Queen's University IRC

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2015 Workplace in Motion Summit


The world is changing… are you?

The 2015 Workplace in Motion Summit took place on April 16, 2015 in Toronto. Stay tuned for more information from the Summit.

Join your colleagues for invigorating conversations about how we can reinvent our organizations to accelerate talent development, amplify learning and thrive in the future economy.

The Queen’s IRC 2015 Workplace in Motion Summit will explore key trends in technology, global competition, generational flux and the knowledge economy. The day will include valuable opportunities to network with colleagues, discover what pioneering organizations are doing to connect and leverage talent, and learn what you can do to thrive in the new world at work.

Workplace in Motion Summit

Tour of the Program

The era of centralized governing systems and hierarchies is over.  Frameworks that worked in the past no longer serve us. To remain relevant and sustainable, a new set of organizational fundamentals is emerging – promoting connectivity, innovation and adaptability.

Imagine an organization where:

  • Teams easily connect and collaborate across boundaries
  • People contribute to projects that truly excite them
  • Success is measured by the ability to learn and innovate

The Summit is ideal for leaders who want to get ahead of the shift.  Bring colleagues from OD, HR, LR, as well as current and future leaders to learn and explore together. Your team will leave inspired and ready to lead change together based on this foundational experience.  Your team will leave with new ideas and important questions to help shape your organization’s future.

Summit Hosts and Leaders:

The Summit Hosts and Leaders are Paul Juniper, Brenda Barker Scott, Françoise Morissette, Diane Locke and Anne Grant. Their bios can be found in the “Facilitators and Speakers” tab below.

Guest Speakers include:

  • Brittany Forsyth, Vice President of Human Relations, Shopify
  • Bryan Acker, Culture Change Ambassador, TELUS Communications Inc.
  • Christine Greco, Vice President, Human Resources and Corporate Affairs, Samsung
  • Courtney Jolliffe, Resource and Logistics Co-ordinator, We Day, Free the Children
  • Hugh Ritchie, Director, Government Relations Program, Office of the President, OpenText
  • James Prince, Manager of We Day Retail Distribution and Sales, Consumer Engagement, Me to We

Summit Attendees:

We have attendees from the Government of Ontario, Workplace Safety and Insurance Board, Sleep Country Canada, Canadian Mental Health Association, CIBC and more. Many of these organizations have taken advantage of group pricing and have registered their teams. Registration numbers are growing daily and new companies are being added regularly.

Learning Outcomes

We’ll explore:

  • Key trends in technology, global competition, generational flux and the knowledge economy
  • How pioneering organizations are embracing strategies that access, connect and leverage talent
  • Implications for shaping new organizational, HR and LR strategies
  • What you can do today to get ahead of the shift



  • An inspired team with a shared foundational experience to build a new workplace strategy
  • The ability to identify gaps in capabilities, tools & technologies, mindsets, and strategies
  • Online resources and forum to continue the conversations
  • A new network of professional colleagues 

Who Should Attend

The Workplace in Motion Summit is geared towards human resources, labour relations and organizational development professionals, as well as leaders at all levels in the organization.

Our pricing model makes it easy for you bring a team that can use this foundational experience to reshape your workplace for the future. Your Organizational Team may include colleagues from OD, HR, LR, and leaders at all levels in the organization, from seasoned managers to new recruits. Your team will leave inspired and ready to lead change together based on this foundational experience.  

Facilitators and Speakers

Lead Facilitator(s)

Brenda Barker Scott

Brenda Barker Scott has extensive experience in all aspects of organizational development acquired over a twenty-year career in teaching and consulting.  When working with leadership teams she combines strong theoretical knowledge with practical methodologies to ensure that the right people are engaged in the right conversations to design robust and workable solutions.

Brenda is an instructor on a number of the Queen’s IRC programs including Building Smart Teams, Organization Development Foundations, and Organizational Design. A frequent presenter, Brenda has been a keynote speaker for the Public Health Agency of Canada, the Conference Board of Canada, the Human Resources Planners Association of Ontario, and the...

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Paul Juniper

Paul Juniper (MA, Geography (York); CHRL; SPHR; SHRM-SCP; Honourary Life Member, HRPA) became the sixth Director of the Queen's University Industrial Relations Centre (Queen’s IRC) in 2006. Paul is a leading and respected figure in Canada's HR community, with over 30 years of experience in human resources and association leadership.

Paul is particularly sought for his views on the future of the human resources profession. He speaks regularly at conferences on trends in human resources, and the ways in which individuals and their organizations can continue to raise the bar on HR. Paul developed and designed the Queen’s IRC Advanced HR Certificate to meet the increasingly complex professional development needs of...

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Guest Speaker(s)

Anne Grant

Anne Grant has practised as a full time mediator and conflict resolution professional since 1994. Anne’s dispute resolution practice includes extensive mediation of labour and civil disputes.  She specializes in the assessment and restoration of poisoned work environments as well as conducting a range of workplace investigations. Currently she is the lead facilitator for the Queen’s IRC Labour Relations Foundations and Mastering Fact-Finding and Investigation programs, and Past President of the ADR Institute of Ontario.

In the area of labour relations, Anne has facilitated the development of collective bargaining mandates, assisted workplace parties to implement comprehensive bumping processes...

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Diane Locke

Diane Locke is a senior partner at a Toronto-based human resource management consultancy. She has more than 20 years of experience in the areas of executive assessment, leadership development and talent management, including both internal and external consulting roles. Diane is the lead facilitator for the Queen’s IRC Talent Management program.

Diane has worked with best in class organizations to design, develop and implement succession planning and talent management processes.  She has been actively involved in the use of assessment tools and strategies to identify and develop high potential.  She has provided training, coaching, and consulting services to a broad range of organizations in the public and...

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Françoise Morissette

Françoise Morissette has been a facilitator at Queen’s IRC since 1994, and was made a Fellow in 2006. She played a key role in developing and implementing the Queen’s IRC’s Organizational Development curriculum intended for OD practitioners, and teaches on the OD Foundations and Coaching Skills programs.

As a consultant, Françoise is a major contributor to the field of Organizational Development, with a focus on leadership and systems transformation. Using a wide range of interventions, she helps individuals, organizations and communities enhance their leadership capacity and boost their ability to perform. She regularly presents at major conferences in both official languages, in Canada and...

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*The roster of speakers is subject to change.

Venues and Accommodations

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I register for the Summit?

If you are registering one person, you can register online. To take advantage of the special Queen’s IRC alumni price (only $775 - limited spaces available, book early!) or the team pricing (2-4 people - $895/person, bring 5 or more and pay half price – $595/person), please contact us directly at 1-888-858-7838, or email at irc@queensu.ca. Once you register, we will send you a confirmation by email.

How do I pay for the Summit?

If you are registering online, you may pay by Visa or MasterCard.  You may also choose to be invoiced first, and pay by cheque (payable to Queen's IRC) or credit card. You may also wish to call us with your credit card number to make the payment.

If your organization is tax exempt, we will require a copy of your tax exemption certificate.

Do you offer discounts?

Yes. If you have taken a Queen’s IRC program in the past, you are eligible for the alumni discount (cost is $775/person).  Bring your team and SAVE: 2-4 people ($895/person), 5 or more ($595/person). You must register together to receive the discounted pricing.

What is included in the registration fee?

Program fees include materials for the day, snacks and lunch. You are responsible for transportation and accommodation, if required.

Once I register for the Summit, may I cancel without penalty?

Substitutions are permitted with no penalty. Cancellations are permitted with no penalty up to 15 days prior to the Summit. Cancellations 14 days or less from the Summit will be subject to a 100% charge of the fee.

Where does the program take place?

The 2015 Workplaces in Motion Summit will be held at the Allstream Centre, at 105 Princes’ Blvd. in Toronto, Ontario. The Allstream Centre is located in downtown Toronto at Exhibition Place, on the shores of Lake Ontario. Please visit the Allstream Centre’s website for directions: http://www.allstreamcentre.com/visiting/index.php

I would like to make my travel plans.  What are the start and end times for the Summit?

Registration will begin at 7:30 am. The Summit will run from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

Does this Summit count for credit towards a Queen’s IRC certificate?

No, the Summit is not eligible for credit towards Queen’s IRC certificates.

If I have other questions, who may I speak with personally?

Please feel free to call us at 1-888-858-7838 or 613-533-6628, or email us at irc@queensu.ca. To reach the Director and staff members, please consult our online directory.