Knowledge Pods

DATE: November 9, 2020

TIME: 3:00 pm - 3:35 pm ET | 12:00 - 12:35 pm PT

Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change. ~ Jim Rohn

Join us at these interactive sessions designed to foster shared learning. Improve yourself, your company and make a meaningful impact through your work.

  • Knowledge Pod #1: Customer Centric Innovation - Creating Innovation Superheroes in Your Organization
  • Knowledge Pod #2: How Women Entrepreneurs Lead and Grow with Attitude, Capabilities and Competencies
  • Knowledge Pod #3: Corporate Social Responsibility: Where Sustainability and Supplier Diversity Make an Impact

Knowledge Pod #1:

Customer Centric Innovation - Creating Innovation Superheroes in Your Organization

With Shelli Baltman & Fiona Stevenson, The Idea Suite

Innovation mindset, skills and behaviours that unlock the creative potential of your people and teams. A practical guide to customer centric innovation that step-changes innovation in your organization alongside useful tips and tools to unlock creativity and innovation. The presentation will cover:

  • Creativity & innovation
  • Innovation energy and behaviours
  • The 6 i’s of the customer centred innovation process

You will learn:

  • How to get everyone in their organization focused on customer needs and creativity
  • The mindsets, behaviours and skills that greatly increase the odds of generating successful innovation
  • A tried and tested 6-step process to deliver high potential innovation to market
Sponsored by:

Shelli Baltman and Fiona Stevenson

Shelli Baltman and Fiona Stevenson are the Presidents and Founding Partners of The Idea Suite, a Toronto-based Innovation Agency that unlocks the creative potential of people and businesses through innovation, and currently one of Canada’s fastest growing companies. Veterans of over 500 innovation projects, they have helped to launch products for Starbucks, PepsiCo, Mondelez, Verizon, and Molson Coors and are passionate about helping others learn about innovation, creativity and how to become their best selves at work and in life.


Knowledge Pod #2:

How Women Entrepreneurs Lead and Grow with Attitude, Capabilities and Competencies

With Lisa Haydon, Pivotal Coaching

To realize results and grow your business there are core leadership skills that every entrepreneur needs. This session with Lisa Haydon uniquely combines leadership and data insights to understand what makes a great leader of a growth company and their top leadership competencies. We will use data and insights that show WBE business owner’s potential for more results.

In this session, we will discuss how you can stand confidently in your work and the changes you can make to realize your desired results. We will share the WBE owner leader persona.

You will walk away with insights and focus around:

  • A leader persona that can realize results
  • What strengths can be leveraged to do your best work; and
  • What Investments you can make in your personal and professional development

To enhance your value from this session and conference, we ask all WBE business owners respond to a 20-minute Pivotal Growth Diagnostic. This online pre-work through a diagnostic tool provides Lisa with a comprehensive view of strengths and development opportunities in the areas of sales and leadership.

Sponsored by:

Lisa Haydon

Lisa Haydon

Lisa W. Haydon is a high business acumen leader, credentialed sales professional, and executive coach. Lisa has led growth-oriented teams and clients in industries such as banking, commercial lending, capital markets, technology, consulting, and professional services. Her hands-on experience executing change and growth mandates enhances client results. Lisa’s work has seen her build markets, client relationships, sales teams, account teams, pipelines, and sales.

She honed coaching for growth in prestigious corporations as an in-house coach and now works as an external coach consultant. She is an early adopter of coaching trends through her use of strategic coaching programs, data enabled insights, diagnostics, and technology. Lisa specializes in cohort style programs in sales and leadership effectiveness.

Lisa is known for augmenting transformational coaching results and powerful coaching conversations with a comprehensive set of tools and resources.


Knowledge Pod #3:

Corporate Social Responsibility: Where Sustainability and Supplier Diversity Make a Tangible Impact

With Michelle Albanese, Andrea Knight, Colin Robinson and Sarah Riley

COVID-19 can’t stop all the progress we’ve made in sustainability and supplier diversity. Join us to learn more about what is happening in corporate and government supply chains and how Canadian supply chains and women-owned businesses can benefit from these opportunities.

Sponsored by: TD Bank

Colin Robinson

Colin Robinson

My career has specialized in leadership roles, focusing on Sales & Marketing and military service. Beginning my career at Molson-O’Keefe, I have worked in a number of industries ranging from industrial construction (refractories) to telecommunications to advertising – always using my leadership and organizational skills to consistently be a top performer - while concurrently building a successful Reserve Army career. Currently a Regional Sales Director for Staples Promotional Products, the largest promotional products firm in Canada. Also proudly serving as the Honorary Colonel of The Royal Montreal Regiment (RMR) www.royalmontrealregiment.com, and involved in several other charitable organizations that focus on veterans, homelessness, and education.


Sarah Riley

Sarah Riley

Sarah is the Co-Founder of the award-winning, female-founded-and-owned sustainability agency, R&G Strategic—where she helps organizations share their purpose and passion for a better world. She was an early mover in sustainability and eco-communications, building brands for cleantech innovators and social enterprises, working with SMEs to benchmark their progress toward environmentally and socially-responsible operations, helping organizations like Efficiency Canada advocate for a clean transition, and working with Governments and NGOs like Clean Foundation to promote sustainability education, awareness and programming to youth, indigenous communities and the general public.

In addition to her work at R&G, Sarah is a Co-Founder of the Circularity Forum, a Atlantic Canadian platform for business connectivity to achieve the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), and the recipient of a UN Global Compact SDG award recognizing her work toward Goal 17; establishing partnerships to help organizations connect their sustainable solutions and initiatives to like-minds. She is also a Co-Founder and Founding Member of the Board at the social enterprise and community interest company, Culture Link CIC—the $13 million-dollar cultural placemaking project to transform Halifax's former World Trade and Convention Centre into a collaborative and accessible hub for creative media professionals. She's currently completing her Graduate Diploma in Social Responsibility and Sustainability at U of T.


Michelle Albanese

Moderated by...

Michelle Albanese

Michelle Albanese is Head of TD's Responsible Sourcing and Supplier Diversity program and activities across Canada and the US, a part of the Bank's Ready Commitment. In this role, Ms. Albanese drives TD’s Responsible Sourcing program, which assesses and engages suppliers to adopt best practices for social, ethical and environmental corporate responsibility, including carbon emissions reduction. She also leads TD's Supplier Diversity program, encouraging the inclusion of diverse-owned suppliers to support enterprise-wide operations.

Ms. Albanese has over 22 years of experience in the environmental and sustainability fields; a Master of Science from the University of Waterloo, and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Guelph. She previously worked in consulting, non-profit and government sectors. Ms. Albanese is currently on the Board of Directors of WBE Canada and on the Business Development Canada.