HR Leaders Collective Montreal
20 HR leaders in tech. 4 expert facilitators. 1 top-of-mind challenge facing the industry. An infinite number of creative ideas and solutions. HR Leaders Collective is a structured think tank that aims to activate collective knowledge — brokering ideas, stimulating debate, and offering creative yet practical solutions. The key outcome is a branded ebook that will be shared with the broader HR community. We are currently curating challenges and themes for the next group of HR Leaders Collective events – Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, New York City and more. Montreal will take place on September 29, 2022, in downtown Montreal at IDEAL Coworking. We are proud to be partnering with TAP Network, New Room, and WorkModern on these fantastic events in 2022.
Leveraging EDI to Drive Innovation
As the world faces increasing challenges on all fronts: social, economic, and environmental – it’s become increasingly clear that organizations will need to become extremely skilled at adapting and innovating to meet the growing needs and expectations of both employees and consumers. Beyond simply diversifying your workforce, designing and implementing practices and processes rooted in Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) has been proven to contribute to higher levels of organizational satisfaction, ideation, and innovation. HR Leaders in Tech will be participating in this important workshop that will be led by a group of expert facilitators in their respective domains. Participants will come together to learn how to leverage EDI in their respective HR strategies that will influence organizational innovation, growth, and transformation.
- 5:30pm - 6:00pm
- Opening & Problem Mindset
- Participants will break out into their assigned groups.
Speakers:Danièle-Jocelyne Otou, Erin Willett, Ez Bridgman, Jeff Waldman
- 6:00pm - 6:45pm
- Facilitated Group Work
Speakers:Danièle-Jocelyne Otou, Erin Willett, Ez Bridgman
- 6:45pm - 7:30pm
- Dinner & Networking Break
- 7:30pm - 8:15pm
- Group Presentations & Closing
Speakers:Danièle-Jocelyne Otou, Erin Willett, Ez Bridgman, Jeff Waldman
Danièle-Jocelyne Otou Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Anti-Racism & Social Impact (IDEAS) Innovation, Designer & EducatorDanièle-Jocelyne OtouInclusion, Diversity, Equity, Anti-Racism & Social Impact (IDEAS) Innovation, Designer & Educator
Daniele-Jocelyne developed a passion for Social Impact and Brand Development upon the creation of her own platform for women, Female Department. Following her specialized Bachelor’s degree in Human Relations and Org Development & Change from Concordia University, she went on to provide organizations of various sizes with her Brand Strategy and Community Engagement expertise. In 2020, DJ followed the call for deeper systems change work by going back to school to specialize in Social Innovation Design at UPenn.
Danièle-Jocelyne now leads New Room’s Inclusion, Diversity, Anti-Racism and Social Impact (IDEAS) Strategy, through which she guides the teams, people, and leaders we work with through a human-centred, equitable lens through which to design innovative solutions to the issues we are collectively facing today.
Erin WillettLeadership development and Culture Strategy
Erin grew up surrounded by tundra, frozen lakes and migrating caribous in the Subarctic of Quebec, Canada. She had the privilege of being able to experience the rich customs of the Naskapi and Innu Peoples of that land. These early years planted the seeds which sparked her passion for identity and became the bedrock that inspired her work as a strategist; fueling her efforts of authentic communication and meaningful culture-building.
Obsessed with how she could support others in truthful expression of self, Erin studied in Marketing and Graphic Design before venturing into the entrepreneurial world over a decade ago. In 2015, she launched a brand consultancy and developed a culture-building methodology that enables teams to face change by honouring their individuality and using their diverse perspectives to fuel their creativity.
She has always believed that business could be done with a more purposeful, sustainable and inclusive approach; New Room is the manifestation of this vision. As co-founder of New Room, Erin leads program design and is committed to supporting learners as they redefine and expand what leadership looks like, creating space for the potential of folks who have been marginalized, creating space for conscious leadership, creating space for new ideas and visions to arise and take shape.
Ez BridgmanCreative Experience Designer, Facilitator & Coach
Ez Bridgman is a creative experience designer that creates transformative learning spaces that balance creativity and care. He believes that by reimagining the parameters of how we exist and evolve together, we are able to create empowering and life-filled futures on multiple levels of scale. He has worked internationally with some of today’s most innovative organizations, including PYE Global, Cirque du Soleil, Percolab, and C2 Montréal, co-creating an enlivening and resilient future one workshop, retreat, and training at a time. He has notably designed masterclasses for Malcolm Gladwell and Debbie Millman, led numerous pan-Canadian retreats with the acclaimed organization Apathy is Boring, and worked on over 200 projects that center learning and creative experience creation. He is known for his deep understanding of human communication and a far-reaching skill set that includes high-level facilitation, process consultation, executive coaching, mediation, organizational culture design, and improvisational arts. He has an M.Sc. in the Management of Social Innovation from HEC Montréal, a B.A. in communication (human relationships) from Université du Québec à Montréal and a certification in personal and professional coaching from Concordia University.
Jeff WaldmanEntrepreneur & HR Tech Evangelist
Jeff Waldman is a senior HR leader and technology evangelist. His newest venture is ScaleHR, a growth ops consultancy that helps scaling companies streamline costs to empower revenue growth and employee productivity. Deeply engaged and connected within the SMB and HR technology spaces, Jeff’s influence has helped growing SMB companies strategically scale their People Operations through a combination of strategy and technology. With the world of work constantly changing, Jeff’s unique and creative perspective on business, HR, technology, and strategy has helped many growing organizations achieve extraordinary results. He has led and built HR teams at growing organizations in the technology, financial services, entertainment, broadcasting, government, not-for-profit and consulting industries. Currently, he is Founder & Principal at ScaleHR, an HR consultancy that works with growing SMBs to scale their HR and Talent operations, and HR tech startups to build amazing software. He is also the Founder of SocialHRCamp and HR Leaders Collective – experiential learning events for the HR community. Jeff is an avid speaker, blogger, and volunteer with diverse organizations and initiatives throughout North America. Originally from Vancouver, and currently living in North Toronto with his amazing wife and three awesome young boys with who he spends his personal time. He also coaches his kids’ sports teams and is an avid hockey player and snowboarder.