ABOUT THE SUMMIT
The Future Proof Summit is designed for the forward-thinking HR or Change Management professional that is looking to understand, develop, and share best practices when it comes to people in the workplace. This five-day virtual summit will feature leaders from across industry and sector from both Canada and the United States that will talk about key focus points in today’s world of work.
Each day will feature five speakers focusing on one topic and you will be emailed a link each morning describing who will be talking, what they will be talking about, and we will be sending summaries of each presentation so you don’t have to take notes.
Topics will include:
Diversity and Inclusion
INNOVATIVE AND AGILE CULTURES
WORKPLACE WELLNESS AND PRESENCE
NEXT GEN MANAGEMENT AND ENGAGEMENT
SOME OF OUR PAST PARTICIPANTS
PAST SPEAKERS OF FUTURE PROOF SUMMIT
Andrea is an energetic leader focussed on developing and coaching talent. In her role as Vice-President & Market Manager for BMO’s Private Banking group, she leads a team of professionals who deliver customized wealth solutions for successful families in Calgary and Southern Alberta.
Since joining BMO in 1998, Andrea has held various roles in personal & commercial banking, Human Resources, and wealth management. Over her career she has developed expertise in change management, strategy, M&A, and sales leadership.
Supporting women in their careers and their finances is Andrea’s passion. She is the head of BMO’s Women in a Supported Environment group for the Prairie provinces, which encourages networking and career development for men and women at BMO. She also co-chairs BMO for Women, which focusses on engaging and supporting women in Calgary who are entrepreneurs, or who want to take a more active role in managing their wealth.
Outside of BMO, Andrea is involved in a number of charitable organizations, with a focus on those that help women and families. She is a Board Director for the Famous 5 Foundation and Chair of their Leadership Committee, and a member of the United Way Calgary Women’s Leadership Council Steering Committee. In addition, she has been invited to speak at various companies and associations on the topics of women in the workplace, leadership and diversity.
Andrea holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Waterloo and a Master of Management Science from the University of Sheffield in the UK. In 2013 she graduated in the top 10% of her Executive MBA program at the Richard Ivey School of Business.
Amy is a passionate Talent Manager who believes in building strong employment brands to attract the industry’s top talent. Amy has been in the recruitment industry since 2009 and has worked with top brands such as McDonalds, Starbucks, Nestle, the JOEY Restaurant Group, and is now the Talent Manager at Vega, a company which is focused on plant-based, real food alternatives, with a vision of empowering the world to thrive. In her free time, you’ll find Amy onthe Grouse Grind, running a half-marathon or riding her bike around Vancouver.
Tatyana Mamut is a transformative leader, product innovator, and economic anthropologist.
She is General Manager & Director of Product at Amazon Web Services, where she is driving the development of a revolutionary new digital product. Before that, she was Vice President & Head of Product Experience at Salesforce for the Internet of Things Cloud, a big data, real-time event processing platform. She also led Salesforce’s Re-Invention of the CRM product, culminating in the “Lightning Experience.”
Tatyana also built and led the Organization Design Practice at global design firm IDEO, which partners with large complex organizations to help them become more innovative. She led many high-stakes IDEO engagements including the creation of digital tools to drive citizen engagement and cultural transformation for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, development and scaling of a User-Centered Innovation Culture at Life Technologies, and the Human Centered Design (HCD) Toolkit for the Gates Foundation. She has also founded two successful consulting businesses, Emergent Thinking and CS Solutions.
Tatyana has a PhD in economic anthropology from UC Berkeley and a BA in economics from Amherst College. She speaks at premier conferences, focusing on technology & innovation — and the role of leadership & culture in creating and sustaining long-term competitive advantage in a rapidly-changing world.
Swish Goswami is a 20 year old sophomore from Toronto, Canada studying at the University of Toronto. He is an award winning serial tech entrepreneur and innovator, UN Youth Ambassador, Huffington Post contributor, early stage tech investor, LinkedIn campus editor, social media personality and TEDx speaker. Swish is one of the world’s youngest venture capitalist as a Business Development Associate at JB Fitzgerald Venture Capital. In his role, he has consulted with Fortune 500 companies on promoting investments in the digital media space. Swish is also the brand manager for business leaders and public figures like Trevor Booker of the Brooklyn Nets. He is currently focusing his energy on writing a book on personal branding and growing his businesses: Technotronics (a wearable tech startup in partnership with NBA teams like the Brooklyn Nets and Utah Jazz), RafikiMedia, The Next Foundry, and FoodShare. Swish has “already made a dent on the global entrepreneurial landscape” and has been notably featured on The Huffington Post, Canadian Student Business Review, and Influencive along with notably winning Startup Canada’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year award, Strategy Magazine’s Social Innovator of the Year, the United Nation’s Outstanding Youth Leadership Award, and Plan Canada’s Top 20 under 20 award. In 2016, Swish was recognized as the “Face and Future of Canadian Entrepreneurship” by UPS Canada.
Kay Sargent brings over 30 years of experience in the interiors industry. Her work has taken her to multiple continents where she has worked with Fortune 500 companies on their global real estate strategies and designed workplaces of the future. Kay specializes in helping companies identify their unique organizational DNA and requirements, align their space with their business goals, develop the workplace of the future and deliver it across their global portfolio.
Prior to joining HOK as Senior Principal for Strategic Accounts and Workplace; Kay served as Director of Workplace Strategies for Lendlease; VP of A&D and Workplace Strategies for Teknion; and as a Principal for Interior Architects in Washington, DC. Kay has a BFA in interiors from VCU and studied environmental design at Parsons School of Design in NY. Kay was recently elected to serve on the CoreNet Global Board and currently serves on the National ASID Foundation Board, the Material ConneXion Advisory Council, and the Advisory Board of Virginia Tech School of Architecture and Design. She has also served on the International Boards of IIDA, ASID, NCQLP and NCIDQ. She is an active member of IFMA and co-founder of the IFMA Workplace Evoluntionaries, WE, community. Kay speaks regularly at CoreNet, IFMA and other industry events globally and has twice been honored with the ‘Luminary Award’ from CoreNet Global for being one of the top rated speakers and was the “Top Rated Presenter” at the Tradeline’s 2015 Space Strategies conference. Kay was recently selected as a ‘POWER WOMEN’ by Bisnow and is a networker and mentor to many in the industry, and as such is a Founding member of the DC Chapter of Upward.
Emily Key is a Vancouver-based operations strategist currently running full-throttle as Director of Operations at Bench Accounting, a design-focused tech company operating as North America’s largest bookkeeping service for small businesses. She volunteers her time with the Children’s Wish Foundation, Rotary International, and organizing TEDx events. Prior to these endeavours, she was the co-founder of a full-service software development firm, and has held positions with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and the United Nations.
The University of Calgary drives nearly $8 billion in economic impact to its host province of Alberta. Within one of the most entrepreneurial academic environments in the nation, Kim’s portfolio includes marketing strategy and positioning (including advertising), brand and identity, digital experience (including web and social channels), and creative solutions. She also led the university’s 50th Anniversary celebrations in 2016-17. Kim has more than 25 years’ experience in the marketing and communications field, covering the private and public sectors, both in Canada and internationally. From her early career learning the marcom ropes on the ground in Thailand; to subsequent immersion in the dynamic high-tech start-up space in Canada, Israel and the U.S.; and then a transition into the post-secondary sector, Kim is a firm believer in structured brand ecosystems and an integrated approach to marketing – no matter how complex or dispersed the organization. She was raised on military bases around the world and alleviates a severe case of wanderlust by subjecting her two teenaged daughters to spontaneous road-trips into small-town Canada whenever possible.
A self-proclaimed book nerd, Chicago-born Joe Granato is passionate about building high-performance teams and spearheading large-scale change efforts that add value to business. From from his instrumental contribution to global giant lululemon’s accelerated growth to his current executive position with Canadian favourite Earls Restaurants, Joe is known for his ability to translate his academic insight and leadership development into meaningful, tangible results. He is the host with the most & a leader in Vancouver everyone wants to work for.
Shaun Cawley is the HRBP Lead for Shopify’s Support department. Joining Shopify in 2014, Shaun was helped in scaling the Support to include both internal and distributed employees internationally. Shaun focus in on the employee experience, compensation, performance and structure in Shopify support, but is well known for his forward thinking views to build for long term success. Prior to Shopify, Shaun had been challenging the status quo in Canadian HR for the past 6+ years in roles with NAV Canada, Mxi Technologies, both in the private and public sector. Shaun has a Masters in Industrial Relations from Queen’s University, and a Bachelor of Commerce from Carleton University. Shaun is an active participant in several community boards as a volunteer and mentor in the Ottawa, Canada region.
Mark joined 23andMe in 2017 as Vice President of People, responsible for human resources at the company. In this role, Mark oversees culture, talent, employee engagement, diversity and inclusion, as well as programs for employee development and total rewards.
Most recently, Mark held human resources leadership roles at Netflix and Tesla. At Tesla he was Vice President of Human Resources. Prior to his time there he was Vice President and General Manager at Stryker Corporation, one of the world’s most admired medical technology companies, where he spent over 16 years. Before his time in business, Mark served as an officer in the United States Navy.
He holds a Bachelor of Science from Vanderbilt University, and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Nebraska. Mark is also a graduate of the Stanford Graduate School of Business Executive Program.
Tom Freeman is a business psychologist who has dedicated his career to making companies happy places to work. He is the Culture Manager at Headspace, the world’s most popular meditation app. In this role, he ensures Headspace is a healthy, happy and productive place to work. Headspace’s vision is to improve the health and happiness of the world, and Tom is responsible for making sure that vision starts with company culture.
At Headspace, Tom’s responsibilities include overseeing people data collection, company values, as well as on-boarding and training employees. Tom is helping to engineer an environment where employees work passionately to build the future of mental wellness, while still having opportunities to de-stress, be creative, socialize, and (of course) meditate.
Wisam is the CEO & Co-Founder of Hazel, a startup that makes People & Culture software for forward-thinking companies. He is a serial entrepreneur. Prior to Hazel, Wisam was CEO & Co-Founder of Rise, a national workforce management software provider that today continues to service more than 500 customers.
Wisam regularly speak on the changing landscape of HR, the future of work, and how millennials fit into all of it. He passionate about the sea change we’re seeing in how companies value their people. He is also strong believer that people are companies’ number one source of long-term competitive advantage.
In 2016, Wisam was named a BC Business 30 Under 30. He is also a Notable.ca Notable Young Entrepreneur, and has been featured in the Globe and Mail, Business in Vancouver magazine, Montecristo magazine, Techvibes, Betakit, and have appeared on Roundhouse Radio.
As CEO and Co-Founder of HRx Technology, Wyle is focused on disrupting traditional hiring practices. In 2016, Wyle launched HRx, which provides technology solutions and services for unbiased hiring (commonly referred to as blind hiring).
Prior to HRx, Wyle worked for over 10 years in consulting and project management, primarily focused in the areas of process improvement, technology and strategies for change management. He worked in the marine, transportation and construction industries with local and international clients.
Wyle holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, a Masters of Business Administration and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). In 2014, Wyle was appointed to the role of Ambassador for the University of Victoria’s Business School and in 2015 he was recognized as one of the University’s 25 Alumni to Watch.
Wyle speaks regularly on the issues of entrepreneurship, recruitment and unconscious bias.
Geoff Watts is a North Vancouver, BC-based People & Culture professional, runner, cyclist, coffee addict and new father. He focuses his time translating business strategies into culturally relevant talent strategies that drive effective long term business results. While he’s capable of building relationships in the boardroom, his preference is to get to know you over a bike ride or trail run.
Bob Fox is a leader in the architecture and interior design profession and is well respected by his peers for his innovative approach to workplace design. He inspires those around him to look beyond the physical environment to consider the broader spectrum of organizational and cultural issues affecting today’s workplace.
Bob founded FOX Architects in April of 2003. FOX specializes in architecture, interiors, graphics, and advisory services and is focused on providing quality design and dedicated service on every project. Bob serves as an advisor to his clients to ensure the strategic objectives and project expectations are achieved.
In 2010, Bob started Work Design Magazine. The online publication provides an independent and unbiased resource for new ideas, products, people and projects that influence the workplace and how people work. Readership has grown internationally to 32,500+ designers, architects, facility managers, manufacturers, dealers, workplace strategists, end-users, and consultants.
Ron Thiele is the founder and CEO of Xpan Interactive Ltd. a Calgary based Digital Agency and North American leader in the development of elearning solutions for large corporations. Since 2001, Ron has led a strong team of instructional designers, digital experts, artists, developers, 3D and video artists, writers and project managers, helping large organizations around the world build superb digital knowledge experiences.
A popular presenter and speaker, he has been at the podium for Austin’s SXSW, The Banff Centre, the Institute for Performance and Learning, The Banff New Media Institute, Calgary and Alberta Economic Development, the Calgary Chamber of Commerce and the American Public Transportation Association.
Ron has over 27 years experience in the corporate communications, interactive and elearning industries. As a volunteer Ron has been a senior advisor to the Vermillion Institute, an independent policy institute dedicated to advancing the vision that sustainability means caring for people, planet and prosperity. Ron sat on the Board of Directors and is Past President of Digital Alberta, an industry-led organization devoted to promoting and connecting the local thriving digital media community. He was also on the board of Alberta’s ICT Council, Calgary Downtown Association and chaired the Calgary Urban Development Committee.
Katie Burke is the Chief People Officer at HubSpot, where she oversees HubSpot’s global employment brand to attract top-level talent as the company continues to grow and enter new markets. She creates and delivers the optimal candidate and employee experience for HubSpot’s offices around the world. Katie manages the team responsible for HubSpot’s award-winning culture and commitment to transparency and autonomy.
During her time at HubSpot, the company has received culture commendations from Entrepreneur, Fortune, The Boston Globe, Glassdoor, and The Boston Business Journal. Katie’s emphasis on a culture of inclusion, diversity, and support has also placed HubSpot on Fortune.com’s “100 Best Workplaces for Women” list.
Prior to HubSpot, Katie was the Director of Marketing and Corporate Partnerships at Athletes’ Performance and Core Performance. During her tenure, the company was named one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies and was featured on CNN Money, Yahoo!, ESPN, The New York Times, and more. Katie also served as a Brand Manager at EXOS. She attended Bates College and holds an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management. Katie is an advisor at Flybridge Capital and was on the part of the inaugural Rev Boston Class of Top Women in Boston Tech.
Joti is an HR specialist at Samsung R&D Canada and has been connected to the tech industry for over 5 years. As a Talent Acquisition and HR professional, she firmly believes in raising the bar for creating a positive candidate experience and supporting an environment that fosters strong cultural well-being. Joti enjoys surrounding herself with encouraging and talented team members who also believe in continually developing in a constantly changing and fast-paced environment.
Tara Carcillo is President and CEO of The Clearing, Inc., a Washington, D.C.-based management consulting firm. She is the co-creator of MeetingPRIMES.com, a website that offers straightforward tutorials on how to engage, motivate, and lead others in meetings using powerful, proven techniques.
Tara has spent nearly 20 years guiding, designing, and advising on enterprise transformation, systems design and modeling, leadership development, and instructional design. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Washington College and holds a Master of Arts in Whole Systems Design and Organizational Systems Renewal from Antioch University.
Bill Greenhalgh was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA), Canada’s leading association for human resources professionals, in April 2006.
His previous positions include President of the Globe and Mail, CEO of Thomson’s Western Canada Newspaper Group; President of Cinram International; and COO of Shred it International as well as various line and staff positions in General Management, Operations, Marketing and Finance with Nortel Networks.
He was born in Derry in Northern Ireland and holds an Masters Degree in Business from the London Business School, a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from Southampton University, certificates from the Senior Executive Programs in both, Manufacturing, and Marketing from Harvard Business School and is a graduate of both The Aspen Institute Executive Leadership Program and the Directors College at McMaster University.
Lorie Corcuera is the Co-Founder and CEO at SPARK Creations & Company Inc., a training and development organization that inspires people and companies to create meaningful cultures and workplaces. Lorie is partnering with conscious, purpose-driven businesses who are ready to ignite their cultures and create purpose through creating and inspiring loving human connections at work and at home. To learn more, go to sparkcreationsinc.com
Shawn Kanungo is a strategist and sought-after keynote speaker. Over the past decade with Deloitte, he has been recognized nationally and globally for his work in the innovation space. Shawn works with corporate executives to better understand and plan for the opportunities and threats associated with disruptive innovation. He is on the ground floor helping private and public sector organizations adopt new technologies and business models for the digital age.
Shawn shares his hands-on experiences through talks around the world to help leaders navigate change within a digital era. He has also spoken at TEDx in 2017. In 2016, he was recognized as Avenue Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40. He has been featured in The Globe & Mail, The Guardian, CBC and CTV. He is currently co-host of The Dip, a podcast focused on strategy, marketing and innovation – available on iTunes and Google Play.
Ealeen Wong is a brand builder with experience leading billion dollar portfolios across North America. She has led the brand strategies, marketing communications, and advertising for major beauty, health, and household brands including Olay, Crest, and Bounty. Her passion for storytelling, innovation, and people development has led to many adventures around the globe.
In her spare time, Ealeen can be found exploring the great outdoors or sweating it out on a yoga mat. While she has spent the last 8 years living and working in Toronto, New York, and Cincinnati, she is still a loyal fan to her hometown Vancouver Canucks.
Lauren Ryan is the Director of Product Marketing at Greenhouse, where she’s focused on creating a product that will amplify recruiting teams’ impact and then telling the market about about it. This role brings together a lot of her previous experience as Director, of Talent Acquisition at Greenhouse and an Operations Manager at Google.
Matt Price is an accomplished senior leader with well-developed human resources and leadership skills with particular expertise in talent management, organizational and leadership development. A business focused, collaborative and strategic HR business leader with national and global experience across multiple industries. A high performing team builder and trusted coach with a positive outlook and strong bias for action.
Penny Chong is the HR Director for Microsoft Vancouver with its two downtown facilities focused on development for Xbox, Skype, OneNote, MSN and mixed world computing. Penny started her professional HR career in the resource sector working with Norske Skoog (now Catalyst) before branching into interactive entertainment at Electronic Arts Canada and BigPark Studios. In 2009, BigPark was acquired by Microsoft, and Penny transitioned over and has been leading the company’s Vancouver HR programs for the past eight years.
BSc. Phys Ed. From St Francis Xavier University
Healthwise Canada Team Leader since 2007
CanFitPro Personal Trainer 2008
CanFitPro Nutrition & Wellness Specialist 2012
WHAT MOTIVATES YOU?
Seeing other people succeed & hit their goals.
It’s all part of the balance (as I scarf down a chocolate bar!).
Playing sports – floor hockey is my #1 at the moment.
Sports, Golf, Skiing, Spaghetti, Hockey, Campfires, Ice cream, Beer, Netflix, Chocolate, Cottages, Travel
HEALTH/ WELLBEING GOAL
Getting & staying in Olympic distance triathlon shape.
FAVOURITE PART OF MY JOB
Each year, getting to call our 12 Week Challenge winner to let them know they had won the challenge & a giant prize!
I had 3 kids in 17 months.
Simon Mhanna’s career has spanned multiple countries (MENA, the Gulf, Europe, Africa and Canada), industries from start-ups to multinationals and not-for-profits, and disciplines from creative direction and human-centered design, research and strategy, education and facilitation, to leadership and change. His background is in design, media studies, and international project management.
Early on in his career, Simon developed a particular passion for the design process as an essential tool toward change. Today, as Innovation Leader at The Moment Inc., his mastery of the innovation process enables him to bring diverse stakeholders together to solve complex problems, induce systems change, and better engage the humans we serve. He has published and presented his research at several international conferences and teaches at The Institute Without Boundaries. He is also a Projects Lead for the Toronto Design Offsite Festival, where he organizes, curates and engages the community in discussions and workshops around critical issues in design and society.
Jonah Stillman is a recent high school graduate and who is currently taking a gap year. He already has quite a few accomplishments. For 10 years Jonah competed on the national US circuit in snowboarding. He was ranked in the top 5 in the US before hanging up his helmet to pursue working with his Dad in the generational field. Jonah and a team of peers conducted one of the first national surveys about Gen Z’s workplace attitudes. The eye- opening results ignited Jonah’s interest in keeping the dialogue going. After growing up watching his dad – David – be the voice of his generation, Jonah is excited to be a voice of Gen Z. He is the youngest speaker on the circuit and has already shared his insights on Gen Z with CNBC, MSNBC, and CBS and was recently featured in Fast Company, TIME, INC, Forbes and the NY Times. Jonah serves on the advisory board for Blackboard and works for the NFL spearheading their Gen Z fan engagement strategies.
As the Head of HR for SAP Canada, Agnes has been working with the SAP Executive Leadership Teams across Canada to drive business execution through best in class Human Capital practices and employee engagement. Her team is responsible to bring SAP’s People Strategy to life for SAP Canada’s close to 3000 employees across 6 major Canadian locations.
Agnes and her team are committed to creating an exceptional end-to-end HR experience to SAP Canada’s leaders and employees, driving innovative projects within all elements of the HR portfolio. In 2016, Agnes’ Canadian HR team was the first within SAP to go live with the new HR operating model within the company, experiencing first-hand SAP’s digital HR transformation. Agnes has been sharing the SAP HR team’s digital transformation journey at a variety of conferences and thought leadership forums over the past year.
In her previous role as a Senior Human Resources Business Partner at SAP Canada she supported all the major departments. Agnes became a strategic partner to her business leaders advising them on a variety of HR focus areas including workforce planning, organizational design, change management, talent acquisition, compensation, leadership / employee development and performance management.
With over 15 years of progressive Human Resources experience, Agnes has worked in a variety of organizations such as Electronic Arts and Eagle Professional Resources prior to SAP.
Agnes holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Europe and she is a Chartered Professional in Human Resources.
Agnes lives in North Vancouver with her family. Outside of work, she keeps busy with her two young children and she is also a recreational athlete training for off-road triathlons and trail running races.