2017 Talent Conference Agenda

Conference Agenda



Employer Branding & Retention


Diversity & Inclusion

7:30-8:30 Registration and Harris & Co-sponsored latte cart - stop by for a specialty coffee, charge your mobile device, or chat with a lawyer (open until 11am)
8:00-9:00 Breakfast Keynote

Diversity, Inclusion and Innovation - Janelle Aaker, Lululemon Athletica & Virginia Nguyen


May The Force Be With You: Jedi Coaching Skills for Non-Coaches
Lisa Martin, Leadership Author & Executive Coach
This session will give you the tools to gain the clarity and confidence to work more effectively – often in less time – and have more impact.  Leadership author and executive coach, Lisa Martin, PCC will share tips and insights on improving your capacity and how coaching others is one of the best capacity-building tools in a modern leader’s toolkit.

Conquering the Employer Brand In a Competitive Market - Kathy Enros, VP Talent, ACL

The fight for great talent in the Vancouver tech industry is incredibly competitive. There are more opportunities than there are qualified candidates to take them. Creating an amazing employer brand is critical in the talent acquisition game. What are you doing to stand out?

The Performance Management Revolution: the Case for Ditching Ratings
Panel discussion: Rolanda Chen (Electronic Arts), Angela Wright (Hootsuite), and Penny Chong (Microsoft) - facilitated by Gervase Bushe, Professor of Leadership and Organizational Development, Beedie School of Business, SFU

Many companies are rethinking their performance review systems. Hear about three companies' journey to ratings-less performance reviews, and lessons they learned along the way.

Diversity & Inclusion: More Than Crunching Numbers
Taryn Mackie, Partner at Norton Rose Fulbright

So you've implemented great diversity programs and employees are energized, productive and motivated.  Now what?  How do you keep them that way?  What are the legal considerations to this type of workforce - now that they may have more family needs, personal accommodations, remote working arrangements, etc.  Learn from the experts on how to avoid any pitfalls to your new programs.

10:15-10:45 Coffee break
10:45-11:45 From Overwhelmed to Flourishing: How to Leverage Your Different Brains to Thrive
Carlos Davidovich, Optimum Talent
How understanding Neuroscience and business helps us understand the impact that our emotions
and behaviours – and the behaviours of those around us – have on our success and failure.
Crafting Purpose-Driven Culture Stories
Jordan Bower, Strategic Storytelling Consultant
How organizations like T
esla, Unilever, Apple and WestJet have built cultural identities and found market success through applied storytelling.
Building Culture of Contribution
Panel facilitated by Dave MacLeod, Thoughtexchange, with Susan Steeves (SSDG Interiors), Arthur Docherty (Reid Jones Christofferson) , and Rachel Lewis (Vancouver Whitecaps)
In this interactive session you’ll learn how SSDG Interiors, Read Jones Christoffersen Ltd.
& the Vancouver Whitecaps FC are disrupting the status quo of employee engagement by
using Thoughtexchange to lead change and inform decisions by asking open ended questions
about things that matter. Thoughtexchange will be partnering with a panel of presenters who will
share their experiences; the rewards (and scary bits) of leading change in their organizations.

Reducing bias in recruiting, from A-Z. 
Panel facilitated by Anthony Rotoli, Karat, with Stephanie Redivo (SAP), Veronica Finch (Microsoft) and Teresa Duke (Unbounce)

Hear from a panel of tech experts on how to build a more diverse workforce by protecting against bias through the entire pipeline. .

12:00-2:00 Lunch  
12:00-1:45 Lunch Keynote Talent Attraction 2.0: 
Innovative Ways to Attract, Engage & Hire Top Talent in Today’s Market
 - Stacy Donovan Zapar, Tenfold

Predictive Analytics & Big Data in the workplace: legal challenges with complex data
Ian Cook, Visier and Gavin Marshall, Roper Greyell
What are the key predictive analytics a tech company should consider and how big data can drive effective decisions at your organization. Legal and practical considerations.

Global Forces Affecting Talent Pipeline
Ceil Tilney, Right Management
In this session, we will explore how macro trends impact succession management and what some organizations are doing to build a sustainable leadership pipeline and effectively compete in the war for talent.
Empowerment in a World of Disruption: Rising to the Retention Challenge
Ailsa Forsgren & Will Ferguson, Mercer
Hear insights on how the changing nature of work is impacting the needs of the workforce and how tech companies are taking a leading role in caring for the health, wealth, and careers of their workforce. Will also include a brief review of the 2017 BC Tech Salary Survey.

Moving Beyond Accommodation: The Organizational Advantage of Incorporating Gender Diversity
Kai Scott of TransFocus and Guest Speaker

For many people, transgender issues in the workplace are new territory. While initially terms and concepts of gender identity may feel overwhelming, this presentation will show how with proper preparation and exploration gender diversity can become a source of competitive advantage. This session provides practical and tangible considerations and actions for making your workplace more inclusive of transgender employees. Stories and experiences from a trans woman who transitioned her gender on the job will further deepen attendees’ understanding of the issues and needs.

3:00-3:30 Coffee break
3:30-4:30 Looking at behaviour and interactions through Systems Thinking
James Phillips, VP, People & Culture, Domain 7
Systems thinking is a well-established concept, but remains relatively untapped in the human resources space. When introduced as complementary to a focus on individual personalities, it has the power to transform how people work together.
The Science of Talent Attraction: Understanding What Makes People Click
Saeed Sadooghi, Indeed
Learn the science behind job search and how candidates make career decisions today,
revealing a new perspective on the modern candidate.
Transforming Your Business with Employee Happiness Analytics
Asa Nerelius, Traction on Demand
The average person will hold 12 to 15 jobs in their lifetime in search of a career with meaning and purpose. With an increasingly discerning workforce and competitive job markets, how can your company attract the best employees and be THE place they want to stay and grow at, where high employee engagement is a way of being not a stretch goal?

Immigration update - Bringing the world's best and brightest to BC.

Susan Martyn, PwC, Sheila Snyder, PwC, and Aireen Luney, BC Provincial Nominee Program

With a more restrictive immigration environment in many countries, including the US, how is BC positioned to attract top talent?  What are some imminent concerns regarding business travel to the US under the Trump Administration?  This panel will discuss US and Canadian immigration developments and their impact on BC's tech sector.

  Cocktail Reception

Click here to register for the conference. Immediately after registration, you will be directed to choose your breakout sessions for the day.