Day 1 - Tuesday, April 19, 2016

7:30
Registration Opens and Refreshments are Served
8:30
Opening Remarks from the Conference Chair
8:45
Women in Business – Heart & Head Leadership
9:15
Building an Inclusive Workplace with Gender Diversity
9:45
Panel Discussion: Beyond One Cup of Coffee – Ensuring Long-Term Results for Your Mentoring and Sponsoring Initiatives
10:45
Networking Refreshment Break
11:00
Navigating Workplace Politics
11:30
Panel: How Accommodating Work-Life Balance will Win the War for Talent
12:15
Hot Topic! The Legal Implications of Work-Life Balance and Duty to Accommodate
12:30
Networking Luncheon for Delegates and Speakers
1:30
World Café: Succeeding in a Male-Dominated Industry
2:45
Breakout Session 1A: Unraveling and Rewiring Management Systems to Overcome Unconscious Bias
3:30
Networking Refreshment Break
3:45
Breakout Session 2B: Managing as a Leader – Excelling in Everyday Challenges
4:30
Closing Keynote: Identifying Opportunities for Your Career and Company – Creating Your Path to Success
5:00
Closing Remarks from the Chair

Communicate with Impact using Think on Your Feet® Techniques

Apr 20, 2016 12:30pm -

Speakers

Sally Bevis
Master Trainer
McLuhan & Davies Communications, Inc.

Creative Interventions – Your A-Z Guide to Managing Disputes and Negotiating as a Leader

Apr 20, 2016 2:30pm -

Speakers

Caroline Jimdar
Assistant General Counsel
Royal Bank of Canada

Alison Burton
Assistant General Counsel
Royal Bank of Canada

How are you Known? Why Leadership Branding Gives You and Your Company an Edge

Apr 20, 2016 5:15pm -

Speakers

Katie Bennett
Executive Coach
Double Black Diamond Coaching

Leveraging an Authentic Leadership Style Based on Your Strength and Weaknesses

Apr 20, 2016 7:00pm -

Speakers

Angela Burden
Vice President, Regional Programs & Strategic Development
Mississauga Halton Community Care Access Centre

Day 1 - Tuesday, April 19, 2016

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

Dennie Theodore
Communications & Change, OCIO TD Bank
& Writer/Blogger, SimilarCircles

8:45
Women in Business – Heart & Head Leadership

Kelly Brown
Chief People, Legal & Corporate Affairs Officer
Molson Coors Canada

9:15
Building an Inclusive Workplace with Gender Diversity

Veni Iozzo
Senior Vice President, Communications & Public Affairs, Office of the CEO
CIBC

Gender diversity is not only the right thing to do,
it is a business imperative. Unless organizations fully utilize
and optimize the talents of their broad employee base, they
won’t extract or achieve their full economic potential.
– Veni Iozzo

9:45
Panel Discussion: Beyond One Cup of Coffee – Ensuring Long-Term Results for Your Mentoring and Sponsoring Initiatives

Jane Kinney
Vice Chair
Deloitte

Dennie Theodore
Communications & Change, OCIO TD Bank
& Writer/Blogger, SimilarCircles

Philip Porado
Managing Director
Modernist Media, Inc.

Melissa Shin
Editor
Advisor Group, Rogers Media

Farah Qasemi
Director, Vice-President of Business Development Banking & Capital Markets
KPMG LLP

Vanessa Vidas
Partner, Integration Leader, Corporate Development Office
Deloitte

  • Evaluating the sustainability of your company’s mentorship/sponsorship program
  • Are mentees achieving forecasted results, and where can improvements be made?
  • How to renew a mentor-mentee/sponsor-sponsee relationship
    to establish long-term goals and benchmarks

10:45
Networking Refreshment Break
11:00
Navigating Workplace Politics

Jenni Byrne
Vice President
Strategic Communications, Bayfield Strategy Inc.

  • Political correctness and dealing with difficult situations in a positive way
  • Incorporating new ideas into a tradition-focused organization
  • Identifying workplace triggers and how to handle them effectively

11:30
Panel: How Accommodating Work-Life Balance will Win the War for Talent

Cherise Mendoza
Vice President, Human Resources
Microsoft Canada

Debbie Singh
Vice President, Organizational Effectiveness
Plan Canada

Jodie Wallis
Managing Director, Canadian Banking
Accenture Inc.

Kelly Smyth
Director of Talent, Learning and Development
Cisco Canada

  • Progress in paternity leave – how have leading organizations quashed the stigma?
  • Maximizing the use of technology to achieve a work-life balance
  • Ways to promote mental and physical health on a busy schedule

12:15
Hot Topic! The Legal Implications of Work-Life Balance and Duty to Accommodate

Lynn Korbak
former General Counsel & Corporate Secretary
Morneau Shepell

  • What companies and employees need to know about Duty to Accommodate
  • Implementing policies following Seeley v Canadian National Railway and
    Johnstone v Canada

12:30
Networking Luncheon for Delegates and Speakers
1:30
World Café: Succeeding in a Male-Dominated Industry

Dr. Jo-Ann Savoie
President
Ontario Women in Law Enforcement, Sergeant, Hamilton Police Service

Ava Yaskiel
Partner, Global Head of Corporate, M&A and Securities
Norton Rose Fulbright Canada

  • Building and maintaining trust and bonds with male colleagues
  • How to combat exclusion in a professional way
  • Making the right decisions for your company and yourself

The World Café format allows delegates and moderators to unpack complex issues in anintimate roundtable setting. Delegates will spend 20 minutes at each table. At the end of thesession findings from each table will be presented to the group.

2:45
Breakout Session 1A: Unraveling and Rewiring Management Systems to Overcome Unconscious Bias

Shakil Choudhury
Author, Deep Diversity: Overcoming Us vs. Them, Senior Partner
Anima Leadership

  • Explore the unconscious mind and how human interactions can result in workplace inequities for women and racial minorities
  • Learn research-based strategies to reduce the impact of unconscious biases and attitudes
  • Investigate practical strategies to enhance inclusion in the workplace

3:30
Networking Refreshment Break
3:45
Breakout Session 2B: Managing as a Leader – Excelling in Everyday Challenges

Karissa Soloy
Director Canada Sales Operations
Dell Canada

Kylie Jimenez
National Manager, Human Resources
Toyota Canada Inc.

  • Understand the difference between being effective versus being liked – what is your leadership priority?
  • Determine when saying “No” is appropriate and how to say “No” effectively
  • Upgrade your management skills
    • Learn agility
    • Collaboration and team building
    • Delegation and macromanaging
    • Workload and time management
  • Leverage strategic thinking for getting the job done, and doing it well
  • Learn to communicate effectively with all levels of management, in teams and with
    your employees

4:30
Closing Keynote: Identifying Opportunities for Your Career and Company – Creating Your Path to Success

Sharon Ramalho
Senior Vice President and Chief People Officer
McDonald’s Canada

  • Developing a meaningful career path with wide eyes and
    big dreams – a personal account
  • Advancing your career by knowing You
  • Making the commitment to lead the personal and professional life that you value

5:00
Closing Remarks from the Chair