Our roots run deep. The Institute for Performance and Learning (I4PL), formerly the Canadian Society for Training and Development, is a not-for-profit membership organization for workplace learning professionals.
Supported by a rapidly growing membership with chapters from coast to coast, I4PL exists to elevate the performance and learning profession by setting the standard for excellence in professional practice through a competency framework, code of ethics, and sought-after professional designations.
Our members come from a diverse range of sectors and are united by the knowledge that their skills are critical to the health and prosperity of Canadians.
The Institute for Performance and Learning’s professionals enable the success of the Canadian workforce.
We expand the strategic value of learning in the workplace by:
- advancing I4PL standards and competencies for workforce learning;
- collaborating to extend the influence of workforce learning;
- promoting workforce learning as a career path; and
- leading the future of learning through the professional development of our members.
Connect to Canada’s Workplace Performance and Learning Professionals, in your City.
The Institute for Performance and Learning has 16 locations across Canada, where both new and senior practitioners connect to drive excellence in workplace learning – from contributing to best practices, to offering professional development opportunities.
As a member of The Institute for Performance and Learning, you can join events throughout the year where you’ll learn how to make a noticeable impact on your organization’s bottom line.
Vancouver & BC Mainland
Robert Crooks (Chair), Shannon Geoffrey, Frank Merryweather, Nathalie Cayouette, Nathania Parnetta, Luis Gonzalez Lunden, Harish Suir, and Vanita Gupta.
Executive: Zsuzsa Jablonszky (Chair), Karen Henry, Jill Holliday, Darlene Johnston, Heather Metcalfe, Tracy Perry-Palladino and Peter Taylor.
Waterloo, Wellington & Area
London & Area
Executive: Jennifer Cohen (Chair), Jessica Knox, Kerry-Ann Douglas-Powell, Deborah Peterson, Karen Smith, Marsha Brown, Pat Lockhart and Joy Morassutti.
Brian Atkinson, MBA, CTDP
Client Connectivity & Innovation, CIBC
Brian leads a team of 45 learning, project and relationship management professionals at CIBC, supporting 30,000 employees across 1100 branches. Director of Outreach and Certification for CSTD’s Durham Chapter Executive for over 10 years, he is also a part-time member of the Durham College School of Business Continuous Learning Faculty.
Centre for Intercultural Learning, Global Affairs Canada
Laura Bechard, MBA, M.Ed,
Business & Executive Coach
Bexco Business & Executive Coaching
Having significant experience in post-secondary education and as an entrepreneur, Laura consults and coaches business clients in achieving their vision for success. She leverages expertise as a CPA, learning and change management professional and shares her passion for employee development with her clients. She has an MBA from McGill University and M.Ed. from University of Calgary.
Director, Learning and Performance Consulting
Giselle Kovary, M.A.
n-gen People Performance Inc.
As president and co-founder of n-gen People Performance Inc., Giselle is dedicated to building strategies and programs that help clients target, motivate and engage employees in order to increase performance and productivity. She is a sought after resource to industry leaders, having worked with 18 of the top Fortune 500 companies across North America. Over 60,000 people globally have experienced an n-gen workshop or presentation. With close to 20 years of experience in learning and development, she has devoted more than fifteen years to researching the impact that generational differences have on organizational performance.
Giselle has created solutions and programs in six practice areas – sales & customer service, leadership, team building, Millennials & Gen Z and human resources. She has co-authored two books: Loyalty Unplugged: How to Get, Keep & Grow All Four Generations and Upgrade Now: 9 Advanced Leadership Skills. As a human resources expert, Giselle is regularly quoted in national publications and appears on television and radio, including CBC, CTV News Channel and News Talk radio.
Giselle has a Master’s degree in communication studies from the University of Windsor. She is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and raises money for breast cancer research in her free time.
Jenn Reid, CTDP, PMP
Senior Manager &
Jenn is responsible for annual training initiatives for over 60,000 people, enterprise-wide. A seasoned learning & development professional and avid change champion, she has worked with a variety of Fortune 500 companies to plan, design and implement major change initiatives, learning strategies, and other strategic projects. Jenn is a ProSci ® Certified Change Manager, a Certified Training and Development Professional (CTDP), and Project Management Professional (PMP).
Carolin Rekar Munro, M.A., CTDP, CPHR
Eye of the Tiger Consulting
As a leadership consultant managing Eye of the Tiger Consulting, Carolin collaborates with leaders on change management, employee engagement, strategic planning, performance management, and developing high performing teams. Carolin is also Professor, Leadership (Faculty of Management, Royal Roads University), Adjunct Professor (MA Education, Central Michigan University), and visiting professor (MBA program, Mount Meru University, Tanzania). She is also co-owner of Monarch Safari Guides based in Tanzania.
Gavin Toole, CTDP
Superintendent of Learning and Development
Vale, Long Harbour, NL Operations
Gavin has over 20 years’ experience working in the mining industry including research and development, operations including commissioning and ramp-up, and for the last 10 years in learning and development. He completed his Bachelor of Education (adult education) from Brock University in 2014 and earned is CTDP in 2015.
Linda White, CTDP
Vice-President, Global Performance & Learning
Linda has an overall responsibility for learning globally at Scotiabank. Her team provides performance and training support solutions aligned with business goals and external best practices.
Linda holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in languages and is a Chartered Financial Analyst. She also holds a Certificate in Adult Education and the Certified Training & Development Professional designation.
Kristen Lepine Dos Santos
Kristen has been working in the non-profit and education sector for the last few decades and is quadri-lingual. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or
Pearl Chen, CPA & CGA
Amanda is responsible for working with Chapters and she can be reached at 416-367-5900 ext. 242 or email@example.com .
Conference Event Coordinator
Conference Event Coordinator
Samantha is responsible for registration and will be working closely with Sarah Cooper on conference marketing. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and 416-367-5900 ext. 228.
Learning is the foundation of everything.
I love the idea of being part of a professional organization that represents what I do.
What I get out of The Institute is the connection to the people, to collaborate with them which speeds up my own learning to advance the type of work that I do.
Sharing professionalism and generosity are core values for me, which is what I see in The Institute for Performance and Learning.
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