View from the Bridge: Considerin​g expanding your business south of the border?

July 25th, 2014

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I hope you’re finding some time to enjoy the amazing summer weather we’ve been having!

Recently I had the pleasure of meeting with Karolynn Humberd St-Pierre.  Karolynn operates a very successful HR practice in the U.S.  Recently she relocated with her husband and family to Vancouver.  During our meeting we talked extensively about the differences between HR and employment law in the U.S. and Canada.   It quickly became apparent that having a clear understanding of the different laws and HR practices in the U.S. would help companies planning to expand “south of the border”. Read more

Considering Expanding Your Business South of the Border?

July 24th, 2014

Guest blog post by:  Karolynn St-Pierre, JD SPHR

hr implications of canadian business expanding into USA

You’ve thought about the legal, trade and tax implications regarding expansion into the US; but have you considered the HR implications?

Breaking into the U.S. market can be a highly rewarding endeavor for many Canadian businesses.  With a population of just under 400 million and a GDP of over $15 trillion, the potential benefits of moving “South of the Border” can be great but not knowing the differences in human resources can trip up even the most conscientious business owner and HR professional.  Read more

View from the Bridge: How do I establish an adequate reward system for my employees?

June 26th, 2014

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There’s been a lot of media around the new anti-spam legislation coming into effect on July 1. CASL will govern the use of some email marketing and social media campaigns. “View from the Bridge” was created in order to share information on current HR and training trends and best practices to select clients, colleagues and businesses. Read more

Vertical Bridge HR Consultant Wins Prestigious ICF Prism 2014 Award

June 16th, 2014

ICF Prism Award Winner
Vertical Bridge is thrilled to announce that Jennifer Gerves-Keen, one of our dedicated HR consultants, was the recipient of the coveted ICF (International Coach Federation) Prism 2014 Award for the work she has been doing together with Deloitte Consulting. Here is an excerpt from the press release sent out by the ICF:
“As a professional services Firm, our internal coaches lacked the knowledge and confidence to engage in holistic coaching conversations,” says Patty Tyers, senior manager, Deloitte Consulting. “Since working with Jen, the quality and depth of our coaching culture has improved significantly. Further we have expanded our commitment to coaching by continuing to develop an even stronger coaching capability in our leadership. “It takes a village!”
“From my perspective, The ICF 2014 Prism Award is a validation of what can be achieved when a coach and an organization work together to open up a dynamic organizational community that supports the individual while creating opportunities for the entire group to move forward.” said Jennifer Gerves-Keen.Congrats, Jennifer Gerves-Keen!

View from the Bridge: Science says you can teach an old dog new tricks

April 30th, 2014

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Over the last couple of months I’ve written about Room to Read and the Power of Ten Event. I am pleased to report that as a result of this amazing event held at Hycroft on April 17th, we raised enough funds to directly support over 68 years of girls education in the developing world! That’s an astounding 24,820 days of education.

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Organization Learning Thrives Informally

April 29th, 2014

Source: PeopleTalk April 2014 edition (BCHRMA)

Author:  Jennifer Gerves-Keen

IN A RECENT ARTICLE ABOUT CAREERS published in The Globe & Mail, Marina Glogovac discussed the relatively new importance of continuous learning as it pertains to ongoing success in today’s marketplace. According to Glogovac, learning to learn is the most competitively relevant skill for today’s world.

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