Day 1 - Tuesday, November 3, 2015

7:30
Registration Opens and Refreshments are Served
8:30
Opening Remarks from Conference Chair
8:45
Catalysts and Trailblazers – How They Lead the Charge and What They Learned Along the Way
10:00
Championing Women’s Leadership on Boards – What Can Be Done to Lessen the Gap?
10:30
Everyday Bravery – The Essential Ingredient in Your Leadership Journey
10:55
Networking Refreshment Break
11:10
Gender Diversity Programs in the Spotlight – Linking Initiatives to Company-Wide Success
11:45
Speaking Like a Woman and Being Heard; Thinking Like a Woman and Being Influential
12:30
Networking Luncheon for Speakers and Delegates
1:45
Making Inroads in Traditionally Male-Dominated Fields – A Guide to Succeeding in Sectors Known for Low Female Representation
2:45
Mentors and Sponsors: Identifying a Champion to Take Your Career to the Next Level
3:30
Networking Refreshment Break
3:45
Leading with Authenticity – How to Embrace and Leverage Your Genuine Leadership Style
4:30
Work-Life Integration – Transforming the Ever-Elusive Balancing Act into an Achievable Reality
5:15
Closing Remarks from Conference Chair Conference Adjourns

Post-Conference Workshops

Taking the Stage® : Communicating with Confidence Every Time You Speak

Nov 4, 2015 8:30am – 

Speakers

Diana Pavlovská
Senior Consultant
The Humphrey Group

Emotional Intelligence & Effective Leadership – Why “Soft” Skills Can be the Hardest to Develop

Nov 4, 2015 10:30am – 

Speakers

Carolyn Stern
Owner & President
Carolyn Stern & Associates

Understanding Workplace Politics – Navigating Power Structures on Your Journey up the Corporate Ladder

Nov 4, 2015 12:45pm – 

Speakers

Nicole Fowler
Vice-President and Practice Lead, Marketing & Communications
NATIONAL Public Relations

Creative Interventions – Arriving at Win-Win Solutions in Negotiations & Deal-Making

Nov 4, 2015 2:45pm – 

Speakers

Keiren Ferris
Tax Lead, Global Royalty Policy
Shell Canada

Day 1 - Tuesday, November 3, 2015

7:30
Registration Opens and Refreshments are Served
8:30
Opening Remarks from Conference Chair

Brenda Allen
President
Peak Talent Development

PANEL DISCUSSION

8:45
Catalysts and Trailblazers – How They Lead the Charge and What They Learned Along the Way

Laurie Sterritt
Director, Aboriginal Employment and Business Development
BC Hydro

Wendy Lisogar-Cocchia
Founder & President
Century Plaza Hotel & Spa & Absolute Spa Group

Sue Paish
President & CEO
LifeLabs

Susannah Pierce
Director, External Affairs
LNG Canada

Nancy Southern
Chair, President & CEO
ATCO Ltd.

Shannon Janzen
Chief Forester, Vice-President
Western Forest Products Inc.

PANEL DISCUSSION

 
  • Stories and perspectives from prominent women in executive positions and how they led the charge
  • How can future generations of women get their careers off the ground and propel their way from middle management to the top?
  • What are the main barriers to fostering the advancement of women in the workplace and what can companies do to support women’s leadership?
  • Looking into the future: what today’s leaders learned along the way and how these lessons can shape emerging generations of women

10:00
Championing Women’s Leadership on Boards – What Can Be Done to Lessen the Gap?

Jennifer Reynolds
President
Women in Capital Markets

  • How are Canadian companies faring with respect to gender diversity on boards?
  • Winning tips for women striving to a corporate board position: Who should you approach? What resources are available?
  • Exploring ways to leverage your networks – finding referrals and advocating for yourself to secure a governance position

10:30
Everyday Bravery – The Essential Ingredient in Your Leadership Journey

Fiona Douglas-Crampton
President & CEO
Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education

  • Defining everyday bravery and why it is a critical component of effective leadership
  • Personal leadership – Leading from wherever you are. The role of your values in leadership
  • A guide to being invaluable at work – what are the key differentiators?
  • Building relationships that encourage and bolster you and everyone around you

10:55
Networking Refreshment Break
11:10
Gender Diversity Programs in the Spotlight – Linking Initiatives to Company-Wide Success

Anna Tudela
Vice-President, Diversity Regulatory Affairs & Corporate Secretary
Goldcorp Inc.

  • Championing a culture of inclusion: in what ways does gender diversity link back to company-wide success and profitability?
  • Gaining support from senior management – a guideto securing buy-in for gender diversity programs
  • Exploring mentoring and sponsoring programs to help women navigate through the organization
  • Examining ways to measure the success of your program – what are the current benchmarks and key performance indicators?
  • Understanding how gender diversity programs can position your company as an employer of choice

11:45
Speaking Like a Woman and Being Heard; Thinking Like a Woman and Being Influential

Anne Giardini Q.C.
Chancellor, Simon Fraser University
Author & Director

KEYNOTE

 
  • Are there differences between men and women leadersand if so what are they?
  • Understanding and honing your personal traits
  • Listening and speaking powerfully
  • When to build consensus; when to take a different path

12:30
Networking Luncheon for Speakers and Delegates

PANEL DISCUSSION

1:45
Making Inroads in Traditionally Male-Dominated Fields – A Guide to Succeeding in Sectors Known for Low Female Representation

Deanne Burleigh
Superintendent
Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Connie Fair
President & CEO
BC Assessment

Renee Wasylyk
Principal
Troika Developments

Julia Yan
Vice-President, Regional Sales TMX Equity Transfer Services
President, Association of Women in Finance

PANEL DISCUSSION

 
  • Leading in a man’s world: what are the challenges faced and how can they be overcome?
  • How have these industries and sectors transformed to become more inclusive over time?
  • In what ways can leaders encourage future generations of women to pursue careers in male-prominent industries?
  • Exploring lessons learned, lingering hurdles and the path ahead

2:45
Mentors and Sponsors: Identifying a Champion to Take Your Career to the Next Level

Fiona Macfarlane
Chief Inclusiveness Officer Managing Partner, British Columbia
Ernst & Young LLP

  • How does a sponsor differ from a mentor?
  • Establishing and mobilizing your professional networks – what are the dos and don’ts?
  • Tapping into every opportunity to build your network: mobilizing social media, professional associations and friends
  • Understanding how a mentor or sponsor can help navigate the leadership system, win promotions and gain recognition from management
  • Formal vs. informal mentoring and sponsoring programs – what are the pros and cons of each?
  • In what ways does the sponsor-sponsee relationship differ between men and women?

3:30
Networking Refreshment Break
3:45
Leading with Authenticity – How to Embrace and Leverage Your Genuine Leadership Style

Annalisa King
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Best Buy Canada

  • What is authentic leadership and why is it important?
  • Defining and developing a leadership style based on your strengths and weaknesses
  • Overcoming common myths and perceptions about effective leadership
  • Understanding how an authentic leadership style will shape and motivate your team
  • How to harness authenticity to drive positive change and improve results

4:30
Work-Life Integration – Transforming the Ever-Elusive Balancing Act into an Achievable Reality

Jo-Anne Morefield CHRP
Director, Human Resources
Peoples Trust

Robyn Pinese
International Baccalaureate Grade 3 Teacher
St. John’s International School

Kelly Stark-Anderson
Vice-President, Legal & Corporate Affairs
Silver Standard Resources Inc.

Valerie Mann
Managing Partner
Lawson Lundell LLP

PANEL DISCUSSION

 
  • Exploring work-life integration at different career stages – how do definitions of “balance” change over the course of your leadership journey?
  • How can you prioritize to ensure that you are making the right choices to reach your personal and professional goals?
  • Exploring workplace accommodation possibilities – what policies and procedures can organizations offer and what benefits can they reap in doing so?
  • Technology as friend or foe: does round-the-clock access promote or preclude work-life integration?

5:15
Closing Remarks from Conference Chair Conference Adjourns