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Vice President, Workforce Planning
Alissa Barton is currently Director, Human Capital Planning at provincial government agency, Infrastructure Ontario. Everyday Alissa gets to engage her passion to change the workplace for the better. Her role includes managing a team responsible for analytics, HR tools and systems, health and safety and other innovative change practices and programs. Alissa has a degree in Economics from Queen’s University, as well as a certificate in Human Resources Management from Ryerson University. She is an alumni of the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference and CivicAction’s Diversity Fellows Program.
Academic Program Coordinator, Human and Social Services
Barbara Benoliel lives in Toronto Canada. She received her Ph.D. in Human Services from Walden University in 2006. She holds a M.Sc. in Organizational Behaviour from University of Tel Aviv, and a B.A. (honors) in Psychology from the University of Toronto. She is a Licensed Private Investigator, for workplace investigations, a Professional Mediator and Mitigation Specialist. She is an award-winning faculty member and Ombuds at Walden University. She is the President of Preferred Solutions; a Conflict Management Consulting and Mediation Services organization that provides solutions to conflicts in businesses, governments and institutions. She was the 2015 McGowan award winner for contribution to alternative resolution services in Ontario. Barbara is engaged in continuing research in the areas of:
Barbara is a member of several professional organizations; Past President of the ADR Institute of Ontario, mwmvweNational Organization of Human Services (NOHS), and She is a regular contributor to HR and ADR Journals and presents at professional conferences.
Student Affairs Manager, AOLCC Vancouver
Peter Elmar Bordo is the Principal of Careers360 and at the same time serves as the Student Affairs Manager of AOLCC-Vancouver.
He has over a decade of strong experience in recruitment and selection, training and development, and employee relations. He has gained his human resources management experience in business process outsourcing (BPO) and education sectors. He is passionate in helping start-up, small organizations grow by making sure that their teams adhere with the allotted budget and be creative and wise in using it as well as by fostering a culture of learning, growth, and professionalism.
Moreover, he obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in English in 2007 and has recently received his Master of Arts in Education degree.
Associate Professor, HRM and Business Consulting (Dept of Management)
University of Guelph
Nita Chhinzer is currently an Associate Professor of Human Resources at the Department of Management, University of Guelph
Dr. Nita Chhinzer is Associate Professor of Human Resources and Business Consulting at the Department of Management, University of Guelph. Her research is concentrated on Strategic Human Resources Management, with a strong focus on downsizing practices, procedures, employment law and ethics. She is the co-author of Canada’s best-selling post-secondary Human Resource Management textbook.
Dr. Chhinzer serves on the Advisory Board for Canadian HR Reporter and the Governance Professionals of Canada (GPC). She is a member of the Board of Directors at both the Toronto Centre for Learning and Development and Hospice Toronto. Dr. Chhinzer was the recipient of the 2019 Outstanding Paper Emerald Literati Award (Education +Training) and the University of Guelph Fellowship in Leadership, HRM and Work (2012-2017). In 2016, she was recognized as one of the top 25 HR Professionals in Canada.
Future of Work Expert; Founder
Cheryl Cran is the founder of NextMapping a future of work consultancy helping businesses build strategy and solutions for leaders and teams to be future ready now. She is the author of 10 books, including her newest, Super.Crucial.Human and her bestseller, “NextMapping – Anticipate, Navigate and Create The Future of Work” and has been named in top ten future of work experts. Find out more at nextmapping.com
President & CEO
Cultural & Generational Training
Bill provides training & coaching on Cultural; Generational; and Personality Styles and related unconscious biases so that you can be as successful as possible engaging with people different than you.
Senior Director, Consulting and Partnerships
Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion
Cathy is the principal of CGL Consulting, a management consultancy that helps organizations improve performance through a strategic focus on diversity, equity and inclusion. Cathy also serves as a Professor at the Centennial College Certificate in Leadership and Inclusion, and a faculty member at the University of Toronto’s Corporate Social Responsibility & Sustainability Graduate Diploma. She is also the co-editor of the newsletter for the Centre for Global Inclusion, and one of 8 Canadians on the global group of Expert Panelists who create the Global Diversity and Inclusion Benchmarks.
With over 15 years focused on diversity, equity and inclusion and corporate social responsibility, Cathy has extensive experience in executive development, strategic planning, and organizational change within corporate, government, and non-profit organizations.
Cathy worked with the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion (“CCDI“) for over 7 years, where she led the consulting, research and cultural competence portfolios. She has delivered over 450 speaking/learning engagements, over 300 executive coaching sessions, and has lectured at multiple colleges, universities, and conferences across Canada.
As the leader of CCDI’s research and knowledge services portfolio for four years, Cathy authored five of CCDI’s toolkits, and she authored or co-authored 25 major research and benchmarking reports including the only national benchmarking study on supplier diversity in Canada. Her work has also appeared in multipole trade publications across Canada and internationally.
Tim Morton (he/him/his) is Managing Partner and founder of Prompta, proudly Canada’s first certified diverse consulting firm the 2018 Canadian LGBT+ Business Enterprise of the Year by the Canadian LGBT+ Chamber of Commerce (CGLCC).
Tim’s a global leader in successfully leading business and cultural transformations. This transformational leadership experience includes mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, cultural and business transformations, enterprise restructuring, digital transformations, and IT, CRM & ERP implementations and diversity, equity, and inclusion culture change. Tim has helped over 25 organizations across 12 industries to successfully implement transformational change and has enabled M&A’s valued at $32 billion in aggregate.
Under Tim’s leadership, these transformational efforts have allowed Prompta clients to achieve their program goals, deliver business benefits and realize an earlier return on investment. Tim’s transformational expertise encompasses global, regional, and national initiatives.
Senior Policy Manager, Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development
Ontario Public Service
Talene is a leader of effective and creative people strategies that align to business, local economic and social priorities. She believes in investing in modern capacities that help build inclusive and people-centered workplaces.
From 2007 to 2018, Talene served in various corporate leadership roles for Ontario’s second largest employer – the Ontario Public Service – including, leading talent strategy and leadership development functions, Overseeing Province-wide strategies to attract, develop and retain hundreds of talented post-secondary graduates and mid-career internationally-trained professionals annually, and leadership of Corporate Social Responsibility programming. This mix of Strategic and Operational business management, Human Resources leadership, and Public Policy experience uniquely position her to drive value and measurable impact at the intersection of strategy, talent, culture and brand.
Today, Talene leads public policy to ensure excellence and accountability across Employment Ontario programming in support of job seekers and employers across Ontario. She also serves as an Advisory Council member for the Ted Rogers School of Business Management.
Prior to joining the Ontario Public Service, Talene consulted at national and international levels for the National Judicial Institute, Centre for International Governance Innovation, and Universalia Management Group.
She holds a MA from McGill University and combined honours degree from Western University.
Director of Programs
Pride at Work Canada
Jade Pichette (they/them) is an inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility (IDEA!) professional based in Tkarón:to/Toronto. Currently, Jade serves as the Director of Programs at Pride at Work Canada, where they work with over 250 large employers across Canada around gender expression, gender identity, and sexual orientation inclusion. Previously, Jade served as the Volunteer and Community Outreach Coordinator at the ArQuives, the Education Programs Coordinator at Kind Space, and an independent inclusion consultant. They are an Ásatrú Gythia (priestess) and interfaith advocate who was the first trans-feminine person to present at the Parliament of World Religions in 2018. Jade was one of the authors of Transitioning Employers: A survey of policies and practices for trans inclusive workplaces and is the cohost of the Uncovering Belonging Podcast. Jade has been named one of Future of Good’s 2022 Young Impact Leaders, Toronto Metropolitan University’s 2021 Pride Champions, and is a judge for the Canadian HR Awards. In their spare time they can be found geeking out over queer, trans, and Norse histories, firekeeping, and spending time with their chosen family.
Director, Communication and Member Services
Civil Service Superannuation Board
Erin Polcyn Sailer is responsible for Communication and Member Services with the Civil Service Superannuation Board. Her passion is engaging people, systems and technology to meet member needs and explore better ways of working.
Previously she led the total compensation program for the Manitoba government as the Director of Public Sector Compensation. With the Manitoba government she has led human resource operational, specialist and policy areas, and as a Senior Advisor to the Clerk of the Executive Council was responsible for guiding whole of government initiatives focused on public service excellence and innovation. Erin’s experience also includes human resource roles with Viterra, Wolseley Canada Inc., and Manitoba Hydro.
Erin has a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree from the University of Manitoba, and holds the CPHR, the Compensation Management Specialist and the Group Benefits Associate designations. Erin currently serves on the CPHR Canada Board.
Director, Human Resources
Workers’ Compensation Board of Nova Scotia
Sharon Robinson is the Director of Human Resources with the Workers’ Compensation Board of Nova Scotia. In this role, she provides strategic and operational leadership for talent management, total rewards, labour relations, learning & development, employee engagement and health, safety and wellness. Everyday Sharon is inspired and motivated to contribute to the safety and well-being of Nova Scotians.
She is a graduate of Dalhousie University and holds an Advanced Diploma in Human Resources Management and a certificate in Strategic Human Resources Management. Sharon is a long-time volunteer with CPHR-NS, currently as the Chair of the Board of Directors, the professional and credentialing association for Human Resources Professionals in Nova Scotia.
VP, People Strategy & Insights
Jeff Smith, PhD, believes that experimentation, resilience, and compassion are the keys to solving problems and thriving at work and in life. As VP of Strategic Initiatives at 15Five, he leverages his doctorate in Cognitive Psychology and previous leadership roles in learning and development, strengths-based assessments, product management, and design to build innovative offerings and improve business outcomes for 15Five’s customers. Jeff co-invented the Aspirational Workplace Transformation Process, and is co-inventor on 15 issued patents regarding the future of user experience, productivity, and customer experience.
NoW of Work
Eric Termuende is an insight-packed, outside-of-the-box storyteller than is helping organizations across the world shape the future of their workforce. As Co-founder of NoW of Work, Eric has worked first-hand with industry-leading organizations helping develop resiliency and a more intentional future of work, as well as writing a best-selling book on the topic. From the TEDx stage to bookshelves across the country, Eric is a trusted resource as leaders navigate uncertainty and create a better tomorrow at work. Featured in Forbes, the Globe and Mail, Thompson Reuters, the Financial Post, and many others, Eric was awarded a Top 100 Emerging Innovator Globally by AMEX and served as a World Economic Forum Global Shaper and G20 Entrepreneurship Delegate for Canada.
Founder & CEO
Maslow Centre for Executive Leadership
Timothy is passionate about the intersection of organizational culture and coaching. With vast experience in marketing, sales and HR at large organizations such as Procter & Gamble, Intel and Index Group, he has coached C-level leaders and taught at Bogazici University Lifelong Learning Center, Global Knowledge Canada, and Simon Fraser University. He holds five coaching certificates, is trained in multiple coaching styles and is a PhD. candidate on building a culture of coaching for 21st century organizations. Timothy has four nationally published books in Turkish, including one on coaching, and he has worked with clients such as MEC, Telus, Aviso Wealth, Doctors of BC, and Suncor.
National Payroll Institute
Peter Tzanetakis has served as the President of The Canadian Payroll Association since July 2018. In this role, Peter engages Association members, students, instructors, government stakeholders, key business partners and the academic community to advance the strategic objectives of the organization — ensuring its continued growth and success.
Previously, Peter held the position of Vice-President of Government and Corporate Relations at The Financial Advisors Association of Canada (Advocis) and has nearly 30 years of experience in government relations, public policy and business development in both the private and not-forprofit sectors.
Peter received his Bachelor of Arts, Honours Economics, from the University of Western Ontario in 1989, and earned his Master of Arts in Economics from Queen’s University in 1991.
Professor, AI Ethicist, George Brown College
Chief Research and Development Officer, Point North
Robin Yap has deep expertise in performance and talent management and the intersection of social data analytics, AI/Robot ethics, organizational culture and applied technology in business and entrepreneurial practices. He is the Canadian Head of Delegation for the International Standards Organisation (ISO) 29993 Learning Services in Switzerland. He has an interdisciplinary academic background (double BAs, MSc Ed Technology in Education, Juris Doctor, Doctorate in Management, and post-doctorate in Data Science) coupled with a global corporate experience working with Fortune 500 companies spanning three decades. His academic background, social data research, three authored textbooks in Human Resources and Business, two compendiums in Training and Performance Management, and over three dozen articles in professional and peer-reviewed journals gained him featured guest spots in various media channels including CNN-Asia and CBC-Metro Morning. Robin’s extensive portfolio make him a Human Resources expert referenced in media like Canadian Press and Globe and Mail as well as speakerships at over four dozen conferences in Europe, Asia and North America throughout his career. Robin’s current research focus is on the intersection of newcomer/immigrant country of origin work ethics, AI/Robot Ethics, stellar leadership practices, optimal learning landscapes, transformative performance, strong collaboration networks, and sustained employee engagement.
Please visit RobinYap.ca for more information.
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