InnovateWork Ottawa - Creating Change in the World of Work

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201-377 Dalhousie Street

Ottawa, ON K1N 9N8


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#InnovateWork is coming to Ottawa on October 17th. It’s going to be a great evening with an amazing group of speakers, a #FutureofWork panel, and networking opportunities for HR professionals and business leaders.


5:30 - 6:15 - Registration, Networking, Food and Drink

6:15 - 6:25 - Event Introduction - MC, Rob Catalano, Co-Founder, WorkTango

6:25 - 7:15 - HR Passion Series - 9-minute Passion Talks

  1. Speaker #1: Jennifer Wenzel, Senior Director People Services Strategy & Organizational Effectiveness, The Canadian Red Cross

  2. Speaker #2: Julie Lavergne, Vice President Organization Development, Canadian Bank Note Company

  3. Speaker #3: Louise H Reid, Senior HR Consultant, Stratford Managers Corporation

7:15 - 7:20 - Partner Announcement

7:20 - 7:40 - Networking Break

7:40 - 8:10 - Panel Discussion - Employee Engagement to Employee Experience

  1. Gina Maddalena, Human Resources Manager, Canopy Growth Corporation

  2. Shawna David, Global Leader, Organizational Performance, Learning & Culture, HEXO Corp

  3. Heather Tyrie, VP, Employee Experience, You.i TV

8:10 - 9:00 - Final Networking

Speaker Bios

Jennifer Wenzel: In the span of a day, Jennifer’s priorities might shift from blue sky strategic planning to the intensity and adrenaline of mobilizing people to respond to sudden-onset disasters. As a result, Jennifer is passionate about human resources emergency preparation.

Julie Lavergne: Julie is an engineer turned HR professional. Her career and travel accomplishments can be described in the same manner; numerous, varied and off the beaten track. Her passion for critical thinking has helped her build processes, teams and departments across the company in operations, finance, quality, systems, risk and now OD; answering the questions "What are we ultimately trying to achieve and how do we best get there?"

Julie has a Master's degree in Engineering Management and has worked at CBN for 13+ years. CBN is an Ottawa based, private company that builds solutions that prevents fraud in payment, identification and lottery markets worldwide.

Louise H Reid: As a passionate Human Resources leader and Certified Coach, Louise brings more than 18 years’ experience leading the development and implementation of HR solutions, programs, and services in support of key business challenges. Louise has worked in a variety of work environments, both unionized and non-unionized, within start-up, medium and large companies. In addition, Louise has broad industry experience having worked in a variety of sectors - utilities, aviation, pharmaceuticals, and high tech.

Today, Louise’s mission is clear. Working as an entrepreneur and a senior consultant at Stratford Managers, Louise blends her HR experience, education in science, positive psychology, wellness, and HR to awaken women and workplaces by:

  • elevating professional women in both life & leadership; helping them gain clarity, courage and take aligned action.
  • transforming organizations through humanizing leadership; helping leaders deliver results and develop people by leading with head AND heart.

Gina Maddalena: Gina Maddalena is the Manager, HR Programs at Canopy Growth Corporation. At Canopy, Gina's portfolio includes total rewards and system, most importantly her favorite Canopy Guiding Principle is inspiring passion because that's what HR does for her. Gina's HR career has taken her to different organizations and industries each with different cultures and employee engagement experiences. When she's not diving into HR adventures, she volunteers with HRPA, Ottawa, Region Rewards and paddles Dragon Boatwith the Blades of Glory.

Shawna David: With experience working across several industries in the private and public sectors, Shawna has developed a wealth of knowledge and experience in fostering thriving learning and performance cultures.

Her passion is supporting the hearts, heads and hands of people in pursuit of achieving collective goals and vision and believes the most important ingredient to success for any organization is its people.

Outside of work, Shawna enjoys life's adventures and simple pleasures. You can usually find her on Lac McGregor, spending time with her husband and three kids who keep her equal parts busy and happy.

Heather Tyrie: Heather has a diverse background with 20 years of experience in both large and small organizations in the public and private sector. A versatile leader who has worked in IT and Marketing as well as Human Resources, Heather is passionate about creating great foundations for companies to grow and succeed.

Heather currently works at You.i TV, a Kanata-based company that has developed an app experience platform that powers stunning video experiences on every screen, and turns TV viewers into users, buyers and fans. In the last five years, You.i TV has grown from 65 employees in Canada to a team of 250 all over the globe.

Prior to You.i TV, Heather worked at Minto Developments Inc, Newbridge Networks, iMPath Networks and Industry Canada.

Heather has a degree in Industrial Relations from McGill University and is an Ottawa native with two lovely daughters and a lively dog.

Mark Snedden: Mark is known as a conduit for sustainable evolution in both people and business.

He was a past executive in the Social Service sector. Now, Mark passionately supports CEO’s & Executives teams to shift & evolve their workplace culture. His aproach is co-creative and human centric.

He is a part of a progressive collective of thought leaders who specialize in the realms of Culture transformation, Leadership development & Strategy formation. He has led & supported cultural transformation initiatives & leadership development programs in several industries, including Artificial Intelligence, Technology, Finance, Hospitality, Social Services, Health Care etc.

He is a committed daily mindfulness & meditation practitioner who splits his time living and playing in Chelsea and Mont. Tremblant, Quebec. He is an avid outdoor athlete, who depending on time of year can be found trail running, cycling, paddle boarding, skate skiing or downhill skiing.


Gold Sponsors:

Snapclarity - Snapclarity partners with leading organizations to transform employees’ mental healthcare experience by offering on-demand support that is timely, easy to navigate, evidence-based and effective. With the touch of a button, employees access connected mental healthcare for any level of need, including early screening, prevention, therapy, and maintenance. Our mobile app ensures employees are supported along the way - at the moment they need it - so they can function at their best.

Silver Sponsors:

excelHR - excelHR is one of Canada’s top recruitment and staffing companies. Every year, their team fills more than 8,000 temporary, contract and permanent positions in Ottawa, Toronto, North York, Mississauga, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver.

They are the primary or exclusive supplier to most of Canada’s top employers. By providing the most skilled resources available in the shortest turnaround time, they have won hundreds of loyal clients within a wide range of industries - insurance, legal, not-for-profit, hi-tech, construction, health, scientific, management and more.

Bronze Sponsors:

Keynote Group - Industry-leading executive search and recruitment firm that helps mid-market businesses and organizations find, fit, and achieve peak performance from their hires.

HRSG - Empowering HR professionals for three decades, HRSG has delivered products and services to define talent needs, address skill deficiencies and improve individual and organizational performance.

Now Leveraging the power of AI, CompetencyCore™ is unlike any other product on the market. It brings together the power of competencies and the utility of job descriptions.

Community Sponsors: - Provides domain names, web hosting solutions, site builders, professional email, and all the tools and resources needed to build and grow ideas online – all backed by 24/7 award-winning Canadian-based support.

Organizing Sponsors:

WorkTango - Organizing Sponsor - A platform to give employees a voice and companies actionable insight.

The HR Gazette - Online magazine publishing fresh perspectives on topics connected to Human Resources and improving the ways we work.

InnovateWork Canada Sponsors:

High Road Human Capital - Veteran-owned, Diversity Supplier specializing in Talent Acquisition and Human Resources. High Road provides the resources, strategy, and vision to help. Services include resume screening and assessment, HR policy and procedure.

Thorpe Benefits - Specialists in group benefits. Developing and implementing solutions that address both employee and organizational health. - Offering services designed to connect local employers to skilled candidates throughout the Toronto Area.

Global HR Collective - Created to design, develop & share the latest thinking, trends & best practices affecting the HR profession.

Startup Canada - We are entrepreneurs working together to build a Canada for entrepreneurs and give a voice to the Canadian startup community.

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201-377 Dalhousie Street

Ottawa, ON K1N 9N8


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