HR Forum Meeting

Thursday, October 23 - 2014
9:00 am - 1:00 pm


ITAC HR Forum – Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Impact of Compensation, Working Longer and Gamification in Meeting Your HR Objectives

The next ITAC HR Forum meeting is on Thursday, October 23, 2014 and is being hosted by HP in Mississauga.   Please register and mark your calendars accordingly!

Compensation Trends, Working Longer: Impact on Benefits and Business Health & How Gamification can Achieve your Business Objectives

Date/Time:            October 23, 2014 – 9am-12pm then roundtable 12-1.
Host:                      Tanya McLaughlin, Total Rewards Leader for HP Canada
Moderators:         Nadia Cerisano, Xerox Canada Limited, and Peter Van Oordt, CGI


Hear the latest regarding:

  • Radford Compensation trends including budget projections, hot jobs and how to evaluate the effectiveness of variable pay programs
  • Key drivers of change shaping Canadian health and benefit programs in the next decade including benefits for older workers remaining in the workforce
  • How to use gamification to support your HR objectives and its impact on employees in terms of understanding, appreciation and behavior change – not to mention fun!



8:30 – 9:00 am

Check-in, networking and continental breakfast
(compliments of HP Canada)

9:00 – 9:10 am

Welcome, introductions, opening comments and ITAC update


Chris Drummond, ITAC

Bruce Markowitz, Unisys Canada

Sheryl Helsdon-Baker, Oracle Canada


9:10 –
10:15 am

Compensation Trends & Evaluating Variable Pay Programs

Radford presents its annual update on Canadian market trends from its Global Technology and Global Sales Surveys.  Hear from our team on salary increase budget projections for 2015, hot jobs, and key market movement, including turnover and workforce changes.  Special focus will be given to evaluating the effectiveness of companies’ variable pay programs.

Trista Straver, Senior Survey Consultant
Radford, an Aon Hewitt Company

10:15 – 10:30 am

Networking Break

10:30 – 11:15 am

Working Longer: The Impact on Benefits and Business Health in the Next Decade

Tim Clarke, Aon Hewitt’s Health & Benefits Chief Innovation Officer, will discuss the current issues and trends that employers are working to address within their Canadian benefits programs. In addition, he will guide you beyond today’s issues and examine some of the key drivers shaping Canadian health and benefit programs in the next decade, such as the impact of shifting workforce demographics, the evolving Canadian public health system and lifestyle-related health issues. All these factors will impact not only employee health, but also the health of your business if employees aren’t kept healthy, productive and engaged. Specifically, Tim will discuss some of the current and future directions with respect to benefits for older workers remaining in the workforce.


Tim Clarke, Chief Innovation Officer
Canadian Health & Benefits Consulting
Aon Hewitt

11:15 – 12:00 pm

Games People Play – or How Gamification Can Achieve Your HR Objectives

With participation from senior consultants and industry principals, this discussion presents the case for leveraging game theory in support of your HR programs. Knowing that “actions speak louder than words”, it will provide tangible examples of games other employers have implemented in support of their HR needs. Learn how small steps into this digital space can have big returns in terms of understanding, appreciation and behavior change – not to mention fun! Come prepared with your challenges and discover a new way you can address them with game applications.


Jacqueline Taggart, Associate Partner
Regional Practice Leader, NA Communications
Aon Hewitt


John Hyttinen, Senior Director, Total Rewards
ADP Canada

12:00 – 1:00 pm Roundtable


When Thursday, October 23, 2014
Time 8:30 am to 1:00 pm EST
Register Click here to register or by email to by October 16.

Only members from outside the GTA who cannot attend in person may join by teleconference:  contact Janet Tite. Please advise in advance.

HR Forum Co-Chairs:
Sheryl Helsdon-Baker, Oracle
Bruce Markowitz, Unisys


Presenter Biographies:

Trista Straver is a Senior Survey Consultant for Radford’s Global Technology Survey.  In this role, she manages client relationships and advises technology industry companies on compensation principles and practices as part of their participation in the Radford surveys.  Based in Vancouver, Canada, Trista serves as the primary contact for Radford survey participants in the Canadian market. Trista specializes in global employee rewards program strategy, with an emphasis on utilizing Radford data for analysis and design in the areas of base pay, broad-based incentives and equity.  In addition, she serves as a Global Relationship Manager for some of Canada’s largest technology companies. Trista has 12 years of experience in the industry as a Consultant with Aon Consulting, PeopleSoft and Affymetrix.  Trista graduated from Simon Fraser University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, concentrating in Organizational Behaviour.

Tim Clarke is the Senior Vice-President, Chief Innovation Officer for Aon Hewitt, Canadian Health & Benefits Consulting Practice.Tim is responsible for ensuring that Aon Hewitt’s Canadian clients have the tools and solutions they need to manage the health of their employees.  Tim works with all industry stakeholders to create innovative health and benefit plan solutions that both achieve business objectives and improve employee health. Tim works with clients across Canada on a variety of group benefit and actuarial projects, including the development of health care, wellness, and prescription drug strategies, as well as employee and retiree plan designs, pricing strategies, claims analyses, vendor management, and post-retirement benefit valuations. He has been with Aon Hewitt since 1993.

Jacqueline Taggart is the Regional Practice Leader for Canada in the North American Communication Practice at Aon Hewitt.  A passionate advocate for effective communication and change within organizations, Jackie is responsible for the strategic development and implementation of communication programs for a diverse range of client needs. Jackie has a broad range of experience, and lends her expertise to all areas of Aon Hewitt’s consulting services, such as employee engagement, branding and value propositions, as well employee opinion surveys, benefits and retirement change management and program education, total rewards and organizational effectiveness.  She works with clients in the public and private sector, as well as not-for-profit organizations.  Jackie is an accredited ABC, the global standard of professional achievement for business communicators, and has Honours BA and MA degrees from the University of Toronto, an MBA from Athabasca University, and an MA in Communication and Culture from Ryerson University. She is a frequent chair and speaker for industry conferences and workshops, and a contributor to industry publications.

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