November 30-December 1, 2021 | Online


6.5 CPD hours

All times are in EST

9:40 - 9:50 am

Registration and virtual orientation

9:50 - 10:00 am

Opening remarks

Meghan Stettler

Director, O.C. Tanner Institute

10:00 - 10:30 am

Opening keynote: Work-life harmony: Embracing flexibility in your business

A growing number of businesses are seeing the benefits of flexible working, such as lower costs, greater flexibility and improved productivity. This session will illustrate how a flexible way of working can unlock benefits for an organization, leading to a positive bottom line.

  • Embracing different forms of meetings, while still maintaining productivity
  • Investing in software that enables flexible working
  • Setting clear expectations for your workforce when working from home

Justin Bethke

Talent Strategy Director, GLINT, LinkedIn

10:35 - 11:05 am

How to blend technology into your human/empathetic approach

Brought to you by: HR Leaders continue to face new challenges in 2021. Organizations are asking their people to adjust how and where they work. Managers are asking their teams to do more with less. Yet, across an ever-evolving pandemic, employees in thriving cultures have found ways to step up, and even increase, productivity and innovation.

Join Meghan Stettler, Director of the O.C. Tanner Institute as she discusses lessons learned, key insights, and what successful organizations are doing to deliver great work that makes a difference people love.

  • Successful leaders can create thriving cultures where team members can do their best work
  • Organizations can help employees feel included and comfortable expressing their opinions, questioning the status quo, and/or proactively finding better ways to deliver results
  • Recognition increases both the quantity and quality of work

Meghan Stettler

Director, O.C. Tanner Institute

11:10 - 11:55 am

Panel: Building a global work environment: Championing DEI

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As more organizations look to hire talent around the world, building diversity, equity and inclusion needs to be at the centre of their business goals. This session will examine how DEI enables businesses to grow globally, and the tangible tools needed to yield such results.

  • How can companies integrate DEI into workplace culture?
  • Creating actionable DEI teaching programs
  • How to get buy-in from the whole team to create inclusivity

Tehsin Bhayani

CEO and founder, AirMason

Manisha Mistry

Senior Director, Health, Safety, Security & Environment and Change Management, CSA Group

Kim Clauss

MBA Executive Vice President & Chief Talent Success Officer Technologies Corp, MCloud

Sidoney Buckridge

Director, Employee Engagement North America R&D AstraZeneca

12:00 - 12:40 pm

Networking & lunch

12:40 - 1:10 pm

How to strategically boost your employee experience

Brought to you by: The best companies in the world all know that not only is an incredible employee experience key to being a leader, but the models of yesterday don’t necessarily work as well today. With the world going virtual faster than perhaps any of us thought possible, there must be a new understanding of the employee experience and how to ensure that tomorrow’s culture is powered by the company as a whole and not just the C-suite.

In this engaging and actionable presentation, hear from workplace expert Eric Termuende as he shares brand-new insights and data regarding employee engagement and 2021 workplace culture data. In partnership with the Achievers Workforce Institute, he provides practical strategies for building a thriving employee-powered culture.

  • How to align company values while appreciating team nuances
  • Where ownership of the employee experience has shifted since the pandemic began
  • How to increase contact with colleagues and boost engagement
  • How to build manager empowerment and listen more effectively
  • First-hand case studies and stories from companies that have made the transformation

Eric Termuende

Co-Founder, NoW of Work

1:15 - 1:45 pm

Developing an inclusive organizational culture

Inclusion is required to give diversity real impact, and even though diversity and inclusion go hand in hand, inclusion is essentially about allowing everyone to contribute and feel a part of a team. This session will identify how organizations can develop an effective inclusivity program to achieve positive outcomes.

  • How to foster inclusivity amongst workers in a hybrid environment?
  • Evaluating people management practices to ensure inclusivity
  • Assessing company policies and line management practices

Sidoney Buckridge

Director, Employee Engagement North America R&D AstraZeneca

1:45 - 2:10 pm

Networking and coffee break

2:10 - 2:40 pm

Case study: Rock the employee experience – A culture transformation playlist

The game has changed! Now more than ever, employers must reconsider the experience they are offering and its relevance within the hyper-competitive talent marketplace. This session will examine the current landscape and how to begin to design an employee experience with intentionality and cohesion, supporting a strong culture and employer brand.

  • What is happening within the talent marketplace? 
  • How to build a more meaningful employee experience
  • Strategies that deepen connection, belonging, and talent attraction

Alyssa Krane

Chief Talent Strategist, Powerhouse Talent

2:45 - 3:30 pm

Panel: Strengthening problem-solving skills: The independent employee

Brought to you by: A good manager recognizes the need to develop the problem-solving and decision-making muscles of employees, allowing for positive business performance and productivity. This session will explore steps to prepare your team with decision-making skills needed to succeed in a flexible and independent work environment.

  • How to define the problem in a task and generate a solution
  • Developing an action plan and execution strategy
  • Implementing and analysing your solutions

Valérie Martin

CRHA, VP and Chief, Talent and Culture Officer, LCI Education

Laura Salvatore

Associate Vice President, Human Capital, Centurion Asset Management

Nicole Stewart

Vice President Human Resources, Payworks

3:30 - 3:35 pm

Closing remarks

9:45 - 9:55 am

Registration and virtual orientation

9:55 - 10:00 am

Opening Remarks

10:00 - 10:30 am

Transforming your staff from employees to brand ambassadors

Online platforms have caused a shift in how the external world interacts with a brand, and many times it is your employees that generate the biggest influence on how customers view an organization. This session will provide tips on how to teach your employees to be brand aware outside of the organization.

  • Educating your employees on the organization’s values
  • How can companies conduct effective employee brand training when interacting with customers?
  • Creating a genuine, positive culture in your organization

Adrienne Hoyt

Vice President, Internal Communications, CNN

10:35 - 11:20 am

Panel: Building a welcoming environment for millennial and Gen Z employees

Brought to you by: With millennials forming the biggest part of the workforce and Gen Zers following closely behind, organizations are competing to retain the best talent. Every aspect of your culture plays a role in attracting talent from these unique groups. This session will explore how best to support them:

  • Personalizing employee benefits packages for a multi-generational workforce
  • Reviewing and improving your current office environment
  • Balancing employee engagement, customer needs, and social perspectives

Roxanne Ouellette

Chief, Talent Development, Public Safety Canada

Margaret McBeath

Director People & Culture & Company Strategy, Nuclear Promise

Melanie Scheepers

VP of HR, Geotab

Dara Duncan

Generalist, People and Culture, FYI Doctors

11:25 - 11:55 am

Networking and coffee break

11:55 - 12:40 pm

Panel: Action planning and reporting: Translating feedback into actionable insights

Brought to you by: It's important that HR leaders concentrate on developing managers who help create a sense of meaning for employees, therefore action plans and reporting are the cornerstone of a strategy to give staff the opportunity to thrive in their roles. This session will delve into how companies can turn qualitative data into constructive plans for employee growth.

  • Creating a system to ensure feedback is turned into action
  • How managers can make their data accessible and actionable
  • Delivering action plans based on team feedback using AI

Marie-Claude Tremblay

CRHA, Chief Talent, Culture and OD Officer, Rocky Mountain

Kirk Merrett

Director, Human Resources & Administration, Hyundai Canada

Donna Fagon-Pascal

Pascal, Vice President, Human Resources, Dynacare

Jeremy Ring

Senior Manager, Employee Experience, Nutrien

Samantha Rogers

Director of People and Culture, Vivo Cannabis Inc.

12:45 - 1:15 pm

Single: The employee experience roadmap

An organization seeking new ways to improve its employee experience must consider creating a roadmap to direct its plans. With the right tools and plans in place, a company can become a frontrunner in employee experience. This session will explore how to build a roadmap for a thriving employee-powered culture.

  • Defining the employee experience and what it means for your organization
  • Creating the right roadmap to ensure all goals are met
  • The importance of leading in diversity, equity and inclusion
  • What makes an effective roadmap?

Leila Bryner

Senior Vice President, Internal Communications & Employee Experience Change Healthcare

1:15 - 1:20 pm

Closing remarks

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