Live Webinar: Return to the Workplace: Part 3 - Safe Commute for Workers

Date and Time

Starts:12/09/2021 8:00 AM

Ends:12/09/2021 9:00 AM

Registration Closes:12/08/2021 8:00 AM

Event Type: Webinar

1 CPD Hour Hour(s)



Members: Free

Non-Members: $30 + taxes

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HRPA will be hosting an online discussion with TTC & Metrolinx Executives.  A “COVID-19 Return to Workplace” member survey conducted in May 2021 revealed that one of the top issues HR professionals and businesses are facing when returning employees to the workplace is concerns over the use of public transit services to commute to and from work.

To support HRPA members and all HR and business leaders, we wanted to hear directly from Ontario’s most used transit systems on how to prepare employees for a safe and healthy commute, and reduce any related anxiety or fear.

Join us for this exclusive live webcast with top HR executives from MetroLinx and Toronto Transit Commission (“TTC”). This informative conversation will educate attendees on the measures taken to ensure safe workplaces for transit employees, and safe commutes for everyone else.

Attendees will gain insights into:

  • How these essential services organizations have addressed worker safety during the pandemic
  • What COVID-19 workplace measures are in place on transit vehicles
  • How public health and safety is protected when using transit services


Attendees will also receive informative posters to share and circulate within their own organizations.

***Note that this live webinar will not be recorded and will not be available for viewing after the event. Live attendance at the event is necessary.


   Moderator Bio

Marla Allan, CHRE, Vice President, Human Resources, Grand&Toy (Office Depot Inc.)

Marla Allan is an agile, metrics-driven executive with a 20+-year track record of success in supporting rapid growth and revenue goals for both U.S. and Canadian-based mid-sized to Fortune 500 companies. She is known as a resilient leader who excels in taking on and tackling complex challenges and in building high-performing, progressive and energized work cultures.

Her industry experience spans across Retail field human resources leadership (1,100 big box locations), Financial and Investment Services (2,000 branches), Technology (3,000 employees) and Commercial (B2B sales) companies. Marla has led virtually dispersed teams ranging up to 200 staff. Key areas of expertise include large-scale organizational design, culture building and transformation, change management and partnering closely with leaders to create business focused and people-centric organizations.

Marla obtained her BA degree in English and Psychology from the University of Toronto, Canada, and holds both the SPHR certification from the Society of Human Resource Management and CHRE designation from the Ontario Human Resources Society. While at Washington Mutual Bank, she was nominated as one of only 25 participants across the company for the Chairman’s Leadership Challenge Executive Development Program.

She has a personal passion for the not-for-profit space and has participated in many different ways including board of director positions at Start2Finish, and additional committees and board roles over the years, including the HRPA of Ontario, United Way of Missoula, AHEC (Healthcare Education), and the Center for Career Alternatives in Seattle, WA. Marla currently resides in Toronto and holds both U.S. and Canadian citizenship.

Speaker bio(s)
Fiona Gardner, CHRP, CHRL, Director, Strategic Talent Management, Metrolinx

As Acting Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO), Fiona Gardner brings over two decades of experience in managing HR strategy and functional HR service delivery as well as engagement and organizational change in both the public and private sectors. Fiona is passionate about driving organizational and cultural transformation through innovative approaches to attracting, engaging and developing top talent.

Fiona joined Metrolinx in 2018 and as the Director of Strategic Talent Management, she led the talent acquisition, organizational development and learning as well as employee and labour relations portfolios. Throughout her career, Fiona has held executive roles in the financial, sales and telecommunications sectors.

Fiona holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto and a Master of Human Resources Management from York University. Committed to giving back to the profession, Fiona has volunteered with organizations such as the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) and York University’s Advisory Committee for HR Programs.

Away from work, Fiona loves exploring Ontario’s lakes and rivers in her kayak, travelling and spending time with her family.

Mary Madigan-Lee, CHRP, CHRL, CHRE, Chief People Officer, Toronto Transit Commission

Mary Madigan-Lee is a human resources Executive with extensive experience leading complex business change and $1B+ mergers and operations within union and non-unionized environments. Most recently, Ms. Madigan-Lee was the Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) with the Greater Toronto Airport Authority and Unity Health Toronto, responsible for the integration of a network of hospitals with over 11,000 employees. Prior to that role, Ms. Madigan-Lee was Vice President of HR for Loblaw Companies Limited, as well as Manulife Financial, US Division and Global Talent.

Mary obtained her degree in Sociology from Glendon College at York University, along with a Certified Human Resources Executive (CHRE) designation. She has also completed the Advanced Healthcare Program with Rotman, University of Toronto. Mary is on the Board of Directors for the HRPA and sits on the HR Committee of the Board of Directors for Pickering College.