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The 2018 Deloitte Millennial Survey shows that 74% of millennials, (which will make up the majority of the workforce by 2025), believe their organization is more innovative when it has a culture of inclusion.

This group has a unique perspective on diversity. While older generations tend to view diversity through the lenses of race, demographics, equality and representation, millennials see diversity as a melding of varying experiences, different backgrounds and individual perspectives. They view the ideal workplace as a supportive environment that gives space to varying perspectives on a given issue.

"Culture eats strategy for breakfast" - you've heard this famous quote from legendary management consultant and writer, Peter Drucker, a gazillion times.

To be clear, he was not saying that strategy is unimportant, but rather that a powerful and empowering culture is a surer route to organizational success when it comes to innovation. Even if you have set innovation as the highest-priority item in your strategic plan, an organization and its employees will simply not adopt any change or effectively pursue any strategy that is inconsistent with its culture.

Creating a culture of innovation is mandatory in today's world - it should be embedded in your mindset, values and behaviours.

When you change the way the organization thinks, you can discover hidden innovation champions and give them the tools and resources to unearth real customer needs and translate them into business opportunities.

Everybody in an organization is a strategist and an innovation champion, even down to the individual.

Organizations that build a culture to enable this do the best.

Diversity and inclusion are key pillars of LifeLabs' operations and they are crucial to driving innovation - When different experiences and perspectives come together, you deliver better insights, decisions and solutions.

On January 29, join us for a much-demanded CEO Spotlight on LifeLabs' Charles Brown. Charles will share how he has validated gut feelings about the organization's readiness for change and actual ability to innovate.

And, welcome to a brand-new decade with SCNetwork!




Thanks to your membership, loyalty, and the leadership community you have helped us build over the past 40 years, our volunteers have been able to organize rich and content-heavy programming from a diverse industry spectrum.

Your past participation and thought leadership matter more than you think!



The National Club
7:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Thanks to our Featured Corporate Sponsor!

Disruption is the new normal. Staying competitive and relevant in the face of disruption has never been more important in business than today. To future proof their organizations, best-in-class companies like LifeLabs are strengthening their change readiness and improving their ability to innovate.

Charles Brown, CEO of Canadian-owned LifeLabs, shares his perspective on the drivers required to effectively shift culture. Charles has earned the reputation of being an effective agent of change over the years after successfully driving profitable growth through culture transformation and innovation across a range of rapidly changing industries. Charles will share how he has validated gut feelings about the organization’s readiness for change and actual ability to innovate.

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The National Club
7:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Thanks to our Featured Corporate Sponsor!

If you’re involved in recruiting in any way, the need to adapt to the new world of work is not news to you. You cannot afford to ignore the seismic changes, and you cannot simply go on doing what you have always done. With feverish competition for the best candidates, attracting, closing, and retaining talent has become a critical success factor for organizations, and it can make the difference between a company that survives and thrives, and one that does not.

In a world where many organizations emptily proclaim that people are their greatest asset, Simon Parkin, founder of The Talent Company, speaks to the new way of recruiting and hiring great talent that will allow you to turn those platitudes into reality. Based on his #1 Bestselling book Hiring Right, what you learn will make it easier to hire great talent and understand what other leading organizations are doing to adapt to the changing landscape of recruitment.

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The Deloitte BAE Office
7:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Thanks to our Featured Corporate Sponsor!

Join us for a presentation by Sabrina Sdao, Strategist, Wellbeing and productivity specialist, and Senior Manager of Strategic Initiatives at Deloitte. Watch this space for more on this!

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Connecting with peers an invaluable experience

"The isolation of my leadership role was often offset by the community and camaraderie I received from my colleagues and fellow members in the peer groups. The payoffs were immeasurable when I attended sessions regularly and shared things that I couldn’t talk about in the workplace." - Suanne Nielsen

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Membership of the CHRO Peer Forum costs $1,500, annually. $225 of this annual fee covers the CHRO’s individual SCNetwork membership fee! Find out more here!


by Colleen Clarke

How Can I Help This Person?

When you are introduced to someone for the first time, immediately adopt the mindset "how can I help this person." Even if only one of you thinks that way, you both win; as at least one person will help, and the other person will be helped. The law of reciprocity guarantees that your turn will come.



"The evolution of hearing the voice of employees has shifted from an annual engagement survey to 'pulses' in the last decade. Typically, pulsing employees at a specific cadence (i.e. quarterly) has been conducted with consistent questions each time,” said WorkTango CEO, Rob Catalano in this article. Check out more about employee voice from Catalano's presentation Administering CPR: Keeping the Employee Voice Alive at SCNetwork.

SCNetwork Past Event Presentations and Webcast Videos

December 5, 2019
Breaking Through Bias: Fresh Perspectives for Uncovering Hidden Leadership Potential
Mathieu Baril, Managing Director - DDI Canada
November 19, 2019
Replaceable to Renewable: Building a Future-Proof Workforce
Kim Spurgeon, Senior Vice President of Sales, Lee Hecht Harrison Knightsbridge
October 23, 2019
Canadian Organizational Well-being: A Review of Past, Present and Future Practices
Leigh-Ann Ing, Principal, Mercer, Total Health Management
August 13, 2019
Mental Health from the Bottom Up: Leveraging What You've Got for Change
Rensia Melles. M.A. and Ron Sparrow M.S.W., R.S.W
July 17, 2019
Blockchain: Its Business & HR Implications
Joseph Kim and Bryan Addeman, IBM
June 18, 2019
Building the HR Brand: The Unique Value Proposition of HR and Marketing
Dr. David S. Weiss, ICD.D, President and CEO of Weiss International Ltd.
May 22, 2019
Administering CPR: Keeping The Employee Voice Alive
Rob Catalano, Chief Engagement Officer, WorkTango
Apr 29, 2019
Breaking the News: Be the First to Know About Deloitte's 2019 Human Capital Trends
Jodi Baker Calamai,Partner, Deloitte
Mar 20, 2019
Create a Mobile, Flexible Workplace to Attract and Retain Millennials & Gen Zs
Giselle Kovary, President, n-gen People Performance Inc. Dr. Laura Hambley, President, Work EvOHlution
Feb 12, 2019
What Do Culture Dynamics Have To Do With Business Metrics?
ABrett Richards, PhD, President, Connective Intelligence Inc. & Azam Bhaloo, President, The Foray Group
Jan 22, 2019
CEO Spotlight on Bryan Pearson, LoyaltyOne
Bryan Pearson, President and CEO, LoyaltyOne at Alliance Data
Dec 12, 2018
Create Your Own Magic: The Power of Human Connection
Brady Wilson Co-founder of Juice Inc., Author, Thought Leader and Presenter

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