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Details for Wednesday April 3

Schedule for Tuesday, April 2

Keynote Session 8:30 – 10:00
The 5 Second Rule: Achieve Breakthrough Performance in
Your Career & Life
Mel Robbins
Breakout Sessions
10:45 – 12:15
Discipline, Performance Management and Privacy in the
Age of AI and Electronic Monitoring
Suzanne Kennedy, Ryan Berger, Tamara Hunter
Employment Standards: What Will Change? J. Geoffrey Howard, Mike Korbin, Martin Sheard
Organizational Impacts and Answers in the Wake of
#MeToo
Anne Nickerson, Wade King, Heather MacKenzie, Janice Rubin
Organizational Life: End Toxic Cycles and Create the
Patterns You Want!
Karen Bowen
The ROI of Wellness: The Importance of Investing in the
Mental and Physical Health of Your Employees
Matt Lievers, Dr. Andrew Miki, Brooke Moss
Unlocking Your People’s Potential Kalina Donald, Marlene Higgins
The CEO Succession Handoff – The Nuheat Story Natalie Michael, Kevin McElory, John Rose
Lunch 12:15 – 1:45
Networking Lunch. Sit down with fellow delegates for
lunch in Ballroom B then visit the tradeshow.
Working Lunch – HR Innovation Lab. This interactive
session invites you to join a movement of agile and
inclusive collaboration.
Breakout Sessions
1:45 – 3:00
Using Predictive Analytics to Transform Your HR Strategy Matthew Burns
The Future of HR: How are Artificial Intelligence and
Robotic Automation Transforming the HR Function?
Stavros Demetriou, Deborah Versteeg
The Strategy Struggle: How to Align Organizational
Culture to Deliver on Your Strategy
Alan Oishi
Data & Love at Work: How are They the Same? Manu Varma
Balanced Leadership: Leading with Heart and Backbone Sandra McDowell
Recruiting Outside Your Bubble Saeed Sadooghi
Keynote Session
3:30 – 5:00
The Theory of Creativity Duncan Wardle
HR Happy Hour
5:00 – 6:00
Come mingle with fellow attendees, award winners,
finalists and exhibitors in the tradeshow area.
Conference schedule and sessions subject to change.For CPHR holders: Your attendance will be tracked by scanners at the door to each breakout. To claim your CPD Hours, you must be scanned into each session you attend.

Tuesday Session Details

The 5 Second Rule: Achieve Breakthrough Performance in Your Career & Life
DATE: Tuesday, April 2, 2019

TIME: 8:30am – 10:00am
TRACK: KEYNOTE
AUDIENCE LEVEL: All

DESCRIPTION: Imagine if you had a secret weapon that helped you beat procrastination and self-doubt. What if you had the confidence and courage to take action and share your ideas with conviction? You’d be unstoppable.

In her globally praised TEDx talk, bestselling author, entrepreneur and social media influencer, Mel Robbins introduced the world to the science-backed secret to change—The 5 Second Rule. Over 14 million views later, The 5 Second Rule has become an international bestselling book translated into 29 languages, the #1 Audiobook in the world and a life-changing global movement inspiring people to quit procrastinating, become more courageous, accomplish goals, and change for the better.

Mel has used The 5 Second Rule to transform her own life. Since discovering and implementing The 5 Second Rule, Mel has become the most booked female speaker in the world, an award-winning legal analyst for CNN, an internationally acclaimed bestselling author, and the CEO of a media company that inspires more than 20 million people each month.

With riveting videos, case studies, compelling research, and hilarious personal stories, Mel will recount the deeply relatable and remarkable story of The 5 Second Rule and the power of five second decisions. She will demonstrate how this rule has helped people, teams, and businesses around the world change for the better. and, through audience interaction, she’ll show you how to use the Rule so you can also achieve your goals.

This is a life-altering speech filled with ground-breaking insights and a tool for action that is critical for selling, leadership development, innovation and success. Mel will present the secret to HOW we change behaviour, HOW to take smart risks, HOW you bring out the best in your team, and HOW to create the results that we covet at work and in life.

You’ll walk out of this experience with tools you can bring back to your team, your family, and your life – and you’ll leave feeling inspired, empowered, and able to take action.

Learning Objectives:
• Discover the secret to increasing productivity, confidence and courage
• Master The 5 Second Rule
• Leverage the science of habits to create immediate behaviour change
• Practice higher brain function that enables breakthrough performance
• Understand how five second decisions change your life and business
• Be inspired and uplifted to reach your potential

PRESENTER(S):

Mel Robbins is an expert on defeating doubt, an award-winning CNN commentator and a bestselling author. In her globally acclaimed TEDx talk, Mel Robbins wowed the world with the science-backed secret to change: “The 5 Second Rule”. Over 12 million views later, The 5 Second Rule has become a bestselling book and a life-changing movement that challenges thinking and accelerates personal and professional growth. A riveting, fun, and unforgettable speaker, Robbins has spoken to executives with many of the top leading brands, including Microsoft, JPMorgan Chase, Optum, Cisco, and AT&T.

Robbins’ bestselling book, Stop Saying You’re Fine, has been translated into four languages and is listed as one of the “Top Five Most Read” and “Most-Sold” books on Amazon. Her digital platform inspires more than 20 million people a month with transformative videos, articles, positive psychology research, and inspiring content.
In the media, Robbins is one of CNN’s most popular on-air commentators and opinion writers, where her articles drive tens of millions of page views for CNN.com. She has also appeared on Good Morning America, Dr. Phil, Dr. Oz, Oprah, The Today Show and Fox News, and was named America’s Outstanding News Talk Show Host at the 2014 Gracie Awards.


Discipline, Performance Management and Privacy in the Age of AI and Electronic Monitoring
DATE: Tuesday, April 2, 2019

TIME: 10:45am – 12:15pm
TRACK: Employment Law & Legislation
AUDIENCE LEVEL:

DESCRIPTION: Increasingly, advances in technology have made it cheaper, easier and simpler for employers to use new technologies to monitor employees in the work place. Employers now have a broad range of choices extending far beyond conventional video surveillance, but now including GPS technology, key stroke monitoring, biometics and AI solutions. In recent years, however, privacy regulators have also made clear that employers who incorporate these technologies in the work place without considering the privacy implications may find themselves in peril of privacy complaints.

This panel discussion will explore the privacy law challenges to using these new technologies in the workplace. The panelists will use case studies to examine the practical application of privacy law to common scenarios, including: the scope of an employer’s ability to electronically monitor the workplace; the extent to which different tools are permissible and whether the evidence they generate will be admissible in legal proceedings; and the circumstances in which employees may be authorized to access and use these tools to investigate, search or engage in covert gathering of evidence in connection with employee misconduct.

PRESENTER(S):
Suzanne Kennedy TBC
Ryan Berger TBC
Tamara Hunter TBC

Employment Standards: What Will Change?
DATE: Tuesday, April 2, 2019

TIME: 10:45am – 12:15pm
TRACK: Employment Law & Legislation
AUDIENCE LEVEL: All

DESCRIPTION: This session will review key areas for proposed reform of the Employment Standards Act, including:

  • Enhanced rights for “contingent/vulnerable” workers;
  • Ever expanding personal leave rights and Flexible Work Arrangements;
  • New rules on scheduling work and overtime; and
  • How employers will need to adapt to these changes.

It will also include comparisons with reforms in other jurisdictions such as Ontario.

Please note that if, contrary to anticipated timing, the B.C. government has not announced ESA amendments or proposed amendments by the date of the session, this session will instead cover: “Sweating the Small Stuff: Little Known but Potentially Expensive Employment Standards Requirements”.

PRESENTER(S):
J. Geoffrey Howard is Associate Counsel at MEP Business Counsel, where he provides strategic and practical advice on employment and labour law and represents clients in employment-related litigation. Geoff has extensive experience representing both employers and employees in all aspects of the employment relationship, including employment agreements, employment policies, compliance with employment legislation, termination of employment and human rights issues. He also advises and represents clients in disputes over post-employment competition. Geoff has served on the executive of the Riding Association for a provincial party and is a passionate policy advocate provincially and federally. Geoff is also a leading member of the Advocacy Committee of the Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers (CACE). A long time active CPHR BC & Yukon member, including terms as member and Chair of the Coastal Vancouver Advisory Committee, Geoff joined the Board of Directors of the Association in June, 2017.

Michael Korbin practises labour and employment law. He represents employers in all aspects of labour and employment law disputes, including arbitrations, labour board hearings, human rights matters, workers compensation matters, employment standards matters, and wrongful dismissal actions. Michael has acted as counsel for employers in several industries and sectors, including post-secondary institutions; newspapers; supermarkets; transportation companies; printing companies; beverage companies; telecommunications companies; biotech companies; occupational health and safety employers; real estate agencies; and retail and service sector employers.

Martin Sheard is one of the principals at Tevlin Gleadle Curtis Employment Law Strategies based in Vancouver. Martin has served several terms as the chair of the employment law subsection and the civil litigation subsection of the Canadian Bar Association (BC Branch). He is a frequent guest lecturer at UBC Allard School of Law and an experienced trial lawyer. He has conducted litigation in five provinces and the Northwest Territory.

Organizational Impacts and Answers in the Wake of #MeToo
DATE: Tuesday, April 2, 2019
TIME: 10:45am – 12:15pm
TRACK: Organizational Effectiveness
AUDIENCE LEVEL:
Senior
DESCRIPTION: High profile media coverage of the #MeToo movement and expanded legislative provisions have contributed to increased awareness and the number of complaints on workplace harassment. You will gain insights on how HR professionals can proactively mitigate risks and be ready with a solid process to respond in a fair, prompt and thorough way, while containing the negative impacts of an investigation on workplace culture. Learn what steps can be taken post-investigation to incorporate key insights and combat adverse effects on morale and employee engagement. Join an expert panel for an engaging discussion on best practices and lessons learned to create respectful, inclusive workplaces and drive organizational effectiveness.
PRESENTER(S):

Anne Nickerson, Director, Human Resources, is responsible for the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion portfolio at the City of Vancouver. Anne and her team provide oversight, training and guidance on issues related to the informal and formal resolution of harassment issues and human rights, diversity and inclusion, and employment and service equity. The office works internally with City staff, managers, and unions, as well as externally through outreach and consultation with community groups and external stakeholders. Most recent accomplishments include the development and launch of “Vancouver: A City for All Women, Women’s Equity Strategy 2018-2028” and ongoing work related to Trans, Gender Variant and Two-Spirit Inclusion and Vancouver as a City of Reconciliation. Anne has many years of experience as a senior leader in the field of Human Resources. She is a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) with specific expertise in fostering respectful workplaces, increasing cultural competency and building collaborative partnerships.

Wade King is the Director of Safe Disclosure & Human Rights at the University of Alberta. For 2018, he is seconded to the City of Edmonton as an advisor on respectful workplaces. Outside of work, he sits as a Member of the Board of both the Canadian Association for the Prevention of Discrimination and Harassment in Higher Education (CAPDHHE) and the Edmonton Business Diversity Network. A popular speaker, Mr. King has over 15 years of experience in the public and post-secondary sectors; primarily in the areas of human rights (including sexual violence), diversity, inclusion, and safe disclosure. Prior to his current position, he served as the Senior Diversity and Inclusion Consultant with the City of Edmonton.

Heather MacKenzie is a Partner at The Integrity Group, the company which she founded in 1996. Heather practiced law with a major Vancouver firm specializing in employment law and human rights. After years of guiding her clients through difficult disputes, Heather decided that there had to be a better way to deal with workplace conflicts that was proactive and positive. The result was The Integrity Group, a firm of lawyers that provides support to employers on respectful workplace issues such as conflict management, harassment, sexual harassment, discrimination, bullying, and violence. Heather acts as third party investigator, educator, and mediator, and delivers a multitude of educational workshops, one-on-one counselling, and training throughout B.C, Canada, and United States. Heather has developed special expertise in the field of workplace bullying and workplace assessments, as well as repairing dysfunctional corporate/institutional relationships.

Janice Rubin is co-founder and co-managing partner of Rubin Thomlinson LLP. Janice is recognized as one of Canada’s leading employment lawyers and regularly appears on the Best Lawyers and Lexpert Leading Practitioners lists in Canada. Janice is considered a leading authority in the area of workplace harassment and workplace investigation. Her firm conducts investigations, assessments and training across the country and in all sectors. In 2014, Janice received the Zenith Award from Lexpert and in 2015, received the Employment Lawyer of the Year Award as part of the National HR Awards. In 2018 she received the Corporate Social Responsibility and Diversity award from Chambers and Partners in the U.K. and Canada. She has been nominated for Canadian Lawyer Magazine’s Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers in 2015, 2016 and 2018. Rubin Thomlinson was most recently recognized as one of the top employment law boutiques in Canada by Canadian Lawyer magazine.


Organizational Life: End Toxic Cycles and Create the Patterns You Want!
DATE: Tuesday, April 2, 2019

TIME: 10:45am – 12:15pm
TRACK: Organizational Effectiveness
AUDIENCE LEVEL:Senior

DESCRIPTION: Do you find yourself in the same cycle of frustration at work? Are you a senior manager overwhelmed with work and wanting others to take accountability? Are you torn between trying to get stuff done but hitting the same roadblocks (policy, people, departments) every time? Do you have way too much on your plate to complete?

These are predictable toxic cycles in every single organization. Come and learn the reasons organizations have the same problems even if the people change. You will leave knowing “How comes it goes the way it goes” and how to generate the patterns you want!

PRESENTER(S):

Principal at ManagerKnowHow, Karen Bowen provides comprehensive leadership curriculums and interventional organizational development services including her flagship Strategic Planning workshop. Formal learning combined with over 25 years of experience working as a leader and consultant allow Karen to deliver innovative leadership learning programs and powerful organizational interventions. Translating a somewhat mysterious world of personal and organizational values, emotional intelligence, leadership skills, team dynamics, and culture change into metrics, measurable trends, concrete strategy and practical objectives is a unique skill that Karen brings to her work. Karen has worked with a diverse business field from front-line employees to mid and executive level leaders to foster positive workplace culture and organizational effectiveness.


The ROI of Wellness: The Importance of Investing in the Mental and Physical Health of Your Employees
DATE: Tuesday, April 2, 2019
TIME: 10:45am – 12:15pm
TRACK: Organizational Effectiveness
AUDIENCE LEVEL:
All
DESCRIPTION: Do you want to recruit top talent, keep your stars, improve engagement and reduce absenteeism? Then join us to learn why improving the health and wellbeing of your employees is such a key to your business’ success. Join Work and Wellness experts from Pacific Blue Cross and the renowned Psychologist Dr. Andrew Miki, founder and CEO of Starling Minds, to learn about emerging digital tools to reduce depression and anxiety, improve productivity and reduce disability costs. This keynote will provide a holistic view of how to support an employee’s journey along the health continuum, and will discuss the advantages of a proactive approaches to employee health and wellness. You’ll also learn how your organization can support employees returning to work and the importance of investing in the mental and physical health of your employees. Learn from the local experts that know the British Columbia health care system, the needs of your employees and what drives key metrics in your organizations greatest asset – its people.
PRESENTER(S):

Matt Lievers is Associate Vice President, Group Business, Product & Innovation at Pacific Blue Cross. For the past 15 years, Matt has helped develop and implement employee benefits and pension programs built to drive engagement, maximize value and boost ROI. He is passionate about empowering his customers to offer the very best benefits and pension programs to engage employees throughout their work life-cycle. Matt’s experience partnering with HR teams, Executive Leadership teams and C-Level decision makers in small, mid and large organizations has resulted in the creation of his extensive networks in Tech, Financial Services, National Retail and Consumer Packaged Goods.

Dr. Andrew Miki is a registered psychologist in BC who specializes in neuropsychology and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). He received his PhD. in Clinical Psychology from York University in Toronto. Dr. Miki’s passion is to educate people about mental health and to empower them to manage it on their own. He started his professional career treating individuals using CBT. Dr. Miki is well-known in the vocational disability space where he helps people return to work when off for mental health reasons. In addition to his work as a psychologist, Dr. Miki is the CEO and Founder of Starling Minds™—a Vancouver-based tech startup that offers digital CBT solutions for organizations who are looking to improve workplace mental health.

Brooke Moss is Associate Vice President, Work & Wellness at Pacific Blue Cross. Brooke is self-described as a “customer obsessed product marketer.” As the former Director of Member Engagement at BCAA, Brooke was accountable for product development, customer insights and experience based service design. With over a decade in in insurance product marketing, Brooke creates easy, effective and even emotional experiences for customers in the market for insurance. Brooke’s strategic thinking, sharp business acumen, and collaborative leadership skills supported award-winning business results at BCAA, including Marketer of the Year and several JD Power & Associates awards for customer satisfaction in Home Insurance. Brooke currently leads the Pacific Blue Cross Work & Wellness program where she is working to transform how the continuum of care is represented in new products and services.


HumanizeX – Unlocking Your People’s Potential
DATE: Tuesday, April 2, 2019

TIME: 10:45am – 12:15pm
TRACK: Personal and Professional Enrichment
AUDIENCE LEVEL: Senior

DESCRIPTION: This workshop aims to inspire people, organizations and communities to thrive. It is designed to revolutionize the way you think about experience and equip you with ideas and tools you can use every day. Organizations are divided into buckets of internal experience (operations and employees) and external experience (customers and market). It’s a false barrier that pushes people to the edge when they should be at the heart of thinking and being.

Across the continuum of an organisation’s experience both internal and external, there is an opportunity to bring them together and resulting in a robust, resilient brand. This workshop is designed to propel that discussion and equip participants with ideas and tools they will need to move it forward with their organisations and groups.

PRESENTER(S):

Kalina Donald is an expert in Humanizing Experience and Co-Founder of Living Brand Result. As a management consultant, she has been partnering with internal strategy teams embedding successful Social Total Benefits Experiences into organizations’ culture for over 15 years. She has seen first-hand the gains to be had from inspired employees and teams. She is passionate about helping companies to thrive by focusing on the organization’s people, internally and externally. When your people are inspired, happy and healthy – productivity skyrockets. When we see people first, we start asking different questions and the decisions we make have exponential impact. We have a vision to help executives unlock unrealized time, talent, energy and resource in their organizations with infinite returns.

Marlene Higgins, CPHR is a Management & HR Consultant and Co-Founder of Living Brand Result. Her goal is to help organizations and leaders achieve results by living their brand promise. Marlene has played the strategist role, coached numerous executive and middle management level leaders since receiving her designation in 2008. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur in 2017, Marlene became known for building infrastructure in high growth, culture rich organizations. She was awarded the CPHR BC & Yukon Award of Excellence for HR Innovation for her integrated talent management and total rewards work. In her executive HR roles, she has internally consulted to a cross section of industries on succession management and she helped executives to create a “culture of leadership” on their teams and in their organizations. She has also dramatically shifted union relations from adversarial to collaborative and trusting.


The CEO Succession Handoff – The Nuheat Story
DATE: Tuesday, April 2, 2019

TIME: 10:45am – 12:15pm
TRACK: Talent Management
AUDIENCE LEVEL: Senior

DESCRIPTION: Nuheat, recently purchased by the global company Pentair, sold for the largest multiple in the industries history (ever!). One key contributing factor to this critical moment in the company’s history was the CEO succession process. John Rose, the CEO who led the company from start-up to industry leader, passed the torch to Kevin McElroy, long-time employee and VP, sales.

In this fireside chat, John and Kevin will share 6 key moments that were critical for the successful CEO succession hand off, and we will hear from Natalie Michael, the CEO Coach, who supported their success. Having specialized in succession and executive development for more than 15 years, and recent co-author of your CEO Succession Playbook: How to Pass the Torch so Everyone Wins, Natalie will share what she believes differentiated the Nuheat handoff compared to the many organizations who often fail at CEO succession.

PRESENTER(S):
Natalie Michael is a Managing Partner with Waterfront Partners, a firm that coaches executives moving in and out of the C-Suite and provides CEO succession advisory services. She is also the author of Your CEO Succession Playbook: How to Pass the Torch so Everyone Wins and The Duck and The Butterfly: Coaching Questions for Leaders at Work. She runs four CEO Forums with Mackay CEO Forums, and she is on the National Chair Advisory Board. Natalie’s passion is coaching leaders to rise to new career challenges, and she has a never-ending curiosity about the sweet spot where psychology and business meet.
Kevin McElory TBC

John Rose believes that a strong corporate culture is the key ingredient for an organization’s long-term success. “Leaders create the culture and the culture creates results.”

John worked in the family business, a manufacturer and distributor to the bakery/grocery industry across Western Canada, alongside his father for 13 years. John brought the key elements of a successful family business along with him to Nuheat Industries, where he served as President and CEO for 16 years. John’s focus on the culture at Nuheat earned the company significant external accolades. The company also grew from 15 staff, and little known, to become the North American industry leader in electric radiant floor heating with a manufacturing facility in Richmond, and US sales offices in Illinois and New Jersey. Nuheat employed 120 full-time staff across North America and had approximately 4,000 distribution partners before it was sold in 2015 to Pentair.

John enjoys leading Strategy Sessions for many diverse industry teams. In addition, John works with companies who are in succession and transition stages. He gives executive teams guidance and leadership using the tools he learned from the sale of two very successful businesses.


Working Lunch – HR Innovation Lab
DATE: Tuesday, April 2, 2019

TIME: 12:15pm – 13:45pm
AUDIENCE LEVEL: All

DESCRIPTION: Are you tired of solving problems in isolation? This interactive session invites you to join a movement of agile and inclusive collaboration – a unique opportunity to engage with your peers, and share experiences/ideas with other industry leaders in a World Café inspired format.

The HR Innovation Lab is a structured conversational forum for knowledge sharing and discovery. Arm yourself with the confidence to take action on insights, gain fresh ideas and develop actionable plans to get ahead of the curve with long term strategic planning at the HR Innovation Lab.

Lunch will be provided inside the HR Innovation Lab for attendees registered for this session.


Using Predictive Analytics to Transform Your HR Strategy
DATE: Tuesday, April 2, 2019

TIME: 1:45pm – 3:00pm
TRACK: Business Management & Strategy
AUDIENCE LEVEL: Mid-Level

DESCRIPTION: Traditionally, HR metrics have come in two forms: scorecards & dashboards. They capture the past & in some cases necessitate a reaction. It’s firefighting with spreadsheets.

Imagine a world where your HR data could be used proactively. Where you can leverage data from the past to predict the future. You can using predictive analytics. In this session we’ll simplify predictive analytics and discuss how to apply it in your organizations. You’ll walk away armed with greater knowledge and practical tips you can apply today. For free.

Though perhaps mostly importantly, we’ll discuss how predictive analytics holds the key to transforming the relationship with your stakeholders.

PRESENTER(S):

Matt Burns recently left the corporate world after 20 years with a singular goal: to raise $1M for charity within 5 years. He is passionate about innovation, technology & networking. Through the sharing of thought leadership, Matt developed a LinkedIn audience of over 30,000 in 90 days, by regularly tackling challenges facing the HR profession, while also sharing his vision for the future. He is the Co-Host of HR Leaders LIVE, a weekly Youtube series dedicated to HR leaders, and in October, launched his own podcast, #theintersect bringing together purpose-driven professionals from across disciplines to discuss & solve complex problems related to workplace culture & technology.

In addition to his work with the global HR community, Matt serves on a number of Advisory Boards with vendors that serve HR, where he brings expertise in the areas of strategy, innovation, marketing, technology & sales. In his last corporate role, Matt led an HR function recognized for the: “Most Innovative Use of HR Technology”. The team was recently recognized as a finalist for Canadian HR Team of the Year – Retail/Hospitality.


The Future of HR: How are Artificial Intelligence and Robotic Automation Transforming the HR Function?
DATE: Tuesday, April 2, 2019

TIME: 1:45pm – 3:00pm
TRACK: Business Management & Strategy
AUDIENCE LEVEL: Mid-Level

DESCRIPTION: AI technology and robotic automation are disrupting the world of business. How is the role of HR evolving in a rapidly changing landscape?

It all comes under the spotlight in this interactive session that explores how HR must rise to the challenge of unprecedented digital and technological disruption as well as analyzing how HR itself can achieve higher efficiency, effectiveness and value with the help of AI and robotic automation.

During this session we will look at:

  • How will AI and other new technologies disrupt HR? Moving from transactional HR to strategic HR – is AI the game changer for HR to be able to redefine itself?
  • The digital labour impact on the organization. What roles and skills will be automated or augmented across the organization and how?
  • The journey to digital labour for the HR function itself. What can HR do today to prepare itself for the future?
  • The role of people analytics in helping HR organizations prepare for the future of work. What people analytics practices are leading organizations globally implementing to get ready for the future of work?

Make sure you’re prepared for the future – don’t miss this vital discussion!

PRESENTER(S):

Stavros Demetriou is a Director in KPMG’s People and Change practice and has more than 14 years of Canadian and international management consulting experience. Stavros has assisted a number of leading oil and gas, financial services, technology and public sector organizations with their business and HR transformations.

Stavro’s key areas of specialization include workforce planning and analytics, talent management, organization design, HR process effectiveness and change management. Stavros focuses on using data and predictive analytics to help business leaders draw insights to attract, develop, retain and structure the teams they need to be successful. He is also very passionate about studying the impact of AI, automation and robotics on the future of work for organizations and people.

Deborah Versteeg is a Director within KPMG’s Advisory Services practice in Vancouver, Canada. Deborah has over 15 years of Canadian and international management consulting experience through technology enabled business transformations in the public sector, industrial and chemicals distribution, energy, and oil and gas. Deborah’s specialty is change management, employee readiness, and project management.

Deborah’s focus is partnering with HR and business leaders to prepare for process and technology change and improving the employee experience. Deborah establishes relationships of trust with leaders to coach and influence sustained organizational change.


The Strategy Struggle: How to Align Organizational Culture to Deliver on Your Strategy
DATE: Tuesday, April 2, 2019

TIME: 1:45pm – 3:00pm
TRACK: Business Management & Strategy
AUDIENCE LEVEL: Senior

DESCRIPTION: Most companies struggle to generate the expected benefits from investments in new strategies. In addition to the financial cost, the impact also extends to the morale in the business, especially after multiple disappointments associated with strategic planning. Often, the problem is not poor strategic choices, rather what’s missing is stronger alignment across the business model, particularly an incomplete link between culture and strategy. The session will define the key elements required in a fully aligned business model and also review the practical opportunities to align culture to deliver on organizational strategy and produce better results.
PRESENTER(S):

Since 2010, Alan Oishi has been providing strategic advisory services to purpose-led organizations across a diverse set of industry sectors. He is also a top-rated speaker to CEO & Executive Forum groups, including being named 2016 Canadian Speaker of the Year by TEC Canada. Alan is passionate about helping business leaders to align their teams behind a common vision and build the commercial and cultural assets to drive accelerated and sustainable growth.

Prior to 2010, Alan spent 18 years at Colliers International where he held positions in valuation consulting, investment brokerage, corporate finance, eBusiness, and M&A before being promoted to the executive management team. Alan’s executive roles included serving as Colliers’ Executive Vice President, Global Chief Operating Officer and Chief Executive, USA, in addition to sitting on the Board of Directors. In 2008, Alan was named to Business in Vancouver’s Top Forty Under Forty list.


Data & Love at Work: How are They the Same?
DATE: Tuesday, April 2, 2019

TIME: 1:45pm – 3:00pm
TRACK: Business Management & Strategy
AUDIENCE LEVEL: Senior

DESCRIPTION: Move over Gallup 12, let’s look at how we have created our own app to measure employee engagement and challenge traditional concepts of employee engagement. We don’t want to rely on lagging indicators of attrition, turnover rates or snapshots of Gallup surveys. We will share our journey and provide use cases on how we make our jobs more enjoyable and create more engaged employees.
PRESENTER(S):

Manu Varma is the VP of People and Culture at Traction on Demand with over 15 years of experience in high tech, utilities and finance. He has crafted a broad base of human resources skills as a generalist and as a specialist predominantly in organizational development around the world in China, India, France, the US and throughout Canada. He is a champion of creating solid people practices with specialties in employee engagement, recruitment, change management, training and leadership development, succession planning while also supporting the transactional side of HR. His two passions are people and bringing technology to the HR realm.

Now, at Traction on Demand, he is using Traction’s own cloud based apps with other apps in the Salesforce ecosystem, to revolutionize how companies leverage traditional HR practices with new and innovative tools. HR can really bring value and secure its seat at the table. The “People Cloud” is constantly looking for ways to create “more time for play” for HR professionals, their business partners and employees. Manu really believes in innovative people practices and using technology to make that happen.


Balanced Leadership: Leading with Heart and Backbone
DATE: Tuesday, April 2, 2019

TIME: 1:45pm – 3:00pm
TRACK: Personal and Professional Enrichment
AUDIENCE LEVEL: Mid-Level

DESCRIPTION: Heart of gold or backbone of steel? Effective leaders have both. In this workshop, you’ll learn more about the neuroscience of the social brain, the importance of courageous leadership, and techniques for handling difficult conversations. Leading with both heart and backbone will engage the hearts and commitment of others to achieve the goals and vision at hand. As an attendee of the session, you will take an assessment to determine the balance of your heart and backbone, and learn strategies to harness the power of both.
PRESENTER(S):

Sandra McDowell, CPHR is a sought-after speaker and facilitator on the topic of leadership. She takes complex topics, such as leadership, coaching, neuroleadership, and mindfulness, and explains them in a relatable way that supports leaders to lead with the brain in mind. Attendees of her sessions gain an increased understanding of how to harness the brain for improved productivity, communication, and overall well-being.

With a Masters in Leadership, a Certified Executive Coach (PCC) designation, a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) designation, and a Certificate in Neuroleadership, Sandra has been a driving force for increased leadership and coaching capacity within her executive role with First Credit Union, and within the national and international credit union system. She has served in the roles of COO and acting CEO at First CU¸ and earlier in her career was a recipient of both a national and international young leader award.

Sandra’s passion for supporting the leadership growth of others led her to develop the eLeadership Academy™ in 2014. In addition to founding the Academy, she authored the book Your Mother Was Right: 15 Unexpected Lessons About Leadership and the Brain. Within the book she makes a strong connection between common sense offered universally by mothers, leadership in the workplace and neuroscience.


Recruiting Outside Your Bubble
DATE: Tuesday, April 2, 2019

TIME: 1:45pm – 3:00pm
TRACK: Talent Management
AUDIENCE LEVEL: Mid-Level

DESCRIPTION: Given that great candidates can be found in far-flung locations, perhaps boasting untraditional professional profiles, employers can benefit from adopting cross-vertical recruiting strategies. Today, it is important to look beyond your traditional talent pool to find your next great hire. Learn how targeting candidates who don’t fit your usual recruitment profile may lead you to talent with the potential to transform your organization for the better.
PRESENTER(S):

Saeed Sadooghi, Recruitment Evangelist, Indeed Canada


The Theory of Creativity
DATE: Tuesday, April 2, 2019

TIME: 3:30pm – 5:00pm
TRACK: KEYNOTE
AUDIENCE LEVEL: All

DESCRIPTION: I believe that everyone is Creative. I also believe that the ability to think Creatively is the one core human truth that will remain relevant in the brave new world of Artificial Intelligence.

But haven’t we all been told we’re not creative? So many times in fact, that we end up believing it. But weren’t we all kids once?

Indeed, it is that childlike curiosity that led Einstein and Edison to discover major new theories and Disney and Jobs to create major new industries. But hasn’t our education and corporate structure taught us that there is only one right answer, so much so, that we all stopped looking for the next one?

Now combine our lack of creativity and curiosity with the real world around us. Drones will most likely make fireworks irrelevant in less than a decade. 3D printing will most likely make the traditional tool industry obsolete in the next few years too.

So how will we survive if we keep doing “business as usual,” iterating to achieve quarterly results vs innovating to survive? How can we embed a sustainable culture of innovation and creativity throughout our organizations, rather than leaving it to the few?

Leaning on 25 years with the Walt Disney Company, most recently as Head of Innovation & Creativity, I am now on a mission to prove that everyone is creative, by designing a tangible innovation tool kit that normal people can use to “Think Different;” to solve real challenges back in the marketplace.

During my talk, I will demonstrate a series of unique Creative Behaviors and Innovation Tools that deliver revolutionary thinking and substantial business results.

PRESENTER(S):

Having worked for the Walt Disney Company for some 25 years, Duncan Wardle now serves as an independent innovation and design thinking consultant, helping companies around the globe embed a culture of innovation and creativity across their organizations, delivering a series of keynotes, training workshops and leading innovation projects. His unique Design Thinking process helps people capture unlikely connections, leading to both fresh thinking and revolutionary ideas.

Most recently Duncan was Head of Innovation and Creativity for the Walt Disney Company, where he helped support franchises such as Lucas Films, Pixar, Marvel, Disney Imagineering, Disney Parks and ESPN. Working as innovation catalyst and cultural change agent, he helped each line of business increase their capacity to innovate at scale.

He is a Ted X speaker and contributor to Fast Company Magazine. He lectures at Yale, the University of North Carolina, Duke University and the University of Florida. In 2008 he received the American Citizen of Choice Award at the White House. In 2014 he was awarded an Hons. Doctorate from Edinburgh University in Scotland. He also holds the Duke of Edinburgh Award presented by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth.