Toronto CHRO Executive Summit

December 13, 2022 | Marriott Downtown at CF Toronto Eaton Centre

December 13, 2022
Marriott Downtown at CF Toronto Eaton Centre


Collaborate with your peers

Get together with Toronto's top CHROs to tackle shared business challenges and critical priorities facing your role today. Participate in this one-day, local program with peer-driven topics and interactive discussions with your true C-level peers.

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

Delivering meaningful experiences for employees at all levels of engagement

Attracting and retaining talent to enable business success

Driving structural change around diversity, equity and inclusion

Toronto CHRO Governing Body

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


Sonia Boyle

Gore Mutual Insurance Co.
Chief Human Resources Officer

Mohammed Chahdi

Dell Technologies
Head of HR Operations - Americas

Barb Keenan

Chief People Officer

Marcia Mendes-d'Abreu

Foresters Financial
Global Chief Human Resources Officer

Brigid Pelino

Economical Insurance
SVP & Chief Human Resources Officer

Rashid Wasti

Weston Group of Companies
EVP & Chief Talent Officer

What to Expect

Interactive Sessions

Hear from CHRO practitioners and thought leaders on how they're solving critical challenges impacting your role today in Keynote sessions, and join smaller, interactive discussions with your peers in Breakout and Boardroom sessions.

Community Networking

Make new connections and catch up with old friends in casual conversations during dedicated time for networking designed to better acquaint you with your Toronto CHRO community.

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Connect with like-minded peers in a private, one-on-one setting through Evanta's Peer-to-Peer Meetings. You will be matched with peers in your community based on your shared interests and priorities.


Governing Body Welcome Reception Session

Governing Body Private Dinner

Governing Body members host this dinner for attendees to launch the event with an evening of peer networking.

Breakout Sessions

Crowdsourcing the Future of Work

The turmoil of the past few years forced a trial-and-error approach to a long list of business priorities, many connected to the implementation of remote, hybrid or flexible work. As organizations compete for talent, HR leaders must constantly evaluate what works. 

Join this interactive discussion ready to: 

  • Share post-pandemic learnings and problem-solve with peers 
  • Learn collectively from failed experiments 
  • Make new connections and explore strategies for building a more resilient organization

Rethinking Workplace Culture to Win the New Contest for Talent

The next normal is emerging following years of crisis that has caused the greatest talent upset of our time, exacerbating the challenge for CHROs to create a fulfilling employee experience. Join Mindi Cox, Chief Marketing and People Officer, as she shares new insights and strategies from the 2023 Global Culture Report to attract, engage, and retain top talent amid ongoing uncertainty and change.

Session insights include:

  • Rebuilding workplace community
  • Fortifying weary leaders
  • Integrating recognition and symbolism into every-day experiences

Building Culture When It’s Not From the Ground Up

Whether organizations are dispersed across provinces or around the world, developing a shared culture is key in building trust and driving successful teamwork. When a Japanese company acquired TravelBrands shortly before the pandemic, the organization had to merge three established cultures into one shared vision – a challenge compounded by new post-pandemic workplace dynamics. 

Join this case study to hear perspective on:

  • Reshaping existing perceptions of leadership styles and structures
  • Defining shared values and giving employees a voice in the process
  • Presenting ideas to stakeholders to get necessary buy-in

Keynote Sessions

A CHRO’s Guide to People Analytics

A competitive talent market, higher employee expectations and an increased focus on transparency mean organizations need to become more people focused. People analytics allow CHROs to deliver data-informed insights and predictable talent outcomes. What should you do with this information? How does the data affect your approach as CHRO? 

Join this session for case studies and practical examples around: 

  • Improving transparency and fairness of people decisions 
  • Blending financial, productivity and people data 
  • Changing the CHRO’s rhythm of data use to impact attrition and diversity

Exhaustion to Enthusiasm – Leading Through Rapid Change

90% of change adoption stems from employee motivation and willingness to embrace the change. 15 years in corporate mergers and acquisitions made Cassandra Worthy one of the world's leading experts on sparking Change Enthusiasm® in an organization, delivering insights to transform your organizational culture from surviving change to growing through change.

Join this interactive keynote to gain:

  • A new perspective on the skills required to effectively lead through change
  • Practical framework to quantify your strengths and areas of growth when addressing, working and leading through change
  • An instantly applicable action plan to improve critical leadership behaviors and effectively lead change movements

Executive Boardroom Session

HR as a Recessionary Problem-Solver

The HR role has evolved dramatically since the last recession, with HR leaders now serving from a higher altitude and recognized as critical business partners instead of services providers.

Amid concerns of another recession, join this session to discuss:

  • Lessening the impact of inflation and economic instability on employees
  • Ensuring stable leadership and developing succession plans in uncertain times
  • Providing transparency to your workforce to alleviate mental health impacts

Executive boardrooms are intimate and interactive sessions designed to foster dynamic dialogue around a specific, strategic topic. These private, closed-door discussions encourage attendee participation and are limited to 15 attendees (seating priority is given to CHROs).

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We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming in-person gathering

Evanta programs are uniquely positioned to succeed in the current landscape.

  • Our invitation-only gatherings are designed to be smaller in scale, providing a safe and comfortable environment.
  • All in-person programs are local and complimentary, with zero impact on your organization’s T&E.

We are committed to creating the safest possible environment for all participants, partners, and associates. As a part of our commitment we will continue to monitor and adhere to government, venue, and health agency guidelines. Information on vaccinations, face mask guidance, on-site safety measures, and more, can be found here: Health and Safety Resource Policy.



A block of rooms has been reserved at the Marriott Downtown at CF Toronto Eaton Centre at a reduced conference rate. Reservations should be made online or by calling 1-800-905-0667. Please mention Toronto Executive Summit to ensure the appropriate room rate.

Deadline to book using the discounted room rate of $199 CAD (plus tax) is November 21, 2022.

Your Community Partners

CHRO Thought Leader
Key Partner
Program Partners

Toronto CHRO Program Manager

For inquiries related to this event, please reach out to your dedicated program contact.

Neiland Fitzgerald

Program Manager