Vancouver, BC CHRO Executive Summit

May 23, 2019 , Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown Hotel

May 23, 2019
Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown Hotel

Collaborate with your peers

Get together with your peers to tackle top business challenges through peer-driven content and discussions at the Vancouver, BC CHRO Executive Summit.

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

Investing in your people and the right technologies 

Innovating with advanced technologies and new delivery models

Influencing business stakeholders and enterprise outcomes

Vancouver, BC CHRO Governing Body


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

Co-Chairs

Todd Gilchrist headshot

Todd Gilchrist

Alberta Health Services
VP, People, Legal & Privacy

Marlene Higgins headshot

Marlene Higgins

DHX Media
VP, People

Chad Hiley headshot

Chad Hiley

Finning International
CHRO

Kim Toews headshot

Kim Toews

HSBC Bank Canada
EVP & Head of Human Resources

Agenda


May 22, 2019

6:00pm - 8:30pm  Governing Body Welcome Reception

Governing Body Welcome Reception

Andrew Bright headshot

Andrew Bright

Comedian

Panic Squad Improv Comedy

Elijah Tadema headshot

Elijah Tadema

Comedian

Panic Squad Improv Comedy

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


Improv Leadership – Effective Leadership in the Unscripted Workplace

Laugh and learn as you receive a backstage pass to how you can apply the best improv practices to your own organization. Andrew Bright and Elijah Tadema of The Panic Squad Improv Comedy will blend performance and teaching to deliver practical tools that will show you how to care for your team, lead them well, and accomplish great work together.

May 23, 2019 - morning

7:00am - 7:45am  Registration & Breakfast

7:45am - 8:00am  Interactive Session

Laugh and Learn

Andrew Bright headshot

Andrew Bright

Comedian

Panic Squad Improv Comedy

Elijah Tadema headshot

Elijah Tadema

Comedian

Panic Squad Improv Comedy

Kick off the day with Andrew Bright and Elijah Tadema of The Panic Squad Improv Comedy as they blend performance and teaching to deliver humorous takes on teamwork and leadership.

8:00am - 8:30am  Keynote

The Agile HR Enterprise

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Chris Taylor

CHRO

Best Buy Canada

Thierry Hay-Sabourin headshot

Thierry Hay-Sabourin

Senior Vice President eCommerce & Information Technology

Best Buy Canada

As organizations seek to gain competitive advantage, the need to continuously innovate and drive efficiencies has never been more important. Chris Taylor and Thierry Hay-Sabourin will share Best Buy Canada’s digital transformation story and how they flipped the traditional organizational structure on its ear.

 

Join this session to hear:

 

  • The journey from waterfall to agile
  • About new ways of working to drive higher levels of accountability and ownership across all levels
  • How to chart new paths not only in technology but across multiple functions

8:30am - 9:00am  Networking Break

9:00am - 9:50am  Breakout Session

Leading by Listening — A People-Focused Approach to Success

Todd Gilchrist headshot

Todd Gilchrist

VP, People, Legal & Privacy

Alberta Health Services

In 2009, Alberta Health Services became Canada’s largest public healthcare employer. As the workforce grew to 124,000, there also grew a disconnection between leaders and organization-wide goals. In a bold move, the organization turned to its vast workforce for a sweeping engagement test.

Join this session to hear about:

  • Universally compelling results of a massive employee survey
  • Unorthodox responses and how they’re revolutionizing the organization
  • Future-looking programs and plans to maintain an employee-centric vision

9:00am - 9:50am  Breakout Session

Reinventing Your Talent Ecosystem

Amy Leschke-Kahle headshot

Amy Leschke-Kahle

VP Performance Acceleration

The Marcus Buckingham Company, an ADP company

Businesses today require a complete talent strategy built for maximum performance. Understanding how to build this requires diligent assessment of the latest research, best practices and current offerings.

In this session, you will:

  • Dive into what modern human resources looks like
  • Examine how talent strategy can fulfill business needs
  • Explore three key pillars of a talent ecosystem

 

9:00am - 9:50am  Executive Boardroom

Maximize Business Value With a Next-Generation Employee Experience

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Jen Stroud

HR Evangelist & Transformation Leader

ServiceNow

Aman Malhi headshot

Aman Malhi

Senior Manager, Human Resources & Administration

Boston Pizza International Inc.

Kelly Blackett headshot

Kelly Blackett

EVP, Human Resources & Corporate Communication

Canadian Western Bank

Leading HR executives advance the business through an exceptional employee experience. Powered by intelligent workflows that mirror the modern consumer-style experience, organizations unlock productivity, and increase retention.

Join this boardroom and discuss:

  • Aligning overall people strategy to business outcomes
  • Using consumer grade technology to build employee experiences
  • Keeping people at the center of delivery decisions


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). To reserve your seat, please contact your event Program Manager, Zachariah Elliott, 503-972-4033.

9:50am - 10:20am  Networking Break

10:20am - 11:10am  Breakout Session

Transformation Insights From a Global Perspective

Kim Toews headshot

Kim Toews

EVP & Head of Human Resources

HSBC Bank Canada

Thinking of an HR Transformation for your company and wondering where to start? How to get the funding and if it’s worth it? Using lessons learned and insights gained from a recent global HR transformation program at HSBC, Kim will walk through the business case for transformation and universally applicable tips and tricks.

Join to explore:

  • How and where to get buy-in and commitment
  • The role of data in all things transformation
  • The challenges and triumphs that will inevitably occur


10:20am - 11:10am  Breakout Session

Embedding Diversity and Inclusion into Company Culture

Deborah Versteeg headshot

Deborah Versteeg

Director, People and Change

KPMG

Sanj Rana headshot

Sanj Rana

Associate Vice President, Human Resources

TD Bank Group

Kate Parker headshot

Kate Parker

VP, People

Technical Safety BC

Jennifer Podmore Russell headshot

Jennifer Podmore Russell

Senior Vice President

Rennie Group

Diversity and inclusion are incontrovertibly essential elements in today’s workplace. Human Resources is central to inspiring a collective sense of ownership and instilling vital practices. This panel discussion tackles how HR can promote a shared sense of responsibility in cultivating this cultural mindset.

Join us for this interactive session to explore:

  • How to create opportunities that are positive contributors to employee experience
  • The benefits of inclusion and diversity practices within organizations
  • How it influences the environment of collaboration


10:20am - 11:10am  Executive Boardroom

Courageous Conversations — Health and Wellness of the C-Suite

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Chad Hiley

CHRO

Finning International

Susan Eick headshot

Susan Eick

CEO

Refinery

Jacquie Pylypiuk headshot

Jacquie Pylypiuk

Vice President, Human Resources

Capital Power Corporation

Despite a growing acceptance of employee mental health as a business concern, the discussion tends to ignore the needs of leaders. Research indicates that managers are at greater risk for depression and anxiety, yet less likely to seek help.

Join this interactive discussion to explore:

  • Unique mental health challenges facing senior leaders
  • Compelling reasons and effective ways to start the conversation
  • The need for specialized programs and services

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). To reserve your seat, please contact your event Program Manager, Zachariah Elliott, 503-972-4033.


11:10am - 11:40am  Networking Break

May 23, 2019 - mid-afternoon

11:40am - 12:50pm  Keynote

The Future of HR — An Exploration of Work Flow and Relevancy

Nahal Yousefian headshot

Nahal Yousefian

Chief People Experience Officer

MEC

 For years HR has been focused on improving the policies and processes of the employee life cycle. The current market place now demands that attention be paid to the flow of work and the psychology of an organization as it is linked to not only culture, but capacity and capability. The future of work is here and the team accountable for understanding it and making it relevant is HR.

Join this session to explore these questions:

  • What is the flow of work within the structures of the organization?
  • What is slowing us down? What is making us become haphazardly reactive versus responsive?
  • What is the behavior of the overall organization and what is driving and/or incentivizing those behaviors?


12:50pm - 1:20pm  Networking Break

1:20pm - 2:10pm  Breakout Session

Closing the Loop Between Experience and Brand

Marlene Higgins headshot

Marlene Higgins

VP, People

DHX Media

People expect more from the organisations they work for and buy from. Marlene Higgins will discuss how to connect the customer and employee experience and achieve an inclusive brand result.

In this session, you’ll discuss how to:

  • Build a deliberate practice of experience
  • Leverage your capitals of time, talent, energy and resources
  • Use alignment to achieve greater productivity


1:20pm - 2:10pm  Breakout Session

Empathy Enabling Innovation: Talent Acquisition and Marketing Journey

Wendy Strugnell headshot

Wendy Strugnell

VP, Corporate Services & CHRO

WorkSafeBC

Kerri Buschel headshot

Kerri Buschel

Director, Marketing and Experience

WorkSafeBC

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Valerie Molloy

Director, HR Core Programs and Services

WorkSafeBC

 One of the top HR challenges facing most organizations today is that of recruiting talent. The talent acquisition and marketing teams from WorkSafeBC teamed up to approach this age-old challenge with combined powers and a fresh perspective.

Join this session to hear about:

  • Adapting candidate perspective to improve the candidate experience
  • Enabling innovative thinking and process hacking in a series of solutions
  • An illuminated journey from current experience to future state.


1:20pm - 2:10pm  Executive Boardroom

Work + Wellness — Investing in Employee Health and Wellbeing

Rob Chiarello headshot

Rob Chiarello

SVP, People & Culture and Chief Privacy Officer

Pacific Blue Cross

Elaine Jensen headshot

Elaine Jensen

General Manager, Human Resources

West Fraser Timber

Ana Lopez headshot

Ana Lopez

VP, Human Resources & People Development

British Columbia Institute of Technology

Do recruiting top talent, keeping your stars, and improving engagement top your list of concerns? This roundtable discussion will look at how wellness strategies can incentivize employees to join, thrive, and stay in the changing employment landscape of British Columbia.

In this session, we’ll explore:

  • How to support an employee’s journey along the health continuum
  • Cutting-edge digital age wellness solutions
  • The advantages of proactive approaches to employee health and wellness

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). To reserve your seat, please contact your event Program Manager, Zachariah Elliott, 503-972-4033.

May 23, 2019 - afternoon

2:10pm - 2:30pm  Networking Break

2:30pm - 3:20pm  Breakout Session

A Diversity Program From the Ground Up

Anna Tudela headshot

Anna Tudela

VP, Diversity, Regulatory Affairs

Goldcorp Inc.

Jenine Ellefson headshot

Jenine Ellefson

VP, People

Goldcorp Inc.

Creating a diverse and inclusive workplace can help generate business value, increase engagement and improve culture. When it comes to innovating for diversity and inclusion — a clear strategy tied to business drivers is key. Anna and Jenine have partnered to enact a sweeping, highly successful diversity and inclusion program at their organization and will be sharing the ins and outs of the approach.

Join this session to hear how:

  • Engagement at all levels can enact change at the very roots of your organization
  • Collaboration between departments can create an optimal environment for change
  • Establishing a baseline allows for realistic objective setting and the ability to measure progress


2:30pm - 3:20pm  Breakout Session

Creating an Employee Experience That Contributes to Business Growth

Brian Fieser headshot

Brian Fieser

President

Rizing

 What is the best structure for an HR program that enables employees to generate greater revenue and successful business results, especially in this changing technological and cultural landscape. How can your HR organization be better leaders for digital transformation?

Join this session to learn:

  • How digitalization and innovation is creating proactive, preventative, and predictive HR
  • What is the compelling business case for HR strategy and process transformation
  • How to build an environment that enables employee skillset growth and adaptation


3:20pm - 3:40pm  Networking Break

3:40pm - 4:00pm  Lunch & Comments

Laugh and Learn

Andrew Bright headshot

Andrew Bright

Comedian

Panic Squad Improv Comedy

Elijah Tadema headshot

Elijah Tadema

Comedian

Panic Squad Improv Comedy

Andrew Bright and Elijah Tadema of The Panic Squad Improv Comedy blend performance and teaching to deliver humorous takes on teamwork and leadership.

4:00pm - 4:30pm  Keynote

Adapting Talent Strategy to Workforce Dynamics

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Sonia Boyle

VP, Human Resources

TD Bank Group

Steve Knox headshot

Steve Knox

VP, Talent Acquisition

TD Bank

 How do the changes in labour markets and economies effect how you identify and asses your organization’s talent? Join TD Bank to gain insight on the market and learn how they are rethinking talent management strategies, developing and engaging top talent.

In this session you will:

  • Hear some of the shifting expectations of great leadership looks like today
  • Talk about the pressure points on the traditional ways of developing talent
  • Explore the connection to business value


4:30pm - 5:15pm  Closing Reception & Prize Drawing

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Vancouver, BC CHRO Program Manager


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

Zachariah Elliott

503-972-4033

zachariah.elliott@gartner.com