The Ordre des CRHA et CRIA du Québec (Ordre des conseillers en ressources humaines agréés) is pleased to invite the media to its annual conference on October 2, 3 and 4.

Close to 2,000 human resources and industrial relations professionals are expected to attend this unique Quebec event, which will be celebrating the theme “Aim High!” this year.

At a time of labour shortages, growing demands to achieve a balance between work and personal life and intergenerational workplaces, HR management is a key strategic concern for employers. Join us to learn about best practices and new trends, as well as to discover the winners of the Défi meilleurs employeurs 2007 competition.

Don't miss Tuesday October 2:

8:45 a.m. - YES, HR PROFESSIONALS ARE NECESSARY!
(Presentation in English with simultaneous translation into French)

The HR function regularly comes under fire within organizations. In fact, many business leaders think that HR departments are expensive, that they make little contribution to their organization, and that they can give only a vague and confusing explanation of their role. Even the function’s supporters believe it is at a crossroads and that outsourcing and reassigning its tasks to operating managers could render it obsolete. This presentation will show that there are six sectors where HR departments make a significant and essential contribution to organizations. Our guest speaker will be Monica Belcourt, Ph. D., CHRP, series editor of the ITP Nelson Canada Series in HRM and a professor at the School of Administrative Studies. She is also a frequent commentator on HRM issues for CTV, Canada AM, CBC, Report on Business, The Globe and Mail, Canadian HR Reporter and other media outlets.

Don’t miss Wednesday, October 3:

3:15 p.m. - STÉPHAN BUREAU INTERVIEWS ROBERT DUTTON

This interview will introduce you to a Quebec CEO who considers people, culture, commitment and management ethics to be primary concerns. Stéphan Bureau welcomes Rona president and CEO Robert Dutton in an exclusive interview!

8:15 p.m. – ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE WINNERS OF THE DÉFI MEILLEURS EMPLOYEURS 2007 competition, organized by Watson Wyatt Canada, Affaires Plus magazine and the Ordre des CRHA et CRIA du Québec, in partnership with Emploi-Québec.

For a detailed conference timetable, visit