Executive Team Development helps college weather the 2020 storm
September 18, 2020

Portage College, along with Vivo Team, won a coveted Brandon Hall Group Bronze award for excellence in learning in the Best Team Development Program category.

“Organizations around the world highly value Brandon Hall Group Excellence Awards – so much so that we received a record number of applications in the middle of a global pandemic,” said Rachel Cooke, Brandon Hall Group COO, and leader of the HCM (Human Capital Management) Excellence Awards Program. “The awards provide valuable recognition and validation of best practices in all areas of HCM at a time when they have never been more important to both employers and employees.”

Award entries were evaluated by a panel of veteran industry experts, Brandon Hall Group analysts and executives. Their evaluation was based upon the following criteria: fit the need, design of the program, functionality, innovation and overall measurable benefits.

Excellence Awards winners will be honored at Brandon Hall Group’s HCM Excellence Conference, January 26-28, 2021.

“The Excellence Awards serve the critical function of reinforcing the essential business benefit of creating great experiences for candidates and employees,” Brandon Hall Group CEO Mike Cooke said. “All award winners must demonstrate that their HCM programs drive bottom-line business results. That’s what sets our awards program apart from all others.”

In 2019, Portage College engaged with Vivo Team to deploy a Team Development Program for a learning cohort consisting of all executive, deans, managers and supervisors.

In consultation and partnership with the CEO and VP People, Vivo Team set out a course of action based on the process of people analytics in learning and development. Namely collecting, measuring, analyzing, predicting, prescribing, delivering solutions, and reporting data with the aim to optimize and improve the executive team’s behaviorally-based performance, and ROI in dollars.

“Vivo Team training has highlighted the importance of internal collaboration and provided tools to support effectiveness. The managers involved have seen that the Senior Executives are serious about raising the bar on team accountability and leadership development. This was such a great experience and will pay dividends as we work together to roll out new cultural expectations defined in Portage’s newly minted strategic plan. The values of our College were so well reflected in the training – accountability, collaboration, inclusion, and success,” said Nancy Broadbent, President and CEO, Portage College.

Portage College has committed to continuous learning and development with Vivo Team over the next two years with a focus on team development and group coaching sessions.

About Brandon Hall Group

Brandon Hall Group is an HCM research and advisory services firm that provides insights around key performance areas, including Learning and Development, Talent Management, Leadership Development, Talent Acquisition and HR/Workforce Management.

With more than 10,000 clients globally and 25 years of delivering world-class research and advisory services, Brandon Hall Group is focused on developing research that drives performance in emerging and large organizations, and provides strategic insights for executives and practitioners responsible for growth and business results.

Brandon Hall Group Mission: Empower excellence in organizations around the world through our research and tools each and every day.

At the core of our offerings is a Membership Program that combines research, benchmarking and unlimited access to data and analysts. The Membership Program offers insights and best practices to enable executives and practitioners to make the right decisions about people, processes, and systems, coalesced with analyst advisory services which aim to put the research into action in a way that is practical and efficient.


About Vivo Team

Great leaders and strong teams aren’t born through one-off training sessions. That’s why Vivo Team cultivates long term, trusted relationships while developing your most precious resource—your people. An industry first, their Vital Statistics Report™ uses people analytics in learning and development to uncover remarkable behavioral insights and illustrates how they impact your bottom line. This data provides the building blocks for achieving true transformation through the delivery of live, virtual instructor-led training curated specifically for your unique needs. Get the C-Suite results you’re after—greater productivity and profitability.

The winners in the learning category are listed at https://www.brandonhall.com/excellenceawards/excellence-learning.php?year=2020

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Jaime Davies, Corporate Communications Manager 
780-623-5581 or email

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We acknowledge that Portage College’s service region is on the traditional lands of First Nation Peoples, the owners of Treaty 6, 8 and 10, which are also homelands to the Métis people. We honour the history and culture of all people who first lived and gathered in these lands.
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