#206 – Reimagine Work: Designing the Hybrid Work Experience

HR Power Lunch

​The shared societal experience of the global pandemic and calls for social justice have created a fundamental reset of the world of work. Organizations that consciously reshape themselves within the new business and societal landscape will emerge winners in a post pandemic corporate Canada. Based on emerging thought leadership and market trends, this session will consider the big shifts underway in the areas of Values, Culture, Leadership, Organization Capabilities, and Talent Strategies through an exploration of the Reimagine Work framework. The discussion will then focus in on the issue of hybrid work, including an examination of the upsides and downsides, and key design elements. The presentation will conclude by offering a practical roadmap that HR leaders can use to navigate the creation of hybrid work approaches within their organizations.

Speaker: Val Duffey, Chief Human Resources Officer

Val Duffey is a Chief Human Resources Officer whose career spans 25 years in financial and professional services organizations such as KPMG Canada, Aviva Canada and Torys LLP. Most recently, Val was CHRO at the Greater Toronto Airports Authority with a mandate to transform Pearson’s workforce and culture toward its vision of becoming a global mega hub airport. With a reputation for building business-centric HR strategy and driving transformational change, Val brings a passionate, strategic and pragmatic voice to the top table. She is a trusted advisor, an invested leader, and a dedicated coach and mentor.

Since early 2020, Val and collaborator Mark Edgar have been examining emerging market trends and new workplace realities brought about by the pandemic and calls for social reform. Together they have developed the Reimagine Work framework—a holistic view of the key paradigm shifts that are defining today’s world of work—which they use to support CHROs to reimagine their future-focused HR strategies.

Val holds a degree in Education from Ryerson University, a Certificate in Executive Organization Development from Columbia University, and a Certificate in HR Management. She is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors and sits on the Board of St. Michael’s Choir School in downtown Toronto.