CHRO Dinner Series with Les Dakens

2 Hours

Date and Time

Starts:09/13/2016 6:00 PM

Ends:09/13/2016 8:30 PM

Event Type

Executive Programs


One Restaurant, Hazelton Hotel

116 Yorkville Avenue

Toronto, ON


$140 + Taxes
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Join HRPA, Les Dakens and senior HR executive peers for straight talk on how the CHRO creates business value.

This exclusive dinner series provides insights into and discussion of all the critical CHRO functions and illustrates the theory with case studies from real companies, real executives and real situations.

The Venue:

All dinners are held at One Restaurant, Hazelton Hotel, 116 Yorkville Avenue, Toronto, starting at 6pm and ending no later than 8:30pm. There is Green P parking across the street and Bay, Museum subway stops are only one block away.

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"This book is a treasure trove of insights, tools and actions that move the HR profession to a new standard." - Dave Ulrich

"A great read for current and aspiring CHROs and some great insights for CEOs." - Bill Conaty, former SVP Corporate HR at General Electric

"Entertaining anecdotes and real-world experiences provide countless helpful tips and direction for aspiring CHROs and seasoned executives alike." - John Brock, Chairman & CEO, Coca-Cola Enterprises

"A comprehensive must read for CEOs, Corporate Boards and their HR Committees, and all those involved with the HR function." - Stephen Wetmore, President & CEO, Canadian Tire Corporation

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Speaker bio(s)

Leslie Dakens

Leslie Dakens, CHRE

Les Dakens became Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer for Maple Leaf Foods Inc. in January 2011 and retired in December 2013.

From 2008 to 2010, Les was the principal of Pineridge Consulting Inc, a human resources consulting firm through which he provided executive level coaching to Human Resources leaders and Human Resources Committees of Corporate Boards of many leading Canadian companies.

Previously he held the executive position of Senior Vice-President, People with CN Rail which he joined in 2001. Prior to that he spent most of his years in the food business, holding progressively senior roles in human resources with Cadbury Beverages before joining H.J. Heinz in 1990 as the North American Vice-President of Human Resources. He began his career with Nortel in 1975.

He has accumulated a wealth of knowledge and expertise over more than 30 years working with top tier companies and is widely recognized for his leadership in developing best practices as one of North America's top human resource professionals. Les is also the author of two successful business books: Switchpoints, Culture Change on the Fast Track to Business Success and Employee Performance Scorecards.

Mr. Dakens holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from York University, a Business Administration diploma in marketing from Sheridan College and is a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors' Directors Education Program. Additionally he is a faculty member at Rotman's HRC Program. Les is a Board Director with Equitable Life of Canada, Walden House, and the Alzheimer Society of Toronto.

All of the author's proceeds from the "Real Deal" book will be donated to the Alzheimer Society of Canada, to support their research efforts.

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