Conference Agenda

The future of work is on everyone’s agenda. This event brings thought leaders together to share cutting edge ideas on the future, from both a people and technology perspective. It will allow an understanding of the key drivers of change and enablers of innovation that will shape how, where and when work takes place. Our conference programme will explore future technologies, cutting edge award-winning workplaces and people, change and engagement.

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The New World of Work: Challenges & Emerging Trends

The pandemic has been a catalyst of re-shaping and re-thinking a new world of work. We examine what’s on the horizon for the future of work, looking at how business leaders should respond and what should they prioritise in the months ahead?

Sex, Drugs, and Smart Technology: The Future Of Work Driven by Big Data and The Human Brain

This unconventional keynote discusses everything from sex and drugs to happy hormones and designing spaces for each unique individual. Now the Co-Founder of Smart Building Collective, Elizabeth is bringing a diverse group of experts to help move the evolution of smart buildings forward. Smart has the ability to help create creative solutions from data to make our buildings more functional, sustainable, cost effective and healthier, more collaborative spaces for the people inside.

Beyond Tech and Space: Exploring the Human Elements of the Hybrid Experience

Everyone is talking about place, space and technology, but hybrid is more than those things. Trends show that even with cool spaces, exceptional tech, and free healthy food, in-office utilization is still at a record low. We must go deeper to explore how our social interactions and organizational paradigms shape hybrid work. Through their work on a 4-article research series on digital equality with WORKTECH Academy, Canadian workplace technology advisor, ET Group, will illuminate facets of hybrid work that are often overlooked and challenge assumptions about the hybrid experience.

Networking and Coffee Break

Data-Driven Workplace Strategies and Transformations

Is your organisation using the right tools and metrics to influence innovations in workplace strategy? We explore how identifying and utilising the most pertinent data sets can help take actions which result in more productive, engaged and motivated team members. Hear examples of data-driven cultures as well as new technologies and innovations helping leading organisations deliver best workplace practice in Toronto as well as further afield.

Flight to Flex

Amid recurring layers of disruption, one constant now illuminates the world of work and workplace. This is a consistent line of travel towards flexible working, including its hybrid and remote variants. A significant majority of the workforce today express a desire for flexibility. More companies believe that supporting and enabling flexible work should be a priority. In this session, Matthew Myerson draws on stories and evidence from around the WORKTECH Academy network to present a picture of what is happening inside organisations and office buildings around the world.

Lessons from Scotiabank’s Centre of Excellence: Driving Innovation and Workplace Transformation

If you’re wondering, “how did Scotiabank do that?”, this session is for you! We’ll dive in with Hilary Green to learn how Scotiabank’s Centre of Excellence integrates a cross-functional approach to use data, design thinking, experimentation, and test labs to inform the Workplace Experience and Future of Work efforts.

Is the Future of Work a Shorter Working Week?

Leading global work time reduction expert and evangelist Joe O'Connor will why and how organizations are moving to reduced-hour, productivity-focused work models, what the emerging findings from global trials and research is telling us, the synergies between AI, remote work and work time reduction. This shorter session will lead in to a panel discussion around rethinking work-life balance.

Expert Panel: Rethinking Work-Life Balance: Redefining Productivity and Well-being in the Modern Workplace

In this thought-provoking panel discussion, industry experts explore two fundamental questions shaping the future of work: Can we work less? Can we have better employees and employers? Through insightful dialogue, the panel examines the possibilities of achieving work-life balance, reducing the emphasis on long work hours, and fostering healthier relationships between employees and employers. Join us as we delve into innovative strategies, flexible work arrangements, and cultural shifts that prioritize well-being while maintaining productivity in today's dynamic work environments.

Networking and Lunch Break

Workplace Experience

Companies are accelerating plans to invest in new technology, create flexible working environments and make the office a destination. We will examine the latest workplace technologies and innovations that will support workplace experience and the built environment in 2023 and beyond.

Upcycling the Workplace: Human Ecology and the Sustainable Designs that Enhance Where and How we Work

Using case studies such as converted warehouses, eco-parks, and an office design inspired by plant life in form and function, this talk aims to demonstrate the correlations between sustainably refocused and upcycled workplace interiors and the solutions we need for productivity, performance, and the pure pleasure of being among our peers. From adaptive reusing aging and defunct infrastructure to upcycling pre-existing space with biophilia, tomorrow’s sustainable workplaces can become places of improved public perception, employee attraction and retention, and quantifiable degrees of fulfilment

Expert Panel: Harnessing Emerging Technologies for a Purposeful Workplace

In the age of the “anywhere office”, technology will play a more vital role than ever. How can our technology choices solve not only today's problems but help to prepare us for new challenges and rapidly changing circumstances? Explore how companies are using data analytics to shape real estate and technology decisions, use AI ethically, and consider the human experience in a way that can support emergence sustainably.

AI and the Productivity Paradox

In a world of hybrid work and evolving technology, Adrian Mares discusses the untapped potential of AI. Discover the transformative impact of AI on knowledge work and the dynamics of hybrid workplaces. Gain insights on re-evaluating productivity in the age of AI and learn actionable strategies to measure what truly matters. Explore the dual approach of use case-based and test & learn methods for effective AI adoption. Get ready for a glimpse of the exciting productivity tools coming in the next six months.

Networking and Coffee Break

The Future of Tororno: Regeneration and Revival

Unique perspectives on how Toronto and the GTA is evolving in terms of buildings and place; how it is responding to today and tomorrow’s needs of business and employees; what are the implications for sustainability, inclusivity and wellbeing; how are new communities being formed and new spaces being revived and reimagined as destinations to live and work; what new ideas & opportunities will arise for the future of work.

The Ripple Effect: How the Evolution of Hybrid Work Will Impact the Workplace and Our Cities

While hybrid working has become a permanent fixture on the landscape of work, there are still big questions around the future of work that remain unanswered. How does the office fit into the new ecosystem of work? How can we build sustainable office spaces that meet new expectations? What is the wider implication of hybrid working on our cities? Join Katigbak for a look at innovative case studies for sustainable design, cutting edge data from Gensler’s City Pulse Index and survey results from both Canadian and global workplaces.

Expert panel: Urban Transformations: Shaping Toronto's Workplaces and Built Environment

This session brings together leading real estate professionals and workplace strategy pioneers as they unravel the evolution of buildings and spaces in Toronto and the wider GTA. We will explore how the region is adapting to the ever-changing needs of businesses and employees, embracing the challenges of today and tomorrow. Discover the birth of new communities and the resurgence of reimagined spaces, engage with visionary thinkers and uncover exciting new ideas and opportunities that are shaping the future of work.

Other speakers to be announced.

closing Keynote: More Earth, Less Rocket: A Metaphor for Better Balance in a Rapidly Changing World

Riding the waves of a rapidly changing world requires anchoring into principles that stand the test of time. In this light-hearted and interactive talk about aiming for better balance across organisations and industries, Kelly explores why continuing to lean more into feminine principles could be what allows us to achieve that balance, and stay healthier in the long term as a result.

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  • Cisco

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  • WORKTECH-Academy