The Future of Work: The Board’s Role in Long term Talent Management

We continue to find new ways to frighten, or at least worry, Directors – whether through sessions on cybersecurity or developing a digital strategy. However, in each case our goal is to help Directors see over the horizon, identify emerging issues, and determine which questions to ask.

In this session, our panel will focus on ‘The Future of Work’. Enormous changes are happening, driven by the gig economy and artificial intelligence. These are, and will continue to, fundamentally change the concept of human capital. Successful organizations will need to respond to changes in the talent they will need and the talent that will be available. Join us to understand the issues and the challenges that lie ahead, and learn what can be done to help your organization and your people proactively navigate unchartered territory.

The silver lining is that it is also our Member Appreciation Event. There will be time to network with your ICD colleagues before and after the panel discussion, while enjoying hors d'oeuvres and beverages. We hope to see you there.


Fiona Macfarlane is EY’s Managing Partner of the British Columbia practice and the firm’s Chief Inclusiveness Officer. She is currently a member of the Board of Governors of the Business Council of British Columbia and serves on the organization’s Executive Committee. Until recently, Fiona sat on the Executive Board of the Immigrant Employment Council of British Columbia, and was a Governor of the Board of UBC. Fiona is a Governor and Vice Chair of Shawnigan Lake School.

Fiona has been inducted into the Hall of Fame of Canada’s Most Powerful Women, Top 100. She was awarded the International Women’s Forum Global Women Who Make a Difference award. She has been recognised as one of the Top 35 Most Influential Women: Power to Disrupt by Business in Vancouver and Top 25 Canadian Women of Influence, Professional Services. She also received the inaugural Luminary Award from Big Sisters and received Canada’s Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Award. She was awarded an Honorary CPA by the Chartered Accountants of British Columbia.


Kathy Kinloch is President of the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT). Her focus is broadening and deepening BCIT’s partnerships with business, industry and community within B.C., across Canada and globally to meet the evolving needs of today’s and tomorrow’s workplace. Kathy holds a Diploma in Nursing and a Bachelor of Science (Nursing, with Distinction) from University of Alberta, a Master of Arts in Leadership (Chancellors Award) and a Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching from Royal Roads University. Kathy’s board positions include the Business Council of BC; Surrey Hospital Foundation; the Public Policy Forum and TELUS Corporation. She is also a member of the Business Council of Canada’s Business ‘Higher Education Roundtable’, the Asia Business Leaders Advisory Council of the Asia Pacific Foundation, and is currently chairing the provincial Emerging Economy Task Force.

Jenny Poulos is SVP Workforce Strategy & Employee Experience at RBC. Jenny leads a large global team of HR centers of expertise responsible for employee experience and employment brand, performance enablement, recruitment, learning & development, and people data & analytics. Her mandate focuses on helping RBC maintain a high-performing and engaged workforce by building future-focused capabilities and delivering exceptional employee experiences that attract, inspire and retain talent. Since 2010, Jenny has lead teams responsible for providing leadership, advice and support on all aspects of Human Resources for the businesses and geographic regions of Personal & Commercial Banking, Wealth Management and Insurance segments. Prior to that, Jenny held increasingly senior positions in the business, specifically in Sales, Sales & Market Management, and Strategy. She is on the Board of Directors of Children’s Aid Foundation and is an active supporter of non-profit organizations supporting children with autism.

David Williams is Vice President of Policy at the Business Council of British Columbia (BCBC). He provides senior leadership in developing public policy research, advice and solutions in the areas of productivity, innovation, technology, taxation and human capital. David joined BCBC in 2018 following six years as a Senior Economist at the Bank of Canada. He authored eight national publications of the Bank’s Business Outlook Survey. Prior to immigrating to Canada, David spent nine years in increasingly senior roles in the Australian public service. He was the Senior Adviser for Economic Policy at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet before taking leave to pursue postgraduate studies at Oxford University. While at Oxford, David was a lecturer in economics and a PhD research intern at the International Monetary Fund. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Philosophy in economics from Oxford University.


May 29, 2019

Registration: 4:00 p.m.
Session: 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Networking reception: 6:00 - 7:00p.m.

Location | Lieu:

The Vancouver Club
915 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, B.C.
V6C 1C6

CEUs | CFCs:


Price | Prix :

Member: $25.00 +tax
Non-member: $35.00 +tax

Organizer | Organisateur:

British Columbia Chapter

Contact | Contacter:

Shirley Yule
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