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The Canadian HR Awards has long been the industry event of the year – and even though the current climate means we are not able to hold a physical event in 2020, we are still just as determined to recognize the achievements of talented HR teams, leaders and employers.
 
That’s why we’ve revamped the Canadian HR Awards as an all-new virtual experience, creating an exciting new awards format that will bring the glitz, glamour and celebration directly to you, wherever you are.
 
Featuring the highly anticipated live announcement of winners, panel discussions with finalists, winner interviews and more, this year’s awards event will allow you to celebrate the industry’s success virtually with the nation’s leading HR professionals, as well as engage, communicate and connect with your peers and the wider HR community.
 
So dust off your black tie, stock up on your beverage of choice and get ready for the virtual celebration of the year!
 
WHAT’S HAPPENING ON THE DAY
 
  • Enjoy a live broadcast of the awards ceremony from anywhere
  • Show your support for industry excellence and the 170 outstanding finalists
  • Watch exclusive panel discussions with finalists and celebrate with this year’s winners
  • Engage with any guest, reconnect with your peers, and make new connections in live chatrooms
  • Join us in your best black tie with your beverage of choice, or simply come as you are!
  • Get a chance to win $250 by sharing a #HRAwardsCA photo of yourself celebrating in style on the day

Schedule

· Networking
Visit the Speed Networking
Make new connections, arrange one-to-one chats and continue the conversation on the People tab
· Stage
Opening remarks by host Mike Arsenault
· Expo
The view from the top: A one-on-one with this year’s recipient of the Lifetime Achievement in the HR Industry award, Dr. Melanie Peacock
This award-winning HR leader reflects on key victories in her journey to the top and the insights she gained along the way. Moderated by O.C. Tanner
· Expo
How to build a high performing team
What lessons can your HR team learn from the finalists for HR Team of the Year?
Melanie Scheepers - Geotab Meghan Trann - DHL Supply Chain Lorinda Lee - Humber River Hospital Lori  Scarlett Kerris Hougardy - Colliers International John Stockwell - Dentsu Aegis Network Dan Uzelac - VHA Home HealthCare Chris Lee - Gallagher Anna Sutherland - Canfor
· Stage
Check out our Centurion Social Media Wall
Drop by the Main Stage to take a look at our social media wall. Don't forget to use the hashtag #HRAwardsCA and tag HRD Canada Magazine.
· Expo
Strategies to engage and retain the new generation of candidates
Top HR executives discuss their forward-looking strategies for engaging the workforce of the future.
Tony Mariani - FDM Group Canada Inc. Ross Johnston - University of Waterloo Maxine Campbell - DHL Supply Chain Linda Passarelli - Fidelity Canada Julie Albert - DND Hannah Yardley - Flybits Brien Convery - RBC Andrew Monkhouse - Monkhouse Law
· Expo
Leveraging HR technology to focus on people and culture
As tech solutions streamline the more transactional areas of HR, this unlocks the potential for a greater focus on a value-adding, people-focused strategy.
Vivek Ravichandran - Tata Consultancy Services Canada Inc. Ming Lee - Peninsula Canada Michael Cohen - Achievers Laura Strickler - ADP Canada Eric Beaudoin - UHN Denise St. Jean - DND Anita Szaloky - Brantford
· Expo
Driving a continuous learning culture to support your organization’s business goals
Award-winning executives tells how they transformed their L&D strategies to provide, learning experiences that support organizations’ strategic priorities.
Susan McGann - ADP Canada Sheila Austin - BlueCat Lauren Small - Town of Innisfil Joseph Crangle - Seneca College Joanne St. Bernard-Honegan - Aviva Gail Tanaka - Sephora Canada Danna Cross - Hydro Ottawa
· Expo
Taking a personalized approach to employee rewards
Leading employers discuss how they developed innovative, customized reward programs that reflect their diverse workforces.
Tracey  Quesnell - Altek Supply Sylvain Bergeron - Workhuman Muna Al-Joulani - CIBC Mellon Marybeth Ward CHRL- Peel Senior Link Lidia Zekorn - FCT Jessica Poling - Seasons Retirement Communities
· Expo
Leadership in the new future of work
Hear from award winners on what it means to be a leader in the new normal, and how HR can guide and support teams when the future is uncertain.
Tierra Madani - Vancouver Island Brewing Tania Chaudry - City of Penticton Kirsi Maharaj  - Rewind Jomana Elwenni - Orangetheory Fitness Canada Danielle Grusie - Sherritt International Andrea Wynter - ADP Canada
· Expo
How to create a holistic workplace wellness program
Award winners discuss their strategies for addressing the ‘triple threat’ of financial, physical and mental wellness in their organizations.
Sheila Thomson - Axonify Natalia Williams - Corus Entertainment Inc. Nadia Cerisano - Moneris Meaghan Booth - Dejero Marie-Josee Le Blanc - Mercer Kristina Clarke - Canada Life John Moore - Venngo Janet Young - TELUS Cynthia Bos - Middlesex-London Health Unit
· Stage
Awards presentations
· Expo
Award-winning career advice from the Canadian HR Awards Women of Distinction
Award-winning HR leaders reflect on key victories in their journey to the top and the insights gained along the way.
Nicki Sabapathy - Cisco Canada Natalie MacDonald - MacDonald & Associates Louise Taylor Green - HRPA Lorinda Lee - Humber River Hospital Leandra Harris - Blu Ivy Group Lauren Davey - Compass Group Canada Jenn Lofgren - Incito Executive & Leadership Development Ashira Gobrin - Wave
· Expo
Building a positive workplace culture
Leading HR executives discuss lessons learnt on their journey to drive meaningful and positive cultural change.
Tracey  Quesnell - Altek Supply Lindy Theron - Geotab, Inc. Kirk Merrett - Hyundai Canada Isabelle Perreault - BRP Heather Tyrie - Fullscript Christa  Manning - Ultimate Software Beth Tyndall - Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan
· Expo
Understanding the importance of CSR in the workplace
Leading organizations explain how they implemented successful CSR initiatives, and assess the impact of these on broader HR goals and strategies.
Muna Al-Joulani - CIBC Mellon JP Perron - Payworks Jennifer  Bouyoukos - Entertainment One Jenna Weishar- Dejero Cindy Newell - Ottawa Community Housing Corporation Antoinette  Ellis - Tata Consultancy Services Canada Martha Carnegie - Fidelity Investments
· Expo
Essential skills for today’s HR leaders
Top HR executives discuss the skills required to build credible, influential and value-adding HR within organizations.
Tracey  Quesnell - Altek Supply Shelley Brown Sanita  Alias Rowena Reeves - Yusen Logistics (Canada) Inc. Rhonda Aos - Lethbridge School Division Kathryn (Katy) Player - Canfor Jamie Hoobanoff - The Leadership Agency Christine Vigna - Dejero Angela Champ - HR Executive and Author
· Expo
CEOs’ perspectives on people strategy
Some of Canada’s leading CEOs discuss the importance of empowering HR teams, and reveal the key traits they value in HR leaders.
Sean Smith - Pethealth Inc Kirk Simpson - Wave Jaqui Parchment - Mercer Canada Doron Melnick - KPMG Caroline Riseboro - Trillium Health Partners Foundation
· Expo
Creating an award-winning HR communications strategy
As the pace of change continues to accelerate, effective workforce communication has never been more important.
Sanita  Alias Natalia Williams - Corus Entertainment Inc. Mark Lang - Colliers International Lori  Scarlett John Stockwell - Dentsu Aegis Network Donna Burnett Vachon - Hydro Ottawa Brooke Huestis - Scotiabank Anika Malik - Compass Group Canada
· Expo
The business case for diversity and inclusion
Diversity and inclusion are important pillars of an organizational structure and can be directly linked to business performance.
Susannah Crabtree - Mercer Canada Mark Osborne - Day & Ross Kat Torangeau - Wave Kara Biles - Canfor Giulia Cirillo - PSP Investments Diana Godfrey - Fidelity Canada
· Stage
Awards Presentation
· Expo
Virtual Drinks Reception
Join your industry peers for a facilitated virtual drinks reception.

Speakers

Nicole  Stevenson - Dentsu Aegis Network
Nicole Stevenson - Dentsu Aegis Network

Internal Communications Manager

Martha Carnegie - Fidelity Investments
Martha Carnegie - Fidelity Investments

Human Resources Director

Andrea Wynter - ADP Canada
Andrea Wynter - ADP Canada

Head of Human Resources

Andrew Monkhouse - Monkhouse Law
Andrew Monkhouse - Monkhouse Law

CEO

Angela Champ - HR Executive and Author
Angela Champ - HR Executive and Author

HR Executive and Author

Anika Malik - Compass Group Canada
Anika Malik - Compass Group Canada

VP, Communications

Anita Szaloky - Brantford
Anita Szaloky - Brantford

Director of Human Resources

Anna Sutherland - Canfor
Anna Sutherland - Canfor

Director of Corporate HR & Governance

Antoinette  Ellis - Tata Consultancy Services Canada
Antoinette Ellis - Tata Consultancy Services Canada

Corporate Social Responsibility Manager, Canada

Ashira Gobrin - Wave
Ashira Gobrin - Wave

Chief People Officer

Beth Tyndall - Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan
Beth Tyndall - Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan

Chief People Officer

Brien Convery - RBC
Brien Convery - RBC

National Director, Early Talent Acquisition, Canada

Brooke Huestis - Scotiabank
Brooke Huestis - Scotiabank

Director, Communications, Corporate Functions

Caroline Riseboro - Trillium Health Partners Foundation
Caroline Riseboro - Trillium Health Partners Foundation

President and CEO

Chris Lee - Gallagher
Chris Lee - Gallagher

VP, Communications

Christa  Manning - Ultimate Software
Christa Manning - Ultimate Software

Director, Technology & Innovation

Christine Vigna - Dejero
Christine Vigna - Dejero

Vice President, People and Culture

Cindy Newell - Ottawa Community Housing Corporation
Cindy Newell - Ottawa Community Housing Corporation

Director, Human Resources

Cynthia Bos - Middlesex-London Health Unit
Cynthia Bos - Middlesex-London Health Unit

Manager, Human Resources

Dan Uzelac - VHA Home HealthCare
Dan Uzelac - VHA Home HealthCare

Manager, Talent Acquisition and Development

Danielle Grusie - Sherritt International
Danielle Grusie - Sherritt International

Specialist, Talent Management

Danna Cross - Hydro Ottawa
Danna Cross - Hydro Ottawa

Supervisor, Learning and Development

Denise St. Jean - DND
Denise St. Jean - DND

Director, Digital HR

Diana Godfrey - Fidelity Canada
Diana Godfrey - Fidelity Canada

Senior Vice President, Human Resources

Donna Burnett Vachon - Hydro Ottawa
Donna Burnett Vachon - Hydro Ottawa

Director, Change and Organization Development

Doron Melnick - KPMG
Doron Melnick - KPMG

Partner and Interim National Leader, People & Change Services

Eric Beaudoin - UHN
Eric Beaudoin - UHN

Director, People Strategy & Innovation

Gail Tanaka - Sephora Canada
Gail Tanaka - Sephora Canada

Senior Director, Education, Talent Development, Brand Education and Artistry

Giulia Cirillo - PSP Investments
Giulia Cirillo - PSP Investments

Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources and Global Communications Officer

Hannah Yardley - Flybits
Hannah Yardley - Flybits

VP, People & Culture

Heather Tyrie - Fullscript
Heather Tyrie - Fullscript

VP of Talent and Culture

Isabelle Perreault - BRP
Isabelle Perreault - BRP

VP HR/Talent Management

Jamie Hoobanoff - The Leadership Agency
Jamie Hoobanoff - The Leadership Agency

Founder

Janet Young - TELUS
Janet Young - TELUS

Director, Well-being and Health Services

Jaqui Parchment - Mercer Canada
Jaqui Parchment - Mercer Canada

CEO

Jenn Lofgren - Incito Executive & Leadership Development
Jenn Lofgren - Incito Executive & Leadership Development

Founder

Jenna Weishar- Dejero
Jenna Weishar- Dejero

Corporate Services Specialist

Jennifer  Bouyoukos - Entertainment One
Jennifer Bouyoukos - Entertainment One

EVP, Global Human Resources

Jessica Poling - Seasons Retirement Communities
Jessica Poling - Seasons Retirement Communities

Senior Director of Employee Services

Joanne St. Bernard-Honegan - Aviva
Joanne St. Bernard-Honegan - Aviva

AVP, Claims Talent Development & Engagement

John Moore - Venngo
John Moore - Venngo

President

John Stockwell - Dentsu Aegis Network
John Stockwell - Dentsu Aegis Network

Chief People Officer

Jomana Elwenni - Orangetheory Fitness Canada
Jomana Elwenni - Orangetheory Fitness Canada

Director of Human Resources

Joseph Crangle - Seneca College
Joseph Crangle - Seneca College

Manager in Leadership and Employee Development

JP Perron - Payworks
JP Perron - Payworks

President & CEO

Julie Albert - DND
Julie Albert - DND

Director, National Staffing Operations

Kara Biles - Canfor
Kara Biles - Canfor

Director of Diversity and Inclusion

Kat Torangeau - Wave
Kat Torangeau - Wave

Senior People & Culture Manager

Kathryn (Katy) Player - Canfor
Kathryn (Katy) Player - Canfor

Vice President, People & Communications

Kerris Hougardy - Colliers International
Kerris Hougardy - Colliers International

VP People Services North America

Kirk Merrett - Hyundai Canada
Kirk Merrett - Hyundai Canada

Director, HR & Administration

Kirk Simpson - Wave
Kirk Simpson - Wave

CEO, Co-founder

Kirsi Maharaj  - Rewind
Kirsi Maharaj - Rewind

HR Manager

Kristina Clarke - Canada Life
Kristina Clarke - Canada Life

AVP, Employee Wellness & Group Benefits

Laura Strickler - ADP Canada
Laura Strickler - ADP Canada

HR Director

Lauren Davey - Compass Group Canada
Lauren Davey - Compass Group Canada

Manager, Communications Projects

Lauren Small - Town of Innisfil
Lauren Small - Town of Innisfil

People & Talent Developer

Leandra Harris - Blu Ivy Group
Leandra Harris - Blu Ivy Group

Managing Director

Lidia Zekorn - FCT
Lidia Zekorn - FCT

Director, Talent & Culture

Linda Passarelli - Fidelity Canada
Linda Passarelli - Fidelity Canada

Vice President, Talent Management

Lindy Theron - Geotab, Inc.
Lindy Theron - Geotab, Inc.

Vice President, Human Resources

Lori  Scarlett
Lori Scarlett

Director, Human Resources

Lorinda Lee - Humber River Hospital
Lorinda Lee - Humber River Hospital

Sr. Director, Human Resources, Employee & Labour Relations, Organizational Effectiveness, and Volunteer Services

Louise Taylor Green - HRPA
Louise Taylor Green - HRPA

CEO

Marie-Josee Le Blanc - Mercer
Marie-Josee Le Blanc - Mercer

Health Innovation Leader, Mercer Marsh Benefits

Mark Lang - Colliers International
Mark Lang - Colliers International

Senior Director, Human Resources | North America

Mark Osborne - Day & Ross
Mark Osborne - Day & Ross

Vice President, Human Resources

Marybeth Ward CHRL- Peel Senior Link
Marybeth Ward CHRL- Peel Senior Link

Director, Human Resources

Maxine Campbell - DHL Supply Chain
Maxine Campbell - DHL Supply Chain

Area HR Director, Canada East

Meaghan Booth - Dejero
Meaghan Booth - Dejero

People and Culture Business Partner

Meghan Trann - DHL Supply Chain
Meghan Trann - DHL Supply Chain

Director of Human Resources, Western Canada

Melanie Scheepers - Geotab
Melanie Scheepers - Geotab

Associate Vice President, Human Resources

Michael Cohen - Achievers
Michael Cohen - Achievers

Chief Product Officer

Ming Lee - Peninsula Canada
Ming Lee - Peninsula Canada

VP of IT

Muna Al-Joulani - CIBC Mellon
Muna Al-Joulani - CIBC Mellon

VP, HR Relationship Management and Employee Experience

Nadia Cerisano - Moneris
Nadia Cerisano - Moneris

Director, Total Rewards

Natalia Williams - Corus Entertainment Inc.
Natalia Williams - Corus Entertainment Inc.

Internal Communications Lead

Natalie MacDonald - MacDonald & Associates
Natalie MacDonald - MacDonald & Associates

Owner and Founder

Nicki Sabapathy - Cisco Canada
Nicki Sabapathy - Cisco Canada

Global HR Director

Rhonda Aos - Lethbridge School Division
Rhonda Aos - Lethbridge School Division

Director, Human Resources

Ross Johnston - University of Waterloo
Ross Johnston - University of Waterloo

Executive Director, Co-operative Education

Rowena Reeves - Yusen Logistics (Canada) Inc.
Rowena Reeves - Yusen Logistics (Canada) Inc.

Director, Human Resources (Canada)

Sanita  Alias
Sanita Alias

Director of Human Resources

Sean Smith - Pethealth Inc
Sean Smith - Pethealth Inc

CEO

Sheila Austin - BlueCat
Sheila Austin - BlueCat

Director of Learning & Development

Sheila Thomson - Axonify
Sheila Thomson - Axonify

People & Culture Business Partner

Shelley Brown
Shelley Brown

Practice Lead

Susan McGann - ADP Canada
Susan McGann - ADP Canada

Senior Director, Enterprise Learning

Susannah Crabtree - Mercer Canada
Susannah Crabtree - Mercer Canada

Partner & Career Business Leader, Canada East

Sylvain Bergeron - Workhuman
Sylvain Bergeron - Workhuman

Country Manager, Canada

Tania Chaudry - City of Penticton
Tania Chaudry - City of Penticton

Human Resources Supervisor

Tierra Madani - Vancouver Island Brewing
Tierra Madani - Vancouver Island Brewing

HR Manager

Tony Mariani - FDM Group Canada Inc.
Tony Mariani - FDM Group Canada Inc.

Head of Recruitment, Canada

Tracey  Quesnell - Altek Supply
Tracey Quesnell - Altek Supply

Human Resources and Health and Safety Manager

Vivek Ravichandran - Tata Consultancy Services Canada Inc.
Vivek Ravichandran - Tata Consultancy Services Canada Inc.

Head – Talent Development, TCS North America

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Sessions

12:10 pm EST - The view from the top

12:10 pm EST - The view from the top

Moderated by O.C. Tanner

12:10 pm EST Get the playbook from Canada’s top HR teams

12:10 pm EST Get the playbook from Canada’s top HR teams

Moderated by Gallagher

12:45 pm EST - Strategies to engage and retain the new generation of candidates

12:45 pm EST - Strategies to engage and retain the new generation of candidates

Moderated by the University of Waterloo

12:45 pm EST - Leveraging HR technology to focus on people and culture

12:45 pm EST - Leveraging HR technology to focus on people and culture

Moderated by Achievers

1:20 pm EST - Driving a continuous learning culture to support your organization’s business goals 

1:20 pm EST - Driving a continuous learning culture to support your organization’s business goals 

Moderated by Seneca

1:20 pm EST - Taking a personalised approach to employee rewards 

1:20 pm EST - Taking a personalised approach to employee rewards 

Moderated by Workhuman

1:55 pm EST - Leadership in the new future of work

1:55 pm EST - Leadership in the new future of work

Moderated by ADP Canada

1:55 pm EST - How to create a holistic workplace wellness program

1:55 pm EST - How to create a holistic workplace wellness program

Moderated by Venngo

2:40 pm EST - Building a positive workplace culture

2:40 pm EST - Building a positive workplace culture

Moderated by Ultimate Software

2:40 pm EST - Award winning career advice from the Canadian HR Award’s Women of Distinction

2:40 pm EST - Award winning career advice from the Canadian HR Award’s Women of Distinction

Moderated by HRPA

3:15 pm EST - Essential skills for today’s HR Leaders

3:15 pm EST - Essential skills for today’s HR Leaders

Moderated by The Leadership Agency

3:50 pm EST - CEO’s perspectives on people strategy

3:50 pm EST - CEO’s perspectives on people strategy

Moderated by KPMG

3:50 pm EST - Understanding the importance of CSR in the workplace

3:50 pm EST - Understanding the importance of CSR in the workplace

Moderated by Payworks

4:25 pm EST - Creating an award-winning HR communication strategy

4:25 pm EST - Creating an award-winning HR communication strategy

Moderated by Dentsu Aegis Network

4:25 pm EST - The business case for diversity and inclusion

4:25 pm EST - The business case for diversity and inclusion

Moderated by Mercer

5:30 pm EST - Virtual Drinks Reception

5:30 pm EST - Virtual Drinks Reception

Join your industry peers for a facilitated virtual drinks reception.