FRESH Ideas – Registration Now Open for 9th Annual Tourism HR Forum

Registration is now open for the Canadian Tourism Human Resource Council (CTHRC)’s ninth annual Tourism HR Forum.  Presented with co-hosts, the Alberta Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA), the national event will be held at the Edmonton Marriott at River Cree Resort from November 15 – 17, 2010.  With the theme, “FRESH Ideas: New Opportunities - Developing a Dynamic Workforce”, the forum will provide insight into meeting challenges around labour shortages by tackling topics such as the use of technology for recruitment and retention and the advantages of becoming an Employer of Choice.  Registration and the full program are available now on the HR Forum website.

The HR Forum provides a valuable networking and learning opportunity for tourism managers, human resource specialists, corporate trainers, association representatives, educators, and students from all across Canada.  Participants benefit from the chance to discuss and explore solutions to current and future HR issues that are, or will be, facing the Canadian tourism sector.  Delegates will be exposed to fresh ideas and will leave the Forum with new ideas for building a dynamic workplace and practical tools for addressing projected future labour shortages in their business or workplace.

This year’s keynote speaker is Nancy Greene Raine, Canada’s Female Athlete of the 20th Century, entrepreneur, and Senator.  Looking back upon her experiences as a tourism business owner, she will discuss the impact that the 2010 Olympics will have on the Canadian tourism industry and its workforce, highlighting the importance of setting goals, seizing extraordinary opportunities, and maintaining a positive attitude.  Speakers Ferio Pugliese (WestJet), Jesse Hirsh (Broadcaster, Researcher, Internet Guru), and Jim Knight (Hard Rock International) will share their unique expertise on topics ranging from online recruiting, leadership, and how to motivate employees to commit to excellence.

Last year’s HR Forum attracted 250 delegates from all across Canada to explore strategies for making the best of a difficult economy by persevering through present challenges while planning for future recovery.  With a major take-home message being “invest in people”, the Forum highlighted the necessity of strong HR practices during trying times.