27 - 29 October, 2019
Westin Harbour Castle, Toronto, ON

Agenda Day One, Sunday, October 27, 2019

10:00 am - 10:30 am Registration

10:30 am - 10:35 am Welcome Orientation

10:35 am - 10:50 am Thoughtexchange Welcome — App Introduction


Martin Levy, Account Executive at Thoughtexchange

Martin Levy

Account Executive

10:50 am - 11:00 am Chairperson's Opening Remarks

Hal Adler, Executive Coach, Founder at Leadership Landing

Hal Adler

Executive Coach, Founder
Leadership Landing

11:00 am - 11:35 am Talent Disruption: Challenging the Way Work Gets Done

With continuous workforce shifts, adaptability is more imperative than ever. Do you have the necessary agility within your organization to respond to the ever-changing demands of your customers and evolving workforce?  How can you create a competitive advantage in a way that’s counter to historical views of the employer/employee relationship? In this session you will:
Gain insight into how GE Healthcare is managing this challenge
Discuss ways to help your organization best equip themselves to engage in this disruptive state
Understand the impact on employee experience
Explore how to best drive the shift internal to your organization 
Brian McGarvey, Senior Human Resources Leader at GE Healthcare

Brian McGarvey

Senior Human Resources Leader
GE Healthcare

11:35 am - 12:10 pm Re-thinking the Tried and True: Prioritizing the Needs of the Business While Developing the Workforce Strategy of a New Industry

There is no quick fix to employee engagement, but there is a direct correlation between engaged employees and increased productivity. The Cannabis Industry is new and growing at a rapid pace. Without an existing talent pool, HR executives are not only being challenged with quickly onboarding individuals and overcoming the learning curve to adequately staff, but also predicting the future success of the business.  

In this discussion we will:
•Gain an understanding on how to develop a quick onboarding process  
•Uncover the benefits of incorporating agile methodology to workforce planning strategy
•Articulate clear paths to grow leaders from within
•Establish how to prioritize base on the needs of the business  
•Identifying new methods to measure candidate and employee engagement and experience

Dominique Jones, Chief People Officer at HEXO

Dominique Jones

Chief People Officer

12:10 pm - 12:20 pm The Art of Asking Great Questions

Great things happen when you ask the right questions and, having analyzed the responses to millions of reference questions that have passed across the Xref platform, these guys know a thing or two about what makes a good one.

Join Derek Smith to discover:
•Why the right questions are so important in today’s hiring climate 
•The five essential components of a great question
•How to use the right questions to conduct the best reference check 

James Lord, Sales Director at Xref

James Lord

Sales Director

12:20 pm - 12:25 pm Session Surveys App Feedback

12:25 pm - 2:00 pm Brunch & Networking Activity


2:00 pm - 2:35 pm “Let’s Give ‘em Something to Talk About” – The Power of Engaging the Employee Voice

Companies today face the challenge of engaging their employees in meaningful dialogue - whether it be due to geography, flex work - or simply that many people feel that speaking up has a cost associated with it.

In this talk we will examine:
•How technology can humanize the employee experience
•The power of allowing all voices to be heard which results in organizations benefiting from higher engagement 
•The value of gathering ideas and solutions from a broader, more diverse population

Dessalen Wood, Chief People Officer at Thoughtexchange

Dessalen Wood

Chief People Officer

2:40 pm - 3:10 pm Business Meetings

3:10 pm - 3:40 pm Business Meetings

3:40 pm - 4:10 pm Business Meetings

4:10 pm - 4:25 pm Networking Break

4:25 pm - 4:35 pm The Employee Career Experience: Uncovering the 6 Best-In-Class Practices Associated With Better Business Performance

As we approach 2020, workforce agility is in demand. During this Ignite, attendees will learn how to craft a best-in-class career experience across the talent lifecycle. Results from the Fuel50 global career benchmarking research will be shared.
Anne Fulton, Chief Executive Officer at Fuel50

Anne Fulton

Chief Executive Officer

4:35 pm - 5:10 pm Enabling a Culture of Excellence

With unemployment at an all time low of 5.6% in Canada, Executives are struggling to find innovative ways to not only acquire and retain top talent but ensure they are doing everything to achieve organizational goals and objectives. Companies are looking to create a culture of excellence to enables organizational capacity and build environment that engages and empowers employees. Explore the lessons learned through the journey of using integrated talent management to work toward a building culture of excellence and industry’s best team. You will examine how to use business alignment, engagement, employee and leadership development to improve your business results. Throughout the session, you will assess where your organization is in these areas, and discuss actions you can take to improve.

•Explore how to move to a true business partner by better aligning with senior leadership
•Use employee engagement, enablement and leadership development to improve culture 
•Assess the state of your current talent management process and identify the areas you should focus on for maximum leverage

Satvir Jatana, Chief Human Resources Officer at Manitoba Public Insurance PH

Satvir Jatana

Chief Human Resources Officer
Manitoba Public Insurance PH

In order to remain competitive in today’s market, the need for change is more prevalent than ever. Companies are being forced to come up with new and innovative ways to diversify their leadership by providing many opportunities for growth and advancement. Join this interactive panel discussion on how today’s brightest CHRO’s are uncovering hidden biases and creating a culture of innovation through implementing diversity throughout. 

•Articulate a clear path to leadership
•Break down silos and move beyond compliance-driven structures 
•Identify the benefits of a structured effort to diversify culture

Hal Adler, Executive Coach, Founder at Leadership Landing

Hal Adler

Executive Coach, Founder
Leadership Landing

Teresa Vozza, Vice President, Human Resources at Allianz

Teresa Vozza

Vice President, Human Resources

Margo Gordon, Vice President, Human Resources at Teknion

Margo Gordon

Vice President, Human Resources

Carolynn Ryan, Chief Human Resources Officer at BC Hydro

Carolynn Ryan

Chief Human Resources Officer
BC Hydro

5:55 pm - 6:00 pm Chairperson's Remarks, Session Surveys App Feedback

6:00 pm - 6:30 pm Cocktail Reception