Workforce Summit February 2022


The Chilliwack Economic Resource Network (CERN) is presenting its 2022 Workforce Summit in an online format from February 9th to 10th, 2022. The program will be delivered ONLINE over two days utilizing a comprehensive interactive virtual event platform to enhance the Summit experience. So regardless of where you are in BC, you will have the opportunity to learn unique and dynamic strategies to deal with the current workforce shortages. This summit is truly about the Power of People.

Location: Online Event – Attend Virtually


8:30 – 8:45 am
Daily Welcome – Open Summit
8:50 – 9:50 am
Keynote –  Working and Leading in a Time of Reconciliation by Len Pierre
10:00 – 11:00 am
Panel Discussion: Retention & Attraction with moderator Veronica Lyver, Estelle HR
11:05 – 11:50 am
The Power of the Employee Experience -5 Ways To Retain & Attract Staff presented by Yvette Wu, Subtext Consulting
11:50 – 12:00 am
Closing Day Presentation & Summary


8:30 – 8:35 am
Daily Opening
8:35 – 9:25 am
Keynote – The Power of DEI by David McLauren
9:30 – 10:30 am
Panel Discussion: Rethink Workforce Solutions with moderator Nicki Bullock, Culture Co
10:35 – 11:35 am
 The Power of Philanthropy in Employee Retention presented by Sharon & Christina, Giving Well
11:35 – 11:45 am
Closing & Recap

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Speaker Bios – Day 1

Len Pierre: Working and Leading in a Time of Reconciliation

Len Pierre is Coast Salish from Katzie (kate-zee) First Nation. Len is an educator, consultant, TEDx Speaker, social activist, traditional knowledge keeper, and cultural practitioner.

He is in the final stages of his Master of Education degree from Simon Fraser University focusing on curriculum and instructional design. His experience includes Indigenous education and program leadership from various health organizations including the First Nations Health Authority, Fraser Health Authority, and the Canadian Centre for Mental Health and Addiction.

As an agent for change, Len leads and advises for systemic transformation in universities across North America. He specializes in the development of educational programs and services with decolonization and reconciliation as its core values. He comes to us with an open heart and open mind and hopes to be received in the same way.

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Yvette Wu

Yvette Wu: The Power of the Employee Experience – 5 Ways to Retain & Attract Staff

With 15 years of experience in strategic consulting, Yvette has led within Fortune 500 companies, medium and large-scale social enterprises, and fast-paced tech startups.

Her diverse industry and corporate background lends a unique mash up of experiences and skill sets. Through her DEI practice, she has supported many brands including Sony Image Works, Innovate BC, The Forum, League of Innovators, Jillian Harris Designs, Canadian Health Institute for Research, to name a few. She is passionate and eager to use business as a force for systemic change in the realms of social justice and equitable climate action.

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Speaker Bios – Day 2

David McLauren:The Power of DEI

David is helping companies with proven strategies, practical tools, and sustainable outcomes through leadership and diversity.

He speaks five languages, brings a wealth of education, proven strategies, and expertise to businesses, and brilliantly helps companies increase their profits and productivity through diversity.

David is a highly sought-after keynote speaker, facilitator, expert on Leadership, Diversity & Inclusion, Sales, Change, Productivity, Business Growth, Sales.

He consistently energizes, educates, and empowers his audiences.

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Sharon Davis: The Power of Philanthropy in Employee Retention

Sharon had a lengthy career in Investment Finance before shifting her focus to the nonprofit community, introducing best practices to elevate their fundraising capability, awareness, and growth.

The opportunity to bring non-profits and business together as partners was the catalyst for Giving Well.

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Christina Labarca: The Power of Philanthropy in Employee Retention

Christina holds a BA in Adult Education and a Masters of Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership from Carleton University. 

Christina has always looked for ways to give back and over the years has fundraised, volunteered and supported numerous local and international charity organizations.

Learn more about Christina at

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