Video on demand | Original air date: May 8, 2018 

An amazing benefits plan will set your organization apart from your competitors and attract the very best talent to your organization. In this online course, you will find out what Canada’s most attractive employers are offering their employees and what the future of benefits looks like.

  • What are the hottest new employee benefits in 2018? 
  • What do employees want and need in the changing workforce landscape 
  • What reward strategies align with your company culture? 

In this highly competitive candidate market, you cannot afford to be left behind. 

Don’t miss out on this cutting-edge online course. Get ahead of the benefits curve and register today.


1 HRPA CPD credit hour 

About the instructors


Cecile Alper-Leroux, Vice President, Human Capital Management Innovation, Ultimate Software

Cecile Alper-Leroux is the Vice President of Human Capital Management (HCM) Innovation at Ultimate Software. An economic anthropologist with more than 20 years of experience in both national and global HCM markets, Cecile has dedicated her life to helping companies create work experiences that enable all people to pursue productive jobs and meaningful careers. Widely regarded as a visionary thought leader on the subject of workplace transformation and its impact on human beings, Cecile speaks often in public on how employers can create equitable, inclusive and productive work environments that inspire people to produce consequential business results. Her influential work is featured in numerous publications likeForbes, The Wall Street Journal, HuffPost, HR Magazine, and HRD Canada.

Deborah LaMere,  Vice President, Employee Experience & Culture, Ceridian 

Deb LaMere’s focus is on driving employee engagement, supporting talent management and enhancing performance development initiatives at Ceridian. She also serves as a board member for Bolder Options and Twin Cities in Motion (TCM), where she applies her more than 17 years of HR experience to helping youth in the community. A thought leader on people and workplace topics, Deb was named a Game Changer by Workforce Magazine in 2016, and has been quoted in Inc., Fast Company and Forbes. Deb holds a BA in Human Resources from the University of St. Thomas and an MBA from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. 

Linda Speedy, Chief Talent Officer, KPMG Canada

Linda is the Chief Talent Officer for KPMG in Canada. She has 20 years of experience at KPMG partnering with practices across the country and leading national HR initiatives. In her role as Chief Talent Officer, Linda is developing a new and dynamic Talent Strategy that reflects the intersection of different generations with the Firm and focuses on the development, advancement and well being of KPMG People. In addition she is leading the redesign of a market-driven total rewards program that is consistent with the firm’s pay principles; is affordable and enables the organization to attract, motivate and retain the best talent. Linda represents KPMG Canada globally as the Head of People and works closely with the Chief Inclusion Officer for KPMG in Canada.

Linda is a member of the Board of Directors of the Fredericton YMCA. She is involved in Co-chairing a Competitive Basketball Club in Fredericton as well as other community based initiatives in Fredericton. She has a Bachelor of Business Administration from Acadia University and Masters in Business from Simon Fraser University. 


Carolyn Swora, Workplace Culture Architect, Best-selling Author, Speaker, Pinnacle Culture

Carolyn is passionate about developing people, building high performing teams and creating thriving workplace cultures. Her belief is that workplaces need to evolve and focus on the employee experience. As the owner of Pinnacle Culture, she advises CEOs and works with leaders and teams to build meaningful and realistic workplace cultures. As a keynote speaker, her passion glows and it’s clear that she has a strong dedication and desire to transform the world of work. She has a Bachelor of Education from the University of Toronto, a Human Resource Management Diploma from Sheridan College and a Master of Arts in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Adler University.  

With a 25-year track record, Carolyn’s clients range from small businesses to large corporations across various industries. With her guidance, organizations enhance the employee experience and evolve their workplace cultures in demanding and challenging business climates.  

Her book "Rules of Engagement: Building a workplace culture to thrive in an uncertain world" became an Amazon best-seller in one day and was also awarded the 5-star seal from Reader’s Favourite, one of the largest book review and award contest sites on the Internet. Carolyn is very active on social media with a strong presence on LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram.

Course curriculum

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