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Executive Networks

The executive networks within the Leadership and Human Resources Research team are uniquely positioned to bring together human resource leaders across industries, sectors and functional areas in valuable closed-door discussions. These conversations with peers across the country gives members the unique opportunity to share insights, discuss trends and challenges in their roles making these networks some of the largest members based advisory boards in Canada.

We offer executive networks in:

Total Rewards and Labour Relations

Compensation Research Centre

Established in 1976, the Compensation Research Centre (CRC) is one of the Conference Board’s most mature networks—providing insights to help your organization develop and execute its compensation strategy and practices. The Centre provides access to knowledge and networking opportunities that are a must for Canada’s compensation professionals.

Council of Industrial Relations Executives

The Council of Industrial Relations Executives (IRC) provides insights to assist senior industrial relations executives in leading the labour relations function in your organization. Whether your interest is in collective bargaining, managing union–employer relations, or discussing the impact of trends on labour relations in Canada, this council is your gateway to knowledge and networking with other industrial relations leaders.

Strategic Human Resources Management

Council of Human Resources Executives

The Council of Human Resources Executives is one of the longest standing and most successful networking and learning groups at the Conference Board. For over 30 years, senior HR leaders have come together to explore the trends and issues they deem critical to future success. They learn from each other, from Conference Board professionals, and from external experts.

Council on Inclusive Work Environments

A diverse and inclusive work environment is quite simply more productive and innovative. The Council on Inclusive Work Environments (CIWE) provides a forum for diversity professionals to learn about leading-edge practices in diversity, and to share their knowledge and experience with peers. The Council offers a unique opportunity to learn and to bring practical ideas back to your organization.

Strategic Human Resources Management Council

This network is for senior HR executives who lead a government department, agency, or other public service organization such as a hospital or a police force. It is a community of Executive HR leaders is evolving the people-related practices in many of Canada's top Public Sector organizations.

Leadership, Learning and Organization

Council for Learning and Leadership Development

Best suited for the HR Leaders with overall responsibility for the learning and/or leadership development strategy and policy in their organizations, the Council for Learning and Leadership Development (CLLD) brings together learning and development professionals to share best practices in corporate learning, human resources, and organizational development.

Workplace Health, Safety and Wellness

Council on Workplace Health and Wellness

The organizational benefits of a healthy workplace are many—including reduced health-care costs, improved productivity, and increased employee attraction and retention. The Council on Workplace Health and Wellness (CWHW) provides an exclusive network experience for health and wellness leaders to share and discuss the most effective tools and resources to realize these benefits with peers in organizations across Canada.

Health and Safety Leadership Centre

This Centre is designed to support the continuous improvement of healthy and safe workplaces. The Health and Safety Leadership Centre (HSLC) allows business leaders, governments, and academics to exchange best practices within a learning community and demonstrate their commitment to enhancing employees’ physical, social, and mental well-being.

For More Information

Advisory Services

Donna Burnett Vachon
Director, Leadership, Learning and Organization Research

Custom Research

Contact the lead Director to discuss custom research in:


“The IR Council represents the ‘who’s who’ in the IR discipline. Building relationships with colleagues of this breadth and depth can only serve to enhance all aspects of my work.”

—Alan Bower, Director, Labour Relations, Toronto Star Newspapers Inc.

“The structure of the quarterly meetings, the select injection of external subject-matter experts as speakers, the tremendous networking opportunities, the ability to debate a ‘hot’ HR subject with senior HR Professionals and, finally, the accessibility and responsiveness of Conference Board staff all make for an outstanding experience.”

—Gary Burkett, Managing Director, Human Resources, Federal Express Canada Ltd.

“These network meetings are by far the most valuable professional development days I spend in my year; I always look forward to them and am never disappointed.”

—Lisa Watkins, Cheif Human Resources Officer, Ontario Securities Commission

“There are three things [about the CRC] that strike me: the high caliber of companies and individuals who choose to participate; the open sharing and discussion of topical issues and practical solutions to real problems with acknowledged experts; and the professional network that can be developed to offer year-round support outside of formal meetings.”

—Brad Smith, General Manager, Total Compensation, Canada Post Corporation

“For many years now my membership with the Council has provided the City with access to a wealth of timely, credible health and wellness related services. Membership with the Council provides me with the tools I need to address organizational health and wellness.”

—Cindy Munn, Business Partner, Welness, Human Resources, The City of Calgary

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