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Webinar | Navigating Leaves of Absence: Understanding Employee and Employer Responsibilities

04 Apr 2024
Register by April 3, 2024

This session explores how to navigate and manage leaves of absence by applying inclusive practices to different leave scenarios that occur in the workplace (e.g., maternity/parental leave and medical leave). These leading practices are outlined in the document Managing Transitions: Before, During, and After Leave, released by Engineers Canada and Geoscientists Canada.

Session Learning Objectives

As a result of attending this session, participants will be able to:

  • understand the organizational business case and impact from implementing inclusive practices surrounding leaves of absence.
  • identify leading practices for individuals, leaders, HR professionals, and organizations for different types of leaves:
    1. Individuals will learn what proactive steps and actions to take before, during, and after leave.
    2. Leaders will learn how to go above and beyond what basic legislation requires to encourage continued individual success and promote an inclusive workplace.
    3. Organizations and HR professionals will learn how to build an environment of inclusion and belonging, while maintaining business continuity.
  • reflect on various ways in which individuals, leaders, and organizations can practise inclusivity through leaves of absence, within their own workplace context.

Brought to you by the Lethbridge Branch. Everyone is welcome to attend.

For any questions about this event, please contact [email protected].

About the Presenters

Aliesha-Hart-Stone-HeadshotAliesha Hart Stone is the equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) manager with APEGA and manages initiatives working towards advancing inclusion within the engineering and geoscience professions. She holds a bachelor of arts honors degree in women’s and gender studies with the University of Alberta. She began her career in advocacy and social services working for Alberta non-profits fostering inclusion and belonging for equity-seeking communities. Aliesha has an extensive background in stakeholder engagement and led an EDI-focused initiative bridging the unemployment gap for youth with developmental disabilities. She is passionate about advancing opportunities for women and all equity-deserving groups in our communities. 


Sheryl RasieSheryl Rasie, E.I.T., is an equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) coordinator with APEGA. She is responsible for planning, coordinating, and executing tasks aimed at advancing gender equity within the engineering and geoscience professions in Alberta. Sheryl holds a bachelor of science in materials engineering from the University of Alberta and has technical experience in pipeline integrity as an engineer-in-training. Her background with EDI stems mainly from her time with ATCO as a lead for the Visible Minorities Subcommittee for the Utilities Business Unit. Her group fuelled initiatives geared towards generating awareness and addressing issues surrounding racialized groups in the workplace. Sheryl is currently working towards earning both her professional engineer designation and a Canadian certified inclusion professional designation. 



  • Speaker:
    Aliesha Hart Stone and Sheryl Rasie, E.I.T.
  • Cost:
  • Eligible CPD Hours:
  • Registration Deadline:
    April 3, 2024