2017 Human Capital Leadership Forum
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As the digital era continues to transform modern consumer expectations, HR executives are grappling with modern employee expectations how to enhance the employee-employer relationship. Join Argyle Executive Forum to explore these topics further at our 2017 Human Capital Leadership Forum in Toronto. Throughout a full day of thought leadership content and networking, we will focus on the most pressing issues that human capital executives are facing in 2017, with an agenda geared specifically towards CHROs, Chief People Officers, Chief Talent Officers, Chief Learning Officers and Chief Diversity Officers, as well as VPs and Directors of HR, talent, learning & development, change management, and HR analytics in a leadership role. Key topics that we will discuss include:
- Designing the employee experience to foster efficiency, engagement, and empowerment
- Exploring how digitalization will continue to impact corporate structure, employee vs. employer expectations, and organizational culture
- Mapping the employee and workplace journey
- Leveraging technology and data to manage the candidate and on-boarding process
- Social media and mobile recruitment strategies to identify top talent
- The role of employee engagement surveys and performance management within the modern organization
- Fostering employee communication and innovation in the workplace
Our keynote presentations, fireside chats, panel sessions, and networking breaks will enable candid discussions with your peers focused on these topics and more. Speakers at our past events include Lynn Roger Chief Talent Officer BMO Financial Group ; Sarah Keizer Vice President, Human Resources: Organization Effectiveness TD Bank, Bob Bennett Vice President, Human Resources and Chief Learning Officer FedEx, Tyronne Stoudemire, Vice President of Global Diversity and Inclusion Hyatt Hotels Corporation, Christy Harris Vice President, Talent Acquisition and Inclusive Diversity, Allstate, and more.
We look forward to bringing together another fantastic faculty in 2017, and to hosting you alongside our community of Fortune 500 HR leaders hailing from Toronto area and beyond!
This event will feature insights from top executives, including:
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Grand & Toy View Bio »
Based in Toronto, Marla Allan is the VP, Human Resources & Internal Communication at Grand & Toy, a leading provider of workplace products and solutions, serving Canadian businesses for more than 135 years. Similar to many challenging industries looking to transform and remain relevant in a changing landscape, Grand & Toy has benefitted from her strategic HR leadership at the executive table, organization restructuring and development, change agility and metrics driven decision making.
Prior to returning to Canada and joining Grand & Toy, Marla spent 18 years in Seattle, Phoenix and Montana working for a number of Fortune 500 companies in senior HR roles. Through a variety of industries and companies including health care, retail, financial services and technology, Marla has focused on employee engagement, performance and succession management and driving a high performance culture as critical levers to meet company objectives. Her experience in the US and Canada has provided her with insights needed to leverage and align best practices of a parent company with the nuances of local divisions.
Marla holds CHRE and SPHR designations and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto. She is currently on the board of Start2Finish, a national nonprofit working to eradicate childhood poverty though a fitness and cognition model.
Johnson & Johnson View Bio »
Sonia Brown is a Human Resources leader with over 20 years of experience in a variety of industries. Currently, she is the Head of Human Resources for Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices in Canada, located out of Markham, Ontario. In her various professional roles, she has worked with business leaders to translate global/regional HR strategies into local/ national strategies, providing leadership, coaching and consultative services as it relates to organizational change plans, HR strategy, talent and compensation strategy.
Sonia has built a career in roles that include a strong focus and passion for coaching business leaders for high performance on both a personal and organizational level.
Sonia has a BA in Social Science (Political Science) from the University of Western Ontario and a professional certification in Human Resources Management from Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology.
She has a passion for helping other; included in her voluntary and philanthropic activities, she is the President of The George Lunan Charitable Foundation, on the Board of Directors for Room 217 and participates in numerous humanitarian missions in Central America.
Sonia resides in Toronto, Ontario.
Walmart Canada View Bio »
Lana is the head of talent acquisition at Walmart Canada. She is responsible for the recruitment function, which includes design, development and deployment of innovative recruitment strategies for the acquisition of talent for Home Office, Store Operations, and Campus programs.
Land has over six years of experience at Walmart Canada. During this time, she has held progressive roles within talent acquisition, where she’s pursued her passion for finding new solutions to enable the advancement of talent sourcing, assessment and advising business partners that produce proactive pipelines of high quality talent to support growth at Walmart Canada.
Before joining Walmart, Lana held senior roles with-in the recruitment consulting field, specializing in accounting & finance and bilingual staffing.
Metrolinx View Bio »
Helen Ferreira-Walker is responsible for developing and executing human resource strategy in support of the overall business plan and strategic direction of Metrolinx, specifically in the areas of talent management, employee and labour relations, health and wellness, change management, succession planning, learning and development, workforce planning, total rewards and compensation. Helen provides strategic leadership to the executive management team, government stakeholders and board of directors with regard to articulating human resource needs and plans and creating an effective culture that reflects corporate values and supports diversity and inclusion at Metrolinx.
Helen has more than 20 years of HR experience in the public sector. She joined Metrolinx in 2010 as Director, Human Resources. Prior to joining Metrolinx, she was Executive Director, Human Resources at the Corporation of the City of Brampton, where she had accountability for overall leadership of the delivery of programs and services designed to enhance business performance in the areas of leadership development, health and safety and labour relations. She has also held progressive positions at the University of Toronto and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board.
Helen has her MSc in Human Resource Management from Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh, a post graduate certificate in Industrial Relations from Queen's University, and has earned both the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) and Senior Human Resources Professional (SHRP) designations.
Mercer Canada View Bio »
Ilana Hechter is a Partner in Mercer’s Talent Strategy business in Toronto. A driven and passionate leader with over 15 years global management consulting and Human Resources experience, Ilana brings extensive client experience from across Canada, the US, Central Europe, and the UK. Ilana's expertise spans all areas of Talent strategy and transformation, having led and delivered engagements in strategic change, business transformation, leader/employee engagement, organizational culture, and talent management.
Ilana is particularly skilled at translating strategy to action by successfully partnering with clients to design and implement people initiatives in support of transformational objectives. These skill sets have been proven globally and cross-industry including consumer business, retail, financial services, insurance, professional services, health care, and the public sector.
In addition to Ilana's client work, Ilana has spoken at business, HR, and change management conferences, coached and mentored HR and consulting practitioners, and has an active interest in volunteering for non-for-profit organizations. Ilana is the chair of Holland Bloorview’s Connect for Kids Committee dedicated to raising funds and engaging new individuals, companies, and volunteers in support of Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital.
Ilana holds a BA (Hons.) and a Masters of Arts in Industrial/Organizational Psychology.
Questrade View Bio »
Emma Horgan is Chief People Officer at Questrade Financial Group, Canada’s fastest growing and leading non-bank on-line brokerage. Questrade cares deeply about helping Canadians become much more financially successful and secure, and has been recognized for, among other things, being one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies.
Prior to Questrade she enjoyed a long career at Maple Leaf Foods Inc. in several HR roles, most recent of which was Vice President HR & Leadership.
Having recently joined Questrade, Emma is developing the People Strategy and supporting tactical priorities that will help drive Questrade’s continued growth and success. Emma and her team are focused on ensuring outstanding customer experiences through great employee experiences, and on supporting the growth and development of the business through the growth and development of its people.
Originally from the UK, Emma has an Msc in Strategic Human Resources Management from the University of Hull, and 18 years of progressive experience with the full range of Human Resources responsibilities including, strategy development, organizational design, talent acquisition, talent and succession management, engagement, employee relations, legal matters, policy, labour relations and change management etc. She moved to Canada with Maple Leaf Foods in 2005.
Manulife View Bio »
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Cox Automotive View Bio »
As the Vice President of Human Resources at Cox Automotive, Grace brings a wealth of diverse HR and business experiences having worked across a variety of industries which includes the healthcare, pharmaceutical, technology and financial services, and now automotive industry. Her experience include working for leading progressive & global organizations, such as, GlaxoSmithKline, Baxter, EMD Serono, Fidelity Investments, Softchoice and Cox Automotive.
With over 20+ years of HR expertise as a Strategic HR Leader, Grace is a leader of people that truly believes in the power of cultivating an environment of High Performance, through empowering employee, strengthening leadership capabilities and enhancing collaboration across businesses. She also recognizes that employees are the most important asset to an organization; hence she focuses on establishing motivating and inspiring employee experiences, for the companies she works for.
Grace earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Toronto and has received her designation as a Certified HR Professional Leader (CHRL). In addition, she regularly spends time coaching senior executives and leaders as a Certified Leadership Coach (CPC & ACC), earned through the International Coach Academy.
GE Canada View Bio »
Shannon has more than 10 years’ experience in the field of HR. She joined GE Canada in 2006 after completing her post-graduate certificate in HR Management at Sheridan. She spent 9 years in the GE Capital businesses taking on progressively more challenging client facing roles where her focus was on employee relations, organizational development and talent management. In 2015 Shannon become the Canadian Leader for the HR Operations function and later assumed leadership for Benefits & Payroll Operations. In this capacity Shannon has spent the last 2 years transforming the HR shared services function in Canada and implementing a Lean Management system and metrics to drive simplification and operational rigor across the functions she leads. Shannon holds a Bachelor of communications and Psychology from Wilfrid Laurier University and earned her CHRL in 2008.
Rogers Communications View Bio »
Nancy Nazer joined Rogers in July 2014 as Senior Vice President, OrganizationDevelopment. She brings over 20 years of experience in the areas of organizational and leadership development in large organizations, across multiple industries. In her role, Nancy leads over 200 learning professionals all focused on drivingorganizational performance through proven talent and development strategies.
Prior to joining Rogers, Nancy spent seven years at TD Bank leading in a numberof executive HR roles in the areas of Organization Development. While there, she played an instrumental role in driving a winning people and talent agenda todifferentiate TD as one of Canada’s Top Employers and Inclusive workplaces. Nancy also spent nearly a decade at Bell Canada where she implemented severalaward-winning programs that focused on growing talent.
Nancy’s work has been recognized by the Conference Board of Canada, Corporate Leadership Council and the Brandon Hall Learning Awards. She is frequently published and quoted in trade publications such as HRPAO and Corporate Leadership Council.
She holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto and ismarried with two children.
McDonald's Canada View Bio »
Sharon is an experienced Senior Vice President and Chief People Oﬃcer, with a demonstrated history of working in the restaurant industry, both in Canada and Europe. She is skilled in People Leadership, Customer Service, Talent Development, Change Management, Mentoring and Coaching. Strong business and human resources professional who is currently taking a hiatus, after achieving a lifelong goal of retirement at 50. Sharon enjoyed a long and award winning career with McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada Ltd.
Sharon Ramalho joined McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada Ltd in 1983, as a Crew person in Brampton, Ontario, working part time, while attending high school. After making the decision to accept a Management Trainee position, she rose through the restaurant ranks holding various positions, including Assistant Manager, Restaurant Manager, Training Consultant and Operations Consultant.
Sharon moved to Russia in 1991 for a couple of years, as part of the Canadian team that developed the McDonald’s business there. She returned to Russia in 1996 to support restaurant operations and expansion into 40 cities. Sharon remained with McDonald’s in Europe until the end of 2005. During her time away from Canada, she worked in Russia, Hungary and Scandinavian markets.
Upon returning to Canada, Sharon held several roles, including Director of Menu Management, Director of Operations and Director of Field Service. From 2009 through 2014, she held the position of Vice President – Ontario Region, closely working with the 90 Franchisees and 450 Restaurants in the province. During her ﬁve years as the Regional Vice-President, the Ontario Region was the top performing region in North America for sales and guest count growth. Her ability to build strong relationships with the franchises, together with using business insights and data contributed to the regions’ success.
In her most recent role of Senior Vice President and Chief People Oﬃcer, Sharon worked hard to ensure the McDonald’s People Promise, to value each and every employee, was in place for over 90,000 employees, within franchised restaurants, company operated restaurants and corporate oﬃces across Canada. This is a role that she embraced with her own special brand of enthusiasm and her contagious passion for our business and our people. In her two and a half years as the CPO, Sharon and her team created a new People Vision and entrenched a 3-year People Strategy. All of this helped accelerate the People programs and practices across Canada and built on the strong foundation as an employer of choice.
Sharon has been recognized throughout her career by McDonald’s. She received the Golden Maple Leaf Award in 1998, the President's Award in 2001 and 2008, and the Global Women’s Leadership Award in 2009 and 2012, in addition to a number of team awards.
Aecon Group View Bio »
Gordana is a senior Human Resources professional with more than 15 years’ diverse experience in Canada, as well as exposure to operations in Bermuda, the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia. A versatile leader, Gordana has grown her HR career in fast-paced, entrepreneurial organizations calling for significant agility and progressive thinking.
Among her responsibilities at Aecon, Gordana co-chairs the corporation’s Diversity & Inclusion Council, is a member of the Ethics & Compliance Committee, and leads the Organizational Change Management Community of Practice. She is a trusted HR Business Partner to Aecon’s Chief Financial Officer, Chief Information Officer, Chief Legal Officer, and the President of Aecon’s Concessions group.
Gordana’s most recent assignment on the L.F. Wade International Airport Redevelopment Project in Bermuda commanded a high degree of strategic planning and complex stakeholder management, while also providing a key opportunity to support the establishment of a new company, from the ground up.
Gordana holds a Certified Human Resources Leader Designation and is certified in the Prosci Change Management Methodology. She is a member of the Association of Change Management Professionals and is professionally committed to progressing the discipline of Change Management in business.
8:30am - 9:30am Breakfast
9:30am - 9:35am Argyle Opening Remarks
9:35am - 10:10am Keynote Presentation featuring Rogers Communications: “Driving Cultural Change through Leadership”
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Companies are increasingly thinking about the role culture plays in strong performance, and leadership continues to be a huge opportunity to drive positive change. This session will look at why leaders are so important to building a high performing culture, ways to develop your leadership community around company values, and what the outcomes can be when leaders are at the core of a culture shift.
Senior Vice President Organization Development
10:10am – 10:35am Networking Break
10:35am – 11:25am Panel Discussion: “The Role of Performance Management in Empowering the Workforce”
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Topics include, but aren’t limited to:
- Challenges HR executives face with regards to performance management
- The role of performance management relative to workforce empowerment
- Performance and engagement strategies and best practices on employees’ strengths
- Empowering employees to take charge of their performance and development within the organization
- HR communication to determine needs and wants from managers and employer and driving employee efficiency
- Leveraging technology to create a stronger organizational culture and improve performance in the organization
- Developing a highly productive workplace that drives consistent productivity
Head of Human Resources
Johnson & Johnson
Vice President, Human Resources
Grand & Toy
Partner and Leader of Talent Strategy and Transformation
Vice President, Human Resources, Canada
Vice President, Human Resources
11:25am – 11:50am Networking Break
11:50am – 12:40pm Panel Discussion: “The HR Impact in 2018 and Beyond”
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Topics include, but aren’t limited to:
- The rise of digital transformation in the workplace and its impact in HR leadership strategies
- Preparing millennials as the next generation of leaders
- Accelerating women and diversity in the workplace and in leadership roles
- Leveraging data and technology to measure the business impact of leadership and HR initiatives
- Driving an organizational culture of high performance in the organization
- Generating leadership development and growth and preparing for the organization in the future
Canadian HR Operations COE Leader
Chief Human Resources Officer
Chief People Officer
Associate Vice President, Human Resources, Group Functions
12:40pm – 1:40pm Lunch
1:40pm – 2:20pm Keynote Presentation featuring Walmart Canada: “The Right Talent on Demand: Proactive Talent Acquisition Strategies for Delivering Talent in Time”
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Director of Talent Acquisition
2:20pm – 2:40pm Networking Break
2:40pm – 3:20pm Keynote Presentation: "Lessons Learned Along the Way”
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Sharon Ramalho, retired SVP and Chief People Officer at McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada Ltd., will share hi-lites of her 35 year career working with the golden arches.
In the keynote, “Lessons Learned Along the Way”, she will highlight four career lessons learned as part of one of the largest global brands and how it was incorporated into her life.
She will also share the traits necessary for HR leaders effectiveness in knowing the business and creating a culture for inspirational leadership.
Former SVP and Chief People Officer
3:20pm – 3:25pm Argyle Closing Remarks
3:25pm – 4:25pm Closing Reception
Explore the most critical challenge areas and hot topics for HR leaders such as:
Examine how your organization is using technology to better align HR with the business to drive results, and how these adjustments are impacting the bottom line. Our speakers will discuss:
- Using workforce and predictive analytics to make decisions
- Leveraging mobile and social tools to manage recruiting efforts
- Modernizing the function through adoption of new skillsets
- Sharing the impact of human resources with the executive team
Empowering the workforce
Review the obstacles of building a unique organizational culture through employee engagement, and the importance of finding solutions to develop workforce efficiency. Get briefed on:
- Pinpointing employee needs and wants through effective communication
- Measuring the success of training initiatives and learning opportunities
- Providing engaging learning and development options for staff
- Deploying tools to nurture leaders and grow engagement from within
Recruiting top talent
Reflect on major issues that are intrinsic to identifying top talent and maintaining a high level of engagement, and discuss how the candidate profiles differ across generations. Gain insight into:
- Approaching and engaging the digitally savvy candidate
- Using innovative tools to attract and empower
- Prospecting smart with a strategic, targeted workforce plan
- Maintaining selectivity while humanizing the application process
The role of HR
The HR discipline continues to evolve in scope and practice. Discuss the ways human capital executives are change agents, reviewing the challenges of creating a results driven vision and culture. Hear about:
- Aligning the organization with a new 'people' strategy
- Creating a high performance culture that supports business goals
- Leveraging mechanisms and tools to motivate and engage employees
- Making a difference through a larger role on the executive team
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