All activities are taking place at:
U of T Scarborough
1095 Military Trail
Toronto ON M1C 4Z4
Registration and breakfast
Opening Keynote with Jeffrey Dvorkin
10:15 am – 11:30 am (choose one session)
11:45 am – 12:30 pm (Lunch and Learn)
12:30 pm – 1:45 pm (choose one session)
2:00 pm – 3:15 pm (choose one session)
3:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Closing Keynote Melissa Grelo
Reception and Networking Opportunity
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.