Call for Proposals

This is the only conference where Total Rewards and HR professionals can gather with like-minded peers and find practical solutions to challenges that Canadian organizations face in compensation, well-being/benefits and Total Rewards.

Key Dates

  • Call for proposals opens: Feb. 3, 2020
  • Call for Proposals closes: Mar. 9, 2020 at noon (12:00 p.m.) MST*
  • Submissions review: Mar. 10 – Apr. 3, 2020
  • Notifications (accept/decline): by Apr. 27, 2020

*No exceptions or extensions.

We’re seeking speakers to share their knowledge and promote Canadian Best Total Rewards Practices. Submit your proposal today.

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About the Event

With a theme of “Thriving Employees, Winning Enterprises,” this one-of-a-kind event is focused on promoting Canadian Best Total Rewards Practices. Attendees will:

  • Hear forward-thinking expertise and differing perspectives on emerging topics in an engaging environment
  • Find practical solutions to the challenges in the evolving and growing field of Total Rewards
  • Learn leadership development strategies and tools to craft the career they envision
  • Interact with the Canadian Total Rewards community for new ideas and to build their professional network
  • And more

With a focus on the Total Rewards needs of global and international organizations, the WorldatWork 2020 Total Rewards Canadian Conference provides a comprehensive, immersive experience into the constantly evolving nature of the world of work and Total Rewards best practices across geographies.

Who attends?

Attendees comprise Total Rewards professionals, including those who specialize in compensation, benefits and well-being, sales compensation and executive compensation, as well as HR leaders and business partners who require deep understanding of Total Rewards topics. The Conference will attract more than 250 professionals who build reward programs and strengthen organization performance and engagement through rewards delivery.

How many tracks and sessions will there be?

Approximately 20 sessions will be organized into 3 learning tracks. Attendees may choose to follow one track for an in-depth experience in an area or choose sessions from a variety of tracks for a broader conference experience. Tracks include:

  • Compensation
  • Well-Being & Benefits
  • Total Rewards

How long are the sessions?

The event will feature sessions that are 30 and 60 minutes. Each submission must specify one session format.

  • 30-minute session (A sample video is required with ALL 30-minute session submissions.)
    • These sessions have a higher production and entertainment value and include zero or very few slides/visual aids. These quick talks work well for sharing a personal story, experience or perspective that will translate into a moving experience for the attendee, compelling the audience to ask a big question of themselves, challenging conventional thought through a powerful narrative, etc. These half-hour sessions require big personalities with stage appeal, those who are dynamic enough to command an audience in the hundreds and deliver a powerful talk on a topic that is relevant to the audience. As with all sessions, no selling or lead generation activities will be permitted.
  • 60-minute: presentation, panel, debate, table talk, etc.
    • o Awareness raising and thought-provoking sessions that cover best practices in Total Rewards design, research, communications and more. Sessions that feature speaker-led presentations followed by time for questions and answers. These programs cover emerging trends in the profession including global and future-of-work topics. Again, as with all sessions, no selling or lead generation activities will be permitted.

About the Call for Proposals

What is WorldatWork looking for in a proposal?

WorldatWork places a high value on practitioner success stories. Sessions that include internal Total Rewards or HR professional perspectives are highly sought after and provide many benefits to attendees who enjoy learning from their peers. Benefits to the speaker include helping peers and recognition as a thought leader, at their company and in the profession.

We also encourage consultants to co-present with their clients as it is a great way to recognize the success and value of their partnership.

Successful proposals will come from speakers who:

  • Reflect a deep understanding of the factors affecting compensation, well-being and benefits, and Total Rewards
  • Engage attendees in highly interactive conversations
  • Leverage their professional and personal experiences to educate and interact with attendees
  • Understand and relate to the challenges that Total Rewards and HR professionals face
  • Share insights into how today’s changing landscape will affect the future of the profession
  • Reflect diversity in professional background, perspective, company representation and demographics

Should proposals place an emphasis on Total Rewards around the globe?

  • Today’s global and multi-national organizations, both large and small, face unique challenges in delivering rewards programs. WorldatWork seeks content for all tracks that have global or multi-national applicability, as well as those that have relevance to Canada or Canada/U.S. only. Those who submit proposals will be asked to indicate the geographic applicability of their proposed session, in addition to the topic track. Choices will include Canada, Canada and U.S., other single country (non-Canada) and global/multinational.

How does WorldatWork score proposals?

Due to a limited schedule, we cannot accept all proposals.

Ideal sessions will cover as many of these aspects as possible:

  • Future-focused and thought provoking
  • Emphasize appropriate professional learning level for the topic up front (entry, intermediate, advanced, expert)
  • Emphasize solutions to improve industry challenges related to global delivery, integration of employed and non-employed workers, and the changing nature of work due to automation
  • Have a strong link to outcomes (effectiveness): personal, professional, individual, team and business
  • Have a strong link to outcomes (effectiveness): personal, professional, individual, team and business
  • Leave attendees with how-to/application that can be implemented

Please note: Successful proposals are based on a relevant topic, concept or idea, and not on products, services or proprietary information. We insist that you do not market or promote any services or lead-generation activities during your session. To best support the majority of our members’ needs, WorldatWork seeks a balance of presentations featuring practitioners’ perspectives and experiences.


When will I hear if WorldatWork accepted or declined my proposal?

Acceptance and decline emails will be sent by Apr. 27, 2020.


If WorldatWork accepts my proposal, what are my speaker benefits?

Speaker benefits include visibility and recognition as a thought leader. You will receive a complimentary event registration so you can attend all sessions and meals and network with peers during event.

In addition, if you’re a practitioner, academic or nonprofit organization representative, WorldatWork will cover the costs of up to a two-night stay at a host hotel. (Consultants and service providers are not eligible for lodging reimbursement.) No other expenses will be reimbursed.


Is there anything else I should know?

WorldatWork is committed to creating and delivering high-quality events through objective, ethical and fair practices that prioritize diversity of thought and a desire to bring the most valuable learning and networking experiences to our audiences. Our association is fueled by strong relationships with the best thought leaders in the industry. However, we do not give special preference to individuals, consulting firms, vendors, companies or sponsors. Through fair sourcing of objective content, we address our stakeholders’ most important needs. It is how we maintain WorldatWork as the leader in Total Rewards and advance the impact that Total Rewards professionals have on their organizations, communities and society-at-large.

All accepted submissions are subject to internal editing by WorldatWork staff.

How do I submit my proposal?

We look forward to receiving your proposal. Click the “submit” button below to set up your account and begin the submission process in our portal.

What information will I be asked to include in my proposal?

  • Type of submission:
    • 30-minute session
    • 60-minute session (presentation, panel, debate, table talk, etc.)
  • Appropriate professional level for the topic:
    • Entry: Awareness with limited experience
    • Intermediate: Hands-on and practical application
    • Advanced: Applied theory and strategy
    • Expert: Recognized authority
  • Geographical applicability:
    • Canada
    • Canada and U.S.
    • Other single country (non-Canada)
    • Global/Multi-national
  • A sample video clip of the presenter(s)will be encouraged for all submissions and required for 30-minute sessions.

Questions? Email events@worldatwork.org

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