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
Armando Ruggeri (Co-Chair), Frank Merryweather (Co-Chair), Robert Crooks, Angela Dorey, Vanita Gupta, Carolyn Holbrow, Jolana Phillips and Harish Suri.
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
Retail & Business Banking, 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
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.
Mary Brodhead, EdD, CTDP
New Economy Development Group
Recently retired from the CFIA where she was Executive Director of Learning for over 12 years, Mary is consulting on multicultural learning, leadership, and coaching. She has a doctorate from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and wide experience with learning and coaching in the federal, private and university sectors.
Nathalie Doré, CTDP
Nathalie has been developing programs that improve employee performance and engagement at all levels for more than 15 years. Having built the Organizational Learning and Effectiveness functions for Multimicro, Benjamin Moore and Ivanhoe Cambridge from the ground up, she now shares her passion for designing learning strategies that deliver results for her clients.
Christine du Plessix, MBA, CTDP
In 2010, Christine initiated the adoption of CSTD Facilitation Competencies as a standard for delivery at the BMO Institute for Learning. She recently retired from her role as Senior Manager Enterprise Delivery at BMO, where she was responsible for the development and implementation of learning strategies both regional and national in scope.
Kirk Fox, CTDP
Facilitator & Coach
Kirk is a senior leadership development facilitator and Executive Coach, certified through Royal Roads University. With over 25 years of business experience, combined with his experience as an HR professional, he brings a unique focus to facilitating management, leadership, team and organizational development, as well as to customer service and sales training.
Robert Hedley, PhD, CTDP
Hedley and Associates Inc.
Co-founder of Hedley and Associates, Bob has more than 30 years experience, working in food manufacturing as Vice President of People and Leadership at Maple Leaf Foods Inc., as well as retail, elite athlete development, coaching, colleges and universities. He earned his CTDP in 2003 and received the Queen’s Jubilee Medal for volunteer service.
Mary Kalkanis, CTDP
Director, Talent &
During more than 20 years working in Learning, Organizational Development, and Talent Management, Mary has led teams at Softchoice, Shoppers Drug Mart, Transcontinental, Home Depot Canada, and CIBC. She has a BA from U of T, an advanced certificate in HR from Rotman School of Management, and an OD certificate from Queen’s University.
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).
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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