The Future of Work: Redefining Excellence in a New Era

Friday, November 17th, 2023

Delta Hotel Toronto

75 Lower Simcoe Street

Toronto, ON M5J 3A6


7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 a.m. – 9:10 a.m. Welcoming Remarks
Erin Davis, Radio Host and Bestselling Author
9:10 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Chair’s Welcome and Opening Remarks
Shirlee Sharkey, Chair, Board of Directors and Governors, Excellence Canada
9:15 a.m. – 10:10 a.m. Opening Keynote Address
Dr. Lance Secretan, Spiritual Thought Leader, Author, Advisor and Expert on Corporate Culture
Topic:  Reawakening the Human Spirit
10:10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Keynote Address
Jeffery B. Moat, CEO, Pallium Canada
Topic: Igniting a Workplace Culture of Compassionate Care
10:30 a.m. – 10:50 a.m. Networking and Refreshment Break
10:50 a.m. – 11:10 a.m. Keynote Address
Mary Deacon, Chair, Bell Let’s Talk
Topic: The Past, Present and Future of Mental Health
11:10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Presentation of the Canada Awards for Excellence
Mental Health at Work and Healthy Workplace
11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Presentation of the Board of Governors’ Recognition of Achievement Award


  • Ajay K. Agrawal, Geoffrey Taber Chair in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto and NBER
  • Professor David R. Beatty C.M., O.B.E., F.ICD, CFA, The David & Sharon Johnston Center for Corporate Governance Innovation, Professor of Strategy, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
  • Dr. Samir K. Sinha MD, DPhil, FRCPC, AGSF, Director of Geriatrics, Sinai Health System and the University Health Network in Toronto, Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto and the Director of Health Policy Research at Toronto Metropolitan University’s National Institute on Ageing
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Buffet Lunch
2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Keynote Address
Caitlin Maggs, Creative Consultant, Speaker and Author
Topic: What we can Learn About Creativity From the National Ballet of Canada and Cirque de Soleil
2:30 p.m. – 2:50 p.m. Networking and Refreshment Break
2:50 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Presentation of the Canada Awards for Excellence
Excellence, Innovation and Wellness and Organizational Excellence
3:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Closing Keynote Address
Linda Nazareth, Economist, Futurist, Author and Keynote Speaker
Topic: How to be Ready for the Redefined Future of Work
4:00 p.m. – 4:10 p.m. Presentation of the Canada Awards for Excellence
Order of Excellence
4:10 p.m. – 4:25 p.m. Canada Order of Excellence Award Presentations
4:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. Closing Keynote Address
Allan Ebedes, President & CEO, Excellence Canada
4:30 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. Cocktail Reception and Networking

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