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Chartered Professionals
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The Executive HR Forum is an intimate peer-to-peer event designed exclusively for HR executives from medium to large companies.

DATE: Tuesday, May 1, 2018
TIME: 1:00pm – 3:30pm

Presenting Sponsor

Peter Mansbridge is set to moderate a panel of industry leaders on their challenges and strategies to attract, train and engage employees in an increasingly volatile and technologically driven world. Transformative issues such as the impact of AI and automation, leading through disruption, managing diversity and the ever changing landscape of future skill development will be covered in this authentic peer-to-peer discussion.

Attendees will also enjoy a meet-and-greet with Peter Mansbridge during an intimate VIP networking hour.


Steve Cadigan is Talent Advisor and Co-Founder with ISDI Digital University. With over 25 years of leadership and executive experience in the field of HR, the depth and breadth of industry experience in apparel, retail, insurance, semiconductor, networks, entertainment, and internet, has given Steve a deep understanding of business cycles, patterns, high growth, and what it takes to forge an organization’s sustainability. In addition, he has led worldwide HR efforts on over 60 M&A transactions in 3 large Global organizations since 1998. Globally, he has practiced HR across Asia, Canada and the US, including over ten years of experience living and working overseas. Over the course of his career the teams and organizations he’s led and helped build, have been recognized as exceptional performers and “world class” in every way. He has built a personal and professional brand that is focused on winning creative talent solutions, and breaking down any barriers that suffocate, limit, or create impediments to high performance and the evolution of talent. Similar to his love of sport, Steve’s overall professional objective is to do all that he can to make individuals, teams, and organizations the best they can be.

Peter Mansbridge’s sterling career at the CBC is without precedent. He served as the chief correspondent of CBC News, helmed its flagship show The National, anchored all CBC News specials, and hosted the intelligent interview show Mansbridge: One on One. For his work, Mansbridge has received over a dozen national awards for broadcast excellence. Away from the news desk, Mansbridge has been recognized by a host of leading universities. He’s been a Fellow at Yale, has lectured at Oxford, was named Chancellor of Mount Allison University, and is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. Mansbridge was also named an Officer of the Order of Canada—one of the country’s highest civilian honours—for his “contributions to broadcasting, for his commitment to helping Canadians better understand their country and the world, and for his dedication to literacy and Canada’s youth.” Known for his trademark voice and unflappable onscreen presence, Mansbridge has also found success as an author. His book Mansbridge: One on One was a national bestseller.

Mark Porter is Executive Vice President People & Culture with Westjet. Mark’s arrival at WestJet in October 2015 marked his return to the aviation industry. He worked at Bombardier as an aircraft engineer before transitioning to a role in human resources. Prior to WestJet, Mark’s career progressed at powerhouse Canadian companies. As Chief People Officer at Molson Canada, he played a key role in the Molson Coors merger. He also spent almost a decade as Senior Vice President of Human Resources with Shaw Communications. While he has many high-level professional accomplishments – which he credits to the people surrounding him – Mark is proud to sit on the volunteer Board for STARS Ambulance. STARS offers time, hope, and life-saving transport to critically ill and injured patients. In 2016-17, STARS flew 3,022 missions, carrying critically ill or injured patients. Mark’s favourite WestJet destination is Dublin, Ireland. Given that Mark was born and raised in Ireland, perhaps there is a bias.

Donna Tikkanen-Davis is Vice President, Global Employee Capability with Arrow Electronics. Her 25 years in the human resources profession spans various industry sectors, to include financial services, retail, professional services, and technology. The theme in her career has been transforming organizations via transforming leaders. She has played key roles in organizations growing their footprint, transforming their brand, or expanding their product lines. In her current role, she leads Arrow’s Global Leadership Academy program, which brings senior leaders across the globe together for 9 months of learning and cross-functional relationship building. She also supports 1:1 coaching engagements for leaders and the development plans for high potential female leaders. Donna has seen the benefit over the years of “spaced team learning” as well as very focused 1:1 coaching. When we know more about ourselves, our ability to lead others is enhanced. The opportunity to work with and lead a global, diverse team of professionals is one of Donna’s career highlights. And, in the spirit of embracing best practice leadership principles herself, she follows the AIM approach to leading her global team. These strengths of Arrange, Individualize, and Maximize provide the guideposts for restructuring her team as needed, inspiring individual team members, and obtaining excellent performance.

This event is open to HR executives (i.e. CHRO, VP level or above) that work in organizations that meet the following criteria:

  • Headquarters in Canada
  • Minimum of $50M in annual revenue
  • More than 500 employees

Please note that registration for the Executive HR Forum is open only to HR professionals overseeing or working within an HR function at an organization. Regrettably, it is not open to HR consultants or service providers.

Conference attendees who meet the attendee criteria have the option to register for this Forum in lieu of the concurrent breakout session on the afternoon of Tuesday, May 1 for a fee of $149 member/$199.00 non-member. If you are already registered, please contact