Speaker Proposals

HRMA accepts proposals on an ongoing basis from qualified speakers interested in participating in our core professional development program. Proposals can be submitted through our online submission form.

Conference Speaker selection is done separately from our Professional Development speakers. Please leave your contact information here.  An email will be sent out around June 2016 regarding submitting a proposal for our 2017 Conference.

Prior to submitting the online form for our core professional development program, speakers are encouraged to read each of the following sections:


Speaker Benefits

HRMA provides speakers with the opportunity to:

  • Build their speaking and professional portfolio
  • Submit articles for consideration to HRVoice.org or PeopleTalk Magazine
  • Receive CHRP recertification credits
  • Receive constructive feedback on their presentation content through our evaluation process
  • Network with others in the HR community
  • Engage in a collaborative learning experience in which both speakers and participants benefit

HRMA requests that presenters donate their time and expertise. While HRMA does not pay honoraria, the association does pay event costs and eligible speaker expenses for the professional development sessions.

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Content That Works

Core program content focuses on skill and knowledge building that help grow the capabilities and impact of HR practitioners in BC. Content must be related to the seven CHRP Required Professional Capabilities (RPCs) as defined by the Canadian Council of Human Resources (CCHRA).

Proposed content also:

  • addresses a hot topic, current challenge or trend
  • emphasizes the application of strategies and use of tools (i.e.: more tips than theory)
  • uses case studies and real-world examples to illustrate how theory is applied
  • engages the audience in discussion and Q&A’s
  • considers the current state of the economy and of the labour market

Important: HRMA has a strict policy that presenters not actively sell their products or services during learning events. Knowledgeable speakers who provide the audience with useable and relevant information will easily pique interest and be asked for further resources.

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Submitting a Proposal

Please prepare the following required information – note that partially completed submissions cannot be saved in the online submission form.

  • Title and overview (1,000 characters or about 180 words)
  • Learning objectives (3-6 SMART objectives)
  • Strategies and tools (3-6 tools or strategies participants will practice with or take away)
  • Target audience description and level (emerging, mid-level, or senior)
  • Preferred format/length (half-day or full-day workshop, 1.5-hour webinar, or other)
  • RPC Alignment
  • Speaker name(s), contact information and bio(s) (1,800 characters or about 280 words)
  • Qualification summary(s) (including education, designations, awards, and publications)
  • References (three references; must be able to attest to your expertise on the proposed topic and/or your presentation style and skills)

Preference will be given to members of HRMA. Become a member!

When you have gathered your information, please proceed to the online submission form.

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Selection Process

Proposals are selected when:

  • Proposal is completed in full (e.g.: RPC’s, key take-aways’, references)
  • Topics are best match for programming (relevant, current, applicable)
  • Speaker has strong credentials and reputation in area of expertise
  • Past sessions are consistently well rated (where applicable)
  • Sessions adds value to the human resources and business community; supports HRMA’s vision, mission and mandate

Programming Process
Topics are determined yearly, based on the findings of a comprehensive province-wide learning needs assessment. Programming is thereafter scheduled quarterly.

  • Proposal submissions are reviewed monthly
  • Proposals are considered active for two years from the date of submission
  • Only selected speaker proposals will be contacted for scheduling

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