HRSA ‘Evolution-21’ event explores impact of COVID-19 on workplace equity, diversity, inclusion and mental health

By Shady Hana

HRSA's Annual Conference and Expo focused on workplace equity, diversity, inclusion and mental health

Sheridan Human Resource Management (HRM) students, business learners, alumni and aspiring professionals gathered in a virtual forum on March 1 and 2 to discuss how the events of the past year are affecting Canadian employees and employers.

The Evolution-21 Conference and Expo, which was organized by the Pilon School of Business’ Human Resources Students Association (HRSA), was the second installment of the now-yearly event.

The HRSA is a not-for-profit, student-led association that aims to provide meaningful insights on the human resources profession and to challenge, support and provide valuable learning and networking opportunities for aspiring business professionals throughout the progression of their careers.

“I am feeling a new wave of inspiration”

Amanda Oreskovic, 2020 HRM Graduate

The conference, which featured the tagline “emerge, embrace and empower,” was offered as a free event intended for HRM students and business learners, alumni and aspiring professionals fueled by the generosity and thoughtfulness of a team of volunteer speakers, professionals, moderators and organizers.

Evolution-21 featured: keynote speakers; 16 concurrent sessions led by industry professionals, community leaders and motivational speakers; a virtual expo of industry professional associations and student clubs and organizations; and daily networking opportunities.

In all, 136 registrants from five countries were present.

“I am honored to be a part of the Evolution-21 conference today,” said HRM student Georgette Franjieh. “I have learned a lot.”

“I am feeling a new wave of inspiration,” remarked 2020 HRM grad Amanda Oreskovic.


Shady Hana (Ph.D., DBA, CHRL, CHRP, CPHRC, CT, PCCP) is a professor of  Human Resource Management in the Pilon School of Business.

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