Developing Creativity: Utopia or Potentiality?

With the Bootcamp on Learning Strategies less than five days away, ellicom is pleased to present a preview of the themes that will be covered by its speakers. On May 30, at the 2017 edition of Bootcamp on Learning Strategies, Ms. Houde will give a presentation and share her ideas on how to develop a culture of creativity within an organization.

By Nathalie Houde, President, iF::créativité collaborative

How would you define creativity? (more…)


Using Social Learning to Create Happiness at Work

With the Bootcamp on Learning Strategies less than two weeks away, ellicom is pleased to present a sneak preview of the themes that will be covered by its speakers.

By François Lavallée, President, Aliter Concept

Fake news: “Twenty percent of people are happy at work”

No, this isn’t another dismal statistic from a study conducted in some far-off country. In fact, it isn’t even a valid statistic. I recently attended a conference on organizational agility where one of the panellists asked the audience of one hundred people, “Who here is happy at work?” About twenty hands went up. (more…)

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Optimizing people skills in the workplace

With the Bootcamp on Learning Strategies less than two weeks away, Ellicom is pleased to present a little sneak preview of the themes that will be covered by its speakers. On June 1, from 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m., Renée Parent, Development Advisor at Desjardins Cooperative Institute, along with fellow DCI advisors Johanne Fournier, will bring her twenty-plus years of experience in the field of training to present a workshop on developing interpersonal skills, specifically the challenge of investing the necessary time and support.

By Renée Parent

A delicate subject

When we invest in employee training for workplace situations, we tend to focus on the knowledge and skills essential to the tasks at hand. However, their training cannot be complete without developing the people skills needed to ensure the desired performance. Addressing people skills is a delicate subject as there are no clear-cut methods for doing so Because we are touching upon an employee’s way of BEING, we risk hitting a nerve. Are we in danger of getting too personal? Can an employee really change the way they carry themselves? Do they need to change their personality?



Bootcamp 2016 ǀ The countdown has begun!

With the fourth edition of the Bootcamp on Learning Strategies less than two months away, excitement is already in the air… It is with great enthusiasm that we enter the final sprint before what has become an annual assembly of over 350 professionals from the Quebec training industry. The new partnership between Ellicom and l’Ordre des conseillers en ressources humaines agréés raises the bar even higher in terms of the speakers and organizations attending, as well as the overall participant experience. This year, we’ve opened our doors to include the world of education, marking the first time in Canada that both the corporate and educational realms will be able to share projects and best practices within the same event.


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Content curation

As part of Bootcamp UK , Martin Couzins, content strategist, curator, editor and producer from Itsdevelopmental Ltd, will present a workshop on ″How to become a brilliant curator″. In the following text, Martin Couzins will introduce you to one of the most popular topics in the field: content curation.

A recent report from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and benchmarking organisation, L&D: Evolving roles, enhancing skills, stated that: “L&D needs to continue to evolve and adapt in response to key drivers of change in the external environment.”



Accelerating Intergenerational Knowledge Transfer

At this year’s Bootcamp on Training Strategies, Marco Beaulieu, Head of Knowledge Management and Product Development Engineering at Bombardier Aerospace, and Laurent Simon, Associate Professor in the Department of Entrepreneurship and Innovation and co-director of the Mosaic research group at HEC Montréal held talks on detecting and transferring knowledge. Here’s a brief summary of what was said. (more…)

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How reflexive practice and iteration support knowledge transfer in an online training course

How can reflexive practice and iteration help create rich and user-friendly training courses? Lise Lecours, president of LE-COURS.CA, shared the keys to properly using these two approaches during the 3rd edition of Bootcamp on Training Strategies. Here’s an overview of what the audience learned during the workshop. (more…)


Explore new learning trends and integrate them into your leadership training programs

Learn how in just 20 minutes a day you can bolster your concentration, performance and, on a greater scale, your interpersonal skills

As part of the Bootcamp on Training Strategies, Alain Beaudoin, CEO, and Nathalie Doré, Practice Leader, Learning and Talent Management, both from IC FORMATION, led an interactive workshop on new trends in leader development training. One of these trends was more surprising than the rest: mindfulness.

Once you have maximized your performance through technology and training, what else can you do to improve yourself as a leader? “Learn, through mindfulness, to optimize your brain, which is your primary tool in a knowledge economy,” explains Nathalie Doré.


With its roots in meditation, mindfulness is a strategy for emotional regulation that directs attention inwards. According to Doré, “In a way, it’s an improved version of emotional intelligence, which has been a popular topic in recent years. Integrating mindfulness into training programs allows people to manage their energy and gain many other advantages.”

A recognized practice

The use of meditation in training programs is by no means new, assures Doré. “Meditation has been taught at Harvard for many years now. In the same way, McGill University offers meditation courses to its professors and students. UQAM has developed a mindfulness laboratory.” (http://dandeneau.uqam.ca/en/projects/mindfulness-thinking.html ) Here is a recent study conducted at Harvard confirming that mindfulness practices change the very structure of our brain: http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/inspired-life/wp/2015/05/26/harvard-neuroscientist-meditation-not-only-reduces-stress-it-literally-changes-your-brain/?tid=sm_fb. Another article published in OutwitTrade explores the benefits of meditation on different people: https://outwittrade.com/meditation-benefits-and-stories/. 

Concrete benefits

By developing mindfulness, we can observe our actions and thoughts, and better understand their impact. “We talk about being in the present moment, which allows us to better concentrate on tasks and better manage our energy,” says Doré, who believes this skill is essential for leaders in a globalized economy, subject to an unending stream of information. “It is increasingly difficult to stay focused in this environment. Above all, leaders are in contact with people who think differently, and must manage increasingly complex problems, especially when they are related to people.”

Leader-oriented training

Paradoxically, connecting with yourself through mindfulness allows you to be more open to others, and to be solution-oriented. This is a windfall for managers, who are constantly managing complex problems and making decisions. “It’s difficult to develop leaders, because they must have technical skills, but most importantly they must develop many interpersonal skills,” said Doré, who believes meditation can be a positive addition to trainings. “For example, it’s great to learn conflict-resolution or diplomacy techniques. But they will be much more effective if the leader is present, attentive and listening very carefully to others.”









Alain Beaudoin, partner and CEO of IC FORMATION, works on major and complex projects as a project manager, coach, and strategic affairs partner. He has more than 25 years of experience in training, consultation and organizational development.


Nathalie Doré







Nathalie Doré is an adult education specialist, occupying the position of Practice Leader, Learning and Talent Management. She has worked for over 20 years designing strategies and programs to hone employees’ expertise and interpersonal skills at all levels, thus increasing their levels of efficiency and commitment. Creative and passionate about knowledge assessment and transfer, she will help you develop or redesign your strategies and training programs.