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Transforming HR for the digital world: think agile and work social – lessons from IBM’s employee experience reinvention

Event Date: Wednesday, Feb 27, 2019
Event Time: 7:00 AM to 9:30 AM
Venue(s): Petroleum Technology Alliance Canada (PTAC)
Presenter(s): Benoit Hardy-Vallee, Associate Partner for IBM Talent & Transformation
Agenda: 7:00 - 7:30 AM: Registration/Networking
7:30 - 9:00 AM: Session
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As many businesses change the way they operate to better compete in the digital economy, they rely increasingly on their HR function to design positive employee experience. HR's mission is evolving as it’s transforming from providing subject matter expertise to being custodian of the employee experience. In the last few years, IBM completely reinvented its HR function with design thinking, digital change management, a co-creation philosophy and innovative AI technology, which led to higher engagement, retention and productivity. The key to a successful transformation is not the budget or the technology – it’s a change of culture and mindset, which we orchestrated by following some principles that we will share in this session.

Please join us as Benoit Hardy-Vallee, Associate Partner for IBM Talent & Transformation, will share with you the IBM reinvention story.

Learn how to:

  • align a talent management strategy to an agile and dynamic business model
  • make HR expertise directly accessible to the employees and managers
  • re-define the HR operating model to include self-service technology and AI capabilities
  • create an engaging experience for both employees and managers that also accelerates HR’s ability to support the business


Benoit Hardy-Vallée leads a team of consultants who reinvent HR by enhancing operating models and the employee experience. Through Design Thinking and Digital Change Management, his team brings the best IBM methods and technologies to clients. Benoit consults with HR leaders to envision the art of the possible and co-create new ways of engaging employees and enabling performance.


Benoit has worked with banking, retail, hospitality and industrial clients in North America, Middle East and Africa. Through white papers, publications, interviews and speaking engagements, Benoit shares his knowledge and contributes to IBM thought leadership in Digital and Cognitive HR.


Benoit received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in philosophy from the University of Quebec in Montreal. He completed his doctorate in philosophy and cognitive science from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (Paris), and a post-doctorate fellowship at the University of Waterloo and University of Toronto. His research focused on the understanding of psychological and neural mechanisms that underlie economic decision-making. 

With his wife Aurélie, he raises 2 amazing girls (Estelle and Adèle) in Toronto. His personal and professional missions are the same: to create workplaces where his daughters could have fulfilling careers – despite the seismic changes in technology, society and business.

Benoit’s childhood hero was Leonardo Da Vinci.


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REGISTRATION FEES - Today through to Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Registration Type Rate
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