Day 1- Sunday, July 23rd

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Registration

12:00 PM - 12:15 PM Welcome Orientation

12:15 PM - 12:30 PM Chairperson's Opening Remarks

12:30 PM - 5:00 PM Networking Event

5:00 PM - 5:45 PM Refresh

Opening Keynote and Workshop

6:05 PM - 7:05 PM Motivation Misconceptions

Dessalen Wood, VP Talent Development, Cineplex
While all leaders are aware of the importance of motivation when it comes to high levels of performance, there remains an unspoken and pervasive leader fantasy that ideal employees have no needs of their own and are eager to do everything asked of them. Yet research shows that work environment has a tremendous effect on brain function and the desire to work. Still, when faced with push-back, many leaders blame the employee assuming their lack of performance is due to laziness, personality, or greed.

In this session, we will review the latest brain research about how these misconceptions are formed, showing how the “smarter” someone is, the more they defend their incorrect beliefs. We introduce the core of what makes up high quality motivation versus the version that has people feeling constrained and pressured. Through interactive activities, we provide participants with tools to change destructive patterns in their organizations, replacing them with new methods that stimulate creativity, effort, and passion.

In an interactive, engaging session, participants will:

  • Increase awareness of the destructive power of long held misconceptions about employee motivation; namely how leaders overestimate the importance of external factors such as money on employee motivation while devaluing intrinsic factors, such as autonomy, creativity and a sense of purpose.
  • Understand the most common motivation misconceptions, identifying where they originate from and to learning how they impact brain function and productivity.
  • Be provided with practical tools for HR and Training professionals to apply to address these common motivation misconceptions and replace them with practices that will improve the quality of motivation within your organization.


Dessalen Wood

VP Talent Development

7:00 PM - 7:30 PM Site Tour of BMO Institute for Learning

7:30 PM - 9:00 PM Networking Cocktail and Hors d'oeuvres

Followed by Optional After-Hours Networking