“We had the pleasure of attending the Top Talent Summit in 2017. As VIP pass holders, we had the opportunity to meet with selected keynote speakers on the first evening and within the first two hours, we took away two new strategies that’ll prove to save us thousands of dollars as we open up new locations in remote markets. If the first two hours of proven ROI were not enough, having attended the next two days with highly engaging speakers who facilitated with passion provided us with innovative ways to further grow and develop our top talent. Well worth the investment for sure and we’re looking forward to the lineup for next year!” -Heather Wyllie, Vice President, People at Nando’s Canada
Become a Legendary Leader
Learn new strategies to get the most out of the people you lead.
Gain Practical Insights
Revolutionize the way you engage and retain talent, and cut turnover by over 40%.
Grow Your Network
Meet and socialize with other HR leaders from top companies.
When it comes to growing your company, retaining top talent for critical roles can be a constant struggle. The Top Talent Summit helps HR leaders revolutionize their current talent development, engagement and retention processes to send all their talent challenges on a permanent vacation.
We know how hard it is to entice top employees to stay with your company and have helped hundreds of large and small companies alike retain their best talent with crystal-clear precision. By tweaking your current talent processes just a little, you start investing in your best employees, your line managers are turned into a powerful retention force and your highest potential employees stop handing you their letter of resignation.
Top Talent Summit speakers are sourced through in-depth interviews, not through online speaking proposals all other conferences use to get their speakers. Our careful and meticulous screening process ensures all speakers have real world experience and the right credentials to speak confidently and authoritatively about the subject matter they present. As a result, hundreds of our delegates leave the summit with the practical insights needed to not only navigate, but thrive in the ever changing HR landscape.
● Proven strategies used by HR leaders from top companies to revolutionize their talent development, engagement, and retention processes ● Practical insights on personal and professional development topics such as goal setting, increasing the ROI from your employees, better engaging your high potential talent, creating a winning corporate culture and reducing turnover by 40% or more ● New leadership skills to propel your career to the next level
Register for the Top Talent Summit today and spend two insight-packed days with industry thought leaders and top HR leaders from across Canada. Seats are extremely limited , 100 to be precise so register today.
Susanne Biro is a senior leadership coach, author, facilitator, Forbes contributor and vegan advocate. For over 15 years, she has worked internationally with senior-level leaders in some of the world’s best companies including GE, American Airlines, Calgary Health Region, Microsoft, and Salesforce.com. Her leadership program was most notably delivered at Sir Richard Branson’s private home in June of 2017.
Whether coaching one-on-one or delivering leadership development programs, her passion is the same: to help leaders reach their next level of personal, professional, and leadership mastery, and as a result, create the kind of organizations in which we all dream of working.
Sr. Leadership Coach, Author and Forbes Contributor
Richard Finnegan is the author of The Power of Stay Interviews for Engagement and Retention which is the top-selling SHRM-published book in history. His other books include Rethinking Retention in Good Times and Bad which was excerpted by BusinessWeek which said “Finnegan offers fresh thinking for solving the turnover problem in any economy”. He also wrote The Stay Interview: A Manager’s Guide to Keeping the Best and Brightest, and HR’s Greatest Challenge: Driving the C-Suite to Improve Employee Engagement and Retention.
His experience includes solving turnover and engagement in Siberian banks, African gold mines, multi-national corporations in China, and for the CIA as well as for healthcare, call centers, manufacturing, and other industries in the U.S.
He holds bachelor and graduate degrees from The Pennsylvania State University and lives in Orlando, Florida, where The Orlando Sentinel newspaper published an editorial recognizing Dick for his extensive donations of professional services to nonprofit organizations.
Author & CEO, C-Suite Analytics
Ashira Gobrin is Senior Vice President of People and Culture at Wave - a Canadian FinTech Startup in Toronto. She is an Executive with a gift for cultural revitalization, organizational effectiveness and business transformation. Ashira’s passion is attracting, retaining, and developing peak-performing teams while fuelling next-level business growth.
With a record of business and board achievements spanning corporate and not-for-profit organizations, including the People and Culture strategy behind the huge momentum and exponential growth at Wave, scaling the Global Service Delivery and Corporate Operations teams for Vision Critical’s 3x rise in revenue and increase in staff to almost 1000, Ashira is equally adept at HR overhauls and divisional profit revamps. She reduced time-to-hire by 60% and boosted online applications 20 times over, decreased onboarding from 3 months to 2 weeks and positioned companies for their first profit while doubling revenue and catalyzing organizational growth.
Ashira gained her creative thinking and ability to “think out of the box” from her artistic background. Dynamic and transformational to her core, Ashira is a people manager and change champion who gets things done. Whether simplifying complex business process or removing performance roadblocks, she catalyzes operational cost-cutting and energizes human capital maximization.
Senior Vice President, People & Culture at Wave
If you’ve ever heard of our acclaimed employee-focused work-life balance initiatives, you’ll understand how culture plays such an important role in National Leasing’s Strategy and Corporate Development. Grant is the mind behind National Leasing’s engaging workplace culture that has won us numerous awards.
Grant began his career at National Leasing in 1999 as the sole employee in the marketing department. As the company grew, so did his role, eventually earning title as Marketing Manager (now managing more than just himself). In 2007, Grant shifted sights to Manager, Strategy & Planning. Then in 2010, became Vice-president, Strategy & Culture. And in 2013, marketing once again fell under his managing umbrella.
Grant spends his time volunteering with a number of organizations; Victoria Hospital Foundation, United Way Winnipeg, and FortWhyte Centre.
If Grant is away from the office, you’ll find him spending time with family and recharging his creative batteries at his cabin in Steep Rock, Manitoba, where he loves to unwind.
VP, Corporate Strategy & Culture at National Leasing
As the Vice President of HR for Microsoft Canada, Cherise Mendoza oversees our people, culture, and transformation strategies that enable employees and teams to reach their full potential.
Having been with Microsoft since 2005, Cherise’s experience has spanned three continents, working across multiple HR disciplines including Subsidiary Leadership, Talent Management & Acquisition and Learning & Development. Prior to leading HR for Microsoft Canada, Cherise led HR for the Microsoft subsidiary covering 49 countries across West, East, Central Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands, which, like Canada, was diverse in culture, and vast in geography.
Prior to joining Microsoft, Cherise spent several years working at a privately held software company partnering with multiple organizations in both a Recruitment and HR Business Partnering capacity. Cherise hold a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management.
Outside of work, Cherise and her husband Larry spend their time devoted to their four children. She loves sports, actively plays soccer and tennis and enjoys time reading, entertaining friends and family and traveling to new places.
VP of HR at Microsoft Canada
As Director, Marketing, Development & Communication for McCoy Global, Amanda is responsible for driving stakeholder engagement both internally and externally through marketing, communication, and talent and leadership development, maintaining a strong focus on customers and culture.
Her work is driven by her passion for creating great workplace cultures by helping leaders recognize that leadership is a privilege, not a right, and by designing and implementing heart-centred people systems that facilitate cultural transformation.
Prior to arriving in Canada, Amanda’s early career was in marketing and customer engagement, and latterly, establishing herself as a British thought leader on emotional intelligence, leadership, and organizational culture. Co-author of ‘Applied EI’ published by Wiley in 2006, she is also the designer and proprietary owner of The SRQ - an online assessment and development tool powered by a new level of emotional intelligence that helps individuals explore their ability to truly connect and influence.
Amanda is launching her second book ‘The Leadership Privilege: The High Touch Habits of Exceptional Leaders that Sustain a High Trust Culture', in May.
Director of Marketing & Development at McCoy Global
Mark Luceri, CHRL, is a seasoned Human Resources Leader specializing on Organizational Development with over 20 years of experience working across a multitude of industries around the world.
Mark is the VP, Global Organizational Development with McCain Foods Ltd based in Toronto, Ontario. McCain is the world’s largest manufacturer of frozen French Fries and potato specialities. A family owned company based in Canada, McCain generates annual sales of CDN $9.1 billion, employs 20,000 people and operates 51 production facilities on six continents. The company’s products can be found in restaurants, retail stores and outlets in more than 160 countries worldwide.
Mark leads a team focusing on Employee Engagement, Leadership Assessment and Development, Performance, Succession Planning and High Potential Programs.
VP, Organizational Development at McCain Foods
Katee Van Horn
Katee Van Horn is an international keynote speaker focused on strengthening corporate cultures and inspiring HR leaders to implement innovative HR programs like unlimited vacation program with crystal-clear accuracy. Katee also has her own coaching business, Bar the Door, LLC where she provides solutions for people and teams to thrive, both professionally and personally. Katee uses her 20+ years in HR and her innate ability to quickly assess the individual, organization and leadership development needs to create appropriate and operative solutions. Katee blogs about being a better human and is working on her first book about growing your HR knowledge. You can follow her blog and see upcoming speaking engagements at www.kateevanhorn.com
Katee Van Horn
Speaker, Coach & Author
Keri Fraser, CPHR, is a highly motivated and collaborative Human Resources Leader bringing over 20 years of experience working across a multitude of industries including hospitality, retail and real estate.
Based in Vancouver, BC, Keri joined Colliers in 2009 and has lead Colliers to some notable achievements including being awarded the Aon Gold Best Employer and Best Employee Engagement Strategy at the HRD’s Canadian HR Awards in 2016.
She oversees the North America People Services team. Her focus has been on building an effective and efficient Human Resources function with a superior customer-service approach. She has a passion for collaborating with leadership teams in developing solutions to enhance employee engagement.
Vice President, People Services at Colliers International
Cary started off in Retail working at KMART in the mid 80's and fell in love with the industry that played to his love of connecting and building relationships with others. From there he has worked in all the Canadian Provinces and has lived in 3 of them. From being a Store, Regional, Loss Prevention and Purchasing Manager, he has experienced many aspects (and situations) of Retail and brings a Unique Perspective to what he calls: Retail, the Greatest Soap Opera in the World.
He is married to his Best Friend Michelle and has Twin Identical Daughters: Jessica and Samantha. He spends his free time playing with Bella (dog), writing his Blog, and playing around with his many Gadgets.
Retail Thought Leader
Schedule for HR Leadership
5:30 -8:30 PM
VIP Strategy Session for VIP Pass Holders Only
The VIP pass grants you access to an exclusive VIP strategy session including a VIP-only dinner on Wednesday, May 9th from 5:30 to 8:30 PM. In addition to complete access to the rest of the conference, this is your opportunity to meet selected keynote speakers who will provide you with an actionable solution to one talent challenge you’re currently facing. Secure your VIP pass today because space is limited to only 40 participants.
I Want You to WIN Speaker: Susanne Biro, Sr. Leadership Coach, Author and Forbes contributor
What attracts the very best professionals? What then engages their highest performance, year after year after year? What is leadership if not the ability to work extraordinarily well with and through others? And, what if the “war for talent” doesn’t need to be a war?
Countless organizations today are striving to create a learning, feedback-rich coaching culture, one filled with creative leaders who positively attract, engage, and inspire their organizations’ very best talent. Let’s talk about what we can all do to foster this kind of culture, one in which we are coaches for each other, with the tacit message underneath all we do being simply this: “I want you to win!”
The ROI for Investing in Your People Speaker: Ashira Gobrin, Senior Vice President, People & Culture at Wave
When it comes to Learning and Development, the most frequently asked question is how to get budget to invest in learning initiatives for employees.
The answer is really simple - measure and demonstrate the value, and budget is a easy to access. In this session, Ashira will share her experience in building high performance teams through developing people and leaders. She will give you ways to quantify the ROI you get from investing in employee development in meaningful ways. Engaged employees drive company performance. It's as simple as that. (And by engagement, she doesn't mean Ping Pong Tables or corner offices)
Hiring the best and leaving them to do their job - gets you great individual contributors. Then invest heavily in the ones that show leadership potential and give them the space to shine. That's the secret to a high performing team and those shining stars are the highlights of Ashira's career.
Key takeaways: • Creative ways to approach L&D with little and big budgets • Quantifying the results of your investments with some real examples • How to make the case for budget to invest in your people that can’t be refused
Cut Employee Turnover by 40% or more Speaker: Richard Finnegan, Author & CEO, C-Suite Analytics
Employee turnover continues to rocket while employee engagement is stuck. Our solutions are stale and ineffective, yet we trudge on with engagement surveys, and exit surveys, and their resulting ones-size-fits-all programs expecting different results. Predictably, though, our results remain the same.
This session brings “fresh thinking”, says BusinessWeek magazine, contained in a new way to address engagement and retention. And that new way is business-driven. OUT are employee surveys/exit surveys/employee-of-the-month/more team meetings/and more events with food. IN are converting turnover to dollars, establishing retention goals, conducting stay interviews, forecasting turnover, and then holding leaders accountable for their goals and forecasts.
Leave this session with this same “fresh thinking” that has helped organizations cut turnover by 40% and more in the first six months, with business-driven solutions.
Creating a Culture of Innovation - a Simple Story Speaker: Grant Shaw, VP, Corporate Strategy & Culture at National Leasing
The pace of change can be overwhelming, and trying to keep on top of all the latest and greatest things can have you spinning in a hundred different directions. On top of all this, customer expectations are changing overnight, and even more challenging are the expectations of employees.
With innovation being top of mind for every company – big or small – organizations are being challenged to change the way they do business, or fall behind and lose talent.
Creating a Culture of Innovation – a simple story is about National Leasing’s innovation journey, the challenges and opportunities they’ve faced and how the company took a systems approach towards changing its culture and re-engaging employees.
From Data Reporting to Data Driven – HR’s Journey in the Digital Transformation Speaker: Cherise Mendoza, VP of HR at Microsoft Canada
We live and work in the age of big data and it is easier than ever to access and leverage this data to make better and more well-informed business and programmatic decisions. When used effectively, data enables us to provide stronger insights and more comprehensive analyses of what’s happening—or could happen.
Join Cherise Mendoza, Vice President of HR for Microsoft Canada as she discusses HR’s role in the digital transformation and how Microsoft HR is harnessing the power of information to make data-driven HR decisions that help inform decision making and generate insights that make a positive impact on the business.
Key takeaways: ● Understanding the data you have and making it relevant ● Skilling up yourself and your HR team to leverage data effectively ● Generating data insights and using them to influence business decisions
Don’t Use The 9-Box: Use This Instead Speaker: Amanda Knight, Director of Marketing & Development at McCoy Global
Do your leaders assess their talent using bias and pigeon holes? Are your high potentials really awesome or just the larger fishes in a small pond?
Amanda shares the journey that led her and the People & Culture team at McCoy Global to design and implement a whole new Succession Planning process, and an alternative Talent Review model to the 9-Box, from scratch.
Key takeaways: ● A talent model for our time: Forget 9 boxes, think 4 runways ● How we use our ‘Talent Runways’ to identify future succession gaps and development needs, and to engage and retain our fabulous employees
Growing your Rising Stars – Differentiation, Selection, and Development of HIPOs Speaker: Mark Luceri, VP, Organizational Development at McCain Foods
Every organization has them: Rising Stars. It’s important to identify them early and manage them properly. We need to develop and grow their careers differently. In this 45-minute session, you’ll learn how identify high potential employees and ensure that they are driving your business results.
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How much is low employee engagement costing your company right now? How many of your best and brightest leave your company because they simply don’t see any benefit in staying? How many of your employees are struggling to reach their full potential in a workplace culture that’s plagued by outdated talent processes? A lack of modernized talent development, engagement and retention processes may already be costing you a great deal. Register today to discover the tools and strategies used by today’s leading HR leaders.
*Registration fee does not include hotel accommodations or breakfasts.Lunch will be provided on May 10th and 11th. You’ll be able to book your stay at Marriott Fallsview Hotel in Niagara Falls, ON at a discounted rate of only $129 + tax per night after registering for the summit.
What is the difference between the VIP and Regular pass?
The VIP pass grants you access to an exclusive VIP strategy session including a VIP-only dinner on Wednesday, May 9th from 5:30 to 8:30 PM. In addition to complete access to the rest of the conference, this is your opportunity to meet selected keynote speakers who will provide you with an actionable solution to one talent acquisition challenge you’re currently facing. If you’re a talent acquisition leader, secure your VIP pass today because space is limited to only 40 participants.