Speakers

Alex Benay

Global Lead, Government Azure Strategy

Microsoft

Former Chief Information Officer, Government of Canada

Tina Debos

Tina Debos

Director, Diversity and Inclusion

Intact Financial

Nicole Desloges

Nicole Desloges

SVP, People

Lifelabs

Nicole is an agile global human resources executive with a passion for building high performance teams, cultures and organizations. Business-minded and practical, Nicole has deep experience in partnering with executives in union and non-union environments. During her career, she has worked across industries including healthcare, manufacturing and financial technology.

Nicole is a trusted advisor to CEOs and Boards of Directors for publicly and privately traded companies. Her reputation is built on providing a balanced and honest perspective on how organizations need to transform to achieve their business goals.

With a strong commitment to making talent and culture a competitive advantage, Nicole is adept at uniting teams to lead innovative and complex corporate initiatives. Fluently bilingual, she combines her HR experience with a strong knowledge of customer service and operations to make a powerful impact at all levels of an organization.

Blaine Donais

Blaine Donais

President and Founder

Workplace Fairness International

Blaine Donais B.A., LL.B., LL.M. (ADR), RPDR, C. Med., Q.Arb., PHSA, WFA author of Workplaces That Work, Engaging Unionized Employees, and The Art and Science of Workplace Mediation all published by Carswell, has spent many years working with public and private sector professionals. He is President and Founder of Workplace Fairness International. He has represented professionals as a labour lawyer from 1995 to 2017. He is an expert in both the practice and theory of assisted labour/management negotiation, mediation-arbitration, investigation, occupational health and safety assessments and facilitation. He is Adjunct Professor of Workplace Conflict Management at York University and University of Toronto (Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources). He has performed numerous workplace health assessments and violence and harassment risk assessments for organizations across the country.

Geoff Ho

Geoff Ho

Head of People Research & Analytics

Rogers Communications Inc.

Dr. Geoff Ho is an expert in diagnosing & prescribing people solutions at scale. By day, he directs a People Research & Analytics department using science, analytics, and consulting to shape Rogers’ people strategy for its 26,000+ employees. By night, he lectures for York University’s People Analytics Certificate Program which he co-developed. Prior to this, Dr. Ho worked at Google’s People Analytics team and 4 Fortune/Forbes Global 1000 Companies, received a PhD specializing in Organizational Behavior at UCLA, and obtained both a Master of Industrial Relations and Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Toronto. His award-winning research has shaped government legislation and organizational policies, been published in prestigious academic journals and best-selling books, and received global media coverage.

Norman Keith

Norman Keith

Partner

KPMG Law, LLP

Norm Keith is a management-side employment and labour lawyer, most notably he is one of the leading Occupational Health and Safety (“OHS”) lawyers in Canada. Additionally, Norm represents businesses in regulatory and white-collar crime investigations. He has successfully defended more than 1,000 OHS regulatory, criminal and related charges.

Norm’s advisory practice includes executive compensation, employment contracts, restrictive covenants, HR policies, COVID-19 vaccine policies, ethical practices, fraud prevention, and workers compensation claims management. Norm’s litigation practice includes wrongful dismissal, restrictive covenants, fraud recovery, whistle-blower complaints, work refusals, human rights claims, OHS prosecutions, labour arbitrations, OLRB hearings, and fiduciary duty lawsuits.

Norm has extensive experience in the complex subjects of alcohol & drugs and harassment & violence in the workplace.

Lisette Reyes

Lisette Reyes

Lead of Employee Experience Research, People Research and Analytics

Rogers Communications Inc.

Dr. Lisette Reyes is an award-winning learning strategist, researcher, and human performance professional. She has consulted with client organizations across multiple industries such as Dell Technologies, the United Nations, and Teck Resources on the design of data-driven learning development initiatives. Currently, Dr. Reyes oversees Rogers’ Employee Experience Research team to shape and scale a continuous employee listening strategy across the organization. Previously, she pioneered an innovative research and analytics approach to measure the impact of Rogers’ learning strategy and training programs. Dr. Reyes, a former Fulbright scholar, holds a Ph.D. and a M.S. in Education from Purdue University where she has served as an Adjunct Faculty member for its online Master in Learning Design & Technology.

Richard Sharpe

Richard Sharpe

Director, Equity, Anti-racism, Diversity and Inclusion

Department of Justice Canada

Richard has worked within the Canadian Federal Public Service for over 25 years. He is currently the Director of the Equity, Anti-racism, Diversity and Inclusion Leading the Anti-Racism and Anti-Discrimination Secretariat at the Department of Justice Canada where his work focusses on ensuring equity and inclusion for all equity seeking groups within the organization. Over the years, his work has involved leading initiatives in support of Government of Canada commitments to the United Nations International Decade for People of African Descent. Richard is one of the founders of the Federal Black Employee Caucus that has been working with federal public service and union leadership to address anti-black racism in the federal public service. Richard’s work regionally, nationally and within the federal public service is intended to improve the condition of Black and African diaspora communities in Canada. Over the last few years Richard has been a speaker on addressing systemic racism, anti-black racism and how to be an ally within the Black Lives Matter movement.

David S. Weiss

David S. Weiss

President & CEO

Weiss International Ltd.

Dr. David S. Weiss, ICD.D is President & CEO of Weiss International Ltd., a Toronto‐based firm specializing in innovation, leadership, and executive coaching for Fortune 500, social enterprise and public‐sector organizations. David and his team of consultants generate business, organizational and people solutions for executives and Boards globally. Some projects include:

  • Executive coaching and executive developmental assessments
  • Facilitating strategic planning, restructuring, & change management
  • Designing executive team governance and alignment agreements
  • Facilitating innovative thinking to gain insight into complex issues
  • Designing and delivering innovation, change & leadership workshops

David has consulted on more than 1000 business and organizational projects on five continents including in Canada, USA, England, Holland, France, Hungary, Italy, Israel, Russia, China, Malaysia, Uganda, South Africa, and Chile. He also delivered over 220 conference presentations, presented at over 150 University Executive Development Programs, and wrote over 60 journal articles. He is the author or co‐author of seven books that have been translated into four languages including Innovative Intelligence (Publisher: Wiley, also available in Chinese) which was reported by CBC News as a “top 5 business book” in the year it was published and Leadership‐Driven HR which was listed by the Globe & Mail Report on Business as a bestseller in the year it was published.

In addition to his consulting work, David is affiliate faculty at executive development programs at Schulich, Queen’s, and St. Mary’s University. He is also a Certified HR Executive (CHRE) and on the CHRE Review Committee for the HRPA, an Institute Certified Board Director (ICD.D) with the Institute of Corporate Directors, and a Canadian Registered Health Service Provider in Psychology (CRHSP). He also is a Certified Life and Wellness Coach with Canada Coach Academy, and he is certified in the Hogan personality assessments and the emotional intelligence EQi assessments.

David’s doctorate is from the University of Toronto and he has three master’s degrees, in Education, Psychology and Philosophy. Previously, Dr. Weiss was an Affiliate Professor of the Rotman School of Management, a Senior Research Fellow at Queen’s University, a Director on the Board of the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation, the Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer of a multi‐national consulting firm, and President of the Section of Industrial and Organizational Psychology of the Ontario Psychological Association and a Director on the OPA Board.

Dr. David Weiss has received numerous international honours, among them:

  • The “Distinguished Lecturer” certificate from the Government of Canada and Government of Ontario
  • Most Innovative HR Consultancy CEO (Canada) by the Global CEO Excellence Awards 2020
  • The “HR Leadership Award” by the Asia‐Pacific HR Congress
  • The “HR Distinction Award” by the Israel HR Association
  • The first lifetime “Fellow” of the Institute for Performance and Learning (formally CSTD)
  • The fourth lifetime “Fellow” of the Human Resources Professionals Association (FHRPA)
  • “Lifetime Member” of the “Global Directory of Who’s Who” and the “Presidential Who’s Who”