Vancouver, BC CHRO Executive Summit

June 13, 2024 | JW Marriott Parq Vancouver

June 13, 2024
JW Marriott Parq Vancouver

Collaborate with your peers

Get together with Vancouver, BC's top CHROs to tackle shared business challenges and critical priorities facing your role today. Participate in this one-day, local program with peer-driven topics and interactive discussions with your true C-level peers.

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

Reducing Organization Design Friction to Improve Organizational Effectiveness

Transforming Workforce Planning From Tactical to Strategic

Developing Next-generation Leaders by Evolving Role Expectations Instead of New Skills

Vancouver, BC CHRO Governing Body

The Governing Body Co-Chairs shape the summit agenda, ensuring that all content is driven by CHROs, for CHROs.

Governing Body Co-Chairs

Jenine Ellefson

Vice President, Human Resources - North America

Jacquie Pylypiuk

Capital Power
SVP, Technology & Chief People and Culture Officer

Carolynn Ryan

BC Hydro
Senior VP People & CHRO

Chris Taylor

Best Buy Canada

Kim Toews

Royal Bank of Canada
Vice President, Human Resources

What to Expect

Interactive Sessions

Hear from CHRO practitioners and thought leaders on how they're solving critical challenges impacting your role today in Keynote sessions, and join smaller, interactive discussions with your peers in Breakout and Boardroom sessions.

Community Networking

Make new connections and catch up with old friends in casual conversations during dedicated time for networking designed to better acquaint you with your Vancouver, BC CHRO community.

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Connect with like-minded peers in a private, one-on-one setting through Evanta's Peer-to-Peer Meetings. You will be matched with peers in your community based on your shared interests and priorities.


June 12, 2024

June 13, 2024

6:00pm - 8:30pm  Networking

Governing Body Welcome Reception

Governing Body members host this dinner for attendees to launch the event with an evening of peer networking.

7:45am - 8:30am  Registration & Breakfast

8:30am - 9:15am  Keynote

The Performance Paradox — Mental Health and High Productivity

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Kara Hardin

Registered Psychotherapist & LEO of The Practice Lab

Guest Speaker

Today's relentless pursuit of success can lead to profound dissatisfaction and dramatically affect mental health. Accomplishments lack satisfaction, work is ceaseless, sleep and self-care are sacrificed. Recognizing this, HR can play a pivotal role in breaking this cycle and nurturing a healthier and more fulfilled workforce.

Join this keynote from a mental health educator and former lawyer to learn:

  • How time, efficiency and productivity challenges individual and community health
  • Why mental health of individuals and teams drives performance (and not vice versa)
  • What steps HR-leaders can take, for themselves and others, to shift away from the paradox and towards a more healthy relationship with work

9:15am - 9:40am  Networking Break

9:40am - 10:25am  Breakout Session

Reimagining a New People-Centric Future

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Ed Galasso

Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Canada

O.C. Tanner

Organizations face increased expectations to place their people at the center of business—and the next step is making that practical for all involved. Hear the latest research on how organizations everywhere can cultivate nimble resiliency amid change and enhance their people experience to create a future that allows employees to stay, feel fulfilled, and do their best work.

Join this session to learn:

  • Leading with practical empathy
  • Supporting the critical 80%
  • Achieving equitable flexibility

9:40am - 10:25am  Executive Boardroom

Fighting for Talent Amid High Turnover

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Jim Blount

Deputy Director Of Human Resources

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

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Laura Wait

Chief People Officer

Sunrise Farms

In the thick of unprecedented demand for talent, businesses are struggling with a high turnover environment. A Gartner survey found over 50% of prospects would choose a job with the right work-life balance, career path and flexibility over one paying 10% more.

In this session, you’ll discuss tools for talent retention, including:

  • Boosting company culture to attract the right talent
  • Updating and delivering your EVP
  • Keeping employees engaged with internal career paths

9:40am - 10:25am  Executive Boardroom

Futureproofing Skillsets with Strategic Planning

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Kate Dickerson

Vice President, People Services

Vancouver Community College

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Kate Parker

VP, Operations

Technical Safety BC

A Gartner study found 33% of the skills needed in an average job posting from 2019 are no longer necessary in 2024. As job responsibilities continue to evolve, CHROs must anticipate the versatility of future skillsets. Shifting from a tactical short-term approach to a strategic long-term plan can set the workforce up for success.

Join this session to discuss:

  • Planning for challenges that result in talent gaps
  • Anticipating evolving job responsibilities
  • Implementing a formal development program aimed at future skills

10:25am - 11:05am  Networking Break

10:30am - 10:55am  Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Connect with like-minded peers in a one-on-one setting through Evanta’s Peer-to-Peer Meetings. You will be matched with peers in your community based on your shared interests and priorities.

11:05am - 11:50am  Breakout Session

Generative AI's Role in HR — A Year in Review

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Trevor Keavney

Director, HR Advisory


Just over a year ago, generative AI (GenAI) took HR by storm. Seventy-six percent of HR leaders had agreed that they would be lagging in organizational success if they did not adopt and implement GenAI in the next 12 to 24 months. Now, as the initial hype subsides, CHROs must evaluate the true implications of this technology.

Join Trevor Keavney, Director, HR Advisory at Gartner, as he examines:

  • Changing attitudes towards GenAI in HR
  • Realities of GenAI use cases
  • Key considerations for advancing initiatives efficiently

11:05am - 11:50am  Executive Boardroom

Rediscovering Connection in a Hybrid World

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Chris Taylor


Best Buy Canada

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Whitney Buhlin

Director, Human Resources

Capstone Copper Corp.

Nearly half of HR leaders say employees’ connection to culture is compromised by hybrid work. A successful culture doesn’t arise without effort. Leaders must work to align and connect employees to the organization by giving their teams the tools to create sustainable microcultures.

In this session, you’ll learn how to:

  • Empower employees to see their value in the workplace 
  • Identify unique advantages of in-person experiences 
  • Create a microculture across distributed work environments

11:05am - 11:50am  Executive Boardroom

Modifying Org Design for an Efficient Future

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Jason Downing

Head of People and Partnerships

MOWI Canada West

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Jacquie Pylypiuk

SVP, Technology & Chief People and Culture Officer

Capital Power

The complexities of the modern workforce are reshaping the landscape of business operations and redefining employee responsibilities. In the midst of this ongoing transformation, CHROs must be agile in prioritizing current business needs while championing the development of essential skills.

In this session, CHROs will discuss:

  • Reorganizing the business to ensure efficient workflows and resource allocation
  • Utilizing emerging technologies for employee development
  • Structuring organizational design for hybrid work

11:50am - 12:35pm  Lunch Service

12:35pm - 1:10pm  Keynote

Succession Planning and Leadership Development

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Heidi Ferriman

Senior Vice President, People & Corporate Affairs

Save-On-Foods / Pattison Food Group

A Gartner survey found organizations fill leadership positions with preidentified successors less than half the time. CHROs have a huge responsibility to ensure their organization properly architects both the succession planning and leader development strategy. Who are the future leaders and are they being set up for success?

Join this keynote session to gain insights on:

  • Identifying and developing your future leaders
  • Designing and advancing your succession planning strategy
  • Creating a long-term sustainable process that everyone can buy into

1:10pm - 1:35pm  Break

1:35pm - 2:20pm  Breakout Session

Solving Workforce Disparities and Building a More Accessible Ladder

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Stacey Norman

Senior Vice President Human Resources


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Michaela Doelman


State of Washington

HR leaders have the responsibility of turning data into actionable insights to close the gap in pay, opportunity and workforce accessibility for women and minorities. By taking ownership of the analytics, CHROs can make a meaningful impact on organizational policy and the corporate ladder.

Join two HR leaders as they discuss how they are:

  • Investing in data management and analytics capabilities to find inequities
  • Using data to tell the disparity story and influence stakeholders
  • Designing a roadmap to achieve desired outcomes

1:35pm - 2:20pm  Executive Boardroom

Evolving Succession Planning for 2024

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Jennifer Morin

Vice President, Human Resources


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Adele Warner

Director Human Resources, Canada

Service Corporation International

Amid relentless internal and external disruptions, succession plans become even more essential but more vulnerable to becoming outdated. How can CHROs monitor and strengthen their bench, ensuring the right leaders will be ready at the right time?

Join this session to discuss:

  • Rebuilding and diversifying depleted leadership pipelines
  • Creating adaptable succession plans in a changing environment
  • Aligning successors to future organizational needs

1:35pm - 2:20pm  Executive Boardroom

Where Do I Fit In? Creating Belonging at Work

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Theresa Burkheimer


Department of Commerce

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Zaida Fazlic

VP , People, Culture and Change Management

Taiga Building Products

Research shows employees who feel a sense of belonging at work have higher engagement. In fact, it is a driver for job satisfaction, mental health, productivity and it lowers burnout. So why do employees feel like they don't belong?

In this boardroom, HR leaders will discuss:

  • Identifying a framework to create a sense of belonging
  • Establishing metrics to track engagement and retention
  • Creating a culture that positively impacts employees

2:20pm - 3:00pm  Networking Break

2:25pm - 2:50pm  Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Connect with like-minded peers in a one-on-one setting through Evanta’s Peer-to-Peer Meetings. You will be matched with peers in your community based on your shared interests and priorities.

3:00pm - 3:45pm  Breakout Session

Pay Transparency — It’s here. Are you ready?

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Carolynn Ryan

Senior VP People & CHRO

BC Hydro

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Dave Graves

Manager, Compensation

BC Hydro

B.C. has one of the highest gender pay gaps in Canada. In 2022, B.C. women earned 17% less than men. Do you know how your company stacks up? The introduction of pay transparency legislation and the requirement for companies to release annual pay transparency reports is about to open the conversation on equity – whether you’re ready for it or not. Join this session to learn how to:

  • Build trust among employees that your company is committed to gender equity
  • Apply lessons learned from a company that reported in 2023
  • Join the conversation and prepare for your first report

3:00pm - 3:45pm  Executive Boardroom

Building and Bolstering Better Managers

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Satri Alpine

Vice President, Talent & Culture


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Amy Gill-Sidhu

Executive Director, Leadership & Talent

Fraser Health Authority

Managers are feeling the pressure as they balance business priorities with new employee expectations surrounding culture and flexibility. To top it off, managerial approaches that were successful in pre-pandemic times will no longer suffice. To ensure organizational success, CHROs must provide a clear roadmap for leaders from the frontline to the C-suite.

Join this session to discuss:

  • Increasing managerial competence and change management skills
  • Identifying and relieving pressure points within the organization
  • Clarifying managerial priorities to enable executives to focus on broader strategy

3:00pm - 3:45pm  Executive Boardroom

Communicating and Fostering DEI Culture

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Laura Appleton

Senior Director, Equity, Diversity Inclusion & Talent Management


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Ayesha Howitt

Director of DEIR


Diversity, equity and inclusion is a top priority for organizations and their HR leaders, but successful execution requires buy-in from across the business. How can HR leaders partner with executive leadership, people leaders and individual contributors to foster a DEI culture?

Join this session as your peers discuss ways to:

  • Create a sustainable and equitable culture of inclusion
  • Communicate and build enthusiasm about DE&I initiatives
  • Foster and grow diversity in leadership

3:45pm - 4:10pm  Break

4:10pm - 4:45pm  Keynote

Leading People Through Enterprise Change

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Jenine Ellefson

Vice President, Human Resources - North America


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Kim Toews

Vice President, Human Resources

Royal Bank of Canada

HR leaders play a pivotal role in guiding organizations through change. For Jenine Ellefson, acquisitions led to 50% growth, then months later a move to downsize through divestment. Kim Toews, former HSBC CHRO, guided her workforce through several large-scale changes, including the largest bank buyout in Canadian history.

During this keynote they will share best practices and lessons learned on:

  • Merging talent, technology and culture
  • Retaining and motivating employees throughout the change cycle
  • Considering the pros and cons of full communication transparency, while balancing multiple stakeholders

4:45pm - 5:00pm  Closing Comments and Prize Drawing

June 12, 2024

June 13, 2024

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the DOUGLAS, Autograph Collection

A block of rooms has been reserved at the the DOUGLAS, Autograph Collection at a reduced conference rate. Reservations should be made online or by calling 604-676-0889. Please mention EVANTA CHRO to ensure the appropriate room rate.

Deadline to book using the discounted room rate of $559 CAD (plus tax) is May 14, 2024.

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