WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP
Making a difference
This program contains 5 hr 30 min Professionalism Hours.
Sharon Ramalho (Keynote Speaker)
Senior Vice President & Chief People Officer (Retired)
McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada Ltd.
Effecting change through collaboration
Changing and evolving are necessary for continuous growth and success. And a collaborative leadership style is key: leading the process, but not necessarily the outcome. The process involves bringing the right people together in order to bring about a change. In this presentation, Sharon Ramalho will discuss:
- • Identifying the need to change
- • How to build the case for change
- • Effective change techniques through collaborative efforts
VP Control Brand Marketing
Loblaw Companies Limited
Leading with integrity
Integrity is the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles. In today’s business environment, how can we be leaders with integrity in such uncertain times? In this presentation, Cheryl Grishkewich will talk about:
- • The complexities of leadership
- • Leadership and the connections with personal values
Ottawa – Regional Managing Partner
Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
The goal of any leader is to have those we lead know the answer to the question: why should I follow you? One of the most important qualities a leader must possess is credibility. Credibility is measured by several important traits including:
- • Walking the talk and leading by example, with consistency
- • Honesty, sincerity and respect through the span of experiences, good and bad
- • Competence and accountability
A leader who portrays these traits will gain the respect she needs to establish a loyal following and accomplish her goals.
Chief Corporate Officer
City of Toronto
Designing and implementing new initiatives
Leveraging human capital and increasing engagement is a primary focus for addressing the disruptive digital economy at the City of Toronto. To begin, a strategic city-wide response to business driven transformation and the rise of tech savvy millennials in the workplace includes the war room concept, office modernization and maximizing the value and efficient use of the City’s land and property assets to name a few. The collaborative power of the best talent designing and implementing new initiatives will bring the City of Toronto into the 21st century. The City of Toronto’s change agent and Chief Corporate Officer, Josie Scioli will discuss the following topics:
- • Investing in change by investing in people
- • Employee Engagement as top priority
- • Dedicating resources specific to transformation
President & CEO and Managing Director and Head, Scotiatrust
Employee engagement: A critical leadership challenge
As leaders we face uncontrollable factors that impact the success of our business, such as politics, regulatory or economic factors. Organizations may continue to enjoy greater levels of success in spite of these external forces because of Employee Engagement. Having employees that are clearly committed to the organization’s visions, strategies and goals is playing a more significant role our success than previously believed. Engaged employees provide greater productivity and higher levels of performance, are less likely to be drawn away by competitors and may become an addition to a greater customer experience. While many of us may indeed understand the important of engagement, how do we as leaders actually create employee engagement? This session will explore tips and strategies to enable, empower and engage your employees.
- • Performance enablement
- • Leading with form and “essence”
- • Fostering culture and aligning to brand
Chief People Officer
Committing to continuous learning
Cheryl Stargratt balances data-driven insights with a strong knowledge of coaching and people and organizational development. Continuous learning and development strategies are critical in equipping leaders to lead with purpose and build capabilities that create an environment where employees are motivated, engaged, and performing at their best. In this presentation, Cheryl will speak to:
- • How Tangerine uses on-going learning to develop its leaders
- • How Tangerine contributes to its award-winning culture and business success
Vice President, Project Assurance & Contract Management, Nuclear Projects
Ontario Power Generation (OPG)
Resilience, leadership and performance are inextricably linked. Resilient leaders regain footing quickly when things go wrong, and use adversity to their advantage. How can we build resilience as individuals and as leaders? This presentation will discuss the personal and professional benefits of building resilience, including:
- • Bouncing back from adversity
- • Thriving on challenge
- • Creating a culture of resilience
Vice President, Consumer Sales Channel
HP Canada Co.
Ability to influence
As the leader of HP Canada Co.’s Consumer Sales Channel, delivering innovative technology to consumers through HP’s retail partners is Anita Grassl’s central focus. Since joining HP in 2008, she and her team have transformed HP’s retail channel, which has propelled the business to market leadership in both the Print and PC categories. While a large part of this success is directly due to her team’s ability to influence and entice HP’s external retail partners, the ability to invigorate key internal stakeholders cannot be overlooked. Anita will discuss her personal journey in the fast changing technology industry, how it has evolved over the last several years and how she is reinventing how to lead both inside and out of her organization. She will also cover:
- • How to better assess your target customer in a competitive market
- • Why influencing is one of the most critical skills a high performing Sales Team needs to have
- • How to influence to get the results you need
Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer
Leadership at any level of the organization
A strong organization is made up of leaders at every level. “Leadership is not about titles, positions or flowcharts. It is about one life influencing another.” – John C. Maxwell. Leading at any level is about every person showing leadership in the work they do. In this presentation, Judith Purves will talk about:
- • Bringing out the talents of people
- • Supporting individual empowerment
- • Inspiring multiple generations of leaders
Senior Vice President, Head of Product
AGF Investments Inc.
Be a leader that strives for excellence
Former U.S. secretary of state Colin Powell believes in excellence. “If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude.” This sentiment is well intentioned, but much like vices, too much of any virtue, can result in a leader who has unintended biases. In this presentation, Florence Narine will discuss:
- • Creating and sustaining achievable excellence
- • Excellence while fostering a culture of innovation
- • Striving for excellence while supporting risk taking
Dr. Wendy Cukier
Professor, Information Technology Management and
Director, Diversity Institute, Ted Rogers School of Management
For almost 30 years, Dr. Wendy Cukier has worked as a multidisciplinary researcher, teacher and leader, committed to advancing innovation and social justice. A Professor in the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University, she is the coauthor of the bestseller Innovation Nation: Canadian Leadership from Java to Jurassic Park and recognized as an authority of dis-ruptive technologies. She has received many awards for her leadership – a YWCA Woman of Distinction, one of the top 25 Women of Influence, one of 100 Alumni who shaped the Century (at the University of Toronto), recipient of the City of Toronto’s Bob Marley award and most recently, winner of the Black Business Professional Association’s Harry Jerome Award for Diver-sity. She founded the Diversity Institute to develop research-based strategies to promote inclu-sion with a particular focus on the intersection of issues such as gender, race, social economic status, sexual orientation and gender identity, disability and indigeneity. While committed to data driven analysis, she has also explored the lived experience of particular groups including Racialized Women, Somalian-Canadians, LGBTQ Black Youth and Muslim Women. She has just completed a successful term as Vice-President of Research and Innovation at Ryerson University, and led the University’s strategy to grow research and to promote innova-tion and commercialization. She has served as the Associate Dean of the Ted Rogers School of Management, Canada’s largest AACSB accredited business school. She has written more than 200 papers or reports on enabling technologies and innovation including the recent report called Transformation of Work, which explores the role of mobile technologies in the Canadian workforce. She holds a PhD in management science (York); an MBA and an MA (Toronto) and honorary doctorates from Laval and Concordia.
Lynn M. McGrade
Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
Lynn McGrade is a Partner and the Toronto regional leader of BLG’s Investment Management Group. She specializes in issues relating to the investment management industry in Canada. She is the Chair of the Women’s Leadership Development Committee and head of BLG’s UK desk. Lynn is the past Chair of the National Society of Compliance Professionals (NSCP) and is a past Chair of the Investment Funds Committee of the IBA. She is the recipient of the Women’s Executive Network’s (WXN) 2013 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Awards and the 2013 Lexpert® Zenith Awards – Celebrating Women Leaders in the Legal Profession. Past Chairman of the IBA Investment Funds Committee. Past President of the Osgoode Hall Alumni Association. President of The Duke of Edinburgh Award’s Program (Ontario). Board member and member, Investment Committee, Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation. Recognized by Lexpert® magazine as one of “Canada’s Top 40 Lawyers Under 40” (2002); and as one of the “Top 40 Corporate Lawyers to Watch” in The 2006 Lexpert® Guide to the 100 Most Creative Lawyers in Canada. Recognized by The Best Lawyers in Canada 2015;The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory 2014; Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada (Investment Funds & Asset Management); Who’s Who Legal; and PLC Which Lawyer?
EVENT DATE, TIME & VENUE
Thursday, November 16, 2017
8:45 AM – 4:10 PM
426 University Avenue, Toronto
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Early Bird deadline: September 30, 2017
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What attendees are saying!
“Great tips. Fabulous energy. Great crowd.”
– MARA ABOLINS, Project Management, LCBO
“Phenomenal group of inspiring female leaders. Listening to stories about their unique journeys was fascinating and eye opening.”
– AKILAH ALLEN-SILVERSTEIN, Financial Consultant, Investors Group
“Lots of great content and reflection opportunities. It was valuable to take the time out of an extremely busy schedule to level set and spent time just mainly listening.”
– ALEX BAKKER, National Director, Andrew Peller Limited
“What a great day listening to so many amazing Canadian women leaders.”
– NATALIE BENITAH, VP Printing, HP Canada Co.
“Heard from great women leaders. One of the best conferences I have ever attended. The quality of the speakers was awesome.”
– DIDHITI BHOUMIK, Senior Director, McCarthy Tétrault