Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

BIA Event: B2B Breakfast & Learn: Staffing Challenges

9 November 2022 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 am

Join us for our B2B Breakfast & Learn as we address the challenges faced by all industries when it comes to staffing! This event is FREE for all BBIA Members!
Wednesday, November 9th, 2022
7:30 AM to 9:00 AM
@ The Hampton Inn & Suites Ottawa West (125 Lusk Street)

From retail to professional services, all businesses are facing challenges when it comes to staffing. Join us for this breakfast session as we dig a little deeper to better understand recruiting, retention, and avoiding workplace harassment and violence with Julie Bélanger (Sodexo Canada) and Kenneth McCarthy (Integrity by McCarthy). This interactive session will feature a Q&A and networking opportunities and attendees will be treated to a light breakfast during the session.


This event will likely sell out so we encourage you to register early. We may look at adding an extra session if scheduling allows. Pre-Sale Registration for Barrhaven BIA Members opens on Friday, October 14. Tickets will be available for non-members on Wednesday, October 19th.

Admission is FREE for Barrhaven BIA Members and $15 per person for non-members. Not sure if you are a member? Please email marketing@barrhavenbia.ca to confirm.

About our Speakers:

Julie Bélanger has been working in Retail and Hospitality for over 30 years. She is currently Director of Operation for Sodexo Canada, overseeing a portfolio of Food and Facility Management services in Ottawa, the GTA as well as Western Provinces. Prior to working with Sodexo, she worked in hospitality and she was a Hotel General Manager for 10 years with Marriott, Starwood and IHG brands. More recently, Julie performed the duties of HR Business Partner for Sodexo where her operational experience was put to good use in Developing talent.

Sodexo Canada employs over 8000 employees in various sectors including Corporate Offices, hospitals, universities, and remote sites such as mining camps. The company was founded over 55 years ago in France and is present in over 75 countries, employing over 400 000 people.

Julie will talk to us about recruiting and retention – and how retention starts at the interview and continues through the whole employment process.


Ken McCarthy is the President of Integrity by McCarthy inc. Ken retired from the Canadian Public Service in 2020 and created Integrity by McCarthy Inc. to raise the bar in how organizations deal with matters of workplace harassment, violence, wrongdoing and fraud. He has seen the devastating consequences on individuals and organizations and set out to make a difference. Ken has led a workplace investigation program for a workforce of over 15,000 employees. He has also provided executive oversight in more than 500 workplace investigations and has designed and delivered investigation training sessions to 500 front-line managers. Ken is based in Ottawa, Ontario.

Integrity by McCarthy Inc. is a Barrhaven based family business that helps leaders protect their reputations, their organizations, and their employees by creating proactive solutions and prevention strategies for workplace harassment, violence, wrongdoing, and fraud.

Ken will talk to us about workplace harassment and violence prevention. Did you know 90% of potential employees research the culture of a company before accepting a role? Did you know that up to 30% of hospitality workers will not return to their jobs because of past sexual harassment by customers, managers and coworkers?

If you want to attract and retain great workers, you need to have a stellar reputation as an employer.

A visible commitment to harassment and violence prevention is your first step in setting yourself apart from your competitors and in making your business attractive to the best talent.

As well tarnishing your reputation, workplace harassment and violence incidents can also lead to:

  • High staff turnover – employees leaving a troubled working environment for somewhere else
  • Absenteeism – employees not coming into work due to avoid harassment and violence
  • Presenteeism – employees becoming disillusioned with their jobs and only doing the bare minimum in work, or not working and simply putting up a front of working
  • Employee burnout – mentally-exhausted employees can lead to all kinds of problems, including further harassment and violence incidents!


The Hampton Inn & Suites Ottawa West
125 Lusk St
Nepean, ontario K2J 6S5 Canada
+ Google Map
View Venue Website