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Caregiver-Friendly Workplaces Expert Panel Discussions And Workshop

Learn how supporting employees balancing work and elder care is good for business!

3hrs.pngAn aging population means ever greater numbers of older workers are balancing work and caregiving responsibilities for family and friends with illness, chronic conditions and/or disability. This new reality has impacts for both employers and caregivers.

Human Resources Professionals Association and the Forum of Federal/ Provincial/Territorial Ministers Responsible for Seniors would like to invite you to an afternoon of facilitated panel discussions (live or online) and break-out sessions focusing on issues faced by older workers balancing work and caregiving and their employers, as well as promising practices around building caregiver-friendly workplaces.

Learn from a panel of international and Canadian employers and other experts:

  • How the increasing number of employed caregivers will re-shape your workplace
  • How supporting employed caregivers is good for business
  • Innovative workplace strategies and policies to support employed caregivers

And discuss how to apply caregiver-friendly workplace models to your own organization!


  • HRPA 2015 Annual Conference & Trade Show
    Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building
    222 Bremner Blvd. Toronto, ON, M5V 3L9
    Or online via videoconference


  • January 20, 2015, 2 – 5 pm


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About the Panel

MODERATOR: Kathryn A. Butler Malette, CHRL
The former Chief Human Resources Officer for the House of Commons, Kathryn is a member of the Canadian College of Health Leaders and the Champion’s Council of the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association.

Dr. Jack Watters, Vice President External Medical Affairs, Pfizer Inc.
Dr. Watters represents Pfizer on matters of corporate responsibility and human rights, especially relating to raising political will for older citizens. He serves on the boards of the American Federation for Aging Research and HelpAge International.

Stephen Shea, Managing Partner, Ernst & Young
Canadian Managing Partner, Talent, for Ernst & Young LLP in Canada, Stephen is a frequent speaker on diversity, inclusion and human-equity, and a corporate leader in the area of flexible work arrangements.

Caterina Sanders, Vice President, Habanero Consulting Group
Caterina is accountable for ensuring Habanero’s operations align with and deliver on the firm’s long term vision. She oversees the design and delivery of Habanero’s employee and contractor experience.

Dr. Donna Lero, Professor, University of Guelph
Donna is co-founder of the Centre for Families, Work and Well-Being, where she leads research on workplace practices and community supports. Her publications include The availability, accessibility and effectiveness of workplace supports for Canadian caregivers and A Cost-Benefit Review of Work-Life Balance Practices.

Marcella Daye, Senior Policy Analyst, Canadian Human Rights Commission
Marcella recently led a national consultation with stakeholders to develop the Canadian Human Rights Commission’s Guide to Balancing Work and Caregiving Obligations and has presented on this issue at national conferences.

Natalie Scott, Managing Director, Global Benefits & Recognition, BMO
Natalie leads a group of HR professionals in Canada and the U.S. in the design and delivery of programs across the enterprise. Over the past 3 years, Natalie’s focus in the Benefits and Wellness domain has been on equipping employees both at and away from work to deliver on their full potential.

Dr. Joel Sadavoy, Head of Geriatric Psychiatry, Reitman Centre Working Carers Program, Mt. Sinai Hospital

At the University of Toronto and Mount Sinai Hospital, Dr. Sadavoy is a Professor of Psychiatry and holds the Sam and Judy Pencer Chair in Applied General Psychiatry. His clinical interests focus on clinical psychiatric care of the elderly with special reference to personality and development in aging, psychopharmacology, practical application of research in service delivery and overcoming barriers to access to mental health care for ethnoracial communities especially for seniors.

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