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ITAC HR Forum: The Road to Recovery - April 15, 2010

April 15, 2010

Please join us on April 15 to network with HR professionals in the technology industry and learn how companies are responding to the economic recovery. We will hear an economic update from Benjamin Reitzes, Economist with BMO Capital Markets, and learn from David Gore and Anne Peiris about the results of Towers Watson’s recent Global Workforce Study research initiative.

HR Forum meetings are open to all HR professionals of ITAC member companies at no cost. For the first time, in 2010, we are pleased to also invite HR professionals of non-member companies in the Hi Tech sector for a $60 fee. Breakfast and lunch are provided. Please forward this email to co-workers and colleagues who are interested in attending and/or who wish to be added to the mailing list.

Economic Update: Benjamin Reitzes, Economist, BMO Capital Markets

The global economy is recovering from the worst recession in our lifetime. Although the U.S. recovery is halting, many hurdles remain, with joblessness still sky-high and housing still unstable. Canada’s economy has clearly pulled out of recession and has good momentum heading into 2010. With healthy balance sheets, Canada businesses are in a good position to step up capital expenditures and boost productivity, which lags the U.S. by a wide margin. On the policy front, the Federal Reserve and the Bank of Canada are slowly stepping away from emergency measures taken during the credit crisis and will likely tighten in the second half of the year.

Reshaping the Employment Deal: David Gore, Account Manager and Sr Consultant, Towers Watson & Anne Peiris, Consultant Compensation, Towers Watson

As Canadian organizations acknowledge the light at the end of the recession’s tunnel, many are facing new challenges as they work to re-engage their talent. The events of the past two years have created a new reality in the workplace whereby employers are seeking to determine how to remain an ‘employer of choice’ in a leaner corporate environment while employees are looking for new commitments from their employers. In this session, we will explore the recession-related HR changes employers are planning to restore to pre-recession levels and what changes are being kept longer-term. We will also examine the various ways in which employers can engage their workforce and why this is to important. Using findings from a recent Towers Watson research initiative - the Global Workforce Study - we will see what employees are looking for from their employers in this ‘new reality’ and what employers can do to meet these demands.

When: Thursday, April 15, 2010, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. EDT

Where: Rogers, 1 Mount Pleasant Road, Toronto, ON, Room #1 in our Training Centre on the 15th Floor of OMP
For a map and directions, click here.

Register: Online or by email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) by April 12, 2010

Out-of-town members who cannot attend in person may join by teleconference: (416) 343-2653; ID number 1986154#

HR Forum meetings are a great opportunity for professional development and information sharing.

Hope to see you there!
Micheline Levesque

Welcome and Introductions: Nadia Cerisano, Xerox & Sheryl Helsdon-Baker, Oracle
ITAC Update: Micheline Levesque
Economic Update:Benjamin Reitzes, BMO Capital Markets
Reshaping the Employment Deal: David Gore and Anne Peiris, Towers Watson
Lunch and Roundtable discussion