Ready, Set, Go:
Overcoming Challenges and Moving Forward with Confidence and Resilience

HR professionals continue to be at the forefront of navigating change.

From immediate concerns about health and safety to longer term planning for current workforce needs, combined with all the existing challenges pre-pandemic, there is a balancing act of tackling what is immediately on the horizon, thinking about how to build resilient workplaces & workforces, and anticipating how the future will be impacted and what risks lie ahead.

HRPA’s Fall Conference is here to help you navigate these waters.

Join your fellow HR colleagues for the Fall Conference on November 16 – 18, 2021.

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22 CPD Hours
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Member, Non-Member and Student pricing available.

Details in the “Pricing” tab.

Early bird ends October 19, 2021.

The HRPA 2021 Fall Conference
November 16-18, 2021

Not sure of your schedule?
Register anyway to gain access to the conference recordings post-event.

Conference Themes

This three half-day conference will bring together speakers, subject matter experts, and HR community members to discuss:

  • “The Great Resignation” phenomenon
  • Talent upskilling needs and methods
  • Disability and mental health management
  • Hybrid work and organizational culture evolvement, and
  • Policies development and risks considerations.

All of the above will be also looked at and examined through an Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) lens.

Ready: On the Horizon

What are the immediate issues that you need to take care of? Spanning a range of topics like the “Great Resignation”, the conundrum of laws, and ways to facilitate a smooth re-entry into the workforce, there are plenty of tools that HR professionals can deploy, to ensure their organizations are best positioned to wade through today’s murky waters. It will be particularly important to consider and plan for disruptions that may impact re-opening plans, such as emerging variants of the COVID-19 virus, potential spikes in cases and other risks.

Set: Building Resilient Organizations and Workforces

Organizational agility and ability to bounce back from challenging situations are vital for succeeding in the present world of work. Fostering a culture of belonging in hybrid environments, designing high-functioning teams, and keeping mental health at the forefront are key to building resilience at all levels in organizations.

Go: The Long Road Ahead

As we all look ahead, how is your organization preparing for the long-term impacts of COVID-19? These times will be testing grounds for new policies and programs, calling for a purposeful focus on disability management, building diverse workforces and talent recruitment and retention. We are lacking leading examples as we chart unexplored territory, making it all the more important to gain knowledge and insight from experts that get you asking the right questions and on track for wherever the long road ahead takes us.

Why attend:

  • Gain the latest insights and information to support your business and prepare for the future
  • Learn from leading experts on today’s most pressing workplace issues
  • Hear how to safeguard your organization from risk and help unlock human potential
  • Address some of today’s most pervasive issues pertaining to a safe and compliant workplace, including vaccinations, occupational health and safety, and human rights issues
  • Collaborate with and learn from other HR professionals facing similar workplace challenges

Who should attend?

  • HR Specialists, HR Generalists, HR Managers, HR Directors, HR Business Partners
  • Organizational Development Professionals and others who lead or execute OD strategies and programs in their organizations
  • Business Leaders who are responsible for employee wellbeing, employee engagement, leadership, and policy development

The HRPA 2021 Fall Conference
November 16-18, 2021

Not sure of your schedule?
Register anyway to gain access to the conference recordings post-event.

Conference Themes

This three half-day conference will bring together speakers, subject matter experts, and HR community members to discuss:

  • “The Great Resignation” phenomenon
  • Talent upskilling needs and methods
  • Disability and mental health management
  • Hybrid work and organizational culture evolvement, and
  • Policies development and risks considerations.

All of the above will be also looked at and examined through an Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) lens.

Ready: On the Horizon

What are the immediate issues that you need to take care of? Spanning a range of topics like the “Great Resignation”, the conundrum of laws, and ways to facilitate a smooth re-entry into the workforce, there are plenty of tools that HR professionals can deploy, to ensure their organizations are best positioned to wade through today’s murky waters. It will be particularly important to consider and plan for disruptions that may impact re-opening plans, such as emerging variants of the COVID-19 virus, potential spikes in cases and other risks.

Set: Building Resilient Organizations and Workforces

Organizational agility and ability to bounce back from challenging situations are vital for succeeding in the present world of work. Fostering a culture of belonging in hybrid environments, designing high-functioning teams, and keeping mental health at the forefront are key to building resilience at all levels in organizations.

Go: The Long Road Ahead

As we all look ahead, how is your organization preparing for the long-term impacts of COVID-19? These times will be testing grounds for new policies and programs, calling for a purposeful focus on disability management, building diverse workforces and talent recruitment and retention. We are lacking leading examples as we chart unexplored territory, making it all the more important to gain knowledge and insight from experts that get you asking the right questions and on track for wherever the long road ahead takes us.

Why attend:

  • Gain the latest insights and information to support your business and prepare for the future
  • Learn from leading experts on today’s most pressing workplace issues
  • Hear how to safeguard your organization from risk and help unlock human potential
  • Address some of today’s most pervasive issues pertaining to a safe and compliant workplace, including vaccinations, occupational health and safety, and human rights issues
  • Collaborate with and learn from other HR professionals facing similar workplace challenges

Who should attend?

  • HR Specialists, HR Generalists, HR Managers, HR Directors, HR Business Partners
  • Organizational Development Professionals and others who lead or execute OD strategies and programs in their organizations
  • Business Leaders who are responsible for employee wellbeing, employee engagement, leadership, and policy development

November 16 Agenda

8:45 AM – 9:00 AM

Welcome & Opening Remarks

Speaker(s): Kris Tierney, CHRP, CHRL, Vice President, Human Resources and Learning; Lindsay Recknell, President & CEO, Mental Health in Minutes

9:00 AM – 9:30 AM

#100 Fireside Chat with Ontario Human Rights Commission’s Chief Commissioner

For nearly two years now, HR professionals have been the forefront of addressing massive disruption. Challenges abound surrounding new legislation, return to work, talent migration, vaccination policies, digital transformations, promises on DEI commitments, maintaining a human right’s perspective and so much more.

To kick off this conference, join us for an inspiring fireside chat with HRPA’s CEO and Ontario Human Rights Commission’s Chief Commissioner.

Speakers:

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Louise Taylor Green, ICD.D., MBA, CMC, PCC, CHRL, CHRE, Chief Executive Officer, HRPA

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Patricia DeGuire, Chief Commissioner, Ontario Human Rights Commission


9:30 AM – 10:30 AM

BREAKOUT SESSIONS: Select 1 of 4

These themed sessions are your opportunity to connect with your HR peers on topics that matter the most to you. Guided by a facilitator and assisted by moderators, you as the audience member drive the discussion. Come prepared to share your ideas, present your best practices and solutions and get possible answers to your own questions. Each topic question will be divided into smaller breakout groups for enhanced discussion; participants will then share their group highlights with the main group to evaluate similarities and differences. Share your notes with your facilitator and HRPA will provide summary notes to share with the group post-event. These sessions will not be recorded and are intended to serve as a safe space for attendees to voice concerns, get feedback and learn together.

#101 Talent Retention

  • What are the most effective tools and resources you are using to support People Managers in improving retention?

#102 Hybrid Work Environments

  • How do we prevent burnout in a hybrid environment? Will there be added fatigue from having to switch between office and home? Would one location ease this burden or can we be resilient enough to adapt?

#103 Diverse Talent Attraction and Recruitment

  • What does your organization do to attract diverse talent? What methods do you find work best?

#104 Workforce Upskilling

  • How do you encourage your workforce to learn new skills that are aligned with evolving organizational needs?


10:45 AM – 11:45 AM

#106 Keynote: Culture Transformation

Microsoft Canada’s Culture Transformation and Hybrid Work Strategy has changed significantly over the past 1.5 years since the onset of the pandemic.

Join Carolyn Byer, Head of HR at Microsoft Canada & Naomi Titleman Colla, Co-Founder of future foHRward for an engaging keynote conversation around navigating hybrid work, workplace culture, employee wellbeing, and much more.

Speakers:

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Carolyn Byer, Human Resources Lead, Microsoft Canada

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Naomi Titleman Colla, Co-Founder, future foHRward

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12:00 PM – 1:00 AM

CONCURRENT SESSIONS: Select 1 of 3

#107 Disruptors to Reopening: Being Ready

In these disruptive times, human resource and strategy leaders are well on their way to reimagining the workplace of the future. Along the way, they have had to re-write the scripts of almost every part of their day. They’re ready to lean in and support organizational well-being, coach new competencies required during and after the pandemic and centrally position their contributions to grow and nurture positive workplace culture. What all of this tells us is that they are ready to reignite their leadership in new ways to support themselves, their institutions and society as a whole.

Join this energizing conversation with Dr. Jill Birch and Ingrid Wilson on how the pandemic has changed the way we work, not just in corporate offices, but also for front-line and essential workers. Also explore how technology has accelerated organizational effectiveness, creating the need for new employee skills and cultivating opportunities for development. We welcome your active participation in this high energy, interactive discussion.

Speaker(s): Jill Birch, Founder & CEO BirchGrove Inc.; Ingrid Wilson, Senior Director, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Walmart Canada

#108 Building a Culture of Accommodation

In the workplace, an ethos of accommodation is necessary to ensure that individuals with a mental or physical health impairment are provided with the appropriate supports at all levels to ensure their successful participation in employment. This is the first critical step towards effective long-term disability inclusion which fully integrates individuals with disabilities, not as an exception or special effort, but as a rule and general practice. Several best practices and internationally recognized disability management strategies, policies and programs have been developed to support employers across Canada and internationally in achieving equitable accommodations for workers.

Speaker(s): Wolfgang Zimmermann, Executive Director, National Institute of Disability Management and Research (NIDMAR) and President, Pacific Coast University for Workplace Health Sciences

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#109 Equity and the Three Rs: Representation, Recruitment and Retention of “Diverse” Talent

In this session we will explore representation, recruitment and retention through the lens of equity, diversity and inclusion.

Participants will explore how blind spots and biases can undermine our efforts to make a real difference in how they approach and evaluate the 3 Rs. Attendees will also strengthen their understanding of how equity, inclusion and the 3 Rs are linked and learn what it means to embrace equity and inclusion in an organization.

Speaker(s): Annemarie Shrouder, Speaker, Consultant, and Workshop Facilitator, Annemarie Shrouder International


1:00 PM – 1:05 PM

Closing Remarks & Day 1 Wrap-up

Speaker(s): Kris Tierney, CHRP, CHRL, Vice President, Human Resources and Learning; Lindsay Recknell, President & CEO, Mental Health in Minutes


Please note that HRPA reserves the right to modify and update session titles, descriptions and speakers.

Speaker Biographies – November 16

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Kris Tierney, CHRP, CHRL

Vice President, HR and Learning, HRPA

Kris’ approach as an executive leader is to achieve results by creating outstanding workplaces where people and culture are strategic priorities. She is a passionate and skilled business executive with 15 years’ experience leading HR in hi-tech, high growth companies in automotive and financial services, where she served as a trusted people and culture strategist, advisor and business partner to the C-Suite.

Kris started her career in hospitality where she held various leadership and management positions. For more than 20 years, Kris has served as a valued member of senior and executive leadership teams, where her skills in HR, leadership, strategy, and culture were honed and her passion for business and human resources were developed. She is periodically called upon by media, conferences and academia to contribute her experience and perspectives as an HR and business leader.

Kris has achieved the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) and Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) designations as awarded by the Human Resources Professionals Association in Ontario, Canada. As a lifelong learner, Kris is thrilled to bring professional development and learning opportunities to the HR community in her role as Vice-President, Human Resources and Learning at the HRPA.

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Lindsay Recknell

President & CEO, Mental Health in Minutes

As the president & CEO of Mental Health in Minutes, Lindsay Recknell continues to raise mental health maturity in organizations while making conversations about mental health in the workplace as normalized as any other conversation.

A certified Psychological Health & Safety Advisor, Lindsay works with companies and organizations to increase their levels of psychological health and safety in the workplace using Positive Psychology i.e. evidence-based, practical tips and techniques to increase well-being within organizations, by increasing well-being in individuals.

She empowers individuals, strengthens teams and transforms organizations through her Mental Health in Minutes subscriptionBurnout & Boundaries workshop series and Hope Motivates Action program. Lindsay lives in Calgary with her husband and their two Golden Retrievers.

Louise Taylor Green
Louise Taylor Green, ICD.D., MBA, CMC, PCC, CHRL, CHRE

Chief Executive Officer, HRPA

Louise Taylor Green is Chief Executive Officer of the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA), the regulatory association for the HR profession in Ontario, with 26 chapters and over 24,000 members.

Louise is one of those rare Chief Human Resources Officers who has transitioned in and out of HR and into running a line of business. In fact, she’s done this several times in multi-billion-dollar corporations in aviation, financial services, property and casualty insurance, and healthcare.

Over the course of her career, Louise has held an unwavering belief that an organization’s talent is the key to unlocking and elevating organizational performance. By advocating for a talent-first agenda, she believes that the HR leadership must assume responsibility as the architect of optimal organizational effectiveness through intentional culture design, a dynamic HR operating model and an HR team that has real skin-in-the-game for their clients’ success. She believes that HR has never been more influential to business than right now.

Louise is a certified HR professional (holding the CHRP, CHRL and CHRE designations), an ICF-certified coach (PCC), a certified management consultant with the Institute of Certified Management Consultants of Ontario (CMC), and an accredited director with the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD.D).

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Patricia DeGuire, Chief Commissioner

Chief Commissioner, Ontario Human Rights Commission

Patricia DeGuire is a woman of colour who pushes boundaries to ensure access to justice, equality and equity. She has a passion for the rule of law and a commitment to public service, mentoring, coaching and legal education.

A member of the Ontario bar since February 1993, she is a professional adjudicator/ arbitrator/ mediator/ coach and was a Deputy Judge with the Ontario Superior Court of Justice – SCC Division. For over 25 years, she has served on provincial and federal tribunals, including as Vice-Chair at the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, the Immigration Appeal Division/IRB, and the OLRB/Pay Equity Hearings Tribunal. She has also held senior leadership roles with JusticeNet, Legal Aid Ontario, the Ontario and Canadian Bar Associations, and the Women’s Law Association of Ontario (WLAO). Patricia was a member of the CABL, OBA, LSUC and WLAO mentorship programs and is an avid mentor and coach for many youths and adults in the legal and other professions. She is a constitutional law scholar, holds a Fellow of Chartered Insurance Professionals of Canada – Claims Major; and is co-author and co-editor of the first Canadian Insurance Dictionary.

Patricia has served in leading roles with the Black North Initiative and is a founder of the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers and the Black Law Student Association Canada (BLSAC). She was also a frequent lecturer at the Organization of Commonwealth Caribbean Bars Association International Law Forum, and with the Faculty of Society of Ontario Adjudicators and Regulators. She is the founder of the Forum for Education for At-Risk Youths and speaks often to students at all levels of schooling. Patricia’s many career honours include the BLSA-C 2021 Impact Award, Canadian Bar Association 2020 Touchstone Award, CBA Rare-Find in April 2012, and the OBA’s Distinguished Service Award in 2020. She also received Legal Aid Ontario’s 2007 GEM Award for outstanding public service for providing access to justice access for low-income individuals and communities, the 2006 Law Society of Upper Canada Lincoln Alexander Award, and the BLSAC named the cup for the Julius Alexander Diversity Moot in her honour – the Patricia DeGuire Diversity Moot Cup.

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Carolyn Byer

Human Resources Lead, Microsoft Canada

Carolyn works closely with President Kevin Peesker and the Leadership Team to develop and execute the people strategy for Microsoft Canada. She leads a team of HR professionals focused on developing Microsoft’s talent, organization and culture to accelerate the company’s own business transformation and impact the broader Microsoft ecosystem.

A strong business leader with proven experience in the C-suite and across all levels of management, Carolyn is a champion of Microsoft’s “learn it all” and growth mindset” tenets and is committed to continuing to grow Microsoft’s diverse and inclusive workforce.

Prior to joining Microsoft, Carolyn served in a variety of HR disciplines globally at IBM for more than 17 years. She has a Bachelor of Psychology from University of Guelph and a Masters in Human Resources from Rutgers University. Outside of work, Carolyn focuses on her family. She enjoys conversing with others and expanding her perspectives and can typically be found on a soccer field or a lake.

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Naomi Titleman Colla

Co-Founder, future foHRward

As Co-Founder of future foHRward, Naomi brings an unmatched wealth of experience and perspective to developing leading-edge content, events, and thought leadership for HR leaders. She is also the Founder of Collaborativity Inc., a Toronto-based consultancy focused on driving progressive talent strategy in the new world of work and a monthly contributor to the Globe and Mail’s Report on Business. She has proven success leading teams and collaborating with senior executives and boards of directors to develop and implement creative strategies to maximize employee engagement and, ultimately, drive business impact.

From 2010 to 2016, Naomi held multiple HR roles at American Express, most recently as Vice-President and Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) of Amex Canada, responsible for all aspects of the end-to-end employee experience for the Canadian business. Prior to American Express, Naomi spent 10 years consulting with financial services institutions, as a member of Deloitte’s Enterprise Risk Services and Human Capital practices, in New York.

Naomi holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McGill University. She is the winner of the 2016 HR Leader of the Year award (Canadian HR Awards), the 2016 HR Professional of the Year award (National HR Awards) and was named one of HR Reporter’s 2016 Top 25 HR Professionals of the Year.

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Dr. Jill Birch

Founder & CEO, BirchGrove Inc.

Dr. Jill Birch is a leadership and strategic advisor, researcher and author. Jill is Founder and CEO of BirchGrove Inc., where she supports leaders to design innovative strategies, build stronger teams, lead change and achieve growth in their strategic imperatives.

Jill has held CEO roles as well as having been a member of several C-suites in the not-for-profit and for-profit sectors. She worked at Knightsbridge Human Capital Solutions and the Schulich School of Business where she launched their in-company leadership practice. She has also worked extensively with energy, finance, digital, telecommunications, professional services, education, health, and not-for-profit sectors.

In addition to providing customized leadership development and strategy services, Jill has spoken to thousands of leaders around the world.

Jill holds a Doctorate from Griffith University in Australia where she studied relational leadership and a Master’s degree from OISE/University of Toronto, where she researched how CEOs learn to lead and how they learn to learn.

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Ingrid Wilson

Senior Director, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Walmart Canada

Ingrid Wilson is an accomplished senior executive with almost 30 years of experience in corporate human resources, and board, inclusivity and business strategy. She has organizational experience with the not-for-profit and public sectors, private and public companies, in regulatory environments, with global expertise working for organizations with diverse operations, including in the US and Europe.

She also holds several certifications in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and has extensive expertise executing organizational strategies to foster inclusive workspace environments and communities.

On a personal level, in a board and volunteer capacity and as a mediator and facilitator, Ingrid works with and supports organizations addressing the needs of vulnerable and marginalized communities. Ingrid also currently volunteers as a mentor in the C-Suite Mentorship program for Black Mentorship Inc. In addition, she currently serves on several community and organization boards and on the Appeal Committee of the HRPA.

Ingrid has pursued excellence in strategic human resources and leadership through the CHRP and CHRL designations, and through programs at Queen’s University and the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto where she currently serves on the HR Advisory Group for Executive Development programs focused on HR leaders. Ingrid also holds the Compensation Management Specialist (CMS) designation, through the Certified Employee Benefit Specialist (CEBS) program.

She is currently the Senior Director, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for Walmart Canada, a position that allows her to be part of the equity and inclusion journey lifting up communities for financial sustainability, growth, and development, through a focus on employment equity, health equity and wellness, and education and development.

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Wolfgang Zimmermann,

Executive Director, National Institute of Disability Management and Research (NIDMAR) and President, Pacific Coast University for Workplace Health Sciences

Wolfgang became involved in the disability management field starting in the late 1980’s. Following a severe industrial accident in 1977, he was retrained and continued to work for his pre-disability employer until his official retirement from that organization in 2010.

Currently, Wolfgang is Executive Director of the National Institute of Disability Management and Research (NIDMAR), an internationally recognized not-for-profit organization committed to reducing the human, social and economic costs of disability. NIDMAR’s primary focus is the implementation of workplace-based reintegration programs, which international research has proven is the most effective way of restoring and maintaining workers’ abilities, while reducing the cost of disability for workers, employers, government, and insurance carriers. Wolfgang is also President of the Pacific Coast University for Workplace Health Sciences (PCU-WHS), a statutory, not-for-profit, degree granting education and research institution. PCU-WHS specializes in creating and disseminating new knowledge, including applied research in the fields of workplace safety, health promotion, return to work and disability management, comprehensive rehabilitation, and disability leadership studies.

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Annemarie Shrouder

Speaker, Consultant, and Workshop Facilitator, Annemarie Shrouder International

Annemarie Shrouder – international best-selling author of Being Brown in a Black and White World: Conversations for Leaders on Race, Racism and Belonging – has spent more than 20 years in the field of Diversity & Inclusion as a facilitator, consultant and international speaker. A Diversity & Inclusion expert with a Master’s in Bias Awareness, Annemarie assists in the creation of healthy workplace communities through her Signature Methodology and Inclusive Leadership Program. Organizations turn to Annemarie when they are looking to build environments where people can learn and where they are supported, seen, heard and valued. She also delivers presentations and keynotes and can be booked for speaking engagements that inspire people to raise awareness about the importance of inclusion. Annemarie works with diversity broadly and specializes in racial equity; she is passionate about healing the racial divide. For information about the book, check out http://bit.ly/AnnemarieShrouderNewBook. For more information about Annemarie and her work, please visit: http://annemarieshrouder.com

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Kris Tierney, CHRP, CHRL

Vice President, HR and Learning, HRPA

Kris’ approach as an executive leader is to achieve results by creating outstanding workplaces where people and culture are strategic priorities. She is a passionate and skilled business executive with 15 years’ experience leading HR in hi-tech, high growth companies in automotive and financial services, where she served as a trusted people and culture strategist, advisor and business partner to the C-Suite.

Kris started her career in hospitality where she held various leadership and management positions. For more than 20 years, Kris has served as a valued member of senior and executive leadership teams, where her skills in HR, leadership, strategy, and culture were honed and her passion for business and human resources were developed. She is periodically called upon by media, conferences and academia to contribute her experience and perspectives as an HR and business leader.

Kris has achieved the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) and Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) designations as awarded by the Human Resources Professionals Association in Ontario, Canada. As a lifelong learner, Kris is thrilled to bring professional development and learning opportunities to the HR community in her role as Vice-President, Human Resources and Learning at the HRPA.

Recknell, Lindsay
Lindsay Recknell

President & CEO, Mental Health in Minutes

As the president & CEO of Mental Health in Minutes, Lindsay Recknell continues to raise mental health maturity in organizations while making conversations about mental health in the workplace as normalized as any other conversation.

A certified Psychological Health & Safety Advisor, Lindsay works with companies and organizations to increase their levels of psychological health and safety in the workplace using Positive Psychology i.e. evidence-based, practical tips and techniques to increase well-being within organizations, by increasing well-being in individuals.

She empowers individuals, strengthens teams and transforms organizations through her Mental Health in Minutes subscriptionBurnout & Boundaries workshop series and Hope Motivates Action program. Lindsay lives in Calgary with her husband and their two Golden Retrievers.

Louise Taylor Green
Louise Taylor Green, ICD.D., MBA, CMC, PCC, CHRL, CHRE

Chief Executive Officer, HRPA

Louise Taylor Green is Chief Executive Officer of the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA), the regulatory association for the HR profession in Ontario, with 26 chapters and over 24,000 members.

Louise is one of those rare Chief Human Resources Officers who has transitioned in and out of HR and into running a line of business. In fact, she’s done this several times in multi-billion-dollar corporations in aviation, financial services, property and casualty insurance, and healthcare.

Over the course of her career, Louise has held an unwavering belief that an organization’s talent is the key to unlocking and elevating organizational performance. By advocating for a talent-first agenda, she believes that the HR leadership must assume responsibility as the architect of optimal organizational effectiveness through intentional culture design, a dynamic HR operating model and an HR team that has real skin-in-the-game for their clients’ success. She believes that HR has never been more influential to business than right now.

Louise is a certified HR professional (holding the CHRP, CHRL and CHRE designations), an ICF-certified coach (PCC), a certified management consultant with the Institute of Certified Management Consultants of Ontario (CMC), and an accredited director with the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD.D).

Deguire, Patricia
Patricia DeGuire, Chief Commissioner

Chief Commissioner, Ontario Human Rights Commission

Patricia DeGuire is a woman of colour who pushes boundaries to ensure access to justice, equality and equity. She has a passion for the rule of law and a commitment to public service, mentoring, coaching and legal education.

A member of the Ontario bar since February 1993, she is a professional adjudicator/ arbitrator/ mediator/ coach and was a Deputy Judge with the Ontario Superior Court of Justice – SCC Division. For over 25 years, she has served on provincial and federal tribunals, including as Vice-Chair at the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, the Immigration Appeal Division/IRB, and the OLRB/Pay Equity Hearings Tribunal. She has also held senior leadership roles with JusticeNet, Legal Aid Ontario, the Ontario and Canadian Bar Associations, and the Women’s Law Association of Ontario (WLAO). Patricia was a member of the CABL, OBA, LSUC and WLAO mentorship programs and is an avid mentor and coach for many youths and adults in the legal and other professions. She is a constitutional law scholar, holds a Fellow of Chartered Insurance Professionals of Canada – Claims Major; and is co-author and co-editor of the first Canadian Insurance Dictionary.

Patricia has served in leading roles with the Black North Initiative and is a founder of the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers and the Black Law Student Association Canada (BLSAC). She was also a frequent lecturer at the Organization of Commonwealth Caribbean Bars Association International Law Forum, and with the Faculty of Society of Ontario Adjudicators and Regulators. She is the founder of the Forum for Education for At-Risk Youths and speaks often to students at all levels of schooling. Patricia’s many career honours include the BLSA-C 2021 Impact Award, Canadian Bar Association 2020 Touchstone Award, CBA Rare-Find in April 2012, and the OBA’s Distinguished Service Award in 2020. She also received Legal Aid Ontario’s 2007 GEM Award for outstanding public service for providing access to justice access for low-income individuals and communities, the 2006 Law Society of Upper Canada Lincoln Alexander Award, and the BLSAC named the cup for the Julius Alexander Diversity Moot in her honour – the Patricia DeGuire Diversity Moot Cup.

Byer, Carolyn
Carolyn Byer

Human Resources Lead, Microsoft Canada

Carolyn works closely with President Kevin Peesker and the Leadership Team to develop and execute the people strategy for Microsoft Canada. She leads a team of HR professionals focused on developing Microsoft’s talent, organization and culture to accelerate the company’s own business transformation and impact the broader Microsoft ecosystem.

A strong business leader with proven experience in the C-suite and across all levels of management, Carolyn is a champion of Microsoft’s “learn it all” and growth mindset” tenets and is committed to continuing to grow Microsoft’s diverse and inclusive workforce.

Prior to joining Microsoft, Carolyn served in a variety of HR disciplines globally at IBM for more than 17 years. She has a Bachelor of Psychology from University of Guelph and a Masters in Human Resources from Rutgers University. Outside of work, Carolyn focuses on her family. She enjoys conversing with others and expanding her perspectives and can typically be found on a soccer field or a lake.

Naomi Titleman Colla head shot
Naomi Titleman Colla

Co-Founder, future foHRward

As Co-Founder of future foHRward, Naomi brings an unmatched wealth of experience and perspective to developing leading-edge content, events, and thought leadership for HR leaders. She is also the Founder of Collaborativity Inc., a Toronto-based consultancy focused on driving progressive talent strategy in the new world of work and a monthly contributor to the Globe and Mail’s Report on Business. She has proven success leading teams and collaborating with senior executives and boards of directors to develop and implement creative strategies to maximize employee engagement and, ultimately, drive business impact.

From 2010 to 2016, Naomi held multiple HR roles at American Express, most recently as Vice-President and Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) of Amex Canada, responsible for all aspects of the end-to-end employee experience for the Canadian business. Prior to American Express, Naomi spent 10 years consulting with financial services institutions, as a member of Deloitte’s Enterprise Risk Services and Human Capital practices, in New York.

Naomi holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McGill University. She is the winner of the 2016 HR Leader of the Year award (Canadian HR Awards), the 2016 HR Professional of the Year award (National HR Awards) and was named one of HR Reporter’s 2016 Top 25 HR Professionals of the Year.

Jill Birch head shot
Dr. Jill Birch

Founder & CEO, BirchGrove Inc.

Dr. Jill Birch is a leadership and strategic advisor, researcher and author. Jill is Founder and CEO of BirchGrove Inc., where she supports leaders to design innovative strategies, build stronger teams, lead change and achieve growth in their strategic imperatives.

Jill has held CEO roles as well as having been a member of several C-suites in the not-for-profit and for-profit sectors. She worked at Knightsbridge Human Capital Solutions and the Schulich School of Business where she launched their in-company leadership practice. She has also worked extensively with energy, finance, digital, telecommunications, professional services, education, health, and not-for-profit sectors.

In addition to providing customized leadership development and strategy services, Jill has spoken to thousands of leaders around the world.

Jill holds a Doctorate from Griffith University in Australia where she studied relational leadership and a Master’s degree from OISE/University of Toronto, where she researched how CEOs learn to lead and how they learn to learn.

Wilson, Ingrid
Ingrid Wilson

Senior Director, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Walmart Canada

Ingrid Wilson is an accomplished senior executive with almost 30 years of experience in corporate human resources, and board, inclusivity and business strategy. She has organizational experience with the not-for-profit and public sectors, private and public companies, in regulatory environments, with global expertise working for organizations with diverse operations, including in the US and Europe.

She also holds several certifications in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and has extensive expertise executing organizational strategies to foster inclusive workspace environments and communities.

On a personal level, in a board and volunteer capacity and as a mediator and facilitator, Ingrid works with and supports organizations addressing the needs of vulnerable and marginalized communities. Ingrid also currently volunteers as a mentor in the C-Suite Mentorship program for Black Mentorship Inc. In addition, she currently serves on several community and organization boards and on the Appeal Committee of the HRPA.

Ingrid has pursued excellence in strategic human resources and leadership through the CHRP and CHRL designations, and through programs at Queen’s University and the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto where she currently serves on the HR Advisory Group for Executive Development programs focused on HR leaders. Ingrid also holds the Compensation Management Specialist (CMS) designation, through the Certified Employee Benefit Specialist (CEBS) program.

She is currently the Senior Director, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for Walmart Canada, a position that allows her to be part of the equity and inclusion journey lifting up communities for financial sustainability, growth, and development, through a focus on employment equity, health equity and wellness, and education and development.

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Wolfgang Zimmermann,

Executive Director, National Institute of Disability Management and Research (NIDMAR) and President, Pacific Coast University for Workplace Health Sciences

Wolfgang became involved in the disability management field starting in the late 1980’s. Following a severe industrial accident in 1977, he was retrained and continued to work for his pre-disability employer until his official retirement from that organization in 2010.

Currently, Wolfgang is Executive Director of the National Institute of Disability Management and Research (NIDMAR), an internationally recognized not-for-profit organization committed to reducing the human, social and economic costs of disability. NIDMAR’s primary focus is the implementation of workplace-based reintegration programs, which international research has proven is the most effective way of restoring and maintaining workers’ abilities, while reducing the cost of disability for workers, employers, government, and insurance carriers. Wolfgang is also President of the Pacific Coast University for Workplace Health Sciences (PCU-WHS), a statutory, not-for-profit, degree granting education and research institution. PCU-WHS specializes in creating and disseminating new knowledge, including applied research in the fields of workplace safety, health promotion, return to work and disability management, comprehensive rehabilitation, and disability leadership studies.

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Annemarie Shrouder

Speaker, Consultant, and Workshop Facilitator, Annemarie Shrouder International

Annemarie Shrouder – international best-selling author of Being Brown in a Black and White World: Conversations for Leaders on Race, Racism and Belonging – has spent more than 20 years in the field of Diversity & Inclusion as a facilitator, consultant and international speaker. A Diversity & Inclusion expert with a Master’s in Bias Awareness, Annemarie assists in the creation of healthy workplace communities through her Signature Methodology and Inclusive Leadership Program. Organizations turn to Annemarie when they are looking to build environments where people can learn and where they are supported, seen, heard and valued. She also delivers presentations and keynotes and can be booked for speaking engagements that inspire people to raise awareness about the importance of inclusion. Annemarie works with diversity broadly and specializes in racial equity; she is passionate about healing the racial divide. For information about the book, check out http://bit.ly/AnnemarieShrouderNewBook. For more information about Annemarie and her work, please visit: http://annemarieshrouder.com

November 17 Agenda

8:45 AM – 9:00 AM

Welcome & Opening Remarks

Speaker(s): Kris Tierney, CHRP, CHRL, Vice President, Human Resources and Learning; Lindsay Recknell, President & CEO, Mental Health in Minutes


9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

#200 Panel: The Great Resignation to The Great Retention

The Great Resignation is the ongoing trend of COVID-19, leaving several industries highly affected, including hospitality, travel and healthcare.

There are many reasons why individuals are leaving, such as better work life balance, compensation, growth opportunities, burnout, job satisfaction, and manager support (or lack thereof). As this trend continues, it does not have to be all bad. Instead, it opens the possibility of attracting new talent and sparks a conversation around new strategies for retention.

Join panelists as they discuss the nuances of The Great Resignation, as well as the flip-side trend of The Great Retention.

Moderator:

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Tanya Sinclair, CHRE, DHRP, Director, Talent Management, Ryerson University

Speakers:

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Vandana Juneja, Executive Director, Catalyst, Canada

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Kelly Davis, Chief People Officer, Sunwing Travel Group

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Karen Stone, Vice President, Human Resources and Facilities, St. Joseph’s Health Care London

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Anika Holder, Head of Human Resources, Penguin Random House Canada


10:45 AM – 11:45 AM

CONCURRENT SESSIONS: Select 1 of 3

#201 Workforce Upskilling – Evidence Based Approach

All too often, companies seek catch-all tactics to ensure they have an employee base fit for current and future business goals. This usually involves the procurement of a content library uploaded onto an EdTech platform. Unfortunately, this will not get your company to where they need to evolve, especially as the pace of change accelerates. This session delves into evidence-backed strategies geared towards effective upskilling of the workforce.

Speaker(s): Lori Niles-Hofmann, Senior Learning Strategist, Co-founder, NilesNolen

#202 Mental Health Leadership: Practical Guide for People Leaders 

A troubling survey from the Canadian Mental Health Association showed that almost 80 per cent of Ontarians now believe we’ll be in a serious mental health crisis post-pandemic.  Working through mental health and burnout challenges are the priorities that People Leaders have now been tasked with in most of the organizations.  

Leaders can feel ill-equipped to address the challenges presented by those experiencing a mental health issue.  In this session People leaders will increase their awareness of mental health challenges and explore their role and scope of influence in promoting mental health in the workplace. 

Speaker(s): Carlos Esteves, Staff Facilitator, LifeWorks Learning

SPONSORED BY:

#203 Ethical Leadership – A Survival Imperative?

A commitment to high standards of competence and moral integrity is at the core of the social contract professionals make with society. Nonetheless, ethics has never been an easy or comfortable topic for registered professionals.

HR professionals often feel caught between employer expectations and the “morally right things to do”. This session will discuss the challenges ethics pose for registered human resources professionals and provide guidance on ethical standards and accountabilities. 

The session will be in the form of a conversation between Mark Reno, retired Assistant Professor and Post-Doctoral Research Fellow with Ian O. Ihnatowycz Institute of Leadership at Ivey Business School and HRPA’s Registrar and VP Regulation, Claude Balthazard.

Speaker(s): Mark Reno, former Assistant Professor and Post-Doctoral Research Fellow with Ian O. Ihnatowycz Institute of Leadership, Ivey Business School; Claude Blathazard, Vice-President, Regulation and Registrar, HRPA


12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

MASTERCLASSES: Select 1 of 3

#204 Leading Change

Leading change is a critically important skill for everyone, from supervisors to executives in all organizations. Given the unique environment organizations find themselves in today, leading change successfully has become even more vital. Unfortunately, research continues to show two out of three changes fail in one way or another, resulting in missed deadlines, cost overruns and lost opportunities. One of the main reasons for this is that many organizations are reasonably well managed yet have inadequate leadership. Successful change requires effective leadership, not more management. This engaging webinar will show you how to build change leadership skills throughout your evolving organization.

Leading change successfully is a skill set that can be readily learned by everyone in a supervisory role. This program provides a practical, thoughtful approach to ensuring your organization can initiate and sustain successful change. It integrates the four essential competencies of: effective strategic leadership, aligning and implementing successful change, leading people through transition, and ensuring communication engages everyone.

Speaker(s): Chris Edgelow, Founder & President, Sundance Consulting Inc., and Lost Creek Press Ltd.

#205 Psychological Safety at Work

Join international expert Sajel Bellon, in exploring how we might better deal with the implications of long-term occupational stress caused by our rapidly changing situations. Although our human bodies and minds are wired to respond quickly to short-lived crises, they are not prepared to survive or thrive under long-term stress situations, like a pandemic. The current COVID-19 pandemic has required navigating major accelerated shifts in our experiences, along with creating prolonged situations of high stress and constant adaptations at work and home.

In other words, people had to quickly adapt to their new reality, often resulting in mass exhaustion, frustration, sadness, and anger. As our windows of tolerance have become much smaller, we have witnessed increases in workplace anxiety, domestic instability, and suicide rates. The consequences of these traumas will not disappear overnight or automatically. No matter our profession, chronic stress is now a collective human experience. In light of this, this vital session will provide essential tools to support our collective goal of moving from a state of just surviving to re-imagined ways of thriving.

Speaker(s): Sajel Bellon, Ed.D., RP., CTSS, Founder of Mind Armour® & S.O.S Psychotherapy

SPONSORED BY:

#206 Design for Diversity

This is a two-part session:

The session will open with an overview of Karen’s Conscious Equality Framework, developed from 20 years of global DEI work. This framework offers a holistic approach to DEI work and provides you with critical questions that all organizations can use to ensure their DEI work is holistic, sustainable and successful.

In the second part of the session, Karen will be joined by Dess, Chief People Officer at ThoughtExchange, to reflect on the key challenges that HR professionals face when it comes to supporting the DEI goals of a company and some best practices to address these.

Speaker(s): Karen Craggs-Milne, Head of Anti-Racism, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, ThoughtExchange; Dessalen Wood, Chief People Officer, ThoughtExchange

SPONSORED BY:


1:30 PM1:35 PM

Closing Remarks & Day 2 Wrap-up

Speaker(s): Kris Tierney, CHRP, CHRL, Vice President, Human Resources and Learning; Lindsay Recknell, President & CEO, Mental Health in Minutes


1:35 PM – 2:00 PM

#207 OPTIONAL: Community Roundtable

This end of day session is an open forum to further explore the learnings of the day and partake in self-directed networking. This is your chance to ask questions about any of the presentations and discuss new ideas that you’d like to explore. This roundtable is meant to be informative and informal, guided by the reflections raised during the discussion. Any questions that are not addressed in this timeframe will be flagged for follow-up offline – either by email or phone.


 Please note that HRPA reserves the right to modify and update session titles, descriptions and speakers.

Speaker Biographies – November 17

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Kris Tierney, CHRP, CHRL

Human Resources and Learning, HRPA

Kris’ approach as an executive leader is to achieve results by creating outstanding workplaces where people and culture are strategic priorities. She is a passionate and skilled business executive with 15 years’ experience leading HR in hi-tech, high growth companies in automotive and financial services, where she served as a trusted people and culture strategist, advisor and business partner to the C-Suite.

Kris started her career in hospitality where she held various leadership and management positions. For more than 20 years, Kris has served as a valued member of senior and executive leadership teams, where her skills in HR, leadership, strategy, and culture were honed and her passion for business and human resources were developed. She is periodically called upon by media, conferences and academia to contribute her experience and perspectives as an HR and business leader.

Kris has achieved the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) and Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) designations as awarded by the Human Resources Professionals Association in Ontario, Canada. As a lifelong learner, Kris is thrilled to bring professional development and learning opportunities to the HR community in her role as Vice-President, Human Resources and Learning at the HRPA.

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Lindsay Recknell

President & CEO, Mental Health in Minutes

As the president & CEO of Mental Health in Minutes, Lindsay Recknell continues to raise mental health maturity in organizations while making conversations about mental health in the workplace as normalized as any other conversation.

A certified Psychological Health & Safety Advisor, Lindsay works with companies and organizations to increase their levels of psychological health and safety in the workplace using Positive Psychology i.e. evidence-based, practical tips and techniques to increase well-being within organizations, by increasing well-being in individuals.

She empowers individuals, strengthens teams and transforms organizations through her Mental Health in Minutes subscriptionBurnout & Boundaries workshop series and Hope Motivates Action program. Lindsay lives in Calgary with her husband and their two Golden Retrievers.

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Tanya Sinclair, CHRE, DHRP

Talent Management, Ryerson University

Tanya Sinclair is an award-winning Human Resources Leader providing strategy, advocacy, and policy development advice with a focus on well-being, diversity and inclusion. She holds the CHRE designation along with the Distinguished HR Professional DHRP and is an active community volunteer, having served on several boards and advisory committees. Tanya has a Master of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Royal Roads University in B.C. She is currently the Director, Talent Management at Ryerson University (renaming in process). In 2020, she founded a not-for-profit network called Black Human Resources Professionals of Canada through her desire to directly discover, connect and empower all Black HR professionals. Tanya’s leadership philosophy is lead, learn, laugh.

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Vandana Juneja

Executive Director, Catalyst, Canada

Vandana Juneja leads the growth of Catalyst’s operations in Canada, working closely with supporters, corporate partners, professional organizations, CEOs, and senior leaders to accelerate progress for women through workplace inclusion.

A sought-after speaker on diversity, equity, and inclusion, Vandana is a trusted business leader who has guided DEI strategies around the globe, including in Canada, the US, Europe, Asia-Pacific and Latin America. She joined Catalyst in 2013, working closely with Catalyst’s supporter communities in progressive roles, and advancing to Vice-President, Global Growth Markets in 2017.

Prior to joining Catalyst, Vandana practiced immigration law, working with clients across a broad range of industries. She went on to work in the Diversity and Inclusion groups of two leading Canadian banks, where she focused on gender initiatives and advising Employee Resource Groups.

Vandana holds a Bachelors of Commerce from McMaster University, an MBA from the University of Windsor, and an LLB from the University of Ottawa. You can follow her on Twitter @ms_juneja.

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Kelly Davis

Chief People Officer, Sunwing Travel Group

Kelly Davis is the Chief People Officer for Sunwing Travel Group, North America’s largest vertically-integrated travel company with approximately 24,000 employees across fourteen countries. Prior to this role, Kelly was the Senior Vice President of HR, Customer Service and Communications for Town Shoes Limited (Town Shoes, The Shoe Company, Shoe Warehouse and DSW Canada). She led these three functions for the company’s four banners and 4000+ associates.

Prior to joining Town Shoes Limited, she was the Vice President of People Development at Cara Operations (Milestones, Kelsey’s, Harvey’s, Montana’s, and Swiss Chalet) where she worked with the corporate office and franchise partners to deliver HR services to the company’s 700+ restaurants and 30,000 associates. Kelly spent most of her career prior to joining Cara Operations with the Hudson’s Bay Company where she worked for over 12 years in a variety of progressive HR roles, including leading the HR function for all Bay and Home Outfitters stores across Canada. Her last role with the Hudson’s Bay Company was in a more specialist function where she led Compensation, Benefits, Associate Relations and Services for the Hudson’s Bay Company in Canada and Lord & Taylor in the U.S.

Kelly holds her B.A. from McGill University and her CHRE, CHRL and H.R.C.C.C. (Human Resources & Compensation Committee Certification) designations. She speaks frequently at various HR events and panels including most recently, the annual CHRO Conference held virtually in December 2020. Kelly is a member of the Strategic Capability Network and the HR Advisory Council for the HRPA. In 2021 Kelly was named on the “Global 100 HR Leaders” list by HRD (Human Resources Director), which recognizes HR leaders for their outstanding commitment to their companies and their people over the previous 12 months, throughout the COVID crisis.

Kelly is passionate about supporting not for profit organizations. She has actively contributed to the HR Committee of the Board of Directors for Eva’s Initiatives and to the Leadership Committee of the Board of Directors for Big Brothers, Big Sisters Canada. She recently joined the Black North Initiative as the Co-Chair of their CEO Pledge Committee, which was created to combat anti-Black systemic racism in corporate Canada. She also serves as a Board Director and Chair of the HR & Governance Committee for White Ribbon, the world’s largest movement of men and boys working to end violence against women, girls and people of all genders. Kelly is married, with two sons and lives in Toronto.

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Karen Stone

Vice President, Human Resources and Facilities, St. Joseph’s Health Care London

Karen Stone is Vice President, Human Resources and Facilities for St. Joseph’s Health Care London, a major patient care, teaching and research center, with a distinguished legacy of service to London, Southwestern Ontario and the veterans of Canada, dating back more than 140 years.

In her current role, Karen is responsible for the development and execution of high-performance human resource strategy in support of the overall business plan and strategic direction of the organization. As the facilities executive, she is responsible for the organization’s long-range facilities planning and management, capital project oversight and capital improvement plan in accordance with government policies and procedures

Karen holds an honors Bachelor’s degree in Labour Studies from McMaster University and a Master’s degree in Continuing Education from the University of Calgary, with a specific concentration in workplace leadership. Her Master’s degree research focused on workplace spirituality and the development of a conceptual model of workplace wellness for Ontario hospitals. She also holds the CHRE designation.

Karen recently joined the Board of Directors for Youth Opportunities Unlimited in London, following the recent completion of her term as Chair, Board of Directors for the HRPA.

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Anika Holder

Head, Human Resources of Penguin Random House Canada

Anika Holder (she/her) is the head of Human Resources of Penguin Random House Canada, the country’s largest and most celebrated book publishing company.

Anika is passionate about making people the center of all decision-making and ensuring a company cultural life that is inclusive and safeguards a sense of belonging. Throughout her career, she has influenced company cultures, across four industries, helping them achieve top employer accolades. At Penguin Random House Canada, employees celebrated their contributions to a strong company culture that resulted in their selection as one of Greater Toronto’s Top Employers for 2020.

In her current role, Anika has worked with colleagues to bring additional focus to diversity, equity and inclusion, mental health and wellness, among all things company culture. She is also strongly dedicated to reducing barriers for those who face the greatest number of obstacles pursuing a career in publishing.

Prior to this, Anika worked in various senior roles in TVO, Metrolinx and Morrison Hershfield Group Inc. She has a B.A. in Sociology from York University, a post-graduate diploma in Human Resources, and a Certificate in Adult Education, both from Seneca College, and she is a certified Change Management practitioner (Prosci).

Furthermore, Anika is a member of the Black HR Professionals of Canada and is a mentor in York University’s Advancing Black Students program, designed for Black Liberal Arts & Professional Studies students in their third or fourth year. She is also a mother to Keoni and Amari.

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Lori Niles-Hofmann

Senior Learning Strategist, Co-Founder, NilesNolen

Lori Niles-Hofmann is a senior learning strategist with over 20 years of learning and development experience across many industries, including international banking, management consulting and marketing.

Her specialization is large-scale digital learning transformations. She is passionate about helping companies navigate through the ambiguity of change and she acts as a trusted adviser to Fortune 500 CLOs around the world.

After leading and completing numerous EdTech implementations, she has developed the data-based methodologies and frameworks that will empower your learning and development teams to move from business support function to strategic business driver.

She is currently based in Toronto, Canada with one foot in Europe.

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Carlos Esteves

Carlos Esteves, Staff Facilitator, LifeWorks Learning

Carlos received his Bachelor of Science, with a Psychology Major, and Master of Education degrees from the University of Toronto. His postgraduate studies in Adult Education and Community Development included courses in Adult Education Program Planning and Career Transition Counseling Psychology. He also has certificates in Adult Training and Development from the Ontario Institute of Secondary Education and in Life Skills Coach Training.

He has worked as a faculty member for both the University of Toronto’s Ontario Institute for Studies in Education’s and Centennial College’s Adult Training and Development Certificate Programs respectively. He also served as a support faculty team member in Schulich’s Executive Education Centre’s Master Certificate in Adult Training and Development Program.

As a training consultant, he designs and delivers corporate training, including business communications and cross-cultural skills workshops for leading international corporate relocation services organizations. He has also been an instructor with Toronto Hostels Training Centre, designing and delivering life skills workshops for marginalized learners at citywide residences and shelters.

Carlos’ adult education practice was built upon an extensive career in the IT industry where he led national process improvement programs as a certified Six Sigma practitioner and ISO Auditor. As a people and program manager, he provided customer satisfaction leadership through the design and delivery of corporate training programs and facilitated customer and employee focus groups. Upon selection as a member of the company’s first global Customer Advocacy Team, he served as the Canadian Customer Advocacy Manager to helm a customer complaint handling system and lead national operational scorecard analysis and consulting initiatives, with a focus on customer centric delivery excellence. Currently, he delivers the first of its kind workshop in Canada that focuses on teaching mental health in the workplace leadership skills to people leaders, as well as numerous workshops on resiliency, managing change and respect in the workplace.

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Mark Reno

Retired Assistant Professor and Post-Doctoral Research Fellow with Ian O. Ihnatowycz Institute of Leadership, Ivey Business School

As Ivey Business School’s first post-doctoral research fellow, and subsequently, as an Executive in Residence at the Ian O. Ihnatowycz Institute for Leadership at Ivey, Mark contributed his expertise in the areas of executive leadership, leader character and business ethics, co-authoring many of Ivey’s world-leading research publications on the nature of good character in business leadership.

Mark completed his BA and MA in Philosophy at Western University, and his MBA at Ivey Business School. Also, during his career at the Royal Bank of Canada, The Co-operators, and as CEO of several firms in the Kitchener-Waterloo area, Mark completed both his MEd and PhD in Education from the University of Toronto. There he focused on organizational transformation and learning, and executive leadership development, respectively. Mark’s 2011 doctoral thesis formulated and grounded an integrated theory of effective and ethical leadership.

As an assistant professor at Ivey, Mark developed and facilitated the business ethics course for Ivey’s HBA program and the CIRI/Ivey Investment Relations Officer Certification Program. In addition, he has developed and facilitated programs in strategic leadership for Dalhousie University and The Banff Centre, and in ethical leadership for Kemmy Business School in Ireland, and across Canada for the Canadian Credit Union Association. Mark is also an active member of the United Nation’s Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative, and the UN Principles for Responsible Management Education.

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Claude Blathazard

Vice-President, Regulation and Registrar, HRPA

Claude is Registrar and Vice-President, Regulation at the HRPA. Claude is responsible for HRPA’s Office of the Registrar which is the hub of regulatory activity at HRPA.

Claude earned a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Waterloo in 1985. In 2007, after 22 years in various Human Resources positions across different sectors including academia, government, consulting, and business, he joined HRPA and soon after began championing the cause of professional regulation for HR professionals in Ontario. Claude was the architect of HRPA’s regulatory framework and played a key role in the passage of the Registered Human Resources Professionals Act, 2013. He has also conducted numerous presentations and webinars and has published dozens of articles on the topic of professional regulation.

Claude is a registered industrial/ organizational psychologist in Ontario and holds the CHRL designation with HRPA. He is active in the professional regulation community and is widely acknowledged as an expert in the measurement of performance for professional regulatory bodies.

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Chris Edgelow

Founder & President, Sundance Consulting Inc., and Lost Creek Press Ltd.

Chris Edgelow is the Founder & President of Sundance Consulting Inc. and Lost Creek Press Ltd., organizations dedicated to providing consulting, training, and learning resources to help organizations change. For more than 30 years, Chris has worked extensively throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. He has taught at the university level and is a sought-after speaker at many conferences every year.

Always engaging and very practical in his approach, Chris helps people face the reality of what is currently happening in their organization and find ways to build the necessary leadership competencies that will ensure their changes succeed.

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Founder of Mind Armour® & S.O.S Psychotherapy

Sajel Bellon teaches people to move from pain to possibilities by re-thinking the conventional, re-defining concepts and re-imagining workplace and domestic cultures.

As an Occupational Stress and Trauma Psychotherapist, Sajel specializes in the sciences of well-being, human connection, transformation and growth for individuals and organizations. As a Behavioural Science Professor, she has developed programs and delivered talks around the globe for a variety of institutions, organizations and government agencies like Harvard, Berkeley, TEDx and the RCMP. She has a passion for educating and inspiring others about the ‘human’ experience of mental health.

Sajel developed Mind Armour® solutions for everyone from CEOs and managers to frontline workers and their families. This is grounded in the understanding that everyone can benefit from integrating multi-disciplinary scientific research with evidence-based strategies that can easily be applied to our daily lives. In hopes of helping organizations and families re-define their approach to mental health and its stigma, Sajel shares her expertise woven in with her own personal examples and experiences. She seeks to inspire workplaces and leadership in creating the necessary systemic, sustainable changes to better support their people’s mental wellness, while minimizing the incidence of occupational stress injuries, by promoting and co-creating cultures that foster psychological safety and connection.

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Karen Craggs-Milne

Head of Anti-Racism, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, ThoughtExchange

A Certified Diversity & Inclusion professional, Karen is a leading go-to expert for organizations that are serious about ‘getting equality work RIGHT’. A proud Kenyan Canadian, Karen Craggs-Milne is an award-winning global expert with over 20 years of international experience promoting equity, diversity, anti-racism, gender equality and inclusion. Karen is an Obama White House recognized Gender Equality Changemaker (2016), a Global Goodwill Ambassador for Sustainable Development Goals (2018), #LinkedInGlobalSuperHero (2020) and a Top 100 Canadian Professional (2020). She brings extensive experience working globally with NGOs, corporations and governments to deliver on their equality mandates intentionally and with real impact. Her passion is to educate and equip others to also do this work masterfully.

Whether it is under a tree in a rural village in Ghana or in a boardroom with C-suite executives, Karen’s authentic and engaging approach promises to educate, transform and inspire you into meaningful action.

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Dessalen Wood

Chief People Officer, ThoughtExchange

Dessalen Wood, CHRP, is an innovative HR executive, seasoned speaker and coach. She specializes in passionately leading Learning and Development, and Human Resources teams at some of North America’s most respected organizations. Dessalen has over 20 years of experience in national corporations such as Reitman’s Canada, Hudson’s Bay Company, The Children’s Place and The Disney Stores. In 2019 she left her role as Vice President, Talent Development at Cineplex Entertainment to join ThoughtExchange in the newly created role of Chief People Officer. ThoughtExchange’s community intelligence software empowers leaders to find common ground, inspire trust and use data to make decisions that get genuine support.

Throughout her career, Dessalen has coached senior leaders and built teams from the ground up, in addition to designing and delivering multiple original programs by engaging corporate cultures and high performing leaders at all levels.

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Kris Tierney, CHRP, CHRL

Human Resources and Learning, HRPA

Kris’ approach as an executive leader is to achieve results by creating outstanding workplaces where people and culture are strategic priorities. She is a passionate and skilled business executive with 15 years’ experience leading HR in hi-tech, high growth companies in automotive and financial services, where she served as a trusted people and culture strategist, advisor and business partner to the C-Suite.

Kris started her career in hospitality where she held various leadership and management positions. For more than 20 years, Kris has served as a valued member of senior and executive leadership teams, where her skills in HR, leadership, strategy, and culture were honed and her passion for business and human resources were developed. She is periodically called upon by media, conferences and academia to contribute her experience and perspectives as an HR and business leader.

Kris has achieved the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) and Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) designations as awarded by the Human Resources Professionals Association in Ontario, Canada. As a lifelong learner, Kris is thrilled to bring professional development and learning opportunities to the HR community in her role as Vice-President, Human Resources and Learning at the HRPA.

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Lindsay Recknell

President & CEO, Mental Health in Minutes

As the president & CEO of Mental Health in Minutes, Lindsay Recknell continues to raise mental health maturity in organizations while making conversations about mental health in the workplace as normalized as any other conversation.

A certified Psychological Health & Safety Advisor, Lindsay works with companies and organizations to increase their levels of psychological health and safety in the workplace using Positive Psychology i.e. evidence-based, practical tips and techniques to increase well-being within organizations, by increasing well-being in individuals.

She empowers individuals, strengthens teams and transforms organizations through her Mental Health in Minutes subscriptionBurnout & Boundaries workshop series and Hope Motivates Action program. Lindsay lives in Calgary with her husband and their two Golden Retrievers.

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Tanya Sinclair, CHRE, DHRP

Talent Management, Ryerson University

Tanya Sinclair is an award-winning Human Resources Leader providing strategy, advocacy, and policy development advice with a focus on well-being, diversity and inclusion. She holds the CHRE designation along with the Distinguished HR Professional DHRP and is an active community volunteer, having served on several boards and advisory committees. Tanya has a Master of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Royal Roads University in B.C. She is currently the Director, Talent Management at Ryerson University (renaming in process). In 2020, she founded a not-for-profit network called Black Human Resources Professionals of Canada through her desire to directly discover, connect and empower all Black HR professionals. Tanya’s leadership philosophy is lead, learn, laugh.

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Vandana Juneja

Executive Director, Catalyst, Canada

Vandana Juneja leads the growth of Catalyst’s operations in Canada, working closely with supporters, corporate partners, professional organizations, CEOs, and senior leaders to accelerate progress for women through workplace inclusion.

A sought-after speaker on diversity, equity, and inclusion, Vandana is a trusted business leader who has guided DEI strategies around the globe, including in Canada, the US, Europe, Asia-Pacific and Latin America. She joined Catalyst in 2013, working closely with Catalyst’s supporter communities in progressive roles, and advancing to Vice-President, Global Growth Markets in 2017.

Prior to joining Catalyst, Vandana practiced immigration law, working with clients across a broad range of industries. She went on to work in the Diversity and Inclusion groups of two leading Canadian banks, where she focused on gender initiatives and advising Employee Resource Groups.

Vandana holds a Bachelors of Commerce from McMaster University, an MBA from the University of Windsor, and an LLB from the University of Ottawa. You can follow her on Twitter @ms_juneja.

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Kelly Davis

Chief People Officer, Sunwing Travel Group

Kelly Davis is the Chief People Officer for Sunwing Travel Group, North America’s largest vertically-integrated travel company with approximately 24,000 employees across fourteen countries. Prior to this role, Kelly was the Senior Vice President of HR, Customer Service and Communications for Town Shoes Limited (Town Shoes, The Shoe Company, Shoe Warehouse and DSW Canada). She led these three functions for the company’s four banners and 4000+ associates.

Prior to joining Town Shoes Limited, she was the Vice President of People Development at Cara Operations (Milestones, Kelsey’s, Harvey’s, Montana’s, and Swiss Chalet) where she worked with the corporate office and franchise partners to deliver HR services to the company’s 700+ restaurants and 30,000 associates. Kelly spent most of her career prior to joining Cara Operations with the Hudson’s Bay Company where she worked for over 12 years in a variety of progressive HR roles, including leading the HR function for all Bay and Home Outfitters stores across Canada. Her last role with the Hudson’s Bay Company was in a more specialist function where she led Compensation, Benefits, Associate Relations and Services for the Hudson’s Bay Company in Canada and Lord & Taylor in the U.S.

Kelly holds her B.A. from McGill University and her CHRE, CHRL and H.R.C.C.C. (Human Resources & Compensation Committee Certification) designations. She speaks frequently at various HR events and panels including most recently, the annual CHRO Conference held virtually in December 2020. Kelly is a member of the Strategic Capability Network and the HR Advisory Council for the HRPA. In 2021 Kelly was named on the “Global 100 HR Leaders” list by HRD (Human Resources Director), which recognizes HR leaders for their outstanding commitment to their companies and their people over the previous 12 months, throughout the COVID crisis.

Kelly is passionate about supporting not for profit organizations. She has actively contributed to the HR Committee of the Board of Directors for Eva’s Initiatives and to the Leadership Committee of the Board of Directors for Big Brothers, Big Sisters Canada. She recently joined the Black North Initiative as the Co-Chair of their CEO Pledge Committee, which was created to combat anti-Black systemic racism in corporate Canada. She also serves as a Board Director and Chair of the HR & Governance Committee for White Ribbon, the world’s largest movement of men and boys working to end violence against women, girls and people of all genders. Kelly is married, with two sons and lives in Toronto.

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Karen Stone

Vice President, Human Resources and Facilities, St. Joseph’s Health Care London

Karen Stone is Vice President, Human Resources and Facilities for St. Joseph’s Health Care London, a major patient care, teaching and research center, with a distinguished legacy of service to London, Southwestern Ontario and the veterans of Canada, dating back more than 140 years.

In her current role, Karen is responsible for the development and execution of high-performance human resource strategy in support of the overall business plan and strategic direction of the organization. As the facilities executive, she is responsible for the organization’s long-range facilities planning and management, capital project oversight and capital improvement plan in accordance with government policies and procedures

Karen holds an honors Bachelor’s degree in Labour Studies from McMaster University and a Master’s degree in Continuing Education from the University of Calgary, with a specific concentration in workplace leadership. Her Master’s degree research focused on workplace spirituality and the development of a conceptual model of workplace wellness for Ontario hospitals. She also holds the CHRE designation.

Karen recently joined the Board of Directors for Youth Opportunities Unlimited in London, following the recent completion of her term as Chair, Board of Directors for the HRPA.

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Anika Holder

Head, Human Resources of Penguin Random House Canada

Anika Holder (she/her) is the head of Human Resources of Penguin Random House Canada, the country’s largest and most celebrated book publishing company.

Anika is passionate about making people the center of all decision-making and ensuring a company cultural life that is inclusive and safeguards a sense of belonging. Throughout her career, she has influenced company cultures, across four industries, helping them achieve top employer accolades. At Penguin Random House Canada, employees celebrated their contributions to a strong company culture that resulted in their selection as one of Greater Toronto’s Top Employers for 2020.

In her current role, Anika has worked with colleagues to bring additional focus to diversity, equity and inclusion, mental health and wellness, among all things company culture. She is also strongly dedicated to reducing barriers for those who face the greatest number of obstacles pursuing a career in publishing.

Prior to this, Anika worked in various senior roles in TVO, Metrolinx and Morrison Hershfield Group Inc. She has a B.A. in Sociology from York University, a post-graduate diploma in Human Resources, and a Certificate in Adult Education, both from Seneca College, and she is a certified Change Management practitioner (Prosci).

Furthermore, Anika is a member of the Black HR Professionals of Canada and is a mentor in York University’s Advancing Black Students program, designed for Black Liberal Arts & Professional Studies students in their third or fourth year. She is also a mother to Keoni and Amari.

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Lori Niles-Hofmann

Senior Learning Strategist, Co-Founder, NilesNolen

Lori Niles-Hofmann is a senior learning strategist with over 20 years of learning and development experience across many industries, including international banking, management consulting and marketing.

Her specialization is large-scale digital learning transformations. She is passionate about helping companies navigate through the ambiguity of change and she acts as a trusted adviser to Fortune 500 CLOs around the world.

After leading and completing numerous EdTech implementations, she has developed the data-based methodologies and frameworks that will empower your learning and development teams to move from business support function to strategic business driver.

She is currently based in Toronto, Canada with one foot in Europe.

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Carlos Esteves

Carlos Esteves, Staff Facilitator, LifeWorks Learning

Carlos received his Bachelor of Science, with a Psychology Major, and Master of Education degrees from the University of Toronto. His postgraduate studies in Adult Education and Community Development included courses in Adult Education Program Planning and Career Transition Counseling Psychology. He also has certificates in Adult Training and Development from the Ontario Institute of Secondary Education and in Life Skills Coach Training.

He has worked as a faculty member for both the University of Toronto’s Ontario Institute for Studies in Education’s and Centennial College’s Adult Training and Development Certificate Programs respectively. He also served as a support faculty team member in Schulich’s Executive Education Centre’s Master Certificate in Adult Training and Development Program.

As a training consultant, he designs and delivers corporate training, including business communications and cross-cultural skills workshops for leading international corporate relocation services organizations. He has also been an instructor with Toronto Hostels Training Centre, designing and delivering life skills workshops for marginalized learners at citywide residences and shelters.

Carlos’ adult education practice was built upon an extensive career in the IT industry where he led national process improvement programs as a certified Six Sigma practitioner and ISO Auditor. As a people and program manager, he provided customer satisfaction leadership through the design and delivery of corporate training programs and facilitated customer and employee focus groups. Upon selection as a member of the company’s first global Customer Advocacy Team, he served as the Canadian Customer Advocacy Manager to helm a customer complaint handling system and lead national operational scorecard analysis and consulting initiatives, with a focus on customer centric delivery excellence. Currently, he delivers the first of its kind workshop in Canada that focuses on teaching mental health in the workplace leadership skills to people leaders, as well as numerous workshops on resiliency, managing change and respect in the workplace.

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Mark Reno

Retired Assistant Professor and Post-Doctoral Research Fellow with Ian O. Ihnatowycz Institute of Leadership, Ivey Business School

As Ivey Business School’s first post-doctoral research fellow, and subsequently, as an Executive in Residence at the Ian O. Ihnatowycz Institute for Leadership at Ivey, Mark contributed his expertise in the areas of executive leadership, leader character and business ethics, co-authoring many of Ivey’s world-leading research publications on the nature of good character in business leadership.

Mark completed his BA and MA in Philosophy at Western University, and his MBA at Ivey Business School. Also, during his career at the Royal Bank of Canada, The Co-operators, and as CEO of several firms in the Kitchener-Waterloo area, Mark completed both his MEd and PhD in Education from the University of Toronto. There he focused on organizational transformation and learning, and executive leadership development, respectively. Mark’s 2011 doctoral thesis formulated and grounded an integrated theory of effective and ethical leadership.

As an assistant professor at Ivey, Mark developed and facilitated the business ethics course for Ivey’s HBA program and the CIRI/Ivey Investment Relations Officer Certification Program. In addition, he has developed and facilitated programs in strategic leadership for Dalhousie University and The Banff Centre, and in ethical leadership for Kemmy Business School in Ireland, and across Canada for the Canadian Credit Union Association. Mark is also an active member of the United Nation’s Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative, and the UN Principles for Responsible Management Education.

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Claude Blathazard

Vice-President, Regulation and Registrar, HRPA

Claude is Registrar and Vice-President, Regulation at the HRPA. Claude is responsible for HRPA’s Office of the Registrar which is the hub of regulatory activity at HRPA.

Claude earned a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Waterloo in 1985. In 2007, after 22 years in various Human Resources positions across different sectors including academia, government, consulting, and business, he joined HRPA and soon after began championing the cause of professional regulation for HR professionals in Ontario. Claude was the architect of HRPA’s regulatory framework and played a key role in the passage of the Registered Human Resources Professionals Act, 2013. He has also conducted numerous presentations and webinars and has published dozens of articles on the topic of professional regulation.

Claude is a registered industrial/ organizational psychologist in Ontario and holds the CHRL designation with HRPA. He is active in the professional regulation community and is widely acknowledged as an expert in the measurement of performance for professional regulatory bodies.

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Chris Edgelow

Founder & President, Sundance Consulting Inc., and Lost Creek Press Ltd.

Chris Edgelow is the Founder & President of Sundance Consulting Inc. and Lost Creek Press Ltd., organizations dedicated to providing consulting, training, and learning resources to help organizations change. For more than 30 years, Chris has worked extensively throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. He has taught at the university level and is a sought-after speaker at many conferences every year.

Always engaging and very practical in his approach, Chris helps people face the reality of what is currently happening in their organization and find ways to build the necessary leadership competencies that will ensure their changes succeed.

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Sajel Bellon, Ed.D., RP., CTSS

Founder of Mind Armour® & S.O.S Psychotherapy

Sajel Bellon teaches people to move from pain to possibilities by re-thinking the conventional, re-defining concepts and re-imagining workplace and domestic cultures.

As an Occupational Stress and Trauma Psychotherapist, Sajel specializes in the sciences of well-being, human connection, transformation and growth for individuals and organizations. As a Behavioural Science Professor, she has developed programs and delivered talks around the globe for a variety of institutions, organizations and government agencies like Harvard, Berkeley, TEDx and the RCMP. She has a passion for educating and inspiring others about the ‘human’ experience of mental health.

Sajel developed Mind Armour® solutions for everyone from CEOs and managers to frontline workers and their families. This is grounded in the understanding that everyone can benefit from integrating multi-disciplinary scientific research with evidence-based strategies that can easily be applied to our daily lives. In hopes of helping organizations and families re-define their approach to mental health and its stigma, Sajel shares her expertise woven in with her own personal examples and experiences. She seeks to inspire workplaces and leadership in creating the necessary systemic, sustainable changes to better support their people’s mental wellness, while minimizing the incidence of occupational stress injuries, by promoting and co-creating cultures that foster psychological safety and connection.

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Karen Craggs-Milne

Head of Anti-Racism, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, ThoughtExchange

A Certified Diversity & Inclusion professional, Karen is a leading go-to expert for organizations that are serious about ‘getting equality work RIGHT’. A proud Kenyan Canadian, Karen Craggs-Milne is an award-winning global expert with over 20 years of international experience promoting equity, diversity, anti-racism, gender equality and inclusion. Karen is an Obama White House recognized Gender Equality Changemaker (2016), a Global Goodwill Ambassador for Sustainable Development Goals (2018), #LinkedInGlobalSuperHero (2020) and a Top 100 Canadian Professional (2020). She brings extensive experience working globally with NGOs, corporations and governments to deliver on their equality mandates intentionally and with real impact. Her passion is to educate and equip others to also do this work masterfully.

Whether it is under a tree in a rural village in Ghana or in a boardroom with C-suite executives, Karen’s authentic and engaging approach promises to educate, transform and inspire you into meaningful action.

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Dessalen Wood

Chief People Officer, ThoughtExchange

Dessalen Wood, CHRP, is an innovative HR executive, seasoned speaker and coach. She specializes in passionately leading Learning and Development, and Human Resources teams at some of North America’s most respected organizations. Dessalen has over 20 years of experience in national corporations such as Reitman’s Canada, Hudson’s Bay Company, The Children’s Place and The Disney Stores. In 2019 she left her role as Vice President, Talent Development at Cineplex Entertainment to join ThoughtExchange in the newly created role of Chief People Officer. ThoughtExchange’s community intelligence software empowers leaders to find common ground, inspire trust and use data to make decisions that get genuine support.

Throughout her career, Dessalen has coached senior leaders and built teams from the ground up, in addition to designing and delivering multiple original programs by engaging corporate cultures and high performing leaders at all levels.

November 18 Agenda

8:45 AM – 9:00 AM

Welcome & Opening Remarks

Speaker: Kris Tierney, CHRP, CHRL, Vice President, Human Resources and Learning; Lindsay Recknell, President & CEO, Mental Health in Minutes


9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

MASTERCLASSES : Select 1 of 3

#300 Leading Hybrid Teams

Join this masterclass for a very practical and structured presentation on research, tips, and vocabulary to help your teams understand (and be prepared for) work in the hybrid environment. You will learn about the distinct problems you’ll need to get ahead of, including ‘the hybrid pendulum’ and how to build good hybrid work habits. This masterclass will also include ‘The Hybrid and Remote Work Playbook’, which you can immediately distribute across your organization. You’ll leave better equipped to help set people up for success in the new world of work.

Speaker(s): Mckendree Hickory, Director of Facilitator Performance & Development, LifeLabs Learning

Sponsored by:

#301 Policies Development with a Human Rights and Equity Lens

Ontario’s Human Rights Code (the Code) was enacted in 1962 to prohibit discrimination and harassment in five social areas and based on 17 prohibited grounds. Employers in Ontario must comply with the Code, and within this requirement is the expectation that employers will adopt equitable practices to prevent, eradicate and respond to discrimination and harassment in the workplace.

As complex legal issues continue to emerge across Canada, this comprehensive and interactive learning seminar will provide a high-level human rights framework for policy development and review.

Speaker(s): Njeri Damali Sojourner-Campbell, Associate, Hicks Morely LLP

#302 Talent Strategy – Upgrade

With the talent marketplace being fully reshaped over the last two years, creating the workforce strategies for the future success of the organization is more important now than ever.

The great resignation phenomenon, work from anywhere environment, and access to global skills dictate the new trends and set up the new expectations for HR professionals.

Join this session to learn what it takes to build a game-changing talent strategy in this new world of work.

Speaker(s):  To be announced.


10:45 AM – 11:45 AM

CONCURRENT SESSIONS: Select 1 of 3

#303 Disability Management

This session will provide a refresh of the principles and practices of disability management (i.e., management strategies, interventions, techniques etc.) along with practical insights and preventative solutions for immediate implementation. It will also feature evidence-based best practices to address the long-haul impact on employee and workplace wellness, through illness intervention, psychological health and safety implementation, employee engagement, and organizational culture enrichment.

Speaker(s):  Nancy Gowan, B.H.Sc. (O.T.), O.T. Reg. (Ont.), CDMP., President, Gowan Health Consultants and Gowan Consulting

#304 Building the Resilient Organization and Workforce

Work has been in a state of flux for years in response to disruptors, such as the pace of technology adoption, demographic shifts, and the changing nature of careers. COVID-19 has accelerated many of these disruptors and has tested the resilience of organizations and their workforces in various ways. Disruptions to how and where we work and the work itself are here to stay, placing increasing demands on our leaders and teams. It’s time to think about resilience on multiple levels – individual, organization and systemic. 

In this session, Kathy Woods, Partner and National Workforce Transformation Leader at Deloitte, will provide insights about how leaders, organizations and workforces can be better positioned to endure, adapt to and rebound from potential future adversities. This session will discuss: 

  • Building the ‘right’ skills and capabilities in order survive and thrive in an ever-changing environment; 
  • The importance of having a diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace; 
  • Reimagining talent models and new ways of working to create a system that promotes and enables resilience and wellbeing; and 
  • The imperative of mental health, well-being and culture to support performance and long-term success. 

Speaker(s): Kathy Woods, Partner and National Workforce Transformation Leader, Deloitte

SPONSORED BY:

#305 Step Ahead: Recognizing Risks Earlier

The risk universe for HR is expanding – compliance, financial recovery and durability, culture and employment, brand stability in the new hybrid world of work, and the right talent supply are all critical challenges that HR leaders face nowadays.

Join this session for more insights on HR’s risk environment and the types of risk that HR is presently accountable for, as well as anticipated accountabilities that may arise in the future.

Speaker(s): To be announced.


12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

#306 Keynote: Start with Heart

Cultivating emotional optimism is the most effective tool in revealing the greatness that resides within people. It is the answer to the question of how can I make the people around me be better and do better?

There has never been a better time to concentrate on bringing humanity, emotional intelligence, equity, and diversity into the workplace; and cultivating cultures, connections and communication. This is what will take teams to the next level of success in all areas of business, and it all begins and ends with heart.

Join Claude Silver, Chief Heart Officer of VaynerMedia, a motivational speaker, thought leader and industry trend setter, and learn how to disrupt the traditional HR model. Through the use of emotional optimism and heart-centered leadership, HR leaders can develop elite performance, create cultures of belonging, empower teams to be purpose-driven, efficient, and strong, and infuse companies with empathy, humanity, and joy.

Speaker:

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Claude Silver, Chief Heart Officer, VaynerMedia


1:00 PM1:05 PM

Closing Remarks & Event Wrap-up

Speaker(s): Kris Tierney, CHRP, CHRL, Vice President, Human Resources and Learning; Lindsay Recknell, President & CEO, Mental Health in Minutes


 Please note that HRPA reserves the right to modify and update session titles, descriptions and speakers.

Speaker Biographies – November 18

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Kris Tierney, CHRP, CHRL

Vice President, Human Resources and Learning, HRPA

Kris’ approach as an executive leader is to achieve results by creating outstanding workplaces where people and culture are strategic priorities. She is a passionate and skilled business executive with 15 years’ experience leading HR in hi-tech, high growth companies in automotive and financial services, where she served as a trusted people and culture strategist, advisor and business partner to the C-Suite.

Kris started her career in hospitality where she held various leadership and management positions. For more than 20 years, Kris has served as a valued member of senior and executive leadership teams, where her skills in HR, leadership, strategy, and culture were honed and her passion for business and human resources were developed. She is periodically called upon by media, conferences and academia to contribute her experience and perspectives as an HR and business leader.

Kris has achieved the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) and Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) designations as awarded by the Human Resources Professionals Association in Ontario, Canada. As a lifelong learner, Kris is thrilled to bring professional development and learning opportunities to the HR community in her role as Vice-President, Human Resources and Learning at the HRPA.

Lindsay Recknall
Lindsay Recknell

President & CEO, Mental Health in Minutes

As the president & CEO of Mental Health in Minutes, Lindsay Recknell continues to raise mental health maturity in organizations while making conversations about mental health in the workplace as normalized as any other conversation.

A certified Psychological Health & Safety Advisor, Lindsay works with companies and organizations to increase their levels of psychological health and safety in the workplace using Positive Psychology i.e. evidence-based, practical tips and techniques to increase well-being within organizations, by increasing well-being in individuals.

She empowers individuals, strengthens teams and transforms organizations through her Mental Health in Minutes subscriptionBurnout & Boundaries workshop series and Hope Motivates Action program. Lindsay lives in Calgary with her husband and their two Golden Retrievers.

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Mckendree Hickory

Director of Facilitator Performance & Development, LifeLabs Learning

Mckendree supports the development and direction of the facilitation team at LifeLabs Learning, specializing in diversity and inclusion and women’s leadership development. She has a PhD in Industrial Organizational Psychology, with a research focus on conviction, developmental experiences, and self-perception in the workplace. Mckendree has delivered leadership training at over 200 companies and led learning and development at the fully remote company, InVision.

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Njeri Damali Sojourner-Campbell

Associate, Hicks Morely LLP

Njeri Damali Sojourner-Campbell is a creative and practical problem solver. She helps employers realize the potential of their workplaces through the development of policies and procedures, the design and delivery of training for managers and employees and, when needed, resolution of legal disputes through mediation and litigation.

Once a student activist, Njeri now devotes her civic engagement time to mentorship and the literary arts. She believes in the transformative power of legal professionals and is committed to the creation of a more equitable professional community. Immediately after her Call to the Bar in 2015, Njeri founded UJIMA Mentorship Circle, a supportive space for Black female-identified students and lawyers. Through UJIMA, she leverages her professional relationships to forge bonds between her mentees, experienced practitioners and members of the bench. Njeri and her wife are currently working with Osgoode Hall Law School to establish an endowment to support African-Indigenous law students.

Njeri is recognized by her peers in the international Black science fiction and fantasy communities as a thought leader in literary appreciation and community-building upon leaders. In her spare time, she can be found sampling artisanal teas and craft stouts and reading and reviewing science fiction and fantasy novels.

Prior to her legal career, Njeri was employed as a Human Rights and Diversity Advisor at a community college. She combines this practical experience with her legal knowledge to support clients facing complaints, publicity and litigation in these areas. She is currently working with school boards, municipalities, hospitals and non-profit organizations in human rights and equity restructuring initiatives that involve strategic advising and policy augmentation.

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Nancy Gowan, B.H.Sc. (O.T.), O.T. Reg. (Ont.), CDMP

President, Gowan Health Consultants and Gowan Consulting

Nancy Gowan is a registered Occupational Therapist and Certified Disability Management Professional with experience working in industrial rehabilitation, mental health, accommodation and stay at work planning. She is the founder of a national health and disability management company offering support across Canada and now into the US. Over the more than 30 years, she has worked in partnership with employers, employees and unions to develop customized strategies that improve employee success, health and productivity.

She has presented at national and international forums on accommodation and disability management, and she regularly contributes to disability management education through workshops and training programs as well as online newsletters.

Among her many publications, dating back to 1990, Nancy coauthored a chapter on “Ergonomics in Disability Management” in Ergonomics for Therapists, 3rd edition, 2007. She has also written the “Human Resource Managers’ Guide to Managing Disability in the Workplace” with Carswell, Thomson Reuters (first edition published in 2010 and second edition published in 2016).

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Kathy Woods

Partner and National Workforce Transformation Leader, Deloitte

Kathy is a partner in Consulting and the National Workforce Transformation Leader, bringing 25 years of experience in talent, leadership, and organizational development. She has designed and led projects covering all aspects of leadership assessment, executive team alignment, talent strategy, and organizational effectiveness, where she has worked extensively with board and C-suite clients. With experience as a global HR executive and line-business leader, Kathy approaches her work from a pragmatic perspective, with a strong focus on results.

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Claude Silver

Global Chief Heart Officer, VaynerMedia

Claude Silver is VaynerMedia’s first-ever Global Chief Heart Officer, tasked with fusing empathy with agency to unlock employee potential and foster a culture of belonging across the 1200+ person organization. Between her deep education in psychology and spirituality, and the two decades she has spent as an advertising strategist, Claude has been studying and influencing human behavior for over three decades.

Outside of her role at VaynerMedia, Claude speaks globally about the need for heart-led leadership in today’s workplace and the importance of treating “employees” like people, not numbers. Her success in guiding client relationships, global brand strategies, operations, management, and culture is driven by her abiding passion for creating spaces in which people can show up as their true selves and thrive as a result.

More about Claude Silver: https://www.claudesilver.com/

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Kris Tierney, CHRP, CHRL

Vice President, Human Resources and Learning, HRPA

Kris’ approach as an executive leader is to achieve results by creating outstanding workplaces where people and culture are strategic priorities. She is a passionate and skilled business executive with 15 years’ experience leading HR in hi-tech, high growth companies in automotive and financial services, where she served as a trusted people and culture strategist, advisor and business partner to the C-Suite.

Kris started her career in hospitality where she held various leadership and management positions. For more than 20 years, Kris has served as a valued member of senior and executive leadership teams, where her skills in HR, leadership, strategy, and culture were honed and her passion for business and human resources were developed. She is periodically called upon by media, conferences and academia to contribute her experience and perspectives as an HR and business leader.

Kris has achieved the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) and Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) designations as awarded by the Human Resources Professionals Association in Ontario, Canada. As a lifelong learner, Kris is thrilled to bring professional development and learning opportunities to the HR community in her role as Vice-President, Human Resources and Learning at the HRPA.

Lindsay Recknall
Lindsay Recknell

President & CEO, Mental Health in Minutes

As the president & CEO of Mental Health in Minutes, Lindsay Recknell continues to raise mental health maturity in organizations while making conversations about mental health in the workplace as normalized as any other conversation.

A certified Psychological Health & Safety Advisor, Lindsay works with companies and organizations to increase their levels of psychological health and safety in the workplace using Positive Psychology i.e. evidence-based, practical tips and techniques to increase well-being within organizations, by increasing well-being in individuals.

She empowers individuals, strengthens teams and transforms organizations through her Mental Health in Minutes subscriptionBurnout & Boundaries workshop series and Hope Motivates Action program. Lindsay lives in Calgary with her husband and their two Golden Retrievers.

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Mckendree Hickory

Director of Facilitator Performance & Development, LifeLabs Learning

Mckendree supports the development and direction of the facilitation team at LifeLabs Learning, specializing in diversity and inclusion and women’s leadership development. She has a PhD in Industrial Organizational Psychology, with a research focus on conviction, developmental experiences, and self-perception in the workplace. Mckendree has delivered leadership training at over 200 companies and led learning and development at the fully remote company, InVision.

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Njeri Damali Sojourner-Campbell

Associate, Hicks Morely LLP

Njeri Damali Sojourner-Campbell is a creative and practical problem solver. She helps employers realize the potential of their workplaces through the development of policies and procedures, the design and delivery of training for managers and employees and, when needed, resolution of legal disputes through mediation and litigation.

Once a student activist, Njeri now devotes her civic engagement time to mentorship and the literary arts. She believes in the transformative power of legal professionals and is committed to the creation of a more equitable professional community. Immediately after her Call to the Bar in 2015, Njeri founded UJIMA Mentorship Circle, a supportive space for Black female-identified students and lawyers. Through UJIMA, she leverages her professional relationships to forge bonds between her mentees, experienced practitioners and members of the bench. Njeri and her wife are currently working with Osgoode Hall Law School to establish an endowment to support African-Indigenous law students.

Njeri is recognized by her peers in the international Black science fiction and fantasy communities as a thought leader in literary appreciation and community-building upon leaders. In her spare time, she can be found sampling artisanal teas and craft stouts and reading and reviewing science fiction and fantasy novels.

Prior to her legal career, Njeri was employed as a Human Rights and Diversity Advisor at a community college. She combines this practical experience with her legal knowledge to support clients facing complaints, publicity and litigation in these areas. She is currently working with school boards, municipalities, hospitals and non-profit organizations in human rights and equity restructuring initiatives that involve strategic advising and policy augmentation.

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Nancy Gowan, B.H.Sc. (O.T.), O.T. Reg. (Ont.), CDMP

President, Gowan Health Consultants and Gowan Consulting

Nancy Gowan is a registered Occupational Therapist and Certified Disability Management Professional with experience working in industrial rehabilitation, mental health, accommodation and stay at work planning. She is the founder of a national health and disability management company offering support across Canada and now into the US. Over the more than 30 years, she has worked in partnership with employers, employees and unions to develop customized strategies that improve employee success, health and productivity.

She has presented at national and international forums on accommodation and disability management, and she regularly contributes to disability management education through workshops and training programs as well as online newsletters.

Among her many publications, dating back to 1990, Nancy coauthored a chapter on “Ergonomics in Disability Management” in Ergonomics for Therapists, 3rd edition, 2007. She has also written the “Human Resource Managers’ Guide to Managing Disability in the Workplace” with Carswell, Thomson Reuters (first edition published in 2010 and second edition published in 2016).

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Kathy Woods

Partner and National Workforce Transformation Leader, Deloitte

Kathy is a partner in Consulting and the National Workforce Transformation Leader, bringing 25 years of experience in talent, leadership, and organizational development. She has designed and led projects covering all aspects of leadership assessment, executive team alignment, talent strategy, and organizational effectiveness, where she has worked extensively with board and C-suite clients. With experience as a global HR executive and line-business leader, Kathy approaches her work from a pragmatic perspective, with a strong focus on results.

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Claude Silver

Global Chief Heart Officer, VaynerMedia

Claude Silver is VaynerMedia’s first-ever Global Chief Heart Officer, tasked with fusing empathy with agency to unlock employee potential and foster a culture of belonging across the 1200+ person organization. Between her deep education in psychology and spirituality, and the two decades she has spent as an advertising strategist, Claude has been studying and influencing human behavior for over three decades.

Outside of her role at VaynerMedia, Claude speaks globally about the need for heart-led leadership in today’s workplace and the importance of treating “employees” like people, not numbers. Her success in guiding client relationships, global brand strategies, operations, management, and culture is driven by her abiding passion for creating spaces in which people can show up as their true selves and thrive as a result.

More about Claude Silver: https://www.claudesilver.com/

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Contact Adam Hart, Business Development Lead, to learn more about partnership or sponsorship opportunities.
Tel: 416.923.2324 ext. 353
Email: ahart@hrpa.ca

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