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What makes recognition programs effective?


The Westin, 320 4 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2P 2S6

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What makes recognition programs effective?

Building a culture of recognition requires careful cultivation of the link between behaviour and outcome as well as awareness of the importance of recognizing employees regularly. This makes the tie to performance that much more transparent for employees.

Issues covered in this Speaker Series include:

- Which are the most effective recognition programs or practices that companies are currently using to promote employee recognition?
- Which recognition vehicles have employers started, or stopped, using?
- Insights into the greatest enablers of successful recognition programs.
- How can companies measure or quantify recognition outcomes?
- What are the main obstacles to program success?

Please join us for an informative Speaker Series reception.

    Date:  Tuesday, October 24, 2017


    3:00 pm - Guest Arrival & Networking 
    3:45 pm  - Welcome - Donovan Volk, VP Sales & Marketing, JWN
    3:50 pm - Sponsor Remarks:

                                        Sam Gagnon, Sr. Director, Client Solutions, O.C Tanner

                                        Caroline Berglund, Senior Consultant, Aon Hewitt
    3:52 pm -  Speaker Presentations:
                                      Gary Beckstrand, Vice President, O.C. Tanner Institute
                                       Neil Shastri, Leader—Global Insights & Innovation, Aon Hewitt

    4:25 pm - Q&A & Closing Remarks- Donovan Volk, VP Sales & Marketing, JWN
    4:40 pm  - Networking 
    5:30 pm - Event Conclusion

    The Westin Hotel
    320 4 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2P 2S6

    Meeting Room:
    Conference Level

    Exclusive Event Sponsors:

    OC & AON

    Event Speakers
    Gary Beckstrand, Vice President, O.C. Tanner Institute

    Gary brings nearly 30 years of research, marketing, and business development experience to O.C. Tanner. He has consulted with numerous Fortune 100 companies to assess recognition cultures, develop strategic solutions, and measure results. Prior to joining O.C. Tanner, Gary managed many well-known brands for global organizations, including Frito-Lay, Kellogg’s and Franklin Covey. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Brigham Young University and a Master’s Degree in business from Northwestern University. 

    Sam Gagnon, Sr. Director, Client Solutions, O.C Tanner

    Sam partners with organizations to help them leverage effective employee appreciation and recognition, positively influencing company culture. With insights, tools, cloud based solutions and thought leadership, local and global clients depend on O.C. Tanner’s extensive experience to shape strategy and align recognition to core values. O.C. Tanner clients include Suncor, Stantec, ATCO, Husky, Encana and many others. Starting with the WHY behind each recognition strategy, solutions are designed with the purpose of being timely, inclusive and specific. Sam has successfully managed new and existing relationships over the past 4 years at O.C. Tanner. As the economy shifts, he has been able to address client needs and opportunities to drive efficiencies and ROI.

    Caroline Berglund, Senior Consultant, Aon Hewitt

    Caroline is a senior consultant in Aon Hewitt’s Performance, Reward and Talent Practice located in our Calgary office. Caroline works closely with client organizations in planning and conducting various forms of employee research studies including employee engagement surveys, interviews and focus groups. Caroline is deeply passionate around teaching organizations how to understand and impact engagement.Caroline also has a zest for the topic of leadership and brings deep experience in training and coaching. She implements and delivers various leadership offerings from workshops to executive coaching.Caroline attended both the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg and Concordia University in Montreal where she studied Sociology and Political Studies.  She continues to be active in the pursuit of new learning.  Some of these diverse certifications include; Adept-15, Hogan, DDI facilitation, Dale Carnegie, EQ, DiSC, Business Acumen and TAS.  Caroline is a member of CSTD.

    Donovan Volk, VP of Marketing and Sales, JWN

    Donovan Volk, vice-president, sales & marketing, joined JWN in January of 2015.  He has over 20 years of experience in strategic planning, sales and marketing, operational management, product development, consulting services and service delivery through his roles at Xerox, Telus, CGI and VistaVu Solutions. Donovan has a B.Comm in finance and marketing from the University of Saskatchewan and is certified in Solution Selling and Pragmatic Marketing.  Donovan enjoys watching hockey with his wife (an avid Flames fan) and daughter but would rather be golfing in the sunshine.

    Neil Shastri, Leader—Global Insights & Innovation, Aon Hewitt

    Neil currently leads the Global Insights & Innovations team that forms a part of the Talent, Rewards and Performance vertical at Aon Hewitt. In his role he is responsible for leading select research initiatives and the development of articles, points of view, and white papers. Some of the recent studies performed by his group include People Trends Report, People Fuel Growth, Making Recognition Programs Successful, Next Generation CHRO Capabilities, Top Companies for Leaders, and the soon to be published Radford Talent Pulse in Technology and Lifesciences. Neil started off his consulting career with Aon Hewitt India, joining the firm as a Management Trainee in the year 2006. An engineer and MBA by education, he is involved in strategy and operations/ process consulting assignments and is responsible for project management and delivery. Neil is also the Subject Matter Expert on Aon Hewitt’s Macro Talent Development offer area which helps agencies such as the World Bank, and country / state governments help establish the Triple E linkage between Education, Employability, & Economic Growth