In collaboration with SFU School of Public Policy, IPAC Vancouver Group held a workshop titled “Learning Among Leaders: Career Transition”. Overlooking the Burrard Inlet and the North Shore Mountains, participants and speakers connected for a dialogue about how job and career opportunities are shaped by learning from, and among, leaders. The inspiring speakers engaged participants throughout the morning; the conversations were rich, innovative and challenged participants to reflect on their own leadership style. The session kicked off with opening remarks from IPAC Vancouver Chair, Blair Polychronopoulos, Senior Regional Manager of Real Property and Asset Management for Employment and Social Development Canada, followed by a high energy introduction by moderator Garrick Bradshaw, principal Consultant of GMB Management Consulting.
The key note address by Paul Mochrie, Deputy City Manager, City of Vancouver, filled the room with initial perspectives on leadership, proposing that "all leaders need to be operating with a talent management mindset." Hearing a senior Executive speak to the importance of succession planning and proposing strategies for doing something about it was informative. He also stressed the importance of talent management and investing in people, not just financially, but listening and helping individuals reach their full potential, commenting that "mentoring takes energy and commitment."
Susan Ney provided the audience with a riveting presentation on Emerging Leaders complete with fun examples and props. She stressed the importance of asking staff what they need to feel engaged and encouraged everyone to 'own it' when it comes to succession planning and learning. The importance of building trust was also emphasized, not being afraid to make mistakes and know your own potential, learn who you are and be true to yourself.
Participants engaged in a lively question and answer session with the four panelists consisting of Paul Mochrie, Deputy City Manager, City of Vancouver; Trish Sterloff, Executive Director, Corporate Succession Management, Talent Management Division, BC Public Service Agency; Teara Fraser, CEO, Raven Institute; and Filip Jaworksi, graduate student at Simon Fraser University’s School of Public Policy. The panel provided personal and organizational perspectives on how succession planning can work effectively and how to address challenges. One panelist suggested that "succession planning should be systemic and simplified." The panel also talked about how to learn from leaders at all levels, how asking good questions is important for constant learning and "knowing when to pitch ideas is key." There was agreement among panelists that "a good leader makes complex issues simple by understanding what matters."
This session showcased the rich dialogue and the true learning among leaders that takes place at IPAC Vancouver events.