Toronto CHRO Virtual Executive Summit

December 2, 2021 | 8:00am - 3:00pm EST

December 2, 2021 | 8:00am - 3:00pm EST


Collaborate with your peers

Come together with your peers virtually to tackle top business challenges through peer-driven content and discussions at the Toronto CHRO Virtual Executive Summit.

Join your peers to discuss the most critical issues impacting CHROs today:

Creating meaningful and actionable initiatives that drive diversity, equity and inclusion

Initiating programs that engage whole-person wellness

Transforming purposeful leadership in the new era of HR


Sonia Boyle

Gore Mutual Insurance Co.
Chief Human Resources Officer

Cathie Brow

SVP, Human Resources & Communications

Barb Keenan

Liquor Control Board of Ontario
SVP, Human Resources

Marcia Mendes-d'Abreu

Foresters Financial
Global Chief Human Resources Officer

Rashid Wasti

George Weston Ltd.
EVP & Chief Talent Officer

Tova White

Giant Tiger
SVP and Chief Human Resources Officer

What to Expect

Connect with your CHRO community through a variety of different session formats at the upcoming Virtual Executive Summit. You'll have the opportunity to listen, engage and create lasting relationships with like-minded peers.


Hear from CHRO practitioners and thought leaders on how they’re approaching and solving critical challenges impacting your role today.


Discuss current topics and critical priorities in an intimate and interactive format.

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Connect with like-minded peers in a private, one-on-one setting. You will be matched with peers in your community based on your shared interests and priorities.


December 2, 2021

8:00am - 8:45am  EST Keynote

Opening Keynote

Gillian Whitebread headshot

Gillian Whitebread



Stephen Liptrap headshot

Stephen Liptrap

President and CEO



8:45am - 9:15am  EST Networking

The Passion Project Exchange

As we come upon the end of 2021, what initiatives are you most proud of as a leader? What are your passion projects in your professional and personal lives?
Join this interactive and collaborative session to connect and celebrate the bright spots in a demanding career — and year.

9:15am - 9:30am  EST Break

9:30am - 10:30am  EST Executive Boardroom

Evolution of the Employee – The Future of Whole Person Wellness

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Joby McKenzie

Managing Director

Teladoc Inc

Workforce needs and expectations around well-being solutions have vastly and permanently changed. Employees now expect well-being programs that support all dimensions of their lives; and organizations are looking to create sustainable health and well-being strategies that go beyond the typical norms of care and drive the broader business objectives.

Join this session to discuss:

  • Accurately identifying gaps and understanding whole-person wellness needs in a hybrid environment
  • Developing inclusive and engaging wellness programs for current and future workforce
  • Understanding key data and insights around whole-person benefits to enable recruitment, retention and employee productivity

9:30am - 10:30am  EST Executive Boardroom

Transformation With Purpose — Data-Led Reorganization and the “What-If” Mindset

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Rupert Morrison




9:30am - 10:30am  EST Executive Boardroom

The Power of Recognition in Changing Times

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Meghan Stettler


O.C. Tanner

After a year and a half of challenges, disruptions, and change, HR leaders across Canada are increasingly turning to their organization’s total rewards and recognition programs to build a strong workplace culture that can weather the storms of the Great Resignation, keep their teams connected in a hybrid environment, and foster a greater sense of belonging. 

In this boardroom session, HR leaders will share research and insights into:

  • Bringing authentic employee experiences to life
  • Creating connected teams in a hybrid environment
  • Fostering a more inclusive culture of belonging

10:30am - 11:15am  EST Keynote

Keynote Featuring Helena Pagano, EVP, Chief Human Resources and Communications Officer, Sun Life

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Helena Pagano

EVP, Chief Human Resources Officer & Communications

Sun Life


11:15am - 11:30am  EST Break

11:30am - 12:30pm  EST Executive Boardroom

Executive Boardroom Featuring Dave Jones, SVP Group Benefits, Sun Life

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Dave Jones

SVP Group Benefits

Sun Life


11:30am - 12:30pm  EST Executive Boardroom

Solving the People Challenge in Identifying Leadership Potential

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Merle Ballaigues


Thomas International

Identifying future leaders is a constant struggle for many organizations. There have historically been subjective measurements to evaluate leadership capability and high potentials. Currently, new factors such as hybrid/remote work, resignations, and retirements are leaving employee development pipelines drained and organizations looking for new solutions for leadership development.

In this session, HR leaders will discuss:

  • Identifying and measuring leadership potential, as well as performance readiness
  • Removing historical biases to find the hidden gems within your organization
  • How to be proactive rather than reactive in building a leadership pipeline

11:30am - 12:30pm  EST Executive Boardroom

Leaders vs Laggards – Differentiating the Employee Experience

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Mary Ainsworth

EVP, Chief People Officer


Recent studies have shown that employee experience practices greatly influence critical people outcomes such as performance, retention, connectedness and satisfaction. But to truly understand employee needs in this new world, and take measurable action to fulfill them, organizations need a more holistic approach.
Join this interactive session to discuss:

  • Key practices that differentiate EX leaders from laggards
  • Leveraging technology to better understand behaviors and amplify the employee voice
  • Creating opportunity for feedback and action to drive a culture of trust and transparency

12:30pm - 1:15pm  EST Keynote

Closing Keynote Featuring Steve Knox, VP of Global Talent Acquisition, Ceridian

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Steve Knox

VP of Global Talent Acquisition



1:15pm - 1:45pm  EST Networking Break

1:15pm - 1:45pm  EST Networking

Meet the Speakers

Don't miss this opportunity to meet with CHRO practitioners and industry thought leaders who shared their insights on the agenda.
Come with questions from the sessions you attended in this gathering designed to foster peer connections and collaboration in the Toronto community.

2:00pm - 3:30pm  EST Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Peer Meetings

Meet virtually for in-depth conversations with your colleagues


Your Community Partners

Program Partners

Toronto CHRO Program Manager

For inquiries related to this event, please reach out to your dedicated program contact.

Catherine Nitz

Program Manager