June 26th and 27th, 2018
Toronto Congress Centre

8:00

REGISTRATION AND NETWORKING BREAKFAST

8:45

CONFERENCE WELCOME REMARKS

9:00

OPENING KEYNOTE SESSION: DEVELOPING AN ANALYTICAL CULTURE AND WHY PEOPLE ANALYTICS IS CENTRAL TO THE FUTURE OF HR

According to David Green (globally recognized and respected influencer, speaker, and writer on workforce analytics, data-driven HR, and the future of work, who is making his Canadian speaking debut at HR Tech Summit 2018) the adoption of people analytics will start to spike in 2018. However, despite the solid case case for applying a data-driven approach to people decisions, many organizations are still struggling to get their workforce analytics initiatives off the ground.

Join David for an opening keynote address where he will teach you how to clearly demonstrate and communicate impact of people analytics initiatives and how to ultimately develop and analytical culture within your organization. Under discussion:

  • Why analytics is the centerpiece of digital transformation
  • Analytics predictions and HR trends for 2018 and beyond
  • The role of people analytics in the future of work
  • How to build your people analytics function
  • How can you overcome resistance to adopting workforce analytics?
  • Embedding analytics and data-driven decision making within your organizational culture
  • Case studies on how to use data in a truly strategic way

David Green - Globally Recognized and Respected Influencer, Speaker, and Writer on Workforce Analytics, Data-driven HR, and the Future of Work; Global Director, People Analytics Solutions, IBM Watson Talent

10:00

DIAMOND SESSION PRESENTED BY CERIDIAN

10:40

FIT BREAK

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10:45

NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK

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TECH TALK & TECH DEMO STAGE

11:15

11:15 am – 11:35 am

TECH TALK 1: PRESENTED BY TMP WORLDWIDE

Todd Maycunich - Vice President Production Innovation, TMP Labs

11:35 am – 11:55 am

TECH DEMO 2: WORKFORCE DIMENSIONS: HR TECHNOLOGY OF THE FUTURE

Join us for an overview demonstration illustrating how Workforce Dimensions delivers a breakthrough employee experience.

Today’s workforce expects a personalized technology experience that helps them be productive and engaged during their workday — and it needs to be as familiar and intuitive as the applications they use outside of work. Workforce Dimensions delivers:

  • A consumer-grade experience for your entire workforce through an attractive, intuitive user interface and easy personalization.
  • The ability to work anywhere on any device, thanks to a mobile-first responsive design standard that lets you transition seamlessly from desktop to tablet to phone.
  • HR functionality that streamlines processes, frees up HR staff from dealing with routine requests, and further empowers everyone in the organization.
  • Collaborative scheduling that gives employees and managers more input into and control over how their schedules are built. Employees can set work preferences using an intuitive map interface and other familiar visual cues; managers can create best-fit schedules and easily navigate challenges such as aligning labour to demand and balancing workload.
  • Timekeeping for salaried employees that simplifies tracking of duration-based, project-based, and non-worked time for professionals and adds convenient calendar integration with Microsoft Outlook.
  • The ability to meet industry-specific requirements.

Sherry El Rashidy - HCM/Workforce Solutions Consultant, Kronos Incorporated

11:55 am – 12:15 pm

TECH TALK 3: PRESENTED BY UNIVERSITY OF WATERLOO

11:15 am – 12:15 pm

WHAT QUESTIONS MUST YOU ASK BEFORE PURCHASING HR TECH

How do you navigate your next HR software purchase?

You've done the easy bit ... you've selected the "right" application. Now the hard work begins. You want to create a bulletproof relationship with a tech vendor that protects all of your interests – yet buying software isn't something you do every single day and the vendor community isn't going to hold your hand every step of the way.

Attend the session to find out what questions you need to ask before your next HR tech purchase. You will walk away with:

  • Strategic understanding of HR software contracts
  • Practical strategies for building a better business case for HR software
  • Strategic understanding of software negotiations
  • Deeper understanding of change management best practices?

William Tincup - President, RecruitingDaily.com; Writer, Speaker, Advisor, Consultant, Investor, Storyteller & Teacher; Board Advisor/ Director of 20 HR technology start-ups across the globet

12:15

12:30 pm – 1:00 pm

LUNCH & LEARN

CRYSTAL BALL: WILL YOUR EMPLOYEES’ JOBS BE AUTOMATED OR AUGMENTED?

Krista Jones - Managing Director of Work & Learning, MaRS Discovery District

12:15 pm – 1:15 pm

NETWORKING LUNCHEON

TECH TALK & TECH DEMO STAGE

1:15

1:15 pm – 1:35 pm

TECH THOUGHT 4: THE IMPORTANCE OF HUMAN TO HUMAN (H2H) CONNECTION IN THE WORLD OF TECH?

1:35 pm – 1:55 pm

TECH DEMO 5: MEET ROBOT VERA

Robot Vera is the revolutionary leap in AI, which had already changed the hiring process of 300+ companies, forever.

Vera searches resume on job boards or works with applications from own Data Bases, calls the candidates to qualify them, creates branded pages for each vacancy. Also, Vera can conduct a video interview if it's needed. Recruiter only gets short-listed candidates to invite them on face-to-face interview.

Robot Vera's clients have already calculated that Vera makes basic recruitment-related tasks more fast and effective than humans.

Alexey Kostarev - Co-owner & CBDO, Robot Vera

1:15 pm – 2:00 pm

ENTERPRISE STREAM

HOW HR LEADERS CAN DRIVE ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE AND TRANSFORM THEIR ENTERPRISES THROUGH ORGANIZATIONAL NETWORK ANALYSIS (ONA)

In every organization, people build informal “go-to” teams. They rely on that one person who always knows “how we do things here.” These spontaneous, critically important connections are the lifeblood of organizations worldwide. Organizational Network Analysis (ONA) is a structured way of visualizing how these informal communications flow through an organization.

Network analytics are fast becoming an essential competency for companies that want to drive change, fuel innovation and develop talent Interested – so isn’t it the perfect time to learn how to conduct ONA?

This session has all the answers you need when it comes to:

  • Why ONA?
  • The basics of ONA: how to get started
  • How to solve problems within your company by linking different units together
  • How ONA can help you transition to a more agile enterprise
  • Why ONA analysis is important even if your workforce and people analytics functions are not yet properly set up
  • How HR Leaders can become better business strategic partners by leveraging ONA

Vancho Cirovski - Director, Culture and Talent Management, Red Sun Farms

1:15 pm – 2:00 pm

SCALE-UP STREAM

PANEL DISCUSSION: PREPARING HR FOR HYPER GROWTH

One of the most important lessons for scaling companies is to include HR in the discussion when planning for the organization’s growth. How would your company handle the HR implications of explosive growth in the double, triple, or even quintuple digits?

Whether you are an HR Leader or a senior executive for a scaling company, attend this panel to learn about the people-related implications of the rapid expansion. Our speakers will show you how to plan for the future while dealing with the growth challenges of the present so that the company’s trajectory doesn’t resemble a shooting star—a flash of brilliance that burns out too quickly. Under discussion:

  • How do you scale your culture and team while in hyper growth?
  • What are the risks and pitfalls that are unique to hyper growth and how do you handle them?
  • How is HR an invaluable partner in fostering a healthy and sustainable culture?

Moderator:

Daneal Charney - Director of Talent, Venture Services, MaRS Discovery District

 

Panelists:

Denise Roy - VP, HR, IndustryBuilt Software

Rachel Jacobson - VP, Global HR, Blue Ant Media

Sandra Ugrin - Director, People Experience, Coinsquare

2:00

*TECH TALK PASS HOLDERS HAVE A CHOICE BETWEEN TWO PLATINUM SESSIONS

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm

THE POWER OF A PERSONAL VISION TO DRIVE INNOVATION

Grace Hopper once said, “The most dangerous phrase in language is: We’ve always done it this way.“ Never has this been more true. In this age of rapid technological advancement, thoughtful leadership is needed to serve external customers with products and services they will need, before they even know they need them.

Innovation used to be in the hands of the ‘experts’ but today it requires everyone to think about the future with unbounded imagination, creativity, and curiosity. In this session you will find out how to create your personal vision of the future, to engage others in an exciting mission to grow the business over the long-term, and advance purpose and meaning for all. You will walk away with:

  • A clear understanding of the importance of holding a personal vision
  • Five must-ask questions to help you crystalize your vision
  • A proven path to becoming more strategic that has nothing to do with position or authority
  • Techniques to communicate, influence, and engage others in your vision and plan

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm

THE HUMAN SIDE OF HIRING

When it comes to the the impact of technology on recruiting, it seems that job seekers have seriously mixed emotions. According to a recent survey conducted on behalf of Indeed, 58% of people agree that technology makes it easier to apply for a job — but 52% also say technology makes the recruiting process more isolating and impersonal.

There’s no doubt that technology will continue to transform hiring as we move into the future. So as recruiters become increasingly dependent on software and algorithms in the hiring process, how can we be sure that we are using these new tools wisely, and in a way that leads to a positive experience for candidates?

Paul Wolfe - Global SVP, Human Resources, Indeed.com

2:30

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm

TECH TALK 6: PRESENTED BY OFFICEVIBE & BAMBOOHR

2:30 pm

FIT BREAK

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2:35 pm - 3:00pm

NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK

Brought to you by Official Coffee Sponsor - Zoho

3:00

TECH DEN COMPETITION

Tech Den is HR Tech Summit’s flagship program – celebrating excellence in HR Tech start-ups and entrepreneurship in Canada. Vying for the ultimate prize, a $20k marketing campaign in HRD Canada Magazine print and online publications, hundreds of HR Tech start-ups will be whittled down to just five finalists. These lucky finalists will have the once in a lifetime opportunity to pitch their solutions to a panel of judges and investors. With participation from across Canada, including an industry jury of potential investors, the Tech Den is North America’s most sought-after competition of its kind.

Tech Den Judges:

Jeff Waldman - Founder, SocialHRCamp

Krista Jones - Managing Director of Work & Learning, MaRS Discovery District

Sunil Sharma - Managing Director, Techstars Toronto

3:45

CLOSING KEYNOTE SESSION : THE FUTURE OF WORK AND WORKFORCE WITH BLOCKCHAIN

We’ve all heard the hype recently: constant chatter about “bitcoin,” “blockchain,” and “cryptocurrency” being technologies of the future.

But is it really just hype? According to Harvard Business Review, the blockchain has the potential to create new foundations for our economic and social systems. The future impact will be enormous!

Join Soumyasanto Sen, HR Tech Leader, Blogger, Speaker and Evangelist (travelling all the way from Frankfurt Germany) for a no- nonsense explanation on the basics of the blockchain and what it all means for Canadian HR professionals. Soumyasanto will explain:

  • What is blockchain technology and why do we need it?
  • Where will we use the blockchain?
  • How will blockchain empower the workforce?
  • How will blockchain impact HR?
  • How does the future of work look like with blockchain?

Soumyasanto Sen - Advisor in People Technologies, Digital Transformation, Management Consulting | Evangelist Future of Work; Co-Founder & Partner, People Conscience; 30+ Top Global Influences in HR Tech of 2018

4:30

NETWORKING COCKTAIL RECEPTION

8:00

OFFICIAL HR TECH SUMMIT AFTERPARTY

8:00

REGISTRATION AND NETWORKING BREAKFAST

8:40

DAY 2 WELCOME REMARKS

8:45

OPENING KEYNOTE: STRATEGIC WORKFORCE PLANNING LESSONS FROM FACEBOOK: PREPARING FOR FUTURE WORKFORCE REQUIREMENTS

Kickstart your second day of the HR Tech Summit 2018 with an opening keynote session packed full of advice and real-world examples on strategic workforce panning by Ross Sparkman of Facebook.

How do you analyze future hiring demand? How do you assess what skills will be required in the future? How do you identify the business drivers that impact workforce demand? Ross has the answer to these big HR questions and more.

Whether you're a start-up, small business or a large corporation, Ross will show you how to align people strategy with company strategy to ensure your organization maintains its competitive advantage. Under the spotlight:

  • The impact of artificial intelligence (AI), automation and machine learning on the global workforce and how to deal with these implications
  • How should HR professionals prioritize investments like training and development?
  • How to leverage technology in workforce planning to get maximum impact
  • Contemporary approaches to aligning organizational people strategy with business strategy

Ross Sparkman - Head of Strategic Workforce Planning, Facebook

*Main Stage pass holders get a free signed copy of Ross Sparkman’s new book

9:45

KEYNOTE SESSION: HOW TO RECRUIT BETTER, SMARTER AND FASTER AND DELIVER SUPERB CANDIDATE EXPERIENCE WITH TECHNOLOGY

Stacy Donovan Zapar (#1 top rated speaker from LinkedIn TalentConnect, SourceCon, Glassdoor Employer Branding Summit, Social Recruiting Strategies Conference and Vancouver’s HR Leaders Summit West) makes her Toronto debut at HR Leaders Summit West 2018. A 20+ year recruitment veteran, Stacy’s current and former clients include Zappos, Netflix, TripAdvisor, Restoration Hardware, Virgin America, Booking.com, Amazon, Best Buy, FedEx, Kelly Services, and many others.

Join Stacy as she shares her best-kept secrets about sourcing and recruiting and how to use tech to provide a better experience for both the hiring manager and the candidate. You will learn:

  • What tools and apps to use in recruiting and during different phases of the recruiting funnel
  • Tools and apps for streamlining and efficiency: tools she likes to use and the ones she doesn’t like and why
  • Sourcing and recruiting tips and tricks
  • Innovative strategies for building your talent pipeline

Stacy Donovan Zapar - Founder, Tenfold & The Talent Agency; 20-year Recruiting Veteran for Fortune 500 Tech companies; #6 on Huffington Post's Top 100 Most Social HR Experts and #5 on LinkedIn's 50 Most Popular Recruiting Influencers

TECH TALK & TECH DEMO STAGE

10:45

10:40 am

FIT BREAK

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10:45 am – 11:30 am

NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK

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10:45 am – 11:30 am

MEET & GREET WITH ROSS SPARKMAN AND STACY DONOVAN ZAPAR/BOOK SIGNING WITH ROSS SPARKMAN

*Main Stage pass holders get a free signed copy of Ross Sparkman’s new book

11:30

11:30 am – 11:50 am

TECH TALK 1: PRESENTED BY ADP

11:50 am – 12:10 pm

TECH TALK 2: AUTOMATICALLY ENFORCE YOUR SAFETY PROGRAM

Enforcing a safety program on paper generates an excessive amount of work that usually ends up getting appointed to administrators due to low bandwidth within the safety group. Removing the burden of paperwork collection and compliance introduces operational efficiencies at every level of an organization including effective enforcement of safety throughout the organization.

Sit in with Ryan as he explains how he has managed to save companies thousands of dollars in insurance costs, audit preparation, compliance reporting, and project performance through enforcing a companies safety program on a software platform.

Hear how creating accountability throughout a companies workforce can help improve overall communications and enable operational excellence at every level.

Ryan Quiring - President and CEO, SafetyTek

11:30 pm – 12:15 pm

ENTERPRISE STREAM

HACKATHONS AS AN INNOVATION TOOL FOR LARGE ENTERPRISES

Contrary to popular belief, hackathons aren’t just for start-ups. For large organizations in particular, hackathons can be adapted to greatly accelerate the process of digital transformation. They are less about designing new products and more about “hacking” away at old processes and ways of working. More and more large businesses are employing the same start-up principles to break through organizational inertia and instill more innovation-driven cultures putting their employees at the centre of their organizations and giving them a start-up experience.

In this session, Aurélie Wen of Agorize will teach you everything you need to know about hackathons, how to build one and how HR can utilize this powerful innovation tool to solve all kinds of business and people-related challenges. Under discussion:

This session has all the answers you need when it comes to:

  • Hackathons 101: What exactly is a 'hackathon?'
  • How and why large enterprises should harness the power of hackathons including case study examples
  • How HR can build their own hackathon: things to consider and keep in mind
  • How to get the buy-in from senior stakeholders

Aurélie Wen - Managing Director Canada, Agorize

11:30 pm – 12:15 pm

SCALE-UP STREAM

DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION IN TECH: HOW INNOVATIVE COMPANIES COMBAT UNCONSCIOUS HIRING BIAS

Diversity and inclusion is one of the biggest challenges facing the tech industry today - from the talent pipeline to products and services. Martin Hauck, former Head of Talent at StackAdapt and Toronto D&I trailblazer, decided to take the reins and tackle this issue by making the recruiting process more inclusive with the help of creating StackAdapt’s Unbiasify tool.

Unbiasify is a free, open-source Google Chrome extension that removes a candidate's profile photo and name on social networks with the end goal of eliminating any unconscious bias that can potentially tarnish the recruitment process such as bias towards or against specific age, race, gender, or appearance.

However, despite solving a number of common recruiting challenges, Unbiasify also created a set of whole other issues. And, Martin Hauck is here to tell us all about it! Under discussion:

  • The story behind Unbiasify’s creation
  • Key lessons learned from using Unbiasify
  • How can we tackle all problems in relation to D&I?
  • Can we ever fully remove unconscious biases that are ingrained in our psychology?
  • How can we build diverse and inclusive teams with and without the help of technology?
  • And more!

Martin Hauck - Head of Talent, Coinsquare

12:15

12:30 pm – 12:50 pm

LUNCH & LEARN

CASE STUDY: EVOLVING HR TECH STACK

The technology and tools that we use to automate and amplify our HR and Talent processes is constantly evolving. In this Lunch & Learn case study, learn about some of the tech tools being used from sourcing and initial candidate contact, all the way through to onboarding, and ending with employee separations.

  • Tech for Sourcing: Unbiasify, AngelList, LinkedIn Recruiter, Indeed Prime, DevScanner, HackerRank, Github
  • Tech for Interviews: Calendly, Codepad/HackerRank/Codility, Google Hangouts/Skype, Amazon AWS, Gitlab, Google Drive
  • Tech for Offers: SignNow, Docusign, HelloSign, HRIS
  • Tech for Compensation: Payscale, Glassdoor, AngelList, Reports & Surveys
  • Tech for Onboarding: HRIS, Trello, Google Forms
  • Tech for Engagement: Officevibe, WorkTango, Fortay
  • Random Tech: ATS (Breezy/Lever/Greenhouse), Slack, eliminating the whiteboard interview, employee self-serve options, etc.

Brett Reed - Talent & People Leader, SnapTravel

12:50 pm – 1:10 pm

LUNCH & LEARN

SUSTAINABILITY OF CONTINUOUS DELIVERY AND WORK/LIFE BALANCE

Through Continuous Delivery, large enterprises can become as lean and innovative as startups and employees can benefit from clear expectations. Yet many organizations and team members question whether Continuous Delivery is synonymous with overwork. This talk tackles whether work/life balance and continuous delivery are mutually exclusive, and if it's a sustainable framework for healthy, balanced employees.

Angela Hountalas - VP, People, Rangle.io

12:15 pm – 1:15 pm

NETWORKING LUNCHEON

TECH TALK & TECH DEMO STAGE

1:15

*TECH TALK PASS HOLDERS HAVE A CHOICE BETWEEN TWO PLATINUM SESSIONS

1:15 pm – 1:45 pm

PLATINUM SPONSOR SESSION

1:15 pm – 1:45 pm

PLATINUM SPONSOR SESSION

1:45

FIT BREAK

Brought to you by Official Coffee Sponsor - Zoho

1:50

NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK

Brought to you by Official Coffee Sponsor - Zoho

TECH TALK & TECH DEMO STAGE

2:15

2:15 pm – 2:35 pm

TECH TALK 3: THE USE OF VR IN HR

2:35 pm – 2:55 pm

TECH TALK 4: SOCIAL RECRUITING TO CREATE HYPER ENGAGED CANDIDATES

2:15 pm – 3:00 pm

PANEL DISCUSSION: WHAT IS A TRUE DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION AND HOW CAN BUSINESS AND HR LEADERS MOVE IT FORWARD?

Companies who want to lead a digital transformation need strong leadership, agility, and a forward-looking vision. Putting digital first and understanding the role digital plays in your business is key to becoming a successful leader regardless of what area of business you are in.

We often think about digital transformation as something tackled by IT, Marketing and C-suite. However, HR can be and should be a key enabler of digital transformation. It’s people, after all, rather than technology, that drive change.

So how do HR and business leaders utilise this critical people function for this purpose? This panel has the answers. Under discussion:

  • Why now more than ever HR needs to be at the digital transformation strategy table
  • Why organizations need the leadership and expertise of HR to move through this change
  • How can technology, digital, business and HR executives all work together to transform organizations?
  • Where does HR have control and where to let go?

Anna Foat - Director, Global Digital Transformation Office, Sun Life Financial

3:00

3:00 pm – 3:20 pm

TECH TALK 5: THE USE OF AI IN HR

3:20 pm – 3:40 pm

TECH TALK 6: HR TECH DISRUPTORS SHOWCASE

3:00 pm – 3:45 pm

PANEL DISCUSSION: ADDRESSING TECH’S ETHICAL DARK SIDE: HOW CAN WE ENSURE THAT AI IS USED FOR THE GOOD?

TBD Panelists: Tech leader; AI public policy specialist; professor of computer science or ethics

Artificial intelligence is heralded as a potential saviour to the world's most complex problems. But it also raises questions around its ethics. We can’t help but wonder: as the robot revolution is gaining pace, is it running in line with our values? Will the robot apocalypse lead to the downfall of humankind (no hyperbole intended …)?

One thing is definitely certain: Artificial intelligence has vast potential. Its responsible implementation is up to us!

This closing panel will address the ethical issues that are keeping business leaders and the AI experts up at night – mainly how we can ensure that AI is being used for the good in the world and in the workplaces. Questions under discussion:

  • What are the real benefits and risks of AI at work?
  • Change manager. Educator. Cultural champion. Why AI needs HR?
  • How do we deal with the top ethical dilemmas in adopting AI technology at work (data rights and privacy, bias, error correction)?
  • How can HR be a critical business partner in the due diligence process and implementation of AI-enabled technology?

Moderator:

Daneal Charney - Director of Talent, Venture Services, MaRS Discovery District

 

Panelists:

Carole J. Piovesan - Associate, McCarthy Tétrault

Caitlin MacGregor - CEO, Plum

Abhishek Gupta - AI Ethics Researcher, McGill University & District 3

Helen Kontozopoulos - Co-Founder/Director, University of Toronto Department of Computer Science Innovation Lab

3:45

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