Workshop details

8:30 to 8:40 a.m.
Opening Address

Join the DPMG Executive as we open the 2017 DPMG Conference "Leadership Challenges and Opportunties".
8:40 to 9:25 a.m.
Senior Leaders Panel

Moderator: Jasmine Walsh (AVP, Human Resources)
Panelists: Carolyn Watters, Peter Fardy, Susan Spence, John Newhook

Each year, the Senior Leaders open the annual conference, setting the stage for a day designed to inspire DPMG members. This moderated panel is a marquee event that allows DPMG members to gain insight into the vision that our leaders are striving towards and how that is being accomplished.
9:25 to 9:50 a.m.
DPMG Annual General Meeting

Agenda to be released a week before the conference.
10:10 to 10:55 a.m.
Keynote Address: Åsa Kachan, Chief Librarian / Chief Executive Officer of Halifax Public Libraries

11:20 a.m. to 12:10 p.m.
Session 1 (option 1): Let’s Get Organized at Work (Ondaatje Theatre)
In this session Jane Veldhoven, Certified Professional Organizer, will guide you through the basics of becoming better organized. She will discuss the signs of disorganization and how this affects the people you work with. A portion of the session will focus on dealing with information–both paper and electronic. Learn simple techniques and systems for clearing paper and managing tasks and becoming more efficient. Feel less stress, more in control, and become more productive!
11:20 a.m. to 12:10 p.m.
Session 1 (option 2): Event Planning, Demystified (Scotiabank Auditorium)
Venue contracts, group blocks, catering minimums?! Whether planning an off-campus gala for 600 or an on-campus meeting for 20, Lyle Quinn (from Dalhousie's Event & Conference Services office) has been there, done that. Spend the morning with him to learn about tips and tricks of the trade, as well as the on-campus resources available to all staff and faculty members, year-round.
12:10 to 1:10 p.m.
Lunch (Howe Hall)

Lunch will be served in the Howe Hall Dining Room. Download the menu [PDF].
1:10 to 2 p.m.
Inspiring Managers Panel

Moderator: Jake MacIsaac (Community Safety Coordinator)
Panelists: Jean Lynds (Farm Operations Manager), Anna Cranston (Director, Management Career Services), Ian Wagschal (Assistant Director Minor Projects), Indranil Dutta (Manager, IT Development)

This panel session is designed for members who are not yet in higher level leadership positions, but who aspire to take their career to the next level. In line with our conference theme, “Leadership Challenges and Opportunities,” this panel will consider many facets of leadership, including leading self, leading change, setting and achieving strategic goals, team dynamics, approaches to mentoring and sponsoring others, and more. Look forward to insight into what has worked best for some of our most successful managers who have inspired others to be their best, and to contribute to the success of their team.
2 to 2:45 p.m.
Session 2: (option 1): Managing Your Relationship with Your Boss (Ondaatje Theatre)
To move forward, you need to manage relationships effectively. The first relationship to manage is the one with your boss—we all have one, they have expectations, and we often do not associate what they need with what we need. Lisa Tilley, Partner of Uprise Consulting will help you benefit from this mutual dependence and develop a much more productive working relationship with your boss by focusing on a few key elements.
2 to 2:45 p.m.
Session 2 (option 2): Hiring 101 – Understanding Your Role (Scotiabank Auditorium)
Hiring talent is one of the most important decisions a manager can make. It is a decision that will impact productivity, team engagement, reputation and progress towards achieving goals. Recruitment processes at Dalhousie University operate within a framework of collective agreements, handbooks, policies, and industry practices along with the application of Employment Equity through Affirmative Action. Understanding how these processes interact, why they exist and what role you play is critical for success. Talent Management is presenting this interactive session to educate participants on the complexities of hiring for bargaining unit positions at Dalhousie (NSGEU Local 77). This session provides an overview of the hiring framework and the various tools available to guide your decision making and interviewing. 
3 to 3:50 p.m.
Session 3: (option 1): Creativity at Work (Ondaatje Theatre)
Creativity is widely considered to be one of the most critical leadership competencies of the future and the key to unlocking potential in environments that are increasingly more complex and unpredictable. Laura Whitman is a creativity enabler and innovation specialist who has helped teams at more than 75 organizations in Nova Scotia tap into their creativity and use it to increase engagement, opportunity and collaboration within their workplace. For this session, Laura will share how-to advice for working more creatively every day and bust myths about the barriers you think are standing in your way. To get the most out of this conversation, come armed with a notebook, pen and your biggest question or stuck point about being creative at work. 
3 to 3:50 p.m.
Session 3: (option 2): Lean Project Management (Scotiabank Auditorium)
Drowning in paper? Wondering how you could possibly do any more with less? Think you could make things better, if only you had the time? Dalhousie’s Strategic Priority 5.7 aims to engage DPMG members in process improvement through an exciting leadership initiative. Eighteen employees will be selected to receive hands on, just in time training and support to lead collaborative, customer focused process improvement projects. Project leaders will engage colleagues across functions to define customer needs, map and analyze current business processes, and design and implement solutions. Could you be one of the eighteen project leaders? Come to this session to discover more.
3:50 to 4:20 p.m.
DPMG Award Presentation

Please join us as we celebrate the 2017 DPMG Award Winners!
4:20 to 4:35 p.m.
Closing Remarks and Prize Draw

You must be in attendance in order to win a prize
4:35 to 5:15 p.m.
End of Day Mixer

Enjoy some refreshment and chat with fellow DPMG members use as we cap off the 2017 DPMG Conference.