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Working-From-Home: Risks & Rewards

 Though employees have been working remotely for years, COVID created new opportunities and impetus for flexibility in how and where we work. Research shows that working from home or other flexible work options can be double edged swords. Though flexible work options offer clear benefits to both employers and employees, there are risks and these risks can be greater for women and other marginalized or racialized groups. Join us March 22nd from 4:00-5:30. The session begins with an interview with Dr. Heejung Chung from the University of Kent and author of the book the Flexibility Paradox. We then hear from Tammy Arseneau, VP HR Suncor, about the employer’s approach to this new work landscape and Dr. Laura Hambley Lovett who has been consulting with employers for years to develop policies and practices around managing a distributed workforce. Discussion and networking to conclude.

Featured panelists


Tammy Arseneau




Tammy Arseneau has worked for Suncor for just over 11 years and is currently the Vice President, Talent & Culture. In this role, she is part of the Human Resources organization, and is accountable to drive, integrate and accelerate the culture transformation across Suncor’s organization. Tammy is responsible for Talent Management, Succession Planning, Leadership Development as well as Inclusion & Diversity. 

Tammy’s prior experience includes VP, HR Strategic Partners as well as several years as part of the organizational effectiveness team.  Tammy has over twenty years of experience in Oil & Gas and consulting within Canada and overseas, prior to joining Suncor.  She has an MBA from the Henley Management Business School based in the UK, with a special focus on business transformation through culture and leadership. 

In her free time, she enjoys watching her three boys play baseball, football and hockey. Life at the cottage is also an important part of the Arseneau family time.


 DrLaura Hambley Lovett




Dr. Laura Hambley Lovett is an Organizational Psychologist, Keynote Speaker, Serial Entrepreneur, Author, and Podcast Host. She is a sought-after thought leader on the future of work and career development in Canada, with 22+ years of experience providing organizational consulting and leadership development around the globe.  Dr. Laura’s areas of expertise include
leadership, teams, and culture development in organizations, remote/hybrid workplace success and mental health/developing resiliency through turbulent times. She holds a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Calgary, where she is currently an Adjunct Professor.  As a passionate entrepreneur, Dr. Laura has founded several psychology practices in Canada since 2009, including Canada Career Counselling and Synthesis Psychology, as well as two businesses that she sold to Humance in 2021, Work EvOHlution™ and the Leadership Success Group.  She runs the podcast Where Work Meets Life TM , where she interviews global experts on a variety of topics around wellness, career, and culture. For more about Dr. Laura visit www.drlaura.live


Dr. Heejung Chung




Heejung Chung is Professor of Sociology and Social Policy, at the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research, at the University of Kent. She is a comparative labour market and welfare state researcher interested in the future of work, workers’ well-being, and gender equality. Her research aims to explore different issues of inequality and social justice around work and labour markets, and find policy solutions to tackle these problems. The past decade, her work has focused on flexible working, including home and hybrid working, to explore why it leads to unintended negative outcomes such as long hours work and traditionalization of gender norms to understand what policy changes are necessarily to advert this. She is the author of the book The Flexibility Paradox: Why flexible working leads to (self-)exploitation (2022, Policy Press). She is also a wife and mother of a 10 year old girl, 4 year old cat, 2 year old dog, and is a
passionate but not very good football player and a bassist in a punk band. She is also an avid supporter for changes in academic work culture as she believes that only through better work-family balance can we achieve meaningful academic work.


Dr. Rachael Pettigrew, PhD


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DrRachael Pettigrew is an Associate Professor at Bissett School of Business at Mount Royal University in Calgary. Rachael’s research agenda focuses on gender in the workplace, organizational culture, and policy. Her current SSHRC-funded research focuses on gender-diverse boards and individuals' experiences, aspirations, and barriers faced on the path to board work. Recent projects have explored fathers' parental leave use and employer adaptation to the new extended parental leave legislation. Her work in the workplace equity, diversity, and inclusion work focuses on newcomer employment. Rachael has 20 years of university teaching experience, is a public speaker, and is regularly engaged with industry.