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HR Undefined 2019 Conference

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HR Undefined is CPHR Alberta’s largest annual event. It provides an environment where you can learn solutions to HR challenges through professional development and networking with Alberta’s HR pros. In April 2019, Human Resources and business professionals will meet in Edmonton, Alberta for professional development sessions, networking and community building at the CPHR Alberta 2019 Conference: HR Undefined: Explore +Innovate

What Does HR Undefined Mean?

More and more we see disruptors make huge waves in the business world – there’s no reason HR shouldn’t be right there with the other innovators. HR Undefined captures where our profession is today and anticipates how it’s evolving. Our signature annual event offers skills and tools for today’s challenges, and insights to prepare your business for tomorrow’s disruptions.

HR Undefined Keynotes


 Coretha Rushing


Coretha Rushing serves as SVP and Chief People Officer for Equifax (NYSE- EFX). Equifax is a global credit, data and analytics organization with revenue of 3 billion, currently based in 24 countries with over 11,000 associates.  She joined the organization May 2006 and has responsibilities for human resources, compensation and benefits, community affairs/special events, and customer and technical training. Ms. Rushing also has responsibilities for the Equifax Foundations.   At the beginning of her appointment, she immediately created a Global People Strategy focused on talent acquisition, creating a consistent global performance management system and new rewards strategy to support the new Equifax growth strategy.  

Prior to joining Equifax, Ms. Rushing was employed with The Coca-Cola Company from 1996 to 2004.  She served in several progressively senior roles including Senior Vice President and Global Chief People Officer, where she led all human resource functions for the global beverage company from 2000 to 2004.  During her tenure, she played an instrumental role is the resolution of the largest US racial discrimination lawsuit.  After leaving Coca-Cola, Ms. Rushing served as President of Cameron Wesley, L.L.C, a human resource strategy and executive coaching Atlanta-based firm.

Ms. Rushing also served as the Vice President, Human Resources for the Midwest Division of Pizza Hut, a division of PepsiCo.  Ms. Rushing began her global human resources career at IBM Corporation where she held several human resources management positions across all HR disciplines in various business units and locations.  She also worked as a recruiter and corporate training specialist with R.H. Macy’s & Co. and as Training Director for East River Savings and Loan in the Wall Street area of New York City.

Coretha is involved in many professional and community organizations.  She is currently serving a two year term on the Board of Directors as Chairman of the Board for the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), the largest global professional human resources organization.  Coretha also serves on the board of 2U, a public education software company and serves on the Compensation and Succession Planning Committee.  She is involved in volunteer efforts with Habitat of Humanity and several mentoring programs. Coretha was selected again by Black Enterprise Magazine as one of the 300 Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America (September 2012, 2015 2016 and 2017).


 Riaz Meghji


Riaz Meghji is the Host of Breakfast Television Vancouver, covering topics in current affairs, arts and pop culture, philanthropy, entertainment, sports, and business. Before transitioning to television, Meghji worked in radio; and before joining BT, he was a host with MTV Canada, CTV News, Bell Media, and the Toronto International Film Festival. He has spoken at TEDxSFU and hosted TEDxVancouver.

Meghji is the co-founder of nonprofit 1Karma, which has supported Covenant House, Aga Khan Foundation, and the Canadian Cancer Society by fundraising and raising awareness. He is also the originator of Every Conversation Counts, a website that shares insights from leaders, celebrities, athletes and philanthropists all with one common thread—memorable conversations about success, purpose, and life-altering moments. Raised in Delta, British Columbia, Meghji attended Simon Fraser University and received a degree in finance.


   Michelle Ray

Born in Australia and now residing in Vancouver, Michelle Ray is a leadership, change accountability expert and author who demonstrates a deep understanding of shifting one’s perspective and taking the lead in the face of top-of-mind workplace challenges. As a highly sought-after business keynote speaker for more than twenty years, Michelle has addressed thousands of audiences worldwide, delivering powerful messages on the importance of personal responsibility while bringing the best version of ourselves into every situation.

Michelle began her career in the media industry, managing sales teams for Australia’s leading radio and television networks affiliate stations. She helped generate record-breaking revenues for the world’s largest cinema advertising contractor in the midst of a severe recessionary climate. She has since worked with leaders and their teams of renowned brands in diverse industries including accounting, advertising, financial services, insurance, mining, oil and gas as well as government and not-for-profit associations.

In addition to her corporate background, Michelle broadened her leadership experience during her tenure as program director with Junior Achievement. She secured financial commitments and volunteer support from an array of corporations, facilitating enduring partnerships between youth, entrepreneurs and educators that helped educate future generations about business.

Michelle has earned the Certified Speaking Professional Designation, held by less than 700 people worldwide. She has been featured in renowned publications such as Inc., Investors Business Daily, the Globe and Mail and has appeared as a guest on numerous TV and radio programs including WCBS Opening Bell Report. She is the author of Lead Yourself First! Indispensable Lessons In Business and In Life.


Keynote Panel

Diversity is What You Have. Inclusion is What You Do.

CPHR Alberta presents a panel to generate awareness and create a dialogue to produce actions that recognize that diversity is an asset, not an obstacle. This will form authentic cultures of inclusion in organizations that will maximize skills and talent resulting in bottom-line results.