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

Agenda Day Two, Monday, October 28, 2019

7:15 am - 8:00 am Breakfast

8:00 am - 8:05 am Chairperson's Recap of Day One

Hal Adler, Executive Coach, Founder at Leadership Landing

Hal Adler

Executive Coach, Founder
Leadership Landing

8:05 am - 8:40 am The Empowered CHRO: The evolving C-Suite Role In The 21st Century

Accelerating leadership development and retaining/attracting talent remains the top concerns of CEOs across the globe. Here’s where
HR can come to the rescue and prove its financial worth — linking talent planning to business strategy. Such an approach can only
work if HR leaders are willing to transform themselves from compliance managers to strategic forecasters, who can ensure a highquality
supply of talent while developing their own internal chain of nextgen leaders. To achieve a real seat at the C-Suite business
planning table, key innovative actions must be embraced by the CHRO. Jim Reid, CHRO, Rogers Communications, will take us on
Rogers Communications’ journey back to #1 and how his team was able to drive the relationship between leadership teams, culture,
and performance.
Jim Reid, CHRO at Rogers Communications Inc.

Jim Reid

Rogers Communications Inc.

8:40 am - 8:50 am Learn It. Know It. Live It – Engaging Stakeholders and Building Consensus for Financial Wellness

We will share lessons learned working with companies in multiple sectors on how to define, design and deploy an effective financial
wellness program.

• Learn tactical ways to build internal consensus
• Hear how organizations from different sectors engage their employees in financial wellness
• Understand common pitfalls in deploying financial wellness
• Look beyond basic program components and focus on program designs integrated with business strategies and goals
• Leave with ideas on how to evaluate and design a program “right-sized” for your organization


8:55 am - 9:40 am Consumer-Facing Recruitment: The Winning Formula for Engaging Talent
Modern job seekers are more powerful than ever before. Today,
brand loyalty and consumer-facing recruitment have sparked a shift
in power from employer to job seeker, causing a revolution in the
way companies attract, recruit, and hire new talent. Be it with an
outstanding corporate culture and benefits package, a user-friendly
career portal, or mobile application experience, more companies
are putting a positive candidate experience first, because without
one, there’s too much at stake.
Recruiting practices are an extension of your corporate brand –
and candidates are ultimately your customers. Join this session
and learn:

• How consumer trends impact candidate engagement
• Where employers are losing the war for top talent
• The tools you need for better hiring insights to impact your
business bottom line


8:55 am - 9:40 am Get Ready for the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Wave. What HR Organizations Need to Know
Learn to separate the signal from the noise in applying AI to
HR and talent acquisition organization challenges. The hype
surrounding AI carries enormous expectations. Steve will explore
key innovations that make new opportunities possible, lay out
where AI’s promise will be realized, and point out traps along the

• What is Artificial Intelligence as it relates to HR / talent
• How does AI create efficiencies in your HR organization?
• What are pitfalls to look out for in AI?

9:45 am - 10:00 am Networking Break

10:00 am - 10:30 am Business Meetings

10:30 am - 11:00 am Business Meetings

11:00 am - 11:30 am Business Meetings

11:35 am - 12:05 pm Slam Dunk your Modern Leadership Development Strategy

In today’s world of rapid change and complexity, we need more leadership, not just more leaders. Leadership is about behaviour, regardless of a person’s title or where they fall in the company hierarchy. As organizations face new and unfamiliar challenges, success depends on increasing the frequency of leadership behaviours from individuals and teams to ensure that the organization as a whole has the right leadership, at the right moment, for the right context. 

  • Grow leaders who can effectively tackle critical people interactions in any given day
  • Shape leadership capabilities to drive transformation in alignment with business strategy
  •  Accelerate the building of a future-focused leadership bench across levels

12:10 pm - 1:10 pm Networking Lunch

Roundtable Discussions- Choose Your Topic

1:15 pm - 2:10 pm Practitioner Roundtable Discussions

Earlier in the Exchange, we collected your insights and challenges using Thoughtexchange.  We identified the highest rated topic areas. During this session, you’ll have the opportunity to choose a topic and participate in a small group discussion. You will work in groups to develop an action plan for improvement.

2:15 pm - 2:45 pm Business Meetings

2:45 pm - 3:15 pm Business Meetings

3:15 pm - 3:45 pm Business Meetings

3:45 pm - 4:00 pm Networking Break

4:00 pm - 4:50 pm Moving Corporate Boundaries to Create a Diverse Culture of Innovation

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


4:55 pm - 5:40 pm Beyond the Headlines – Cultural Movements, Pay Equity, and Competitive Advantage
Between Hollywood scandals and new salary history laws, systemic pay disparity has been a hot topic, spiking awareness through movements like #timesup and the publicity storm around wage discrimination plaguing large companies. For business leaders, the pressure is high to identify and resolve pay disparities in their own organization. As companies look to their compensation teams to develop and implement a pay equity strategy, it’s critical for compensation professionals to understand how to:

• Champion pay equity and ensure the entire organization
adheres to the strategy
• Discuss the long-term business benefits of implementing a pay
equity strategy’
• Receive tips on creating structured processes to support your
pay equity strategy
• Gain best practices for educating decision makers and
communicating compensation decisions


4:55 pm - 5:40 pm Wellbeing: Enabling Peak Performance of Your Leadership and Workforce
The innovativeness and competitiveness of an organization is enabled by many things, namely the intellectual curiosity and
agility, emotional intelligence and resilience of its employees. These attributes are fueled by the mental, emotional and physical wellbeing of the employee. A broad culture of wellbeing is achieved when leaders at the top of the organization invest in their own wellbeing, which not only catalyzes a culture of wellbeing within the organization but also the leaders’ own ability to thrive in increasingly demanding roles.

• Clinically proven wellbeing outcomes
• Leadership programming that addresses holistic wellbeing
(including physical wellbeing, mental and emotional resilience,
and character-centered leadership)
• Wellbeing activation that can be scaled to all levels of an

5:45 pm - 6:30 pm Career Pathing in The New World

Lack of career advancement is the number one reason people leave organizations. This challenge is exacerbated by today’s flattening organizational structures, and by increasing competition in the employment marketplace. Organizations must find new ways to support the career aspirations of their employees in order to attract and retain top talent. In this group, share ideas for redefining career paths, and for marketing and supporting those career frameworks within your organization.

5:45 pm - 6:30 pm Beyond the Hype: How Blockchain for HR and Recruitment Might Just Be the Next Game Changer

In this roundtable we will start with a clear definition of blockchain and hear how it can be applied to HR processes focused on recruitment and talent management. Attendees will learn how to navigate the complexities of this new application and review the cost savings and productivity benefits. 

5:45 pm - 6:30 pm Navigating a Shifting Talent Landscape: The Framework for Great Hiring

Today, there are two conflicting forces - people need companies less than ever. On the other side, companies need people more than ever. Bridging the gap between business and recruiting is no longer optional. So what do you do about it? In this conversation, we’ll explore how HR and non-HR business leaders are navigating this shifting talent landscape and winning the competition for talent. Together we’ll discuss the framework for what great hiring looks like today.

6:30 pm - 7:00 pm Networking Reception & Dinner