21 - 23 July, 2019
Toronto, ON

Sunday, July 22

10:00 am - 10:30 am Registration

10:30 am - 10:40 am Welcome Orientation

10:40 am - 10:45 am Thoughtexchange — App Introduction

10:45 am - 10:55 am Chairperson's Opening Remarks — Dane Jensen, CEO, Performance Coaching

10:55 am - 11:30 am Avoiding the “One-Hit Wonder” - Learning Initiatives That Really Stick

Wesley Connor - Director, People Development, Randstad Canada
We’ve all been there … leaving another “transformation” development session with a workbook full of insights, epiphanies, and action items, only to return to work with those all too familiar behaviours anxiously awaiting our return. After a few days, our motivation fades, and we find ourselves back in our old patterns with no transformational actions taken. In this session, Wesley will share with you the timing, tools, and the strategies he used to shift an entire organizational culture. The long-term results have been significantly higher engagement scores and dramatically reduced turnover, while generating higher productivity and profitable growth. 

What you will take away from this session:

•A clear understanding of the groundwork that needs to be laid before launching a learning strategy
•How to get ‘buy-in’ from your key stakeholders and executive leadership team 
•Detailed sustainment plan to reinforce learning
•Examples of strategies and key success factors to drive lasting change in your organization
•Examples of how to measure the ROI of your learning initiatives 


Wesley Connor

Director, People Development
Randstad Canada

11:30 am - 1:30 pm Race Around The 6ix + Networking Lunch (Urban Scavenger Hunt Icebreaker, Sponsored by Thoughtexchange)

1:30 pm - 2:15 pm Advancing Emerging Leaders and High-Potentials: A Successful Approach at Air Canada

Mark Olivier - Director - Talent Engagement & Diversity, Air Canada
High-impact learning leaders understand the importance of purposely identifying and developing high-potential managers and emerging leaders. Those with the right talent and who have been exposed to relevant experiences are exponentially more likely to deliver results. Businesses should begin their succession planning efforts by identifying and selecting leaders with a proven framework for assessment and development, helping them prepare for the next stage in their careers through targeted learning experiences.
As a primarily operationally driven organization, Air Canada has historically had traditional approaches to talent and retention – in recent years they have established a complete re-work of their culture and strategy for identifying and developing emerging leaders, moving them along the organization with efficiency and purpose. 
This session will highlight how a prominent North American carrier , who aspires to be a global champion has  reinvented themselves  from a legacy organization  and  transformed every step of their talent blueprint including:
• Ensuring executive buy-in and developing the framework: what worked, what didn’t, and lessons learned
• Selecting and identifying the right emerging leaders amongst high-potentials
• Understanding strengths and weakness and cross-matching them with what is really important for each role


Mark Olivier

Director - Talent Engagement & Diversity
Air Canada

2:20 pm - 2:50 pm Business Meetings

2:50 pm - 3:20 pm Business Meetings

3:20 pm - 3:35 pm Networking Break

3:40 pm - 4:10 pm Leading in Agile Work Environments

As many organizations look to flatten hierarchies in the effort to improve performance and reduce implementation time for new processes and product development, they are finding that traditional leadership methods don’t work.  In this session we will explore the challenges and opportunities of leading in an agile work culture, and specifically address the following:

•What is an agile culture and where did the concept come from?
•What are the benefits of having an agile culture?
•What are some barriers to successfully implementing an agile culture?
•What are the specific leadership challenges that occur within an agile culture?  How can you work through these challenges?
•How do you know if your organization is ready to fully support an agile culture?

Ignite Presentations

4:15 pm - 4:30 pm Surface, Activate and Accelerate Leadership Potential: Untapped Corners of your People Strategy
Presented by: Mathieu Baril, Manager, Business Development, DDI Canada

In today’s world of rapid change and complexity, we need more leadership, not just leaders. Leadership is about behavior, regardless of a person’s title or where they fall in the company hierarchy. As organizations face new and unfamiliar challenges, success depends on increasing the frequency of leadership behavior from individuals and teams to ensure that the organization has the right leadership at the right moment for the right context.

  • Expand the definition and understanding of leadership potential
  • Better spot and surface potential in people who might otherwise be missed
  • Activate and accelerate potential more broadly across the organization

Ignite Presentations

4:30 pm - 4:45 pm Building Performance in a Complex Organization
Presented by:
Peter Sicard, Co-Founder and Head of Production, Design & Technology at TuesdayAfternoon Media (TAM)
Mark Zhao, Talent & Learning Advisor at TD Bank

As learning professionals, we want to move quickly and innovate as fast as our changing workforce. To keep pace with these rapid developments, we must empower people to perform their highest potential by introducing new learning strategies and technologies into our organizations while removing barriers to success. Peter and Mark are currently implementing performance-driven learning at TD Bank. In this session, we’ll discuss where they are going, what they’ve learned, and tips for likeminded learning innovators.

Ignite Presentations

4:45 pm - 5:00 pm The Science of Decision Making
Do you ever wonder why smart, well-intended leaders often make poor decisions? The answer is primal. You will learn how you unconscious mind weighs heavily into daily interactions . Our biases function outside of our rational and logical thinking and play a fundamental role in the way we sort through billions of stimuli and make decisions.

5:00 pm - 5:30 pm Business Meetings

5:30 pm - 6:00 pm Business Meetings

6:05 pm - 6:50 pm Let’s Give Them Something to Talk About. Bonnie Raitt and Power of Real Conversations…

In this case study session you’ll hear from Dess Wood and Dave MacLeod about how Cineplex has taken on having courageous real-time conversations at scale as a way to build culture and drive change.

Presented by:
Dessalen Wood, VP Talent Development, Cineplex Entertainment
Dave MacLeod, CEO, Thoughtexchange

6:50 pm - 6:55 pm Chairperson’s Closing Remarks

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Networking Dinner