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March 29- 30, 2022 | Toronto, Canada

The Leading Future of Work Event Series

The Future of Work Canada Event launched in 2019 with the core mission to focus on the latest trends & strategies within the Future of Work landscape including: Frontline Workers, Workplace Transformation, HR Technology, Culture, Employee Engagement, Digital Workplace, Learning & Development, Human Resources and Office Space & Design.

Created for senior executives within:

✓ Human Resources
✓ Internal Communication
✓ Change Mangement

✓ Digital Workplace
✓ Employee Experience & Engagement
✓ Business Transformation



2022 Confirmed Speakers




Chair's Welcome and Opening Remarks
Panel: The HR Leader in a Hybrid World
  • What are HR Leaders new priorities and how have these shifted over the last couple of years?
  • What has the pandemic and remote working taught HR Leaders about their workforce?
  • What do HR Leaders need to consider when formulating their back-to-work / hybrid work strategies?
  • How will HR leaders monitor and measure the effectiveness of their new model work strategies going forward?
  • Kelly Pereira, Senior Vice President Talent Strategy & Solutions, RBC
  • Kerry Pond, CHRO, Trillium Health
  • Liz Volk, Chief Human Resources Officer, Longo's


Presentation: Adopting a flexible working model
  • One size does not fit all - how can you offer employees a flexible model that suits them?
  • Challenges and opportunities that flexible working presents to employers
  • Maintaining connection and engagement in the flexible working model
  • How do you measure productivity?
  • How do employers maintain equity and inclusion with on-site workers vs. remote workers
  • Pippa Aird, Chief Human Resources Officer, Canadian P&BB, Wealth, Asset Management & Enterprise Functions, BMO Financial Group

Coffee Break
HR & Engagement Track
Presentation: Leading Remote teams
  • Common challenges of leading remote teams#
  • What skills sets do managers of a dispersed workforce need?
  • How can managers inspire innovation and drive engagement across remote teams?
  • Creating a productive, engaging and inclusive environment for all employees regardless of location
  • Geoff Smith, Senior Vice President Human Resources, Health and Safety, Shawcor




Presentation: Diversity Equity and Inclusion in the hybrid workplace
  • What challenges and opportunities does hybrid working bring for DEI?
  • What do employers need to consider when advancing equity in a hybrid workplace?
  • How do you create a level playing field for advancement and reward?
  • Addressing the biases managers may hold toward in-person and remote work.


Presentation: The new workplace experience
  • Remote Vs. Office - when employees can work anywhere, what motivates them to work from the office?
  • What does the post-covid reality mean for office real estate?
  • How will flexible working enable employees to bring their best selves to work?
  • How can employers truly adopt a best of both hybrid strategy?
  • Prioritising employee health and safety


  • Yasmien Fadl, AVP, Head of Workplace Design & Experience | Enterprise Real Estate Strategy, TD Bank Group
  • Janice Kee-Son, Senior Manager Workplace Design & Experience, TD Bank Group


Lunch Break
Panel: Building and maintaining culture with a hybrid workforce
  • How can leaders be intentional about creating a strong, positive and inclusive company culture?
  • Facilitating open communication, collaboration and driving innovation
  • Shifting to an outcome-focused work culture
  • Promoting self-care and wellbeing and avoiding burn out
  • Effective onboarding introducing new team members
  • Creating a sense of belonging within the organization
  • Joanne St. Bernard-Honegan, Assistant Vice President, Leadership Development, Aviva Canada
  • Geoff Smith, Senior Vice President Human Resources, Health and Safety, Shawcor
  • AnnMarie Mercer, Vice President Human Resources, Walmart Canada
  • Rob Henderson, President and CEO, BioTalent Canada



Presentation: Hybrid employee engagement
  • Best practices for keeping hybrid workers motivated and engaged
  • How can you empower employees and make them feel valued?
  • Harnessing the power of feedback and ideas.
  • The importance of a good onboarding programme.
  • Ashley Thomson, VP People - Global, DECIEM | THE ABNORMAL BEAUTY COMPANY


Coffee Break
Digital Workplace Track
Presentation: Shaping and delivering your Digital Workplace Strategy
  • What business capabilities will be targeted for digitalization?
  • Creating a digital workplace team. Leadership roles and team structures critical to the success of digital transformation
  • Successfully deploying new technologies and ensuring uptake.
  • How can business be more efficient? How can they scale up?
  • How should the Digital Workplace further evolve to support hybrid working
  • Silvia Fraser, Director, Transformation, Workplace Strategies, ModernTO, City of Toronto 

Presentation: Designing the digital workplace of the future
  • Creating an exceptional digital workplace experiences 
  • Applying Customer Experience principles to employee experience 
  • Designing a frictionless digital employee experience for all 
  • Creating moments that matter and ensuring employee wellbeing in the digital workplace 
Presentation: The role AI and automation in the modern workplace
  • Practical examples of how AI can be used in the modern workplace
  • Accelerating how work gets done with automation. What tasks can be automated? How do you decide what to automate first?
  • Human vs machine. How can humans and AI work together and addressing employee concerns
  • How can AI enhance employee experience?
  • Using employee data to drive business efficiencies.
  • Sayyed H. Nezhadi, Vice President, Digital Transformation and Innovation, The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company

Lunch Break
Panel: Building a collaborative and engaging digital workplace
  • What best practices are organisations discovering for effective communication and collaboration?
  • Ensuring all employees across the organisation (both office workers and frontline workers) have access to digital workplace technologies and feel engaged.
  • Creating better connection opportunities across the whole organisation.
  • Tools and technologies to optimise the employee experience and productivity
  • Designing a frictionless digital employee experience for all
  • Julian Mills, Managing Director, Digital Communications, CPP Investment Board 
  • Imtiaz Ahmed, Head, Digital Enablement, SE Health 
  • Suzanne Knight, Vice President of Transformation Services, Walmart Canada 

Presentation: Democratizing IT for rapid digital transformation
  •  How do you understand what your employees want? How do they interact with technology?
  • Understanding user personas
  • Providing consumer like experiences to employees


Coffee Break
Main Track
Presentation: Technologies to enable hybrid working

Panel: Communication strategies for a dispersed workforce
  • Best practices for communicating change through uncertain times
  • Long term communication strategies that motivate and encourage collaboration
  • Selecting the right tools and channels to deliver the right message, to the right people at the right time.
  • Keeping employees engaged through effective and creative communications
  • Lessons learnt from over the last 2 years dealing with the pandemic
  • Natalia Williams, Director, Internal Communications, Corus Entertainment
  • Lyne Parent-Garvey, Chief Human Resources Officer, Hydro Ottawa

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Day Two


Chair's Welcome and Opening Remarks
Panel: Surviving the Great Resignation
  • What can HR do evolve the employee value proposition?
  • Addressing the work-life balance - how an employers promote a healthy work culture?
  • Outcomes over output - reimagining how productivity is measured
  • Extending trust and creating great employee experiences
  • How can employers provide additional flexibility?
  • Tracey Kalimeris, Vice President, Talent & Culture, North & Central America, Accor
  • Permpreet Soomal, Vice President, Human Resources Business Partner, Scotiabank

Presentation: The war for talent
  • Strategies for gaining and retaining talent. How do you keep your top performers?
  • Investing in the employee. How can you help grow their careers?
  • How to attract and retain talent through innovative hiring, onboarding, and skill-building initiatives
  • Making your workplace a place with purpose and meaning and a great place to work
  • Tara Ataya, Chief People and Diversity Officer, Hootsuite

Coffee Break
HR & Engagement Track
Presentation: Recruitment technologies
  • How is tech affecting the way employers find talent? Opportunities to engage non-traditional candidates in broader geographies
  • What role does it play in driving diversity and inclusion?
  • Finding the right balance of technology and human touch.



Presentation: Strengthening employee financial wellbeing
  • Making the business case for supporting employee financial health and how does this fit in with a broader employee wellbeing strategy?
  • Identifying individuals, teams or at risk groups
  • Engaging employees and fostering a culture of financial wellness and support
  • Building accessible financial wellbeing strategies and ensuring employees are aware of any resources or benefit available to them
  • Tools and technology to help create a financial wellbeing strategy



Presentation: Supporting Employee health and Wellbeing
  • Designing a health and wellbeing strategy
  • Avoiding employee burnout, indifference or digital overload
  • Employing analytics to identify areas of concern
  • Restructuring working practices to deliver enhanced performance
  • Supporting employees in the transition back to the office



Lunch Break
Panel: The future of work, what is it starting to look like?
  • How employers will adapt in terms of flexible work post-pandemic?
  • What employers and leaders can do to retain and attract employees in this challenging environment;
  • How flexible work changes the employer/employee ‘deal’, and what this could mean for total rewards/compensation.
  • Krista McBeth, VP, Talent Operations, Shopify
  • Shelley Peterson, SVP, Total Rewards, Sun Life
  • Jeffrey Chu, Senior Vice President, People, Culture, and Technology, World Wildlife Fund

Presentation: Future-proofing Learning & Development
  • How can you make sure your employees are ready for the future of work?
  • Shaping the learning agenda to support strategic capability development
  • How can employers modernising learning practices and make it accessible to all?
  • How do you train new staff and replace in-person coaching?
  • Tabatha Cammidge, Managing Director, Strategy & Future of Work, ATB Financial 

Coffee Break
Digital Workplace Track
Presentation: Applying an agile mindset to the digital workplace
  • The importance of an agile mindset when creating a digital workplace 
  • Agile methodology and mindsets to consider, and key learnings for successful implementation 
  • What has the pandemic taught us about being able to adapt quicky to changing and ever evolving workplace requirements? 
  • Sandra Walker, Executive Director, Transformation and Communications, Roche 

Presentation: Workforce transformation
  • Experience 
  • Digital transformation 
  • Culture 


  • Mohammed Chahdi, Director, Head of Americas HR Operations, Dell Technologies

Presentation: Using People Analytics to inform decisions about the Future of Work
  • How can data help organisations in shaping post-pandemic workforce strategies?
  • Helping business managers to become more data literate and apply people analytics effectively
  • Where will people analytics have the most impact in the next 12 months?
  • Robert Carlyle, VP, HR Analytics, Systems and Risk Management, Sun Life Financial

Lunch Break
Panel: Leading the digital transformation change agenda
  • The importance of successful change management for success digital transformation
  • How can change teams best prepare employees for a digital workplace and new ways of working?
  • Putting employees at the heart digital transformation
  • Robust communication strategies to boost employee adoption
  • Julie Barraclough,AVP, Change Management - Technology & Platforms, TD Bank
  • Mohammed Chahdi, Director, Head of Americas HR Operations, Dell Technologies

Case study: The digital journey 

A look at one organisation’s digital transformation journey. Looking at what they learnt, what they achieved and technologies deployed. 

  • Nick Williams, Head of Digital Workplace, Flight Centre Travel Group Americas

Coffee Break
Main Track
Presentation: Supporting a multi-generational workforce
  • Benefits and challenges of a multi-generational workforce
  • Understanding the expectations of each demographic
  • How can you bridge the gap and unite the workforce?
  • How can you successfully gain and retain all employees?

Panel: The holy grail: How to truly engage employees and elevate the employee experience
  • How are employers boosting the employee experience and engagement post covid?
  • How has the employee experience changed now there are new hybrid working models?
  • A look at the shift in employee engagement to focus on well-being
  • Extending trust and investing in creating frictionless employee experience
  • How can employers create an inclusive company culture and a positive employee experience for all?
  • Employee listening strategies
  • Suzannah Kelly, Vice President, Global Talent Management, Apotex
  • Amy MacGregor, VP Employee Experience, Global HR, Manulife
  • Dorena Quinn, VP, People, IAMGOLD Corporation 


End of Day Two

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Prices & packges


  • Two Day Conference Ticket
  • Coffee-break & Networing
  • Lunch & Networking
  • Access To All Session Across The Two Days
  • Access To All Session Post Event via the FoW HUB



DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Toronto Downtown

108 Chestnut Street
Toronto, Ontario M5G1R3, Canada

Get to the venue


Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport: 4.0 kilometers
Toronto Pearson International Airport: 30.0 kilometers


Parking is available at venue, please contact the venue direct for prices.

108 Chestnut Street
Toronto, Ontario M5G1R3, Canada

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