Canada’s Premiere Corporate Culture Event

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Passionate about corporate culture? Join us for the Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures Summit, CEO-only Summit and Awards Celebration every spring!

This is a multi-faceted day of learning, networking and celebration featuring engaging keynote speakers, informative breakout sessions, an interactive panel discussion with our CEO award winners, and more. The day wraps up with a celebration of all the award winners. You won’t want to miss out!

Two Summits, One celebration.

Our event theme for 2022 was Leveraging Corporate Culture to Thrive in the New Working World; the theme for 2023 will be announced in December! Read on to learn how your team, and your CEO, can make the most of this exciting day all about culture.

Tickets go on sale later this year – stay tuned!



Canada’s Most Admired CEO Summit

Network with your peers and learn leadership and culture-building secrets from Canada’s Most Admired CEOs at this exclusive, closed-door event.


Corporate Culture Summit

Send your team to this multi-stream conference to learn from the best, as leaders in talent management, marketing, human resources, and culture share in-depth strategies that made them one of Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures.


Canada’s Most Admired Celebration Event

Following the summits will be an incredible celebration of our 2021 winners. Join us as we honour the winning organizations and CEOs with heartfelt speeches, videos, entertainment, and a chance to celebrate together.

Canada’s Most Admired CEO Summit

The Canada’s Most Admired CEO™ Summit is a unique opportunity to join other CEOs across Canada for an event focused on culture. It features speeches, Q&As and in-depth panel discussions with over 100 CEOs from a wide variety of highly successful organizations across Canada, including Canada’s Most Admired™ CEOs.

You will hear candid discussions on challenges facing CEOs, and learn leadership secrets from Canada’s top executives, all in a confidential and dynamic closed-door environment.

Who Should Attend?

CEOs of culture-focused organizations from across Canada

Canada’s Most Admired CEO Summit

See the March 2022 agenda

Thursday, March 31, 2022

Metro Toronto Convention Centre – South Building

11:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.: Welcome and Introduction to “Leveraging Corporate Culture to Thrive in the New Working World

  • Marty Parker, President & CEO, Waterstone Human Capital

11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.: Keynote Presentation: Embracing and Enabling Transformation

  • Marc Tellier, Partner and In-house Executive, McKinsey & Company

12:45 p.m.- 1:30 p.m.: Networking Lunch

1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.: What Every CEO Must Prioritize for Attracting and Retaining Talent in an Evolving Market

  • Marty Parker, President & CEO, Waterstone Human Capital
  • Nicole Bendaly, Executive Director, Waterstone Culture Institute
  • Lyn Currie, Managing Director, Waterstone Human Capital

3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.:

Canada’s Most Admired CEO™ Panel Discussion and Q&A featuring:

  • John Ferguson, President & CEO, Purolator
  • Wayne Chiu, Founder & CEO, The Trico Group
  • Judi Hess, CEO, Copperleaf
  • Zak Hemraj, Co-founder & CEO, Loopio Inc.
  • Michael Lavis, CEO, Creative Options Regina
  • Lori Nikkel, CEO, Second Harvest

4:15p.m. – 4:30 p.m. : Thank you and Wrap up

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. – Networking Reception – North Building

5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Canada’s Most Admired Awards Celebration

All times noted are ET.

Featured Speakers

Watch this page for updates as speakers are confirmed.

Nicole Bendaly
Executive Director
Waterstone Culture Institute
Wayne Chiu
Founder & CEO
The Trico Group
Lyn Currie
Lyn Currie
Managing Director, Executive Search
Waterstone Human Capital
John Ferguson
President & CEO
Purolator
Zak Hemraj
Co-founder & CEO
Loopio Inc.
Judi Hess
Chief Executive Officer
Second Harvest
Michael Lavis
Chief Executive Officer
Creative Options Regina
Lori Nikkel
Chief Executive Officer
Second Harvest
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Marty Parker
President & CEO
Waterstone Human Capital
Marc Tellier
Partner and In-house Executive
McKinsey & Company

Corporate Culture Summit

The Corporate Culture Summit is a multi-stream learning event focused on leveraging the competitive advantage of your corporate culture.

It features breakouts, interactive Q&As and lively panel discussions with leaders in talent management, marketing, human resources and culture. Many are winners of the Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures™ awards program, but this event is open to everyone with an interest in corporate culture.

You’ll need more than one representative to capture all of the learning in this multi breakout event!

Who Should Attend?

Anyone with an interest in corporate culture.

Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures Summit

See the March 2022 agenda

March 31, 2022

Metro Toronto Convention Centre – North Building

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Welcome and Keynote AddressLeading a Culture-Centric Organization

  • Doug Murphy, President & CEO, Corus Entertainment Inc.

12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.- Networking Break

CONCURENT BREAKOUTS:

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.- PANEL: The Great Resignation – Thriving Through Culture

  • Harry Blum, National Managing Partner, RSM Canada  
  • David Cooper, Senior Vice President and Chief Talent Officer, goeasy Ltd.
  • Janine Pajot, Vice President, Human Resources, Bayer

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.- The Power of Embedding Culture in Your Brand

  • Mandy Farmer, CEO, Accent Inns

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.- Best Practices in Scaling Culture

  • Lauren Davey, Chief People & Culture Officer, Compass Group Canada

2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.: PANEL: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion – Tools for Change

  • Anika Holder, Vice President, Human Resources, Penguin Random House Canada
  • Vanessa Lewerentz, Chief Inclusion Officer | Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, BMO
  • Norm Sabapathy, Executive Vice President, People, Cadillac Fairview Corporation

2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.: Culture By Design: Assessing Culture for Growth and Performance

  • Maria Atkins, Head of People and Culture, SCI Group

2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.: The Role of Recognition Programs in High Performance Cultures

  • Emma Horgan, Chief People Officer, Questrade

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.: PANEL: The Great Awakening: Thriving Through Purpose

  • Melissa Morrow, Vice President, Human Resources, Trico Homes
  • Harvey Foote, SVP, People, SE Health
  • Cindy Newell, VP, People and Culture, Ottawa Community Housing

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.: Culture Drivers: Identifying and Engaging Champions

  • Michelle Brooks, Chief People and Culture Officer, Security Compass

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.: Building a Learning and Development Culture

  • John Baker, President & CEO, D2L

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Networking Reception

4:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Canada’s Most Admired Awards Celebration (separate ticketed event)

All times noted are ET.

Featured Speakers

Watch this page for updates as speakers are confirmed.

Maria Atkins
Head of People and Culture
SCI Group
John Baker
President and CEO
D2L

Harry Blum
National Managing Partner
RSM Canada
Michelle Brooks
Chief People & Culture Officer
Security Compass
David Cooper
SVP & Chief Talent Officer
goeasy Ltd.

Lauren Davey
Chief People & Culture Officer
Compass Group Canada
Mandy Farmer
Chief Executive Officer
Accent Inns
Harvey Foote
SVP, People
SE Health
Anika Holder
Vice President, Human Resources Penguin Random House Canada

Emma Horgan
Chief People Officer

Questrade

Vanessa Lewerentz
Chief Inclusion Officer
BMO

Melissa Morrow
Vice President, Human Resources
Trico Homes

Doug Murphy
President & CEO
Corus Entertainment Inc.
Cindy Newell
VP, People & Culture
Ottawa Community Housing
Janine Pajot
Vice President, Human Resources
Bayer
Norm Sabapathy
EVP, People
Cadillac Fairview Corporation

Annual Canada’s Most Admired™ Awards Celebration

Winners of both Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures™ and Canada’s Most Admired CEO™ are announced in November of each year. They are then feted at the annual Canada’s Most Admired™ Gala early the following year. This is an event of celebration with 650+ of Canada’s preeminent executives and leaders. Join us as we honour the winning organizations and CEOs with heartfelt speeches, videos, entertainment and tons of fun.

Our 2022 event took place on Thursday, March 31, 2022 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. It was an incredible celebration. Winning organizations and CEOs typically invite their teams, peers, friends and families to join them for this exciting and entertaining event.

EVENT EMCEE

We are pleased to have award-winning comedian and media personality Darrin Rose as our emcee for the evening.

One of Canada’s most popular comedians, you will know him as host of The Match Game and as Bill the bartender on the sitcom Mr.D in addition to being a stand-up comedian.

Join us for a fantastic celebration filled with fun and laughter.

Where and When?

Thursday, March 31, 2022 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre – North Building

5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., following the Summits and Networking Reception

Dress code is business casual

All times are ET