LIVE and Online December 2 and 3, 2020

All times are in EST

9:00 am

Registration & virtual orientation

9:10 am

Opening remarks by Achievers

9:15 am

Opening Keynote: Maintaining and reinventing corporate culture in times of change

What culture do you want to create and cultivate to ensure your long-term survival? This session will discuss internal communications strategies to build resilience, flexibility and agility as we move through the recovery phase and beyond.

  • What role should the CEO and executive team play in ongoing internal communications?
  • Communicating rapid change to your workforce
  • Providing clear direction during uncertain and unpredictable times
  • How to help your workforce to thrive in the new normal

Tara Lockyer

Chief People Officer, ATB Financial

9:45 am

Session by Achievers

10:15 am

Panel: Managing a changing workplace and leading your workforce through recovery

Panellists from Canada’s leading companies will share the lessons they have learned from the pandemic and their HR plans and strategies for emerging stronger.

  • How to leverage the experience of COVID-19 to accelerate the future of work
  • Tips for engaging employees to feel connected with the redefined priorities and strategy
  • Re-engaging and redeploying the workforce to new priorities and routines
  • Using the recovery period to pivot towards a more resilient and innovative workforce
  • How to involve middle managers in your transformation programs


Emily Douglas

Managing Editor, HRD


Tammy Williams

Vice President, HR, Canadian Tire Corporation Ltd.

Denise Hayes

Chief Human Resources Officer, Moneris Solutions

Gordana Terkalas

Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Aecon

11:00 am

Networking break

Download exclusive collateral from the resource center, ask questions and share ideas in the themed chatrooms and chat to sponsors and other attendees.

11:30 am

Session by O.C. Tanner

Meghan Stettler

Director, O.C. Tanner Institute

12:00 pm

Panel: Mental well-being strategies

With increased mental health issues due to the pandemic, companies are now shifting their priority towards employee wellbeing during this time of uncertainty. In this session, we will discuss the steps organizations are taking to improve employee wellbeing and manage social isolation.

  • Developing initiatives to manage mental health and stress for a remote workforce
  • Integrating mental health support to your current HR strategy
  • Creating a culture of support through empathetic leadership
  • Work/life balance: how to be successful in both our personal and professional life
  • Tips on self-monitoring mental wellbeing and stress levels


Michelle McNutt

Director, People and Culture, INLIV/Wello


Cheryl Fullerton

EVP People and Communications, Corus Entertainment Inc.

Sandy Bernier

SVP, Human Resources, Liberty Mutual Canada

Dr. Katy Kamkar, Ph.D., C. Psych.

Clinical Psychologist, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)

12:45 pm

Closing keynote: Creating a truly diverse and inclusive organization

Now more than ever, an inclusive and diverse workforce is a critical part of corporate strategy. In this session, we will discuss:

  • A commercial leader’s view on why inclusion and diversity has never been more important
  • How listening can engage your broad workforce in your inclusion and diversity program
  • Harnessing your people’s passion and personal experience to build an inclusive culture
  • Keeping your leaders on your inclusion journey

Dahabo Ahmed-Omer

Executive Director, BlackNorth Initiative

1:15 pm

Conference Day Concludes

9:00 am

Breakfast workshop by University of Waterloo

9:30 am

Optimizing HR operations by using real-time data

During the crisis with such rapid changes and decision-making, HR teams really learned the importance of real-time data.  In this session, hear insight into the use of data for HR decision-making.

  • Making connections across data and information to inform successful decision making
  • Using real-time data and analytics to influence stakeholders at all levels
  • How to shape data into a narrative to help reveal findings, trends or underlying patterns
  • Using visualisations to explain how and why HR data changes over time
  • How can we use data to think differently about the employee experience?

10:00 am

Panel: Engaging a remote workforce

As we start to look to the new realities of a post-pandemic world, our panellists will discuss best practices for the engaging a remote workforce.

  • How to foster collaboration, teamwork, agility and cohesion remotely
  • What have we learned about remote work during COVID-19?
  • Successful HR programs that support gig economy workers and contractors
  • Communication strategies to create a cohesive culture in a remote and virtual world
  • HR programs that combine targets and metrics with flexible work arrangements


Meghan Stettler

Director, O.C. Tanner Institute


Cindy Bush

Chief Human Resources Officer, Cineplex

Shalini Duggal

Chief People Officer, CentriLogic Inc.

Lisa Brown

VP Talent, Vidyard

10:45 am

Networking break

Download exclusive collateral from the resource center, ask questions and share ideas in the themed chatrooms and chat to sponsors and other attendees.

11:20 am

Panel: New skills for a new world: developing workforce skills for recovery and beyond 

The rapid nature of digital transformation will mean that large portions of our workforce need to be quickly trained and re-trained over the coming months and years. How can we rapidly deploy L&D programs to meet the changing demands?

  • What skills will your business need in the short, medium and long term?
  • Rapid-scale workforce transformations to meet new demands and needs
  • How can capability and skill transfer be achieved in compressed time frames?
  • Strategies to successfully transform at speed and scale
  • How can we build our organisations’ agility to meet unknown challenges?


Dr. Jarik Conrad

Sr. Director. Human Insights & HCM Evangelism, Ultimate Kronos Group


Joanne St. Bernard-Honegan

Assistant Vice President, Talent Development & Engagement, Aviva Canada

Kelly Davis

Chief People Officer, Sunwing

Amelie Duclos

National HR Director, McDonald’s Restaurants Canada, Ltd.

Lana Burton

Director, Talent Acquisition, Maple Leaf Foods

12:10 pm

Closing keynote: How to support your CEO through the recovery phase

The pandemic called on CEOs to operate in crisis mode to save their companies. With adrenaline now starting to run out, HR leaders can play a critical role in supporting their CEOs for success.  This workshop will equip you with practical skills to help your CEO to manage the workforce while preparing for the future.

  • What is keeping your CEO up at night?
  • What should your CEO be focusing on right now?
  • How can CEOs increase their resilience for a long and difficult journey?
  • How can HR directors effectively support CEOs to lead to recovery?

1:00 pm

Conference Concludes

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