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Overall participant satisfaction for our last five conferences has been 90% or higher!   

Our annual conference is one you won't want to miss!  Each year, HR professionals and Business Leaders come together in Halifax to learn, share, and network on current HR and Business topics of relevance.  The conference includes a mixture of keynote speakers, concurrent sessions, exhibitor, and networking opportunities.  

Participants tell us that our conferences are relevant to today's workplaces and are a positive return on investment.



The Purpose Effect with Dan Pontefract

Purpose ought to be thought of as a three-way relationship between an individual's personal sense of purpose in life, the organization's purpose, and a person's purpose in their role at work.  When all three aspects of purpose are properly defined, are well aligned, and function in partnership with one another, then the employee, the organization, and society mutually benefit.  This session will outline strategies for individuals, leaders, and organizations to employ in order to create The Purpose Effect.


Building a Breakthrough Mindset with Warren Macdonald

If we can't see where it is we need to go, what are the chances of getting there?  If your team can't see where you are going, what are the chances that they will come onboard?  In navigating change, and overcoming the challenges that come with it, we address the foundation and root cause of why we often get stuck or become disengaged.  Warren Macdonald's life's boundaries were redefined in 1997 when he became trapped beneath a one-ton boulder in a freak rock fall during a climbing expedition.


Workplace Safety Leadership with Stuart MacLean, Workers' Compensation Board of Nova Scotia

Stuart MacLean joined WCB Nova Scotia in 1986.  His passion for health and safety quickly grew as he assumed progressive leadership roles, becoming Chief Executive Officer in 2012.  Throughout his career, Stuart has come to know first-hand the impact of workplace injuries and fatalities on workers and their families.  He is a true safety champion with an unwavering passion for preventing workplace injury.  Under his leadership, time-loss injury has reached an all-time low in Nova Scotia.


This schedule is tentative and subject to change until the final program is produced.  To learn more about the sessions and the speakers, visit the registration page and click on the 'View Sessions' link.

Tuesday, May 16th

12:00 pm   Registration and Trade Show Open
1:00 pm

Keynote - The Purpose Effect  (Dan Pontefract)

Networking Break & Trade Show

Concurrent Educational Sessions:

*Creating a Connected & Engaged Organization (Dan Pontefract)      

*Privacy in the Workplace (David Fraser)

Opening Reception & Trade Show (end time approx 5:45pm)










Wednesday, May 17th

   8:15 am  Registration and Trade Show Opens                                         
   8:45 am Keynote - Workplace Safety Leadership (Stuart MacLean)

Concurrent Educational Sessions:

*Building Leadership Credibility with Employees (Steve Ashton, CPHR) 

*Role of HR Leaders in Disruption: Thinking Critically About the Changing Workplace

(Patricia Bradshaw, PhD)  

  Networking Break & Visit Exhibits

Concurrent Educational Sessions:

*Trends in Labour and Employment Law (Brian Johnston, Q.C.)

*Managing Workplace Mental Health (Mental Health Commission of Canada)

 11:45 am Dedicated Networking Time and Visit Exhibits
 12:00 pm  HR Awards & Recognition Luncheon 
   1:30 pm

Concurrent Educational Sessions:

*Workforce Planning (Detry Carragher, CPHR)

*Reducing Sick Time - We have Hacks for that! (Neha Singh)

  Networking Break & Visit Exhibits
  Keynote - Building a Breakthrough Mindset (Warren Macdonald)
   4:45 pm   Conference end time (approx)
















Pricing & Registration

The earlier you register, the lower the price!  Register early to take advantage of lower rates.  

   Full Conference Pricing 

Early Bird

   (ends Jan 31)



    Late Registration


 Members  $ 529  $ 629    $ 749 
 Non-Members  $ 739  $ 839    $ 959 
           HRANS Student Members  $ 319  $ 419   $ 539

* 15% HST is added to the above pricing.

CPHR Members receive an exclusive discount of $40 off their rate at time of registration (Price will adjust automatically when you register when signed into your member profile.  This exclusive discount is non-transferrable and applies to CPHRs who are our members.)

Online registration is open.  Click here or visit the page in our calendar of events to learn more and to register.


Register three people and get the 4th for half the price!  

Must be from the same organization, may be applied to member or non-member pricing, and some restrictions apply.  Contact us to learn more. 



A special conference rate has been arranged with The Prince George Hotel of $164 a night for a deluxe guestroom  If you require accommodations for the conference, we encourage you to book your accommodations using the link below as it allows us to negotiate cost effective accommodations each year.  The Prince George is conveniently located very close to the conference venue and also connected by an underground pedway. 

Click here to book your accommodations directly with the Prince George Hotel and take advantage of this HRANS special rate. Rooms at this rate are available on a first come first served basis and the negotiated rate is available until Friday, April 14th (based on availability).  We encourage you to book your accommodations early.  

Sponsors & Exhibitors

Thank you to our exhibitors and sponsors exhibiting this year.  Click here to learn more about those exhibiting.  

For information on Sponsorship Opportunities call us at 902.446.3660, option 1.  Exhibitor opportunities often sell out early.


Thank you to our sponsors confirmed to date!









Program Partners

Cox & Palmer (Reception Sponsor)

Halifax Port Authority (Networking Break Sponsor)

The Personal Insurance Company (Networking Break Sponsor) 


CPHR Continuing Professional Development Hours

The keynote and educational sessions attended qualify for Continuing Professional Development Hours at one hour per hour of educational session attended, for HRANS CPHRs.  Networking breaks and the reception count as CPD Formal Networking time so we encourage you to network with fellow delegates and exhibitors during the breaks and reception.


To view our detailed conference program from last year (2016), click here

Chartered Professionals in Human Resources of Nova Scotia
84 Chain Lake Drive, Suite 103 / Halifax, NS / B3S 1A2
Telephone: (902) 446-3660 / Fax: (902) 446-3677