2023 Program

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Competing For Talent

Diversity & Innovation

Leadership & Organizational Effectiveness

Engagement & Culture

May 31, 2023 Vancouver Convention Centre

7:30AM – 8:30AM
Registration Open & Morning Mingler
7:30AM – 8:30AM
EARLYBIRD WORKSHOP: Creating Quality Employee Experiences: A Modern Approach to Employee-Centric Benefits (pre-registration required)  

You’ve seen it yourself. The challenge for Human Resource professionals has never been greater to hire, engage, retain top tech talent and stay on top of your game. Pressures are on to cut costs making it critical to leverage data to get more engagement and ROI out of your benefit spend! Join Faizal Mitha, Chief Innovation Officer and Ingrid Gailler, Vice President Benefits Consulting at HUB International, to provide hard data on the key challenges facing tech talent today and what your organization can offer to help keep its employees engaged. In a world of personalization, it is critical to offer programs and benefits that not only meet the individual needs, they must enhance the quality employee experiences.

During the presentation you will learn how:

  1. The use of personalization in your benefits program can promote inclusivity and improve employee experiences
  2. Data from top employee benefits tech companies has been shifting over the past three years and focus for 2023  
  3. To create a benefits package that addresses key challenges in the current environment
  4. To leverage evidence-based benefit planning in your organization
  5. To promote quality employee experiences as part of a total rewards strategy.

Join us as we explore how data-driven benefit planning can help you create a meaningful value proposition – addressing key challenges and helping your organization differentiate itself for success.

8:45AM – 9:00AM
Welcome Remarks
9:00AM – 9:45AM
OPENING KEYNOTE: How to Handle Microaggressions in the Workplace

The micro in microaggressions is a bit of a misnomer. Because when you experience one, it doesn’t feel very micro. In fact, it can feel like death by a thousand cuts. It might be one of the reasons an astonishingly low number of Black employees (3%) say they would want to return to the office full time. This session helps us understand where microaggressions come from, how to recognize when they are happening, how to speak up when you observe one, how to cope when you experience one and lastly, how to respond when you have committed one.


9:45AM – 10:15AM
10:15AM – 11:05AM
Retention Through Employer Branding in a Down Economy

Industry downturns and recessionary economies are critical times to ramp up authentic employer branding as a way to retain employees, job candidates and customers. In addition to ensuring that you maintain your stake in the market, economic slides may offer a unique opportunity for business growth when instinct may want to lean towards laying low in times of crisis. Sharing the vision of your organization and the unique values of your brand will help create the narrative on ‘why’ people will choose to work with and for you.


  • Strategies for building authentic and effective employer branding during an economic downturn
  • Identifying and prioritizing target markets for retention
  • How to pivot from recruitment to retention strategies with vision casting
  • The value of incorporating L&D and wellness as part of your employer brand – and why this should not be cut in a down economy


The Power of the Narrative in Influencing Buy-In and Organizational Change

The only constant in the tech industry is change. Amidst volatility, the need for HR and leadership to steady the ship and prepare for all outcomes is a necessity – especially today when news can go viral almost instantly. The successful rollout of an organizational transformation relies heavily on how the change is communicated to employees and other stakeholders. Creating a compelling narrative is the first step. Developing a playbook to get buy-in and guide the dissemination of information at all levels can make all the difference. Learn the importance of a narrative in addressing the ‘what’ and ‘why’ to diverse stakeholders and how you can create a shared understanding amongst your team to guide you into the future. 


  • How to develop your narrative and a play book to gain buy-in
  • The Three T’s: Trust, transparency, timing 
  • Coaching leaders to articulate change in a way everyone understands through storytelling and connecting the what and the why
  • Be proactive and anticipate all outcomes


Hiring for Diversity

Workplace cultures may have shifted to increase feelings of belonging and inclusion for many, but recruitment metrics on diversity of tech talent have not followed suit. Learn how you can approach talent acquisition differently to make a measurable difference and move the needle on your DEIB initiatives. It’s time to focus on diversity hiring by developing and implementing a strategy that corrects bias while attracting, and retaining, qualified candidates.


  • Audit your systems: how to audit your recruitment process to ensure you are using inclusive practices throughout the hiring process; from preparing, sourcing, screening, selecting, hiring, and onboarding.  
  • Reduce Bias in the hiring process: learn about practical ways to reduce bias that contribute to inequitable experiences for tech talent from underrepresented groups.   
  • Connect with diverse talent: gain strategies and tactics that will help you connect with and source talent coming from different (or underrepresented) social or cultural backgrounds.  
  • What now? Ways to measure if your DEI hiring efforts are getting results you want. 


11:15AM – 12:00PM
MASTERCLASS: From Wellness to Holistic Wellbeing: Rethinking How Companies Can Help Their Employees Thrive in a Chaotic World – pre registration required

Supporting employees from burnout and feelings of overwhelm is a huge challenge – particularly with the added barriers of leading remote teams.  Learn what companies can do to create the kinds of environments where employees can flourish – personally and professionally while reducing absenteeism, improving productivity, and increasing employee morale. To deliver scalable, sustainable results, it is critical to understand and care for the emotional and mental health of your talent. Hear how companies can address the misalignment between employee needs and expectations and the reality of what organization are offering in order to boost retention and overall wellbeing of their talent: 

  • Mental Health in the workplace  
  • How can CPOs improve their EQ skills in a remote work environment?
  • What benefits can have a meaningful impact on employees’ circumstances?
  • The latest demands related to hybrid and remote work—and the best ways to respond


11:15AM – 12:05PM
Fostering Indigenous Tech Talent

Systemic change is needed to attract and retain more Indigenous employees in the tech sector to support diversity, equity, inclusion, innovation, and reconciliation. Organizations should be more authentic and intentional on how they foster and recruit tech talent amongst Indigenous peoples. This session will uncover how the existing frameworks and core values of most tech companies present fundamental conflicts that actively exclude underrepresented talent – and learn tactical tips on how you can remove barriers in both recruitment and retention. Gain insights on how to actively seek out Indigenous perspectives and go beyond simply inviting them to the table by providing them a culturally safe workplace.


  • Benefits of integrating an Indigenous lens on mental health in the workplace (and the impact if you don’t)
  • Key elements to building an inclusive workplace where Indigenous tech talent can thrive and succeed
  • Advice for finding, hiring, supporting, leading and retaining Indigenous tech talent
  • Get a copy of an EDIB mental health toolkit that you can start using today


11:15AM – 12:15PM
Rebuilding Culture after Tech Layoffs

Since the start of 2023, over 300 tech companies have laid off 100,000+ workers. These decisions to layoff or furlough employees are not easy for the employers, laid-off workers, or the staff that remains. Maintaining and enhancing company culture after personnel cutbacks may be as challenging to a business as operational downsizing. The ‘new normal’ after layoffs are often littered with feelings of mistrust, burnout, ‘workplace survivors’ guilt, employee disengagement, and high staff turnover.  This session will explore tactical tips on what employers can do to reinforce their commitment to their remaining employees, boost morale, and capitalize the opportunity as a catalyst to improve company culture.


  • Boosting employee morale, trust and persuading your remaining employees to emotionally reinvest in your company after making workforce cuts
  • Strategies to reduce employee turnover and retaining top employees during restructuring
  • The importance of transparency, open communication, and commitment to your corporate values and purpose during restructuring
  • Learn how the higher attrition rates of HR/TA/DEI and culture-focused roles than “business” focused roles during these layoffs, can further strain culture and employee morale


12:15PM – 1:20PM
1:20PM – 2:00PM

Stay Tuned for Our Special Guest Speaker Announcement!

2:10PM – 3:00PM
P&C Futurist: Navigating the Disruption in your Role and Workforce 2033

Chat GPT, layoffs, less investment funding … the only thing constant in tech is disruption. This inspirational and hands on session will explore the implications to our people and where people and culture leaders can build a practical talent strategy and roadmap to lead organizational change. Be a disruptor for change, learn how to put a change management plan in place and ensure you and your people are irreplaceable. 


  • Tips to effectively implement change management at any scale 
  • Optimize organizational design ‘to do more with less‘ in recessionary times 
  • Obtain a talent strategy canvas and framework tool and transition roadmap to increase productivity and workforce planning
  • Create a pragmatic plan to prepare for changes in your P & C role to lead your organization through disruption and change 


Overcoming Communication and Productivity Gaps for Hybrid Teams

As the abundance of collaboration software and productivity tools continues to evolve, the challenge of managing and working in a hybrid workplace is becoming increasingly complex.  Many of the tools and systems adopted to increase productivity and engagement are proving to be ineffective, redundant, and underutilized.  If your workers are becoming overwhelmed, communication gaps are growing and organizational effectiveness is challenged, it may be time to audit your current communication and enterprise search strategies and get back to basics.


  • The art of simplifying tools and communication channels
  • Learn how to define your communication principles and identify redundancies or overlaps.
  • Optimize finding, accessing, and using cross-functional information efficiently across various portals, internal channels, and websites within your organization.
  • Tips for engaging hybrid workers to seek information and optimize communication tools.


Managing the Demand for Corporate ESG and Activism in the Workplace

Gone are the days when it was taboo for organizations to comment on social or political issues. Modern HR is facing a fundamental shift to manage activism and value expectations in the workplace. Taking a public stance on ESG and embracing activism is expected from employees, candidates and customers alike.  With all the chaos in the world this can be a sandpit if not managed effectively. People want to know if your corporate social responsibility, commitments and values on issues such as climate change, the war in Ukraine, reconciliation, BLM, LGBTQIA2S+ rights … and more. Learn how and where to take a stand in a polarized world.


  • What is HR’s responsibility around addressing hot political and social topics?
  • How to set a framework for activism in the workplace, and the risk for not doing it.
  • Tips for getting C-suite buy in for ESG and making a public stance on social issues
  • How to start managing activism, and the pit falls to avoid


3:00PM – 3:20PM
3:20 PM – 3:30 PM
Your 10min Mind & Body Reset

Enjoy a 10-minute mind-body break to reset your nervous system. Learn how to activate the Vagus nerve through gentle movement and breath to help increase your body’s ability to recover from stress quickly and return to more regulated states with increased physical, emotional, and mental health. Join us for gentle targeted movement, a simple rhythmic breathing exercise, and proven mindful self-compassion technique leaving you feeling energized yet calm as you wrap up your conference day.

3:40PM – 4:20PM
CLOSING KEYNOTE: Tech Talent & The New Science of Human Values

Human values drive everything that people do, but in the tech industry right now values are out of alignment as personal and professional lives are disrupted, and colleagues are saying goodbye. In his conference-closing keynote, human values expert David Allison will reveal groundbreaking valuegraphic data from a custom study on technology industry talent based on 750,000 surveys. He will share statistically-sound tactical insights to help you attract the right people, keep people engaged and build a competitive talent advantage – all based on valuegraphics, the new scientific approach to human values.  Key takeaways include:

  • New valuegraphic data on the shared values of tech talent
  • How to use metrics to influence, motivate, and engage people
  • How to augment the data to represent the core values of your organization
4:20PM – 4:30PM
Final Remarks, Book Give Away & Grand Prize Draw
4:30PM – 5:30PM
Conference Wine’d Up

*Program and schedule subject to change.