SocialHRCamp Toronto 2023
It has been a long 3 years since our last SocialHRCamp in Canada, specifically SocialHRCamp Toronto 2020. We’re really excited to be back and to bring the Toronto HR Community together for an amazing evening of learning and networking. It’s an understatement that the world of work has drastically changed since the pandemic started in March 2020. We have seen a massive proliferation of technology, more distributed teams across multiple timezones, the traditional idea of “the workplace” being completely turned upside down, and a continued rising trend of employee burnout and declining mental health. HR leaders have been thrown into the limelight to help their organizations navigate and manage all of these major changes. How does HR rethink and redesign its HR strategies to succeed in the future of work, today?
SocialHRCamp Toronto 2023 is all about how we design, redesign and shift our approach to HR strategy in a rapidly changing world of work. All tickets are by donation and 100% of the proceeds will be donated to Pinnguaq — a non-profit incorporating STEAM into unique learning applications that promote storytelling, health, wellness, and growth within rural and remote communities.
We will be running this event in a new space for SocialHRCamp — OneEleven, which is a 55,000-square-foot space in the heart of downtown Toronto that provides space to many of Canada’s top-growing tech companies.
Spots are limited to 150 so be sure to grab your tickets today. Grab your ticket today — great networking, hands-on learning and insights into the world of HR and social technology. #SHRC23
- 5:00 - 5:30pm
- Registration & Networking
- 5:30 - 5:45pm
- Opening & Welcome
- 5:45 - 6:05pm
- Kick-Off Panel: A Discussion About the Current HR & Talent Landscape
Speakers:Ayman El Hassan, Carley Montague, Emily Zukauskas, Jeff Waldman, Paul Dodd
- 6:10 - 6:40pm
- Break-Out: Doing Less With Less
- The Great Resignation, high inflation rates, and the 'Great Restructuring' have all been hallmarks of 2022. HR has been creamed in the last year - focusing largely on recruitment and the many demands of changing / growing / downsizing businesses. 2023 is shaping up to be largely cost conscious and continues to feel the pinch of tight labour markets. It's time to refocus on the core asset: current employees. During this session, we will discuss how to bring retention back to the forefront of HR strategies - focusing on goal setting, key roles, and keeping your people engaged.
- 6:10 - 6:40pm
- Break-Out: Apply Design Thinking Principles to Revamp Your Performance Management Program
- In this workshop, we will explore the main pillars of Design thinking, how we can apply them in HR, and how human-centred design principles can impact the overall employee experience. More specifically, we will look at a case where we used the Design Thinking approach to create and roll out a new Performance Management program. We will talk about how to empathize with your audience, define problems and main points, ideate with users in mind, iterate through pilots and small changes, and test solutions and gather employee feedback.
- 6:10 - 6:40pm
- Break-Out: HR Strategy & Bridging the Gap of Accessibility in the Workplace
- Do you want to know how to make HR more accessible through strategy? HR is the first impression, and at the heart of the company and everyone in the workplace deserves to have accessibility in the workplace. Learn the importance of bridging the gap of Accessibility into the workplace and how HR strategy is crucial for helping doing so. Understand how you can develop and implement strategies that reduce barriers.
Speakers:Sydney Elaine Butler
- 6:40 - 7:25pm
- Dinner & Networking
- 7:25 - 7:55pm
- Break-Out: Building a Compensation Strategy from (Series) A to C
- It's compensation review season - is anyone else pacing the panic room? Kara and Hyla will show you how they built out their compensation strategies. One is for a scrappy series A and is very DIY and experimental. The other is for a maturing series C and had professional consultation. One thing is common in both: regardless of our effort, there are always some unhappy people. We'll look under the hood at both strategies and give you practical tips on evolving your own. And share a few laughs about how it almost always feels like a zero-sum game.
Speakers:Hyla Pollak, Kara Wilson Oliver
- 7:25 - 7:55pm
- Break-Out: EVP Makeover: How to Adapt Your EVP for Changing Markets
- The talent market is not gracefully entering a new phase of life, it’s experiencing all the phases at once. We not only need to update our Employer Value Proposition, we need to find a way to make it more adaptable to each candidate and employee’s needs. In this session, we’ll rethink the EVP paradigm and learn how to create a flexible EVP that’ll withstand the test of any market condition.
- 7:25 - 7:55pm
- Break-Out: Embedding DEI Into Your Organization to Stengthen Employee Engagement
- A macro-level overview of defining engagement and the key drivers of engagement that set the foundation of D&I practices to create a workplace of inclusion and belonging. The session will include the following — describing engagement and disengagement, the difference between employee engagement and employee satisfaction, a deeper understanding of the key drivers of engagement, psychological meaningfulness, psychological safety, and psychological availability, discussion around what are the identity threats that deter individuals from being engaged and feeling unsafe which essentially means not being their authentic selves, understanding the difference between diversity and inclusion, and recognizing unconscious bias within your organization and why representation matters.
- 7:55 - 8:05pm
- Short Networking Break
- 8:05 - 8:35pm
- Break-Out: Embracing a Career Jungle Gym Mindset: How to Support Employees to Break Free of the Traditional Ladder and Explore Multiple Career Paths
- Career success has traditionally been defined as linear - “climbing up the corporate ladder”. As our world has shifted over the years, so has the mindset of what a successful career is and can be. Career development isn’t “one size fits all” - every individual should define what their career looks like. Not every individual is interested in people leadership - and companies don’t always have the need for more managers, further limiting potential career opportunities internally. This can lead individuals to potentially languish in a role that is not a good fit, or that they’ve outgrown. The Career Jungle Gym is the concept of exploring multiple career paths, growth opportunities, and pivoting directions. In this workshop, participants will learn how to support employees in building their own Career Jungle Gyms, and provide alternative career opportunities in-house
- 8:05 - 8:35pm
- Break-Out: Be a Martian: Implementing an Evidence-Based HR Approach in Your Organization
- To paraphrase astronaut Andy Weir in The Martian: In the face of overwhelming odds, HR professionals are left with only one option: we’ll have to science the heck out of this. Despite being the surprising (although not to any of us) standout function during the COVID pandemic, Human Resources remains, in many organisations, permanently on the cusp of getting the proverbial seat at the table. Even where HR does have a seat at the table, they are still viewed as a junior partner or just a “support function or cost centre” that does not impact revenue or profitability. However, because of our COVID successes, we now have a blueprint: Evidence-Based Human Resources (EBHR). It's the idea that HR should make decisions based on proven evidence, hard data, “real” stakeholder needs, and experimental studies in order to eliminate subjectivity, uncertainty, and risk. In other words, we need to use more science. After this session, you will know how to begin applying EBHR to HR Strategy, Recruitment, Performance Management, L&D, OD, and Employee Experience.
- 8:05 - 8:35pm
- Break-Out: Are You Listening to What’s Not Being Said? Bringing Psychology Into the World of HR
- We're often used to separating personal from professional, and it's served us well up until now. But in this ever-changing world, bringing the personal into the professional may actually play to your benefit. During this workshop, we'll discuss tuning into your personal and emotional strengths and bringing it into your professional life to enhance both yours and you peers' experiences!
- 8:35 - 8:50pm
Basmah Ismail-SidiPeople & Culture Leader
From banking, to non-profit, to travel and then tech. Basmah Ismail-Sidi is a people leader and HR professional for approximately 12 years. She is passionate about supporting people with their career aspirations and cultivating an inclusive culture to foster belonging, well-being, and learning. Basmah is a humble leader, she is self-aware, reflective, and curious to learn. She believes every employee journey is unique and with compassion, trust, and transparency we can retain talent and maintain a strong positive relationship. As an HR leader, Basmah has an extensive background in developing HR strategies, leading HR teams, and supporting various cross-functional complex teams in global organizations. As a lifelong learner, Basmah holds an MBA in Global Leadership from the University of Fredericton and continues to learn as she completes a certificate in Diversity and Inclusion from Cornell University.
Hyla PollakVP People Operations
Hyla Pollak is Vice President of People Operations at Deep Genomics with more than 25 years of experience in Human Resources. Prior to Deep Genomics, Hyla was Vice President of People at Newtopia Inc., where she helped the company grow from six employees to a team of more than 150 personnel and implemented talent management strategies throughout the company’s expansion. During her tenure at Newtopia, the company earned the Great Place to Work® (GPTW) designation in 2020. Prior to this, she was a partner/consultant at Gemini Consulting where she developed company training programs; was the business owner of Discovery Toys; and started her career at Sony of Canada as Human Resources Benefits Administrator. Hyla is the mom of 4 kids and is currently residing with her husband of 30+ years at her cottage just north of Toronto.
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.
Kara Wilson OliverHead of People
From developer to product manager to HR leader, Kara has played many roles professionally however there have been two constants: technology + social impact. Kara is currently the Head of People at ResQ, an end-to-end repair and maintenance software platform for restaurants.
Liana KarimovaHead of People Operations
Liana Karimova is an HR leader who has worked in human capital consulting, helped to scale startups, and built HR processes from scratch. She completed her Master’s in Human Resources from the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management. This was when she became especially interested in organizational behaviour, leadership and employee experience. Her experience ranges from facilitating rope-course-based team-building training to delivering quarterly reports for the Board of Directors.
After moving to Toronto, she joined a 20 people Clean Technology startup Opus One Solutions, as a very first HR hire and helped them to scale to almost 100 employees. Currently, Liana is Head of People Operations at Ritual and works on different challenges scale-up faces every day.
Liana is a working mom of a 2-year-old active toddler, so she is always happy to chat about what to do with kids on weekends, how to attend meetings with a sick child or how to stay in touch with employees on parental leave.
Michelle BrooksChief People & Culture Officer
Michelle is currently the Chief People & Culture Office at Security Compass, a software security firm in Toronto. Michelle has experience working in a series of progressively senior leadership roles within industry-leading recruitment firms, before making the transition to human resources and corporate training in the tech and consulting sectors. Michelle has successfully helped multiple tech companies build for scale by building a strong employer brand and recruitment functions, developing lean people operations that drive the development of talent, and relentlessly focusing on a corporate culture that evolves with scale.
Purvaja SekarPeople Operations Manager
Purvaja is a product of multiple career fields, including behavioural therapy, psychotherapy and most recently, people operations. After completing her undergrad in psychology, Purvaja went on to work front-line in the field of behavioural therapy. She complimented that path by getting a professional license in psychotherapy and then found her way into the world of HR. Though Purvaja comes from a variety of fields, her passion is people, however, that looks! She now leads People Operations at IDENTOS. IDENTOS helps clients take leaps forward in digital service integration by helping empower their customers to safely share their personal information with them and their trusted service partners. Coupled with traditional HR practices, Purvaja brings a new approach to all things, people, focusing on both the employee experience and attaining business goals.
Raquel BinderLearning & Development Leader
Raquel is a Toronto-based Learning & Development Leader with over 10 years of experience in creating innovative learning opportunities. Coming from a background in education, leadership, and program development, Raquel uses a creative approach to her mission to help develop, support, and retain great talent – aka, help awesome people keep being awesome. After working in the non-profit sector for 8 years in various roles, Raquel made the leap into tech. She leads the Coaching & Development Team at Jobber, one of Canada’s Top 10 Great Places to Work and a Deloitte Fast 15 winner. She is proud and grateful that every day she gets to listen to people’s stories and help set them up for successful careers. Outside of work, you can find Raquel cooking up a storm, working out, or planning her next trip.
Robert St-JacquesHead of Legal Talent
Over the past 20 years, Robert has completed more than 23 HR Tech implementations from ERP systems like Oracle and SAP, to intranets, career websites, applicant tracking systems, and pulse survey systems. He has led the People and Culture function on 4 continents, in 7 different industries, and in organizations ranging from a 30-person technology startup to a 12,000-person publicly-traded multinational construction company. Some projects he’s helped bring to life via leading HR include the Palm Dubai, the Burj Khalifa, twofour54 (Fast and Furious and Star Wars movie production), Snake Island Free Zone in Lagos, and changing the way 1 billion people in Asia and Africa consume entertainment.
Today, as a full-stack HR leader, HR Tech Advisor, Employment Lawyer and University Lecturer, Robert continues his mission to help “make companies and HR work better for everyone: Employees, Managers, Organisations, and Communities.” As a fellow for the Centre for Evidence-Based Management, Robert is proud to evangelize the tenets, principles, and practical implementation of Evidence-Based Human Resources.
Susy MartinsBusiness Executive & Executive Coach
Susy is an international Business Executive and Executive Coach, having worked and led teams in over 20 countries across North America, Europe, South America, and Asia. As an experienced Chief People Officer and Operations Executive, Susy has experience in both rapidly scaling and rightsizing organizations; coaching at all levels of leadership; and hands-on leadership experience across multiple functional areas (People, Finance, Audit, Operations, & Strategy).
From a business perspective, Susy has spearheaded multiple transformation and automation projects as well as global expansions of teams. She has also developed top-rated onboarding programs; HR operating models and strategies; and managed multi-million dollar budgets and 1,000s of employees for Tech Unicorns (Clearco & ApplyBoard), Global Industrial Businesses (General Electric, 3M), and Global Financial Services (Manulife/John Hancock & Allianz Partners).
In terms of credentials, Susy holds an MBA from the Ivey Business School at Western University. She has also obtained the Harvard Coaching Strategies certificate and is pursuing a NeuroCoaching designation through the NeuroScience Coaching Centre. Susy is also recognized as a Woman of Influence.
Susy speaks English, Spanish, Portuguese, and French. She is a proud champion of diversity and a passionate community builder.
Sydney Elaine ButlerAccessibility & Neurodiversity Speaker, Consultant & DEIB Facilitator
HR Professional | Founder, Speaker and Accessibility/Neurodiversity Consultant at Accessible Creates | |Founding Member of InHeartSight (IHS) | DEIB Facilitator | They/Them Pronouns
It is Sydney’s understanding that their professional purpose must be to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to be successful regardless of barriers in their way and that they must as a professional remove these barriers. Sydney conducts training and consulting other companies on how to be more Accessible and Inclusive from a Human approach and how to recruit and retain more diverse individuals through lens of Intersectionality/Human Resources as well as other areas of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in an authentic manner at their company at they founded called Accessible Creates due to understanding the barriers that exist within the workplace for diverse individuals. Sydney is also a Founding Member of InHeartSight (IHS) which is a diverse community of professionals from across Canada filling the gap in existing services for recent women immigrants. Where they are on a mission to ensure that every woman who comes to Canada has the right skills, and the right job, at the right time.