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March 5-6, 2024 | THE WESTIN HARBOUR CASTLE, TORONTO, CANADA

 

L&D LEADERS Canada

L&D Leaders Canada is the leading meeting place for senior executives from across the entire Learning and Development landscape with flagship conferences in Europe, APAC, USA and Canada.

Since inception, we have cut through the hype and challenged the pioneers to educate, up-skill and drive long-term thinking on the strategic strategies, technologies and importance of the workplace of tomorrow.

 

Created for senior executives within:

✓ Learning & Development
✓ CLO's
✓ Leadership Development

✓ Training
✓ Learning Analytics
✓ Sales Enablement Training

L&D LEADERS & FOW SERIES

2024 CONFIRMED SPEAKERS:

Linda Bowler

Linda Bowler, Director of Learning and Development

Sun Life
Hassan Farooqi

Hassan Farooqi, Director, Learning & Development, North America

OSL Retail Services
Mary Prioriello updated (3)

Mary Prioriello, Director of Leadership and Learning

Deciem
alexandra hyland update

Alexandra Hyland, Head of Capabilities and Culture (Global)

Kraft heinz
Donna Gray

Donna Gray, Global Head, Talent and Organizational Effectiveness

ABC Technologies
Kim Ferreira C.T.D.P

Kim Ferreira, VP Talent Management

PointClickCare
Sue Easby

Sue Easby, Senior Vice President, People and Organizational Effectiveness

Klick Health
Copy of Arpita Mishra

Arpita Mishra, Digital Learning Manager

AstraZeneca
Dr. Shannon Minifie

Dr. Shannon Minifie, CEO

Box of Crayons
Mark Luceri

Mark Luceri, Head of Talent and Organizational Development

TMX Group
Elizabeth McCurdy (1)

Elizabeth McCurdy, VP, Organizational Development & Learning

Metrolinx
Emma Horgan

Emma Horgan, Chief People Officer

Questrade
MODRY KPMG

Mordy Sabeti, Director, Digital Learning

KPMG Canada
Green Border Template-17

Nina Penner, Founder

Blue Helium
Sotos Poulimeno

Sotos Poulimenos, Director, Global Talent Development Best Practices

Sun Life Corporate
Vandana Raghuram

Vandana Raghuram, Director Training & Development

Atlantic Packaging Products ltd.
Helen Naoumov

Helen Naoumov, Director, Learning and Development

Infrastructure Ontario
Jennifer Hughes

Jennifer Hughes, Head of Learning & Development

Gowling WLG
Gaby Fisch canva

Gaby Fisch, Principal

Move Forward
Jessica Steed Brown

Jessica Steed Brown, Director, Organizational Development & Learning

Array Marketing
Kirsten Redmond

Kirsten Redmond, Director, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion & Organizational Development

Fleming College
Anick Powell

Anick Powell, AVP Organizational Effectiveness

NAV CANADA
Alpesh Mistry

Alpesh Mistry, Director of Learning and Development, Internal Audit

RBC
Nelly Morgado (1)

Nelly Morgado, Director Organizational Effectiveness

Canadian Cancer Society
Ferhana Dostmohamed

Ferhana Dostmohamed, Senior Learning Strategy & Solutions Consultant

FD Learning Consulting
Jennifer LePage

Jennifer LePage, Director of Learning and Development

Stephenson's Rental Services
Phoutsady Gunnell (1)

Phoutsady Gunnell, Global Director, Learning & Development

Magna
Aastha Bhatia update

Aastha Bhatia, Director, Talent Development

CIBC Mellon
Kent Jonasen

Kent Jonasen, CEO

The Leadership Pipeline Institute
Stu Robb

Stu Robb, Head of Strategic Enterprise

CoachHub
Laurel McKenzie

Laurel McKenzie, Senior Behavioural Scientist and Team Lead

CoachHub
Kieran Murphy

Kieran Murphy, Talent Coaching Director

RSM Canada
Malika Asthana

Malika Asthana, Senior Manager, Strategy and Public Affairs

D2L
Jamie Li

Jamie Li, Director, Learning & Development, Talent

CPP Investments
Dave Wilkin

Dave Wilkin, CEO and Co-founder

10KC
Jay Brommet,

Jay Brommet, Head of Modern Work & Surface, Americas

Microsoft
Kelly Leonard canva

Kelly Leonard, Vice President, Creative Strategy, Innovation and Business Development

Second City Works
Claudia Buckley

Claudia Buckley, Head of Content & Marketing

Goskills
Jennifer Hall

Jennifer Hall, Vice President, Human Resources

ACCES Employment

L&D LEADERS & FoW Event

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DAY ONE AGENDA

09:00am

Chairs Opening Remarks

Nina Penner, Founder, BluHelium Consulting

09:00am

09:15am

Panel Discussion: The future of learning and development in organisational success

  • Effective collaboration with leadership to support their understanding of the role of L&D in the organisation.
  • How can organisations unlock success through learning and development?
  • Aligning learning initiatives with strategic goals
  • How can organisations work cross functionally and not in silos?
  • How can L&D impact business growth?

Moderator: Nina Penner, Founder, BluHelium Consulting

Speakers: 

Linda Bowler, Director of Learning and Development, Sun Life 

Hassan Farooqi, Director, Learning & Development, North America, OSL Retail Services  

Mary Prioriello, Director of Leadership and Learning, Deciem 

Jay Brommet, Head of Modern Work & Surface, Americas, Microsoft 

09:15am

10:00am

Presentation: Hybrid Horizons: L&D leaders navigating the remote revolution

  • How can originations provide consistent learning opportunities wherever employees work? 
  • Maintaining engagement and connection with remote employees 
  • The role of technology in creating interactive learning experiences and collaborative learning environments 
  • Best practices to ensure effective learning and development in the new era of work.  

Presented by:

Alexandra Hyland, Head of Capabilities and Culture (Global), Kraft Heinz

10:00am

10:30am

Presentation: Catalyst: the possibilities of Generative AI for L&D

Mordy will lead an insightful presentation on 'Catalyst - The Possibilities of Generative AI for L&D, where he will delve into what bananas have to do with Generative AI, share a human-centred framework for evaluating Generative AI uses in L&D, explore the strengths and challenges of this emerging technology and examples of applications including enabling L&D and much more!

Presented by: Mordy Sabeti, Director, Digital Learning, KPMG Canada

10:30am

10:50am

L&D Leaders CONNECTS

10:50am

10:50am

Morning Break and Networking

10:50am

11:40am

Panel Discussion: Using technology to reinterpret traditional learning methods

  • What technology is disrupting the L&D space? Keeping up with emerging technology and how this can be integrated into your learning initiatives. 
  • How can technology change non-training methods of development like coaching? 
  • Using tech to increase human interaction between instructors, learners and coaches. 
  • What is hype and what is here to stay? How to know what tech to invest in. 

Moderator: 

Ferhana Dostmohamed, Senior Learning Strategy & Solutions Consultant, FD Learning Consulting

Speakers:

Arpita Mishra, Digital Learning Manager, AstraZeneca 

Jennifer LePage, Director of Learning and Development, Stephenson's Rental Services 

Kieran Murphy, Talent Coaching Director, RSM Canada 

11:40am

12:25pm

Presentation: Storytelling and Resilience for an Improvised Future

  • In an AI-enabled world, success for human beings will be dependent on mastering the most human of skills: telling great stories and building the resilience to navigate change, problems and uncertainty. Kelly Leonard has led Second City’s creative output for three decades and his work with some of the world’s most brilliant behavioral scientists provides an evidence-based roadmap to flourishing in the workplace and beyond. 

    Presented by: 

    Kelly Leonard, Vice President, Creative Strategy, Innovation and Business Development, Second City Works 

12:25pm

12:55pm

Lunch & Networking

12:55pm

1:50pm

Panel Discussion: Turning data into insight and insight into action

  • Evidence informed strategies for working smarter not harder.
  • Collecting relevant employee data and identifying key insights that can help training initiatives and improve employee performance.
  • Sharing insights with key stakeholders to ensure buy in from the top for recommendations.
  • Understanding how to move forward in your journey into learning analytics and unlocking the full potential of employees.

Moderator : Gaby Fisch, Principal, Move forward

Speakers: 

Alexandra Hyland, Head of Capabilities and Culture (Global), Kraft Heinz

Alpesh Mistry, Director of Learning and Development, Internal Audit, RBC 

Jamie Li, Director, Learning & Development, Talent, CPP Investments 

1:50pm

2.35pm

Presentation: Driving DEI success through L&D

  • How can L&D build inclusive mindsets and behaviours with employees? 
  • Creating a culture of learning and growth that supports and empowers individuals from all backgrounds. 
  • Embedding DEI principles throughout the learning journey 
  • Measuring the impact of DEI-focused L&D programs 

Presented by: 

Kirsten Redmond, Director, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion & Organizational Development, Fleming College 

2.35pm

3.05pm

Panel Discussion: Breaking down barriers: Democratising learning in your organisation

  • Identifying barriers to learning within your organisation
  • The importance of leadership buy-in to support learning initiatives.
  • Providing accessible and inclusive learning opportunities
  • Managing information overload. How can L&D guide employees to effectively navigate and filter vast amounts of information that is available to them.
  • Empowering employees to take ownership of their own learning journeys.

Moderator : Nina Penner, Founder, BluHelium Consulting 

Speakers: 

Donna Gray, Global Head, Talent and Organizational Effectiveness, ABC Technologies 

Kim Ferreira C.T.D.P, Vice President Talent Development, PointClickCare

Nelly Morgado, Director Organizational Effectiveness, Canadian Cancer Society 

Jennifer Hall, Vice President, Human Resources, ACCES Employment

3.05pm

3:50pm

Afternoon Break

3:50pm

4:20pm

Collaboration sessions

Attendees will have a focus area or business problem to discuss in their groups. This is an opportunity to collaborate and share ideas with your fellow attendees.

4:20pm

5.20pm

End of day wrap up, summary and closing remarks

5.20pm

5:00pm

End of Day One

5:00pm

5:20pm - 6:20pm

Networking Drinks in the Exhibition Area

5:20pm - 6:20pm

DAY TWO AGENDA

09:15am

Chairs Opening Remarks

Nina Penner, Founder, BluHelium Consulting 

09:15am

09:30am

Panel: Leadership development in the new era and beyond

  • What critical challenges do leaders of today and tomorrow face and how can they be equipped to deal with them?
  • Changing paradigms to a more human leadership style, what capabilities do future leaders need?
  • Overcoming executive leadership resistance to change and how can you and engage them in learning programmes?
  • How do you enable good leadership with a constantly changing and dispersed workforce?
  • Developing strategic capabilities, behaviours, and frameworks.

Moderator: Nina Penner, Founder, BluHelium Consulting 

Speakers: 

Mark Luceri, Head of Talent and Organizational Development, TMX Group

Sotos Poulimeno, Director, Global Talent Development Best Practices | Sun Life Corporate 

Emma Horgan, Chief People Officer, Questrade

Dave Wilkin, CEO and Co-founder, 10KC  

09:30am

10:15am

Presentation: Personalisation of Learning 

Join us in this interactive session to reflect and discuss some key learnings from the conference so far.

10:15am

10:45am

Presentation: Turn your organization into a talent factory

  • What is your annual net production of talent?
  • What percentage of your leaders are leading at the right level? - how to unlock the value of the leadership you are already paying for.
  • Fortune survey shows that only 10 percent of CEO’s believe their company’s leadership development initiatives have clear business impact. How to deliver measurable change in leadership behavior.
  • 90% of middle managers agree; it is critical to have good front line managers, yet less than 5% of front-line managers report being developed as leaders – how to build a leader-led development culture

Presented by:

Kent Jonasen, CEO, The Leadership Pipeline Institute

10:45am

11:15am

Morning Break and Networking

11:15am

11:45am

Presentation: Empowering Success: Navigating the Intricacies of Middle Management

  • Unpacking the unique challenges and opportunities faced by middle managers
  • Identifying key leadership skills that middle managers need to succeed
  • Nurturing emotional intelligence and decision-making skills in middle

Presented by:

Stu Robb, Head of Strategic Enterprise at CoachHub

Laurel McKenzie, Senior Behavioral Scientist and Team Lead at CoachHub

11:45am

12:15pm

Presentation: Building synergies between coaching and learning

  • Coaching as a powerful tool for professional growth, bridging the gap between theory and practice.
  • Building a coaching culture, training managers and leaders to become effective coaches.
  • Effective strategies to integrate coaching into your learning programs.

Presented by:

Sue Easby, Senior Vice President, People and Organizational Effectiveness, Klick Health

12:15pm

12:45pm

Panel: Upskilling and reskilling at scale

  • Assessing skills shortages in your organisation and predicting future skill requirements
  • Fostering a culture of continuous learning and development
  • Leveraging technology for scalable learning solutions

Moderator:

Aastha Bhatia, Director, Talent Development, CIBC Mellon 

Speakers:

Vandana Raghuram, Director Training & Development, Atlantic Packaging Products Ltd. 

Anick Powell, AVP Organizational Effectiveness, NAV CANADA 

Phoutsady Gunnell, Global Director, Learning & Development, Magna 

Malika Asthana, Senior Manager, Strategy and Public Affairs, D2L

12:45pm

1:30pm

Lunch & Networking

1:30pm

2:30pm

Presentation: The Lesser Known Power of Curiosity

  • What if reframing your understanding of curiosity could build a better workplace?  
  • Exploring how curiosity becomes a powerful tool for connection when you shift its focus from self-serving to serving others 
  • Understanding relational curiosity as a habit that can be modelled and practiced across your organization 
  • The organizational benefits of curiosity in fueling trust, engagement, and collaboration, including new research from our collaboration with the Harris Poll 

Presented by : 

Dr. Shannon Minifie, CEO, Box of Crayons

2:30pm

2:45pm

Presentation: Shaping the future of ICT: strategic university partnerships in action

  • The Urgency of ICT: Highlighting the critical need for skilled talent in the rapidly evolving ICT sector and the role of innovation in meeting this demand.
  • Bridging the Talent Gap: Introduction to fully work-integrated degree programs as a strategic response to Canada's tech labour shortage, emphasizing the synergy between academia and industry.
  • York University’s Collaboration with its industry partners: Overview of the partnerships that York University's Lassonde School of Engineering Digital Technologies program forged with the industry, showcasing how these collaborations provide organizations with access to cutting-edge knowledge and resources and position them as leaders in innovation. 

Presented by:

Dan Palermo, PhD, PEng, FCSCE, Deputy Provost, York University, Markham Campus

 

Marily Molina, Business Development Manager, Lassonde School of Engineering, York University

2:45pm

3:00pm

Presentation: Enabling business success: practical L&D strategies in the era of change

  • Learning Ecosystem: how to truly leverage 70:20:10.
  • Critical elements of a healthy ecosystem and implications for L&D.
  • Integration of Performance Management, Learning, and Talent Development that empowers performance and employee-driven career development.
  • Optimizing L&D impact on organizational performance and employee engagement.

Presented by: 

Helen Naoumov, Director, Learning and Development, Infrastructure Ontario 

3:00pm

3:30pm

Panel: Strategies to enhance Learning Engagement

  • What practical steps can L&D leaders to take to encourage learner engagement?
  • Can Microlearning provide a quick win for engagement?
  • Encouraging collaboration and knowledge sharing through social learning activities.
  • Ensuring employees are receiving personalised learning programs.
  • The role of technology in enhancing learning engagement.
  • The importance of feedback and assessment in learner engagement

Moderator:

Nina Penner, Founder, BluHelium Consulting 

Speakers: 

Elizabeth McCurdy, VP, Organizational Development & Learning, Metrolinx

Jessica Steed Brown, Director, Organizational Development & Learning, Array Marketing 

Jennifer Hughes, Head of Learning & Development, Gowling WLG 

Claudia Buckley, Head of Content & Marketing, GoSkills

3:30pm

4:15pm

End of Day Two

4:15pm

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