Toronto CHRO Inner Circle

May 9, 2019 | The Spoke Club

May 9, 2019
The Spoke Club

Collaborate with your peers

Get together with your peers to tackle top business challenges through peer-driven content and discussions at the Toronto CHRO Inner Circle.

Join your peers to discuss the most critical issues impacting CHROs today:

Leading through a new employee experience

Redesigning HR strategies, structures, and service delivery models

Modernizing mental health and well-being programs in a new era of work

Toronto CHRO Governing Body

The Governing Body Co-Chairs shape the summit agenda, ensuring that all content is driven by CHROs, for CHROs.

Governing Body Co-Chairs

Sonia Boyle

TD Bank Group
VP, Human Resources

Cathie Brow

Revera Inc.
SVP, Human Resources & Communications

Barb Keenan

Ontario Power Generation
SVP People, Culture & Chief Ethics Officer

Arielle Meloul-Wechsler

Air Canada
SVP, People, Culture and Communications

Marcia Mendes-d'Abreu

Foresters Financial
Global Chief Human Resources Officer

Lynn Roger

Bank of Montreal
Global Head of Employee Experience & Workplace Transformation

Rashid Wasti

George Weston Limited
Executive Vice President & Chief Talent Officer

Tova White

Coca-Cola Refreshments Canada
VP, Human Resources


May 9, 2019

4:00pm - 5:00pm  Executive Networking Reception

5:00pm - 6:30pm  Discussion Topics

The New HR Digital Leader

Mike Adams headshot

Mike Adams

Chief People & Diversity Officer

Molson Coors Canada

Kelly Davis headshot

Kelly Davis

Chief People Officer

Sunwing Travel Group Inc.

Nadim Kara headshot

Nadim Kara

Chief Human Resources Officer


Barb Keenan headshot

Barb Keenan

SVP People, Culture & Chief Ethics Officer

Ontario Power Generation

Laura Lee-Blake headshot

Laura Lee-Blake

VP, Human Resources

Campbell Company of Canada

Marcia Mendes-d'Abreu headshot

Marcia Mendes-d'Abreu

Global Chief Human Resources Officer

Foresters Financial

Brigid Pelino headshot

Brigid Pelino

SVP & Chief Human Resources Officer

Economical Insurance

More than 80% of CEOs are focused on driving the digital transformation of their business. And with this transformation, so has the role of the CHRO. Attracting and retaining digital talent is not enough. For organizations to experience long-term success in the digital age, CHROs must fundamentally rethink their approach to the workforce and work — and strategically partner with their C-suite peers. In this dinner conversation, HR leaders will explore opportunities for their program and the business as enterprises adopt a digital mindset. 

Topic 1: Building the Digital Organization

  • What digital initiatives is your enterprise currently navigating? How has your organization adapted to embody the digital mission of the enterprise?
  • What are 2-3 key areas in which you’re impacting the organizational environment and driving change (organization design, focused leadership diagnostics, targeted learning strategies, etc.)?
  • Have you implemented a “digital-first” strategy? If so, how is this different than traditional change management? How is your strategy addressing workforce redesign and technology advancements?

Topic 2: Talent Strategy in the Era of Digitalization

  • What is your core talent strategy for digitalization? Upskilling? Diversifying talent pools? Building a more autonomous workforce?
  • In the midst of digital transformation, have you revisited your learning and development strategies and systems? How have digital initiatives impacted your approach to and application of L&D programs?
  • How are you developing managers for the digital age?

Topic 3: The Role of Emerging Technologies in HR Leadership

  • What emerging technologies have you implemented or plan to implement in the near future to automate or augment workforce capabilities?
  • How have emerging technologies played into the gamification of key initiatives like recruitment or employee engagement in your HR program?
  • Have you adopted a cloud-based Human Resource Management system or Human Capital Management system? What was your roadmap? Challenges? Successes?

6:30pm - 7:00pm  Networking Break

7:00pm - 8:00pm  Summary Discussion & Dinner

8:00pm - 9:00pm  Social Hour


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