The pandemic cut off the traditional ways we work together. HR leaders are still trying to figure out how to maintain a productive and engaged workforce driven by the goals of a shared company culture.

Companies must pivot and adapt to find new avenues to engage and inspire employees plus tell their . Meetups, workshops, and trade events have been swapped for digital content creation, webinars, and virtual meetings.

Supported by InnovateWork, the Community Building In Crisis Summit will bring together brands and experts with a mutual interest in finding ways not just to survive but thrive.

Join the event for free as 15+ experts share their thoughts on how to come out the other side of the pandemic with more influence, larger networks and proven ways to remain at the centre of their communities.

The online event is intended to be a catalyst for positive change and impact to get through the next year with resiliency, grit and determination so that no one is left behind.



SUPPORTING YOUR BUSINESS COMMUNITY WITH HEART with Claude Silver: Chief Heart Officer, VaynerMedia

GIVING BACK AND SUPPORTING COMMUNITIES with Mohamad Fakih: CEO/President, Paramount Fine Foods

THE ECONOMIC IMPACT OF COMMUNITIES AND SUPPORTwith Kirstine Stewart: Head of the Future of Media, World Economic Forum

STAYING DRIVEN ON COVID’S TOUGH ROAD with Duane D.O. Gibson: Social Impact Speaker and Rapper, President, Northern Power Summit

Community Building in Crisis Panel One


Panel 1 - Community building in Crisis

Shona Fulcher: Chief Community Officer, Centre for Social Innovation

Kristi Herold: CEO, JAM and Sport & Social Group, 2020 Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women

Rina Rovinelli: Co-Founder, Speaker Slam, Top 25 Women of Influence

Michael Bach: Founder and CEO, Canadian Centre for Diversity & Inclusion

Alyson Schafer: Speaker, Author, Parenting Expert


Jenny Okonkwo:  Founder, Black Female Accountants Network | Keynote Speaker, Author

Paul McIntyre Royston: CEO, Grand River Hospital Foundation

Unstoppable Tracy Schmitt: Speaker and Disability Advocate, Best Selling Author, Decorated Athlete

Coko Galore: Artistic & Managing Director at Bad Dog Theatre Company

Jean-Pierre Fernandes: CHRP,  Campus Engagement Specialist,  Ryerson University

What will the focus be?

The free event will present a diverse lineup of speakers providing practical takeaways focused on the unprecedented breakdown of communities trying to survive covid-19.  Some of the challenges our experts are tackling:

  • Employment setbacks
  • Leadership dilemmas
  • Covid burnout
  • Workforce culture
  • Diversity and inclusion issues
  • Our vulnerable populations in crisis (women, BIPOC, entrepreneurs, immigrants, individuals with mental health challenges)
  • Social isolation
  • Parenting overwhelm
  • Business barriers and shutdowns
  • Sport, tourism, arts and recreation setbacks
  • Our health crisis and mental health lows
  • Charitable giving and volunteer shortages
  • and much more…