Canadian HR Leaders Gather Virtually to Uncover Strategies for Success in Navigating the Future of Work
By Amy Hallman on November 11, 2020
Take Stock, Reset, Look Ahead: These three notions formed the foundation of and embodied many of the discussions over the course of the three day Virtual HR Management Institute Canada Program that took place last week. Each day’s sessions invited attending HR Leaders to first Take Stock – to assess where they were in their organizations and roles. Secondly, to Reset – to consider what needed to be done differently and what help they required. Then finally, to Look Ahead – what does the future of work look like and how will they survive and thrive?
The goal of the 2020 Virtual HR Management Institute Canada was to provide a safe space for Canadian HR executives to network and become a sounding board for ideas and information exchange on strategies to navigate the future of work during these turbulent times. By participating in a variety of virtual thought leadership sessions, panels, breakout think tanks and interactive roundtable discussions, this goal was met and surpassed according to attendees that stated, “You have set the bar high for the next virtual meeting. This was my first and very memorable. Well Done! ”, “This was my first virtual conference. I wasn’t sure what to expect but I really enjoyed it!” and “Amazing job to host this virtually! I cannot say enough good things about this conference each year!”
CHROs and VPs of HR from organizations such as TELUS, Sun Life, Suncor, ONroute, Sunwing Travel Group, McCann Worldgroup, HSBC, PointClickCare, Cenovus, Shawcor and many others, shared insights, experiences and perspectives as the group explored some of the following themes:
- Tackling Change – Examining Transforming Economic Workforce Trends
- Employee Mental Health and Wellbeing – The Next Frontier of Workplace Inclusivity
- Racism and Systemic Bias – Have we Reached the Tipping Point?
- Activating Talent and Accelerating Performance – Whether Onsite, Remote or a Hybrid
- Employee Experience – Maintaining Culture and Engagement Wherever Work Happens
- Pivoting and Reskilling – Employee Skill Development for the Future of Work
- Navigating The New Future of Work – Building Employee Trust and Leading Virtually
Beyond the incredible sessions, networking opportunities and business meetings, we were also able to experience two very fun and interactive evening social hours. The Second City Toronto were an absolute blast, and kept us laughing with their hilarious improv skits and interactive activities. We also had the pleasure of spending an evening with renowned food stylist Lisa Bolton, and author of “On Boards”, as she walked us through some fun and easy steps for putting together the perfect holiday charcuterie board.
A big thank you goes out to the Advisory Committee, Speakers, Service Providers and Attendees who made this event possible and a true success! Based on feedback we received, everyone was able to sign off from the event feeling more confident and better prepared to tackle the challenges that undoubtedly lie ahead.
If you would like to join the conversation and engage with forward thinking HR Leaders at our next Institute, please contact Amy Hallman at firstname.lastname@example.org