Management Forum Conference 2014-2015

The MFSC cordially invites you to our annual conference, Recognition and Appreciation in the Workplace

DATE: Monday March 23rd, 2015

LOCATION: New Residence Hall Ballroom, 3625 Avenue du Parc

COST: $75 (charged to FOAPAL)

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Wednesday, March 18, 2015

This conference will feature a full day of staff development sessions for McGill managers to engage, learn, and dialogue in addition to networking with their peers.
As in previous years, your conference registration fee ($75) will include access to the sessions as well as a light breakfast, lunch, refreshments and a networking cocktail following the event.
We look forward to seeing you there!

This conference is a sustainable event. Learn more here:   sustainability_information.pdf

Instructions for the use of the McGill Market Place (MMP)

McGill Market Place (MMP) Login (Note: the session with Nancy Adler has been cancelled so please do not select that workshop as an option in the MMP. Alternate selections will be used for those selecting this workshop.)

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CURRENT SCHEDULE (subject to change without notice):

8:00    Registration and Light breakfast

8:45    Conference begins - Welcoming remarks - Dan O'Connell, Chair, MForum Steering Committee

9:00    Plenary session - Keynote Speaker - Roy Saunderson, M.A. CRP, Recognition Management Institute - Rideau Inc.

10:15  Catered Break

10:30  Panel Presentations and Discussion on the Value of Recognition Practices at McGill University:


Suzanne Fortier, Principal and Vice-Chancellor; 

Michael Di Grappa, Vice-Principal (Administration & Finance);

Ollivier Dyens, Deputy Provost (Student Life & Learning);

Roy Saunderson, M.A. CRP, Recognition Management Institute - Rideau Inc.

11:35  2014 MForum Conference award recipient for a course with McGill's Executive Institute - Ioana Dumitru - sharing her learning experience.

11:45  McGill's Travel Services - introduction and brief presentation by Gloria Bachar

12:00  Buffet Lunch

13:15  Concurrent sessions I - See below for details

14:30  Health Break with Jill Barker, McGill Athletics

14:45  Catered Break

15:00  Concurrent sessions II - See below for details

16:15  Recognition activity

16:30  Closing remarks, followed by networking cocktail

Note: Afternoon sessions: There will be six separate concurrent sessions in the afternoon, presented over the two afternoon time slots. This will enable everyone to attend two of the six sessions. In order to ensure available space in each session, appropriate distribution will be accommodated by pre-selection of sessions. You may preselect on the registration form (preferable) or sign up for remaining available seats at the welcome table the morning of the conference.
Speaker and Panelists (in alphabetical order)

Nancy Adler - Professor, Organizational Behavior, McGill   Cancelled

Michael Di Grappa - Vice-Principal, Administration and Finance, McGill

Ollivier Dyens – Deputy Provost, Student Life and Learning, McGill

Suzanne Fortier - Principal and Vice-Chancellor, McGill

Johanne Houle – Director, Organizational Development, McGill

Norman O'Brien – Counsellor at McGill Counselling Service

Ryan Ortiz - Director of IT Customer Services, McGill

Karl Moore - Associate Professor, Strategy and Organization, McGill

Adrienne Piggott - Business Analyst, Application Solutions, McGill

Roy Saunderson – Chief Learning Officer, Founder, Recognition Management Institute, Rideau Inc. Video of Roy Saunderson

Concurrent Workshop Sessions:

Coaching Ourselves - Johanne Houle

A 60-minute guided discussion on the topic of Recognition to stimulate reflection on your day-to-day experiences, while networking, sharing and learning from each other.  CoachingOurselves was developed by Henry Mintzberg and Phil LeNir.
For more information on CoachingOurselves background, approach and topics, visit

Recognition and Appreciation in a Diverse Workplace - Adrienne Piggott

Managers who attend this workshop will obtain a better understanding of what diversity and inclusion mean and how to adapt recognition and appreciation to a diverse workforce.
What is diversity and inclusion in general?

McGill context:
 What we do (policies, practices ex. Safe Spaces, tools/resources)
 How we think we’re doing vs. how we’re doing
• Breakout session

1. Why do we need to consider diversity in terms of appreciation and recognition?
2. What are some challenges that we face in doing this?
3. Moving forward, what can we do/change to better consider appreciation and recognition in the frame of a diverse workplace?

• Rapporteur session
• Closing remarks/next steps

Happiness - Norman O'Brien

“Do you want to learn ways to become a happier person? Come learn about the science of happiness and discover how you can cultivate a positive mindset by taking in the good. Explore positive skills for leadership and the ways that positive emotions and happiness can lead you to be more successful in your endeavors.”

Managing Beautifully – Nancy Adler

Cancelled due to an unforeseen scheduling conflict.

Recognition Through Different Age Groups – Karl Moore

Based on his forthcoming book, Leading, Managing, Working With Millennials They Want To be Worked With, Karl will look at the Millennial Generation and give six key ideas on how work with under 35s more effectively.

Theme Team - Recognition (part of V.P. Michael di Grappa’s “MISSION: IM POSSIBLE" initiative) – Ryan Oritz.

We all get the theory, but doing it is another story altogether. This workshop will take a practical approach to incorporating recognition into you every day work life. During the session, participants will explore effective ideas for identifying recognition opportunities, seizing those opportunities, and turning them into memorable and meaningful recognition events. 

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