Contact Conference 2023
Contact Conference is now in its 18th year, and we are excited to be back in person. We continue to see a complete transformation in how we work, collaborate, learn, communicate, and help others.
Contact Conference is the perfect opportunity to network with colleagues and practitioners, share ideas and best practices, expand knowledge, and participate in the latest discussions involving our practice. After a challenging year, we will continue to gain a renewed spirit and perspective on the important career development practice we are passionate about.
The conference is a professional development opportunity between career development, employment, and education, bringing speakers, presentations, and relevant insightful discussions to solutions-focused participants.
Olivia McIvorAuthor | Speaker | Culture Enricher
“There isn’t anything I haven’t seen that you could surprise me with.” says, Ms. McIvor, emphasizing that she doesn’t wear this as a badge of honour, rather, as a statement that brings her sadness and a driving motivation to be a social change advocate in organizations. Throughout her 34 years in Human Resources, she has witnessed the grief and joy that comes to work every day in the wake of suicides, divorces, bullying, addictions, mental, emotional and physical illness, and workaholism, all culminating in a lack of human civility. The fallout is a lack of individual and organizational resilience and unrest.
And, she will quickly add, she has also seen the power of healing that comes from workplaces that intentionally and tenderly take care of their emotional culture. As a social researcher, educator, author and speaker, Ms. McIvor uses the power of intentional understanding and implores a kinder, more optimistic approach to support organizations to get to the root causes of problems instead of only addressing the symptoms.
Olivia is the best-selling author of three books: The Business of Kindness, Four Generations-One Workplace and I See You and the Spring 2023 trade book, Disruptive Kindness: A Bold Approach to Doing Things Differently. As a subject matter expert on five generations gracing our workplaces, she believes that it is not our differences that divide us, rather, it’s our judgments. She ascertains if we can begin to release these divergent views and see the gifts each cohort brings to the workplace that building collaborative relationships and personal engagement will be the natural outcome achieved.
Her work has been embraced by industries including Healthcare, Technology, Government, Law, Education, Retail, Wholesale, Tourism, Hospitality, Financial, Utilities, Oil & Gas, Telecommunication and Manufacturing.
She is a post-secondary educator and teaches in the School of Business at the British Columbia Institute of Technology.
Her Philanthropic work has her serving as the Global Director for The Charter for Compassion Education Institute and as an Advisor for the Kindness Foundation of Canada.
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