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An Introduction to Concepts of Gender Identity and Best Practices to Support an Employee Transitioning Their Gender in the Workplace (CPHR CPD: 1.5 hours / Competency: Employee and Labour Relations)

When: March 13, 2018
1:30 - 3:00 pm (log-in 1:15pm-1:30pm)
Where: Online Webinar

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CPHR Nova Scotia is pleased to partner with CPHR BC & YK on this learning opportunity.

CPHR CPD hours: 1.5

An Introduction to Concepts of Gender Identity and Best Practices to Support an Employee Transitioning Their Gender in the Workplace

We are currently witnessing the increase of awareness about transgender issues in what Time Magazine (June 2014) has dubbed the 'next civil rights frontier'.  In 2016, the Trudeau administration introduced Bill C-16 to provide transgender people with full rights and protections in the Canadian Charter of Rights.  As the political, social, and legal landscape improves, more transgender people feel comfortable to share their innermost truth regarding their gender identity within the workplace.  Are you ready to support the transitioning employee as well as their co-workers and clients with this change?

Transition planning entails a systems approach to identifying and discussing a complex set of interrelated factors that require sequenced coordination to allow an employee, their co-workers, and possible clients to smoothly and to confidently transition their gender on the job.  Through the use of transition guidelines, you can work with the transgender employee to consider how to best engage co-workers and possible clients.

For many, transgender issues in the workplace are new territory.  Concepts of gender identity may feel overwhelming.  The presenters bring an open and friendly approach to provide a session that aims to be highly interactive and engaging.  In particular, through evocative icebreakers we begin by situating attendees with their own experiences of gender identify to demystify, clarify, and reduce the trepidation and hesitation typically associated with this topic.  Participants will be introduced to concepts of gender identity as well as the unique challenges and barriers faced by transgender employees.  The session will also summarize broad themes of best practices and lessons learned from TransFocus' work supporting companies and their transitioning employees.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understanding key terms, such as gender identity, transgender, gender variant and transition.
  • How to respond and prepare for an employee approaching you with the intent to transition their gender in the workplace.
  • Identify key areas where companies can ensure the workplace is inclusive to transgender employees and applicants.

Who Should Attend
All HR Professionals


Kai Scott identifies as a trans man and is a social scientist educated in the field of International Political Economy and Development.  He applies his skills and experiences to support organizations with developing and implementing transgender inclusion policies, practice, and measures with additional expertise in social effects of resource development on people and communities.  With 12 years of experience, he has developed and facilitated long-term, complex processes involving multiple stakeholders with varied objectives, capacities, and interests.

Drew Dennis is transgender and does not identify along the gender binary of man or woman, using the pronouns they/them.  Drew's education in business at Western University prepared them to become a leader in understanding social impacts within the concept of organizational bottom lines.  As the co-founder of Out in Schools, they led the development and design of creative and engaging LGBT curriculum for high schools across BC.  Tides Canada named Out in Schools one of the Top 10 Organizations in 2011 to build innovative solutions to complex social issues.  in 2014, along with Kai Scott, they co-chaired a Task Force that introduced transgender inclusion measures to the Vancouver Park Board.  Building upon their collective experiences, in March 2016 Drew and Kai launched TransFocus Consulting providing transgender resources to policy makers, employers, and leaders across diverse sectors.  TransFocus has supported employee gender transitions within the workplace for several private sector companies and collaborated with the City of Vancouver to develop a comprehensive set of recommendations towards strengthening transgender inclusion across the city's facilities, operations, and services.

1:15 pm - 1:30 pm: Login time
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm: Presentation

All login information will be sent to registrants via email the day prior to the session.



Early Bird Rate (until March 2nd)
CPHR NS Members $65 plus 15% HST ($74.75)
Non-Member $95 plus 15% HST ($109.25)
CPHR NS Student Members $35 plus 15% HST ($40.25)


Price after March 2nd
CPHR NS Members $85 plus 15% HST ($97.75)
Non-Member $115 plus 15% HST ($132.25)
CPHR NS Student Members $55 plus 15% HST ($63.25) 


How to Register

Every person attending this webinar must be registered (and paid for) individually.

Registration for this webinar by clicking on the register for this event link above. All registrations must be online using the above link.

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The registration deadline is 12 noon on Thursday, March 8, 2018.  Please note that registrations are not possible after online registration has closed.  

Important note: Both registration and payment are required for every person attending this webinar.

All log in information will be sent to registrants via email the day prior to the webinar session.  If you do not receive the information the day before the session, please contact our office at (902) 446-3660 option 1.


Payment Terms

Payment is due within 30 days of registration or by the registration deadline of March 8, 2018 (whichever is earlier). Payments may be made conveniently online by Visa/Mastercard at the time of registration or by cheque received by the registration deadline. Cheques must be received within 30 days of registration or by March 8 (whichever is earlier) by CPHR Nova Scotia at 84 Chain Lake Drive, Suite 103, Halifax, NS B3S 1A2. Registrations February 22nd or later must be paid by Visa/MC at time of registration.

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Cancellation Policy

A full refund, less a $40+HST processing fee, will be issued for cancellations received in writing by February 27th at 12:00 noon. Those who make reservations and do not attend will still be required to pay for the full session fee. Cancellations received by CPHR Nova Scotia in writing by 12 noon on February 27, 2018 will only be charged the processing fee. Substitutions are permitted if received by March 9 at 12:00 noon (for substitutions, the registrant must advise our office of their replacement in writing by 12 noon on March 9th including the full name, email and phone number of the substitution). Member/non-member rates will be applied to the substitutions. This cancellation policy applies regardless of date of registration. Registrations after the cancellation deadline are non-refundable.

By registering, you agree to the Cancellation Policy.

Chartered Professionals in Human Resources of Nova Scotia
84 Chain Lake Drive, Suite 103 / Halifax, NS / B3S 1A2
Telephone: (902) 446-3660 / Fax: (902) 446-3677