InnovateWork Peel @ Square One

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Central Library

301 Burnhamthorpe Rd W

Mississauga, ON L5B 3Y3


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InnovateWork is coming to the Peel Region! The first meetup will be hosted near the Central Library at Square One. Join Aldeen Simmonds-Thorpe, Bill Banham, Rob Catalano and top speakers from HR, Talent and Tech.

Why Attend?

* Network with HR, Talent, and Tech pros and make new connections

* Share innovative ideas and help improve the world of work

* Hear from awesome local thought leaders


5:30 - 6:30 - Registration & Networking

6:30 - 6:35 - Welcome address from Simmonds-Thorpe, InnovateWork Peel Meetup Co-Organiser and Founder of Aldeen ST Consulting and Bill Banham, InnovateWork Co-Founder and Publisher at The HR Gazette.

6:35 - 7:10 - HR Passion Series:

1. Lessons from Managing an LMS: how L&D got it wrong and what to do about it | Michelle Chan, Manager, Employee Engagement, Air Canada

2. The Importance of Creating Safe/Brave Spaces | Greg Smith, Partner, Lighthouse Nine Group

3. It's more about Inclusion | Karen Simpson, Sr Talent Director - Women in Leadership, TD Canada

7:15 - 7:55: - Panel Discussion:

The People Analytics Journey: Companies are starting to shift their focus to using metrics and People Analytics in a new way. This talk will discuss how companies are building teams around People Analytics, what key metrics you should track, and approaches to take (and avoid).

Moderated by: Pam Ross, Culture Change Agent, Blue Rebel Works

7:55 - 8:25 - Networking

Interested in sponsoring a meetup or the InnovateWork Summit? Check out sponsorship options to learn more: innovatework.co/sponsorship/

About our Host

Aldeen Simmonds-Thorpe is an HR Transformation Strategist, Consultant, Coach and Speaker enabling businesses to solve problems and navigate human resource and operations challenges that result in more efficient processes and stronger, diverse and more inclusive teams while mitigating risk and maintaining compliance. With over 10 years of experience in full-cycle HR and operations, she is a trusted Advisor and Coach to entrepreneurs, business owners and professionals employing strategies that allow them to adapt, compete and thrive in local and global markets.

About our Venue

Central Library is the largest library in Mississauga and offers a number of programs and services, including 3D printing, Wi-Fi meeting rooms for rent, assistance for newcomers and a community outreach Open Window Hub.

Sponsors and Partners

The HR Gazette - Organizing Sponsor - Latest opinion, reviews and podcasts for pros interested in HR Technology, Talent, Performance, Learning, Leadership.

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

Thorpe Benefits - Specialists in group benefits. Developing and implementing solutions that address both employee and organizational health.

Aldeen ST Consulting - Working with SMBs to proactively transform and align their HR and business strategies.

9 to Thrive - Helping companies create a positive work environment that fosters more engaged and happy employees.

TorontoJobs.ca - Offering services designed to connect local employers to skilled candidates throughout the Toronto Area.

Xref - An online, mobile-friendly reference checking tool that enables fast, data-driven hiring decisions.

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

Ryerson University Career Centre - Focused on empowering and encouraging students to maximize their potential.

Lighthouse Labs - Empowering students, launching careers, and contributing to the growth of Canada’s tech industry.

Speaker Bios:

Karen Simpson, Sr Talent Director - Women in Leadership, TD Canada

Recently awarded #1 Top Recruiter in Canada. Karen has spent her career in both Corporate HR and the recruitment agency sector facilitating hires and programs for many of Canada's top corporations. In her current role with TD, she champions and pipelines external female talent into under-represented businesses. There is another side to Karen, she's climbed the highest mountain in 8 countries and this year became an Amazon #1 bestseller with Carpe Diem.

Greg Smith, Partner, Lighthouse Nine Group

Greg Smith heads the firm’s Leadership Development and Coaching practice. He also serves clients in
the areas of Change Management, Strategy and Alignment, Organizational Design, Culture,
Engagement and High Performing Teams.

Greg is a senior business leader who has thrived in challenging business environments for more than 25 years, achieving results that are in line with the required strategic and cultural transformation. His multiple industry experience and expertise in strategy formation, organizational design, talent development and culture building combined with his HR expertise makes him an excellent Trusted Advisor.

As a senior leader at Porter Airlines, Campbell Soup, Marriott and Wolseley, Greg was known as a leader who committed to breakthrough performance and innovation with a pragmatic business focus. His passion for people and his strong creative ability resulted in significant advancement in team member engagement and connectivity in both the profit and non-profit sectors.

Greg has served on numerous boards and councils including the Daily Bread Food Bank, the Food Processors HR Council and co-chair of Matthew House Refugee Settlement Center board Greg has a proven track record of improving organizational performance through people while challenging conventional thinking. This mindset and experience are very consistent with Lighthouse NINE’s multi-disciplinary approach and his focus on alignment & collaboration fits perfectly with our mission.

Michelle Chan, Air Canada

The fun stuff:

  • I’m an auditory and experiential learner, so hit me up with your favourite podcasts and super fun experiences! I also listen to audio books too:)

  • I’m a curious cat and look for ideas in all different places

  • I carry a notebook around with me to write random ideas that pop into my head

  • I’m a champion sleeper except when I travel on business

  • I’m a Gen Xer but I often get mistaken for a millennial

Now let’s get down to business:

  • I’m a Manager, Employee Engagement at Air Canada and I love my job but my title doesn’t really explain my career or what I’m passionate about

  • I’m passionate about exploring new ways of doing things in HR and while I have a discomfort with risk and failure (like many people do) I know that’s the only way to learn!

  • I’ve spent the last 14 years of my career in Learning & Development, it when Air Canada offered me a job, I asked for any role outside of L&D you’ll find out why in my talk about the LMS.

Pam Ross, Blue Rebel Works

After more than a dozen years in HR and training leadership roles, Pam Ross quit the corporate world with a mission to improve people’s lives by making work awesome.

Her company, Blue Rebel Works, provides leadership and culture development for growing organizations who want to humanize work. Participants in Blue Rebel workshops leave inspired to try something new, to achieve their potential, and to make a positive impact on those around them. Their programs have a proven track record for increasing trust, communication and team effectiveness.

As a speaker, Pam shares facts, personal stories and examples of how cutting edge leaders and organizations are pushing the boundaries on how work is managed. Pam’s contagious enthusiasm and focus on action leaves audiences ready to make positive change.

HR Analytics Enablement Lead, Human Resources

Travis is a visionary, always playing with some new or emerging trend/tool. He firmly believes that HR is on the path to change and getting people practices right is key to survival in a digital age. Engagement, Performance and Talent are what gets Travis excited at work! Interested in trying something crazy and making this a better place to work? Travis would love to connect!

You’ll find him geeking out to some Dungeon Crawler board game, gaming on his custom build PC or playing with his 2 little ones in the metropolis of Wellesley Ontario.

Ask him about what’s new in HR Trends, People Analytics or HR Tech @ Manulife and in the market!

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