The Agility Reimagined Summit, hosted at Spaces and produced by Anchor HR Services and HR Gazette returns to downtown Toronto in March to bring the business community together and take a look at ways HR, Talent pros, and leaders can move from resiliency to agility and growth.
In addition to talks by such respected experts as Ian Cook and Emre Kazim, the March edition of the event series will present a panel focused on The Intersection of Organizational Interests, Employee Values, and ESG Initiatives and asks: How do we align from a values perspective, mitigate risks, and turn ESG commitments into actions.
The event is free to attend for HR, Talent pros and leaders!*
5:30-6:30 – Networking and registration
6:30-6:35 – Welcome and opening comments with Pauline James, Founder and CEO at Anchor HR and Bill Banham, Editor at HR Gazette.
6:35-6:45 – Hear from our event partners including Oakhouse Benefits and Spaces
6:45-7:10 – Speaker 1 – Ian Cook, VP Analytics, Visier – Flexibility and the Future of Work: How are Flexible Organizations Shaping the Future of Work to Support Talent Engagement, Enablement, Attraction, and Retention?
7:10-7:25 – Speaker 2 – Dr. Emre Kazim, co-founder, Holistic AI – What is Robust AI Management? How We Can be More Ethical with our Use of AI-Powered HR and Recruitment Tech!
7:25-7:35 – Speaker 3 – Shelley Mayer, Founder and President at Ramp Communications Inc. – Enlightened BrandsTM: How Social Purpose Can Help You Attract and Retain Talent
7:35-7:45 – Speaker 4 – Hear from our event partners
7:45-8:20 – Panel – The Intersection of Organizational Interests, Employee Values, and ESG Initiatives: How Do We Align From a Values Perspective, Manage Risk, and Bring to Life Commitments as They Relate to ESG? Moderator: Miranda McKie, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Analytics Founder and Principal, McKie Consultants Inc. Panelists: Michelle Micuda, President at Staples Professional. Shilpa Tiwari, PhD Global Executive Vice President, Social Impact & Sustainability Citizen Relations and Dorena Quinn SVP, People IAMGOLD Corporation
8:20-8:35 – Thanks and closing comments with Pauline James, Founder and CEO at Anchor HR and Bill Banham, Editor at HR Gazette.
8:35-9:00 – Final networking
Ian Cook – Ian is VP Analytics at Visier. Ian is recognized for his leadership and insight in the area of workforce analytics and planning. Ian currently works for Visier, and is responsible for continually enhancing the depth of insight available within this leading-edge application. Prior to joining Visier, Ian built Canada’s leading source of HR Benchmarking data. His knowledge and expertise come from 10+ years of consulting to global companies.
Dr. Emre Kazim – Emre is the co-Founder at Holistic AI, a start-up focused on software for auditing and risk-management of AI systems. He is also a Research Fellow in Computer Science at University College London.
Shelley Mayer – Shelley is Founder and President at Ramp Communications Inc. A sought-after expert & speaker in cause marketing and social impact marketing, Shelley leads a talented team of creative marketers dedicated to using their craft for social profit. They work with inspiring clients to make the world better: eliminating hunger, breaking down stigma, building safe and affordable homes, educating young leaders, and more. I’m a 3-time SheEO activator and Ramp is a Certified B Corp and Certified Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE).
Miranda McKie – Miranda is Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Analytics Founder and Principal at McKie Consultants Inc. She helps her clients leverage data as a corporate asset through the development of solution architecture and the implementation of advanced analytics that supports organizations’ Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion strategic objectives. Miranda has worked at top-tier consulting firms in data architecture, data engineering, data analytics and data strategy. Previously, she also led the People Analytics function for Accenture Applied Intelligence Canada.
Michelle Micuda – Michelle is President at Staples Professional. She is an accomplished Executive with a varied background including Sales, Operations, Finance, and HR in both small and large organizations. Michelle has a proven ability to bring together people, processes, and technology to drive superior results while building teams and developing leaders.
Dr. Shilpa Tiwari – Shilpa is Global Executive Vice President at Social Impact & Sustainability Citizen Relations. She has spent her entire almost 20-year career advancing sustainability, social impact, EDI across a variety of sectors including mining, oil and gas, forestry, financial services and consumer goods. Shilpa has experience as a consultant and held executive positions at OMERS and Manulife.
Dorena Quinn – Dorena is SVP, People at IAMGOLD Corporation, a gold mining company with operations across three continents, Dorena’s role is critical to the success of the company and its future. Dorena oversees essential functions that instill IAMGOLD’s conscious culture, contribute to the company’s overall performance, and advance IAMGOLD’s goal of empowering our employees as we embrace digital transformation. Dorena oversees the architecture, implementation, and oversight of global employee programs, processes and leadership capabilities driving performance, engagement, inclusion & belonging, and setting a foundation for a truly differentiated workplace culture that has become a competitive advantage for the Company.
Don Williamson – Don has more than 25 years of experience in the areas of employee benefits, sales and marketing, leadership and business management. He is the Founder and President at Oak House Benefits. We are a group benefits boutique, focused on the belief that we can make a difference in the lives of our clients, colleagues, and the communities we live, work, and play in. Our secret weapon? Over 25 years of industry experience, the drive to get the job done, a soul-felt commitment to client service and the vision to build a great team that’s second to none.
Pauline James – As the Founder and CEO of Anchor HR Services, Inc, Pauline is dedicated to assisting companies to anchor their business with great people practices and achieve their corporate objectives. Prior to launching Anchor HR, Pauline has held a number of senior positions and led Employee Relations and Labour Relations in the Canadian market with large national organizations. Over her career, she has also held roles in Training & Development, as an HR Generalist, and in Operations.
Bill Banham – Bill is Editor at HR Gazette, host of the popular HRchat Podcast (ranked #1 HR podcast in Canada), and a producer of such HR, Talent and Leadership-focused event series and InnovateWork, DisruptHR London and Hacking HR Toronto.
Sponsors and Partners
HR Gazette – Organizing Partner – Home of Canada’s #1 HR podcast, the HRchat Show, HR Gazette publishes latest opinions, reviews, and news for pros interested in HR Technology, Talent, DEI, Performance, Learning, and Leadership. Learn more at hr-gazette.com
Anchor HR Services Inc. – Organizing Partner – Anchor HR is your partner to adapt effectively to changing business demands. They support organizations with implementing the solutions required to drive great employee experience and business results. Anchor HR is driven by a genuine commitment to help each company become more effective and efficient by understanding your business priorities and supporting a practical approach to closing gaps. They tailor their services based on what the evidence indicates is required for your unique needs. Anchor your business with great people practices! Learn more: anchor-hr.com
Spaces – Venue Partner – Contemporary and sophisticated, Spaces Queen West fuels innovative thinking in an inspiring and collaborative work environment. It’s the perfect place to create a unique identity in Toronto’s most in-demand market alongside tech powerhouses like Twitter and eBay. Learn more at spacesworks.com/toronto/queen-west/
Visier – Platinum Sponsor – Visier is the recognized global leader in people analytics and on-demand answers for people-powered businesses. Founded in 2010 by the pioneers of business intelligence, Visier focuses on what matters to business leaders: revealing the fundamental questions and actionable truths capable of elevating your employees – and your business – to new heights. Headquartered in Vancouver, BC with offices and team members worldwide, Visier has 15,000 customers in 75 countries around the world, including enterprises like Adobe, BASF, Bridgestone, Electronic Arts, McKesson, Merck KGaA, Uber, and more. Learn more at visier.com
Ramp – Gold Sponsor – Ramp is an award-winning social profit consultancy and Certified B Corporation® with more than a decade of experience. Our pioneering, design-led model brings a curated collective of creative, strategic, and impact experts to transform businesses and organizations into responsible, industry-leading, and human-centred Enlightened Brands™. We pair business and impact consulting with brand strategy and creative services to elevate every organization’s results and impact. Learn more: ramp.agency
Oak House Benefits – Silver Sponsor – Oak House is a bespoke benefits consulting boutique – powered by Williamson – focused on the belief that their team can make a difference in the lives of clients, colleagues, and the communities they live, work, and play in. Their secret weapon? Over 25 years of industry experience, the drive to get the job done, a soul-felt commitment to client service and the vision to build a great team that’s second to none. Learn more: oakhouse.com
Innovatex Solutions Inc. – Bronze Sponsor – Innovatex is an award-winning, promotional products company driven by brand elevation and bold results. We see ourselves as an extension of your brand and together, will discover the perfect promotional product solution for your next project or event. We are the complete package. Besides making you look good, we’ll stop at nothing to ensure you’re provided the best client experience at competitive pricing. Learn more: innovatex.ca
ITS Global – Bronze Sponsor – Enabling startups and high-growth companies who need to build top-performing teams by providing a customized solution that includes an experienced team of industry professionals, proven tools, and state-of-the-art resources. Learn more at itsglobal.ca
Dispatch Integration Ltd – Bronze Sponsor – We work with business leaders and IT professionals to help design, architect, build and support advanced solutions to streamline business processes. We use state-of-the-art technology to connect and orchestrate data across all your systems – from legacy on-site systems to the most modern cloud solutions. Learn more at dispatchintegration.com
Hopin – Community Partner – The all-in-one shuttling logistics platform made for employers who are looking to expand hiring pools while recruiting, improve retention and increase employee satisfaction. Learn more: hopintech.com
Fidello Inc. – Community Partner – With the help of Fidello’s Curriculum Mapping & Human Capital Management Systems, employees are made knowledgeable under the guidance of experts. Learn more: web.fidello.com
Check Out Sessions From the Previous Agility Reimagined Summit
Panel – Building a Connected and Supportive Culture in the Future of Work
This panel considered how we can ensure a connected, inclusive, and performance-oriented culture in a more tech-enabled and remote work environment. Featuring: Lauren Waters – Talent Experience Manager – Americas – Xero (moderator) Gillian Stein, CEO of Henry’s Kelly Davis, Chief People Officer, Sunwing Travel Group Miranda McKie, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Analytics Founder and Principal, McKie Consultants Inc.
Fireside Chat: HR Functions of the Future
Fireside chat – HR functions of the future: insights-driven and adaptive center of innovation.
This session asks: how can People and Culture divisions adapt to meet the changing needs of employees and the organization? Featuring: Pauline James, Founder and CEO at Anchor HR (moderator) David Creelman, CEO, Creelman Research Tunde Kolarinwa, VP, Talent Management, Rexall