Vancouver, BC CHRO Executive Summit

June 13, 2024 | JW Marriott Parq Vancouver

June 13, 2024
JW Marriott Parq Vancouver


Collaborate with your peers

Get together with Vancouver, BC'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:

Reducing Organization Design Friction to Improve Organizational Effectiveness

Transforming Workforce Planning From Tactical to Strategic

Developing Next-generation Leaders by Evolving Role Expectations Instead of New Skills

Vancouver, BC 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

Jenine Ellefson

Vice President, Human Resources - North America

Jacquie Pylypiuk

Capital Power
SVP, People, Culture and Technology

Carolynn Ryan

BC Hydro
Senior VP People & Chief Human Resources Officer

Chris Taylor

Best Buy Canada

Kim Toews

HSBC Bank Canada
EVP & Head of Human Resources

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 Vancouver, BC 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.


Executive Boardroom Sessions

Where Do I Fit In? Creating Belonging at Work

Research shows employees who feel a sense of belonging at work have higher engagement. In fact, it is a driver for job satisfaction, mental health, productivity and it lowers burnout. So why do employees feel like they don't belong?

In this boardroom, HR leaders will discuss:

  • Identifying a framework to create a sense of belonging

  • Establishing metrics to track engagement and retentention

  • Creating a culture that positively impacts employees

Building and Bolstering Better Managers

Managers are feeling the pressure as they balance business priorities with new employee expectations surrounding culture and flexibility. To top it off, managerial approaches that were successful in pre-pandemic times will no longer suffice. To ensure organizational success, CHROs must provide a clear roadmap for leaders from the frontline to the C-suite.

Join this session to discuss:

  • Increasing managerial competence and change management skills

  • Identifying and relieving pressure points within the organization

  • Clarifying managerial priorities to enable executives to focus on broader strategy

Futureproofing Skillsets with Strategic Planning

A Gartner study found 33% of the skills needed in an average job posting from 2019 are no longer necessary in 2024. As job responsibilities continue to evolve, CHROs must anticipate the versatility of future skillsets. Shifting from a tactical short term approach to a strategic long term plan can set the workforce up for success.

 Join this session to discuss

  • Planning for challenges that result in talent gaps

  • Anticipating evolving job responsibilities

  • Implementing a formal development program aimed at future skills

Keynote Sessions

Succession Planning and Leadership Development

A Gartner survey found organizations fill leadership positions with preidentified successors less than half the time. CHROs have a huge responsibility to ensure their organization properly architects both the succession planning and leader development strategy. Who are the future leaders and are they being set up for success?

Join this keynote session to gain insights on:

  • Identifying and developing your future leaders
  • Designing and advancing your succession planning strategy
  • Creating a long-term sustainable process that everyone can buy into

Leading People Through Enterprise Change — Two Tales of M&A

HR leaders play a pivotal role in guiding organizations through change. For Jenine Ellefson, acquisitions led to 50% growth, then months later a move to downsize through divestment. Kim Toews is guiding her workforce through the largest bank buyout in Canadian history.

During this keynote they will share best practices and lessons learned on:

  • Merging talent, technology and culture
  • Retaining and motivating employees throughout the change cycle
  • Considering the pros and cons of full communication transparency

Breakout Session

Pay Transparency — It’s here. Are you ready?

B.C has one of the highest gender pay gaps in Canada. In 2022, B.C. women earned 17% less than men. Do you know how your company stacks up? The introduction of pay transparency legislation and the requirement for companies to release annual pay transparency reports is about to open the conversation on equity – whether you’re ready for it or not. Join this session to learn how to:

  • Build trust among employees that your company is committed to gender equity
  • Apply lessons learned from a company that reported in 2023
  • Join the conversation and prepare for your first report

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

Evanta cares about the health and safety of our community. Please review the following recommendations prior to attending the gathering.



the DOUGLAS, Autograph Collection

A block of rooms has been reserved at the the DOUGLAS, Autograph Collection at a reduced conference rate. Reservations should be made online or by calling 604-676-0889. Please mention EVANTA CHRO to ensure the appropriate room rate.

Deadline to book using the discounted room rate of $559 CAD (plus tax) is May 14, 2024.

Your Community Partners

CHRO Thought Leader

Community Program Manager

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

Neiland Fitzgerald

Community Program Manager