Ivey Talent Leaders Forum 2023

In this one-day event, we bring together Canada's top HR and talent leaders for an exclusive learning event exploring the role of HR in digital transformation. Navigate a digital-first future and find opportunities in disruption.

Who should attend?

The forum sessions are designed for senior Human Resources and Learning & Development professionals with advanced leadership experience at the Director, VP, or C-Suite level.

Ivey Talent Forum Event

Event Overview

The digital age brings new challenges and opportunities. Rapid technological advancement and a new generation of digital natives entering the workforce require modern HR leaders to rethink their strategies.

Join us on October 25 at the Ivey Talent Leaders Forum 2023, a unique gathering of industry leaders, innovative disruptors, and seasoned HR professionals. This year's forum will delve into HR leaders' critical role in orchestrating digital transformation within organizations. While technology drives new disruption, the human factor is equally essential to any successful transformation.

Through keynote addresses, panel discussions, and workshops, participants will gain first-hand knowledge from industry experts leading the way in digital transformation. These interactive sessions will foster dialogue, collaboration, and idea exchange between Canada's leading HR and talent leaders. Join the Ivey Talent Leaders Forum and build the tools, strategies, and insights you need to help guide your organization's success in a digital future — ensuring that people remain at the centre.

Leadership At Ivey

For 100 years, Ivey has been at the forefront of developing leaders and shaping new definitions of leadership. We work in partnership with organizations across Canada and worldwide to ensure that our approach to learning aligns with the current and future needs of both the private and public sectors. Through the Ivey Talent Forum, we aim to create a space for organizations to advance talent development through shared learning and collaboration.



Registration and Networking Breakfast (8:30 a.m. - 9 a.m.)

Keynote and Welcome

Set the stage for collaboration with other Talent Leaders through an interactive exercise and keynote address.

Connecting Culture and Technology

Define what it means for a leader to be digitally savvy. Discuss the value-add for HR in helping organizations navigate digital innovation through a group assessment and mapping exercise.

Defining a Learning-Oriented Culture

Work through a real-life case example from an organization that excels at innovation. Identify the barriers in your organization that keep you from being agile in the digital age.


Lunch Provided

Panel Event: How HR Leaders Contribute to Digital Transformation

Consider the evolution of work and its impact on your organization. A panel of senior executives in leading Canadian companies will explore how alignment for change starts at the top, featuring guests: Tiffany Smye, Senior Director, Talent Learning & Development, MLSE; Lawrence Hughes, Executive Vice President & Chief People Officer, Porter Airlines; and Janet Rodas, Director, Human Resources, Aurora Cannabis Enterprise.

Building the Mindset for Agility

Work with other talent leaders to complete an interactive simulation and debrief key takeaways with Ivey faculty. Unlock strategies that help your organization learn its way into the future.

Committing to Action

Identify key learning together with a peer learning team. Reflect on your personal action plan and create shared insights as a group.

Networking Reception (4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.)

HRPA Continuing Professional Development

The Ivey Talent Leaders Forum has been approved for 6 hours of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) under Section A of the CPD Log of the Human Resource Professionals Association (HRPA). Following the event, those who have attended in full will be provided with a CPD code number that can be used on your Continuing Professional Development Log.


Nicole Haggerty

Nicole Haggerty

Associate Professor, Information Systems

David Loree

David Loree

Faculty Director and Assistant Professor, Organizational Behaviour


Lawrence Hughes

Executive Vice President & Chief People Officer, Porter Airlines

Lawrence Hughes

Lawrence is an accomplished human resources executive with over 20 years of experience. He leads a team focused on providing high levels of service and value, with responsibility for workplace culture, team engagement, policy development, leadership development, talent acquisition and management, payroll and benefits, while also contributing to company-wide training strategies.

Prior to joining Porter on a full time basis, Lawrence operated a human resources consulting firm, offering talent management, organizational development, and change management services to a wide range of clients. He has also held operational and human resources leadership roles for West 49 Inc., Rogers Communications Inc., Roots Canada Limited, Dylex Limited, and Hudson’s Bay Company.

Tiffany Smye

Senior Director, Talent Learning & Development, MLSE

Tiffany Smye

Tiffany is a strategic Canadian HR leader with diverse experience in developing and enabling full-cycle talent management programs. As the Senior Director, Talent Learning & Development at North America’s preeminent sports and entertainment organization, Maple Leaf Sport & Entertainment (MLSE), she has a unique and in-depth understanding of the challenges and opportunities faced when recruiting, developing, engaging, and retaining top talent.

With over 20 years of experience across various industries, including Banking, Professional Services, Sports and Entertainment, and Education, she is actively involved in driving diversity initiatives, that help ensure an inclusive workplace comprised of high-performance teams, delivering superior results.

Janet Rodas

Director, Human Resources, Aurora Cannabis Enterprise

Janet Rodas

Janet Rodas is the Director of Human Resources for the Corporate Functions at Aurora Cannabis. In her current role, she is responsible for a number of key human resources initiatives including employee engagement strategies to enhance the employee experience, elevating employee development aligned to talent management and succession planning, driving organizational change to ensure company operating models are executed, and talent acquisition and workforce planning efforts to meet organizational needs. She is also responsible for overseeing a team of Human Resources professionals who ensure people leaders have the necessary advice, counsel, and coaching to help the business succeed.

Janet, Ivey MBA ’16, has spent the majority of her career in the Business Partnership area of Human Resources, spanning pharmaceutical, professional recruitment, telecommunications, professional services, retail, and now cannabis. Janet is a passionate leader who believes in driving impact through creating programs that touch critical areas of the employee life cycle, with the underpinning to all being diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.