Engaged workplace: Creating cultures of leadership, inclusivity, wellness and innovation

9:15 am

Opening keynote session

Women in leadership: Moving the dial on inclusiveness and closing the gender gap

Companies perform better when they fully engage women as leaders – sending a strong gender diversity message, attracting and encouraging others to reach for similar opportunities and providing role models and mentors. It’s a difference that HR Leaders have the power to make!


Join Jodi Kovitz – world’s biggest women in business advocate – in an opening keynote focusing on inclusiveness in the workplace and starting your journey towards increasing the number of women in leadership in Canada. In the spotlight:

  • Why female empowerment is the key to the future of Canada’s economy 
  • How can we strive to empower women and reduce the gender gap?
  • How can we get more women on boards and in executive roles?
  • How can we support women in leadership roles?

Jodi Kovitz, CEO & Founder, #MoveTheDial

11:00 am

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11:45 am


Take the plunge: Dive deeper into technology as a change agent for your organization

It’s a digital landscape out there. People practices are evolving. Technology is advancing rapidly. Organizations are
transforming to keep pace. And HR is sitting at the intersection of all of these factors.

Join David Heather – VP of HR at ADP – to learn how HR Leaders can drive productivity, innovation and create new opportunities for businesses by creating an actionable vision to embrace technology as a tool for change.

Drawing on research and insights, we will explore:

  • Global technology trends
  • The impact technology has on the Canadian economy
  • What HR Leaders can do today to embrace technology
  • How to drive employee meaning by understanding the disconnect between employee and employer

David Heather, Vice President, Human Resources, ADP Canada

Identify and activate the hidden potential within your organization

How do you identify future leaders within your organization today – especially with the barriers and challenges that prevent hidden leadership talent from surfacing.

Why wasn’t leadership potential spotted in the first place? Why are highly talented people struggling to overcome certain hurdles?

  • Explore the business implications of missing hidden talent
  • Learn how to identify your hidden talent and change how you think about potential
  • Myth-bust your diversity assumptions - gender, generation, and functional background - that cause a failure to unleash the underdogs
  • Self-audit your business readiness to unleash hidden potential and learn the proven practices to ignite change based on a global database of 20 years and 50,000 leaders

Mathieu Baril, Managing Director, DDI Canada

Annie Framand, Senior Consultant, DDI Canada

12:30 pm
1:30 pm


Leadership development for HR: Crushing Imposter Syndrome in its tracks

We all hear it. That little voice inside your head that quietly says “but I’m not ready … what if they find out that I’m an imposter”? It’s Imposter Syndrome; the feeling that, no matter how qualified you are, you’re not good enough to be doing what you’re doing.

But there’s a difference between not being qualified and not feeling qualified.

Women often spend inordinate amounts of time attributing successes to accident. Failure comes from lack of skill and ability. Success is just down to luck. How does that make sense?

Join us to learn seven key steps to crushing imposter syndrome in Its tracks.

Denise Roy, Vice President, Human Resources, Cardinal Couriers

Innovation on a budget: Meeting Leaders where they are to give them the tools they need to succeed

In the era of Google and Buzzfeed, people are used to having information at their fingertips. Coupled with reduced attention spans and a fast-paced sector, how can learning in a corporate context compete? Sienna Senior Living owns, manages and operates more than 85 Long Term Care and Retirement Residences in Ontario and British Columbia; each its own unique microcosm of leaders and team members. We’ve almost doubled in size in under 5 years and continue to grow. Our challenge? How do we continually engage and grow the team of more than 12,000, while supporting the business objectives of a rapidly expanding company?

Answer: by meeting people where they are. By asking questions. By keeping it simple and fun and relevant. Their recipe takes minimal investments in technology, adds communication and relationship building, and mixes in smart learning strategies.

The result: finding, growing and keeping the best....

Leanne Joffre, Senior Director, Sienna Senior Living

Farheen Nathoo, Senior Manager of Learning and Development, Sienna Senior Living

2:15 pm

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3:00 pm

Panel discussion: Building strong cultures that foster employee engagement and high performance

Successful organizations will be sharing the secrets to creating cultures that foster high performance and innovation in this unique panel discussion. Canada’s leading Chief Human Resources Officers reveal how to strengthen HR’s business impact in this age of transformation, including:

  • Adapting cultures to demographic changes and values in evolving work environment
  • Best practices for engaging multi-generational talent, including work-life integration in a multi-generational workplace 
  • How to manage and embrace generational differences
  • What cultural changes need to be made to engage employees so they can reach their maximum potential?
  • Examples of innovative ways for motivating employees
  • How to create a sense of belonging at work and promote wellness in the workplace
  • How do we create healthy workplaces that are engaging to employees?
  • Why engaged organizational culture results in increased performance levels and not the other way around
  • How to drive performance through workplace culture
  • How to address negative and toxic culture and shift it in the positive direction

Alana Free, Vice President, People and Culture, GoodLife Fitness Clubs

Christine Song, VP, People & Culture, BioConnect

Gena Restivo, Vice President, Human Resources & Communications, AstraZeneca Canada

4:00 pm

Closing keynote session: Culture of innovation: How can HR leaders help develop innovative and creative thinking within their organizations

No-one understands the intersection of creativity, business and technology better than entrepreneur Shawn Kanungo. Over 12 years working at Deloitte, Shawn helped corporate executives to better understand both the opportunities and threats of disruptive innovation.

In this eye-opening closing keynote, he’ll teach you:

  • Why 2018 is the greatest (and scariest) time to be in business
  • How to develop innovative, creative thinking within the confines of an organizational structure that does not always support new ideas
  • Learn how organizations successfully experiment with technologies and business models at the edges
  • Learn from Shawn’s experience on the battleground of building culture with clients and internally
  • And more!

Shawn Kanungo, Innovation Strategist;  General Partner of Queen & Rook Capital, Top 40 under 40; Inc. Magazine’s 100 Most Innovative Leadership Speakers in 2018

9:00 am

Morning Workshop: Moving Beyond Performance Management

Performance processes can often have a bad reputation – but when used correctly they’re a powerful tool for enacting change. Yet many organizations focus too much on the results and lose sight of what’s most important: the people.

The good news? We can fix this. We can ditch the one-off, one-way annual evaluations and adopt ongoing, growth-oriented conversations and AI-driven recommendations that spur personal development and ignite performance. New technologies are emerging that transform performance from an evaluative to a performance development for the entire organization. The transformation is underway – helping people to discover, unlock, and fulfil their potential.

Learning objectives:

  • Discover how companies are transforming performance management into performance development
  • Let go of your dependence on annual events to help you determine compensation decisions and move to continuous conversations
  • Gain ideas to transform your managers into coaching leaders armed with meaningful data to motivate their people and teams.

Cecile Alper-Leroux, VP HCM Innovation

10:00 am

Opening Keynote session: Global trends and innovations in diversity & inclusion

There’s constant pressure on today’s leaders to make their organizations more diverse and inclusive – and they need to understand the latest trends and challenges in D&I to effectively help shape their business and people strategies going forward.

Join a prominent global D&I leader for an overview of the latest trends, challenges and innovations to shape the future of a diverse and inclusive workplace.

  • Multigenerational workforce and age discrimination, #metoo movement, women in leadership roles, board diversity, gender and race diversity, supporting LGBTQ employees, cultural and ethnical differences in the workplace, creating a culture of belonging, diversity of thought, identifying and eliminating unconscious bias, etc.: How are these trends shaping the future of work?
  • What does it take to be on the forefront of diversity and inclusion?
  • How can we foster inclusive workplace cultures, challenge preconceived notions, build bold new best practices and prepare for a diverse and successful future?
  • What are forward- thinking companies doing in the area of diversity and inclusion? What are some of the latest inclusion innovations?
  • How can we work towards diverse and inclusive future?

Rachel Williams, Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion, StubHub

10:45 am

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11:30 am


Building A Best-In-Class Employee Experience with Benefits

Mike Serbinis – CEO of League, serial entrepreneur and visionary with over $1B of exits – fronts an insightful session on building a best-in-class employee experience with benefits.

Employees have come to expect the same level of personalization, flexibility, and always-on service in the workplace that they have in their everyday lives. This is an opportunity for organizations to differentiate themselves from others and provide employees with experiences reflective of consumer experiences.

Learn about: 

  • Changing market dynamics: the employees of the past, present and future
  • Changing employee expectations
  • Four recommendations for crafting a best-in-class employee experience

Mike Serbinis, Founder and CEO, League

Driving employee engagement through career exploration at your organization

Career and professional development is one of the top three drivers of employee engagement globally. Employees continue to express their expectation for more opportunities for career growth and exploration.

Over the past 17 years, Lisa Bull (Ceridian) has delivered training to hundreds of clients across North America and has designed and developed training programs for a wide variety of corporate, government and not-for-profit organizations. Now you can join Lisa as she reveals an innovative, employee-centric, comprehensive model that features best practices in career exploration skills including training, mentoring, and employee-led conversations. You’ll walk away with great new ideas about transforming career development and boosting employee engagement in your organization.

Lisa Bull, Vice-President, Learning Excellence, Ceridian

12:15 pm
1:15 pm


Beyond Compliance to Culture: HR in the #MeToo Era

Sexual harassment and other toxic workplace behaviours are sadly still a problem. The current approach - policies, compliance training, and after-the-fact investigations - has resulted in no significant reduction in workplace harassment.

HR must move beyond basic legal compliance to a strategy that recognizes the role our organizational culture plays in preventing or perpetuating sexual harassment and related behaviours.

Learn about practical, evidence-based steps to assess your current practices and adopt a more proactive, culture-focused approach to prevent workplace harassment.

Jane Watson, Head of People & Operations,

Data-Driven HR: Using data and analytics to tell a compelling story about people

A prominent analytics leader reveals how to use analytics to drive forward business decisions and strategy, as well as best practices for interpreting data into meaningful insights, how to tell a story by using the data, and how to effectively communicate with senior management by speaking their “numbers” language, including:

  • What is important to measure and what is not?
  • How to harness insights and stories from people data?
  • How to make meaningful business decisions using data and analytics
  • The role of data and analytics in developing and evaluating business and people strategy
  • How can organizations take data to a whole new strategic level?

Travis Windling, HR Analytics Enablement Lead, Manulife

2:00 pm

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Closing keynote session: What it truly means to be a modern-day leader

A modern-day leader is committed to a collaborative culture, purpose-driven, and remains an open thinker. They know how to deliver value-add solutions in the face of limited resources while always keeping in mind the critical importance of an engaged workforce. And that’s what it’s all about. The more HR accepts it has a responsibility to improve employee engagement, the more it can make a significant difference and impact through the development of modern-day leaders.

In this talk, Dan Pontefract lays out three key facets of the modern-day leadership: culture, purpose and open thinking. When HR begins to build a workforce full of leaders who can demonstrate all three, the entire organization can be transformed. Don’t just wish for a seat at the table; be the table and make a strategic difference to the bottom line and future success of your organization by your active involvement in the re-engineering of leadership itself.

Dan Pontefract , best-selling author of OPEN TO THINK, THE PURPOSE EFFECT & FLAT ARMY; Chief Envisioner at TELUS, Adjunct Professor at the University of Victoria

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