CIMA & WorkInCulture Presents: Modernizing HR for the Indies

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June 1, 2017
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Modernizing HR for the indies: executive-level professional development


Date: Friday, June 23, 2017, 10am-3pm (includes working lunch)
Venue: ildsjel - 4 Carlaw Avenue, Toronto, Ontario
Register: $50 +HST for CIMA members with code, $75 +HST for non-members.

Staff are one of the most important resources that drive small independent music organizations – and yet, it is challenging to find the time, expertise and budget to properly manage and optimize this resource. How can busy, successful music industry leaders embed human resources (HR) strategies into already busy portfolios?

In partnership with WorkInCulture, and presented by arts management leader Jeanne LeSage with special guest Sandy Lee, this session will take you through both the need to know (compliance, legal factors) and the nice to know (extended topics such as recruiting and performance management) of managing your people – all geared for leaders and organizations like yours.

A survey of CIMA members identified human resources as one of the biggest challenges faced by leaders of independent music companies in Canada. This session aims to provide executive-level information to address that perceived gap in our industry infrastructure.

Jeanne LeSage, CHRL.  Jeanne has a 25+ year career in arts management, starting as a theatre stage manager across Canada; 10 years at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) first in Theatre Operations followed by starting TIFF’s first Human Resources department; 6 years in international arts projects including the Arts Management Fellowship at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Managing Producer of the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, Deputy CEO of the Royal Opera House Muscat in Oman; and acting as Executive Director of the Kay Meek Centre for Performing Arts, a multi-disciplinary presenting centre in West Vancouver.  Jeanne is a Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL), is currently completing her MBA, and has launched the LeSage Arts Management consultancy in Toronto.

Sandy Lee, CHRL, ACC, is the Vice-President, Customer Success at Reddin Global. She leads her team to create high performance cultures at customer organizations through team use of The Emerson Suite. She helps customers foster excellence in management practices to drive employee engagement and business results.  Sandy comes from a Senior HR Professional background and is the former Director, Staff & Volunteer Resources with the Toronto International Film Festival Inc. (TIFF). She is also a member of the Executive Committee of the WorkInCulture Board of Directors where she provides guidance on building HR business skills for the arts and culture sector. Sandy holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Delaware.

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  • Agenda / Introduction
  • HR Framework / Context
    • What is HR
    • Why Worry About It
    • The Big Picture / Mission / Vision / Strategy
    • The HR cycle
    • The Nice to Know and the Need to Know
  • Core Values Exercise
  • HR Nice to Know:
    • The Extended HR
      • Overview of all functional HR areas
      • Focus on: Recruitment and Performance Management
    • LUNCH
    • HR Need to Know
    • Overview Compliance Environment:
      • Statutory (including New Ontario legislation)
      • Contracts / Civil Law
      • Human Rights / Discrimination
      • Health and Safety OHSA, WSIB
      • Labour Relations / Unions
      • Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA)
      • Bill 168 Violence in the Workplace
    • Revenue Canada – Employees vs. Independent Contractors
    • Employment Agreements and Policy Manuals
    • Management Challenges
    • Closing

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