Preparing for the Future of Human Resources

Preparing for the Future of Human Resources

Over the next five years, over 50% of jobs are forecasted to disappear because of technology, while certain occupations are experiencing increased demand, and new positions are emerging. Human resources is already experiencing dramatic changes in how we attract and retain people. At an exponential rate, our workforce will be working side by side with robots, and has already started to adopt technology that includes artificial intelligence, machine learning, and chatbots. We need to prepare our workforce for this change. This session focuses on the trends in human resources, and what best practices leading organizations are adopting for this digital workplace. It is said that we are going through the fourth industrial revolution and organizations need to consider what this means to their organization and their people. Those organizations that sit back and wait will not be in business five years from now.  

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Susan Power


Susan is Owner & CEO of Power HR Inc., a boutique human resources company focused on cultivating inspired leadership. Susan has worked as an HR professional her entire career, including at the global management consulting firm Accenture. Her philosophy on creating a world-class culture is that an organization needs to start by aligning its talent management strategy with its overall business plan. Susan is Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP), a Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL), has her Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Calgary, and a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Acadia University. 

Susan’s professional experience includes serving two years as a Director of Human Resources for J.D. Irving Limited. After ten months in a Director role in Transportation & Logistics, Susan was promoted to an Executive position to lead human resources for the Construction & Equipment Division. Susan returned to business ownership to focus on community prosperity through entrepreneurship. Small businesses are the future, and human resources plays a huge role in driving business growth and profitability.  Susan built a human resources consulting firm in St. John’s, Newfoundland (Higher Talent) where she consulted small to medium sized businesses. In 2016, Susan sold the business to a local entrepreneur, who continues to grow the business today.