All activities are taking place at:
U of T Scarborough
Instructional Centre
1095 Military Trail
Toronto ON M1C 4Z4


8:30 am
Registration and breakfast


9:15 am
Welcome Remarks


9:30 am

Opening Keynote with Jeffrey Dvorkin


10:00 am
Break


10:15 am – 11:30 am (choose one session)

Brexit, Trumpism and other Global Issues. Does the Global Landscape Matter Locally?

Failure, Diversity, and Learning: How Innovation Happens

Retail Innovation for the Digital Age


11:45 am – 12:30 pm (Lunch and Learn)

Fake diversity and Post-diversity


12:30 pm – 1:45 pm (choose one session)

Quadruple Bottom Line: People, Planet, Profit, Purpose

What Does it Take to Succeed in Today’s Dynamic Business World?


1:45 pm

Break


2:00 pm – 3:15 pm (choose one session)

How is Disruptive Innovation Changing Where We Are Going?

Politics, Presence and Progression – Are Organizations Fundamentally Flawed?


3:15 pm
Break


3:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Closing Keynote Melissa Grelo


4:00 pm
Reception and Networking Opportunity


5:00 pm
Close


 

Conference Sessions

 

Brexit, Trumpism and other Global Issues. Does the Global Landscape Matter Locally?

How are Canadians affected by the changes occurring in Europe, in the United States, and around the globe? From the economic landscape, to the specific impact on businesses, industries, and the job market, our panel of industry experts will discuss how major global changes affect us locally.

Session presenters/panelists:

Rob Brouwer
Jim Falle
Dennis Fortnum
Rick Powers

 

Failure, Diversity, and Learning: How Innovation Happens

Innovation is a process that can be managed and replicated. However, the myth still persists that innovators are magically gifted or endowed with abilities that make innovation risky or unattainable by anyone save a precious few.

The reality is that Innovation is a process of continuous learning – sometimes known as “failure” – and getting comfortable being uncomfortable. This is achieved through maintaining a diverse network of individuals and experiences that can be harnessed to create and build the products, services, and platforms of the future.

Session presenter:

Grayson Bass

 

Retail Innovation for the Digital Age 

So… how do you keep a decades old retailer relevant in the digital age?

That’s the question that Sears Canada actively answers every day: “Delight Canadians with a totally new, innovative shopping experience supported by modern technology and design, while completely replacing the backend systems with a lean, mean, cloud based fighting machine.”

The [Sears Canada] Initium Commerce Lab,  a key component  of their innovation efforts, extends into every store, location, distribution centre and merchandising department in the organization.

Corey Messom (Vice-President, Technology) and Estherlita Griffiths (UTSC alumna and Divisional Vice-President, Architecture & IT Governance) will discuss how Sears Canada is reinventing the customer experience, business operations, and the Canadian retail landscape.

Cindy Chan
Estherlita Griffiths

Corey Messom

 

Fake diversity and Post-diversity

Too often “diversity” is about the category someone fits into on a census. The benefits of a diverse workforce cannot be captured if we are simply interested in ticking boxes. Employers too often miss the mono-culture they can create despite attempts at surface diversity.

Session presenter:

Elliot Noss

 

Quadruple Bottom Line: People, Planet, Profit, Purpose

The conventional three bottom lines for any organization’s success include people, planet, and profit. What happens when you include a fourth bottom line, purpose?  Dr. Ravi Gukathasan will discuss the invaluable role of the quadruple bottom line to his company’s success.

Session presenters:

Ravi Gukathasan
Georgette Zinaty

 

What Does it Take to Succeed in Today’s Dynamic Business World?

What are some of the things you need to think about to succeed in today’s rapidly evolving business world? What skill sets or experiences are needed? What does work-life balance look like? Hear from our panel of industry experts who will discuss and answer these questions and more.

Session presenters:

Andrew Drexler
Salim Maherali
Bill McConkey
Shant Poladian
Sachin Shah

 

How is Disruptive Innovation Changing Where We Are Going?

With the emergence of technologies and innovation, a generation of entrepreneurial minded professionals, and the appetite to create new ideas, the world around us is changing faster than ever.  Where will we find ourselves in the next 5-10 years? What are some of the keys to create a sustainable and competitive business?  Our panel of entrepreneurial experts will discuss these questions and more.

Keri Damen
Hamza Khan
Randy Cass
Suganya Tharmalingam

 

Politics, Presence and Progression – Are Organizations Fundamentally Flawed?

With only 4% of C-level executive positions being held by women, has the glass ceiling cracked?  What are some of the challenges women face as they progress through the ranks?  What can organizations do to create effective change and equity for leadership development?  Georgette Zinaty and Harshvendra Soin will discuss this topic and issues affecting women and leadership positions.

Harshvendra Soin
Georgette Zinaty