Morning Workshop - Understanding Diversity in Today's Workplace

Respect and productivity in the workplace come from a foundational understanding that we are different from everyone else. Sometimes these differences are the big ‘D’ differences such as race, gender or disability. Sometimes the differences that create judgment and conflict arise from small ‘d’ differences – how we see the world, whether we feel our values have been compromised or ignored, how we see the work should be done, even how we think our colleagues and leaders should behave.

If organizations do not understand these differences and how they relate to recruitment, retention and engagement, leaders often experience a revolving door of staff and declining productivity of those who stay.

In this three-part session, learn how we perceive diversity and why it is such a challenge for individuals and leaders, the core diversity areas affecting organizations today, and how Eastern and Western business mindsets create challenges in how we lead, delegate and communicate on the job.

Lunch & Resource Fair

Enjoy a catered lunch while you browse through the Resource Fair.  Employment organizations will provide valuable program information for both the employer and the employee.  We will also feature some key employers with current job postings.

Panel Discussions

This is the chance to ask questions and learn through dialogue. The first panel will be made up of employers representing various sectors in our region.  The second panel will feature immigrants representing a variety of skill sets.

Working Networking

In Canada we often say “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know”.  But what does that mean to an immigrant with no contacts?  What can they learn about networking and what can Canadian employers learn about attracting newcomers through networking?

Who you will meet at Connect 2017 Employer Resource & Job Fair

Community Futures Okanagan Similkameen promotes economic development by providing loans, training & advisory services to local businesses.

Valley First Credit Union offers a variety of career paths within a diverse organization—everything from serving our members in a branch environment, to specialized roles in areas such as insurance, marketing or technology services.

Okanagan College offers a wide range of academic, vocational, trades, apprenticeship and continuing education programs and courses.

At Interior Health we are looking for people who want to make a difference. We hire for a variety of positions all of which have different education requirements – high school diploma up to master degree levels.

The Mercan Group provides full-service international labour and employment services to both businesses and individuals seeking employment and immigration.  We have assisted over 42,000 Permanent Residents to Canada.

Unit Electrical Engineering innovate, engineer and manufacture solutions to increase mine productivity, supply power for commercial and industrial sites, protection and control systems for renewable power projects and electrify transportation systems.

The Penticton Library offers more than book resources, including on-line learning platforms like and Pronunciator, plus live learning programs.  They are a key resource for everyone.

Total Restoration Services is a leading restoration contractor, supplying the most complete and expert disaster restoration available in the Okanagan by using the latest technologies and state-of-the-art restoration techniques.

Accelerate Okanagan supports early stage entrepreneurs and career-changers, with programs to supply participants with the tools and resources needed to accelerate their idea to the next stage.

The objective of the Southern Interior Development Initiative Trust is to help grow and diversify the economy of the Southern Interior of British Columbia through economic development initiatives in 10 key sectors.

At Watermark Beach Resort we require individuals that are entrepreneurial, demonstrated team players and relentlessly customer focused.  The right candidates will be offered opportunities for personal and professional growth, and participation in a workplace that is progressive and unique.

YMCA WorkBC provide funding and services to job seekers and employers to help them find jobs and employees as quickly as possible.

Penticton & District Community Resources Society has been providing quality supports and services to communities for 50 years. We are often posting positions that have to be filled on a permanent, casual or temporary basis.

If you are interested in turning your skills into a meaningful, rewarding career with The Hamlets at Penticton, please contact us.  Many of our team members have served with us for a number of years, and their passion is evident through their daily interactions with our residents and teammates.

go2hr is BC’s tourism and hospitality human resource association. Through our programs and services, go2HR works with employers, educators and government to make BC a world leader in tourism human resources practices.

Sprott Shaw College programs are dedicated to providing relevant information and a quality educational experience for our students.  Our programs offer the necessary skills to reach your full potential and accomplish your goals.

Start Here Okanagan is your portal to living and working in the South Okanagan.  Use this site to find premier work and career opportunities while learning about the South Okanagan communities.

Windward System Five is a fully integrated business management software solution.  At Windward Software we look for candidates with excellent customer service and communication skills, a great work ethic and a natural drive to succeed.

The South Okanagan Similkameen Volunteer Centre is a registered non profit society and charity that provides access to resources and support services for volunteers, volunteer managers and volunteer based community organizations.