P24: Strategies to Enhance Productivity of Knowledge Workers

Friday, November 22, 2013 - 2:20pm to 3:00pm
Strategy First Consulting

Peter Drucker, a guru in of scientific management, noted that Increasing productivity of knowledge workers is shaping up to be one of the most strategic challenges facing management in the 21st century. Our panel will discuss what is meant by knowledge work, the attributes of knowledge workers, the reasons of why enhancing productivity is important to knowledge based organizations. Also, the panel will review recent advances in productivity research and in addition, panel members will describe what their organizations are doing to enhance the productivity of their staff . The panel will be interactive, in that, attendees will be encouraged to challenge thoughts and ideas presented by both panel members and attendees.


VP - Talent

Joanne leads the human resources function for MaRS, MaRS Innovation and the Commercialization Centre of Regenerative Medicine.
Joanne has over 20 years of private, public and not-for-profit sector experience in Human Resource leadership. Most recently, Joanne was VP, Human Resources with Mash Media (formerly Empirical), an online and traditional marketing services company. Prior to Mash Media, Joanne was with the Bank of Montreal for several years as a Senior Human Resource Business Partner and Consultant, aligning people strategy to business strategy and worked on two key organization design initiatives, across several lines of business in the Private, Personal and Commercial and Technology and Solutions pillars of the bank. Joanne also spent several years at the Toronto District School Board in a few HR roles but mostly in the area of labour relations.
Joanne has a BA from Trent University and is a Certified Human Resource Professional. She is a graduate of the California based Coaches Training Institute’s Co-Active Coach training and Leadership program.

Strategy First Consulting

M.Adam Habayeb is the founder of "Strategy First Consulting". A strategic management firm specializing in strategic and radical change management as well as in designing, implementing and monitoring strategies to meet planned and emergent environments organizations may encounter. Prior to that, Dr Habayeb spent over 25 years in the electrical utility industry. He completed a large number of strategic projects and assignments. Examples include: "What OPG should look like in the year 2020",;"The Cost of DIS-Engagement in Knowledge Based Organizations such as OPG"; Re-Alignment and Strategic Allocation of some 2100 knowledge workers into a new organizational structure; "Designing a compensation system to improve fairness and productivity of knowledge workers-A Union-management Undertaking . Additionally, Dr. Habayeb completed a large number of significant projects and assignment including technical and economic evaluation of environmental technologies, managing technology Alliances programs, valuation of R&D Divisions, Evaluation of Funding Options of R&D and Engineering Project and Application of Project Management techniques to large and complex engineering projects.Also, Dr. Habayeb was a member of a Panel on " Human Resource Needs of the nuclear Industry in Canada".Dr Habayeb has a Ph.D from McMaster University, an MBA from state University of NY at Buffalo and an Advanced Certificate in Managing Strategic Change from Rotman School of Management at University of Toronto.

Vice President of Research and Innovation
Ryerson University

Dr. Wendy Cukier is Vice-President of Research and Innovation, Ryerson
University and founder of the Diversity Institute, Ryerson University.
Dr. Cukier has served as Associate Dean, Academic at Ryerson's Ted
Rogers Schoolof Management and currently teaches in the MBA in the
Management of Technology and Innovation (MTI). She is the coauthor of
the best seller Innovation Nation: Canadian Leadership from Java to
Jurassic Park.

She holds a PhD in Management Science from York University (2002) and a
Masters degree in history and MBA from the University of Toronto as well
as honorary doctorates from Laval and Concordia University. She was
named one of the "100 Alumni who shaped the Century" by the University
of Toronto . In 2011 she was named one of 25 Transformational Canadians
by the Globe and Mail/Lapresse/CTV. In 1999, she received the Governor
General's Meritorious Service Cross, one of Canada's highest Civilian