Speakers

Alex Benay

Global Lead, Government Azure Strategy

Microsoft

Former Chief Information Officer, Government of Canada

Tina Debos

Director, Diversity and Inclusion

Intact Financial

Blaine Donais

President and Founder

Workplace Fairness International

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.

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.