Tourism HR Forum Releases Exceptional Program

HR Forum 2009 Registration is now open for the Canadian Tourism Human Resource Council’s eighth annual Tourism HR Forum. This premier national event will take place at Montreal’s Delta Centre-Ville from November 23rd to 25th, 2009. This year’s theme, “On Your Mark! Get Set! Change!”, addresses critical human resource issues currently facing the tourism sector, including leadership and change management . Featured speakers will examine topics from three perspectives – Quebec, Canada, and the world – as the CTHRC and co-hosts the Conseil québécois des ressources humaines en tourisme bring together their annual conferences. Registration and the full program are available now at

The HR Forum provides a unique opportunity for tourism managers, human resource executives, corporate trainers, association representatives, and educators to gather. The Forum not only provides a venue to discuss today’s tourism sector, but also puts forward practical, relevant ideas and solutions for current issues facing the sector. Speakers will discuss a variety of timely HR topics, including employee engagement, qualification recognition, sustainability, and labour market trends. Delegates will be sure to come away with insight into addressing current and future challenges facing the tourism sector and, more specifically, their own businesses.

This year’s keynote speaker is Dr. Rick Johnson, Ph.D., founder of CEO Strategist and 30-year executive management veteran, who will share his wealth of experience in a talk on adapting to change. Plenary sessions include Alain Samson, an expert in the theory of persuasion, on how to retain the best staff, and a panel of stakeholders and industry association representatives on current HR trends and the vision required for a strong tomorrow. Closing keynote speaker Bryan Dodge, professional speaker, author, and radio show personality, will share his inspirational stair-step method to show how effective leaders achieve excellence through professional growth and personal development.

Sessions will be available in both official languages, either through the presenters themselves or the use of on-site translators. Additional activities for interested delegates include a walking tour of historic Old Montréal and an exclusive guided shopping tour of Montreal’s unique boutiques, shops, and galleries.

Last year’s Forum attracted 200 delegates from across Canada to discuss progressive, relevant topics and to showcase best practices in human resource development. The continued strong attendance illustrates the widespread realization of the importance of strong HR practices when navigating challenges in the sector.