Western’s Staff Development Team inaugurated Western’s Staff & Leaders' Conference in February 2003. The conference includes keynote speakers, workshops and various tours—all available on campus. Staff from all areas throughout Western attend, at no cost, and rate the experience very highly. Below is a brief description of past conference activities.
In 2012, more than 1000 staff and leaders’ participated in the annual conference. Keynote topics included: "Survival Skills for Life and Work: Inside Discovery Channel's 'Eco-Challenge' " (Yvonne Camus); "The Future Ready Campus" (Ken Steele - Academica Group); "A Changing World: Through the Lens of National Geographic" (Joel Sartore); "Information Technology: Perils and Benefits" (Jesse Hirsh - CBC)
Concurrent sessions included workshops on:
Site tours included: Advanced Facility for Avian Research, 3D Anatatorium (Virtual Reality Theatre) and CSTAR (Canadian Surgical Technologies & Advanced Robotics).
In 2011, the theme was “Go Global”, inspired by Western’s strategies around Internationalization. More than 1000 staff and leaders’ participated in the annual conference. Keynote topics included: “The Courage to Shine” (Silken Laumann); “Secrets to Longevity – An International Photo Story” (David McLain, National Geographic); “How One Person Can Make a World of Difference” (Marc Kielburger); “Today’s Young Adults – Your Colleagues. Your Students. Your Kid.” (Max Valiquette); “College of the Overwhelmed – Mental Health on Campus” (Dr. Richard Kadison); “Western Go Global” (Julie McMullin); and “Researchers’ Spotlight” featuring Dr Fred Longstaffe and Dr. Sandra Smeltzer.
Concurrent sessions included workshops on career development, stress management, work-life harmony, intercultural communication, using the web as promotion, and global health at Schulich. Yoga and Cadio Hoop were the fitness options, and Western Serves: Conference Edition was back again this year.
Surface Science Western joined a list of favourite site tours, including: SimMan’s Family, AFAR, Map and Data Centrex, Western Archives, and an architectural tour of campus. “Western’s Got Talent” wrapped up the conference with song, dance and art from employees across campus. 4 Days and more than 30 Events!
Keynote topics included "Success Strategies" and "The Wealthy Barber" (David Chilton); "The Relationship Cycle" (Barbara Coloroso); "Changing the News, Changing the World -- One Step at a Time" (CBC's Mark Kelley); "The United Way: Perspectives on London & Middlesex" (Andrew Lockie); and "Designing Your Guilt-Free World" (Debbie Travis). This year we featured 8 Western researchers in two Western Researcher Spotlights to allow Western staff and leaders to gain an understanding on the exciting research happening around them.
Concurrent sessions included Take the 'Yawn' Out of Your Lawn, The 'Write' Stuff, Photography 101, From Pre-Marriage to Re-Marriage: Building and Sustaining Healthy Couple Relationships; Western Serves: Staff Edition, Discovering Yoga/Meditation, Microsoft Office 2007 "Crash Course"; Western Heads East, Do More Great Work, and Off-The-Wall Team Building.
Among the site tours were the new Advanced Facility for Avian Research, The Claudette-MacKay Lassonde Pavillion (Green Building), Western Archives, McIntosh Gallery, and the Glassblowing Facility in Chemistry. 51 Events over 4 Days!
In 2009, the theme was “Possibilities… Yours To Discover”, which invited the 1116 registered Western Staff & Leaders to discover the world of opportunity around them. With a focus on change and discovery, the conference was host to a variety of exciting speakers, concurrent workshops and site tours that invited members of the Western community to realize the possibilities in their own lives and around our own campus. Keynote topics included “4 Generations, 4 Approaches to Work” (Adwoa Buahene), “At Least I’ve Got My Health” (Brett Leake), “Our Changing World” (Kevin Newman), “Paul – The Path and The Person (Dr. Paul Davenport), “Leadership Lessons” (Western’s own, Denis Shackel), and more.
Concurrent sessions included Charting a New Path – Personal Budgeting Basics, Discovering Yoga and Meditation, Understanding Pensions, A New Rhythm, From Problems to Possibilities, Preventing Workplace Violence, The Science Behind Happiness and more.
ITS, Visual Arts, the Clinical Education Suite and more Western gems opened their doors for site tours.
41 Events over 4 Days!
In 2008, the theme was “Big Impressions…Small Footprints”, inviting campus colleagues to make big impressions professionally, personally and environmentally, while leaving small footprints as you go. With an emphasis on respectful workplace culture and environmental responsibility, this conference was packed with powerful speakers and interactive workshops. Keynote topics included "Crazy, Buzy, Nuts!" (Victoria Labalme), "Perspectives on a Planet" (Bob McDonald) "Mother Earth and the Political Frying Pan" (Gordon McBean) and "The Bully, The Bullied and the Bystander in the Workplace" (Barbara Coloroso). Concurrent sessions included Shiny Object Syndrome, Small Inbox - Big Outputs, Being at Your Best, Preventing Workplace Violence and more. We had the opportunity to showcase areas on campus such as the new Biotron, Robarts, Anatatorium and more. 36 Events over 4 Days!
The 2007 Conference broke registration records with 966 Western staff registered in a variety of session. The “special feature” of bringing guests resulted in 64 spouses/ partners/ family members attending designated sessions – and was a great success.
We heard inspiring messages from Liz Murray, encouraging to follow our “what-if’s”, enjoyed humourous moments with Dr. Brian Little as we gained insight into the world of “E’s and I’s”, found new perspective about planet with Dr. Thomas Homer-Dixon, started creating our “To-Done Lists” instead of “To-Do Lists” with Nora Spinks, and were truly impressed with leading edge Western Research on an HIV/AIDS vaccine “simplified” by Dr. C. Yong Kang. We have received numerous requests to bring back Michael Coleby for another cooking demonstration, and to repeat the ever-popular Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel. We enjoyed concurrent presentations from many of our very own Western experts, and celebrated with recipients of The Western Award of Excellence.
The 2006 Conference, entitled “Opening Doors – Discovering Talent”, included a wide variety of keynote topics including Technology (Evan Soloman), Leadership & Teamwork (Jude St. John), Discovering Passion & Possibility at Work (Denise Bissonnette), and Inspirational Life messages (Terry Evanshen). Western employees were recognized in the first annual “The Western Award of Excellence” – a true celebration of Western talent. Over 800 Western employees attended this very successful conference.
The 2005 Conference was entitled "Communicate! Relate! Create!" Topics included personal leadership, celebrating differences and rekindling the flame within. We learned about a Western's faculty and staff response to the HIV/Aids crisis in Africa. There was a Team Survival exercise and a Town Hall meeting with Dr. Davenport (President) and Gitta Kulczycki (VP - Resources & Operations). Evaluations were even more positive than in the past and staff at Western look forward to next year’s experience.
The 2004 Conference focused on keynote sessions and tours, again offered twice each to support workplace coverage. The Conference was entitled “The World of Work: Refresh, Reframe, Renew!” Again, attendance totalled 700. President Davenport opened the conference, and three of the six keynote speakers were Western professors. Topics included leadership in all roles, managing email, managing one’s own career, understanding the new “millennial” generation, global issues that research at Western helps to address.
The 2003 Conference was entitled “Learning, Working, Living” and included sessions on Generations in the Workplace, Research at Western, Employability Skills, Workplace Resilience, Continuing Education, Humour in the Workplace, and Personal Coaching. Most agenda items were offered twice to enable staff in work units to cover for each other back at the workplace. President Davenport made opening remarks, the Vice President, Resources & Operations, was actively involved as a host, and a number of Western Researchers and Staff involved in Research spoke about their work, including the Associate Vice-President of Research.
For more information about Western’s Staff & Leaders' Conference, call Cara Carson, Human Resources Coordinator, at 85581 or firstname.lastname@example.org.