TAKING BACK THE INITIATIVE — SOLUTION-FOCUSED STRATEGIES FOR HR LEADERSHIP

15-16 November 2022 | ARCADIAN COURT TORONTO

#HRLeadersCA

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ABOUT


Economic and social disruption, intense competition, a decline in talent attraction and retention, and disengaged workers are just a few of the non-stop challenges that HR departments across Canada are facing after two years of fighting fires through the pandemic. 

The HR Leaders Summit Canada is a comprehensive event designed to tackle these issues and connect, inspire, and prepare Canada’s best and brightest for this year’s challenges and 2023’s trends. 

This leadership-enhancing event will bring together trailblazing companies to share their insights on topics like overcoming disruption, coming out ahead in the war for talent, data-based retention strategies, leveraging digitization, boosting recruitment with brand revitalization and managing future business challenges. 

Bring your team to HR Leaders Summit Canada 2022 to be inspired, re-imagine your approach to HR, and set concrete goals and action points for your company going forward.     

Why attend?

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    Designed to connect, inspire, and equip Canada’s top HR teams with the latest insights into HR strategy

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    The agenda was developed to deliver practical takeaways for HR teams from inspirational keynotes and case studies to panels and interactive breakout sessions

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    HR Leaders’ 2022 is live once again, offering full networking and knowledge-sharing potential

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    The expanded two-day agenda will address all of the biggest challenges facing HR professionals

SPEAKERS


Dr. Dave Williams
Dr. Dave Williams

Astronaut, Aquanaut & Leadership Expert

Sandy McIntosh
Sandy McIntosh

EVP People & Culture and CHRO
Telus

Jarik Conrad
Jarik Conrad

HCM Advisory, Executive Director, Equity at Work
UKG

Dr. David Satok
Dr. David Satok

Chief Medical Officer
Rogers Communications

Greg Bambury
Greg Bambury

CHRO
Medavie

Marie-Helene Daigle
Marie-Helene Daigle

VP Human Resources
Sollio Agriculture

Donna Valiquette
Donna Valiquette

Chief Corporate Administrative Officer, Canada & Head of Culture & Employee Experience, Americas
MUFG

Emma Horgan
Emma Horgan

Chief People Officer
Questrade

Nadine Huggins
Nadine Huggins

CHRO
Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Lisa Osachoff
Lisa Osachoff

Chief People & Culture Officer
Western Financial Group

Drew Calcagno
Drew Calcagno

Principal, Product Operations & Strategic Communications
Google

Sandra Petosa
Sandra Petosa

Senior Vice President, Talent, Culture & Diversity
Groupe CH

Dan Sharkey
Dan Sharkey

SVP, Global Human Resources
CAE

Clint Philp
Clint Philp

Senior Manager, Talent Marketing
Scotiabank

Gary Beckstrand
Gary Beckstrand

Vice President
O.C. Tanner Institute

Mia Guerra
Mia Guerra

Vice President Human Resources, Global Functions & Digital Business Services
HSBC

Joey Raheb
Joey Raheb

Senior Vice President – Chief Broking Officer & National Leader Growth & Client Engagement, Wellbeing
Aon

Nancy Drab
Nancy Drab

Global Director, Organizational & Leadership Development
Roche

Candace DiCresce
Candace DiCresce

Senior Director, Safety & Wellbeing
Rogers Communications

Rob Catalano
Rob Catalano

Chief Engagement Officer
WorkTango

Carolyn Byer
Carolyn Byer

HR Lead Canada
Microsoft

Adam Kelly
Adam Kelly

EVP & CCO
CloudMD

Erin Gordon
Erin Gordon

Vice President Human Resources
Lindt & Sprungli Canada

Sean Fahey
Sean Fahey

CEO
VidCruiter

Jo Ann Miele
Jo Ann Miele

Director Talent Management
Bayer Canada

Dana Cioffi – Tagliabue
Dana Cioffi – Tagliabue

Vice President, Human Resources & Employee Value Proposition
Teranet

Raj Dam
Raj Dam

Assistant Director, Partnerships and External Relations, Arts & Science Co-op
University of Toronto

Annabella Tamburro
Annabella Tamburro

HR Transformation Specialist
Board Member

Greg Smith
Greg Smith

Partner
Lighthouse NINE

Dorenda McNeil
Dorenda McNeil

Senior Vice President
Counsel Public Relations

Heather Lamont
Heather Lamont

Vice President, Client Success & Loyalty
ADP Canada

Roxana Firescu
Roxana Firescu

Senior Vice President, HR
Cineflix

Kelly Mawhinney
Kelly Mawhinney

Partner, Toronto Careers Business
Mercer

Jeff Livingston
Jeff Livingston

Marketing Manager, Brand
ADP Canada

Rabia Moaz
Rabia Moaz

Senior Manager, Tangerine Talent Acquisition
Scotiabank

Christi Scarrow
Christi Scarrow

Partner
Lighthouse NINE

AGENDA


All times in ET
  • Registration and breakfast
  • Opening remarks from chairperson
    Kelly Mawhinney
    Kelly Mawhinney

    Partner, Toronto Careers Business
    Mercer

  • Welcome address from Event Partner
    Jarik Conrad
    Jarik Conrad

    HCM Advisory, Executive Director, Equity at Work
    UKG

  • Keynote introduction by ADP
    Jeff Livingston
    Jeff Livingston

    Marketing Manager, Brand
    ADP Canada

  • Opening keynote: The NASA way – Lessons on leadership, teamwork, and corporate culture

    Space exploration is as much a story of leadership and teamwork as it is a story of exploration and discovery. As the former director of the Space and Life Sciences Directorate, Dr. Dave Williams will share how NASA recovered from tragedy and adversity, and how it developed a culture of competency that continues to attract the best and brightest. 

    • Leadership insights and important principles for leading in environments where outcomes are critical to success 
    • The importance of speaking up and listening up in achieving organizational excellence. 
    • Best practices for controlling risk 
    • Strategies to build resilience and peak performing teams 
    Dr. Dave Williams
    Dr. Dave Williams

    Astronaut, Aquanaut & Leadership Expert

  • Case study: Future-proofing your employee wellness strategy

    HR must lead organizations in taking a flexible approach to meeting employees’ wellness needs including optimizing operations for better workflow, assessing overall anxiety levels affecting employees, and developing strategies to address signs of high stress and burnout. Having the correct tools in place to ensure the wellness of staff is crucial to employee satisfaction and the success of your company. This session explores how HR professionals can future-proof employee wellness strategies to prevent critical challenges arising around low productivity, absenteeism, and loss of talent.

    • Identifying innovative wellness resources that support busy professionals
    • Creating a supportive work culture from the top down
    • Assessing workloads, sick leave, and time-off policies to address unnecessary pressures on staff
    • What benefits can have a meaningful impact on employees’ circumstances?
    • How can CHROs improve their EQ skills in a remote work environment?
    Jarik Conrad
    Jarik Conrad

    HCM Advisory, Executive Director, Equity at Work
    UKG

  • Morning coffee and networking break
  • Case study: Realigning HR strategies to win the war for talent

    With the competition for talent at an all-time high, employees are re-evaluating their priorities when it comes to how, when and where they work, as well as the purpose behind their work; companies need to take this into account as they seek to win key talent. This session will examine how leading companies are adapting their HR operations and value proposition to the new reality to overcome recruitment and retention challenges.

    • Revitalizing your employer brand to boost recruitment
    • Understanding which recruitment channels are working and which ones need improvement
    • Developing new strategies to identify candidates with the right skillsets
    • Keeping your company current with new technologies to attract the best talent
    Clint Philp
    Clint Philp

    Senior Manager, Talent Marketing
    Scotiabank

    Rabia Moaz
    Rabia Moaz

    Senior Manager, Tangerine Talent Acquisition
    Scotiabank

  • Lunch and networking break
  • Panel: Creating fulfilling employee experiences that amplify resilience

    As work changes, one thing is clear – a generic approach to culture will no longer suffice. Insightful strategies that tap into what employees need most are essential in creating fulfilling experiences that attract, engage, and retain top talent in an evolving market.

    Join this panel discussion to uncover:

    • Understanding the four key factors that lead to fulfillment and form the basis of resilient cultures
    • Enabling positive interactions between colleagues and management – both in the office and remotely
    • Ensuring a positive experience during critical phases, such as onboarding, performance reviews, and promotions
    • Integrating innovative new technology platforms to offer employees frictionless access to information and services
    Moderator
    Christi Scarrow
    Christi Scarrow

    Partner
    Lighthouse NINE

    Panelists
    Gary Beckstrand
    Gary Beckstrand

    Vice President
    O.C. Tanner Institute

    Sandra Petosa
    Sandra Petosa

    Senior Vice President, Talent, Culture & Diversity
    Groupe CH

    Dana Cioffi – Tagliabue
    Dana Cioffi – Tagliabue

    Vice President, Human Resources & Employee Value Proposition
    Teranet

  • Panel: Developing a comprehensive data-based retention strategy

    With turnover at record highs, companies across the globe are being forced to re-evaluate and reinforce their relationship with employees. HR leaders need to take stock of compensation, benefits, flexibility, wellbeing, and foster trust to deliver a competitive employee value proposition. This session will look at success stories from companies that overhauled their retention strategy and provide a detailed overview of the steps taken.

    • Developing an updated retention strategy and integrating it into HR operations
    • Benchmarking compensation and benefits to identify areas of improvement
    • Using potential sources of data such as eNPS to inform HR decisions
    • Leveraging metrics in attrition and turnover to enable data-driven retention strategies
    Moderator
    Christi Scarrow
    Christi Scarrow

    Partner
    Lighthouse NINE

    Panelists
    Joey Raheb
    Joey Raheb

    Senior Vice President – Chief Broking Officer & National Leader Growth & Client Engagement, Wellbeing
    Aon

    Roxana Firescu
    Roxana Firescu

    Senior Vice President, HR
    Cineflix

    Marie-Helene Daigle
    Marie-Helene Daigle

    VP Human Resources
    Sollio Agriculture

  • Afternoon coffee and networking break
  • Panel: Redesigning career development plans to drive engagement

    With ever increasing competition for talent, companies are facing a severe shortage of the skills vital to supporting business growth. This session will explore the importance of enhancing your internal development strategies by providing upskilling and reskilling opportunities and offering career frameworks with a robust learning and development strategy.

    • Building critical skills of managers and employees for career growth opportunities
    • How to identify and then develop leadership competencies to ensure strategic imperatives are achieved
    • Supporting L&D programs by listening to employees and recognizing and rewarding achievements
    • How to create meaningful mentorships in a remote workspace
    Moderator
    Christi Scarrow
    Christi Scarrow

    Partner
    Lighthouse NINE

    Panelists
    Greg Bambury
    Greg Bambury

    CHRO
    Medavie

    Rob Catalano
    Rob Catalano

    Chief Engagement Officer
    WorkTango

    Nancy Drab
    Nancy Drab

    Global Director, Organizational & Leadership Development
    Roche

  • Closing Remarks from chairperson & Drinks Welcome
    Kelly Mawhinney
    Kelly Mawhinney

    Partner, Toronto Careers Business
    Mercer

    Alison Darling
    Alison Darling

    Director, Professional Programs
    Queen’s University IRC

  • Networking Drinks Reception
  • Breakfast
  • Opening remarks from chairperson
    Kelly Mawhinney
    Kelly Mawhinney

    Partner, Toronto Careers Business
    Mercer

  • Opening keynote: Leveraging the power of culture to respond to unprecedented disruption

    This informal fireside chat will look at how Rogers Communications’ longstanding culture of support for employees’ physical, mental and financial well-being helped its workforce overcome the challenges presented by the pandemic, and successfully adapt to a new way of working.

    Dr. David Satok
    Dr. David Satok

    Chief Medical Officer
    Rogers Communications

    Candace DiCresce
    Candace DiCresce

    Senior Director, Safety & Wellbeing
    Rogers Communications

  • Case study: An overview of a cultural evolution – lessons learned

    In the current climate of disruption, culture is the key enabler of HR strategy and of critical importance to helping organisations to achieve their targets. This case study will provide a detailed look at the steps needed to overhaul company culture to support the business and increase overall resilience to potential challenges.

    • Rethinking core values to rapidly adapt to new business challenges
    • How can leaders create a strong, positive, and inclusive company culture?
    • Facilitating open communication, collaboration and driving innovation
    • Making the move to an outcome-focused work culture
    Dan Sharkey
    Dan Sharkey

    SVP, Global Human Resources
    CAE

  • Morning coffee and networking break
  • Panel: Achieving balanced hybrid work arrangements to optimise employee health, wellness and productivity

    Remote work structures have been essential over the past two years and represent a major change in how companies operate. Now considered a must by many employees, they have a major impact on culture and a company’s capability to attract and retain talent. This session will look at how organisations can offer employees the flexibility to work where, when, and how they choose, while ensuring employees can thrive both physically and mentally whether at home or at the workplace.

    • Understanding the important role that HR leaders play in enabling hybrid work
    • Creating a healthy, safe, and empowering hybrid workspace and home-space
    • Best practices for keeping hybrid workers motivated and engaged
    • Managing hybrid work mental health issues such as social anxiety, health anxiety and stress
    • Workers’ compensation and accommodation services required for hybrid workers
    Moderator
    Dorenda McNeil
    Dorenda McNeil

    Senior Vice President
    Counsel Public Relations

    Panelists
    Carolyn Byer
    Carolyn Byer

    HR Lead Canada
    Microsoft

    Marie-Helene Daigle
    Marie-Helene Daigle

    VP Human Resources
    Sollio Agriculture

    Adam Kelly
    Adam Kelly

    EVP & CCO
    CloudMD

  • Roundtable discussions – Share ideas and develop solutions

    Discuss the topics that matter to you most. This session’s interactive format enables in-depth peer-to-peer discussions around the HR professionals’ key challenges, offering an opportunity to network and exchange best practices.

  • Lunch and networking break
  • Panel: Integrating diversity, equity, and inclusion in your company culture

    In the current era of social change and connectivity, the business case for DEI is stronger than ever. Companies are now seeing the direct impact of DEI on overall employee satisfaction and the bottom line. While overall representation and equality in organizations is improving, there are still many opportunities to make changes that will deliver increased wellbeing and productivity. This session will examine recent trends in DEI and provide action points for new initiatives in your organization.

    • Understanding the role of HR in driving DEI initiatives
    • Reimagining workspaces and HR services to be more accessible and inclusive
    • Launching new DEI initiatives to move beyond preliminary discussions
    • Creating a panel of DEI specialists to support the process
    Moderator
    Greg Smith
    Greg Smith

    Partner
    Lighthouse NINE

    Panelists
    Raj Dam
    Raj Dam

    Assistant Director, Partnerships and External Relations, Arts & Science Co-op
    University of Toronto

    Jo Ann Miele
    Jo Ann Miele

    Director Talent Management
    Bayer Canada

    Erin Gordon
    Erin Gordon

    Vice President Human Resources
    Lindt & Sprungli Canada

  • Panel: Developing superior employee engagement strategies throughout the employee journey

    In an increasingly uncertain economic and geopolitical climate, employee engagement is top of mind for HR professionals, and their employees. Companies that support workers in their roles, look after their overall wellbeing and foster trust are gaining an edge in the current job market. This session will address innovative approaches to employee engagement that are delivering results for leading companies.  

    • Creating a sense of belonging within the organization at all levels and stages 
    • Engaging candidates to get them started on the right path 
    • Best practices for empowering employees and making them feel valued  
    • Communication strategies that motivate teams and encourage collaboration 
    • Involving employees in the recruitment process and enabling them to share their experiences 
    Moderator
    Greg Smith
    Greg Smith

    Partner
    Lighthouse NINE

    Panelists
    Donna Valiquette
    Donna Valiquette

    Chief Corporate Administrative Officer, Canada & Head of Culture & Employee Experience, Americas
    MUFG

    Sean Fahey
    Sean Fahey

    CEO
    VidCruiter

    Sandy McIntosh
    Sandy McIntosh

    EVP People & Culture and CHRO
    Telus

    Drew Calcagno
    Drew Calcagno

    Principal, Product Operations & Strategic Communications
    Google

  • Afternoon coffee and networking break
  • Panel: Restructuring HR to manage future business challenges

    Organizations around the globe are facing massive disruption to their business models, as well as unprecedented turnover and economic uncertainty. These challenges require a new streamlined approach to HR to increase flexibility and responsiveness. This session will look at how companies can move from traditional operational silos to new HR models and quickly deal with critical issues

    • Positioning HR Leaders as business advisors and agents for change
    • How have the lessons learned during the past two years changed HR?
    • A look at new strategies to increase agility, efficiency, and productivity
    • Using HR technologies to improve workflows rather than processes
    Moderator
    Annabella Tamburro
    Annabella Tamburro

    HR Transformation Specialist
    Board Member

    Panelists
    Mia Guerra
    Mia Guerra

    Vice President Human Resources, Global Functions & Digital Business Services
    HSBC

    Nadine Huggins
    Nadine Huggins

    CHRO
    Royal Canadian Mounted Police

    Emma Horgan
    Emma Horgan

    Chief People Officer
    Questrade

  • Closing Remarks from chairperson & End of Conference
    Kelly Mawhinney
    Kelly Mawhinney

    Partner, Toronto Careers Business
    Mercer

SPONSORS


Event Partner

  • UKG

Roundtable Sponsor

  • Avature

Gold Sponsors

  • AON
  • CloudMD
  • O.C. Tanner
  • VidCruiter
  • WorkTango

Silver Sponsors

  • Keynote Session Sponsor

    ADP
  • Networking Drinks Reception Sponsor

    Queen’s University
  • Breakfast Sponsor

    Sprout
  • Digital Sponsor

    University of Toronto Scarborough
  • Coffee Sponsor

    Venngo

Bronze Sponsors

  • Advica Health
  • EPSI
  • Headversity
  • LMS365

Exhibitors

  • CAAT Pension Plan
  • CareerJoy
  • CloudAdvisors
  • Health Risk Services Inc.
  • 365Talents

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