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We invite you to join us at this year’s conference on the Canada’s Top 100 Employers project, which takes place November 14-15, 2016 at The Four Seasons Hotel in Vancouver, BC. Our black-tie Top Employer Reception dinner for the 2016 winners of the Canada’s Top 100 Employers project takes place on the conference’s first evening at The Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel.

Each year, our information-packed agenda offers a choice of sessions, covering most of the competitions included in the Canada’s Top 100 Employers project. The Top Employer Summit is the only conference where you can meet all the writers and organizers from the Top 100 project. Discover the best case studies from this year’s competition and have your questions on the project answered in a convenient commercial-free format. You’ll take home dozens of inspiring ideas on improving your organization with programs and initiatives that we’ve seen work well elsewhere.

Please check back regularly for updates on our 2016 conference agenda.

7:30am - 8:30am
Registration & Hot Breakfast

Join us early for a first-class hot breakfast, prepared by the The Four Season’s Executive Chef, Ned Bell.

8:30am - 9:00am
Opening Remarks by Conference Co-Chairs

Welcome and Bienvenue to the 2016 Top Employer Summit. This year’s event will explore the meaning of inclusion and workplaces that enable employees to bring their “whole self” to work. Inclusion is becoming increasingly prominent in today’s global discourse and Canada is widely recognized as a leader in this field, but what does it truly mean to be inclusive? How do organizations benefit from creating a culture of inclusivity? In order to create an environment in which employees can achieve their full potential, employers must first understand who their employees are, from how and where they work to the things that are competing for their time. This encapsulates everything from generational differences to personality types, such as introverts and extroverts, to recognizing employee commitments and needs outside of work. This year, we invite you to explore the idea of inclusion as an act of listening in order to promote belonging and create the right conditions for employees to succeed personally and professionally.

Chairing this year’s conference will be:
Tony Meehan, Publisher & CEO, Mediacorp Canada Inc.
Richard Yerema, Managing Editor, Canada’s Top 100 Employers

SPEAKERS

9:00am - 9:45am
View from the Top: Employee Engagement and the Role of Inclusive Leadership

Across any industry, employers face a unique challenge – they must ensure that their workforce is united while simultaneously cultivating distinct cultures within each department to ensure they thrive. Exceptional leaders recognize that they must put their employees first, and do so through inclusive leadership, creating workplaces that support employee engagement, happiness and success. It is our pleasure to welcome Mr. Carl Roy, President and CEO of the Provincial Health Services Authority to discuss his role at the helm of one of British Columbia’s largest health care providers. Carl will share the organization’s mandate of putting employees first and discuss the unique challenges present in managing a large and varied workforce. He will also discuss the organization’s journey to become a Top Employer as well as what the organization hopes to accomplish in the future.

Carl Roy, President & Chief Executive Officer, Provincial Health Services Authority

9:45am - 10:30am
Refreshment & Networking Break

This refreshment break provides an opportunity to meet informally with the writers and organizers of the Canada’s Top 100 Employers project, as well as your colleagues at this year’s Top Employer Summit.

We would like to thank Mars Drinks for sponsoring this refreshment and networking break.

10:30am - 11:30am
Keynote Address – Stand Up, Speak Out

Proud as we are of chronicling the stories of remarkable employers and inclusive workplaces, our editorial achievements pale in comparison with the accomplishments of this year’s keynote speaker, George Takei. Best-known for his role as Lieutenant Sulu in the original Star Trek series, Mr. Takei has become a leading figure in the fight for social justice, racial equality and LGBTQ rights.  His articulate defence of minority rights and sexual orientation in the current U.S. election campaign have made him one of the best-known advocates for moderation and respect, earning the admiration of more than 10 million followers on social media alone. With unparalleled eloquence and wit, Mr. Takei traces the path of an American life from his family’s forced WWII internment as Japanese Americans to his remarkable ascent to pop culture icon, who speaks with clarity and resolve on why inclusiveness matters. Along the way, Mr. Takei shares the remarkable story of how a sci-fi icon finds himself at the center of a presidential election and ended up reminding the world about why respect and caring for each other are the values that made America great in the first place. In an age when tolerance and common cause seem in short supply, George Takei stands above the hue-and-cry to remind society of the better angels of our nature.

SPEAKERS

11:30am - 12:30pm
Executive Briefing: Productivity & The Future of Work

Over the past decade advanced economies and organizations around the world have been struggling to improve productivity. While the causes are debated, it’s clear that the solution is not about working longer or harder. It’s about matching the right people with the right skills to the right work. It’s also about creating new sources of value and growth by redefining how work gets done. In this session, Willis Towers Watson’s Tracey Malcolm and Karen O’Leonard will examine how HR can play a key role in efforts to improve productivity, as new technologies impact the workforce, changing the very nature of employment and what it means to be an employee.

Join us for this stimulating top-level briefing on productivity and the future of work, two of the key themes for this year’s conference. Presented by the Title Sponsor of the 2016 Top Employer Summit, Willis Towers Watson.

SPEAKERS

12:30pm - 1:15pm
Lunch: A Taste of Canada

Join us for A Taste of Canada prepared by The Four Season’s Executive Chef, Ned Bell, featuring remarkable food selections from across the nation.

1:15pm - 1:45pm
Luncheon Keynote – Beyond Reconciliation: Moving Forward with Canada’s Aboriginal Community

Traditionally, indigenous people have been represented in a harmful way throughout popular culture — you don’t need to look far in film, television, video games or even sports mascots to see how our point-of-view continues to be shaped. As Canada’s population becomes increasingly diverse, we have an opportunity to reset relations and engage empathetically with Canada’s Aboriginal community. Our luncheon speaker is an Ojibwe and Canada’s first nationally syndicated indigenous broadcaster. Highly respected and accomplished, Jesse Wente challenges us to move beyond reconciliation and find a place for Canada’s Aboriginal community in the nation’s businesses, institutions and broader culture.

SPEAKERS

1:45pm - 2:45pm
Case Study Sessions: Hear from the Winners

Our in-depth case study sessions provide you with an opportunity to learn about specific initiatives and programs covered by the Canada’s Top 100 Employers competition. You can chose from a selection of focused sessions and learn first-hand about successful policies and programs from this year’s winners. Choose one of the following three case studies:

Case Study I – Shaping the Future of Sustainability


One of the most remarkable changes we have seen is the extent to which sustainability and environmental awareness have become core values in workplace culture. People expect their employers to embrace sustainability in all aspects of their business — it’s not just the “right thing” for employers to do, but has become a touchstone for shared values and making a difference in society. This session provides a wonderful opportunity to hear two winners of this year’s Canada’s Greenest Employers competition share their stories on how they made sustainability a central value in their workplace cultures.

Speakers include:
Brad Badelt, Acting Assistant Director for Sustainability, City of Vancouver
Adele Aberin Galupe, Deputy Store Manager, IKEA Canada
Christian Reich, Customer Relations Manager, IKEA Richmond

Case Study II – Ingenuity & Growth Economics: Canada’s Top Small & Medium Employers


With the pace of innovation challenging many of Canada’s largest and most-established industries, fascinating changes are taking place in Canada’s small and medium enterprises (SME) — which are often the first to respond and take advantage of workplace changes. Their small size and nimble management lets them experiment with fascinating approaches that can be too risky for larger organizations to try. In this session, you’ll meet two remarkable winners of this year’s Canada’s Top Small & Medium Employers and hear first-hand about their innovative approaches to managing workforces in a time of constant change.

Speakers include:
Nora Beatty, HR Business Partner, FreshBooks
Tom Redl, President and CEO, Chandos Construction Ltd.
Katie Reiach, Co-founder, Talk Shop Media

SPEAKERS

2:45pm - 3:30pm
Energizing Fitness Break

This refreshment and networking break features a variety of nutritious and healthy snacks, prepared by The Four Season’s Executive Chef.

We would like to thank Virgin Pulse for sponsoring this refreshment and networking break.

3:30pm - 4:30pm
Perfecting the Art of Inclusion: Canada’s Best Diversity Employers


One of the most profound shifts taking place in our thinking about creating better workplaces is in the area of inclusiveness. Traditionally, employers thought about diversity as encompassing clearly defined groups, so that employees from these groups could feel comfortable in the workplace — indeed, our Canada’s Best Diversity Employers competition and employment equity legislation both spell out clear categories from which diverse employees are expected to come. The language of inclusiveness, however, goes beyond these traditional groups and aims to create workplaces where all employees can bring to work their “whole self”, which is often layered and draws on multiple categories of diversity. The difficulty, of course, is to discern the limits of inclusiveness so that it has meaning for HR decision-makers, who want to build better workplaces where all employees are able to make a meaningful contribution. This panel session provides a tremendous opportunity to meet three winners from this year’s Canada’s Best Diversity Employers competition and hear their thinking on what inclusiveness means — and how the nation’s best employers are putting it into daily practice in their workplaces. You’ll benefit greatly from their wisdom and experience.

Moderators:
Dave Mammoliti, DeGroote School of Business
Wanda McKenna, McMaster University

Panelists include:
Margaret Blair, Director, Recruitment, City of Edmonton
Wade Domries, Vice President & Executive Sponsor of the Abilities ERG, TELUS
Shelley Ralston, Director, Talent and Culture, Xerox Canada

SPEAKERS

4:30pm - 4:45pm
Day 1 Closing Remarks

Richard Yerema, Managing Editor of the Canada’s Top 100 Employers project
Tony Meehan, Publisher & CEO at Mediacorp Canada Inc.

SPEAKERS

6:00pm - 8:30pm
17th Annual Top Employer Reception Dinner

Join CEOs and senior HR executives from the winners of our 2017 Canada’s Top 100 Employers competition at the 17th Annual Top Employer Reception, taking place at the spectacular Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel, which overlooks Vancouver Harbour. Full-course dinner and a special musical performance make this an evening not to be missed!

The Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel
1038 Canada Place
Vancouver, BC V6C 0B9

This event is black-tie optional.


We would like to thank Ceridian for their gracious support of the 17th Annual Top Employer Reception.

7:30am - 8:00am
Hot Breakfast

Join us early for a first-class hot breakfast, prepared by the The Four Season’s Executive Chef, Ned Bell.

8:00am - 9:00am
From the Editors: Inside this Year’s Canada’s Top 100 Employers Competition

This year marks the 17th edition of the Canada’s Top 100 Employers competition, which also saw a record number of applications from employers. With the strong interest, the project has grown over the years to include 19 regional and special-interest competitions, which are included in the national project. Our annual session with members of the Top 100 editorial team provides a valuable opportunity — in fact, the only opportunity each year — to learn first-hand about the baseline benefits and programs available at every Top 100 winner for each of our eight selection criteria. You’ll also hear how applications for our regional and special-interest competitions are evaluated — and discover many of the key themes for next year’s competition. Questions & Answers to follow.

Speakers:
Richard Yerema, Managing Editor, Canada’s Top 100 Employers
Kristina Leung, Senior Editor, Canada’s Top 100 Employers

SPEAKERS

9:00am - 10:00am
Health, Wellness and Mindfulness: Best Practices to Living and Working Well

One of the defining values of the Canada’s Top 100 Employers competition has been our focus on how the best organizations help employees balance work and family commitments. Since the project’s earliest days, special attention has been paid to benefits like vacation allowance, maternity leave and flexible work arrangements — which each have a significant effect on work-life balance. Today, many leading employers in this area have launched sophisticated wellness programs, which offer highly specialized assistance to employees on a wide range of health and prevention issues. These programs vary in scope and the range of benefits offered, but they share the common goal of improving performance at work by addressing areas of health and wellness outside work that require attention. This panel session offers a unique opportunity to hear from winners of our Canada’s Top 100 Employers competition and learn their best-practices when it comes to wellness and performance.

Panelists include:
Rita Apa, Senior Director, Human Resources, McCarthy Tétrault LLP
Diana Godfrey, Vice President of Human Resources, Fidelity Canada
Joann Sheahan, Senior Human Resources Manager, Procter & Gamble Inc.

SPEAKERS

10:00am - 10:45am
Refreshment & Networking Break

This refreshment break provides an opportunity to meet informally with the writers and organizers of the Canada’s Top 100 Employers project, as well as your colleagues at this year’s Top Employer Summit.

We would like to thank Venngo WorkPerks® for sponsoring this refreshment and networking break.

10:45am - 11:30am
A Bold New Vision: The Modern Workplace and the Mobile Workforce

Workplace strategies and design continue to evolve as mobile workers and telecommuting redefine the concept of “how” and “where” work is done. Top employers ensure their workspaces are thoughtfully designed with employees’ needs in mind, focusing on improving accessibility, flexibility and collaboration. Employers must also consider the integration of enhanced technology, as well as any impacts their workplace may have on long-term environmental sustainability. Join us for a stimulating mini-panel discussion with two of Canada’s Top 100 Employers, who will take you inside the innovative new workspaces they have designed.

Moderator:
Sarah Stanford, Associate, Perkins+Will

Panelists include:
Doug Jeoffroy, Vice President, Corporate Real Estate, Rogers Communications Inc.
Vanessa Perdue, Senior Director, Global Workplace, RBC

SPEAKERS

11:30am - 12:00pm
Demographics, Immigration & Integration: Canada’s Shifting Workforce

Canada’s immigration system is admired for helping encourage the world’s best and brightest to take up residence here; several of our largest cities now report that a majority of their residents were born in another country. Because our immigrants are highly qualified and usually find places in the labour market, Canada has fared better than much of the developed world in overcoming the demographic challenges of an ageing society. For employers, however, this presents two very different challenges and opportunities. Integrating immigrants successfully into a company’s workforce requires planning and, in most cases, assistance from community organizations that can offer local experience. At the other end of the demographic spectrum, our ageing workforce is placing greater demands on HR decision-makers at a time when solutions to problems like pensions and multi-generational workforces are becoming challenging to solve. This mini-session offers a wonderful opportunity to gain a bird’s-eye view on how demographics and immigration are changing the Canadian workplace — and what your organization needs to do to stay ahead of the curve.

Kelly Pollack, CEO, Immigrant Employment Council of BC

SPEAKERS

12:00pm - 1:00pm
Lunch: Harvest in British Columbia

Four Season’s Executive Chef, Ned Bell, takes you on a culinary tour with some of BC’s best locally grown and raised menu selections.

1:00pm - 2:00pm
Case Study Sessions: Hear from This Year’s Winners

Our in-depth case study sessions provide you with an opportunity to learn about specific initiatives and programs covered by the Canada’s Top 100 Employers competition. You can choose from a selection of focused sessions and learn first-hand about successful policies and programs from this year’s winners. Choose one of the following two case studies:

Case Study III – Purpose and Pride: Dynamic Performance Management and Recognition Strategies to Boost Engagement

While commonplace at most organizations, performance management and recognition strategies are crucial to ensuring you retain your organization’s most valued resource — your employees. Employers must understand the work styles and habits of its workforce, as well as what motivates them to perform their best, in order to set objectives and provide effective coaching, feedback and recognition. In this session, we will explore various strategies to help maximize employee engagement and their contributions to the organization, as well as how you can tailor your performance management and recognition strategy to meet the individual needs of your workforce.

Speakers include:
Richard Eyram, Area Vice President, Canada, Salesforce
Nicholas Greschner, Director of Human Resources, Accenture Inc.

Case Study IV – Community Investment: The Fundamentals of Good Business

Since the first edition of the Canada’s Top 100 Employers project, our editors noticed a strong correlation between an employer’s involvement in the community and how it treats its employees. Organizations that take a broader view of their role in the community are almost always among the best employers in an industry. As more stories were published on the winning employers’ community programs, we noticed that employees at these organizations began to value these programs deeply (especially ones that made use of their talents or an employer’s unique capabilities) and saw the programs as key to their employer’s culture. This session provides an opportunity to discover some of the best community involvement initiatives by this year’s Canada’s Top 100 Employers winners — we hope that you will be inspired!

Speakers include:
Virginie Bronsard, Senior Director, Human Resources, Canadian National Railway Company
Jyoti Stephens, Senior Director, Human Resources and Sustainability, Nature’s Path Foods, Inc.

2:00pm - 3:00pm
Canada’s Top Employers for Young People: Maximizing the Disruptive Potential of the Millennial Workforce


One of the most exciting changes taking place in today’s workforce are the opportunities presented by the millennial workforce, who are disrupting old workplace habits and ways of doing things. Younger workers aren’t willing to work the same way as earlier generations — and they won’t stay around long if you try managing them the same way. In this session, you’ll meet some of Canada’s Top Employers for Young People and hear how they are maximizing the disruptive potential of their youngest employees.

Panelists include:
David Heather, Vice President of Human Resources, Cisco Systems Canada Co.
Kimberlea Kozachenko, Senior Leader, Talent Attraction & Acquisition, ATB Financial

SPEAKERS

3:00pm - 3:15pm
Closing Remarks & Special Grand Prize Draw

Join the conference co-chairs for their closing thoughts and a summary of the key themes discussed at this year’s Top Employer Summit. Be sure that you are on hand for our remarkable prize draw — two complimentary round-trip air tickets sponsored by Delta/KLM/Air France.

To be eligible for this draw, have your “Passeport” stamped by our exhibitors, then drop your completed Passeport into the draw box. To receive the prize, you must be in the room when the draw takes place.

Richard Yerema, Managing Editor of the Canada’s Top 100 Employers project
Tony Meehan, Publisher & CEO at Mediacorp Canada Inc.

SPEAKERS

All seminars will take place on the afternoon of November 29th. Attendees may select one to attend.

Canada’s Greenest EmployersCanada’s Top Employers for Young People

Canada’s Greenest EmployersBest Employers for New Canadians

Canada’s Greenest EmployersCanada’s Greenest Employers

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