The November 2017 #InnovateWorkTO event will bring together HR, Talent, Tech and C-Level pros for an evening of learning and networking that's bigger and better than ever before!

We'll come together at MaRS for awesome speakers, a panel and networking opportunities for HR professionals and business leaders in Toronto. Looking to connect with peers and influencers and learn best practices on how to improve lives at work? Join us at innovateworkTO #4!

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As an HR and Tech community, we are always looking for ways to improve how we can respond and/or get ahead of our changing workplace. Our main goal is to continually recruit, retain and engage employees, and it is getting more challenging than ever!

The Canadian HR community isn’t sitting back. Together, we are pushing forward to innovate. We have gathered exciting Canadian HR leaders and innovators that are making waves at every stage of the employee lifecycle.

This is the 4th in a series and the venue will accommodate 300-350 people so be sure to invite your colleagues along!

What to expect:

  • You'll hear what HR leaders and workplace innovators are doing in 2017 to improve the workplace
  • You won't get a pitch of a company or technology, rather innovative approaches of how companies are disrupting current practices and adding high-value to the HR community
  • You'll get to hang with cool HR and Tech people – we want to ensure we network and build connections


  • 5:30 – 6:00 – Registration & Networking
  • 6:00 – 6:10 – Event Introduction – Rob Catalano, Co-Founder, WorkTango
  • 6:15 – 6:55 – HR Passion Series: 
    • 6:15 – 6:25 –  HR Friends…let’s challenge ourselves – Kelly Davis, Senior Vice President, HR – Town Shoes Limited
    • 6:25 – 6:35 –  Blowing up the Traditional Engagement Survey – Cheryl Fullerton, EVP People & Communications, Corus Entertainment
    • 6:35 – 6:45 –  How to use Metrics and development to drive performance – Tania Oppedisano, National Director of HR, DIALOG
    • 6:45 – 6:55 – TBD
  • 6:55 – 7:15 – Networking Break
  • 7:15 – 8:00 – Panel Discussion – Details TBA
  • 8:00 – 8:30 – Networking

Speaker Bios:

Cheryl Fullerton, EVP People & Communications, Corus Entertainment

Cheryl Fullerton is Executive Vice President, People and Communications at Corus Entertainment. Cheryl is accountable for the leading the creation of a high performance culture, and integrated, high impact people solutions to support the exceptional creativity and performance of the company’s people. Communications responsibilities include internal and external stakeholder communications strategies and execution for Corus’ roster of market-leading television networks, radio stations and associated assets. Cheryl also oversees Corus’ corporate social responsibility programs including the organization’s company-wide philanthropic initiative, Corus Feeds Kids.

Tania Oppedisano, National Director of HR, DIALOG

DIALOG has been named a Top 100 Employer in Canada for three straight years (2013-2015). And Tania has been an integral part of DIALOG’s success, as a top employer and the firm’s commitment to delivering excellence in design with exceptional client services in a fun, creative working environment. 

Recently appointed as National Director of Human Resources, Tania plays a valuable part of DIALOG’s diverse culture, having worked in the Toronto Studio as both a Human Resources Manager and Studio Administrator previous to this role.

After starting in 2009, she immediately took on challenges and grew the Toronto studio from 37 to 130 in just two years with her keen ability to find the right hire to fit the studio culture. She brings big picture thinking, enthusiasm, and energy to her daily work and has provided leadership to DIALOG’s administrative team, while working with Studio Directors and Team Leaders across studios on human resources strategy and initiatives. Most recently, she lead the way remodeling the firms’ annual performance review of employees into a more progressive, ongoing development program focused on individual goal setting and professional development with the aim of enhancing performance, retention and making the firm stronger. 

Tania is actively involved within the community, having been a key contributor to the company’s support of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), The United Way, and many other community and charity initiatives.

Tania completed her Executive Masters in Human Resources Management from York University, has a BA in Sociology, York University and certification in Human Resource Management from Humber College.

Kelly Davis, Senior Vice President, HR – Town Shoes Limited

Kelly is a Senior HR leader with generalist and specialist experience in both retail and hospitality industries, with 14 years of HR experience in retail (Town Shoes Limited, Hudson's Bay Company in Canada and Lord & Taylor in the U.S) and 2 years of HR experience in hospitality with Cara Operations (Milestones, Montana's, Kelsey's, Swiss Chalet and Harvey's). 

Kelly has a Bachelor of Arts (major in Industrial Relations) from McGill University and CHRE and CHRL (former SHRP and CHRP) designations, as well as an H.R.C.C.C. (Human Resources and Compensation Committee Certified) designation from McMaster University.

Wililam Greenhalgh, CEO, HRPA

Over 35 years of leadership experience in Marketing, International Operations and Finance in a variety of industries including electronics, petroleum, entertainment, publishing and business services. An extensive operational back ground as a senior executive (President, CEO) of multinational companies, expanded businesses into Europe, US, Asia and the Middle East in various industries.

Joined HRPA as CEO in early 2006; previous positions include President, Globe and Mail; President, Cinram International Inc; CEO, Thomson Newspapers – Western Canada; Chief Operating Officer of Shredit Int. Inc.; and various line and staff positions in General Management, Operations, Marketing and Finance with Nortel Networks. Expertise in JV's, acquisitions, mergers, sales, contract negotiations and strategy development and execution.

Chartered Director (C.Dir.) from The Directors College, Master’s degree from the London Business School, a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from Southampton University, certificates from Harvard Business School's Senior Executive Programs in both Manufacturing and Marketing and a graduate of The Aspen Institute Executive Leadership Program.

Presently Corporate Secretary and Board member  of the Human Resources Association;  Board Member of the Human Resources Research Institute; government appointee as Vice Chair of the Board of the Ontario Public Accountants Council; member of the  CD Howe HR Policy Council; member of the Champions Council of the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association; Chair of the Canadian HR Committee at the International Standards Organization (ISO) and Chair of the multi country Working Group developing a global HR Competency Framework within ISO. Past member of the Boards of The Scarborough Hospital (including Chair of the Human Resources Committee and member of the Governance and Planning Committee), the Canadian Council of Human Resources Associations; the North American Human Resources Associations, the World Federation of People Management Associations, the Toronto Symphony, the Commonwealth Games Club, H.O.P.E. and the Canadian Association for the Preservation of Chinese Cultural Treasures.

Extensive experience in creating and implementing effective business Strategies; complete revisions to governance processes; significant knowledge of government relations and processes.

Awarded the Queen’s Jubilee Medal in 2012 for contribution to Palliative Care


Big thank you to our sponsors for helping fund InnovateWorkTO:


Big thank you to our sponsors for helping fund InnovateWorkTO:

WorkTango – Organizing Sponsor – A platform to give employees a voice and companies actionable insight. – Organizing Sponsor – Latest HR Technology, Talent, Performance, Learning, Leadership news.

MaRS Discovery District –  Community Partner – The launchpad for leading innovators. 

Ryerson Univeristy Career Centre –  Educational Partner – Focused on empowering and encouraging students to maximize their potential at Ryerson

Please note: It is possible that the date and location may change. We hope that doesn't happen but, if it does, anyone who signs up prior to the amendment will be entitled to a ticket transfer to the following event if they can't make the new date.

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