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 8:00 am — 8:15 am
Opening Remarks on the Era of the Social Enterprise
What makes an organization successful? Financial performance? The ability to innovate and create cutting edge products? Or something else entirely? Each year, the Canada’s Top 100 Employers project seeks to answer this question and demonstrates that the measure of what makes an organization successful is the relationships it has with those around them – from employees, to clients and customers and the larger communities within which they work. This year’s event will explore the emergence of the social enterprise, an organization that recognizes its responsibility to various stakeholders and is actively engaged in citizenship and having a positive social impact, and how embracing this mindset can be influential in determining an organization’s long-term success or failure.
Tony Meehan President, Mediacorp Canada Inc.
Richard Yerema Managing Editor, Canada’s Top 100 Employers
Monday 8:15 am — 8:45 am
The Social Context of Leadership
In the public eye, businesses are expected to play a larger role in society and serve as role models to political and social institutions, both at home and abroad. Progressive leaders understand that their organizations have the power to address various social issues such as income inequality, diversity and inclusion, accessibility and sustainability. 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, in conversation with Anthony Meehan, Publisher and Founder of the Top Employers project. During this unique one-on-one session, Tamara will share her perspective on the social context of leadership, the importance of empowering others, and the vital role organizations play in developing a healthy society, building the well-being of people, and ensuring long-term sustainability of the communities in which they live and work.
Tamara Vrooman President & CEO, Vancity
Monday 8:45 am — 9:30 am
Monday 9:30 am — 10:15 am
Refreshment & Networking Break
This break has been generously sponsored by Venngo
Monday 10:15 am — 11:15 am
Empowerment Through the Arts
This 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.
Sarah McLachlan Singer/Songwriter
Monday 11:15 am — 12:00 pm
Monday 12:00 pm — 12:45 am
A Taste of British Columbia
Monday 12:45 pm — 1:30 pm
Monday 1:30 pm — 2:15 pm
Social Impact and Enduring Success: Inside this year’s Canada’s Top 100 Employers Competition
Social 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 year’s session with the editors of the Canada’s Top 100 Employers project, we will delve deeper into 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.
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
Energizing Fitness Break
This break has been generously sponsored by Mars Drinks
Monday 2:45 pm — 3:30 pm
The Millennial Mindset and the Power of the Individual
Understanding 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.
Lisa Dymond Head of Talent Strategy and Operations, Boston Consulting Group Canada
Monday 3:30 pm — 4:15 pm
Community Engagement: Fulfilling the Broader Social Contract
At 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.
Mike Olsson Vice President, HR & Professional Development, PCL Construction
Chris Talyor Chief Human Resources Officer, Best Buy Canada Ltd.
Monday 4:15 pm — 4:30 pm
Monday 6:30 pm — 8:30 pm
19th Annual Gala Reception
Join 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