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.
Vancouver 2018 will be packed with practical information on the direction of the Canada’s Top 100 Employers project, including the 19 regional and special-interest competitions that we manage. The annual gala dinner honouring the 2019 Canada’s Top 100 Employers winners will take place in the evening.
Vancouver 2018 Agenda
Monday 7:00 am — 8:00 am
Registration & Hot Breakfast
Monday 8:00 am — 8:15 am
Opening Remarks: Navigating Social Purpose in Today’s WorkplaceEach year, the Canada’s Top 100 Employers project explores various dimensions of what makes an organization successful and this year, the definitive response is that success is not simply measured by financial performance or the ability to create innovate products, but instead, the relationships an organization has with those around them. From employees, to clients and consumers, to the communities within which they work. This year’s Top Employer Summit will engage with the notion of the “social enterprise”, an organization that recognizes its responsibility to various stakeholders and is actively engaged in citizenship. We will discuss the importance of social purpose, and how this ultimately affects an organization’s long-term success or failure. CONFERENCE CHAIR Tony Meehan President, Mediacorp Canada Inc. CONFERENCE CHAIR Richard Yerema Managing Editor, Canada’s Top 100 Employers
Monday 8:15 am — 8:45 am
Purpose, Vision and Meaning: The Social Context of LeadershipTransformative leaders understand that their organizations have the power to address important social issues, and that in order to capitalize on employee engagement, an organization’s social purpose must be clear. This year’s executive briefing features Tamara Vrooman, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Vancity, Canada’s largest community credit union and one of this year’s Canada’s Top 100 Employers. Tamara will join Anthony Meehan, Publisher and Founder of the Top Employers project, in conversation and share her perspective on the social context of leadership, the importance of empowering others, and the vital role organizations play in ensuring the long-term sustainability of the communities in which we live and work. SPEAKER Tamara Vrooman President & CEO, Vancity
Monday 8:45 am — 9:45 am
Relationship status: It’s complicatedTraditional employment relationships are changing. The traditional deal has become increasingly outmoded, sometimes unaffordable, and at times ineffective and inefficient. While there are many ways to engage people to get work done, organizations today are placing a renewed focus on improving their overall employee experience. So what do these new employee experiences and relationships look like? And how can organizations direct investment to where it will have the most impact? Jacki Bassani will share some of her insights with employers as they navigate in the new world of work. SPEAKER Jacki Bassani North America Talent & Rewards Business Leader, Willis Towers Watson
Monday 9:45 am — 10:15 am
Refreshment & Networking BreakThis break has been generously sponsored by Venngo
Monday 10:15 am — 11:15 am
Empowerment Through the ArtsThis year’s feature guest is known the world over for her remarkable musical talents. Indeed, Sarah McLachlan’s name is familiar to millions as a three-time Grammy Award winner, who has sold more than 40 million albums — and as the founder of Lilith Fair, a music festival showcasing female artists that attracted over 2 million attendees over its three year run and raised over $7 million for women’s charities. She is the driving force behind the Sarah McLachlan School of Music, which provides music education and lessons to over 1,200 at-risk and underserved youth in three Canadian cities each year. Through her talent and the unwavering personal example, Sarah McLachlan has touched the lives of millions with a message of empowerment and hope. This is a rare opportunity to see one of the world’s most talented performers make the case for empowerment through the arts, in both word and song. FEATURE GUEST Sarah McLachlan Singer/Songwriter
Monday 11:15 am — 12:00 pm
Lessons from Abroad: The Opportunities of a Borderless WorldExceptional organizations can accomplish extraordinary things and it all starts with a strong sense of purpose — the idea that work serves a greater meaning. We are honoured to have Richard Heinzl, the Founder of the first North American chapter of the Nobel Prize-winning humanitarian organization, Doctors Without Borders/ Médecins Sans Frontières, share his experiences from the far corners of the world. From working through a humanitarian crisis during the Iraq War, to quieter, no less wondrous moments, such as seeing how a simple Frisbee, given to a group of kids at the frontlines, can bring joy half the world away. Heinzl takes us past the expected sphere of humanitarian aid stories to reveal a remarkable world with universal lessons and incredible human stories. He points to the exponential change in our borderless world and why it is more important than ever for individuals and organizations to have a definitive sense of purpose as well as non-conventional approaches to problem solving, as, even in a borderless world, we are all still connected. SPEAKER Dr. Richard Heinzl Founder, Doctors without Borders, Canada
Monday 12:00 pm — 12:45 pm
LunchA Taste of British Columbia
Monday 12:45 pm — 1:30 pm
Courage Inside the Fire: A Story of LeadershipIn times of crisis, how can we do our jobs, stay strong, and lead with compassion? During the catastrophic Alberta wildfires, Fire Chief Darby Allen shot to global acclaim for guiding the 88,000 residents of Fort McMurray to safety with no loss of life – the largest evacuation in Canadian history. We are honoured to welcome Darby to the stage today to share his experience working with first responders and volunteers from across the world, and how the entire community worked together to help achieve the best possible outcome in a seemingly impossible situation. His story of courage and leadership will inspire you to change your perspective in times of crisis and focus on positivity and possibility SPEAKER Darby Allen Former Fire Chief
Monday 1:30 pm — 2:15 pm
Social Impact and Enduring Success: Inside this year’s Canada’s Top 100 Employers CompetitionSocial impact is at the very heart of many of this year’s winners, who have made this a strategic priority for their organization. These employers recognize the need to maintain strong relationships with all stakeholders, starting with their own workforce. During this session, the editors of the Canada’s Top 100 Employers project, will further examine some of the key benchmarks of this year’s competition and address each of the eight selection criteria in greater detail. The editors will also share highlights from the overall applicant pool as well as discuss the project’s longstanding special-interest competitions. SPEAKER Richard Yerema Managing Editor, Canada’s Top 100 Employers Kristina Leung Senior Editor, Canada’s Top 100 Employers
Monday 2:15 pm — 2:45 pm
Refreshment & Networking BreakThis break has been generously sponsored by Mars Drinks
Monday 2:45 pm — 3:30 pm
The Millennial Mindset and the Power of the IndividualUnderstanding the trends of the millennial mindset is crucial to retaining the next generation of talent. Millennials have a keen interest in learning about an organization’s social purpose, as demonstrated by a recent study conducted by Deloitte in which 86 percent of millennials surveyed believe that the success of an organization should be measured by more than just financial performance. As a result, employers must make their social value proposition clear, as well as adapt traditional rewards and recognition programs to better serve individual’s diverse wants and needs. Join us for an engaging discussion with winners of this year’s Canada’s Top Employers for Young People, who will share the importance of putting their social purpose at the forefront of their recruitment strategies. Speakers will also discuss the need to create dynamic and flexible career opportunities that reflect employees’ changing skills and ambitions. PANELLISTS Lisa Dymond Head of Talent Strategy and Operations, Boston Consulting Group Canada Heather Lastiwka Head of Talent, ATB Financial Janet Wood Global HR Leader, Office of the CEO, SAP
Monday 3:30 pm — 4:15 pm
Community Engagement: Fulfilling the Broader Social ContractAt the heart of all progressive organizations is the knowledge that they do not exist in isolation. Top employers honour their responsibility to various stakeholders and recognize their ability to address social issues in the communities within which they live and work. Our final session features three speakers from this year’s Canada’s Top 100 Employers who will discuss the importance of fulfilling the broader social contract by investing in society at large as well as through local community involvement. Speakers will also share how community involvement helps bolster long-term employee engagement and positively impacts their employer brand. PANELLISTS Raymond G. Bohn Executive Vice President, Human Resources, Communication & Public Affairs, NAV CANADA Mike Olsson Vice President, HR & Professional Development, PCL Construction Chris Taylor Chief Human Resources Officer, Best Buy Canada Ltd.
Monday 4:15 pm — 4:30 pm
Closing RemarksJoin us for the Grand Prize draw sponsored by Delta/Air France/KLM/Alitalia.
Monday 6:30 pm — 8:30 pm
19th Annual Gala ReceptionJoin CEOs and senior HR executives from the winners of our 2019 Canada’s Top 100 Employers competition at the 19th Annual Top Employer Reception. This year’s Gala reception will be held in the spectacular Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel, located on Vancouver’s beautiful waterfront. Full course dinner and live music make this an evening not to be missed. This reception serves as the conference’s main networking event. Recommended attire for this dinner is Black Tie Optional.
Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel
With unobstructed views of the harbour and mountains, the Fairmont Pacific Rim in Vancouver is a newcomer to an area rich in history and intrigue. Located in the heart of the historic port and financial district, the hotel fronts one of Vancouver’s most celebrated streetscapes with unobstructed views of the North Shore Mountains, Stanley Park and Coal Harbour.The Venue