Schedule – HR Executive Stream


HR Leaders Toronto is pre-approved for 8.75 CPD hours

HR Executive Stream

Executive Forum is designed as executive education for Chief HR Officers and HR decision makers to discuss high-level C-suite topics and challenges.

8:00 am

Registration & Networking Breakfast

8:50 am

Conference Welcome Remarks

Giselle Kovary

President, n-gen People Performance Inc.

9:00 am

Opening Keynote: Leadershifting HR – Working Smarter, Not Harder

Ranked among the Top 30 management gurus world-wide, Dr. Nick Bontis is recognized by the former Editor of Harvard Business Review and Fortune Magazine as “a pioneer and one of the world’s real experts in intellectual capital.” He is also a 3M National Teaching Fellow, an exclusive honour often referred to as the Nobel-prize of teaching! Information bombardment is the single most damaging threat to HR productivity. But, it doesn’t have to be this way. Why not leadershift this threat into a sustainable competitive advantage for you and your organization? Let's start to work smarter, instead of harder. During this enlightening and action-packed keynote presentation you will learn how to:

  • Transform your HR strategic acumen
  • Cope with information bombardment
  • Improve your ability to manage change
  • Lift productivity and efficiency
  • Speed up innovation through collaboration
  • Achieve industry leading competitiveness
  • Determine what HR leadership action you can take tomorrow

Dr. Nick Bontis

Award-winning professor of strategy, McMaster University Director, Institute for Intellectual Capital Research 3M National Teaching Fellow

9:30 am

From Wellness to Holistic Wellbeing: Rethinking How Companies Can Help their Employees Thrive in a Chaotic World.

Wellness programs pledge to reduce absenteeism, lower healthcare costs, improve productivity, and increase employee morale, but few companies have realized those promised benefits. To deliver scalable, sustainable results, wellness programs must shift from telling employees what to do to stay healthy to helping them understand at an individual level why they struggle to put those recommendations into place. Moreover, companies can do much outside of their official wellness programs to create the kinds of environments where employees can flourish – personally and professionally.

Jarik Conrad

Senior Director, Human Capital Management (HCM) Innovation, Ultimate Software

10:10 am

Networking Coffee Break & Workshop

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11:10 am

The Future of HR Leadership

We are in the middle of a seismic shift in terms of the way that organisations manage their people and HR leaders are at the centre of this transformation. The role of HR is shifting towards being at the centre of business strategy and a key component for pushing change forward. As technology advances, how can HR leaders deliver value to changing work environments? This session will provide insights into the key to strategic HR:

  • Understanding the true role of HR in a fast-changing work environment
  • Delivering value through HR automation and technological advances
  • Building a vision for the future and delivering transformational change
  • Providing leading-edge strategy and innovation to support and drive the business
  • HR's credibility at the leadership level and how it affects a company’s bottom line

Jim Reid

Chief Human Resources Officer, Rogers Communications

11:45 am

Digital Transformation in the Workplace

The HR function has shed its archaic focus on ‘pen-pushing personnel’ and payroll packets. In 2019, it’s poised to lead digital transformation from the very heart of the organization – spanning across people, workplace, and strategy. During this interactive panel discussion, we’ll discuss future workplace strategies needed to strike the right balance between adopting smart new technologies and remaining people-centric.

Mark Cauwels

Chief Technology Officer, Capital One Canada

Diana Valler

Vice President, Human Resources, TravelBrands Inc.

Matthew Lombardi

Head of External Talent Solutions, BMO Financial Group

12:30 pm

Networking Lunch

1:30 pm

Performance Management: Talent Activation that Works

When leading companies like Netflix, Deloitte and Microsoft abandoned their annual performance reviews, they set off a tidal wave, felt throughout the sea of talent activation. With the growing sentiment that this outdated HR practice is less effective, new performance management theories and practices are continually coming to light.

But how do you identify the best solution for your organization? With over 40,000 Canadian clients, Laura Strickler will share data exclusive to ADP, enabling attendees to:
  • Learn how performance management has evolved, leveraging input from both employee and manager
  • Review real-life case studies on the tools to achieve best-in-class employee engagement
  • Be equipped with the research to return to the office with the beginnings of a business case for implementing a performance management system that best fits your organization.
"We've Always Done It That Way", just isn’t reason enough. Close that HR information gap today.

With over 40,000 Canadian clients, Laura will share data exclusive to ADP - unavailable anywhere else. Participate in the conversation, compare the data to yours and your colleague's work-place reality, and leave with practical HR solutions you can implement today.

Laura Strickler

Director, Human Resources, ADP Canada

2:00 pm

Power Talk: People Powering a Brand: The Significance of EQ

A clear, concise and thought-provoking bite-size talk about a topical subject. Learn something new and take away a powerful message.

Ed Evans

EVP Chief People and Culture Officer, Fours Seasons Hotel and Resorts

2:20 pm

Panel: Organizational Effectiveness: Strategic Planning for a Changing Workforce

The workplace is changing, and HR is changing with it. As contractors and freelancers become ever-present - and the multi-generation workplace continues to thrive - we have to start looking at how HR can engage effectively. It’s no longer enough to pay lip service to strategic planning – you’ve got to start living it.

In this session, we’ll cover:
  • Strategies to engage remote workers, gig workers and contractors
  • Managing HR programs across a multi-site workforce
  • Tactics in managing a multi-generational workforce

Kelly Davis

Chief People Officer, Sunwing

Denise Hayes

Chief Human Resources Officer, Moneris Solutions

Kate Railton

Vice President, People, Rubikloud Technologies

3:00 pm

Networking Coffee Break

4:00 pm

Managing Your Unique Culture Through Periods of Change

As organizations continue to scale, navigate digital disruption and respond to the varied requirements of the most age-diverse workforce in history, HR leaders must evolve their company culture to reflect the new business environment whilst retaining the organizations unique identity and core values. How do you walk the tightrope between driving successful change and maintaining culture?

  • Evolve in positive ways and remain competitive while being able to maintain the identity and values of your company brand
  • Create a positive organizational culture through inclusion and authenticity
  • Foster a culture of accountability and learning through open communication
  • Link organizational culture to traditional business measures of success

Sandy Scholes

Chief People Officer, Flipp

Gordana Terkalas

Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Aecon

Lyne Parent-Garvey

Chief Human Resources Officer, Hydro Ottawa

4:45 pm

Closing Keynote: The Tallest Poppy: The High Price Successful Women Pay For Success

A recent survey found an overwhelming number of Canadian women have experienced Tall Poppy Syndrome in the workplace. Tall Poppy Syndrome (TPS) occurs when people are attacked, resented, disliked, criticized or cut down because of their achievements or success. The result of this silent systemic syndrome has a direct impact on everything from engagement and satisfaction to productivity and retention. The Tallest Poppy study, led by Dr. Rumeet Billan, looked specifically at working women across Canada from all demographics and professions, and how their psychological health and workplace performance are affected by their interactions with both colleagues and supervisors. The results of this study offer a loud wake-up call for companies and leaders across the country. It revealed that an immediate change is needed to support women in the workplace, to encourage their accomplishments and shift the culture of toxic workplaces. Dr. Billan’s keynote will provide key insights gleaned from the study and share solutions and potential next steps for companies in order to retain top talent and shift workplace culture.

Rumeet Billan

President and CEO, Viewpoint Leadership

5:15 pm

Conference concludes for the day & cocktail reception

8:00 am

Registration, Networking Breakfast & Workshop

For information about our workshop available to attend during the break, please click here

8:50 am

Conference Welcome Remarks 

Giselle Kovary

President, n-gen People Performance Inc.

9:00 am

Opening Keynote: Overcoming Adversity through the Lens of Diversity and Inclusion

Imagine struggling to say your own first name. Dealing with a debilitating stutter, Joze Piranian avoided speaking almost entirely. He was afraid of being judged for being different. The mere act of having to introduce himself to others was terrifying.

In this inspiring and humorous keynote, Joze will share his journey of overcoming the adversity of being different by discussing empowerment through self-acceptance, facing fears through repeated exposure to discomfort and the necessity of organizations and HR professionals to develop a more nuanced understanding of the diverse challenges that an employee or prospective hire might be facing. D&I is a tango, it takes two: the empowerment of the individual and the inclusive acceptance from the organization.

Joze Piranian

Transformational Speaker, Stand-up Comedian

9:30 am

Workforce Shaping: Nice-to-have, or Necessity?

The last few decades have been defined by disruption - social, technological, political - that has changed the way we live our lives. We have witnessed the impact of many disruptions in our workplaces. Job and task automation, the gig economy, and workforce analytics are just a few of the buzzwords kicking around the corporate world that have become commonplace among organizations' business and people strategies. But are necessary actions being taken as a result of them, or are they just seen as a nice-to-have? Are organizations taking into consideration the risk of not addressing these workforce issues?

In the past, businesses have taken a reactive approach to workforce planning. With disruption happening more frequently now, businesses need to shift toward becoming more proactive when thinking about their workforce; shaping their workforce according to the skills and capabilities they predict they will need to achieve their future strategic objectives. It’s not just a matter of nice-to-have. In this session, we will discuss how HR Leaders can identify and address workforce matters of necessity. Some key points that we will touch on during this session will include:

  • People analytics
  • Inclusion & Diversity
  • Workforce-enabling technology
  • Employee experience

Stavros Demetriou

Director and Leader, People Analytics and Future of Work, People & Change Services, KPMG in Canada

Soula Courlas

Partner and National Leader, People & Change Services, KPMG in Canada

10:00 am

Networking Coffee Break

11:00 am

Developing Better Leaders

Business is moving fast. Billions of dollars are being spent on leadership development each year. Are traditional methods of leadership training helping an organization’s continued success in today’s world? In this session, we’ll discuss:

  • Upskilling the organization and building the skills and organizational capabilities of the future
  • Ensuring leadership development aligns with an organization’s corporate strategy
  • Training leaders for multi-disciplinary and cross-functional solutions

Emma Horgan

Chief People Officer, Questrade Inc.

11:30 am

Effective Succession Planning Strategies

Succession planning in an organization of any size is critical – not just for your day-to-day processes, but for strategic alignment and potential talent attraction. Succession strategy planning goes beyond just identifying a successor. During this round table, we’ll discuss:

  • Creating and implementing succession strategies to retain top talent
  • Carefully communicating succession plans with top performers
  • Working with the executive team and board to prepare for potential business risks
  • How to combat the increasing turnover rate

Pradipta Banerjee

Vice President, Leading Global HR Centers of Expertise, CGI

Megan Woerlein

Global Head of HR, Digital Banking, Scotiabank

Nancy Hogan

Chief Human Resources Officer, Daiya Foods

12:15 pm

Networking Lunch 

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1:15 pm

Creating and Sustaining a Culture of Engaged Employees

Professionals today have high expectations for their experience in the workplace and of their employer. Organizations that create a culture defined by deep employee engagement, meaningful work and inclusive environments are set up to outperform their peers and likely rise above their competition in attracting top talent. Employee engagement is one of the critical levers companies use to retain great talent and drive employee satisfaction, but how do you manage and sustain positive employee engagement levels through times of significant business unrest and change?

Diana Brown, Chief People Officer of Capital One Canada will share insights into the company's historical high levels of employee engagement, lessons learned from the value of creating a culture deeply rooted in inclusion, and best practices for managing employee engagement through momentous change.

Diana Brown

Chief People Officer, Capital One Canada

1:50 pm

Establishing Metrics and Performance in HR

Establishing HR metrics that are aligned with your corporate business strategy adds value and drives organizational success. Metrics provide invaluable information in areas such as turnover, employee engagement and performance. During this panel, we’ll discuss:

  • Effectively setting metric targets
  • Measuring and tracking engagement
  • Strategies to tackle turnover
  • Developing a feedback culture

Geoff Ho

Director, Research & Advisory, Organizational Development, Rogers Communications

Stéphane Côté

Professor of Organizational Behaviour and PhD Program Director, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto

Anuj Chandrana

Senior Manager, People Operations, Strategy & Effectiveness, Google

2:30 pm

Networking Coffee Break

3:00 pm

Closing Keynote – Creating a Culture of Innovation Within Your Organization

The world of HR is institutional and anchored in tradition. Thanks to technology, intricate workforces, social and environmental issues and an influx of new national and international policies at a pace never seen before, HR is shifting and modernizing. In this environment, leaders cannot expect to maintain the same business culture. While respecting core values, leaders must determine how they want their organizations to adapt as well as what they want their organizations to be in the future. Looking beyond processes and technology, leaders must therefore make it a goal to create a new culture of innovation.

  • Show your workforce the possibilities: take a brick out to show them that the building won’t collapse
  • Lead by example and nurture a thought-provoking and idea-based culture: Innovation does not always mean technology
  • Breaking away from tradition and negativity is key to gaining and maintaining momentum
  • Measure your progress and don’t be afraid to shift when needed
  • Reward people not only for their service but also for getting to the right outcomes for both the individual and the organization

Kin Choi

Assistant Deputy Minister, Human Resources, Civilian, Department of National Defence

3:30 pm

Conference concludes

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