The HR Tech Summit has been pre-approved for 13.25 CPD hours by Human Resource Professionals Association (HRPA).

June 27th, 2017
Toronto, ON

Talent Lead, Venture Services, MaRS Discovery District

Daneal is the director of talent for MaRS Venture Services.

Her fascination with tech began with her first leadership role in 1997 for Intel Corporation, China and strengthened during her last 10 years working for some of Toronto’s most innovative startups.

At MaRS, Daneal heads up the talent team within MaRS Venture Services, with the mandate to serve entrepreneurs across all high-growth sectors to scale their talent. She works with executive teams to develop strategies that advance their competitiveness as both employers and workplaces.

Recently Daneal co-produced the inaugural #MoveTheDial event – on a mission to change the face of tech leadership in Canada. #MoveTheDial brought together one of the largest gatherings of tech startup female leaders in Canada, including 100 founders and 40 venture capitalists.

Daneal is a sought-out expert, entrepreneur, mentor and speaker on leading HR thinking. She’s a recognized Canadian HR Awards Finalist in the Category of Best Employer Branding (2016) and AceTech Ontario Leadership Initiative Award recipient (2107).

Daneal holds a masters in international management and a cross-cultural, advanced program in human resource management from Rotman School of Business and is a Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL).

Author, Analyst, Thought Leader, Keynote Speaker, Consultant;

Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, LeapGen

As Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Jason is a leading analyst, thought leader, consultant and keynote speaker in the area of human resources, the future of work and the impact technology has on that future. He has co-founded LeapGen to help organizations around the world realize that the Future of Work is NOW and the time to leap our HR and workforce technologies to new heights is upon us.

Jason co-founded Knowledge Infusion LLC in 2005 until 2012 when the company was sold to Appirio and served as its Chief Executive Officer. He was responsible for the groundbreaking vision and strategy. He served as the Chief Business Innovation Officer at Appirio Inc where led Appirio’s human capital management business. He held the position of CEO of The Marcus Buckingham Company (TMBC) from 2014 through 2016 until recently leaving to focus on his next venture, LeapGen! Jason is the author of the book “HR From Now To Next” which is used in over 20 educational institutions around the world to teach HR and workforce technologies as well as being considered one of the top 5 thought leaders worldwide in the field.

He has more than 20 years of experience in the HR and technology industry. He worked with industry leading companies around the world to help them transform their HR organizations into strategic partners. Prior to founding Knowledge Infusion, he served as Senior Director of PeopleSoft Global Product Marketing at PeopleSoft, where he was responsible for the marketing including packaging and positioning for PeopleSoft’s flagship product line. Prior to PeopleSoft, he served as Director of Organizational Readiness at Ceridian Corporation, an HR and payroll outsourcing company.

SVP, Global Partners & Alliances, Ceridian

Jim Jensen joined Ceridian in June 2016 as Senior Vice President of Global Partners & Alliances. He is responsible for leading Ceridian’s global partner network, advisory relations, software alliances, broker relations, master business agreements, private equity, and channel partners. Prior to Ceridian, Jim held senior leadership roles in technology, global partner and alliances, and software development for 22 years at Ultimate Software. A seasoned executive with a strong background in financial management, software development, business development, and corporate strategy, Jim has presented nationally at IHRM, APA, SHRM, HRTech, Microsoft’s Developer Conference, and other technology conferences.

Chief HR Officer, HRWize

Sally De Rosa, CRHA, has been an HR professional since 2007 and an entrepreneur since 2013. With 10 years of experience in HR management, Sally was inspired by the growing need for strategic people management in small to medium businesses, so she founded HRWize.

Whilst simultaneously heading up HRWize, Sally is the Human Resources Business Partner at Diabsolut Inc., a technology implementation and consulting business. She holds a BA from Concordia University with double majors in Psychology and Human Relations, a graduate certificate in HR Management from HEC Montreal and a certificate in Comprehensive Project Management from McGill University.

She is active in the HR community and has contributed as a committee member at Dress for Success Montreal, a board member at CACEE, and has been invited to speak, panel and contribute as a subject matter expert at HEC Montreal, Concordia University and McGill University. As a tireless entrepreneur, business partner, blogger, podcaster, coffee elitist and mother, Sally is truly a dynamo to pay close attention to in the HR Tech space.

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Business Development and Operations Manager, BoostHQ


 Senior Product Owner, ADP

Kevin is a Senior Product Owner at ADP, responsible for product portfolio management for the Canadian market. Kevin has more than 10 years of experience driving product strategy and leading product management teams, having held a number of senior positions at a variety of enterprise software companies. Kevin holds an MBA from the University of Liverpool and is a Chartered Member of the Canadian Institute of Management.

Leading Business and Analytics Expert, Speaker, Author; Top 15 HR and People Analytics Experts to Follow For 2017

Tracey Smith is regarded as a thought leader in the field of analytics and speaks extensively at conferences and corporate events. She has over 25 years of experience in mathematics, statistics and data visualization and holds degrees in Applied Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering and Business from well-recognized universities in Canada and the U.S.

Ms. Smith’s career spans the areas of mechanical engineering, supply chain and human resources. Prior to forming Numerical Insights LLC, Ms. Smith led global strategic initiatives for FedEx Express World Headquarters, process improvement projects in supply chain and mathematical simulation creation for an automotive company.

She has been recognized as one of the “Top 50 Global Influencers in HR Analytics” and one of the “Top 15 HR Analytics Experts to Follow in 2017.”

VP, Duo Security; Co-Founder, HR Open Source

Ambrosia is committed to fostering innovation in the changing talent landscape through employee-centric and emerging people practices.She has a passionate curiosity for storytellers, social hr, employer branding, disruptive technologies, and entrepreneurial approaches.

Ambrosia was most recently Vice President of Talent at Hootsuite, where she spearheaded the company’s hyper growth – from twenty to nearly a thousand employees with various top employer recognitions. In addition to her role with Duo, Ambrosia is the co-founder of Open Source HR #HROS. An industry leader in emerging practices such as social hr and employer branding, she most recently keynoted at Linkedin Talent Connect and HR Tech World Conference. Last year she took the stage at HR Tech Fest 2016, HRMA 2016, SHRM Annual 2016, Australasian Talent Conference 2016, and ERE Recruiting Conference 2016. Recognized as one of the “Top 16 Influencers of 2016” in employer brand, she is a strong advocate for social HR. Connect with her on Twitter: @hambrody and LinkedIn.

CEO and Founder, League

A rocket scientist who once developed jet propulsion systems at age 16, Michael is known as a serial entrepreneur who has built multiple transformative technology platforms across several industries, with over $1B of exits.

Michael Serbinis is the CEO and Founder of League Inc., a next generation health platform that is set to disrupt the world of insurance. Prior to League, Michael was the Founder and CEO of Kobo, a global leader in ebooks, and docSpace, a pioneer in cloud storage. Michael got his start building one of the first search engines, Zip2 at the start of the Internet boom.

A member of the Perimeter Institute’s Board of Directors and the Vector Institute’s Board of Directors, MaRS Discovery District Board of Directors, Board of Trustees at the Ontario Science Centre, a member of the Creative Destruction Lab Board and YPO. Michael is also a mentor & investor in new technology companies through his company Three Angels Capital.

CEO and Co-Founder, Collage HR

Elijah is an alumnus of the Ivey School of Business and the Next 36. He spent the early part of his career as an investment banker for early-stage public companies at IBK Capital Corp. He launched his first startup in 2013 as a solo founder. He launched Collage with two cofounders in 2016. Elijah is passionate about startups, business strategy, design, and NBA basketball.

Account Director, Disruptor and Global Insights Leader, Virgin Pulse

After his professional baseball career, Jason has taken his passion for health and performance to an even more competitive field of play, the workplace. He’s spoken on mental health at DisruptHR, the roundtable for prevention at the Conference Board of Canada and as a podcast guest on the HR Gazette and Workingtech. Over the past 5 years, Jason has been working along side HR leaders to cultivate cultural change and a mentality of “take care of your people, and they will take care of your business.” Well versed in extracting the real story behind analytics, he’s worked with over 100 organizations across Canada, both large and small, to excite employees into taking ownership for their health and changing their lives and businesses for good.

Head of Human Resources, SAP Canada Inc.

As the Head of HR for SAP Canada, Agnes has been working with the SAP Executive Leadership Teams across Canada to drive business execution through best in class Human Capital practices and employee engagement. Her team is responsible to bring SAP's People Strategy to life for SAP Canada's close to 3000 employees across 6 major Canadian locations. Agnes and her team are committed to creating an exceptional end-to- end HR experience to SAP Canada's leaders and employees, driving innovative projects within all elements of the HR portfolio. In 2016, Agnes’ Canadian HR team was the first within SAP to go live with the new HR operating model within the company, experiencing first-hand SAP’s digital HR transformation.

In her previous role as a Senior Human Resources Business Partner at SAP Canada she supported all the major departments. Agnes became a strategic partner to her business leaders advising them on a variety of HR focus areas including workforce planning, organizational design, change management, talent acquisition, compensation, leadership / employee development and performance management.

With over 15 years of progressive Human Resources experience, Agnes has worked in a variety of organizations such as Electronic Arts and Eagle Professional Resources prior to SAP.

Agnes holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Europe and she is a Chartered Professional in Human Resources.

Agnes lives in North Vancouver with her family. Outside of work, she keeps busy with her two young children and she is also a recreational athlete training for off-road triathlons and trail running races.

Senior Vice President of HR, NexJ Systems

As Senior Vice President of HR for NexJ Systems, Jennifer is the talent architect charged with scaling the organization for the next stage of growth.

Jennifer has a wealth of experience spending 20 years working for global technology companies such as Janna Software, Workbrain, SAP, Kobo and ARGUS where she was responsible for talent strategies resulting in high growth and transformation. She has also played global leadership roles moving the talent needle forward at RBC and Manulife. She is recognized as a global expert in this field by companies such as LinkedIn,, and Passionate about students and education, Jennifer is a past President of CACEE (Canadian Association of Career Educators and Employers) and a mentor at Futurepreneur. Married with 2 young children, Jennifer and her husband live in Aurora and juggle weekly travel, Hockey Manager duties and play-date schedules.

Head of People Operations, Jobber

Danielle Strang is a talent strategist, a marketing enthusiast and a disrupter at heart. Taking a non-traditional and opportunistic approach to her own career, she stepped away from years of corporate HR experience to launch herself into the executive recruiting industry. Now, as the Head of People for a tech startup, Danielle is passionate about sharing her learnings from the executive search industry to help modernize HR and in-house recruiting. Her focus on design thinking has helped shape a culture that wholly considers what the employee experience should be.

Danielle is currently a city organizer for the Tech Ladies organization and sits on several advisory boards in Edmonton. An avid speaker, Danielle recently spoke at the Top Talent Summit in Toronto and frequents the DisruptHR stage.

National Director, Human Resources, DIALOG Design

As the national director of human resources at DIALOG, Tania Oppedisano manages the design firms’ diverse culture across Canada. In addition to culture development and mentorship, Oppedisano works to identify business strategies and relevant metrics to ensure retention and success rates remain strong in DIALOG’ studios in Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton, and Vancouver. The company has been named a Top 100 Employer in Canada several times and Oppedisano has been instrumental in its growth and success. DIALOG is a fully integrated, multi-disciplinary design firm, with a focus on architecture, engineering, interior design, urban planning design and landscape architecture. They most recently opened an office in San Francisco.

Oppedisano is actively involved in the community, having been a key contributor to the company’s support of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), The United Way, Jane’s Walk, and a variety of other community and charity initiatives. She holds Masters in human resources and BA in sociology from York University, and a certification in human resource management from Humber College.

Director, Executive Education, Future Design School (FDS)

ANNA FOAT believes engaging employees in practical solution design creates a problem-solving mindset critical to future proof large organizations. After a decade inside BlackBerry (1999-2011) and a subsequent role at IBM as Worldwide Managing Editor of IBM MobileFirst Platform she has an earned wide angle view of the opportunities and the challenges facing companies growing, adapting and disrupting. Anna joined FDS to inspire and challenge status quo thinking inside large organizations, directly engage employees looking to have an impact and to provide a path forward and the tools necessary for success.

Vice President of Human Capital Management (HCM) Innovation, Ultimate Software

Cecile Alper-Leroux is Vice President of Human Capital Management (HCM) Innovation at Ultimate Software. Since 2010, she has focused on fostering a culture of innovation at Ultimate, resulting in the delivery of advanced, people-centric HCM technology solutions and services. She also has served as Ultimate’s VP of Product Strategy and Product Management. With more than 20 years of experience in the HCM industry, Cecile has served in several capacities across the globe, including as Director of Global HCM Product Strategy, where she led globalization efforts and strategic direction for the next generation talent management solutions. Cecile has worked in North America, Europe and Latin America. Passionate about people and technology in the workplace, Cecile is a sought-out speaker and thought leader on HCM trends and global strategies.

National Education Manager, Kronos Canada

A dynamic force in the Education arena, Johanna Francis believes intelligent growth is a life-long process of proactive engagement and relationship building. She has dedicated more than 20 years to improving Learning & Development and Change Management processes in the education, healthcare, technology, banking and finance, retail, and manufacturing industries.
For the past 14 years, Johanna has worked at Kronos Canada as its National Education Manager where she leads national, multi-site and multi-disciplinary teams across different lines of business. As her work is integral to Kronos’ services and project implementation team, she is well versed in all aspects of successful technology implementations. Johanna believes authenticity is a powerful character trait, therefore chances are you’ll hear her before you see her.
She holds a Bachelor of Education from York University, an e-Learning Graduate Level Education Diploma from The University of Toronto, a Bachelor of Arts Psychology from York University, and is Prosci Change Management Certified. Her passion for learning continues as she pursues a valuable life skill: how to swim.

Founder, SocialHRCamp

Jeff Waldman is a senior HR practitioner who works with growing Canadian SMB technology companies on people strategy, employer branding, advisory and training. He was recently the Head of Talent at Security Compass, a growing Toronto-based software security company with operations in Canada, United States and India. In this leadership role Jeff designed their first-ever HR strategy and built their HR infrastructure while playing a pivotal role on the company’s senior executive team. He is also Founder at SocialHRCamp and inaugural organizer at DisruptHR Toronto. Jeff has been leading the way in a growing niche that brings together human resources, employer branding, social media, marketing and business. With a diverse career spanning all facets of HR Jeff founded SocialHRCamp in 2012, a growing global interactive learning platform that helps the HR Community adopt social media and emerging HR/Recruitment technology in the workplace.

Jeff is an avid speaker, blogger and volunteer with diverse organizations and initiatives such as the Achievers Customer Experience conference and 50 Most Engaged Workplaces awards, SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition, HR Technology Conference, Illinois State SHRM, Louisiana State SHRM, HR Metrics Summit Canada and many more. Jeff also continues to advise emerging HR and Recruitment technology companies on their business strategies.

Originally from Vancouver, and currently living in North Toronto, Jeff has three awesome young boys who he spends his personal time with. He also coaches his kids’ sports teams and is an avid hockey player and snowboarder.

He can be reached on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.

Co Founder, WorkTango

Rob Catalano is passionate about helping companies succeed – by leveraging technology to make employees successful. With his unique experience in HR Technology as a founding employee at Achievers, Rob co-founded WorkTango – a platform that offers real-time employee insights and agile performance management that positively impacts alignment, accountability and engagement of employees. He has recently been named as a 2017 Top Global Employee Engagement Influencer, has had the privilege of speaking in over 30 cities the past three years, and loves the opportunity to connect with passionate HR leaders across the globe. He is an avid hockey and volleyball player, used to play guitar in a metal band, and is a point-aholic (likes collecting points for anything and everything)! You can reach him at or @RobCatalano on twitter.

People Person, Traction on Demand

Manu is an HR professional with over 15 years of experience in high tech, utilities and finance. He has had the good fortune of partnering with all job functions in all his roles. He has crafted a broad base of human resources skills as a generalist and as a specialist predominantly in organizational development around the world in China, India, France, the US and throughout Canada. He is a champion of creating solid people practices with specialties in employee engagement, recruitment, change management, training and leadership development, succession planning while also supporting the transactional side of HR. His two passions are people and bringing technology to the HR realm.

Now, at Traction on Demand, he is using Traction’s own cloud based apps with other apps in the Salesforce ecosystem, to revolutionize how companies leverage traditional HR practices with new and innovative tools. HR can really bring value and secure its seat at the table. The “People Cloud” is constantly looking for ways to create “more time for play” for HR professionals, their business partners and employees. Manu really believes in innovative people practices and using technology to make that happen.

Founder, Reddin Global

An effectiveness advocate with an in-depth understanding of the intricate issues leader-managers face, Doug Emerson is a visionary in the world of leadership and management consulting. With over 40 years of experience helping leader-managers excel, Doug is a world-renowned consultant and trusted advisor to business leaders all over the world.

Doug gained international status through his work at a highly successful management consulting company he founded in 1974 and recently sold to a Big Four consulting firm. He is also credited as the co-designer of the award winning “Getting It Done” course for second year MBA students at The Rotman School of Management.

His latest venture is Reddin Global, a Canadian technology start-up he founded to bring effective management into the 21 st century. The company’s flagship Team Effectiveness Solution, The Emerson Suite, is an online platform of leader-directed and employee-driven team management tools.

Reddin Global owns the intellectual copyrights of Dr. William J. Reddin, Author, behavioral scientists and famed management expert. The Emerson Suite is based on his pioneering work on managerial effectiveness and is the culmination of Doug’s decades of consulting expertise.

Doug can be reached on Email, LinkedIn

Vice-President, Customer Success, Reddin Global

Sandy Lee is the Vice-President, Customer Success at Reddin Global. She leads her team to create high performance cultures at customer organizations through team use of The Emerson Suite. She helps customers foster excellence in management practices to drive employee engagement and business results.

Sandy comes from a Senior HR Professional background and is the former Director, Staff & Volunteer Resources with the Toronto International Film Festival Inc. (TIFF). She is also a member of the Executive Committee of the WorkInCulture Board of Directors where she provides guidance on building HR business skills for the arts and culture sector. Sandy holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Delaware.

Sandy can be reached on Email, LinkedIn

Global HR Leader, Transformation & Culture Builder

Jodi is a senior human resources consultant with 20 years of global corporate experience working closely with C-Suite executives. She focuses on bringing her expertise to young companies and start-ups with an emphasis on Talent Management and Total Rewards. She has proven success in helping start-ups through early growing pains and guiding them as they grow to a global scale.

Jodi’s impressive experience is founded in time spent with corporate leaders such as Deloitte, Blackbery, Cisco and Telus. The range of her experience includes managing a $2 million budget and leading a team of 35 to acting as a sole entity on a shoestring budget.

She sees the whole picture and can address key areas such as talent acquisition, on-boarding, total rewards, program implementation, vendor selection, process assessment and integration with IT systems. Jodi identifies what is possible and attains it. She understands that these elements are always tied to the objectives of the business and are integral to moving it forward. Jodi has secured benefits for organizations around the world including; Canada, the US, the UK, France and the Asia-Pacific Rim. Jodi understands the talent requirements of young companies because she immerses herself what that company is facing.

She has the ability to see down the road without losing focus on the immediate challenges facing young companies. She knows what is around each corner because she has been there before.

Jodi’s high energy, positive outlook is aptly suited to the culture of start-up companies. She inspires the team through actions not words and is ready to roll up her sleeves and do whatever is necessary for the company to succeed. Jodi’s success is derived from her innate ability to foster productive relationships. Jodi aspires to continue to do interesting work with smart people.

Head of Talent, Diagram

Co-founder and CEO,

Noel Webb is co-founder and CEO of 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, 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. Also, Noel has been a strategic advisor to high profile clients such as Torstar Digital, Syngenta, Toyota, and Modis and helped them to build a product-driven approach to business.

CTO & Co-founder, Helpful

Farhan Thawar is the CTO and Co-Founder of, a video messenger for work. Most recently he was the CTO Mobile at Pivotal and the Vice President of Engineering at Pivotal Labs. Farhan is best known for scaling Xtreme Labs from 10 to 350 people and building the most popular mobile apps in the world. He is an avid writer and speaker and was named one of Toronto’s 25 most powerful people. Prior to Xtreme, Farhan held senior technical positions at Achievers, Microsoft, Celestica and Trilogy. Farhan completed his MBA in Financial Engineering at Rotman and Computer Science/EE at Waterlo.

Chief Technology Officer,

Yuri is’s second developer, a former faculty member at the University of Toronto, and a published author. He is an expert in front-end and test-driven development, server-side development, UX and design. Yuri holds a M.S. in Computer Science from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in Information Management and Systems from the University of California, Berkeley. To hear more from Yuri, follow him on Twitter at @qaramazov.

Co-founder,; former VP, People Operations,

Rup Jolly has lead HR/Talent for some of the fastest growing technology firms over the last 10 plus years. Rup now consults after helping build five companies, and most recently was the VP of People Operations (HR/Talent) for (one of the top JavaScript Consulting Firms in North America). Prior to that, Rup was the Director of Talent for Flipp, recognized as one of the Top 50 Best Workplaces in Canada and Most Admired Corporate Culture.

Rup is a thought leader on Talent and Culture. He’s built talent strategies for multiple companies from the ground up and also built and lead multiple high performing HR & Talent teams.

Managing Director, Talent Tech Labs

Jonathan Kestenbaum is the Managing Director of Talent Tech Labs. He is a lawyer by education, and an entrepreneur and investor by trade. Jonathan has embodied an entrepreneurial spirit from a young age, having started and run two successful businesses before the age of twenty-one. Jonathan is passionate about being on the cutting edge of innovation and capitalizing on industry trends. He currently spends his days managing TTL’s innovation lab and advising the recruitment technology companies of tomorrow. Jonathan can be found at HR technology conferences all over the world as a sought-after speaker and panelist sharing deep insights into the evolution of the Talent Acquisition Ecosystem.

Director, MaRS Investment Accelerator Fund

Michelle McBane is passionate about working with amazing technology entrepreneurs. As a Director at the MaRS Investment Accelerator Fund, she leads investments in early-stage technology companies. Michelle is a skilled business professional with over 25 years of combined operational and venture capital experience. Her background includes 15 years of venture capital investing early-stage companies as well as sales and marketing roles in both engineering and scientific industries. Since 2010, she has led over 20 investments in her role at IAF. Notable investments include Rubikloud, Figure1, Sampler, OMX, Nudge Rewards, Rank Software, gShift Labs and Profound Medical. Past exits include Cytochroma (acquired by OPKO) and Locationary (acquired by APPL).

Prior to IAF, Michelle was a venture investor with VG Partners and Primaxis Technology Ventures.

She is active in the technology community and is an advisor at the Biomedical Zone at Ryerson, a volunteer with the Next 36 and CIX and an instructor in the entrepreneurship department at Ryerson University.

Vice President, Wealth Creation, Crowdmatrix

Leah is currently the Vice President of Wealth Creation at Crowdmatrix, an online marketplace for investors and startups in Canada. Leah comes from AceTech where she worked with the CEOs and senior Executives of over 100 of Ontario’s top tech companies. Leah loves working with startups and helping them grow and is thrilled to be a part of a team that is changing the way capital is raised.







Daneal Charney – Talent Lead, Venture Services, MaRS Discovery District



The world of digital transformation in HR is upon us, and the time is now! As the world continues to change at an exponential pace, HR departments need to prepare for the future of work. Join Jason Averbook, world-renowned thought leader and keynote speaker as he delivers his opening keynote address at Canada’s first-ever HR Tech Summit. Jason will share insight into:

  • The way that digital disruption is changing the interaction between people, processes and technologies
  • How consumerization and personalization are impacting society and the workplace in 2017
  • The role of strategy and alignment in all things in HR going forward
  • The importance of design thinking in the world of HR today
  • Why data is the new capital and how we can capitalize on this new normal
  • The new skills required to run an HR function today

Jason’s talk will be motivational, action-oriented and leave you with a sense of purpose, excitement and a true understanding of why the profession we are in is one of the most exciting in the world today!

Jason Averbook – Author, Analyst, Thought Leader, Keynote Speaker, Co-founder and CEO, LeapGen

This session is available to all ticket holders.



Every day we are bombarded with news of exciting technological advancements, but what does this mean for our organizations and our people? Join industry expert, Jim Jensen, Ceridian Senior VP, Global Partners and Alliances, as he shares insights from top 2017 technology trends. After listening to this engaging presentation you will:

  • Better understand the key technology themes of digital, intelligent, and mesh
  • Recognize the impact these trends will have on the workplace and HCM
  • Gain guidance on how your company can best leverage this technology for competitive advantage

Jim Jensen – SVP, Global Partners & Alliances, Ceridian

This session is available to all ticket holders.





11:10 am – 11:30 am


Many HR leaders and business executives still think of the Human Resource Information System (HRIS) as a discretionary expense primarily for large companies. In this session, Sally De Rosa will debunk this myth and will show you how implementing an HRIS can help you to increase employee retention, drive informed business decisions and accelerate your organization’s growth. Sally will share advice on crafting a strong business case for technology and discuss best practice guidelines for effectively calculating and communicating ROI.

Sally De Rosa – Chief HR Officer, HRWize

This session is available to all ticket holders.


11:30 am – 11:50 am


In this session, you will learn about the future workplaces, what learning and continuous development will look like, and what leaders and HR professionals will need to consider to keep up. Our speaker will discuss the following:

  • Employee engagement and the new culture of bottom-up feedback
  • Learning platforms vs learning management platforms; and data+trends about which ones employees use more
  • The shift to informal learning and “always on” L&D
  • How to make the most of advancements in LMS analytics and insights
  • Tying together the tools of 2017 and how to foster a culture of learning

Sara Rehman – Business Development and Operations Manager, BoostHQ

This session is available to all ticket holders.


11:50 am – 12:10 pm


It’s a sad fact that most organizations have more data about their filing cabinets and chairs that about their people. Today’s HR function needs to be data-driven and closely connected to the key metrics that drive the business. This session will look at the human capital management performance indicators leading companies are using to understand and optimize their workforce. You’ll learn about the top five metrics every HR pro needs to know, how big data is changing everything (for the better) and where hidden costs may be eroding your productivity and efficiency.

Senior Product Owner, ADP

This session is available to all ticket holders.


11:10 am – 12:10 pm


In this workshop, a prominent business and analytics expert will show you how to use data and analytics to inform strategic business decision making at your company. This is a must attend workshop for any HR leader who is looking to take their data to a whole new strategic level.

  • Tracking meaningful data: the key to deciding what is important to measure and what is not important
  • How to analyze Big Data with Excel
  • Getting to know your employees better through the use of data
  • Working with customer, employee and candidate data and connecting it to business results
  • Making data-based decisions and advising the c-suite on threats through the use of data
  • Performing correlation analysis: predictive indicators vs. lagging indicators
  • Using data and analytics to proactively avoid turnover and develop succession and leadership development plans
  • Do you need an analytics software to tell a data story?

Tracey Smith – Leading Business and Analytics Expert, Speaker, Author; Top 15 HR and People Analytics Experts to Follow For 2017

This session is exclusive to Conference Pass holders. Get access now!

11:10 am – 12:10 pm


HR Open Source is a movement designed to encourage employers to open up their HR playbooks, share their best practices and inspire and learn from their peers.


In this workshop, Ambrosia Vertesi, the founder of #HROS, will introduce a community of over 3,000 practitioners in 50 countries as a free resource available for peer-driven learning. She will apply her breadth of experience in HR and best practices collected through case studies, to answer questions that are top of mind for Canadian HR leaders. A list of questions and challenges will be collected from the workshop attendees prior to the event, and solutions to these issues will be worked through and sent out to attendees to put into action in their organization.

Ambrosia Vertesi – VP, People, Duo Security; Co-Founder, HR Open Source

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12:10 pm – 12:30 pm


Employers and employees today expect more from their benefits plans – employees expect benefits plans to meet their specific needs while employers expect to be able to use benefits to attract and retain talent while getting maximum value for their investment.

Michael Serbinis, entrepreneur and Founder of League, a next generation digital health benefits company, will discuss the future of health benefits. This session will explore:

  • How HR leaders can maximize their benefits spend while also providing improved health coverage to their employees at an individual level
  • What a defined contribution model can mean for employee engagement
  • Overcoming the challenges of enrollment and renewals
  • How HR teams can make data-based decisions on future spend to develop a corporate health program with a solid ROI

Michael Serbinis – CEO and Founder, League

This session is available to all ticket holders.





1:30 pm – 1:50 pm


In this session, Elijah Moore, CEO & Co-Founder of Collage HR, all-in-one HR solution, will discuss the latest industry trends in the Canadian hr tech space and his thoughts on the future work, including:

  • Core challenges small business leaders are facing
  • How technology is shifting the approach to managing people
  • How to build a great HR program when you don’t have HR specialists
  • The changing role of HR leaders in smaller companies

Elijah Moore – CEO and Co-Founder, Collage HR

This session is available to all ticket holders.


1:50 pm – 2:10 pm


As personal devices continue to infiltrate our lives, we need to focus on designing interfaces that enhance our control, rather than letting technology control us.
Personal technologies have helped us become masters of distraction, often diverting attention from our most powerful assets: our health and happiness. Join Virgin Pulse in this invigorating and meaningful talk to take back control and cultivate cultures that thrive.

  Jason Gotwalt – Account Director, Disruptor and Global Insights Leader, Virgin Pulse

This session is available to all ticket holders.


2:10 pm – 2:30 pm


If you’re thinking about the digital transformation for your organization’s HR practice, who better to ask than those who lead HR at the companies creating today’s HR software? These are the true early adopters, the advocates, and the ones who got a head start on redefining how HR is done in the digital age. In this session, SAP Canada’s Head of HR, Agnes Garaba, will explain how her team is using the company’s SuccessFactors software and platform of innovation in-house to take HR to a new level. She will also uncover what are some of the other critical factors to consider that needs to go along technology. Join this session to hear about SAP HR’s digital transformation journey, what worked and what were the lessons learnt.

Agnes Garaba – Head of HR, SAP Canada

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1:30 pm – 2:30 pm


According to recent research conducted by HRD Magazine, Canadian HR leaders are struggling to make compelling business cases, especially when it comes to calculating and communicating ROI for technology in terms of new implementations or upgrades to current systems. In this workshop, our prominent speakers will teach you how to become a valuable strategic advisor to top management and the CEO, including getting the buy-in for technology implementations.

  • Growing business acumen for HR professionals: the art of understanding your business
  • Strengthening the relationship with your CEO and the board which is critical to HR’s success
  • How to craft a business case using data and analytics
  • Best practices for collecting metrics and measurements
  • How to promote change at your organization

Jennifer Bouyoukos – SVP, Human Resources, NexJ Systems

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1:30 pm – 2:30 pm


Design thinking transforms HR from a ‘process developer and maintainer’ to an ‘experience architect.’ It empowers HR to reimagine and redesign every aspect of work, from organizational design to learning and development. Our workshop leaders will show you how they have applied design thinking in their organizations, including:

  • Basic principles of design thinking and how they apply to HR
  • How to put the employee at the center of HR systems
  • How to design experiences that address the core needs of people
  • How the principles of design thinking apply to HR technology projects

Danielle Strang – Head of People Operations, Jobber

Tania Oppedisano – National Director, Human Resources, DIALOG Design

Anna Foat – Director, Executive Education, Future Design School (FDS)

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The workforce is undergoing dramatic changes today and as a result, the key ingredients of a positive employee experience are changing. Failure to meet this challenge directly will negatively impact your teams’ productivity and success. In this session, you will find out more about the new workforce dynamics and the impact they are having in the workplace. We will discuss ways organizations can modernize and optimize their employee experience using the newest HR technologies to foster insight and innovation in the face of these major changes.

Cecile Alper-Leroux – Vice President of Human Capital Management (HCM) Innovation, Ultimate Software

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Research and experience overwhelmingly point to five key factors that make the difference between a painful road and a smooth one when implementing an HR technology solution.

During this session, a veteran team member of an HR technology implementation team will take you through these factors, with tips on how to effectively partner with all your internal and external stakeholders. She will also share valuable insights from customers.

You will come away with:

  • A clear blueprint for successfully selecting, planning, implementing, and tracking ongoing performance of your organization’s HR technology solution
  • Tools and checklists that will help you:
    • identify and document business requirements
    • document resource needs
    • ensure and accelerate user adoption
    • measure and track ongoing performance

Johanna Francis – National Education Manager, Kronos Canada

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3:00 pm – 3:30 pm


Regardless of the company size, employer brand is a huge part of successful organizational business strategy. Further, the proliferation of technology during the past decade has resulted in employer brand being at the forefront of people strategy. Well known employer brands such as Westjet, Starbucks, Adidas, Nurse Next Door, GEICO and Airbnb are building strategies that successfully integrate and leverage the power of technology to create memorable and unique experiences. In this tech talk, learn how to leverage technology and social media to take your employer brand and candidate experience to the next level, including:

  • Understanding the main drivers of employer brand equity and how technology influences it
  • How to leverage social media (LinkedIn, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram) as your key communications and engagement channels to build brand equity
  • Case studies and practical examples of how companies are successfully using social media and technology to elevate their brands and improve their candidate experience
  • Tips to easily start leveraging technology into HR and recruitment practices

Jeff Waldman – Founder, SocialHRCamp

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3:00 pm – 3:30 pm


Performance management is undergoing a major transformation. HR leaders all over the world are on the lookout for innovative tools that can provide effective feedback to employees and generate real-time tracking of employee performance. Rob Catalano, prominent thought leader in the area of HR and technology, will shed the light on the future of performance management and what to look for when evaluating various performance management solutions, including:

  • How do you measure performance without appraisals? How do you define compensation and career growth?
  • What systems can generate real-time tracking of performance? What systems can provide effective real-time feedback? How do these tools integrate?
  • Objectives and Key Results (OKRs) in agile environments
  • Overcoming implementation challenges and core principles of success

Rob Catalano – Co-Founder, WorkTango; Top Global 101 Employee Engagement Influencers

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3:00 pm – 3:30 pm


Learn from multi award-winning company Traction on Demand about how they are leveraging technology to improve their employee experience, drive employee engagement, reinvent performance management, develop succession plans and drive entrepreneurial spirit across the organization. Their CEO, Greg Malpass, and their People Person, Manu Varma, will teach you:

  • How to use technology to crowdsource and basic principles of crowdsourcing methodology
  • Design thinking in action: using crowdsourcing to determine succession planning
  • Using predictive analytics to create learning programs
  • How to measure the real-time happiness of people
  • Using data to draw analytical insights from ATS, HRIS and employee engagement systems
  • How to encourage people to become entrepreneurial early-adopters of HR tech

Manu Varma – People Person, Traction on Demand

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4:10 pm – 4:30 pm


Talent optimization has become a critical business issue for many organizations across the globe. What role can technology play in growing the management capabilities of today’s modern leader-manager?

Join us as we explore how innovative technologies can contribute to building management bench strength within your organization by:

  • Shifting performance driven communication from a process of “record” to one of “engagement”
  • Introducing a dynamic conversation-based process that’s transparent and sophisticated; and
  • Fostering operational agility and team alignment.

Doug Emerson – Founder, Reddin Global

Sandy Lee – Vice-President, Customer Success, Reddin Global

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4:30 pm – 4:50 pm


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4:10 pm – 4:50 pm


It seems that not a day goes by without reading references to cognitive processing, machine learning and artificial intelligence. This technology is on the verge of transforming the office—promising to remake how we look for job candidates, get the most out of workers and keep our best workers on the job. In this panel discussion, our AI subject-matter experts across Canada will show you:

  • How to utilize AI in your workplace
  • What’s next in AI and machine learning
  • How AI is changing the candidate and employee experience
  • How is AI and machine learning will change future jobs

Panel moderator:

 Jodi Johnson – Global HR Leader, Transformation and Culture Builder



Marie-Eve Bernard – Head of Talent, Diagram

Noel Webb – Co-founder and CEO,

Farhan Thawar – CTO & Co-founder, Helpful

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Forward-thinking Canadian employers are moving away from ‘legacy thinking’ towards ‘agile thinking’. But what exactly does this mean? How can you make the move towards agile work processes? Learn from about what it means to work in an agile way, including:

  • Principles of lean thinking and agile methodologies in HR
  • How can HR support IT departments to be more agile and vice versa?
  • Driving adaptability, innovation, collaboration and speed in your organization

Yuri Takhteyev – Chief technology officer,

Rup Jolly – Co-Founder,; former VP, People Operations,

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5:20 pm – 6:10 pm


A list of curated start-ups from MaRS, OneEleven, Comunitech and The DMZ will have three minutes to pitch and explain their solutions to a panel of judges and investors. One lucky winner will receive a $20k marketing campaign from Key Media in HRD Magazine and HRM Online (with a national circulation 30,000 senior HR professionals) plus the opportunity to secure funding from one of the investors.

Tech Den Judges:

Jonathan Kestenbaum – Managing Director, Talent Tech Labs

  Michelle McBane – Director, MaRS Investment Accelerator Fund

  Leah Carr – Vice President, Wealth Creation, Crowdmatrix

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