- 4:30 pm - 5:00 pm
- Registration & Networking
- 5:15 pm - 5:35 pm
- Kick-Off: Getting Below the Surface: Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging (DIBs!)
- Dr. Sarah Saska will detail her take on the current field of diversity and inclusion efforts. As of late, she feels that diversity and inclusion strategies are necessary but not sufficient and she'll make the case for how she sees belonging strategies elevating this work.
Speakers:Dr. Sarah Saska
- 5:40 pm - 6:10 pm
- 5:40 pm - 6:10 pm
- HR Tech Start-Up Pecha Kucha Lightning Talks (group 1)
Speakers:Adam Bercovici, Alex Danzinger, Bohdan Zabawskyj, Hollie Gordon
- 6:25 pm - 7:05 pm
- Concurrent #1: Design Thinking for HR
- What do HR and design have in common? In this interactive session, Nora (founder of Bright+ Early, former Head of HR at Wealthsimple) will teach you how to borrow from your design department to craft those innovative, "why didn't I think of that?" HR programs. Using the principles of design thinking, you will learn step-by-step how to use research, personas, testing and iteration to build a human-centred recruitment process, onboarding program or HR service.
Speakers:Nora Jenkins Townson
- 6:25 pm - 7:05 pm
- Concurrent #2: Bringing Job Ads Out of the 1990s
- It's 2017. Everything has changed - the way we use the internet, the sheer volume of job boards, the competition for attention, the design expectation of consumers and the jobs themselves. But for some reason the way we advertise jobs, approach the top of our recruitment funnel and communicate job opportunities, has remained the same since jobs began appearing online in the 90s. In this entertaining session Ryan will introduce actionable new ways to brand career opportunities, create a world-class candidate experience and bring your recruitment strategy out of the 1990s, starting today.
- 7:10 pm - 7:50 pm
- Concurrent #3: A.I. to Humanize HR Analytics
- Emotions are complex and powerful drivers of behaviour in our personal and professional lives. But how can we capture, track and ultimately improve them to better realize human potential in the workplace? This will be a highly interactive and conversational session diving deep into the challenges facing participants in their quest to be more human-centered throughout their HR activities. We’ll explore advancements in Affective Computing and AI that are helping companies to ‘Be More Human’.
- 7:10 pm - 7:50 pm
- Concurrent #4: Evolving Employer Brands While Growing Fast
- Emma and Natasha have played lead roles in building the ecobee employer brand as the company grows at a rapid pace. In this session they will talk about how they built a strategy that worked for them -- the 3 “key pillars” that evolved their employer brand: candidate experience, internal opportunities, and social media and online presence. Attendees will walk away with a roadmap that ecobee successfully used, and specific strategies, tools and tips.
Speakers:Emma Surich, Natasha Cotz
- 7:50 pm - 8:00 pm
- 8:00 pm - 8:40 pm
- Concurrent #5: The Coaching Ecosystem
- Creating a performance-focused culture is about having clear expectations, providing feedback, motivating, and challenging team members to excel. Traditional management with “telling and yelling” has fallen by the wayside, but has your leadership caught-up? Workshop five best practices to help facilitate a coaching culture that will accelerate top performance.
- 8:00 pm - 8:40 pm
- Concurrent #6: How to Source on LinkedIn Like a Bos
- Avery has effectively scaled-up rapidly growing companies through creative sourcing techniques. She believes that the ability of a Recruiter to source in a competitive candidate landscape will make or break the growth of a scaling company. One of her go-to platforms is LinkedIn, which is no surprise. In this session Avery will introduce the audience to effective tips, tricks and strategies to win the race for top talent.
- 8:45 pm - 9:05 pm
- HR Tech Start-Up Pecha Kucha Lightning Talks (group 2)
Speakers:Abdurrahman Muni, Bhavya Shah, Chris Buttenham, Jonathan Kreindler, Leann Schneider, Ph.D., Rob Catalano
- 9:10 pm - 9:30 pm
- Closing & Networking
- There's a lot of good happening in the world of HR tech, but we can't forget the pieces where we need to step up as leaders ourselves. Johnathan Nightingale, tech executive and best-selling author of How F*cked Up is Your Management will close us out with a session about what tech can, and cannot, do for us. FYI, there may be swearing.
Muni is a psychology-backed SaaS sales guru who is obsessed about client relationships and scalable sales processes. He graduated from the University of Waterloo with a degree in Psychology and Business program and a minor in Human Resources Management. He is a serial entrepreneur who is currently the co-founder of Tabnex, a company that is setting the new standard in recruitment intelligence through automation and data tools. He is based in the Kitchener-Waterloo region.
Adam is a seasoned marketing executive with experience managing national brands at some of the world’s most prestigious agencies (BBDO, MacLaren, Cundari). Adam helped launch the MasterCard Priceless Surprises campaign in Canada and acted as project architect for the Chevrolet Power of Play hockey program. He has spent the last 1.5 years building a community of thousands of CPA professionals who rely on hyper-relevant professional opportunity updates through his recruiting platform, Luminari. Because users only receive relevant opportunities, they engage with Luminari 10x more than other job platforms, leading to a 70% unique open rate on job alerts and a 13% unique click through rate.
As an advocate for using mobile video to connect with talent on an emotional level, Alex endeavors to make the hiring process easy, transparent and human. Alex and his team at BubbleHR have set out to lead the industry’s imminent transition from applicant tracking system to intelligent recruitment system. He currently works with Canadian tech start-ups to give them the tools they need to compete with world-class employers by creating excitement, anticipation and momentum in their recruitment process. Alex will be providing practical advice on how to capture the most important moments within the office to effectively nurture candidate decision making.
Amanda has over 15 years of experience leveraging human capital to achieve organizational results. From talent acquisition, training, coaching, leadership and change management, she has implemented initiatives in six countries. As VP People & Culture at Resolver, she oversees everything from recruitment to compensation to leadership development. Resolver has grown by over 40% since she started, has acquired 3 companies in 10 months, and has twice been recognized as a Great Place to Work. Amanda has an honours degree in psychology and a masters certification in organizational development. She’s travelled to every continent but Antarctica, is an avid cook and stays competitive on the ultimate frisbee pitch.
Having worked with Award winning Recruitment Agencies, Start-ups, and the #1 Digital Agency – Razorfish, Avery has matched an abundance of talent to life changing opportunities over the last 10 years of her career. Formerly the Director of Talent at Rangle.io she joined as employee 65 and grew the team to 150 in 15 months. Having recently joined the team at League as their Head of Talent, she will have their team burning brighter as they scale over the years to come. Avery is a lover of social media, travel, and all things Recruitment, it is her innate curiosity about people, work, and what gets them out of bed in the morning that keeps her inspired.
Always looking to what’s next, Avery works with leading start-ups to navigate the world of talent, drive diversity initiatives and build a creative culture worth being a part of. It’s through this relentless focus on talent experience that she creates meaningful, lasting connections that drive growth. Avery is passionate about building inclusive work environments through promoting diversity. Diversity and celebrating people’s differences are really the core of her values. For Avery, it’s all about focus on talent, talent management, employee experience, and allowing talent to be their authentic selves at work.
Avery believes it’s imperative for leading talent professionals at all levels embrace the value of sourcing. The ability to source in a competitive candidate landscape is in her opinion what can make or break the growth of a scaling start-up. Join us as Avery hosts a workshop on how to source top talent like a pro, effectively and efficiently through leveraging tools such as LinkedIn, Lever, and more.
Bhavya is a 3rd year Software Engineering student at the Universtiy of Waterloo, and is a Full Stack Developer at StackAdapt. She played an instrumental role in the development of Unbiasify, a new open source chrome extension that allows you to source candidates from LinkedIn, Angelist and Twitter without seeing people’s names or faces. This tool helps reduce unconscious bias in recruiting.
Bohdan is deeply immersed in the Technology Ecosystem. Other than a co-founder & Chief Product Officer of Fortay, Bohdan is a serial CTO (Mercatus, Rypple, Audiobooks.com, Redknee), Advisor/Director (Kik, Parkbench, Printchomp, DevBBQ, AceTech Ontario), organizer (Toronto CTO Group, TrueNorthCTO). He is passionate about company culture and was awarded Toronto’s best tech manager in 2016. More recently Mercatus was nominated for best company culture in Toronto in 2017. Bohdan is also a named inventor in over 50 patents world-wide.
Chris Buttenham is the founder and CEO of Obie.ai, a company changing the way teams share knowledge with their virtual assistant, Obie. Chris got into the tech space magically. No really, he performed magic professionally at a young age and gravitated towards the digital space to promote himself. By the age of 15 Chris registered his first business that provided digital marketing for other entertainers and small businesses. A self-proclaimed serial entrepreneur and hustler, Chris is passionate about technology and specifically how conversation will change the way we look at software.
Dr. Sarah Saska
While pursuing her Ph.D. at Western University, Sarah developed research on the importance of diversity in innovation. Realizing the importance of her research, Sarah became a fellow at MaRS Discovery District to gain the support she needed to translate her research into practice. Now, as the Co-founder and Managing Partner of Feminuity, Sarah works with innovative companies around the world to help them embrace diversity, inclusion, and belonging strategies to design better products, processes, and services and to build company cultures where people can thrive. Sarah is a member of the Advisory Council for The MATCH International Women’s Fund, she sits on the Board of Directors for Wen-Do Women’s Self Defence, and she is named amongst Women’s Executive Network’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada. Sarah’s lives in Toronto with her dog, Gordon.
Emma is part of the original ecobee HR team and has helped grow the company from 125 to just under 300 in a year and a half. With a focus on great candidate experience and a strong employer brand, she continue’s to play a lead role as Talent Acquisition Specialist in growing ecobee’s presence in the Toronto tech scene using out-of-the-box social recruiting strategies. Emma has experience in Canada and the U.S. with organizations including Molson Coors Canada, Steam Whistle Brewery, Corby’s Distilleries, Canada Dry Mott’s, 3M, Energizer Personal Care, Sunny D, Leclerc, Mazda, Toyota, Audi, Nissan, Infiniti, Ford, Lincoln, Hyundai, Volvo, Kia, Axe, Diesel, Marc Jacobs, Sobeys, Shopper’s Drug Mart, Hudson’s Bay Company, Target, and Sears Canada.
Social entrepreneur committed to the growth of technology companies that increase empathy and compassion at scale. Director of Business Development at Heartbeat Ai, where machine learning and neuropsychology combine to provide deep insights into how people are feeling. Founder and former CEO of Australian social enterprise, Milaana. Bridging ‘high-tech’ and ‘high-touch’ to drive human flourishing.
Ivana Lochhead is a Brand and Marketing Strategist with a data-driven and human-centered design approach to solving business challenges and implementing positive change. After four years at a leading brand strategy and customer insights firm working on select global brands, Ivana shifted direction and pursued her MBA where she discovered her passion for entrepreneurship, innovation, and diversity and inclusion. Ivana is a firm believer in the practice of empathy and human connection (across all groups, both dominant and minority) as critical gateways to building safe and synergetic environments for constructive change. Now as Partner at Feminuity, Ivana is exploring strategies for diversity, inclusion, and belonging efforts at a company level and as well as more broadly across the Canadian tech ecosystem. Ivana is committed to having honest and hard conversations, reframing the diversity discussion to include and empower all groups, and challenging the diversity and inclusion status quo.
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.
Johnathan Nightingale is a founder and partner at Raw Signal Group. He is editor of The Co-pour and bestselling author of “How F*cked Up Is Your Management? An Uncomfortable Conversation About Modern Leadership.” Johnathan has built and operated organizations from 2 people to 250. He was the Vice President of Firefox for Mozilla during a period of intense turmoil inside Mozilla and in the web at large, helped build and launch the first Firefox offerings on Android and iOS, and still cheers every time the open web wins. After Mozilla he joined Hubba as their Chief Product Officer, and helped that team triple in size while improving their diversity stats instead of watching them slide. He is proud to sit on the board of Creative Commons, and is a big believer in the power of mission-based organizations. He has strong opinions about your coffee infrastructure.
As Co-Founder and CEO, Jonathan oversees business and strategy at Receptiviti. Prior to founding Receptiviti, Jonathan was a Co-Founder of a technology company that developed software for professional services firms, universities, and government agencies, and had a 15-year career as a management consultant helping global technology companies like SAP and Cisco with product and go-to-market strategy.
Maaz Rana wants to change the way we choose the people we interview. He’s a Co-founder at Knockri, a business that merges workforce-science, machine learning and video analytics to alleviate hair on fire problems, for talent acquisition in fortune 500s. He loves Nutella, so you can always use that as an icebreaker. Maaz has been covered on various media outlets, such as the CBC, is an A.I tech enthusiast, futurist and advocate of diversity and inclusion. One of his passions is to eliminate unconscious hiring bias and establishing equitable hiring processes.
Marlina is the CEO of Fortay, and the founder of Culture Lab X Toronto. Culture Lab X is a community of founders, designers, and practitioners committed to redefining workplace culture. Prior to Fortay, Marlina held various senior Business Development and Marketing roles at Achilles Media (acquired) and Cadillac Fairview. Fortay was inspired by Marlina’s hiring practices and her observation that cultural alignment was a ‘force multiplier’ in dramatically improving the productivity of teams.
Natasha is part of the original ecobee HR team and in her role as Senior Talent Acquisition Specialist has helped grow the company from 125 to just under 300 in a year and a half. With a focus on great candidate experience and a strong employer brand, she continue’s to play a pivotal role in growing ecobee’s presence in the Toronto tech scene using out-of-the-box social recruiting strategies. Past organizations include The Laudi Group and Xerox.
Noel Webb is co-founder Karen.ai. A veteran of business development and out of the box thinking, Noel has been a leader in his roles over the years for several companies, including: Innosphere, Bam Digital, SpeakFeel, and Agnition. During his career as a technology leader, Noel has developed a passion for products and innovations and has been the driving force behind products such as OOLYO, Tech & Design, and TeamHQ. In addition, Noel has been a strategic advisor for high profile clients such as Torstar Digital, Syngenta, Toyota, and Modis and helped them to build a product driven approach to business. As a man of many talents, Noel can also be found crafting music with the legendary and iconic Canadian band, Skydiggers.
Nora Jenkins Townson
Nora Jenkins Townson is the founder of Bright + Early, an unconventional HR consultancy with a mission of building the world’s best workplaces. After helping some of the most successful Canadian startups grow, she has a unique view into building happy technical organizations. Nora believes that the best People strategies are human first and data informed, with a dash of design thinking. Recently, she has worked with Wealthsimple, FreshBooks, and a few others you may not have heard of (yet!).
Rob Catalano is passionate about helping companies succeed – by helping them focus on their employee experience. With his unique experience in HR Technology as a founding employee at Achievers, Rob co-founded WorkTango – a solution that helps give employees a voice and companies actionable insight. He has recently been named as a 2019 Top Global Employee Engagement Influencer, and is the Canadian Chairperson for The Enterprise Engagement Alliance, with a mandate to lead and help educate corporate, government and not-for-profit management on a formal process for implementing engagement across the enterprise community. He is an avid hockey and volleyball player, traveller, used to play guitar in a metal band, and in his own terms a ‘pointaholic’ – he collects loyalty points for everything and anything!
For the past nine years, Ryan Porter has spent his time helping people connect to their career pathways and helping companies connect to retainable talent. He’s spoken to over 900,000 people worldwide, been a featured speaker at events like TEDx and SXSWedu, founded RaiseYourFlag.com and authored the book “Make Your Own Lunch – How to live an epically epic life through travel, work, wonder and (maybe) college“. More recently, Ryan founded Ruutly.com to help companies transform the most critical part of their candidate experience, their job postings. When he’s not in Toronto running his company, you can find Ryan in Tokyo, eating strange food and sleeping on public transit.
Scott Barr is a Software Engineer and Engineering Manager with over 8 years of experience working at successful businesses such as Skyscanner in Scotland and EventMobi in Toronto. Currently operating as CTO of Opportune, Scott is passionate about creating products, inspiring successful engineering teams and growing the engineers that make those teams successful. Scott originally hails from Edinburgh, Scotland and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from University of Edinburgh.