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People are at the heart of Canada’s global competitiveness, and Canadian business leaders have long known the value of tapping into talent to drive innovation and excellence.

The Catalyst Canada Honours Conference is an opportunity to bring together Diversity & Inclusion practitioners, industry professionals and champions of women’s advancement from across industries and the country to learn and discuss the research and tools necessary to make change in Canadian business.

The Conference was followed by a celebratory Dinner.

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The 2015 Catalyst Canada Honours conference, which was sponsored by RBC, featured the 2015 Catalyst Canada Honours Champions and speakers from across the spectrum of Canadian business who discussed strategies for using all of Canada’s talent to build inclusive workplaces with the ultimate competitive edge. 

The conference also featured a Change Agents Forum, where participants could get acquainted with organizations that share Catalyst’s goal of advancing all talent by creating inclusive workplaces.

Panelists and speakers included:

Alex Johnston, Executive Director, Catalyst Canada

Bill Thomas, Chief Executive Officer, KPMG in Canada and Chair –  KPMG’s Americas Region

Cynthia Hansen, Senior Vice President, Enbridge Pipelines Inc.

Colleen Moorehead, Chief Client Officer, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

Anne Marie Owens, Editor in Chief, National Post

Jennifer Thorpe-Moscon, PhD, Research Director, Catalyst

Janet Kestin and Nancy Vonk, cofounders of SWIM leadership consultancy

Ken Dryden, Hockey Hall of Fame goaltender, and former Federal Cabinet Minister

Zabeen Hirji, Chief Human Resources Officer, RBC

8:00 a.m.
Check-In & Continental Breakfast

8:45 a.m.
Opening Remarks
Powerful, Proven Behaviours of Inclusive Leaders
Alex Johnston, Executive Director, Catalyst Canada

9:00 a.m.
Meet the Champions
Get inspired by our 2015 Catalyst Canada Honours Champions, all of whom exemplify inclusive leadership. Each of these incredible leaders has acted to advance women in her or his organization, industry, and community, and each will share personal stories of obstacles, perseverance, and progress.

Moderated by:
Anne Marie Owens, Editor in Chief, National Post

Panelists:
Bill Thomas, Chief Executive Officer, KPMG in Canada and Chair –  KPMG’s Americas Region
Cynthia Hansen, Senior Vice President, Enbridge Pipelines Inc.
Colleen Moorehead, Chief Client Officer, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

10:30 a.m.
Networking & Break

11:00 a.m.
Research Report:  The Power of EACH
Speaker: Jennifer Thorpe-Moscon, PhD, Research Director, Catalyst

How can organizations build high-performing teams comprised of employees who go above and beyond the call of duty? The answer lies in creating workplaces where employees feel included. In this session Catalyst, in partnership with RBC, unveils new research on the leadership behaviours most often linked to inclusion: Empowerment, Accountability, Courage, and Humility. We invite you to embrace the proven power of EACH.

12:00 p.m.
Lunch

1:00 p.m.
The Leader’s Secret Weapon: Making Your Excellence Visible

Many believe that excellent work should speak for itself—and it does, but only about 10 per cent of the time. Join us for an exciting and interactive opportunity to learn why it’s critical to “take the microphone” and make your excellence visible, and how to do just that.

Session Leaders:
Janet Kestin and Nancy Vonk, cofounders of SWIM leadership consultancy
Janet and Nancy are the talent behind the Cannes Grand Prix-winning Dove Campaign for Real Beauty and authors of Darling You Can’t Do Both (and Other Noise to Ignore on Your Way Up) (HarperCollins).

2:00 p.m.
Networking & Break

2:30 p.m.
Keynote Address

Advancing Canada’s Talent in the 21st Century

Keynote Speaker: Ken Dryden, Hockey Hall of Fame goaltender, former Federal Cabinet Minister, lawyer, businessman, bestselling author, and visiting scholar at the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada.

When it comes to Canada’s competitiveness on the global stage, we needn’t look much further than hockey. Talent in this sport thrives across Canada—we source it, develop it, and put it to work, and our expectations of it are high. But while our success on the ice is certainly worthy of celebration, it also raises an important question: why do we invest so carefully in developing our hockey talent, yet fail to apply this kind of rigour to areas even more integral to our country’s strength and future, such as innovation and productivity? Why don’t we expect more from ourselves—and our country? Don’t miss this opportunity to hear firsthand from Canadian icon Ken Dryden about the themes of his McGill course, Making the Future, and the series he is developing for CBC in 2017 on the importance of corporate talent development and its implications for Canada’s economic future.

4:00 p.m.
Closing Remarks
Zabeen Hirji, Chief Human Resources Officer, RBC

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