Catalyst Canada Honours Conference

Growing Canada’s Talent Advantage

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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. This year’s Catalyst Canada Honours Conference explored strategies for using all of Canada’s talent to build inclusive workplaces with the ultimate competitive edge. 

On Tuesday, November 10, we heard from Canadian leaders, including the 2015 Catalyst Canada Honours Champions, individuals honoured for advancing women and inclusive workplaces in Canadian business.



8:00 a.m.

Check-In & Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m.


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


  • 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. 


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 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.


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.


Zabeen Hirji, Chief Human Resources Officer, RBC


Throughout the Day: Change Agents Forum!

Tour our Exhibitors’ Forum and get acquainted with organizations that share Catalyst’s goal of advancing all talent by creating inclusive workplaces. Together we can help build a stronger, more vibrant, and more competitive Canada!


The Conference precedes the celebratory Catalyst Canada Honours Dinner.




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