8:00

REGISTRATION & NETWORKING

8:35

WELCOME REMARKS

8:45

OPENING KEYNOTE: THE NEXT BIG THING: EMERGING TECHNOLOGY & THE FUTURE OF WORK

Josh Bersin - Principal and Founder, Bersin, Deloitte Consulting LLP

9:40

SESSION TOPIC TBA

10:25

YOUR TECH JOURNEY: QUESTIONS TO ASK BEFORE PURCHASING HR TECHNOLOGY

Selecting your next technology investment can be a complex endeavour. It’s imperative to understand what your strategic business objectives and goals are before selecting the right HR platform. Once you’ve successfully made your software purchase, what’s next in your tech journey? This session will cover:

  • Selecting the right technology for your organization and people
  • Learning practical strategies for negotiating contracts
  • Understanding how to intergrade software into your business seamlessly
  • Successfully training and engaging your employees on tech implementation and use

Shibani Ahuja - Vice President, Enterprise Solutions & Enablement, Human Resources, TD

Gloria Pakravan - Head of People Strategy & Performance, Toronto Police Service

11:05

NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK

11:25

HR TECH TALK

Leading, cutting-edge and often pioneering HR technology innovations demonstrated in clear concise and understandable bite-size talks.

12:25

NETWORKING LUNCH

1:25

SESSION BY ULTIMATE SOFTWARE – TOPIC TBA

1:55

HOW BOTS, AI AND ROBOTIC AUTOMATION ARE SHAPING HR

It is undoubtedly an exciting time to be in HR and to consider the monumental changes coming to the people function. HR departments are adopting AI technologies and automation to streamline operations and enhance their contribution to overall business goals. This exciting session will cover how executives are approaching this opportunity by:

  • Providing analysis of the latest HR technology and its impact on business strategy
  • Understanding how bots and RPA are aiding to automate complex tasks and data
  • Navigating various types of skill sets required to work with, configure and maintain digital robots
  • Training HR teams to focus on higher-value services and successfully managing the transition

Matthew Lombardi - Head of External Talent Solutions, BMO Financial Group

Alison Mutrie - Vice President, HR Process & Digitization, Loblaw Companies Ltd.

Gillian Hynes - Senior Talent Advisor, Downstream, Royal Dutch Shell

2:35

SESSION TBA

3:05

NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK

3:30

HR TECH TALK

Leading, cutting-edge and often pioneering HR technology innovations demonstrated in clear concise and understandable bite-size talks.

4:10

RECRUITMENT & SOURCING: USING THE RIGHT CHANNELS AND STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESSFUL HIRES

Attracting top talent is essential to the success of any organization. In today’s competitive market, hiring top talent requires strategic sourcing through the right channels and being able to do so quickly. This session will cover:

  • Diversifying sourcing channels that go beyond LinkedIn
  • Overcoming challenges in sourcing and coming up with creative solutions
  • Proactively managing internal candidate pools as well as external
  • Using robust analytics to measure effectiveness of talent acquisition

Emma Hunt - Head of Talent, LogoJoy

Nahal Yousefian - Chief People Experience Officer, Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC)

4:50

CLOSING KEYNOTE - USE TECHNOLOGY TO IMPROVE YOUR RECRUITMENT MARKETING STRATEGY

This session will provide an overview of marketing technology specifically for HR leaders, covering the trends, tools and tips every talent pro needs to build a tech stack that stacks up when it comes to recruitment marketing. We’ll look at some real-life examples of what cutting edge companies are doing to win the right talent with the right marketing technology, how to integrate marketing technology into your talent attraction strategy and give you some tips and tricks you can use right away to turn your recruitment marketing from cost center into competitive advantage.

We’ll discuss:

  • Gain insights on inbound marketing technologies, and how to build a sourcing pipeline through marketing automation and targeted content
  • Understanding the benefits of programmatic ad buying, retargeting, social media ads and other consumer marketing technologies that enable recruiters find the right candidates at the right price
  • How to create killer job descriptions and emails, and the tech it takes to scale personalized messaging and engagement
  • How to measure ROI for recruitment marketing spend, aligning employer and consumer brands and building a business case for internal buy-in.

Matt Charney - Chief Content Officer, Allegis Global Solutions and Executive Editor, Recruiting Daily

5:20

CONFERENCE CONCLUDES FOR THE DAY

8:00

REGISTRATION & NETWORKING

8:15

MORNING WORKSHOP - SUCCESSFUL INNOVATIONS IN MANAGING PERFORMANCE AND TALENT

8:55

WELCOME REMARKS

9:00

OPENING KEYNOTE: WILL TECHNOLOGY CHANGE YOUR CORPORATE CULTURE?

As new technologies are emerging and quickly shifting the way we do business, it’s an exciting time to be in HR, however is it a little nerve-wracking too? With so much technological disruption and automation transforming the workplace, it is imperative for organizations to sustain an appealing culture that reflects a core set of company values. In this session, discover how to leverage the power of technology and keep employees engaged.

Carolyn Byer - Head of Human Resources, Microsoft Canada

9:30

COLLECTING DATA ANALYTICS TO REPORT BACK TO THE BUSINESS AND DRIVE PERFORMANCE

In the era of big data and analytics, organizations need to turn their data into insight to inform strategic decision making, add value to the organization and develop more targeted and effective HR initiatives.

In this session, we will discuss:

  • Understanding how to collect and track the disposition of data
  • Effectively analyzing data and analytics for business use
  • Utilizing gathered data to drive performance
  • Creating a culture that allows collaboration between business centers
  • Dealing with issues relating to HR data transparency and permission

Anna Petosa - VP People & Culture, The Weather Network

Arun Kochhar - Global Head HR Insights & People Analytics, Xerox

Cheryl Kerrigan - Vice President, People, BlueCat to the panel

10:10

SESSION TBA

10:40

NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK

11:00

HR TECH TALK

Leading, cutting-edge and often pioneering HR technology innovations demonstrated in clear concise and understandable bite-size talks.

12:20

NETWORKING LUNCH

1:20

MAKE ONBOARDING AN EXCEPTIONAL EXPERIENCE

Let’s face it, employee onboarding is often overlooked in the hiring process. While all employees experience some type of onboarding, the comprehensiveness of onboarding programs varies widely across organizations. A strategic onboarding process can provide companies with higher rates of employee engagement, performance and retention. During this panel, HR leaders will share tools and best practices for onboarding.

  • Implementing basics prior to the first day on the job
  • Creating onboarding plans and utilizing technology to facilitate this
  • Recognizing onboarding takes place over time and use milestones
  • Engage key stakeholders in planning

Jacqueline Beatty - Divisional Vice President, Human Resources, Technology, Hudson’s Bay Company

Penny Farinha - Vice President, Human Resources, Ecobee

2:20

SESSION TBA

2:30

NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK

3:00

HR TECH TALK

Leading, cutting-edge and often pioneering HR technology innovations demonstrated in clear concise and understandable bite-size talks.

3:20

CLOSING KEYNOTE: LEVERAGING TECH TO BUILD A MORE INCLUSIVE WORKPLACE

In today’s complex, diverse and global environment, it’s critical for organizations to create an open and inclusive workplace. A diverse workforce drives economic growth, fosters a more creative and innovative environment, and impacts a company’s bottom line. In this session, learn how technology can be used as a tool for management to eliminate bias and create an inclusive workplace.

  • Defining inclusive behaviours and how to leverage tech to support your company values
  • The paralysis of choice. So many tools, So little time! What's really the best tech to drive inclusion?
  • Connecting the dots: A holistic approach to leveraging the right tech to foster an inclusive workplace
  • How to leverage tech to gain meaningful data to drive inclusion and make the right decisions, for all of your employees

Avery Francis - Sr. Consultant, Bright + Early

3:50

CLOSING REMARKS & CONFERENCE CONCLUDES

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