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Nov 20, 2012

See you in New Brunswick

Come visit Canadian HR Reporter at the Thomson Reuters booth at the Atlantic HR conference

By Todd Humber

I’m packing my bags and heading east to attend the 2012 Atlantic HR Conference in Saint John, N.B.

I’m excited about the trip primarily for two reasons. First, other than driving through it once in the 1990s without stopping on my way to Halifax, I’ve never been to Saint John. And two, it’s an opportunity to get out, network and meet some great HR professionals — which really is one of my favourite parts of the job.

In doing some preparation for the conference, which is being hosted by the Human Resources Association of New Brunswick (HRANB), I watched a video the organizers put together — you can view it on the conference’s homepage at

Paul Juniper, director of the Industrial Relations Centre at Queen’s University, is quoted in the video.

“I would recommend that HR people always attend conferences when they can,” he says. “If nothing else, because of the networking. It’s their opportunity to meet people and engage.”

I couldn’t agree more. This year’s event, taking place at the Hilton Saint John from Nov. 21 to Nov. 23, looks like a great one.

In addition to a strong lineup of keynote speakers and concurrent sessions, there’s also a tradeshow featuring more than 30 vendors.

If you’re attending the conference, please take some time to drop by the Thomson Reuters booth at the tradeshow. Whether you’re interested in writing an article for us, just want to say hello or if you want to discuss some of the hot topics in HR at the moment, we’d love to see you.

Plus you can pick up a free copy of Canadian HR Reporter, plus some other goodies.

Hope to see you there.

Todd Humber is the managing editor of Canadian HR Reporter, the national journal of human resource management. He can be reached at

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Couldn't have done it without the sponsors
Thursday, November 29, 2012 11:56:00 AM by Shirley Mitchell
So nice to hear such nice comments! As the chair of sponsorship for the conference, I cannot say thank you enough to all of the sponsors for this great event. We could not have done it without you and such great speakers. The keynotes were fantastic as well. I think the theme of "Building Bridges" was supported by all the sessions given last week and we had great networking opportunities. I know I collected a good number of business cards and met some great people.
Re: Great conference
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 2:23:00 PM by Brian Kreissl
I echo Todd's sentiment, having worked the Thomson Reuters booth at the Conference with him. It was a great Conference in a top-notch facility and location. And I've never met a more friendly and engaged group of HR professionals.

We found Saint John to be a fun city with some nice sights to see, and we both got to try the hottest chicken wings either of us had ever eaten. They were great (though somewhat painful to eat)!
Great conference
Monday, November 26, 2012 9:31:00 AM by Todd Humber
Agreed - it was a great event. More than 200 HR professionals attended the 2012 Atlantic HR Conference. It featured some really get sessions and a strong keynote finale from David Chilton, author of the Wealthy Barber and one of the stars of CBC's Dragon's Den.

The awards banquet was also a hit -- three top HR professionals were honoured. The team putting on the conference did a great job in organizing a top-tier conference.
New Brunswick Rocks
Friday, November 23, 2012 8:54:00 PM
Good to see Saint John holding an HR event of this calibre.