Succession Planning: Why Do Organizations Need It

Date and Time

Starts:10/14/2021 8:30 AM

Ends:10/15/2021 12:00 PM

Event Type: Workshop

7 CPD Hour(s)

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This program is offered via ZOOM

Module 1: October 14th, 2021 – 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Module 2: October 15th, 2021 – 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM

An organization's business strategy is enabled by its organizational structure and the people and processes within it. Succession planning becomes a critical process.

Organizational culture lies at the centre of an effective organization – and that cannot be developed nor sustained without effective leadership. The governance structure of the organization therefore requires that a succession plan exists to ensure that a seamless transition in leadership occurs both during an emergency and over the longer-term growth of the organization. 

Research has shown that Canada's most successful organizations embed their succession planning process within their organization's integrated talent management strategy. The Human Resources department is accountable for orchestrating succession planning, and this roll up your sleeves workshop is structured to enable HR leaders to understand their role in designing, delivering and continuously improving this critical process. You learn the theory throughout the day in facilitated group sessions with your workshop peers and then it all comes together in the case study at the end of the day.

This workshop will enable participants to understand organizational effectiveness and how succession planning enables the development of leadership talent within an integrated talent management strategy.

Learning objectives:

  • Understand how the state of the business must be the first consideration
  • Frame succession planning within the context of overall business effectiveness
  • Apply talent management tools to gain buy-in and organizational alignment
  • Design succession planning initiatives that are sustainable
  • Perform key position analyses
  • Apply development plans as tools for high potential performers and others
  • Take away ideas that can be implemented within your organizations


Who should attend?

HR leaders accountable for the design and execution of the organization's succession planning process.

Speaker bio(s)
Robert W.  Turner

Robert’s career has taken him to both sides of the table as Governance/Talent Management consultant and a seasoned Human Resources executive. He brings forward a multi-industry and multi-geographic (Canadian, North American and Global) perspective. As a consultant, having held Partner level responsibility with Mercer Canada, Robert has worked with a range of clients: CEOs and their CHROs and/or Board Chairs and their Committees in both public and private companies – large organizations and start-ups. This leveraged the work done as an HR executive where he held a mix of interim and permanent positions at Arthur J. Gallagher Canada, Alberta Heath Sciences, Symcor, Descartes Systems, Canadian Tire, PepsiCo and Procter & Gamble. At WMC, his core practice is governance oversight and developing customized people management approaches to help leaders deliver their business strategies and manage change. These approaches and programs include performance management, succession planning, executive coaching, employee engagement, training / development and total compensation / rewards programs. Born in the Gaspe, Quebec; Robert was raised in Toronto and has worked in Toronto, Montreal and Edmonton. He earned his BSc at the University of Toronto, his MBA at The Ivey Business School, his co-active coaching at CTI and his ICD.D certification at Rotman. Robert sits on the Advisory Board of two start-up organizations and sits on the Executive Committee and Chairs the Finance and Human Resources Committee on the Board of Collingwood General and Marine Hospital. He also enjoys downhill skiing at the TSC, road biking with the Collingwood Cycling Club and golf through Clublink.