Emerging Stronger:
Burnout, Re-opening Workplaces and the Evolution of Culture

Today’s HR Professionals are faced with the constant demands of a disrupted world of work. More than a year into a global pandemic, businesses are returning their focus to more pervasive workplace issues that are having immediate impact on employee wellbeing, engagement, and organizational performance. This Summer Conference aims to address some of the biggest issues facing organizations today and equip HR professionals to help lead their workplaces into the future.

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Online

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20.25 CPD Hours

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Price

Member, Non-Member and Student pricing available.

Details in the “Pricing” tab.

Early bird ends June 22, 2021.

The HRPA 2021 Summer Conference
July 27 – 29, 2021

Conference Themes

BURNOUT

The World Health Organization now recognizes “burnout” as an occupational phenomenon. The syndrome is included in the agency’s handbook of medical diagnoses, which guides health professionals around the world.

Burnout can cost Ontario businesses millions of dollars each year in increased medical costs, and lost productivity. During COVID-19 the risk of burnout in employees has been exacerbated by blurred work/life divisions, and greater physical and emotional demands on essential workers. HR Professionals will learn how their organizations can prevent and manage burnout and identify and respond to it quickly if it does happen.

July 27, 2021 

9:00 AM – #100 – How We Got Our Groove Back with Lindsay Recknell 

10:15 AM – #107 – Technostress: 3 Steps to Breaking Unhealthy Technology Habits with Aoife Donovan Lee 

July 28, 2021 

10:15 AM – #201 – Burnout: When You Feel Like You Have Nothing More to Give with Lindsay Recknell 

12:00 PM – #204 – Navigating Disruptive Times: How to Manage Workplace Stress and Build Resilience with Dr. Julie McCarthy 

July 29, 2021 

9:00 AM – #300 – From Languishing to Flourishing with Dr. Carlos Davidovich 

10:15 AM – #303 – Moving Away from Burnout with Mary Ann Baynton 

12:00 PM – #306 – Preventing a Burnout Epidemic with Jennifer Moss 

RE-OPENING WORKPLACES

HR Professionals are being tasked to develop fair, safe and compliant policies and practices to prepare their organizations and its leaders to reopen the workplace. Vaccinations, masking, occupancy restrictions, work refusals, and more. There is much to consider and prepare for, and even more questions being asked. HR Professionals will benefit from expertise on policy development, and legal and ethical considerations to help prepare their organizations to reopen workplaces in a safe and responsible way.

July 27, 2021 

9:00 AM – #100 – How We Got Our Groove Back with Lindsay Recknell 

10:15 AM – #108 – Guess the Notice! with Jordan Lester 

July 28, 2021 

9:00 AM – #200 – More Than Unlocking the Doors: Psychological Safety Tips as Your Teams Return with Todd Humber and Dr. Bill Howatt 

10:15 AM – #202 – Accommodating Fear in Returning to Work with Zaheer Lakhani 

12:00 PM – #205 – Zoom in on Your Workplace Policies with Samia Hussein 

July 29, 2021 

9:00 AM – #301 – Workplace 2.0 – Changes, Challenges and Considerations for Employers with Daniel Wong 

10:15 AM – #304 – Ask Me Anything: HR Law on RTW and Post-COVID-19 with Neena Gupta and Amy Davies 

EVOLUTION OF CULTURE

Culture has emerged during the pandemic as critically important to organizational sustainability, resilience, and adaptability. Lily Zheng said at the HRPA 2021 Annual Conference that “trust is the currency of change in organizations.” And what organization hasn’t undergone massive change in the last year? This theme will explore how culture can be strengthened for the benefit of all who operate within it. HR Professionals will be equipped with the latest insights, evidence-based research and resources on culture aimed to strengthen, develop and transform.

July 27, 2021 

9:00 AM – #100 – How We Got Our Groove Back with Lindsay Recknell 

10:15 AM – #109 – Leading with Emotional Intelligence & Resilience in Times of Uncertainty with Jamelle Lindo 

11:30 AM – #110 – Panel: How the Pandemic Changed Canadian Workplaces for Good with Alison Grenier 

July 28, 2021 

10:15 AM – #203 – Creating a Culture of Regeneration with Dr. Amanda Matejicek and Dr. Tatijana Busic 

12:00 PM – #206 – Reimagine Work: Designing the Hybrid Work Experience with Val Duffey 

July 29, 2021 

9:00 AM – #302 – Coaching with Integrity: How to Cultivate Inner Change in Your Organization with Maja Djikic 

10:15 AM – #305 – Driving the Future: HR Strategies to Thrive with Naomi Titleman Colla and Mark Edgar 

Why attend:

  • Gain the latest insights and information to support your business and prepare for a safe re-opening
  • 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 burnout issues, improve employee morale and performance
  • 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

July 27 Agenda

8:50 AM – 9:00 AM

Welcome & Opening Remarks

Event Emcee: Lindsay Recknell, President & CEO, Mental Health in Minutes

Speaker: Kris Tierney, CHRP, CHRL, Vice President, Human Resources and Learning


9:00 AM – 9:30 AM

#100 – Keynote: How We Got Our Groove Back

​With the constant demands of a disrupted world of work, the role of an HR Professional has never been more critical. As leaders, you are tasked with raising employee wellness and engagement while also considering the bottom line and organizational performance and, at the same time, taking care of yourself and others while you navigate an unprecedented workplace issues.

In this keynote, Lindsay Recknell will share how the least selfish thing you can do is to take care of yourself first and how brain science, habits and boundary setting are excellent tactics to proactively be your best self as you tackle some of the biggest issues facing your organization today.

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Speaker: Lindsay Recknell, President & CEO, Mental Health in Minutes


9:30 AM – 10:00 AM

BREAKOUT SESSIONS: Select 1 of 6

Session choices to be announced.


10:15 AM – 11:15 AM

CONCURRENT SESSIONS: Select 1 of 3

#107 – Technostress: 3 Steps to Breaking Unhealthy Technology Habits

​Our technology habits are creating work-life conflict, decreasing our productivity and stopping us from achieving our goals.

We’re overloaded and over-connected. Although technology affords us so many benefits, the drawbacks are real and they are pervasive. Learn how to manage them and how to support others in doing the same. 

Join me, Aoife Donovan Lee, for this practical workshop to teach you some simple and successful techniques for identifying and breaking those unhealthy technology habits that are negatively impacting your results.

Enjoy the huge benefits of taking the time back from mindless technology use to focus on the things that matter to you the most. 

Speaker: Aoife Donovan Lee, Coaching Psychologist, Managing Director, Donovan Lee

#108 – Guess the Notice!

Employment lawyer and wannabe gameshow host Jordan Lester brings us the latest version of his gameshow series: Guess the Notice!

In year’s past, Jordan has brought HRPA such wildly popular employment law-themed games as Cause or No Cause? and Discrimination or No Discrimination?. This year, Jordan will be testing HRPA members on their ability to guess the common law notice period for dismissed employees.

Some organizations will be navigating a re-opening in a more strategic approach and Guess the Notice! will get attendees thinking about the art of calculating notice periods.

Speaker: Jordan Lester, Cheadles LLP

#109 – Leading with Emotional Intelligence & Resilience In Times of Uncertainty

​As leaders and professionals, we have suddenly found ourselves in the midst of a completely unprecedented pandemic. This is a challenging and emotional time for all of us, yet we must continue to meet the needs of our businesses, our employees, and our clients as best we can. Join us for an interactive webinar session on how to tap into the power of emotional intelligence and resilience to show up as our best selves in these times. All participants will walk away with an understanding of what emotional intelligence is as well as practical strategies to reduce stress, enhance wellbeing and build resilience.

Speaker: Jamelle Lindo, ACC, CTP, Emotional Intelligence Leadership Coach, PARADIGM People Development


11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

#110 – Panel Discussion: Work Culture

Organizational culture has been thrust into the spotlight during the pandemic, exposing cracks and faults in cultural foundations and driving an evolution of culture for many business leaders. Join Great Place to Work Canada and business leaders from some of Canada’s great workplaces for a discussion on how a culture based on trust has helped guide them over the past year, and is setting them up for recovery post-pandemic.

Grenier, Alison

Moderator: Alison Grenier, Head of Culture and Research, Great Place to Work

Speakers:

Aris, Natalie

Natalie Aris, Senior Director of HR, Equitable Bank

Lim, Cathy

Cathy Lim, Director of Human Resources, PopReach Games

Scott, Karen

Karen Scott, Senior Vice President of People & Growth, Softchoice

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1:00 PM

Closing Remarks & Day 1 Wrap-up


Speaker Biographies – July 27

Recknell, Lindsay
Lindsay Recknell

President & CEO, Mental Health in Minutes

Lindsay Recknell is a Workplace Mental Health consultant, a speaker, podcaster and an expert in hope. As a Certified Psychological Health & Safety Advisor, Lindsay works with companies and organizations to increase their levels of psychological health & safety in the workplace using Positive Psychology – evidence-based, practical tips and techniques to increase wellbeing within organizations by increasing wellbeing in individuals. She empowers individuals, strengthens teams and transforms organizations through her Mental Health in Minutes subscription, Burnout & Boundaries workshop series and Hope Motivates Action program. Lindsay lives in Calgary with her husband and their two Golden Retrievers.

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Kris Tierney, CHRP, CHRL

Vice President, HR and Learning

Kris’s approach as an executive leader is to achieve results by creating outstanding workplaces where people & 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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Aoife Donovan lee

Coaching Psychologist

​Aoife is a Coaching Psychologist with expertise in the areas of technostress, high performance, leadership, and building emotional capital. Aoife has over 15 years’ experience in leadership and people development. During that time, she has gained a wealth of experience in both Irish and Canadian multinational organisations, as well as running her own business.

As a qualified Executive Coach, Aoife is driven to create an environment that supports highly driven professionals to fulfil their potential through transitioning to a high-performance mindset. Aoife is a life-long learner, having completed a Masters in Psychology, an honours BSc in Human Resource Management, a Diploma in Executive Coaching and a Diploma in Training and Development. She is a certified Korn Ferry Leadership Architect practitioner and qualified in the use of advanced Emotional Intelligence assessments.

Lester, Jordan
Jordan Lester

Lawyer, Cheadles LLP

Jordan is a partner at Cheadles, having joined the firm in September 2013. Prior to joining Cheadles, Jordan articled as a judicial law clerk for the Superior Court of Justice – Northwest region. While based in Thunder Bay, he also clerked for the Superior Court judges of Kenora, Sault Ste. Marie and Parry Sound.

Before entering the world of law, Jordan spent several years as a reporter for the CBC, filing stories at the regional, provincial and national level, making regular contributions to programs such as World Report, Ontario Today, and The World This Weekend. Jordan is very active with various not-for-profit organizations in Thunder Bay, and in his spare time he enjoys snowboarding, playing hockey, fishing and watching the Blue Jays.

Lindo, Jamelle
Jamelle Lindo

Emotional Intelligence Leadership Coach, PARADIGM People Development

​Jamelle Lindo is an emotional intelligence leadership coach, trainer and speaker with over 11 years of diverse learning and development experience. He has worked with thousands of professionals across Canada to help them ‘level-up’ through the practical application of emotional intelligence and mindfulness-based strategies. Jamelle is certified in EQ-i 2.0—the world’s leading assessment tool for measuring emotional intelligence—and he uses this to establish a scientifically valid benchmark to begin a leader’s development journey. Jamelle has published several thought leadership pieces on Forbes .com and is an official member of the Forbes Coaches Council, an invite-only organization for successful business coaches. Jamelle is driven to empower leaders to become their best selves and in so doing, achieve the kind of business success that makes the world a better place.

Grenier, Alison
Alison Grenier

Head of Culture, Great Place to Work

​Alison Grenier is Head of Culture and Research for Great Place to Work. With 15 years’ experience studying the Best Workplaces in Canada, Alison knows what it takes to transform workplace culture. Alison leverages GPTW’s unparalleled data library to uncover the leading workplace trends, and support organizations with specific and actionable feedback to drive their culture forward. Prior to joining the Institute, Alison worked in a variety of human resource roles in the manufacturing, professional services and not-for-profit sectors. Alison lives in Kelowna B.C. and enjoys exploring all the province has to offer with her family.

Aris, Natalie
Natalie Aris

Senior Director of HR, Equitable Bank

Natalie Aris is Senior Director of HR at Equitable Bank and has been with the organization for 10 years. She is responsible for HR operations and also involved in strategy planning on their Employee Value Proposition & Employer Brand, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion and Talent Management.   Equitable Bank was once a Trust Company with 50 people and now they are a Schedule I Bank with almost 1000 employees with amazing organic growth.  Their focus is to hold on to their small family culture that started 15 years ago as they continue to expand as the top Canadian Challenger Bank.

Lim, Cathy
Cathy Lim

Director of Human Resources, PopReach Games

Cathy Lim is currently the Director of Human Resources for PopReach Games and the volunteer Executive Director for the Vancouver Asian Film Festival. Her passion to engage with employees and provide a safe and inclusive workplace has resulted in multiple Great Place to Work accolades, most notably Canada’s 50 Best Workplaces, and Best Workplaces for Inclusion, Women, and Mental Wellness. Cathy also teaches workshops for multiple non-profits and schools year-round, she loves to educate and empower everyone around her.

Scott, Karen
Karen Scott

Senior Vice President of People & Growth, Softchoice

Karen Scott joined Softchoice as Senior Vice President of People & Growth in September 2019. A seasoned human resource executive with deep understanding of service-based organizations, Ms. Scott is responsible for leading organizational development and employee engagement at Softchoice. She oversees Softchoice’s talent management, recruitment and retention, performance initiatives and compensation programs, HR systems and is executive sponsor of Softchoice Cares, the Company’s employee-led social impact board. Prior to joining Softchoice, Ms. Scott was the Chief Human Resources Officer of Sgsco, where she helped transform the organization’s way of working and built core people practices, including succession management, employee development, change management, people insights and talent acquisition. Previously, Ms. Scott was the Vice President, HR for Mosaic (North America) where she spent 13 years helping to lead their exponential growth. During her time at Mosaic, Ms. Scott pioneered Mosaic University and Mosaic Cares, launched career development programming, led their Great Places to Work engagement survey, and continued the development of their culture. She holds a BA from Western University in Administrative and Commercial Studies with a specialization in Human Relations and Social Organizations.

Recknell, Lindsay
Lindsay Recknell

President & CEO, Mental Health in Minutes

Lindsay Recknell is a Workplace Mental Health consultant, a speaker, podcaster and an expert in hope. As a Certified Psychological Health & Safety Advisor, Lindsay works with companies and organizations to increase their levels of psychological health & safety in the workplace using Positive Psychology – evidence-based, practical tips and techniques to increase wellbeing within organizations by increasing wellbeing in individuals. She empowers individuals, strengthens teams and transforms organizations through her Mental Health in Minutes subscription, Burnout & Boundaries workshop series and Hope Motivates Action program. Lindsay lives in Calgary with her husband and their two Golden Retrievers.

Kris_Tierney_1_2020-08-31
Kris Tierney, CHRP, CHRL

Vice President, HR and Learning

Kris’s approach as an executive leader is to achieve results by creating outstanding workplaces where people & 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.

Donovan Lee, Aoife 1
Aoife Donovan lee

Coaching Psychologist

​Aoife is a Coaching Psychologist with expertise in the areas of technostress, high performance, leadership, and building emotional capital. Aoife has over 15 years’ experience in leadership and people development. During that time, she has gained a wealth of experience in both Irish and Canadian multinational organisations, as well as running her own business.

As a qualified Executive Coach, Aoife is driven to create an environment that supports highly driven professionals to fulfil their potential through transitioning to a high-performance mindset. Aoife is a life-long learner, having completed a Masters in Psychology, an honours BSc in Human Resource Management, a Diploma in Executive Coaching and a Diploma in Training and Development. She is a certified Korn Ferry Leadership Architect practitioner and qualified in the use of advanced Emotional Intelligence assessments.

Lester, Jordan
Jordan Lester

Lawyer, Cheadles LLP

Jordan is a partner at Cheadles, having joined the firm in September 2013. Prior to joining Cheadles, Jordan articled as a judicial law clerk for the Superior Court of Justice – Northwest region. While based in Thunder Bay, he also clerked for the Superior Court judges of Kenora, Sault Ste. Marie and Parry Sound.

Before entering the world of law, Jordan spent several years as a reporter for the CBC, filing stories at the regional, provincial and national level, making regular contributions to programs such as World Report, Ontario Today, and The World This Weekend. Jordan is very active with various not-for-profit organizations in Thunder Bay, and in his spare time he enjoys snowboarding, playing hockey, fishing and watching the Blue Jays.

Lindo, Jamelle
Jamelle Lindo

Emotional Intelligence Leadership Coach, PARADIGM People Development

​Jamelle Lindo is an emotional intelligence leadership coach, trainer and speaker with over 11 years of diverse learning and development experience. He has worked with thousands of professionals across Canada to help them ‘level-up’ through the practical application of emotional intelligence and mindfulness-based strategies. Jamelle is certified in EQ-i 2.0—the world’s leading assessment tool for measuring emotional intelligence—and he uses this to establish a scientifically valid benchmark to begin a leader’s development journey. Jamelle has published several thought leadership pieces on Forbes .com and is an official member of the Forbes Coaches Council, an invite-only organization for successful business coaches. Jamelle is driven to empower leaders to become their best selves and in so doing, achieve the kind of business success that makes the world a better place.

Grenier, Alison
Alison Grenier

Head of Culture, Great Place to Work

​Alison Grenier is Head of Culture and Research for Great Place to Work. With 15 years’ experience studying the Best Workplaces in Canada, Alison knows what it takes to transform workplace culture. Alison leverages GPTW’s unparalleled data library to uncover the leading workplace trends, and support organizations with specific and actionable feedback to drive their culture forward. Prior to joining the Institute, Alison worked in a variety of human resource roles in the manufacturing, professional services and not-for-profit sectors. Alison lives in Kelowna B.C. and enjoys exploring all the province has to offer with her family.

Aris, Natalie
Natalie Aris

Senior Director of HR, Equitable Bank

Natalie Aris is Senior Director of HR at Equitable Bank and has been with the organization for 10 years. She is responsible for HR operations and also involved in strategy planning on their Employee Value Proposition & Employer Brand, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion and Talent Management.   Equitable Bank was once a Trust Company with 50 people and now they are a Schedule I Bank with almost 1000 employees with amazing organic growth.  Their focus is to hold on to their small family culture that started 15 years ago as they continue to expand as the top Canadian Challenger Bank.

Lim, Cathy
Cathy Lim

Director of Human Resources, PopReach Games

Cathy Lim is currently the Director of Human Resources for PopReach Games and the volunteer Executive Director for the Vancouver Asian Film Festival. Her passion to engage with employees and provide a safe and inclusive workplace has resulted in multiple Great Place to Work accolades, most notably Canada’s 50 Best Workplaces, and Best Workplaces for Inclusion, Women, and Mental Wellness. Cathy also teaches workshops for multiple non-profits and schools year-round, she loves to educate and empower everyone around her.

Scott, Karen
Karen Scott

Senior Vice President of People & Growth, Softchoice

Karen Scott joined Softchoice as Senior Vice President of People & Growth in September 2019. A seasoned human resource executive with deep understanding of service-based organizations, Ms. Scott is responsible for leading organizational development and employee engagement at Softchoice. She oversees Softchoice’s talent management, recruitment and retention, performance initiatives and compensation programs, HR systems and is executive sponsor of Softchoice Cares, the Company’s employee-led social impact board. Prior to joining Softchoice, Ms. Scott was the Chief Human Resources Officer of Sgsco, where she helped transform the organization’s way of working and built core people practices, including succession management, employee development, change management, people insights and talent acquisition. Previously, Ms. Scott was the Vice President, HR for Mosaic (North America) where she spent 13 years helping to lead their exponential growth. During her time at Mosaic, Ms. Scott pioneered Mosaic University and Mosaic Cares, launched career development programming, led their Great Places to Work engagement survey, and continued the development of their culture. She holds a BA from Western University in Administrative and Commercial Studies with a specialization in Human Relations and Social Organizations.

July 28 Agenda

8:50 AM – 9:00 AM

Welcome & Opening Remarks

Event Emcee: Lindsay Recknell, President & CEO, Mental Health in Minutes

Speaker: Kris Tierney, CHRP, CHRL, Vice President, Human Resources and Learning


9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

#200 – Keynote: More Than Unlocking the Doors: Psychological Safety Tips as Your Teams Return

The last year has been hard on your teams. Remote work, child and elder-care issues, economic uncertainty and fear of getting sick has taken a toll. As employers prepare to welcome workers back, HR Professionals need to be cognizant of mental health issues and how they can prepare their business’s leaders for the potential of competing demands for their employees’ time and attention. Todd Humber, publisher of Talent Canada, and Dr. Bill Howatt, one of the country’s leading experts on workplace psychological safety, will offer practical tips to navigate this complex issue.

Speakers:

Humber, Todd

Todd Humber, Publisher, Talent Canada

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Dr. Bill Howatt, Founder and President, Howatt HR Consulting


10:15 AM – 11:45 AM

MASTERCLASSES: Select 1 of 3

#201 – Burnout: When You Feel Like You Have Nothing More to Give

​We talk a lot about stress. From our stress levels to the things we’re going to do to combat stress and bring it down to manageable levels. But what happens when high stress continues for a prolonged period of time?

The answer is burnout.

Burnout is when you move from feeling like it’s all too much, and cross over into feeling like you don’t have enough – not enough time, energy, motivation, or desire to get it all done.

The road to burnout can be slow, but it can quickly pick up speed if it’s not addressed. In this masterclass, Lindsay Recknell will share the practical (and efficient!) strategies to stop the slide into burnout while engaging participants in discussions, group activities and independent work to reinforce the simple ways to stop burnout in our lives.

Speaker: Lindsay Recknell, Workplace Mental Health Consultant, Certified Psychological Health & Safety Advisor and Expert in Hope, Mental Health in Minutes

#202 – Accommodating Fear in Returning to Work

​In this open forum discussion, we’ll discuss tips and strategies to consider in dealing with employees who are expressing fear and anxiety about the re-opening of their workplace. From another perspective, we’ll also explore an employer’s legal obligations with respect to an employee’s health and safety concerns upon returning back to the workplace.

Speaker: Zaheer Lakhani, Partner, Lakhani Campea LLP

#203 – Creating a Culture of Regeneration

​The 21st century challenges of vast and rapid change, the issues of social and racial systemic bias, COVID and the social disconnection of the workforce have significantly destabilized many organizational cultures. We need to redefine and redesign cultures to ensure that we are creating organizations that are inclusive, that will allow humans to heal from our current state of upheaval, and redefine what success and productivity look like. We will explore the key factors needed for organizations to heal and create a culture of regeneration, for the individual, team, and organization as a whole.

Speakers: Dr. Amanda Matejicek, PhD, ACC, Co-creator, People in Business Inc.; Dr. Tatijana Busic, PhD, CPsych, Co-creator, People in Business Inc.


12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

CONCURRENT SESSIONS: Select 1 of 3

#204 – Navigating Disruptive Times: How to Manage Workplace Stress and Build Resilience

The COVID-19 pandemic has projected humanity into an unprecedented era that is characterized by feelings of helplessness and loss of control. Even before its’ onset, levels of stress among North American workers were at an all-time high. Today these levels continue to rise, bringing serious implications for individuals, organizations, and society as a whole. In this session, Professor McCarthy will discuss how to take control of workplace stress by leveraging resilience strategies that have been proven to work. These strategies focus on the control of emotions, relationships and behaviors, and will lead to higher personal and workplace productivity.

Speaker: Dr. Julie McCarthy, Professor of Organizational Behavior and HR Management, University of Toronto Scarborough

#205 – Zoom in on Your Workplace Policies

With the rapid changes in employment and labour law throughout the pandemic, workplaces will need to consider whether current workplace policies are still compliant, and enforceable. This session will cover best practices and compliance obligations to help workplaces review, revise, and implement key workplace policies and procedures. 

Speaker: Samia Hussein, Lawyer, Sherrard Kuzz LLP

#206 – Reimagine Work: Designing the Hybrid Work Experience

​The shared societal experience of the global pandemic and calls for social justice have created a fundamental reset of the world of work. Organizations that consciously reshape themselves within the new business and societal landscape will emerge winners in a post pandemic corporate Canada. Based on emerging thought leadership and market trends, this session will consider the big shifts underway in the areas of Values, Culture, Leadership, Organization Capabilities, and Talent Strategies through an exploration of the Reimagine Work framework. The discussion will then focus in on the issue of hybrid work, including an examination of the upsides and downsides, and key design elements. The presentation will conclude by offering a practical roadmap that HR leaders can use to navigate the creation of hybrid work approaches within their organizations.

Speaker: Val Duffey, Chief Human Resources Officer


1:00 PM

Closing Remarks & Day 2 Wrap-up


Speaker Biographies – July 28

Recknell, Lindsay
Lindsay Recknell

President & CEO, Mental Health in Minutes

Lindsay Recknell is a Workplace Mental Health consultant, a speaker, podcaster and an expert in hope. As a Certified Psychological Health & Safety Advisor, Lindsay works with companies and organizations to increase their levels of psychological health & safety in the workplace using Positive Psychology – evidence-based, practical tips and techniques to increase wellbeing within organizations by increasing wellbeing in individuals. She empowers individuals, strengthens teams and transforms organizations through her Mental Health in Minutes subscription, Burnout & Boundaries workshop series and Hope Motivates Action program. Lindsay lives in Calgary with her husband and their two Golden Retrievers.

Kris_Tierney_1_2020-08-31
Kris Tierney, CHRP, CHRL

Vice President, HR and Learning

Kris’s approach as an executive leader is to achieve results by creating outstanding workplaces where people & 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.

Humber, Todd
Todd Humber

Publisher, Talent Canada

​Todd Humber is a group publisher at Annex Business Media in Toronto. As a journalist, he has spent more than 20 years covering issues of importance to HR professionals and employers. In 2019, he launched Talent Canada — a cutting-edge media brand designed to educate senior leadership about the importance of investing in people. Before that, he worked at Thomson Reuters where he was the publisher and editor-in-chief of a national human resources publication.

Copyrighted Kayla Hannaford
Dr. Bill Howatt, Ph.D., Ed.D

Founder and President, Howatt HR Consulting

​​Bill Howatt is Ph.D., Ed.D., Post Doctorate Behavioral Science, University of California, Los Angeles, Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, RTC, RSW, ICADC. He is Founder and President of Howatt HR www.howatthr.com. Dr. Howatt is known as one of Canada’s top experts in mental health issues in the workplace and has more than 30 years’ experience in the field of mental health, addiction, and human resources consulting.

Dr. Howatt has published over 40 books and 400 articles, such as Stop Hiding and Start Living and The Coping Crisis. He is the former Chief of Research, Workforce Productivity, at The Conference Board of Canada, leading the board’s applied research programs in workplace wellness, mental health, and workforce productivity, and Chief of Research and Development, Workforce Productivity, at Morneau Shepell, where he launched a total health consulting strategy designed to improve health engagement and productivity in Canadian organizations.

Through the University of New Brunswick, Dr. Howatt has created the senate[1]approved Psychological Safe Leader Certificate in Certified Management Essentials, Pathway to Coping and Mental Fitness.Dr. Howatt is the Chair of CSA Standard Z1008: Management of Substance Related Impairment in the Workplace and sits on the CSA OHS Strategic Steering Committee.

Lakhani, Zaheer
Zaheer Lakhani

Partner, Lakhani Campea LLP

​Zaheer Lakhani is a partner at the boutique law firm Lakhani Campea LLP, which specializes in employment law, workplace investigations and litigation services. Called to the Bar in 1998, Zaheer advises and represents various sized employers as well as individuals in a variety of areas such as human rights, including disability and accommodation; wrongful dismissal claims; employment standards compliance and litigation, and general strategic HR advice.

Zaheer is frequently sought out to provide third party investigation services for various employers including municipal clients, school boards, and Canadian Universities. In the spring of 2020, his investigation involving the conduct of an elected school board trustee was referenced in various news media including the Ottawa Citizen, CBC, Toronto Star and the Globe and Mail.Zaheer has also appeared as a guest on CBC Radio and Radio Canada to discuss discrimination and toxic workplaces and he was quoted by the Canadian Safety Reporter in an article related to workplace harassment. Zaheer has delivered presentations on a variety of topics on behalf of various chapters of the Human Resource Professional’s Association (HRPA), the HRPA’s annual conference, as well as the Ontario Municipal Human Resources Association (OMHRA) Spring and Fall Conference. Most recently, he delivered a presentation discussing the Impact of Racial Bias and Racism in the Workplace.

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Dr. Amanda Matejicek, PhD, ACC

Co-creator, People in Business Inc.

Amanda is creative, compassionate, and dynamic. She intertwines the drivers of humanity with the drivers of business. With a PhD in Industrial & Organizational Psychology, she supports individuals, teams, and organizations to hone their emotional, social, and adaptive intelligence to harness the human potential in organizations. As a consultant, Amanda builds trusting and supportive relationships with her clients through her straightforward and compassionate approach to personal growth and organizational transformation.

With over 20 years as an organizational consultant, she has extensive experience in creating and sustaining transformational change through large-scale initiatives, leadership and talent development programs, succession planning, as well as individual and leadership alignment coaching.

Busic, Tatijana
Dr. Tatijana Busic, PHD, CPych

Co-creator, People in Business Inc.

​Tatijana marries the art and science of human emotion and behaviour to how individuals, dyads, and teams think, feel, relate and behave at work. As a psychologist and an organizational consultant, her passion is to support individuals, organizations, and communities to build healthy relationships through harnessing emotional and social intelligence. She is also a trauma and stress expert and provide services to individuals, teams, and organizations that foster psychological healing, resilience, and the motivation for growth. Her goal is to optimize human potential in organizations and to build psychologically safe, culturally brave, and racially and socially just organizations while supporting organizations to meet 21st century demands and business objectives.

Tatijana is a licensed clinical and organizational psychologist with over 15 years of private practice experience in psychological assessments and interventions with individuals, dyads, and organizations. She has guest lectured in organizations and universities on the psycho-biology of stress and adaptive change processes, and has been featured in the Harvard Business Review and the Rotman School of Management.

McCarthy, Julie
Dr. Julie McCarthy

Professor of Organizational Behavior and HR Management, University of Toronto Scarborough

​Dr. Julie McCarthy is a Professor of Organizational Behavior and HR Management at the University of Toronto Scarborough with a cross-appointment to the Rotman School of Management. Julie’s research examines strategies that individuals can use to build resilience and achieve success in their work and home lives. Her work is published in leading academic journals, including The Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology, and Psychological Science, and is generously supported by funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). In addition to receiving numerous awards and recognitions for her research contributions, Julie’s work has received a considerable amount of media attention. Julie’s work has also been featured in several prominent media outlets, such as Harvard Business Review, the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Financial Post, CBC, CTV, and Macleans. In the corporate sector, Julie has developed training programs, performance management systems and personnel selection tools on behalf public and private corporations. Julie has also demonstrated success leading corporate resilience workshops in the public and private sectors, including several sessions tailored specifically to senior leaders, lawyers, police officers, and medical professionals.

Hussein, Samia
Samia Hussein

Lawyer, Sherrard Kuzz LLP

​Samia advises and represents employers in many areas of employment and labour law with emphasis on workplace investigations, human rights and accommodation, policy development and implementation, the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, employment standards and employment agreements.

Samia is an active member of the Ontario Bar Association Labour and Employment Law Section, including the section’s Continuing Professional Development committee. She is also an executive member of the Canadian Association of Somali Lawyers, and a member of the Law Society of Ontario, Canadian Bar Association, Ontario Bar Association (Education, Civil Litigation, Constitutional, Civil Liberties and Human Rights, and Young Lawyers), and the Canadian Association of Women in Construction.

Duffey, Val
Val Duffey

Chief Human Resources Officer

Val Duffey is a Chief Human Resources Officer whose career spans 25 years in financial and professional services organizations such as KPMG Canada, Aviva Canada and Torys LLP. Most recently, Val was CHRO at the Greater Toronto Airports Authority with a mandate to transform Pearson’s workforce and culture toward its vision of becoming a global mega hub airport. With a reputation for building business-centric HR strategy and driving transformational change, Val brings a passionate, strategic and pragmatic voice to the top table. She is a trusted advisor, an invested leader, and a dedicated coach and mentor.

Since early 2020, Val and collaborator Mark Edgar have been examining emerging market trends and new workplace realities brought about by the pandemic and calls for social reform. Together they have developed the Reimagine Work framework—a holistic view of the key paradigm shifts that are defining today’s world of work—which they use to support CHROs to reimagine their future-focused HR strategies.

Val holds a degree in Education from Ryerson University, a Certificate in Executive Organization Development from Columbia University, and a Certificate in HR Management. She is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors and sits on the Board of St. Michael’s Choir School in downtown Toronto.

Recknell, Lindsay
Lindsay Recknell

President & CEO, Mental Health in Minutes

Lindsay Recknell is a Workplace Mental Health consultant, a speaker, podcaster and an expert in hope. As a Certified Psychological Health & Safety Advisor, Lindsay works with companies and organizations to increase their levels of psychological health & safety in the workplace using Positive Psychology – evidence-based, practical tips and techniques to increase wellbeing within organizations by increasing wellbeing in individuals. She empowers individuals, strengthens teams and transforms organizations through her Mental Health in Minutes subscription, Burnout & Boundaries workshop series and Hope Motivates Action program. Lindsay lives in Calgary with her husband and their two Golden Retrievers.

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Kris Tierney, CHRP, CHRL

Vice President, HR and Learning

Kris’s approach as an executive leader is to achieve results by creating outstanding workplaces where people & 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.

Humber, Todd
Todd Humber

Publisher, Talent Canada

​Todd Humber is a group publisher at Annex Business Media in Toronto. As a journalist, he has spent more than 20 years covering issues of importance to HR professionals and employers. In 2019, he launched Talent Canada — a cutting-edge media brand designed to educate senior leadership about the importance of investing in people. Before that, he worked at Thomson Reuters where he was the publisher and editor-in-chief of a national human resources publication.

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Dr. Bill Howatt, Ph.D., Ed.D

Founder and President, Howatt HR Consulting

​​Bill Howatt is Ph.D., Ed.D., Post Doctorate Behavioral Science, University of California, Los Angeles, Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, RTC, RSW, ICADC. He is Founder and President of Howatt HR www.howatthr.com. Dr. Howatt is known as one of Canada’s top experts in mental health issues in the workplace and has more than 30 years’ experience in the field of mental health, addiction, and human resources consulting.

Dr. Howatt has published over 40 books and 400 articles, such as Stop Hiding and Start Living and The Coping Crisis. He is the former Chief of Research, Workforce Productivity, at The Conference Board of Canada, leading the board’s applied research programs in workplace wellness, mental health, and workforce productivity, and Chief of Research and Development, Workforce Productivity, at Morneau Shepell, where he launched a total health consulting strategy designed to improve health engagement and productivity in Canadian organizations.

Through the University of New Brunswick, Dr. Howatt has created the senate[1]approved Psychological Safe Leader Certificate in Certified Management Essentials, Pathway to Coping and Mental Fitness.Dr. Howatt is the Chair of CSA Standard Z1008: Management of Substance Related Impairment in the Workplace and sits on the CSA OHS Strategic Steering Committee.

Lakhani, Zaheer
Zaheer Lakhani

Partner, Lakhani Campea LLP

​Zaheer Lakhani is a partner at the boutique law firm Lakhani Campea LLP, which specializes in employment law, workplace investigations and litigation services. Called to the Bar in 1998, Zaheer advises and represents various sized employers as well as individuals in a variety of areas such as human rights, including disability and accommodation; wrongful dismissal claims; employment standards compliance and litigation, and general strategic HR advice.

Zaheer is frequently sought out to provide third party investigation services for various employers including municipal clients, school boards, and Canadian Universities. In the spring of 2020, his investigation involving the conduct of an elected school board trustee was referenced in various news media including the Ottawa Citizen, CBC, Toronto Star and the Globe and Mail.Zaheer has also appeared as a guest on CBC Radio and Radio Canada to discuss discrimination and toxic workplaces and he was quoted by the Canadian Safety Reporter in an article related to workplace harassment. Zaheer has delivered presentations on a variety of topics on behalf of various chapters of the Human Resource Professional’s Association (HRPA), the HRPA’s annual conference, as well as the Ontario Municipal Human Resources Association (OMHRA) Spring and Fall Conference. Most recently, he delivered a presentation discussing the Impact of Racial Bias and Racism in the Workplace.

Matejicek, Amanda
Dr. Amanda Matejicek, PhD, ACC

Co-creator, People in Business Inc.

Amanda is creative, compassionate, and dynamic. She intertwines the drivers of humanity with the drivers of business. With a PhD in Industrial & Organizational Psychology, she supports individuals, teams, and organizations to hone their emotional, social, and adaptive intelligence to harness the human potential in organizations. As a consultant, Amanda builds trusting and supportive relationships with her clients through her straightforward and compassionate approach to personal growth and organizational transformation.

With over 20 years as an organizational consultant, she has extensive experience in creating and sustaining transformational change through large-scale initiatives, leadership and talent development programs, succession planning, as well as individual and leadership alignment coaching.

Busic, Tatijana
Dr. Tatijana Busic, PHD, CPych

Co-creator, People in Business Inc.

​Tatijana marries the art and science of human emotion and behaviour to how individuals, dyads, and teams think, feel, relate and behave at work. As a psychologist and an organizational consultant, her passion is to support individuals, organizations, and communities to build healthy relationships through harnessing emotional and social intelligence. She is also a trauma and stress expert and provide services to individuals, teams, and organizations that foster psychological healing, resilience, and the motivation for growth. Her goal is to optimize human potential in organizations and to build psychologically safe, culturally brave, and racially and socially just organizations while supporting organizations to meet 21st century demands and business objectives.

Tatijana is a licensed clinical and organizational psychologist with over 15 years of private practice experience in psychological assessments and interventions with individuals, dyads, and organizations. She has guest lectured in organizations and universities on the psycho-biology of stress and adaptive change processes, and has been featured in the Harvard Business Review and the Rotman School of Management.

McCarthy, Julie
Dr. Julie McCarthy

Professor of Organizational Behavior and HR Management, University of Toronto Scarborough

​Dr. Julie McCarthy is a Professor of Organizational Behavior and HR Management at the University of Toronto Scarborough with a cross-appointment to the Rotman School of Management. Julie’s research examines strategies that individuals can use to build resilience and achieve success in their work and home lives. Her work is published in leading academic journals, including The Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology, and Psychological Science, and is generously supported by funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). In addition to receiving numerous awards and recognitions for her research contributions, Julie’s work has received a considerable amount of media attention. Julie’s work has also been featured in several prominent media outlets, such as Harvard Business Review, the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Financial Post, CBC, CTV, and Macleans. In the corporate sector, Julie has developed training programs, performance management systems and personnel selection tools on behalf public and private corporations. Julie has also demonstrated success leading corporate resilience workshops in the public and private sectors, including several sessions tailored specifically to senior leaders, lawyers, police officers, and medical professionals.

Hussein, Samia
Samia Hussein

Lawyer, Sherrard Kuzz LLP

​Samia advises and represents employers in many areas of employment and labour law with emphasis on workplace investigations, human rights and accommodation, policy development and implementation, the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, employment standards and employment agreements.

Samia is an active member of the Ontario Bar Association Labour and Employment Law Section, including the section’s Continuing Professional Development committee. She is also an executive member of the Canadian Association of Somali Lawyers, and a member of the Law Society of Ontario, Canadian Bar Association, Ontario Bar Association (Education, Civil Litigation, Constitutional, Civil Liberties and Human Rights, and Young Lawyers), and the Canadian Association of Women in Construction.

Duffey, Val
Val Duffey

Chief Human Resources Officer

Val Duffey is a Chief Human Resources Officer whose career spans 25 years in financial and professional services organizations such as KPMG Canada, Aviva Canada and Torys LLP. Most recently, Val was CHRO at the Greater Toronto Airports Authority with a mandate to transform Pearson’s workforce and culture toward its vision of becoming a global mega hub airport. With a reputation for building business-centric HR strategy and driving transformational change, Val brings a passionate, strategic and pragmatic voice to the top table. She is a trusted advisor, an invested leader, and a dedicated coach and mentor.

Since early 2020, Val and collaborator Mark Edgar have been examining emerging market trends and new workplace realities brought about by the pandemic and calls for social reform. Together they have developed the Reimagine Work framework—a holistic view of the key paradigm shifts that are defining today’s world of work—which they use to support CHROs to reimagine their future-focused HR strategies.

Val holds a degree in Education from Ryerson University, a Certificate in Executive Organization Development from Columbia University, and a Certificate in HR Management. She is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors and sits on the Board of St. Michael’s Choir School in downtown Toronto.

July 29 Agenda

8:50 AM – 9:00 AM

Welcome & Opening Remarks

Event Emcee: Lindsay Recknell, President & CEO, Mental Health in Minutes

Speaker: Kris Tierney, CHRP, CHRL, Vice President, Human Resources and Learning


9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

CONCURRENT SESSIONS: Select 1 of 3

#300 – From Languishing to Flourishing

​Stress is part of our life; how do we keep it under control? We will work on the understanding of what happens to our multiple brains when we are in a negative state of mind and the implications for our working life. Burnout syndrome is avoidable. We will present practical tips to thrive.

Through the comprehension of the concept of stress and our physiological rhythms, participants will be able to apply practical daily routines in their lives toward a healthier lifestyle during these pandemic times.

Speaker: Dr. Carlos Davidovich, MD, Neuromanagement Expert

#301Workplace 2.0 – Changes, Challenges and Considerations for Employers

Now more than ever, businesses must pivot to reflect the new realities of the workforce. Join this discussion of the evolving workplace – Workplace 2.0 – as we consider the key employment changes, challenges and considerations employers may face. The discussion will also assist employers identify key practical and strategic steps to address these issues and minimize workplace risk.

Speaker: Daniel Wong, Partner & Chair, Employment Law Group, WeirFoulds LLP

#302 – Coaching with Integrity: How to Cultivate Inner Change in Your Organization

​​Coaching – helping individuals build knowledge and skills to reach their own and organizational goals – has become central practice in growing organizations. The old model of pressuring behavioural change toward organizational goals has not worked well, as evidenced by large workforce turnover and employee dissatisfaction. The new model of coaching with integrity keeps the employee’s agency and choice at the center of the process, and so mobilizes people’s natural motivation as they build their capacities and grow with the organization.

Speaker: Maja Djikic, Ph.D, Associate Professor, OBHRM, Director, Self-Development Laboratory, Rotman School of Management University of Toronto


10:15 AM – 11:45 AM

MASTERCLASSES: Select 1 of 3

#303 – Moving Away from Burnout

​Burnout – we all know it’s a risk, especially during a global pandemic. Do you know how to assess your organization’s risk of contributing to burnout? Do you know the signs of burnout and how many you might be showing right now? In this 1.5 hour session, we’ll walk you through some tools to help you answer that. You’ll also be able to take these tools with you after the session and use them in your workplace.

In the spirit of preventing burnout, you’re invited to join this session in your running shoes and headset so you can walk or move around as we work through it. Whether it’s walking outside, or even just around your apartment, walking and movement is healthy and welcome! You’ll receive extensive notes afterwards, so you don’t need to write anything down. Whether you sit, walk or move another way, this masterclass will leave you better equipped to identify, prevent and recover from burnout.

Speaker: Mary Ann Baynton, MSW, Director of Collaboration and Strategy, Workplace Strategies for Mental Health

Sponsored by: Canada Life

#304 – Ask Me Anything: HR Law on RTW and Post-COVID-19

​There’s no doubt that COVID-19 has been challenging for HR. As we look forward to a new “normal”, employers are facing difficult questions. Join employment law guru, Neena Gupta, Partner, Gowling WLG and Amy Davies, First 30, for a fast-paced Q&A session on return to work.

  • Can organizations compel their employees back to the office?
  • What if employees refuse to come back to the office?
  • Can our employees insist on working from a beach in Costa Rica?
  • How can we monitor home-based employees?
  • Can employers require employees to be vaccinated?
  • Can employers require negative test results prior to a return to work?
  • What is the role of Rapid Antigen Testing in all of this?
  • Could we cut the salaries of home-based employees?
  • What about Health & Safety? How do we keep our workforce safe?

Our panelists encourage you to post your questions during the session in order to make it even more relevant.

Speakers: Neena Gupta, Partner, Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP; Amy Davies, Founder and CEO, First 30

#305 – Driving the Future: HR Strategies to Thrive

​The last year has accelerated many of the future of work trends by anything between 5 and 10 years making it a challenging but exciting time to be in HR. As you reflect on the last 12 months, how resilient are your HR strategies to proactively manage a future where the only thing we can likely predict is continued disruption and uncertainty?

Join former CHRO’s Mark Edgar and Naomi Titleman from future foHRward, who will share with you their unique perspective on the key trends that are impacting work and how these changes could impact your HR strategy. The session will combine rich insights and best practices curated from future foHRward’s weekly newsletter foHRsight, with the opportunity to get “hands-on” by exploring the implications for you and your role ensuring you leave with some practical take-aways.

Speakers: Mark Edgar, Co-Founder, future foHRward; Naomi Titleman Colla, Co-Founder, future foHRward


12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

#306 – Keynote: Preventing a Burnout Epidemic

​The change to our work and home life happened rapidly and without notice. Since March 2020, many of us have been operating in crisis mode; quick pivots, learning new policies and processes on the fly while navigating a growing societal unrest. Some of us are juggling a new work from home life, others are navigating the pandemic outside their homes, some are working right in the middle of the fight, but one thing is clear we are all battling the strain that is unavoidable in a global pandemic.  

As we wade into unchartered waters – unlike any other time in our careers – we need the resources to maintain our resilience. Jennifer Moss, globally recognized as an expert in burnout and author of the book, The Burnout Epidemic, published by Harvard Business Press, can provide us the strategies to navigate these challenging times. Jennifer will discuss the prevention strategies and tactics to manage burnout during times of stress. She will walk us through our current realities, and provide tangible solutions to increasing psychological fitness for a healthier and happier today and in our future post-pandemic world.

Moss, Jennifer

Speaker: Jennifer Moss, International public speaker, author and workplace expert.


1:00 PM

Closing Remarks & Conference Wrap-up


Speaker Biographies – July 29

Recknell, Lindsay
Lindsay Recknell

President & CEO, Mental Health in Minutes

​Lindsay Recknell is a Workplace Mental Health consultant, a speaker, podcaster and an expert in hope. As a Certified Psychological Health & Safety Advisor, Lindsay works with companies and organizations to increase their levels of psychological health & safety in the workplace using Positive Psychology – evidence-based, practical tips and techniques to increase wellbeing within organizations by increasing wellbeing in individuals.  She empowers individuals, strengthens teams and transforms organizations through her Mental Health in Minutes subscription,  Burnout & Boundaries workshop series and Hope Motivates Action program. Lindsay lives in Calgary with her husband and their two Golden Retrievers.

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Kris Tierney, CHRP, CHRL

Vice President, HR and Learning

Kris’s approach as an executive leader is to achieve results by creating outstanding workplaces where people & 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.

Davidovich, Carlos
Dr. Carlos Davidovich, MD

Neuromanagement Expert

​​Carlos has over 20 years of experience supporting the development of leaders and management teams alike on an international scale. Raised and educated in Argentina, Carlos lived and worked in Europe for twelve years, in Canada for seven years where he worked as a Performance Coach and was given workshops and lectures on Neuromanagement, applying neuroscience in organizations and business. Actually, is back in Madrid working with clients from Europe, US and Canada.

Originally educated as a Medical Doctor in Argentina, Carlos draws on this training in medicine, and understanding of the brain, to apply neuromanagement coaching modalities that lead to obvious, sustainable change for his clients. Over the course of his career, for more than twenty years he has also gained management experience in business executive roles working for multinationals such as Hoffmann-La Roche and Pharmacia Corp/Pfizer in the area of Biotechnology applied to human health.

He is a professor of Neuromanagement in the MBA program at the University of New York in Prague, a guest lecturer for the Masters in Leadership program at the Lang School of Business & Economics at the University of Guelph and a thought leader with the Institute of Coaching at McLean Hospital, a Harvard Medical School affiliate

Djikic, Maja
Maja Djikic, Ph.D

Associate Professor, OBHRM, Director, Self-Development Laboratory, Rotman School of Management University of Toronto

​​Maja is a psychologist specializing in the field of personality development. Her work examines means of developing a congruent and flexible self. She has been a post-doctoral fellow with the Desautels Centre for Integrative Thinking at the Rotman School of Management, and Psychology Department at Harvard University. She has published more than 30 articles and book chapters in the area of personality development. Her research has been featured in The New York Times, Salon, Slate, The Scientific American Mind, and many other media outlets. Her previous speaking engagements include Facebook Inc., McKinsey & Co., Deloitte, Eli Lilly, CSL Behring, Sunlife Financial, RBC, TD, Aird & Berlis LLP, & Hyundai Canada.

Baynton, Mary Ann
Mary Ann Baynton, MSW

Director of Collaboration and Strategy, Workplace Strategies for Mental Health

​Mary Ann is an expert in workplace mental health, psychological safety, resolving conflict and building resilience.

She serves as the Director of Collaboration and Strategy for Workplace Strategies for Mental Health, compliments of Canada Life, which produces free workplace mental health resources for all Canadians.

She’s also the principal of Mary Ann Baynton & Associates, where she consults with organizations across the country.

Mary Ann is the author of several books, including The Evolution of Workplace Mental Health in Canada and Mindful Manager. She strives to help people eliminate unnecessary suffering and improve lives.

Gupta, Neena
Neena Gupta

Partner, Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP

​P.A. Neena Gupta is a partner at Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP where she has a broad employment and human rights practice. She is also co-chair of the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Council. She has been repeatedly recognized by Lexpert® and Best Lawyers® for her excellence in employment and human right law. She was awarded one of the 2017 Zenith Awards recognizing Women in the Legal Profession and the Queen Elizabeth II’s Golden Jubilee Awards for her service to the legal profession.  She has taught at the Faculties of Law at both Queen’s University, Kingston and the University of Toronto. Neena serves on the board of BioTalent Canada, an industry not-for-profit addressing the skills and labour shortages in the bioscience industries in Canada, the Literary Review of Canada and the United Way of Waterloo Region. She has also served on the boards of several corporations – both publicly-traded and private. She is a popular and informative speaker on a variety of topics and is a published author on matters relating to employment contracts, wrongful dismissals, human rights and investigating harassment. Neena is the mother to a wonderful teenager and is the “grandmother” to a 500-kilo horse, whom she considers her “fur grandchild”. She’s an expert at shovelling manure and calming nervous animals – skills that are directly transferable to her day job.

 

Davies, Amy
Amy Davies

Founder and CEO, First 30

​Amy Davies is the founder and CEO of First 30 offering advanced onboarding and outplacement services to businesses. She is also the author of A Spark in the Dark: Illuminating Your Path to a Brilliant Career in a Reorg World.

Before establishing First 30 in North America, Amy lived in the UK and Europe working with global organizations including Unilever, Mars, and Grainger. She possesses unique expertise in understanding the impact of corporate and economic flux on individual outcomes.

Titleman Colla, Naomi
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 2010-2016, Naomi held multiple HR roles at American Express, most recently as VP 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’s 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.

Edgar, Mark
Mark Edgar

Co-Founder, future foHRward

As Co-Founder of future foHRward, Mark’s global experience and deep industry knowledge allow him to bring a fresh perspective to the current challenges of Human Resources (HR) Leaders. Mark also runs his own consulting business focused on helping organizations and people thrive in the new world of work.

Most recently he worked for RSA for over 8 years in the role of CHRO & Senior Vice President, Human Resources with overall responsibility for HR and Communications for the Canadian business.

Previously, Mark was based in the UK as Head of Human Resources within Centrica Plc; a major energy company operating in the UK under the British Gas brand. He has also worked for BSkyB, a TV, broadband and phone company, in an HR role responsible for their operational business units and customer facing teams.

Mark is a Board member of SC Network.

Moss, Jennifer
Jennifer Moss

International public speaker, author and workplace expert.

​​Jennifer Moss is an international public speaker and the award-winning journalist and author of Unlocking Happiness at Work. She is a nationally syndicated radio columnist, reporting on topics related to happiness and wellbeing. She writes for Harvard Business Review and SHRM and is a member of the UN Global Happiness Council. To acknowledge her contributions to business and public service, Jennifer was named a Canadian Innovator of the Year and International Female Entrepreneur of the Year. She was also a recipient of the Public Service Award from the Office of President Obama. Her next book, The Burnout Epidemic, will be published by Harvard Business Press and launching globally in September 2021.

Recknell, Lindsay
Lindsay Recknell

President & CEO, Mental Health in Minutes

​Lindsay Recknell is a Workplace Mental Health consultant, a speaker, podcaster and an expert in hope. As a Certified Psychological Health & Safety Advisor, Lindsay works with companies and organizations to increase their levels of psychological health & safety in the workplace using Positive Psychology – evidence-based, practical tips and techniques to increase wellbeing within organizations by increasing wellbeing in individuals.  She empowers individuals, strengthens teams and transforms organizations through her Mental Health in Minutes subscription,  Burnout & Boundaries workshop series and Hope Motivates Action program. Lindsay lives in Calgary with her husband and their two Golden Retrievers.

Kris_Tierney_1_2020-08-31
Kris Tierney, CHRP, CHRL

Vice President, HR and Learning

Kris’s approach as an executive leader is to achieve results by creating outstanding workplaces where people & 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.

Davidovich, Carlos
Dr. Carlos Davidovich, MD

Neuromanagement Expert

​​Carlos has over 20 years of experience supporting the development of leaders and management teams alike on an international scale. Raised and educated in Argentina, Carlos lived and worked in Europe for twelve years, in Canada for seven years where he worked as a Performance Coach and was given workshops and lectures on Neuromanagement, applying neuroscience in organizations and business. Actually, is back in Madrid working with clients from Europe, US and Canada.

Originally educated as a Medical Doctor in Argentina, Carlos draws on this training in medicine, and understanding of the brain, to apply neuromanagement coaching modalities that lead to obvious, sustainable change for his clients. Over the course of his career, for more than twenty years he has also gained management experience in business executive roles working for multinationals such as Hoffmann-La Roche and Pharmacia Corp/Pfizer in the area of Biotechnology applied to human health.

He is a professor of Neuromanagement in the MBA program at the University of New York in Prague, a guest lecturer for the Masters in Leadership program at the Lang School of Business & Economics at the University of Guelph and a thought leader with the Institute of Coaching at McLean Hospital, a Harvard Medical School affiliate

Djikic, Maja
Maja Djikic, Ph.D

Associate Professor, OBHRM, Director, Self-Development Laboratory, Rotman School of Management University of Toronto

​​Maja is a psychologist specializing in the field of personality development. Her work examines means of developing a congruent and flexible self. She has been a post-doctoral fellow with the Desautels Centre for Integrative Thinking at the Rotman School of Management, and Psychology Department at Harvard University. She has published more than 30 articles and book chapters in the area of personality development. Her research has been featured in The New York Times, Salon, Slate, The Scientific American Mind, and many other media outlets. Her previous speaking engagements include Facebook Inc., McKinsey & Co., Deloitte, Eli Lilly, CSL Behring, Sunlife Financial, RBC, TD, Aird & Berlis LLP, & Hyundai Canada.

Baynton, Mary Ann
Mary Ann Baynton, MSW

Director of Collaboration and Strategy, Workplace Strategies for Mental Health

​Mary Ann is an expert in workplace mental health, psychological safety, resolving conflict and building resilience.

She serves as the Director of Collaboration and Strategy for Workplace Strategies for Mental Health, compliments of Canada Life, which produces free workplace mental health resources for all Canadians.

She’s also the principal of Mary Ann Baynton & Associates, where she consults with organizations across the country.

Mary Ann is the author of several books, including The Evolution of Workplace Mental Health in Canada and Mindful Manager. She strives to help people eliminate unnecessary suffering and improve lives.

Gupta, Neena
Neena Gupta

Partner, Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP

​P.A. Neena Gupta is a partner at Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP where she has a broad employment and human rights practice. She is also co-chair of the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Council. She has been repeatedly recognized by Lexpert® and Best Lawyers® for her excellence in employment and human right law. She was awarded one of the 2017 Zenith Awards recognizing Women in the Legal Profession and the Queen Elizabeth II’s Golden Jubilee Awards for her service to the legal profession.  She has taught at the Faculties of Law at both Queen’s University, Kingston and the University of Toronto. Neena serves on the board of BioTalent Canada, an industry not-for-profit addressing the skills and labour shortages in the bioscience industries in Canada, the Literary Review of Canada and the United Way of Waterloo Region. She has also served on the boards of several corporations – both publicly-traded and private. She is a popular and informative speaker on a variety of topics and is a published author on matters relating to employment contracts, wrongful dismissals, human rights and investigating harassment. Neena is the mother to a wonderful teenager and is the “grandmother” to a 500-kilo horse, whom she considers her “fur grandchild”. She’s an expert at shovelling manure and calming nervous animals – skills that are directly transferable to her day job.

 

Davies, Amy
Amy Davies

Founder and CEO, First 30

​Amy Davies is the founder and CEO of First 30 offering advanced onboarding and outplacement services to businesses. She is also the author of A Spark in the Dark: Illuminating Your Path to a Brilliant Career in a Reorg World.

Before establishing First 30 in North America, Amy lived in the UK and Europe working with global organizations including Unilever, Mars, and Grainger. She possesses unique expertise in understanding the impact of corporate and economic flux on individual outcomes.

Titleman Colla, Naomi
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 2010-2016, Naomi held multiple HR roles at American Express, most recently as VP 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’s 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.

Edgar, Mark
Mark Edgar

Co-Founder, future foHRward

As Co-Founder of future foHRward, Mark’s global experience and deep industry knowledge allow him to bring a fresh perspective to the current challenges of Human Resources (HR) Leaders. Mark also runs his own consulting business focused on helping organizations and people thrive in the new world of work.

Most recently he worked for RSA for over 8 years in the role of CHRO & Senior Vice President, Human Resources with overall responsibility for HR and Communications for the Canadian business.

Previously, Mark was based in the UK as Head of Human Resources within Centrica Plc; a major energy company operating in the UK under the British Gas brand. He has also worked for BSkyB, a TV, broadband and phone company, in an HR role responsible for their operational business units and customer facing teams.

Mark is a Board member of SC Network.

Moss, Jennifer
Jennifer Moss

International public speaker, author and workplace expert.

​​Jennifer Moss is an international public speaker and the award-winning journalist and author of Unlocking Happiness at Work. She is a nationally syndicated radio columnist, reporting on topics related to happiness and wellbeing. She writes for Harvard Business Review and SHRM and is a member of the UN Global Happiness Council. To acknowledge her contributions to business and public service, Jennifer was named a Canadian Innovator of the Year and International Female Entrepreneur of the Year. She was also a recipient of the Public Service Award from the Office of President Obama. Her next book, The Burnout Epidemic, will be published by Harvard Business Press and launching globally in September 2021.

Event Pricing

All registration fees include access to the live, virtual streamed sessions (July 27 – 29, 2021). Registration is per day or full event. Group rates are also available for 3 or more employees from the same company.

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The HRPA 2021 Summer Conference
July 27 – 29, 2021

Conference Themes

BURNOUT

The World Health Organization now recognizes “burnout” as an occupational phenomenon. The syndrome is included in the agency’s handbook of medical diagnoses, which guides health professionals around the world.

Burnout can cost Ontario businesses millions of dollars each year in increased medical costs, and lost productivity. During COVID-19 the risk of burnout in employees has been exacerbated by blurred work/life divisions, and greater physical and emotional demands on essential workers. HR Professionals will learn how their organizations can prevent and manage burnout and identify and respond to it quickly if it does happen.

July 27, 2021 

9:00 AM – #100 – How We Got Our Groove Back with Lindsay Recknell 

10:15 AM – #107 – Technostress: 3 Steps to Breaking Unhealthy Technology Habits with Aoife Donovan Lee 

July 28, 2021 

10:15 AM – #201 – Burnout: When You Feel Like You Have Nothing More to Give with Lindsay Recknell 

12:00 PM – #204 – Navigating Disruptive Times: How to Manage Workplace Stress and Build Resilience with Dr. Julie McCarthy 

July 29, 2021 

9:00 AM – #300 – From Languishing to Flourishing with Dr. Carlos Davidovich 

10:15 AM – #303 – Moving Away from Burnout with Mary Ann Baynton 

12:00 PM – #306 – Preventing a Burnout Epidemic with Jennifer Moss 

RE-OPENING WORKPLACES

HR Professionals are being tasked to develop fair, safe and compliant policies and practices to prepare their organizations and its leaders to reopen the workplace. Vaccinations, masking, occupancy restrictions, work refusals, and more. There is much to consider and prepare for, and even more questions being asked. HR Professionals will benefit from expertise on policy development, and legal and ethical considerations to help prepare their organizations to reopen workplaces in a safe and responsible way.

July 27, 2021 

9:00 AM – #100 – How We Got Our Groove Back with Lindsay Recknell 

10:15 AM – #108 – Guess the Notice! with Jordan Lester 

July 28, 2021 

9:00 AM – #200 – More Than Unlocking the Doors: Psychological Safety Tips as Your Teams Return with Todd Humber and Dr. Bill Howatt 

10:15 AM – #202 – Accommodating Fear in Returning to Work with Zaheer Lakhani 

12:00 PM – #205 – Zoom in on Your Workplace Policies with Samia Hussein 

July 29, 2021 

9:00 AM – #301 – Workplace 2.0 – Changes, Challenges and Considerations for Employers with Daniel Wong 

10:15 AM – #304 – Ask Me Anything: HR Law on RTW and Post-COVID-19 with Neena Gupta and Amy Davies 

EVOLUTION OF CULTURE

Culture has emerged during the pandemic as critically important to organizational sustainability, resilience, and adaptability. Lily Zheng said at the HRPA 2021 Annual Conference that “trust is the currency of change in organizations.” And what organization hasn’t undergone massive change in the last year? This theme will explore how culture can be strengthened for the benefit of all who operate within it. HR Professionals will be equipped with the latest insights, evidence-based research and resources on culture aimed to strengthen, develop and transform.

July 27, 2021 

9:00 AM – #100 – How We Got Our Groove Back with Lindsay Recknell 

10:15 AM – #109 – Leading with Emotional Intelligence & Resilience in Times of Uncertainty with Jamelle Lindo 

11:30 AM – #110 – Panel: How the Pandemic Changed Canadian Workplaces for Good with Alison Grenier 

July 28, 2021 

10:15 AM – #203 – Creating a Culture of Regeneration with Dr. Amanda Matejicek and Dr. Tatijana Busic 

12:00 PM – #206 – Reimagine Work: Designing the Hybrid Work Experience with Val Duffey 

July 29, 2021 

9:00 AM – #302 – Coaching with Integrity: How to Cultivate Inner Change in Your Organization with Maja Djikic 

10:15 AM – #305 – Driving the Future: HR Strategies to Thrive with Naomi Titleman Colla and Mark Edgar 

Why attend:

  • Gain the latest insights and information to support your business and prepare for a safe re-opening
  • 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 burnout issues, improve employee morale and performance
  • 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

July 27 Agenda

8:50 AM – 9:00 AM

Welcome & Opening Remarks

Event Emcee: Lindsay Recknell, President & CEO, Mental Health in Minutes

Speaker: Kris Tierney, CHRP, CHRL, Vice President, Human Resources and Learning


9:00 AM – 9:30 AM

#100 – Keynote: How We Got Our Groove Back

​With the constant demands of a disrupted world of work, the role of an HR Professional has never been more critical. As leaders, you are tasked with raising employee wellness and engagement while also considering the bottom line and organizational performance and, at the same time, taking care of yourself and others while you navigate an unprecedented workplace issues.

In this keynote, Lindsay Recknell will share how the least selfish thing you can do is to take care of yourself first and how brain science, habits and boundary setting are excellent tactics to proactively be your best self as you tackle some of the biggest issues facing your organization today.

Recknell, Lindsay

Speaker: Lindsay Recknell, President & CEO, Mental Health in Minutes


9:30 AM – 10:00 AM

BREAKOUT SESSIONS: Select 1 of 6

Session choices to be announced.


10:15 AM – 11:15 AM

CONCURRENT SESSIONS: Select 1 of 3

#107 – Technostress: 3 Steps to Breaking Unhealthy Technology Habits

​Our technology habits are creating work-life conflict, decreasing our productivity and stopping us from achieving our goals.

We’re overloaded and over-connected. Although technology affords us so many benefits, the drawbacks are real and they are pervasive. Learn how to manage them and how to support others in doing the same. 

Join me, Aoife Donovan Lee, for this practical workshop to teach you some simple and successful techniques for identifying and breaking those unhealthy technology habits that are negatively impacting your results.

Enjoy the huge benefits of taking the time back from mindless technology use to focus on the things that matter to you the most. 

Speaker: Aoife Donovan Lee, Coaching Psychologist, Managing Director, Donovan Lee

#108 – Guess the Notice!

Employment lawyer and wannabe gameshow host Jordan Lester brings us the latest version of his gameshow series: Guess the Notice!

In year’s past, Jordan has brought HRPA such wildly popular employment law-themed games as Cause or No Cause? and Discrimination or No Discrimination?. This year, Jordan will be testing HRPA members on their ability to guess the common law notice period for dismissed employees.

Some organizations will be navigating a re-opening in a more strategic approach and Guess the Notice! will get attendees thinking about the art of calculating notice periods.

Speaker: Jordan Lester, Cheadles LLP

#109 – Leading with Emotional Intelligence & Resilience In Times of Uncertainty

​As leaders and professionals, we have suddenly found ourselves in the midst of a completely unprecedented pandemic. This is a challenging and emotional time for all of us, yet we must continue to meet the needs of our businesses, our employees, and our clients as best we can. Join us for an interactive webinar session on how to tap into the power of emotional intelligence and resilience to show up as our best selves in these times. All participants will walk away with an understanding of what emotional intelligence is as well as practical strategies to reduce stress, enhance wellbeing and build resilience.

Speaker: Jamelle Lindo, ACC, CTP, Emotional Intelligence Leadership Coach, PARADIGM People Development


11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

#110 – Panel Discussion: Work Culture

Organizational culture has been thrust into the spotlight during the pandemic, exposing cracks and faults in cultural foundations and driving an evolution of culture for many business leaders. Join Great Place to Work Canada and business leaders from some of Canada’s great workplaces for a discussion on how a culture based on trust has helped guide them over the past year, and is setting them up for recovery post-pandemic.

Grenier, Alison

Moderator: Alison Grenier, Head of Culture and Research, Great Place to Work

Speakers:

Aris, Natalie

Natalie Aris, Senior Director of HR, Equitable Bank

Lim, Cathy

Cathy Lim, Director of Human Resources, PopReach Games

Scott, Karen

Karen Scott, Senior Vice President of People & Growth, Softchoice

Sponsored by:


1:00 PM

Closing Remarks & Day 1 Wrap-up


Speaker Biographies – July 27

Recknell, Lindsay
Lindsay Recknell

President & CEO, Mental Health in Minutes

Lindsay Recknell is a Workplace Mental Health consultant, a speaker, podcaster and an expert in hope. As a Certified Psychological Health & Safety Advisor, Lindsay works with companies and organizations to increase their levels of psychological health & safety in the workplace using Positive Psychology – evidence-based, practical tips and techniques to increase wellbeing within organizations by increasing wellbeing in individuals. She empowers individuals, strengthens teams and transforms organizations through her Mental Health in Minutes subscription, Burnout & Boundaries workshop series and Hope Motivates Action program. Lindsay lives in Calgary with her husband and their two Golden Retrievers.

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Kris Tierney, CHRP, CHRL

Vice President, HR and Learning

Kris’s approach as an executive leader is to achieve results by creating outstanding workplaces where people & 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.

Donovan Lee, Aoife 1
Aoife Donovan lee

Coaching Psychologist

​Aoife is a Coaching Psychologist with expertise in the areas of technostress, high performance, leadership, and building emotional capital. Aoife has over 15 years’ experience in leadership and people development. During that time, she has gained a wealth of experience in both Irish and Canadian multinational organisations, as well as running her own business.

As a qualified Executive Coach, Aoife is driven to create an environment that supports highly driven professionals to fulfil their potential through transitioning to a high-performance mindset. Aoife is a life-long learner, having completed a Masters in Psychology, an honours BSc in Human Resource Management, a Diploma in Executive Coaching and a Diploma in Training and Development. She is a certified Korn Ferry Leadership Architect practitioner and qualified in the use of advanced Emotional Intelligence assessments.

Lester, Jordan
Jordan Lester

Lawyer, Cheadles LLP

Jordan is a partner at Cheadles, having joined the firm in September 2013. Prior to joining Cheadles, Jordan articled as a judicial law clerk for the Superior Court of Justice – Northwest region. While based in Thunder Bay, he also clerked for the Superior Court judges of Kenora, Sault Ste. Marie and Parry Sound.

Before entering the world of law, Jordan spent several years as a reporter for the CBC, filing stories at the regional, provincial and national level, making regular contributions to programs such as World Report, Ontario Today, and The World This Weekend. Jordan is very active with various not-for-profit organizations in Thunder Bay, and in his spare time he enjoys snowboarding, playing hockey, fishing and watching the Blue Jays.

Lindo, Jamelle
Jamelle Lindo

Emotional Intelligence Leadership Coach, PARADIGM People Development

​Jamelle Lindo is an emotional intelligence leadership coach, trainer and speaker with over 11 years of diverse learning and development experience. He has worked with thousands of professionals across Canada to help them ‘level-up’ through the practical application of emotional intelligence and mindfulness-based strategies. Jamelle is certified in EQ-i 2.0—the world’s leading assessment tool for measuring emotional intelligence—and he uses this to establish a scientifically valid benchmark to begin a leader’s development journey. Jamelle has published several thought leadership pieces on Forbes .com and is an official member of the Forbes Coaches Council, an invite-only organization for successful business coaches. Jamelle is driven to empower leaders to become their best selves and in so doing, achieve the kind of business success that makes the world a better place.

Grenier, Alison
Alison Grenier

Head of Culture, Great Place to Work

​Alison Grenier is Head of Culture and Research for Great Place to Work. With 15 years’ experience studying the Best Workplaces in Canada, Alison knows what it takes to transform workplace culture. Alison leverages GPTW’s unparalleled data library to uncover the leading workplace trends, and support organizations with specific and actionable feedback to drive their culture forward. Prior to joining the Institute, Alison worked in a variety of human resource roles in the manufacturing, professional services and not-for-profit sectors. Alison lives in Kelowna B.C. and enjoys exploring all the province has to offer with her family.

Aris, Natalie
Natalie Aris

Senior Director of HR, Equitable Bank

Natalie Aris is Senior Director of HR at Equitable Bank and has been with the organization for 10 years. She is responsible for HR operations and also involved in strategy planning on their Employee Value Proposition & Employer Brand, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion and Talent Management.   Equitable Bank was once a Trust Company with 50 people and now they are a Schedule I Bank with almost 1000 employees with amazing organic growth.  Their focus is to hold on to their small family culture that started 15 years ago as they continue to expand as the top Canadian Challenger Bank.

Lim, Cathy
Cathy Lim

Director of Human Resources, PopReach Games

Cathy Lim is currently the Director of Human Resources for PopReach Games and the volunteer Executive Director for the Vancouver Asian Film Festival. Her passion to engage with employees and provide a safe and inclusive workplace has resulted in multiple Great Place to Work accolades, most notably Canada’s 50 Best Workplaces, and Best Workplaces for Inclusion, Women, and Mental Wellness. Cathy also teaches workshops for multiple non-profits and schools year-round, she loves to educate and empower everyone around her.

Scott, Karen
Karen Scott

Senior Vice President of People & Growth, Softchoice

Karen Scott joined Softchoice as Senior Vice President of People & Growth in September 2019. A seasoned human resource executive with deep understanding of service-based organizations, Ms. Scott is responsible for leading organizational development and employee engagement at Softchoice. She oversees Softchoice’s talent management, recruitment and retention, performance initiatives and compensation programs, HR systems and is executive sponsor of Softchoice Cares, the Company’s employee-led social impact board. Prior to joining Softchoice, Ms. Scott was the Chief Human Resources Officer of Sgsco, where she helped transform the organization’s way of working and built core people practices, including succession management, employee development, change management, people insights and talent acquisition. Previously, Ms. Scott was the Vice President, HR for Mosaic (North America) where she spent 13 years helping to lead their exponential growth. During her time at Mosaic, Ms. Scott pioneered Mosaic University and Mosaic Cares, launched career development programming, led their Great Places to Work engagement survey, and continued the development of their culture. She holds a BA from Western University in Administrative and Commercial Studies with a specialization in Human Relations and Social Organizations.

Recknell, Lindsay
Lindsay Recknell

President & CEO, Mental Health in Minutes

Lindsay Recknell is a Workplace Mental Health consultant, a speaker, podcaster and an expert in hope. As a Certified Psychological Health & Safety Advisor, Lindsay works with companies and organizations to increase their levels of psychological health & safety in the workplace using Positive Psychology – evidence-based, practical tips and techniques to increase wellbeing within organizations by increasing wellbeing in individuals. She empowers individuals, strengthens teams and transforms organizations through her Mental Health in Minutes subscription, Burnout & Boundaries workshop series and Hope Motivates Action program. Lindsay lives in Calgary with her husband and their two Golden Retrievers.

Kris_Tierney_1_2020-08-31
Kris Tierney, CHRP, CHRL

Vice President, HR and Learning

Kris’s approach as an executive leader is to achieve results by creating outstanding workplaces where people & 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.

Donovan Lee, Aoife 1
Aoife Donovan lee

Coaching Psychologist

​Aoife is a Coaching Psychologist with expertise in the areas of technostress, high performance, leadership, and building emotional capital. Aoife has over 15 years’ experience in leadership and people development. During that time, she has gained a wealth of experience in both Irish and Canadian multinational organisations, as well as running her own business.

As a qualified Executive Coach, Aoife is driven to create an environment that supports highly driven professionals to fulfil their potential through transitioning to a high-performance mindset. Aoife is a life-long learner, having completed a Masters in Psychology, an honours BSc in Human Resource Management, a Diploma in Executive Coaching and a Diploma in Training and Development. She is a certified Korn Ferry Leadership Architect practitioner and qualified in the use of advanced Emotional Intelligence assessments.

Lester, Jordan
Jordan Lester

Lawyer, Cheadles LLP

Jordan is a partner at Cheadles, having joined the firm in September 2013. Prior to joining Cheadles, Jordan articled as a judicial law clerk for the Superior Court of Justice – Northwest region. While based in Thunder Bay, he also clerked for the Superior Court judges of Kenora, Sault Ste. Marie and Parry Sound.

Before entering the world of law, Jordan spent several years as a reporter for the CBC, filing stories at the regional, provincial and national level, making regular contributions to programs such as World Report, Ontario Today, and The World This Weekend. Jordan is very active with various not-for-profit organizations in Thunder Bay, and in his spare time he enjoys snowboarding, playing hockey, fishing and watching the Blue Jays.

Lindo, Jamelle
Jamelle Lindo

Emotional Intelligence Leadership Coach, PARADIGM People Development

​Jamelle Lindo is an emotional intelligence leadership coach, trainer and speaker with over 11 years of diverse learning and development experience. He has worked with thousands of professionals across Canada to help them ‘level-up’ through the practical application of emotional intelligence and mindfulness-based strategies. Jamelle is certified in EQ-i 2.0—the world’s leading assessment tool for measuring emotional intelligence—and he uses this to establish a scientifically valid benchmark to begin a leader’s development journey. Jamelle has published several thought leadership pieces on Forbes .com and is an official member of the Forbes Coaches Council, an invite-only organization for successful business coaches. Jamelle is driven to empower leaders to become their best selves and in so doing, achieve the kind of business success that makes the world a better place.

Grenier, Alison
Alison Grenier

Head of Culture, Great Place to Work

​Alison Grenier is Head of Culture and Research for Great Place to Work. With 15 years’ experience studying the Best Workplaces in Canada, Alison knows what it takes to transform workplace culture. Alison leverages GPTW’s unparalleled data library to uncover the leading workplace trends, and support organizations with specific and actionable feedback to drive their culture forward. Prior to joining the Institute, Alison worked in a variety of human resource roles in the manufacturing, professional services and not-for-profit sectors. Alison lives in Kelowna B.C. and enjoys exploring all the province has to offer with her family.

Aris, Natalie
Natalie Aris

Senior Director of HR, Equitable Bank

Natalie Aris is Senior Director of HR at Equitable Bank and has been with the organization for 10 years. She is responsible for HR operations and also involved in strategy planning on their Employee Value Proposition & Employer Brand, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion and Talent Management.   Equitable Bank was once a Trust Company with 50 people and now they are a Schedule I Bank with almost 1000 employees with amazing organic growth.  Their focus is to hold on to their small family culture that started 15 years ago as they continue to expand as the top Canadian Challenger Bank.

Lim, Cathy
Cathy Lim

Director of Human Resources, PopReach Games

Cathy Lim is currently the Director of Human Resources for PopReach Games and the volunteer Executive Director for the Vancouver Asian Film Festival. Her passion to engage with employees and provide a safe and inclusive workplace has resulted in multiple Great Place to Work accolades, most notably Canada’s 50 Best Workplaces, and Best Workplaces for Inclusion, Women, and Mental Wellness. Cathy also teaches workshops for multiple non-profits and schools year-round, she loves to educate and empower everyone around her.

Scott, Karen
Karen Scott

Senior Vice President of People & Growth, Softchoice

Karen Scott joined Softchoice as Senior Vice President of People & Growth in September 2019. A seasoned human resource executive with deep understanding of service-based organizations, Ms. Scott is responsible for leading organizational development and employee engagement at Softchoice. She oversees Softchoice’s talent management, recruitment and retention, performance initiatives and compensation programs, HR systems and is executive sponsor of Softchoice Cares, the Company’s employee-led social impact board. Prior to joining Softchoice, Ms. Scott was the Chief Human Resources Officer of Sgsco, where she helped transform the organization’s way of working and built core people practices, including succession management, employee development, change management, people insights and talent acquisition. Previously, Ms. Scott was the Vice President, HR for Mosaic (North America) where she spent 13 years helping to lead their exponential growth. During her time at Mosaic, Ms. Scott pioneered Mosaic University and Mosaic Cares, launched career development programming, led their Great Places to Work engagement survey, and continued the development of their culture. She holds a BA from Western University in Administrative and Commercial Studies with a specialization in Human Relations and Social Organizations.

July 28 Agenda

8:50 AM – 9:00 AM

Welcome & Opening Remarks

Event Emcee: Lindsay Recknell, President & CEO, Mental Health in Minutes

Speaker: Kris Tierney, CHRP, CHRL, Vice President, Human Resources and Learning


9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

#200 – Keynote: More Than Unlocking the Doors: Psychological Safety Tips as Your Teams Return

The last year has been hard on your teams. Remote work, child and elder-care issues, economic uncertainty and fear of getting sick has taken a toll. As employers prepare to welcome workers back, HR Professionals need to be cognizant of mental health issues and how they can prepare their business’s leaders for the potential of competing demands for their employees’ time and attention. Todd Humber, publisher of Talent Canada, and Dr. Bill Howatt, one of the country’s leading experts on workplace psychological safety, will offer practical tips to navigate this complex issue.

Speakers:

Humber, Todd

Todd Humber, Publisher, Talent Canada

Copyrighted Kayla Hannaford

Dr. Bill Howatt, Founder and President, Howatt HR Consulting


10:15 AM – 11:45 AM

MASTERCLASSES: Select 1 of 3

#201 – Burnout: When You Feel Like You Have Nothing More to Give

​We talk a lot about stress. From our stress levels to the things we’re going to do to combat stress and bring it down to manageable levels. But what happens when high stress continues for a prolonged period of time?

The answer is burnout.

Burnout is when you move from feeling like it’s all too much, and cross over into feeling like you don’t have enough – not enough time, energy, motivation, or desire to get it all done.

The road to burnout can be slow, but it can quickly pick up speed if it’s not addressed. In this masterclass, Lindsay Recknell will share the practical (and efficient!) strategies to stop the slide into burnout while engaging participants in discussions, group activities and independent work to reinforce the simple ways to stop burnout in our lives.

Speaker: Lindsay Recknell, Workplace Mental Health Consultant, Certified Psychological Health & Safety Advisor and Expert in Hope, Mental Health in Minutes

#202 – Accommodating Fear in Returning to Work

​In this open forum discussion, we’ll discuss tips and strategies to consider in dealing with employees who are expressing fear and anxiety about the re-opening of their workplace. From another perspective, we’ll also explore an employer’s legal obligations with respect to an employee’s health and safety concerns upon returning back to the workplace.

Speaker: Zaheer Lakhani, Partner, Lakhani Campea LLP

#203 – Creating a Culture of Regeneration

​The 21st century challenges of vast and rapid change, the issues of social and racial systemic bias, COVID and the social disconnection of the workforce have significantly destabilized many organizational cultures. We need to redefine and redesign cultures to ensure that we are creating organizations that are inclusive, that will allow humans to heal from our current state of upheaval, and redefine what success and productivity look like. We will explore the key factors needed for organizations to heal and create a culture of regeneration, for the individual, team, and organization as a whole.

Speakers: Dr. Amanda Matejicek, PhD, ACC, Co-creator, People in Business Inc.; Dr. Tatijana Busic, PhD, CPsych, Co-creator, People in Business Inc.


12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

CONCURRENT SESSIONS: Select 1 of 3

#204 – Navigating Disruptive Times: How to Manage Workplace Stress and Build Resilience

The COVID-19 pandemic has projected humanity into an unprecedented era that is characterized by feelings of helplessness and loss of control. Even before its’ onset, levels of stress among North American workers were at an all-time high. Today these levels continue to rise, bringing serious implications for individuals, organizations, and society as a whole. In this session, Professor McCarthy will discuss how to take control of workplace stress by leveraging resilience strategies that have been proven to work. These strategies focus on the control of emotions, relationships and behaviors, and will lead to higher personal and workplace productivity.

Speaker: Dr. Julie McCarthy, Professor of Organizational Behavior and HR Management, University of Toronto Scarborough

#205 – Zoom in on Your Workplace Policies

With the rapid changes in employment and labour law throughout the pandemic, workplaces will need to consider whether current workplace policies are still compliant, and enforceable. This session will cover best practices and compliance obligations to help workplaces review, revise, and implement key workplace policies and procedures. 

Speaker: Samia Hussein, Lawyer, Sherrard Kuzz LLP

#206 – Reimagine Work: Designing the Hybrid Work Experience

​The shared societal experience of the global pandemic and calls for social justice have created a fundamental reset of the world of work. Organizations that consciously reshape themselves within the new business and societal landscape will emerge winners in a post pandemic corporate Canada. Based on emerging thought leadership and market trends, this session will consider the big shifts underway in the areas of Values, Culture, Leadership, Organization Capabilities, and Talent Strategies through an exploration of the Reimagine Work framework. The discussion will then focus in on the issue of hybrid work, including an examination of the upsides and downsides, and key design elements. The presentation will conclude by offering a practical roadmap that HR leaders can use to navigate the creation of hybrid work approaches within their organizations.

Speaker: Val Duffey, Chief Human Resources Officer


1:00 PM

Closing Remarks & Day 2 Wrap-up


Speaker Biographies – July 28

Recknell, Lindsay
Lindsay Recknell

President & CEO, Mental Health in Minutes

Lindsay Recknell is a Workplace Mental Health consultant, a speaker, podcaster and an expert in hope. As a Certified Psychological Health & Safety Advisor, Lindsay works with companies and organizations to increase their levels of psychological health & safety in the workplace using Positive Psychology – evidence-based, practical tips and techniques to increase wellbeing within organizations by increasing wellbeing in individuals. She empowers individuals, strengthens teams and transforms organizations through her Mental Health in Minutes subscription, Burnout & Boundaries workshop series and Hope Motivates Action program. Lindsay lives in Calgary with her husband and their two Golden Retrievers.

Kris_Tierney_1_2020-08-31
Kris Tierney, CHRP, CHRL

Vice President, HR and Learning

Kris’s approach as an executive leader is to achieve results by creating outstanding workplaces where people & 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.

Humber, Todd
Todd Humber

Publisher, Talent Canada

​Todd Humber is a group publisher at Annex Business Media in Toronto. As a journalist, he has spent more than 20 years covering issues of importance to HR professionals and employers. In 2019, he launched Talent Canada — a cutting-edge media brand designed to educate senior leadership about the importance of investing in people. Before that, he worked at Thomson Reuters where he was the publisher and editor-in-chief of a national human resources publication.

Copyrighted Kayla Hannaford
Dr. Bill Howatt, Ph.D., Ed.D

Founder and President, Howatt HR Consulting

​​Bill Howatt is Ph.D., Ed.D., Post Doctorate Behavioral Science, University of California, Los Angeles, Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, RTC, RSW, ICADC. He is Founder and President of Howatt HR www.howatthr.com. Dr. Howatt is known as one of Canada’s top experts in mental health issues in the workplace and has more than 30 years’ experience in the field of mental health, addiction, and human resources consulting.

Dr. Howatt has published over 40 books and 400 articles, such as Stop Hiding and Start Living and The Coping Crisis. He is the former Chief of Research, Workforce Productivity, at The Conference Board of Canada, leading the board’s applied research programs in workplace wellness, mental health, and workforce productivity, and Chief of Research and Development, Workforce Productivity, at Morneau Shepell, where he launched a total health consulting strategy designed to improve health engagement and productivity in Canadian organizations.

Through the University of New Brunswick, Dr. Howatt has created the senate[1]approved Psychological Safe Leader Certificate in Certified Management Essentials, Pathway to Coping and Mental Fitness.Dr. Howatt is the Chair of CSA Standard Z1008: Management of Substance Related Impairment in the Workplace and sits on the CSA OHS Strategic Steering Committee.

Lakhani, Zaheer
Zaheer Lakhani

Partner, Lakhani Campea LLP

​Zaheer Lakhani is a partner at the boutique law firm Lakhani Campea LLP, which specializes in employment law, workplace investigations and litigation services. Called to the Bar in 1998, Zaheer advises and represents various sized employers as well as individuals in a variety of areas such as human rights, including disability and accommodation; wrongful dismissal claims; employment standards compliance and litigation, and general strategic HR advice.

Zaheer is frequently sought out to provide third party investigation services for various employers including municipal clients, school boards, and Canadian Universities. In the spring of 2020, his investigation involving the conduct of an elected school board trustee was referenced in various news media including the Ottawa Citizen, CBC, Toronto Star and the Globe and Mail.Zaheer has also appeared as a guest on CBC Radio and Radio Canada to discuss discrimination and toxic workplaces and he was quoted by the Canadian Safety Reporter in an article related to workplace harassment. Zaheer has delivered presentations on a variety of topics on behalf of various chapters of the Human Resource Professional’s Association (HRPA), the HRPA’s annual conference, as well as the Ontario Municipal Human Resources Association (OMHRA) Spring and Fall Conference. Most recently, he delivered a presentation discussing the Impact of Racial Bias and Racism in the Workplace.

Matejicek, Amanda
Dr. Amanda Matejicek, PhD, ACC

Co-creator, People in Business Inc.

Amanda is creative, compassionate, and dynamic. She intertwines the drivers of humanity with the drivers of business. With a PhD in Industrial & Organizational Psychology, she supports individuals, teams, and organizations to hone their emotional, social, and adaptive intelligence to harness the human potential in organizations. As a consultant, Amanda builds trusting and supportive relationships with her clients through her straightforward and compassionate approach to personal growth and organizational transformation.

With over 20 years as an organizational consultant, she has extensive experience in creating and sustaining transformational change through large-scale initiatives, leadership and talent development programs, succession planning, as well as individual and leadership alignment coaching.

Busic, Tatijana
Dr. Tatijana Busic, PHD, CPych

Co-creator, People in Business Inc.

​Tatijana marries the art and science of human emotion and behaviour to how individuals, dyads, and teams think, feel, relate and behave at work. As a psychologist and an organizational consultant, her passion is to support individuals, organizations, and communities to build healthy relationships through harnessing emotional and social intelligence. She is also a trauma and stress expert and provide services to individuals, teams, and organizations that foster psychological healing, resilience, and the motivation for growth. Her goal is to optimize human potential in organizations and to build psychologically safe, culturally brave, and racially and socially just organizations while supporting organizations to meet 21st century demands and business objectives.

Tatijana is a licensed clinical and organizational psychologist with over 15 years of private practice experience in psychological assessments and interventions with individuals, dyads, and organizations. She has guest lectured in organizations and universities on the psycho-biology of stress and adaptive change processes, and has been featured in the Harvard Business Review and the Rotman School of Management.

McCarthy, Julie
Dr. Julie McCarthy

Professor of Organizational Behavior and HR Management, University of Toronto Scarborough

​Dr. Julie McCarthy is a Professor of Organizational Behavior and HR Management at the University of Toronto Scarborough with a cross-appointment to the Rotman School of Management. Julie’s research examines strategies that individuals can use to build resilience and achieve success in their work and home lives. Her work is published in leading academic journals, including The Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology, and Psychological Science, and is generously supported by funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). In addition to receiving numerous awards and recognitions for her research contributions, Julie’s work has received a considerable amount of media attention. Julie’s work has also been featured in several prominent media outlets, such as Harvard Business Review, the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Financial Post, CBC, CTV, and Macleans. In the corporate sector, Julie has developed training programs, performance management systems and personnel selection tools on behalf public and private corporations. Julie has also demonstrated success leading corporate resilience workshops in the public and private sectors, including several sessions tailored specifically to senior leaders, lawyers, police officers, and medical professionals.

Hussein, Samia
Samia Hussein

Lawyer, Sherrard Kuzz LLP

​Samia advises and represents employers in many areas of employment and labour law with emphasis on workplace investigations, human rights and accommodation, policy development and implementation, the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, employment standards and employment agreements.

Samia is an active member of the Ontario Bar Association Labour and Employment Law Section, including the section’s Continuing Professional Development committee. She is also an executive member of the Canadian Association of Somali Lawyers, and a member of the Law Society of Ontario, Canadian Bar Association, Ontario Bar Association (Education, Civil Litigation, Constitutional, Civil Liberties and Human Rights, and Young Lawyers), and the Canadian Association of Women in Construction.

Duffey, Val
Val Duffey

Chief Human Resources Officer

Val Duffey is a Chief Human Resources Officer whose career spans 25 years in financial and professional services organizations such as KPMG Canada, Aviva Canada and Torys LLP. Most recently, Val was CHRO at the Greater Toronto Airports Authority with a mandate to transform Pearson’s workforce and culture toward its vision of becoming a global mega hub airport. With a reputation for building business-centric HR strategy and driving transformational change, Val brings a passionate, strategic and pragmatic voice to the top table. She is a trusted advisor, an invested leader, and a dedicated coach and mentor.

Since early 2020, Val and collaborator Mark Edgar have been examining emerging market trends and new workplace realities brought about by the pandemic and calls for social reform. Together they have developed the Reimagine Work framework—a holistic view of the key paradigm shifts that are defining today’s world of work—which they use to support CHROs to reimagine their future-focused HR strategies.

Val holds a degree in Education from Ryerson University, a Certificate in Executive Organization Development from Columbia University, and a Certificate in HR Management. She is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors and sits on the Board of St. Michael’s Choir School in downtown Toronto.

Recknell, Lindsay
Lindsay Recknell

President & CEO, Mental Health in Minutes

Lindsay Recknell is a Workplace Mental Health consultant, a speaker, podcaster and an expert in hope. As a Certified Psychological Health & Safety Advisor, Lindsay works with companies and organizations to increase their levels of psychological health & safety in the workplace using Positive Psychology – evidence-based, practical tips and techniques to increase wellbeing within organizations by increasing wellbeing in individuals. She empowers individuals, strengthens teams and transforms organizations through her Mental Health in Minutes subscription, Burnout & Boundaries workshop series and Hope Motivates Action program. Lindsay lives in Calgary with her husband and their two Golden Retrievers.

Kris_Tierney_1_2020-08-31
Kris Tierney, CHRP, CHRL

Vice President, HR and Learning

Kris’s approach as an executive leader is to achieve results by creating outstanding workplaces where people & 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.

Humber, Todd
Todd Humber

Publisher, Talent Canada

​Todd Humber is a group publisher at Annex Business Media in Toronto. As a journalist, he has spent more than 20 years covering issues of importance to HR professionals and employers. In 2019, he launched Talent Canada — a cutting-edge media brand designed to educate senior leadership about the importance of investing in people. Before that, he worked at Thomson Reuters where he was the publisher and editor-in-chief of a national human resources publication.

Copyrighted Kayla Hannaford
Dr. Bill Howatt, Ph.D., Ed.D

Founder and President, Howatt HR Consulting

​​Bill Howatt is Ph.D., Ed.D., Post Doctorate Behavioral Science, University of California, Los Angeles, Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, RTC, RSW, ICADC. He is Founder and President of Howatt HR www.howatthr.com. Dr. Howatt is known as one of Canada’s top experts in mental health issues in the workplace and has more than 30 years’ experience in the field of mental health, addiction, and human resources consulting.

Dr. Howatt has published over 40 books and 400 articles, such as Stop Hiding and Start Living and The Coping Crisis. He is the former Chief of Research, Workforce Productivity, at The Conference Board of Canada, leading the board’s applied research programs in workplace wellness, mental health, and workforce productivity, and Chief of Research and Development, Workforce Productivity, at Morneau Shepell, where he launched a total health consulting strategy designed to improve health engagement and productivity in Canadian organizations.

Through the University of New Brunswick, Dr. Howatt has created the senate[1]approved Psychological Safe Leader Certificate in Certified Management Essentials, Pathway to Coping and Mental Fitness.Dr. Howatt is the Chair of CSA Standard Z1008: Management of Substance Related Impairment in the Workplace and sits on the CSA OHS Strategic Steering Committee.

Lakhani, Zaheer
Zaheer Lakhani

Partner, Lakhani Campea LLP

​Zaheer Lakhani is a partner at the boutique law firm Lakhani Campea LLP, which specializes in employment law, workplace investigations and litigation services. Called to the Bar in 1998, Zaheer advises and represents various sized employers as well as individuals in a variety of areas such as human rights, including disability and accommodation; wrongful dismissal claims; employment standards compliance and litigation, and general strategic HR advice.

Zaheer is frequently sought out to provide third party investigation services for various employers including municipal clients, school boards, and Canadian Universities. In the spring of 2020, his investigation involving the conduct of an elected school board trustee was referenced in various news media including the Ottawa Citizen, CBC, Toronto Star and the Globe and Mail.Zaheer has also appeared as a guest on CBC Radio and Radio Canada to discuss discrimination and toxic workplaces and he was quoted by the Canadian Safety Reporter in an article related to workplace harassment. Zaheer has delivered presentations on a variety of topics on behalf of various chapters of the Human Resource Professional’s Association (HRPA), the HRPA’s annual conference, as well as the Ontario Municipal Human Resources Association (OMHRA) Spring and Fall Conference. Most recently, he delivered a presentation discussing the Impact of Racial Bias and Racism in the Workplace.

Matejicek, Amanda
Dr. Amanda Matejicek, PhD, ACC

Co-creator, People in Business Inc.

Amanda is creative, compassionate, and dynamic. She intertwines the drivers of humanity with the drivers of business. With a PhD in Industrial & Organizational Psychology, she supports individuals, teams, and organizations to hone their emotional, social, and adaptive intelligence to harness the human potential in organizations. As a consultant, Amanda builds trusting and supportive relationships with her clients through her straightforward and compassionate approach to personal growth and organizational transformation.

With over 20 years as an organizational consultant, she has extensive experience in creating and sustaining transformational change through large-scale initiatives, leadership and talent development programs, succession planning, as well as individual and leadership alignment coaching.

Busic, Tatijana
Dr. Tatijana Busic, PHD, CPych

Co-creator, People in Business Inc.

​Tatijana marries the art and science of human emotion and behaviour to how individuals, dyads, and teams think, feel, relate and behave at work. As a psychologist and an organizational consultant, her passion is to support individuals, organizations, and communities to build healthy relationships through harnessing emotional and social intelligence. She is also a trauma and stress expert and provide services to individuals, teams, and organizations that foster psychological healing, resilience, and the motivation for growth. Her goal is to optimize human potential in organizations and to build psychologically safe, culturally brave, and racially and socially just organizations while supporting organizations to meet 21st century demands and business objectives.

Tatijana is a licensed clinical and organizational psychologist with over 15 years of private practice experience in psychological assessments and interventions with individuals, dyads, and organizations. She has guest lectured in organizations and universities on the psycho-biology of stress and adaptive change processes, and has been featured in the Harvard Business Review and the Rotman School of Management.

McCarthy, Julie
Dr. Julie McCarthy

Professor of Organizational Behavior and HR Management, University of Toronto Scarborough

​Dr. Julie McCarthy is a Professor of Organizational Behavior and HR Management at the University of Toronto Scarborough with a cross-appointment to the Rotman School of Management. Julie’s research examines strategies that individuals can use to build resilience and achieve success in their work and home lives. Her work is published in leading academic journals, including The Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology, and Psychological Science, and is generously supported by funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). In addition to receiving numerous awards and recognitions for her research contributions, Julie’s work has received a considerable amount of media attention. Julie’s work has also been featured in several prominent media outlets, such as Harvard Business Review, the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Financial Post, CBC, CTV, and Macleans. In the corporate sector, Julie has developed training programs, performance management systems and personnel selection tools on behalf public and private corporations. Julie has also demonstrated success leading corporate resilience workshops in the public and private sectors, including several sessions tailored specifically to senior leaders, lawyers, police officers, and medical professionals.

Hussein, Samia
Samia Hussein

Lawyer, Sherrard Kuzz LLP

​Samia advises and represents employers in many areas of employment and labour law with emphasis on workplace investigations, human rights and accommodation, policy development and implementation, the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, employment standards and employment agreements.

Samia is an active member of the Ontario Bar Association Labour and Employment Law Section, including the section’s Continuing Professional Development committee. She is also an executive member of the Canadian Association of Somali Lawyers, and a member of the Law Society of Ontario, Canadian Bar Association, Ontario Bar Association (Education, Civil Litigation, Constitutional, Civil Liberties and Human Rights, and Young Lawyers), and the Canadian Association of Women in Construction.

Duffey, Val
Val Duffey

Chief Human Resources Officer

Val Duffey is a Chief Human Resources Officer whose career spans 25 years in financial and professional services organizations such as KPMG Canada, Aviva Canada and Torys LLP. Most recently, Val was CHRO at the Greater Toronto Airports Authority with a mandate to transform Pearson’s workforce and culture toward its vision of becoming a global mega hub airport. With a reputation for building business-centric HR strategy and driving transformational change, Val brings a passionate, strategic and pragmatic voice to the top table. She is a trusted advisor, an invested leader, and a dedicated coach and mentor.

Since early 2020, Val and collaborator Mark Edgar have been examining emerging market trends and new workplace realities brought about by the pandemic and calls for social reform. Together they have developed the Reimagine Work framework—a holistic view of the key paradigm shifts that are defining today’s world of work—which they use to support CHROs to reimagine their future-focused HR strategies.

Val holds a degree in Education from Ryerson University, a Certificate in Executive Organization Development from Columbia University, and a Certificate in HR Management. She is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors and sits on the Board of St. Michael’s Choir School in downtown Toronto.

July 29 Agenda

8:50 AM – 9:00 AM

Welcome & Opening Remarks

Event Emcee: Lindsay Recknell, President & CEO, Mental Health in Minutes

Speaker: Kris Tierney, CHRP, CHRL, Vice President, Human Resources and Learning


9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

CONCURRENT SESSIONS: Select 1 of 3

#300 – From Languishing to Flourishing

​Stress is part of our life; how do we keep it under control? We will work on the understanding of what happens to our multiple brains when we are in a negative state of mind and the implications for our working life. Burnout syndrome is avoidable. We will present practical tips to thrive.

Through the comprehension of the concept of stress and our physiological rhythms, participants will be able to apply practical daily routines in their lives toward a healthier lifestyle during these pandemic times.

Speaker: Dr. Carlos Davidovich, MD, Neuromanagement Expert

#301Workplace 2.0 – Changes, Challenges and Considerations for Employers

Now more than ever, businesses must pivot to reflect the new realities of the workforce. Join this discussion of the evolving workplace – Workplace 2.0 – as we consider the key employment changes, challenges and considerations employers may face. The discussion will also assist employers identify key practical and strategic steps to address these issues and minimize workplace risk.

Speaker: Daniel Wong, Partner & Chair, Employment Law Group, WeirFoulds LLP

#302 – Coaching with Integrity: How to Cultivate Inner Change in Your Organization

​​Coaching – helping individuals build knowledge and skills to reach their own and organizational goals – has become central practice in growing organizations. The old model of pressuring behavioural change toward organizational goals has not worked well, as evidenced by large workforce turnover and employee dissatisfaction. The new model of coaching with integrity keeps the employee’s agency and choice at the center of the process, and so mobilizes people’s natural motivation as they build their capacities and grow with the organization.

Speaker: Maja Djikic, Ph.D, Associate Professor, OBHRM, Director, Self-Development Laboratory, Rotman School of Management University of Toronto


10:15 AM – 11:45 AM

MASTERCLASSES: Select 1 of 3

#303 – Moving Away from Burnout

​Burnout – we all know it’s a risk, especially during a global pandemic. Do you know how to assess your organization’s risk of contributing to burnout? Do you know the signs of burnout and how many you might be showing right now? In this 1.5 hour session, we’ll walk you through some tools to help you answer that. You’ll also be able to take these tools with you after the session and use them in your workplace.

In the spirit of preventing burnout, you’re invited to join this session in your running shoes and headset so you can walk or move around as we work through it. Whether it’s walking outside, or even just around your apartment, walking and movement is healthy and welcome! You’ll receive extensive notes afterwards, so you don’t need to write anything down. Whether you sit, walk or move another way, this masterclass will leave you better equipped to identify, prevent and recover from burnout.

Speaker: Mary Ann Baynton, MSW, Director of Collaboration and Strategy, Workplace Strategies for Mental Health

Sponsored by: Canada Life

#304 – Ask Me Anything: HR Law on RTW and Post-COVID-19

​There’s no doubt that COVID-19 has been challenging for HR. As we look forward to a new “normal”, employers are facing difficult questions. Join employment law guru, Neena Gupta, Partner, Gowling WLG and Amy Davies, First 30, for a fast-paced Q&A session on return to work.

  • Can organizations compel their employees back to the office?
  • What if employees refuse to come back to the office?
  • Can our employees insist on working from a beach in Costa Rica?
  • How can we monitor home-based employees?
  • Can employers require employees to be vaccinated?
  • Can employers require negative test results prior to a return to work?
  • What is the role of Rapid Antigen Testing in all of this?
  • Could we cut the salaries of home-based employees?
  • What about Health & Safety? How do we keep our workforce safe?

Our panelists encourage you to post your questions during the session in order to make it even more relevant.

Speakers: Neena Gupta, Partner, Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP; Amy Davies, Founder and CEO, First 30

#305 – Driving the Future: HR Strategies to Thrive

​The last year has accelerated many of the future of work trends by anything between 5 and 10 years making it a challenging but exciting time to be in HR. As you reflect on the last 12 months, how resilient are your HR strategies to proactively manage a future where the only thing we can likely predict is continued disruption and uncertainty?

Join former CHRO’s Mark Edgar and Naomi Titleman from future foHRward, who will share with you their unique perspective on the key trends that are impacting work and how these changes could impact your HR strategy. The session will combine rich insights and best practices curated from future foHRward’s weekly newsletter foHRsight, with the opportunity to get “hands-on” by exploring the implications for you and your role ensuring you leave with some practical take-aways.

Speakers: Mark Edgar, Co-Founder, future foHRward; Naomi Titleman Colla, Co-Founder, future foHRward


12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

#306 – Keynote: Preventing a Burnout Epidemic

​The change to our work and home life happened rapidly and without notice. Since March 2020, many of us have been operating in crisis mode; quick pivots, learning new policies and processes on the fly while navigating a growing societal unrest. Some of us are juggling a new work from home life, others are navigating the pandemic outside their homes, some are working right in the middle of the fight, but one thing is clear we are all battling the strain that is unavoidable in a global pandemic.  

As we wade into unchartered waters – unlike any other time in our careers – we need the resources to maintain our resilience. Jennifer Moss, globally recognized as an expert in burnout and author of the book, The Burnout Epidemic, published by Harvard Business Press, can provide us the strategies to navigate these challenging times. Jennifer will discuss the prevention strategies and tactics to manage burnout during times of stress. She will walk us through our current realities, and provide tangible solutions to increasing psychological fitness for a healthier and happier today and in our future post-pandemic world.

Moss, Jennifer

Speaker: Jennifer Moss, International public speaker, author and workplace expert.


1:00 PM

Closing Remarks & Conference Wrap-up


Speaker Biographies – July 29

Recknell, Lindsay
Lindsay Recknell

President & CEO, Mental Health in Minutes

​Lindsay Recknell is a Workplace Mental Health consultant, a speaker, podcaster and an expert in hope. As a Certified Psychological Health & Safety Advisor, Lindsay works with companies and organizations to increase their levels of psychological health & safety in the workplace using Positive Psychology – evidence-based, practical tips and techniques to increase wellbeing within organizations by increasing wellbeing in individuals.  She empowers individuals, strengthens teams and transforms organizations through her Mental Health in Minutes subscription,  Burnout & Boundaries workshop series and Hope Motivates Action program. Lindsay lives in Calgary with her husband and their two Golden Retrievers.

Kris_Tierney_1_2020-08-31
Kris Tierney, CHRP, CHRL

Vice President, HR and Learning

Kris’s approach as an executive leader is to achieve results by creating outstanding workplaces where people & 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.

Davidovich, Carlos
Dr. Carlos Davidovich, MD

Neuromanagement Expert

​​Carlos has over 20 years of experience supporting the development of leaders and management teams alike on an international scale. Raised and educated in Argentina, Carlos lived and worked in Europe for twelve years, in Canada for seven years where he worked as a Performance Coach and was given workshops and lectures on Neuromanagement, applying neuroscience in organizations and business. Actually, is back in Madrid working with clients from Europe, US and Canada.

Originally educated as a Medical Doctor in Argentina, Carlos draws on this training in medicine, and understanding of the brain, to apply neuromanagement coaching modalities that lead to obvious, sustainable change for his clients. Over the course of his career, for more than twenty years he has also gained management experience in business executive roles working for multinationals such as Hoffmann-La Roche and Pharmacia Corp/Pfizer in the area of Biotechnology applied to human health.

He is a professor of Neuromanagement in the MBA program at the University of New York in Prague, a guest lecturer for the Masters in Leadership program at the Lang School of Business & Economics at the University of Guelph and a thought leader with the Institute of Coaching at McLean Hospital, a Harvard Medical School affiliate

Djikic, Maja
Maja Djikic, Ph.D

Associate Professor, OBHRM, Director, Self-Development Laboratory, Rotman School of Management University of Toronto

​​Maja is a psychologist specializing in the field of personality development. Her work examines means of developing a congruent and flexible self. She has been a post-doctoral fellow with the Desautels Centre for Integrative Thinking at the Rotman School of Management, and Psychology Department at Harvard University. She has published more than 30 articles and book chapters in the area of personality development. Her research has been featured in The New York Times, Salon, Slate, The Scientific American Mind, and many other media outlets. Her previous speaking engagements include Facebook Inc., McKinsey & Co., Deloitte, Eli Lilly, CSL Behring, Sunlife Financial, RBC, TD, Aird & Berlis LLP, & Hyundai Canada.

Baynton, Mary Ann
Mary Ann Baynton, MSW

Director of Collaboration and Strategy, Workplace Strategies for Mental Health

​Mary Ann is an expert in workplace mental health, psychological safety, resolving conflict and building resilience.

She serves as the Director of Collaboration and Strategy for Workplace Strategies for Mental Health, compliments of Canada Life, which produces free workplace mental health resources for all Canadians.

She’s also the principal of Mary Ann Baynton & Associates, where she consults with organizations across the country.

Mary Ann is the author of several books, including The Evolution of Workplace Mental Health in Canada and Mindful Manager. She strives to help people eliminate unnecessary suffering and improve lives.

Gupta, Neena
Neena Gupta

Partner, Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP

​P.A. Neena Gupta is a partner at Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP where she has a broad employment and human rights practice. She is also co-chair of the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Council. She has been repeatedly recognized by Lexpert® and Best Lawyers® for her excellence in employment and human right law. She was awarded one of the 2017 Zenith Awards recognizing Women in the Legal Profession and the Queen Elizabeth II’s Golden Jubilee Awards for her service to the legal profession.  She has taught at the Faculties of Law at both Queen’s University, Kingston and the University of Toronto. Neena serves on the board of BioTalent Canada, an industry not-for-profit addressing the skills and labour shortages in the bioscience industries in Canada, the Literary Review of Canada and the United Way of Waterloo Region. She has also served on the boards of several corporations – both publicly-traded and private. She is a popular and informative speaker on a variety of topics and is a published author on matters relating to employment contracts, wrongful dismissals, human rights and investigating harassment. Neena is the mother to a wonderful teenager and is the “grandmother” to a 500-kilo horse, whom she considers her “fur grandchild”. She’s an expert at shovelling manure and calming nervous animals – skills that are directly transferable to her day job.

 

Davies, Amy
Amy Davies

Founder and CEO, First 30

​Amy Davies is the founder and CEO of First 30 offering advanced onboarding and outplacement services to businesses. She is also the author of A Spark in the Dark: Illuminating Your Path to a Brilliant Career in a Reorg World.

Before establishing First 30 in North America, Amy lived in the UK and Europe working with global organizations including Unilever, Mars, and Grainger. She possesses unique expertise in understanding the impact of corporate and economic flux on individual outcomes.

Titleman Colla, Naomi
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 2010-2016, Naomi held multiple HR roles at American Express, most recently as VP 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’s 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.

Edgar, Mark
Mark Edgar

Co-Founder, future foHRward

As Co-Founder of future foHRward, Mark’s global experience and deep industry knowledge allow him to bring a fresh perspective to the current challenges of Human Resources (HR) Leaders. Mark also runs his own consulting business focused on helping organizations and people thrive in the new world of work.

Most recently he worked for RSA for over 8 years in the role of CHRO & Senior Vice President, Human Resources with overall responsibility for HR and Communications for the Canadian business.

Previously, Mark was based in the UK as Head of Human Resources within Centrica Plc; a major energy company operating in the UK under the British Gas brand. He has also worked for BSkyB, a TV, broadband and phone company, in an HR role responsible for their operational business units and customer facing teams.

Mark is a Board member of SC Network.

Moss, Jennifer
Jennifer Moss

International public speaker, author and workplace expert.

​​Jennifer Moss is an international public speaker and the award-winning journalist and author of Unlocking Happiness at Work. She is a nationally syndicated radio columnist, reporting on topics related to happiness and wellbeing. She writes for Harvard Business Review and SHRM and is a member of the UN Global Happiness Council. To acknowledge her contributions to business and public service, Jennifer was named a Canadian Innovator of the Year and International Female Entrepreneur of the Year. She was also a recipient of the Public Service Award from the Office of President Obama. Her next book, The Burnout Epidemic, will be published by Harvard Business Press and launching globally in September 2021.

Recknell, Lindsay
Lindsay Recknell

President & CEO, Mental Health in Minutes

​Lindsay Recknell is a Workplace Mental Health consultant, a speaker, podcaster and an expert in hope. As a Certified Psychological Health & Safety Advisor, Lindsay works with companies and organizations to increase their levels of psychological health & safety in the workplace using Positive Psychology – evidence-based, practical tips and techniques to increase wellbeing within organizations by increasing wellbeing in individuals.  She empowers individuals, strengthens teams and transforms organizations through her Mental Health in Minutes subscription,  Burnout & Boundaries workshop series and Hope Motivates Action program. Lindsay lives in Calgary with her husband and their two Golden Retrievers.

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Kris Tierney, CHRP, CHRL

Vice President, HR and Learning

Kris’s approach as an executive leader is to achieve results by creating outstanding workplaces where people & 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.

Davidovich, Carlos
Dr. Carlos Davidovich, MD

Neuromanagement Expert

​​Carlos has over 20 years of experience supporting the development of leaders and management teams alike on an international scale. Raised and educated in Argentina, Carlos lived and worked in Europe for twelve years, in Canada for seven years where he worked as a Performance Coach and was given workshops and lectures on Neuromanagement, applying neuroscience in organizations and business. Actually, is back in Madrid working with clients from Europe, US and Canada.

Originally educated as a Medical Doctor in Argentina, Carlos draws on this training in medicine, and understanding of the brain, to apply neuromanagement coaching modalities that lead to obvious, sustainable change for his clients. Over the course of his career, for more than twenty years he has also gained management experience in business executive roles working for multinationals such as Hoffmann-La Roche and Pharmacia Corp/Pfizer in the area of Biotechnology applied to human health.

He is a professor of Neuromanagement in the MBA program at the University of New York in Prague, a guest lecturer for the Masters in Leadership program at the Lang School of Business & Economics at the University of Guelph and a thought leader with the Institute of Coaching at McLean Hospital, a Harvard Medical School affiliate

Djikic, Maja
Maja Djikic, Ph.D

Associate Professor, OBHRM, Director, Self-Development Laboratory, Rotman School of Management University of Toronto

​​Maja is a psychologist specializing in the field of personality development. Her work examines means of developing a congruent and flexible self. She has been a post-doctoral fellow with the Desautels Centre for Integrative Thinking at the Rotman School of Management, and Psychology Department at Harvard University. She has published more than 30 articles and book chapters in the area of personality development. Her research has been featured in The New York Times, Salon, Slate, The Scientific American Mind, and many other media outlets. Her previous speaking engagements include Facebook Inc., McKinsey & Co., Deloitte, Eli Lilly, CSL Behring, Sunlife Financial, RBC, TD, Aird & Berlis LLP, & Hyundai Canada.

Baynton, Mary Ann
Mary Ann Baynton, MSW

Director of Collaboration and Strategy, Workplace Strategies for Mental Health

​Mary Ann is an expert in workplace mental health, psychological safety, resolving conflict and building resilience.

She serves as the Director of Collaboration and Strategy for Workplace Strategies for Mental Health, compliments of Canada Life, which produces free workplace mental health resources for all Canadians.

She’s also the principal of Mary Ann Baynton & Associates, where she consults with organizations across the country.

Mary Ann is the author of several books, including The Evolution of Workplace Mental Health in Canada and Mindful Manager. She strives to help people eliminate unnecessary suffering and improve lives.

Gupta, Neena
Neena Gupta

Partner, Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP

​P.A. Neena Gupta is a partner at Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP where she has a broad employment and human rights practice. She is also co-chair of the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Council. She has been repeatedly recognized by Lexpert® and Best Lawyers® for her excellence in employment and human right law. She was awarded one of the 2017 Zenith Awards recognizing Women in the Legal Profession and the Queen Elizabeth II’s Golden Jubilee Awards for her service to the legal profession.  She has taught at the Faculties of Law at both Queen’s University, Kingston and the University of Toronto. Neena serves on the board of BioTalent Canada, an industry not-for-profit addressing the skills and labour shortages in the bioscience industries in Canada, the Literary Review of Canada and the United Way of Waterloo Region. She has also served on the boards of several corporations – both publicly-traded and private. She is a popular and informative speaker on a variety of topics and is a published author on matters relating to employment contracts, wrongful dismissals, human rights and investigating harassment. Neena is the mother to a wonderful teenager and is the “grandmother” to a 500-kilo horse, whom she considers her “fur grandchild”. She’s an expert at shovelling manure and calming nervous animals – skills that are directly transferable to her day job.

 

Davies, Amy
Amy Davies

Founder and CEO, First 30

​Amy Davies is the founder and CEO of First 30 offering advanced onboarding and outplacement services to businesses. She is also the author of A Spark in the Dark: Illuminating Your Path to a Brilliant Career in a Reorg World.

Before establishing First 30 in North America, Amy lived in the UK and Europe working with global organizations including Unilever, Mars, and Grainger. She possesses unique expertise in understanding the impact of corporate and economic flux on individual outcomes.

Titleman Colla, Naomi
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 2010-2016, Naomi held multiple HR roles at American Express, most recently as VP 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’s 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.

Edgar, Mark
Mark Edgar

Co-Founder, future foHRward

As Co-Founder of future foHRward, Mark’s global experience and deep industry knowledge allow him to bring a fresh perspective to the current challenges of Human Resources (HR) Leaders. Mark also runs his own consulting business focused on helping organizations and people thrive in the new world of work.

Most recently he worked for RSA for over 8 years in the role of CHRO & Senior Vice President, Human Resources with overall responsibility for HR and Communications for the Canadian business.

Previously, Mark was based in the UK as Head of Human Resources within Centrica Plc; a major energy company operating in the UK under the British Gas brand. He has also worked for BSkyB, a TV, broadband and phone company, in an HR role responsible for their operational business units and customer facing teams.

Mark is a Board member of SC Network.

Moss, Jennifer
Jennifer Moss

International public speaker, author and workplace expert.

​​Jennifer Moss is an international public speaker and the award-winning journalist and author of Unlocking Happiness at Work. She is a nationally syndicated radio columnist, reporting on topics related to happiness and wellbeing. She writes for Harvard Business Review and SHRM and is a member of the UN Global Happiness Council. To acknowledge her contributions to business and public service, Jennifer was named a Canadian Innovator of the Year and International Female Entrepreneur of the Year. She was also a recipient of the Public Service Award from the Office of President Obama. Her next book, The Burnout Epidemic, will be published by Harvard Business Press and launching globally in September 2021.

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