Vancouver 2015

Hourly Schedule

CAMP

8:15 am - 8:45 am
Registration & Networking
9:00 am - 9:10 am
Introduction to WE
Speakers:
Andrew Chan
9:15 am - 9:35 am
“An Un-TED Talk” - A Love Story: The Power of Relentlessly Pursuing Your Goals
Speakers:
Steph Corker
9:40 am - 9:55 am
HR Tech Spotlight Session #1 - Riipen.com
Speakers:
Dave Savory
9:55 am - 10:20 am
Break
10:20 am - 10:35 am
HR Tech Spotlight Session #2 - WIRL.ca
Speakers:
Greg Pantelic
10:40 am - 10:55 am
HR Tech Spotlight Session #3 - Jostle.me
Speakers:
Jessica Hollander
11:00 am - 11:45 am
Concurrent #1: 4 E’s of Content Creation for HR
If you saw your post in the news feed, would you click on it or scroll right by? Are you interrupting people with your message or encouraging them to be a part of it? Katt will explore the 4 E's of content creation to help you Educate, Empower, Entertain and Engage your audience rather than interrupt them. We will look at some of the do's and don'ts of content creation for HR to ensure your content gets maximum exposure.
11:00 am - 11:40 am
Concurrent #2: Talent Hacking: Intro to a Data-Centric Recruiting Strategy For Early-Stage Start- Ups
When it comes to hiring, every startup struggles -- the traditional recruiting model simply isn't viable anymore. Join this session to become a talent sourcing machine. You’ll learn how to reinvent your recruitment process through a set of innovative tools, including sourcing candidates from various channels, using data to gain insights, and multiplying your efforts through Magnet Hires.
Speakers:
Farah Kanji
11:00 am - 11:45 am
Concurrent #3: What’s Wrong With Employee Feedback Today?
Greg Pantelic will provide insight on the do's and don'ts of employee feedback today, and the need for continuous feedback. Greg will also share the role that cloud-based technology plays in solving these pains and provide a sneak peek into the most recent product release of WIRL.
Speakers:
Greg Pantelic
11:45 am - 12:45 pm
Lunch
12:45 pm - 1:30 pm
Growing Up Social: The Hootsuite Case Study
Case study covering high level, 3 examples, our next Social HR moves. High level: social hr market, why people do or don't engage. Also in orgs from some companies we are seeing that we work with (Pepsi, Adidas and other smaller organizations.). Hootsuite University and MOOC's: how we socially educate our people and some other options that companies can use to build social competency. @Hootsuitelife relaunch: evolution of our @hoothr Twitter handle and how we use it now. Our new culture manifesto - #hoothire: more than just a hiring fair. On the horizon: things we are looking at now to potentially implement for 2015 and why.
Speakers:
Ambrosia Humphrey
1:35 pm - 2:30 pm
Concurrent #4: How Tech Will Improve Employee Engagement & Your Corporate Social Responsibility Story
In this session, Rocky will explore how Technology can disrupt the way companies complement their current Employee Engagement (EE) and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives. Anchored on the assumption that the spirit of charity is innate, he will debate why more organizations should integrate online charitable giving (corporate and individual) into their CSR and EE strategies. The end result? An improved employee value proposition and a focused & quantifiable CSR story!
Speakers:
Rocky Ozaki
1:35 pm - 2:20 pm
Concurrent #5: Delivering on Your Promise - Creating a Global Talent Magnet
From 1st interview, to your first day of work, Matt and Steph Corker will share the secrets to hiring during one of the busiest years around the world at lululemon athletica. What did it take to scale our people strategy to achieve business goals? How did we break the rules to make it work? Why working together made it worthwhile?
Speakers:
Matt Corker, Steph Corker
1:35 pm - 2:20 pm
Concurrent #6: Intranet. Success. Simplified.
After assisting the launch of hundreds of workplace intranets Jessica Hollander has learned a few things about what it takes to make them successful. The right team, the right marketing and a bit of planning makes a huge difference. Through an interactive discussion we’ll walk through some best practices and how they might apply to your organizations.
Speakers:
Jessica Hollander
2:25 pm - 3:10 pm
Concurrent #7: Monitoring of Off-Duty Social Media Use
James D. Kondopulos and David S. Louie of Vancouver-based employment and labour law boutique, Roper Greyell LLP, will explore the topic of employer monitoring of off-duty social media use and the balance which the law attempts to strike between the employer right to manage the workplace and the employee right to privacy. The sources of privacy rights will be reviewed, including the applicable legislation and the common law. Recent case law will also be reviewed to highlight considerations around off-duty social media use and the associated risks for employers and employees. James and David will provide practical pointers for employers with respect to off- duty social media and electronic device policies.
Speakers:
J. Kondopulos
2:25 pm - 3:10 pm
Concurrent #8: Creating a Better Candidate Experience Through Technology
“If that’s how they treat me when I apply for a job, how would they treat me as an employee?” In this session, we’ll look at a few technology-driven first steps you can take to create a better recruitment process experience for the people you want to hire.
Speakers:
Christian De Pape
2:25 pm - 3:10 pm
Concurrent #9: Rethinking Human Resources: Get Out Of The Past With These Tools
Wisam will be examining the history behind three key areas of human resources: productivity & efficiency, performance management, and compensation & recognition. He will break down the reasons why outdated practices in these areas no longer work and give you hands on examples of how you can use cloud-based tools to build practices that do work. You'll come away from the session with ideas on how to structure your HR department, drive business growth and engage employees by streamlining processes using technology.
Speakers:
Wisam Abdulla
3:10 pm - 3:30 pm
Break
3:30 pm - 4:15 pm
Concurrent #10: How JOEY Attracts, Engages & Builds Awareness to Their Strong Company Culture Using Instagram
Set goals – What are you trying to communicate and who are you trying to attract. That will determine your strategy. Building engagement through current partners - interactions and posts. Building awareness to potential candidates. The guidelines to posting - what is your message? How often should you post? How to close the deal and have them apply?
Speakers:
Amy Hamdorff
3:30 pm - 4:15 pm
Concurrent #11: Getting Started in Social Media Recruiting
In today’s talent market recruiting is more than just “post and pray”. The first step in finding the right talent is to understand where the talent is. This session is about the in’s and outs of getting started in social media recruiting.
Speakers:
Angela Bortolussi
4:20 pm - 4:50 pm
Bringing it All Together
Speakers:
Rayanne Thorn
4:55 pm - 5:00 pm
Closing
Speakers:
Jeff Waldman
Andrew Chan
Andrew Chan
Passionate about engaging families and corporations with empowering and impactful causes, Andrew Chan is the Manager of Donor Engagement and Development in Free The Children’s Western Canada office. Andrew helps to connect individuals and companies with a wide range of international development projects as well as Free The Children’s signature domestic event, We Day. Prior to his role in Vancouver, Andrew was working closely with We Day sponsors out of Free The Children’s Toronto head office, and also previously worked with a team of investment advisors at BMO Nesbitt Burns. This past August, Andrew drove across the country with his wife and settled in Vancouver.
Steph Corker
Steph Corker
I believe in heart beats: elevated, sweaty and passionately pounding kind of beats. Ironman start lines currently wake me up in the morning on my journey to be the best athlete I can be. And since how I do anything is how I do everything, I bring a whole lotta grit and grace along for the journey! I am most passionate about uncovering the potential of people and tapping into what’s possible in untraditional, unconventional and totally innovative ways. I believe that makes our hearts beat faster! And when you do what makes your heart beat faster, you will inevitably make a dent in the universe. You will inspire someone to move their body, dream a bigger dream or launch that business that was scribbled out on the back of a napkin. And together, we will change the world, one elevated heart beat at a time. After spending a decade in the HR space, including 5 remarkable years at lululemon athletica, I recently launched my own People Consulting company. steph corker inc. was born because I believe there is an excellent and astonishing way of operating to maximize your people’s potential. I believe that you must plan your people strategy to give your business strategy a heart beat. I am committed to partnering with companies who care. I am fuelled by green smoothies and celebrate by…poppin’ corks!
Dave Savory
Dave Savory
Dave is a Bachelor of Commerce graduate who felt the real and widespread pain of transitioning from the the classroom into the professional world and decided to do something about it. During his last semester of university, he teamed up with two fellow friends and classmates to create Riipen. Riipen is an online platform where students and companies meet via short-term, skill-specific projects early on in the students’ post-secondary education. Dave brings a strong B2B and B2C sales background, content creation, social media and leadership to the growing Riipen team. Outside of work Dave loves the outdoors, golfs when he can and enjoys bringing people together.
Greg Pantelic
Greg Pantelic
Greg Pantelic is the Co-Founder of WIRL, a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) company that empowers employees and their organizations through continuous feedback. He is a strategist, mentor and avid basketball and football fan. Greg holds an MBA from Queen’s University and BComm with a major in Human Resources from Ryerson University. Greg is also the founder of HR+Tech Professionals T.O. a group uniting the community of HR Professionals in the Tech industry to share best practices, discuss emerging trends + technologies and connect with each other.
Jessica Hollander
Jessica Hollander
essica is the Director of Marketing at Jostle Corporation. When Jessica joined Jostle in 2012, the start-up was growing quickly. She built Jostle’s onboarding program to ensure customer success as the pace of new business picked up. She developed implementation strategies and communications plans for launching an intranet. She then quickly added a sustainment coaching program to ensure long term success. Jessica has now seen hundreds of customers launch and watched them evolve over time. She has coached organizations of all types, sizes, industries and cultural nuances, and has deep insight into how to initiate and sustain intranet engagement and value. Presently, Jostle’s customer base is in the hundreds. Users work in 114 countries. Their customers maintain an average of over 85% monthly user engagement with an annual customer retention rate of 94%. Jessica also sits on the Board for the BC & Yukon chapter of Children’s Wish as a marketing and social media advisor, business community connector, and all around supporter of the cause.
Farah Kanji
Farah Kanji
Farah is the VP of Human Resources at BNOTIONS. She is responsible for the entire employee management life cycle, from marketing to prospective employees, recruitment, onboarding, development, and beyond. Since joining the team, Farah has introduced a highly innovative data-centric interviewing process, increasing the volume of inbound job applications by 200%, constantly contributes to building and retaining a world class team of BNAUTS. Farah is also passionate about creating unique experiences and lasting memories for the Toronto technology community. She has been a key Event Organizer for AndroidTO, jQueryTO, and the NASA Space Apps challenge.
Ambrosia Humphrey
Ambrosia Humphrey
Ambrosia Humphrey is the VP, Talent and keeps the Hootsuite team talented. Ambrosia has built and developed top talent and employers for over a decade. At Hootsuite, her team drives our employee-centric culture and Social HR frontiers. She’s also the co-founder of the music initiative #singitfwd.
Rocky Ozaki
Rocky Ozaki
Rocky is an evangelist on the future workplace and a relentless promoter of the Vancouver/BC technology ecosystem. He believes that technology, a sharing economy and the connected generation are dramatically changing the way companies attract and engage their people, and is leveraging his 10-years of senior level corporate learning with 4-years of startup tech experiences to help organizations of all sizes and sectors to thrive in the workplace of the future. Rocky is currently the VP of Community at the BC Tech Association, co-founder of STARFiiSH.com, and a sought after speaker and strategic People/HR consultant.
Matt Corker
Matt Corker
Matt Corker is a double agent of change – working for lululemon athletica in product quality and for Matt Corker & Co. as a lifestyle design consultant. After a few years at the University of British Columbia in alumni and student affairs, Matt was drawn to lululemon athletica to work in their Leadership Development department and create opportunities that empowered their great staff to achieve their dreams and live a life they love. After completing his Master’s degree in Denmark, Matt returned to lululemon athletica where he supports the quality goals of the company globally. As a lifestyle design consultant at Matt Corker & Co., Matt helps clients get out of their own way and make their lives work. A coach, yogi, author, and speaker – he creates opportunities for people to check in, see where they can step up a little more, and uncover where they can make life easy. He presents and works with high performers from a variety of different industries – from fundraisers and post-secondary school professional staff members, to young student leaders and recently minted Canadian Olympic athletes. Matt holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Human Resource Management and International Business from the Sauder School of Business at UBC and a MBA from the Copenhagen Business School. He is a 200 HR registered yoga teacher, author of “Getting Over the Rainbow,” and is a certified leader of igolu Cycle Two. He has a strong background in leadership and development, a big heart for sweaty pursuits, and loves great high fives. More information about Matt can be found at https://www.mattcorker.com.
J. Kondopulos
J. Kondopulos
James D. Kondopulos is a founding member and partner* of Roper Greyell LLP, a prominent Vancouver-based employment and labour law boutique. He acts for and provides legal advice to employers in employment, labour relations and human rights matters. He also provides representation to employers and employees in wrongful dismissal actions, and investigates and reports on allegations of workplace harassment, bullying and code of conduct violations. James has represented and appeared on behalf of clients before all levels of court and a wide range of workplace-related administrative tribunals in British Columbia. In 2012, James was recognized as a “Litigation Lawyer to Watch” in Lexpert’s Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers in Canada (US Guide – Litigation) and, in 2013, he was named one of Canada’s leading lawyers under 40 when he was a winner in Lexpert’s Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40 competition. In 2014, James was recognized by his peers as a leading lawyer in employment and labour law and listed in Best Lawyers International, Canada.
Christian De Pape
Christian De Pape
Christian is content manager and communications consultant at Recruiting Social. He develops articles and informational content, and extends his strategic writing skills to client projects as they seek to up their recruiting game. Though he studied at Ryerson University, the University of Winnipeg, and Douglas College, Christian developed his skills as a communicator while working with Vancouver brand consultancy Outsidein Communications and a host of freelance clients.
Wisam Abdulla
Wisam Abdulla
Wisam is the Co-Founder and COO of PaySavvy, a national human capital management provider that offers cloud-based payroll, human resource, and time and labour management software. He is responsible for all of the day-to-day operations including sales, marketing, and client success. Wisam has a wealth of experience in revenue generation and business operations. He is passionate about changing the story around payroll through modern, intuitive software and a positive client experience. In his spare time, Wisam mentors the SFU JDC West Entrepreneurship Team and is involved in Startup Week Vancouver as a host and advisor.
Amy Hamdorff
Amy Hamdorff
Amy Hamdorff started her career in retail like many others when they’re teenagers: in a customer-facing role at a large fast food company. But over the years, her career has progressed in a way you might not expect. Amy rose through the ranks quickly, becoming a Store Manager within five years. She used that experience to become an Assistant Manager at Starbucks, an outside sales rep at another company, and ultimately then returned to Starbucks where she began her career in human resources. After four years at Starbucks Coffee, Amy then decided to join Cam Laker and team at Mindfield Group, as a Recruitment Manger overseeing a team of eight recruiters and 12 small to medium enterprise accounts. Today, Amy is the Recruitment Manager at JOEY Restaurants in Vancouver, where it’s her job to support the Operators and Chef’s in both Canada and the US, in sourcing and recruiting the best talent that the industry has to offer. Amy also oversees the JOEY Restaurants employment brand where she recently introduced the social media handle @JOEYCareers to build engagement and awareness around JOEY culture, its partners and strong education programs.
Angela Bortolussi
Angela Bortolussi
As a certified social media recruiter at Recruiting Social I take part in company’s talent management initiatives; recruiting employees who are both passionate about their career and employer, which sets the foundation for any company looking to drive their brand to the next level. My experience in technology, social media and recruitment provides a critical and unique connection between both clients and candidates. Sourcing technical talent in the San Francisco Bay, Los Angeles and Vancouver areas, recruiting from mid-level to senior technical roles.
Rayanne Thorn
Rayanne Thorn
Rayanne Thorn currently works as the Vice President of Marketing at Dovetail Software, an HR case management platform. Thorn has held several high-level positions in the HR and recruiting technology space at various companies which include TalentBrowser, Apploi, Technomedia, Evenbase, and Broadbean Technology. Her innovative marketing tactics have made her a standout in her field. Earlier in her career, Thorn served as a business and search consultant, as well as a contingent agency, executive retained, and corporate recruiter. She holds a Bachelor’s in Business – Organizational Development and Strategic Marketing from Vanguard University of Southern California. In addition to her professional experience, Thorn is an accomplished writer, sharing her thoughts on business today, leadership, industry expertise, and how they often intersect with life. She is a featured columnist on the national business + lifestyle media platform IntrepidNow, a blogger at Blogging4Jobs, and as a job search contributor for Huffington Post. A widely-sought after public speaker, she has shared her insight at numerous business and HR/recruiting industry conferences and events. Thorn has been a part of online reality show Top Recruiter for the last four years and recently filmed the documentary Art of Recruiting, and is in pre-production for another documentary about industry change called, The Movement. Also an experienced talk show host, you can hear Rayanne interview a variety of guests on her online, on-demand radio show, HR Latte.
Jeff Waldman
Jeff Waldman
Entrepreneur & 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.

Date

Jan 31 2015
Expired!

Time

8:15 AM - 5:00 PM

Location

Vancouver B.C
Hootsuite, 5 East 8th Avenue, Vancouver B.C.
SocialHRCamp

Organizer

SocialHRCamp
Website
https://goscalehr.com/all-events/

Other Organizers

Natural Source Snacks
Natural Source Snacks
Website
https://www.naturalsourcesnacks.ca/
Riipen
Riipen
Website
https://www.riipen.com/
Jostle
Jostle
Website
https://www.jostle.me/
WIRL
WIRL
Website
https://wirl.ca/
Recruiting Social
Recruiting Social
Website
https://recruitingsocial.com/
Free The Children
Free The Children
Website
https://www.we.org/en-US/
Hoot Suite
Hoot Suite
Website
https://www.hootsuite.com/

Speakers

  • Ambrosia Humphrey
    Ambrosia Humphrey

    Ambrosia Humphrey is the VP, Talent and keeps the Hootsuite team talented. Ambrosia has built and developed top talent and employers for over a decade. At Hootsuite, her team drives our employee-centric culture and Social HR frontiers. She’s also the co-founder of the music initiative #singitfwd.

  • Amy Hamdorff
    Amy Hamdorff

    Amy Hamdorff started her career in retail like many others when they’re teenagers: in a customer-facing role at a large fast food company. But over the years, her career has progressed in a way you might not expect. Amy rose through the ranks quickly, becoming a Store Manager within five years.

    She used that experience to become an Assistant Manager at Starbucks, an outside sales rep at another company, and ultimately then returned to Starbucks where she began her career in human resources. After four years at Starbucks Coffee, Amy then decided to join Cam Laker and team at Mindfield Group, as a Recruitment Manger overseeing a team of eight recruiters and 12 small to medium enterprise accounts.

    Today, Amy is the Recruitment Manager at JOEY Restaurants in Vancouver, where it’s her job to support the Operators and Chef’s in both Canada and the US, in sourcing and recruiting the best talent that the industry has to offer. Amy also oversees the JOEY Restaurants employment brand where she recently introduced the social media handle @JOEYCareers to build engagement and awareness around JOEY culture, its partners and strong education programs.

  • Andrew Chan
    Andrew Chan

    Passionate about engaging families and corporations with empowering and impactful causes, Andrew Chan is the Manager of Donor Engagement and Development in Free The Children’s Western Canada office. Andrew helps to connect individuals and companies with a wide range of international development projects as well as Free The Children’s signature domestic event, We Day. Prior to his role in Vancouver, Andrew was working closely with We Day sponsors out of Free The Children’s Toronto head office, and also previously worked with a team of investment advisors at BMO Nesbitt Burns. This past August, Andrew drove across the country with his wife and settled in Vancouver.

  • Angela Bortolussi
    Angela Bortolussi

    As a certified social media recruiter at Recruiting Social I take part in company’s talent management initiatives; recruiting employees who are both passionate about their career and employer, which sets the foundation for any company looking to drive their brand to the next level.

    My experience in technology, social media and recruitment provides a critical and unique connection between both clients and candidates. Sourcing technical talent in the San Francisco Bay, Los Angeles and Vancouver areas, recruiting from mid-level to senior technical roles.

  • Chad MacRae
    Chad MacRae

    Chad MacRae is the Founder and Principal Recruiter at Recruiting Social. “It’s all about making win-win connections and putting a smile on everyone’s faces”. Chad believes 21st century recruiting is about facilitating a conversation between employers and candidates as peers and equals. He has over 10 years of experience in the industry, and has travelled to 45 countries around the world in his work as a Recruiter. He lived overseas for 4 years, staying in Dubai, Kandahar and Athens. Upon returning to his native Vancouver in 2010, Chad founded Recruiting Social as a new model for agency recruitment.

  • Christian De Pape
    Christian De Pape

    Christian is content manager and communications consultant at Recruiting Social. He develops articles and informational content, and extends his strategic writing skills to client projects as they seek to up their recruiting game. Though he studied at Ryerson University, the University of Winnipeg, and Douglas College, Christian developed his skills as a communicator while working with Vancouver brand consultancy Outsidein Communications and a host of freelance clients.

  • Dave Savory
    Dave Savory

    Dave is a Bachelor of Commerce graduate who felt the real and widespread pain of transitioning from the the classroom into the professional world and decided to do something about it. During his last semester of university, he teamed up with two fellow friends and classmates to create Riipen. Riipen is an online platform where students and companies meet via short-term, skill-specific projects early on in the students’ post-secondary education. Dave brings a strong B2B and B2C sales background, content creation, social media and leadership to the growing Riipen team. Outside of work Dave loves the outdoors, golfs when he can and enjoys bringing people together.

  • Farah Kanji
    Farah Kanji

    Farah is the VP of Human Resources at BNOTIONS. She is responsible for the entire employee management life cycle, from marketing to prospective employees, recruitment, onboarding, development, and beyond.

    Since joining the team, Farah has introduced a highly innovative data-centric interviewing process, increasing the volume of inbound job applications by 200%, constantly contributes to building and retaining a world class team of BNAUTS.

    Farah is also passionate about creating unique experiences and lasting memories for the Toronto technology community. She has been a key Event Organizer for AndroidTO, jQueryTO, and the NASA Space Apps challenge.

  • Greg Pantelic
    Greg Pantelic

    Greg Pantelic is the Co-Founder of WIRL, a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) company that empowers employees and their organizations through continuous feedback. He is a strategist, mentor and avid basketball and football fan. Greg holds an MBA from Queen’s University and BComm with a major in Human Resources from Ryerson University. Greg is also the founder of HR+Tech Professionals T.O. a group uniting the community of HR Professionals in the Tech industry to share best practices, discuss emerging trends + technologies and connect with each other.

  • Heather Claridge
    Heather Claridge

    Heather Claridge has over 20 years of experience aligning people, systems and strategy to achieve business results. She is currently Vice President of Human Resources with Omicron Canada Inc, an integrated development, design and construction firm based in Vancouver, BC. As an HR Executive and Organization Development Consultant, Heather has deep expertise related to growing and transforming organizations. Much of her work has focused on the alignment of strategy, culture and brand, succession readiness and high potential development, M&A integration initiatives and organization design reviews to support business scalability and change. She also acts as a trusted advisor and coach to the executive team. Heather holds an MA in Organization Design and Effectiveness and is a Certified Human Resources Practitioner (CHRP).

  • J. Kondopulos
    J. Kondopulos

    James D. Kondopulos is a founding member and partner* of Roper Greyell LLP, a prominent Vancouver-based employment and labour law boutique. He acts for and provides legal advice to employers in employment, labour relations and human rights matters. He also provides representation to employers and employees in wrongful dismissal actions, and investigates and reports on allegations of workplace harassment, bullying and code of conduct violations. James has represented and appeared on behalf of clients before all levels of court and a wide range of workplace-related administrative tribunals in British Columbia. In 2012, James was recognized as a “Litigation Lawyer to Watch” in Lexpert’s Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers in Canada (US Guide – Litigation) and, in 2013, he was named one of Canada’s leading lawyers under 40 when he was a winner in Lexpert’s Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40 competition. In 2014, James was recognized by his peers as a leading lawyer in employment and labour law and listed in Best Lawyers International, Canada.

  • Jeff Waldman
    Jeff Waldman
    Entrepreneur & 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.

  • Jessica Hollander
    Jessica Hollander

    essica is the Director of Marketing at Jostle Corporation. When Jessica joined Jostle in 2012, the start-up was growing quickly. She built Jostle’s onboarding program to ensure customer success as the pace of new business picked up. She developed implementation strategies and communications plans for launching an intranet. She then quickly added a sustainment coaching program to ensure long term success. Jessica has now seen hundreds of customers launch and watched them evolve over time. She has coached organizations of all types, sizes, industries and cultural nuances, and has deep insight into how to initiate and sustain intranet engagement and value. Presently, Jostle’s customer base is in the hundreds. Users work in 114 countries. Their customers maintain an average of over 85% monthly user engagement with an annual customer retention rate of 94%. Jessica also sits on the Board for the BC & Yukon chapter of Children’s Wish as a marketing and social media advisor, business community connector, and all around supporter of the cause.

  • Matt Corker
    Matt Corker

    Matt Corker is a double agent of change – working for lululemon athletica in product quality and for Matt Corker & Co. as a lifestyle design consultant. After a few years at the University of British Columbia in alumni and student affairs, Matt was drawn to lululemon athletica to work in their Leadership Development department and create opportunities that empowered their great staff to achieve their dreams and live a life they love. After completing his Master’s degree in Denmark, Matt returned to lululemon athletica where he supports the quality goals of the company globally.

    As a lifestyle design consultant at Matt Corker & Co., Matt helps clients get out of their own way and make their lives work. A coach, yogi, author, and speaker – he creates opportunities for people to check in, see where they can step up a little more, and uncover where they can make life easy. He presents and works with high performers from a variety of different industries – from fundraisers and post-secondary school professional staff members, to young student leaders and recently minted Canadian Olympic athletes.

    Matt holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Human Resource Management and International Business from the Sauder School of Business at UBC and a MBA from the Copenhagen Business School. He is a 200 HR registered yoga teacher, author of “Getting Over the Rainbow,” and is a certified leader of igolu Cycle Two. He has a strong background in leadership and development, a big heart for sweaty pursuits, and loves great high fives. More information about Matt can be found at https://www.mattcorker.com.

  • Rayanne Thorn
    Rayanne Thorn

    Rayanne Thorn currently works as the Vice President of Marketing at Dovetail Software, an HR case management platform. Thorn has held several high-level positions in the HR and recruiting technology space at various companies which include TalentBrowser, Apploi, Technomedia, Evenbase, and Broadbean Technology. Her innovative marketing tactics have made her a standout in her field. Earlier in her career, Thorn served as a business and search consultant, as well as a contingent agency, executive retained, and corporate recruiter. She holds a Bachelor’s in Business – Organizational Development and Strategic Marketing from Vanguard University of Southern California.

    In addition to her professional experience, Thorn is an accomplished writer, sharing her thoughts on business today, leadership, industry expertise, and how they often intersect with life. She is a featured columnist on the national business + lifestyle media platform IntrepidNow, a blogger at Blogging4Jobs, and as a job search contributor for Huffington Post. A widely-sought after public speaker, she has shared her insight at numerous business and HR/recruiting industry conferences and events. Thorn has been a part of online reality show Top Recruiter for the last four years and recently filmed the documentary Art of Recruiting, and is in pre-production for another documentary about industry change called, The Movement. Also an experienced talk show host, you can hear Rayanne interview a variety of guests on her online, on-demand radio show, HR Latte.

  • Richard Tuck
    Richard Tuck

    Richard is the CEO of Riipen, an online platform that connects students with companies through short-term projects early on in the students’ post-secondary education. Founded by students for students, Richard joined the Riipen team after the co-founders presented him with the idea of using in-class projects to gain experience outside of the classroom. Experiential Education is important to Richard, which stemmed from working for years at Outward Bound Costa Rica. Challenging students to learn and grow is his passion. In total, Richard has lived in 6 countries across 4 continents both working and studying. He holds a Bachelor of International Business, as well as an MBA and an MSc in Corporate Finance. Richard is a PhD Candidate at the University of Victoria, where he focuses on Social Entrepreneurship. As part of the experiential requirements of his doctorate degree, Richard also teaches entrepreneurship and finance at Capilano University.

  • Rocky Ozaki
    Rocky Ozaki

    Rocky is an evangelist on the future workplace and a relentless promoter of the Vancouver/BC technology ecosystem. He believes that technology, a sharing economy and the connected generation are dramatically changing the way companies attract and engage their people, and is leveraging his 10-years of senior level corporate learning with 4-years of startup tech experiences to help organizations of all sizes and sectors to thrive in the workplace of the future. Rocky is currently the VP of Community at the BC Tech Association, co-founder of STARFiiSH.com, and a sought after speaker and strategic People/HR consultant.

  • Steph Corker
    Steph Corker

    I believe in heart beats: elevated, sweaty and passionately pounding kind of beats. Ironman start lines currently wake me up in the morning on my journey to be the best athlete I can be. And since how I do anything is how I do everything, I bring a whole lotta grit and grace along for the journey! I am most passionate about uncovering the potential of people and tapping into what’s possible in untraditional, unconventional and totally innovative ways. I believe that makes our hearts beat faster! And when you do what makes your heart beat faster, you will inevitably make a dent in the universe. You will inspire someone to move their body, dream a bigger dream or launch that business that was scribbled out on the back of a napkin. And together, we will change the world, one elevated heart beat at a time.
    After spending a decade in the HR space, including 5 remarkable years at lululemon athletica, I recently launched my own People Consulting company. steph corker inc. was born because I believe there is an excellent and astonishing way of operating to maximize your people’s potential. I believe that you must plan your people strategy to give your business strategy a heart beat. I am committed to partnering with companies who care. I am fuelled by green smoothies and celebrate by…poppin’ corks!

  • Wisam Abdulla
    Wisam Abdulla

    Wisam is the Co-Founder and COO of PaySavvy, a national human capital management provider that offers cloud-based payroll, human resource, and time and labour management software. He is responsible for all of the day-to-day operations including sales, marketing, and client success. Wisam has a wealth of experience in revenue generation and business operations. He is passionate about changing the story around payroll through modern, intuitive software and a positive client experience. In his spare time, Wisam mentors the SFU JDC West Entrepreneurship Team and is involved in Startup Week Vancouver as a host and advisor.