Vancouver, BC CHRO Virtual Executive Summit

June 9, 2021 | 8:00am - 3:30pm PDT

June 9, 2021 | 8:00am - 3:30pm PDT

Collaborate with your peers

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

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

Translating DEI strategy into tangible results

Equipping leaders to thrive in the new world of work

Shaping the future of the organization through change management

Governing Body Co-Chairs

Jenine Ellefson

Vice President, Human Resources - North America

Marlene Higgins


Chad Hiley


Leslie Mitton

Chief Human Resources Officer

Jacquie Pylypiuk

Capital Power
SVP, People, Culture and Technology

Carolynn Ryan

BC Hydro
VP People & Chief Human Resources Officer

Chris Taylor

Best Buy Canada

Kim Toews

HSBC Canada
EVP & Head of Human Resources

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 solving critical challenges impacting your role today in Keynote sessions, and join intimate, interactive discussions with peers in Boardroom sessions.

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 and get ready to meet new friends in this casual session designed to foster peer connections and collaboration in the Vancouver, BC community.

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Connect with like-minded peers in a private, one-on-one setting through Evanta's Peer-to-Peer Meetings. Be sure to opt in when you register and get matched based on your key priorities.


8:00am - 8:45am  PDT Virtual Summit Keynote

The Future of Employee Experience and Well-Being

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Dave Jones

SVP Group Benefits

Sun Life

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Kim Toews

EVP & Head of Human Resources

HSBC Canada

After a critical year for health and wellness, CHROs are looking ahead as life returns to a new normal. The implications of the pandemic will become more clear as trends around mental health, long term COVID symptoms and other lasting effects emerge. As HR leaders look to support employees, they should take a holistic well-being perspective to improve the employee experience at every level.

Join this fireside chat to learn about:

  • The link between well-being and employee engagement
  • Emerging health and wellness trends and key considerations for CHROs
  • Strategies to integrate well-being programs into the employee experience

9:30am - 10:30am  PDT Virtual Summit Boardroom

Building Belonging — Reimagining Inclusion

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Alexander Lovell, PhD

Director, Research and Assessment

O.C. Tanner

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Kelly-Ann Cordner

VP, Human Resources & CHRO

SMS Equipment

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Jeff Starnaman

Vice President, Human Resources

London Drugs

Despite a renewed focus on DE&I, HR leaders and employees alike report efforts still coming up short. To foster true belonging, inclusion practices should be integrated into the small, everyday moments that make up the employee experience.

Join this session as HR leaders discuss:

  • Why reducing exclusion may not necessarily lead to higher levels of inclusion
  • Ways to develop modern leaders who foster connection and belonging
  • How organizations can use their recognition program to support inclusion, build connection and mitigate exclusion

9:30am - 10:30am  PDT Virtual Summit Boardroom

Adapting to the New Reality of Leadership

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Deborah Best

SVP, Head of Human Resources

Raymond James

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Karla Kochan

Chief People Officer


Leadership is a skill that needs to be honed, whether leading the C-suite or in an entry-level role. With more than 90% of HR leaders looking to implement a hybrid work model, what’s the best way to adapt to the new work environment in a sustainable way?

Join this session as HR leaders discuss:

  • Fostering leadership development and team connection
  • Challenges in leadership with a hybrid workforce
  • Strategies to ensure culture and connection are in place across all teams

11:15am - 11:30am  PDT Break

8:45am - 9:15am  PDT Networking

The Passion Project Exchange

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Paul Taylor

VP, People & Culture


As we come upon the mid-point 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  PDT Break

9:30am - 10:30am  PDT Virtual Summit Boardroom

Aligning the Workforce for 2021 and Beyond

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Ana Lopez

VP, Human Resources & People Development

British Columbia Institute of Technology

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Shawn Needham

VP, Human Resources

Georgia Main Food Group

In today’s ever-evolving business environment, HR leaders must think about workforce strategy in an entirely new context. As the rate of change increases, executing effective workforce planning will require CHROs to reassess workforce needs, locations, mix and overall employee experience.  

Join this session as HR leaders discuss:

  • Diversifying employment models with contingent, gig and remote workers
  • Planning workforce needs based on key skills rather than traditional roles
  • Implementing a plan that addresses future business and talent needs

10:30am - 11:15am  PDT Keynote

Talent Trends in the New World of Work

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Ania Cox

Senior Vice President, People & Culture

Coast Capital Savings Credit Union

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Steve Knox

VP, Talent Acquisition


Skill needs are advancing faster than ever, talent pools now extend beyond geographical locations, and employee expectations continue to rise. As the labor market returns to pre-pandemic levels, how can HR leaders attract and retain top talent in an increasingly competitive marketplace?

In this session, you will explore ways to:

  • Develop a more resilient workforce, talent strategy, and employee/employer relationship
  • Reimagine the employee experience in the context of hybrid work models
  • Address skill gaps through accelerated internal talent mobility

11:30am - 12:30pm  PDT Virtual Summit Town Hall

Shifting Strategies for a Modern Employee Experience

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Brent Bolling

Chief Talent Officer


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Carolynn Ryan

VP People & Chief Human Resources Officer

BC Hydro

Employee experience and connectivity have never been more essential as companies work to bridge the gap in hybrid work environments. Leadership plays a vital role in maintaining a sense of belonging and culture, whether employees are returning to the office or continuing to work remotely.

Join this session as HR leaders discuss:

  • How to create a connected and  motivational atmosphere for employees in hybrid and remote environments

  • Challenges in promoting and building culture with both new and established employees
  • Strategies to strengthen employee engagement in the new normal

11:30am - 12:30pm  PDT Virtual Summit Boardroom

Unlocking Resiliency — Managing Change and Organization Design

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Satri Alpine

Vice President, Talent & Culture


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Leslie Mitton

Chief Human Resources Officer


As organizations adapt to remain competitive amidst rapid change, CHROs play a pivotal role in organization redesign and change management. As the rate of change accelerates into 2021, business transformation objectives must maintain a people-focused approach to mitigate change fatigue and maximize organizational effectiveness.

Join this session as HR leaders discuss:

  • Methods to engage all levels of the organization in driving change
  • The role HR should play in organization redesign
  • How organizational design strategy should evolve for the new ways of working

1:15pm - 1:45pm  PDT Networking

Meet the Speakers

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Deborah Best

SVP, Head of Human Resources

Raymond James

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 Vancouver, BC community.

12:30pm - 1:15pm  PDT Virtual Summit Keynote

Meeting the Moment — Evolving Your Employee Value Proposition

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Chad Hiley



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Kerrie Shakespeare

Chief Purpose Officer

O2E Brands

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Diana Trasolini

Vice President, People and Culture

Paladin Security

The blurring of work-life lines, a renewed focus on social justice issues, and shifting workforce demographics have led employee expectations to become higher than ever. To attract talent and increase engagement, the employee value proposition should expand to include social responsibility, holistic well-being support and a strong sense of purpose.

Join this keynote as CHROs discuss:

  • Tying social responsibility and public messaging to the employee value proposition
  • Implementing deeper connections to support employee well-being beyond the workplace
  • Fostering organization-wide purpose and connection to build belonging and inclusion

1:45pm - 2:00pm  PDT Break

2:00pm - 3:30pm  PDT Virtual Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Meet virtually for in-depth conversations with your colleagues

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