communications Workshop Kim Romans, KIM&CO
10:25 - 10:45 Break
10:45 – 12:00 HR’s Opportunity during tough economic times Julie May, Deloitte
Karen Pastakia, Deloitte
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch and Roundtable discussion All


Karen Pastakia is a Senior Manager with the Human Capital group in our Toronto Consulting practice.  Over the past 14 years, Karen has worked with both public and private sector organizations to define their talent and HR strategies.  Prior to joining Human Capital, she was an experienced HR Business Partner with five years corporate HR experience based in London, UK, plus 2 years strategic HR experience within the financial services arena, based in Canada. 

Julie May is a Manager in the Toronto Human Capital practice, and is the leader of Deloitte’s Global HR transformation method and tools working group.  Julie helps organizations align their HR organizations to deliver on their talent strategies in the most effective and efficient manner.  Julie is also the organizer of Deloitte’s Tech Talent round tables.

Please confirm your attendance by return fax no later than end of day on June 12, 2009 to Micheline Levesque at (613) 238-7967 or by e-mail at