Global connections in HR: An enlightening trek to South Africa (Guest commentary) Highlights from the IPMA-HR International Symposium on public HR managementBy Karen Pettit08/13/2007|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 08/10/2007 When I looked at the sign post that showed there were 3,000 kilometres to the South Pole and 19,000 kilometres to Vancouver, I knew I was a long way from home.I was in Cape Town, South Africa, attending the 32nd International Personnel Management Association — HR’s (IPMA-HR) International Symposium on Public HR Management in April. I trekked to the southern tip of Africa and met up with 55 delegates from around the globe. To top things off, a joint conference with the Public Service Commission of South Africa followed with 300 delegates — most of them from African countries. The learning at the symposium was nothing short of exceptional. Some common themes emerged.HR’s role in strategic planning To Read the Full Story, Subscribe or Sign In Remember Me Forgot Password If you are a current Subscriber, please click here to set-up or update your login information.