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Ascend 2017 Conference: Innovate to Differentiate

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Delta Toronto

75 Lower Simcoe Street

Toronto, ON M5J 3A6


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Dear Members,

On behalf of Ascend Canada, I would like to invite you to our 6th Annual Fall Conference. This year’s theme is “Innovate to Differentiate” and will focus on working with champions and allies to develop Pan-Asian leaders in Corporate Canada.

The 2017 Conference will bring together influential leaders to discuss a variety of topics ranging from leadership, diversity, and professional development focused on our theme of innovation. The Conference will also feature interactive and engaging workshops on these topics.

Notably, this year's conference is a full day event featuring a Fireside Chat with Roy Gori, Manulife, President and CEO.

I hope that you will be able to join us for the event! Stay tuned for further details over the coming weeks.


Kelvin Tran

President and Chairman of the Board, Ascend Canada

Senior Vice President and Chief Auditor, TD Bank Group

Morning Agenda:

8:30 AM Registration

9:00 AM Conference Kick Off

9:30 AM Interactive Keynote Workshop

10:45 AM Panel Discussion: Innovation among Entrepreneurs

11:30 AM The Authenticity Principle by Ritu Bhasin

12:00 PM Lunch

12:30 PM Ascend Talks: How & Why Consumer Trends Impact Innovation

1:00 PM Ascend Workshops*

  • Explore your P.O.W.E.R & Build your Presence

  • Design Thinking: Customer First Innovation

  • Ascend Elevate: A New Kind Of Millenial Leadership Program

*Workshops run until 4:00 PM. Participants will select two out of three workshops to attend

Evening Agenda:

4:00 PM Registration & Cocktails

5:00 PM Opening Remarks & Ascend Talks - Shift happens

5:20 PM Panel Discussion: The Executive Landscape: Insights from Talent Recruiters

6:00 PM Fireside Chat with Roy Gori, Manulife, President and CEO

6:45 PM President's Remarks

7:00 PM Entertainment & Networking

Interactive Keynote Workshop

Facilitated by Lola Rasminsky, C.M. & Bob Presner, Beyond the Box

Beyond the Box™ fosters innovative thinking and nurtures leadership skills. This hour-long interactive session will provide the perfect Conference kickoff as it energizes participants, gets their creative juices flowing, and helps build strong relationships.

Workshop: Explore your P.O.W.E.R and build your presence

Facilitated by Jeannine Pereira, CPA, CA, Talent Development Leader & Sadaf Parvaiz CPA, CA, CPA (Illinois), Director, Ernst & Young LLP

75 minute interactive workshop will provide an opportunity to project confidence authentically, own your career and elevate your communication. A variety of methods will be used including self-reflection, sharing with others, role playing and practical resources to take away.

Workshop: Design Thinking: Customer First Innovation

Facilitated by Alpesh Mistry, Senior Manager, P&CB Learning, Royal Bank of Canada

Design Thinking is a competitive necessity as we transform the way we understand customers and differentiate business. This workshop will introduce you to human-centered principles and frameworks that will help you engage your clients in new and innovative ways.

Workshop: Elevate: A New Kind of Millennial Leadership Program

Elevate, Ascend’s new state-of- the-art program for millennials working in global corporations. Elevate offers advice on skills and meaningful behaviors needed for continued career success. This session’s topic is Securing Credit and Recognition. Do you feel that you are not getting credit and recognition from your bosses or peers at work: a promotion, a raise, a public recognition or some other reward that you’ve worked hard to get and deserve? How do you deal with these outcomes when you feel powerless to control the situation?

Ascend Talks: Shift Happens

Facilitated by Ven Virah, Award Winning Motivational Speaker & Certified World Class Speaking Coach

Common perceptions of change and the positive impact that change can bring into our personal/professional life. Shift/Change is bound to happen, and how we view and address this is bound to make or break our personal and professional ascension.

Ascend Talks: How & Why Consumer Trends Impact Innovation

Facilitated by Jeff Chan, Senior Manager, Consumer Trends & Marketing Innovation, TD Bank Group

Jeff will provide some insight on how changing consumer behavior is influencing consumer-driven trends that then come to life as innovations we see around us today.

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Delta Toronto

75 Lower Simcoe Street

Toronto, ON M5J 3A6


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