2024 PROGRAM

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Competing For Talent

Diversity & Innovation

Leadership & Organizational Effectiveness

Engagement & Culture


June 6, 2024 Vancouver Convention Centre

7:30AM – 8:30AM
 
Registration Open & Coffee Mingler
7:30AM – 8:20AM
 
Earlybird Workshop – Employee Benefits: Learning From The Past, Preparing For The Future

We are living through some of the greatest disruption in history, and Human Resource leaders in the tech sector face increasing pressure. To make the best decisions, you need the best knowledge. Join HUB at Tech Talent North for an in-depth look at the latest trends in employee benefits from the tech sector.

Pre-registration required register here.

Tracks:

speaker:
Ingrid Gailler, Vice-President, Benefits Consulting - National Accounts at HUB International
8:30AM – 9:00AM
 
Welcome
speakers:
Janeen Speer, Chief People Officer, Benevity
Stephanie Hollingshead, CEO, TAP Network
9:00AM – 9:45AM
 
Opening Keynote: Navigating The DEI Continuum: Strategies To Sustain Momentum Amidst Polarization

Summary: In the dynamic landscape of modern workplaces, the journey towards DEI requires continuous navigation and adaptation. As senior HR leaders, it’s crucial to explore multifaceted approaches that not only initiate but also sustain momentum in DEI initiatives amidst the backdrop of political and social polarization. This session delves deep into the complexities of maintaining progress, offering actionable insights and practical strategies to fortify organizational commitment. By embracing inclusivity as a cornerstone principle, attendees will uncover innovative tactics to not only navigate challenges but also harness them as opportunities for growth. Join us to discover how to foster a culture of belonging, drive sustainable progress, and champion DEI efforts that resonate with the diverse fabric of our society.

What leaders will learn/practical takeaways:

  • Strategic Adaptation: Learn how to dynamically adapt DEI strategies to address the unique challenges posed by political and social polarization, ensuring that initiatives remain relevant and effective in an ever-evolving landscape.
  • Engagement Techniques: Explore innovative engagement techniques designed to sustain momentum and commitment across diverse organizational levels, fostering a culture of active participation and inclusivity.
  • Navigating Complexity: Gain insights into navigating the complexities of DEI implementation amidst polarization, equipping you with the tools to anticipate and address potential roadblocks while staying true to the overarching goals of equity and inclusion.
  • Transformational Leadership: Discover how to cultivate transformational leadership practices that empower HR senior leaders to drive sustainable progress, inspire meaningful change, and champion DEI efforts that resonate deeply within the organization and the broader community.

Tracks:

speaker:
Jarvis Sam, Founder & CEO of Rainbow Disruption, Former Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer for Nike
9:45AM – 10:15AM
 
NETWORKING COFFEE
10:15AM - 11:05AM
 
MORNING BREAKOUTS
 
Navigating The Great Stagnation: Challenges & Opportunities for Tech Talent

As we bid farewell to the era of the Great Resignation and embrace the Great Stagnation, HR executives in tech are facing unique challenges. Attrition rates in senior roles are on the decline, salary budgets are stagnant, and the number of new job openings is shrinking. This session will explore actionable strategies for organizations to foster employee growth and maintain engagement despite these constraints.

Tracks:

 
How To Claim Your Leadership Power

Discover powerful leadership habits to help you unleash your team’s hidden potential. Explore the secrets that drive accountability, fuel motivation, alleviate stress, and cultivate a culture where everyone strives for excellence. Be prepared to redefine your leadership and inspire greatness in others by learning how to foster greater accountability through empowering your team members to take more ownership of their work and immediately increase trust within your teams to boost collaboration and minimize friction and stress. In this session you’ll discover how to acquire the moral authority to hold others accountable and equip your team with the tools to cultivate a culture of continuous improvement where innovation and progress are the norm.

Tangible Takeaways:

  • Accountability Framework: three fundamental leadership habits that drive accountability and superior results.
  • Feedback Culture: Acquire the skills and actionable steps to cultivate a culture of constructive feedback, empowering your team to learn and grow while also addressing performance issues promptly and positively.
  • Expert Problem-Solving: Equip your team with a toolkit of strategies to tackle every problem.
  • Workbook: Each participant will receive a worksheet to record the actionable strategies they will receive.

Tracks:

speaker:
Michael Timms, Leadership Author, Speaker and Consultant
 
Pay Transparency: From Concept to Implementation

Dive into the intricacies of designing and implementing effective pay transparency practices. This session will guide you through the steps to create transparent salary structures, communicate them clearly to employees, and manage potential challenges. Equip yourself with practical tools and strategies to foster equity, trust, and organizational alignment through transparent pay practices.

Key Takeaways:

  • Learn how to design transparent salary structures that align with organizational values and industry benchmarks.
  • Understand effective communication strategies for introducing and maintaining pay transparency within your tech teams.
  • Gain insights into addressing potential challenges and concerns related to pay transparency, such as privacy concerns and salary negotiations.
  • Acquire actionable tips for monitoring and evaluating the impact of pay transparency initiatives to ensure continuous improvement and alignment with organizational goals.

Tracks:

Moderator: Rolanda Chen, People & Culture Leader, TAP Network
Panel:
Simran Bahia, People Business Partner, Klue
Phil Di Loreto, Director of People Operations, Jane App
Caitlin Murphy, Senior Manager, People & Culture, Elastic Path
11:15AM – 12:15PM
 
MID MORNING BREAKOUTS
 
Hybrid Complexity: Practical Insights for Optimizing Team Performance

Join us for a deep dive into the complexities of hybrid team structures and gain practical insights for optimizing team performance in the evolving landscape of remote and in-person work environments. In this session, we will explore the unique challenges and opportunities that arise when managing hybrid teams and provide actionable strategies for HR leaders to enhance collaboration, communication, and productivity.

 Tactical Takeaways:

  •  Effective Communication Strategies: Learn how to foster clear and inclusive communication channels within hybrid teams, leveraging technology and best practices to ensure that remote and in-office team members stay connected and engaged.
  • Building a Culture of Trust and Accountability: Discover techniques for cultivating trust and accountability among team members, regardless of their physical location. Explore ways to empower employees to take ownership of their work and collaborate effectively in a hybrid setting.
  • Balancing Flexibility and Structure: Gain insights into striking the right balance between flexibility and structure in hybrid work arrangements. Explore approaches for setting clear expectations, managing workloads, and promoting work-life balance in a distributed team environment.
  • Investing in Team Development: Explore strategies for investing in the professional development and equitable well-being of hybrid team members. Learn how to provide opportunities for skill-building, mentorship, and social connection to foster a sense of belonging and support career growth within the team.

Tracks:

Moderator: Alanna Dare Gammage, People & Culture Business Partner, Reimagine Work
Panel:
Chandler Bartsch, People & Culture Business Partner, PayByPhone
Paulina Cameron, COO, Flytographer
Claudia Ivanova, Head of Human Resources, FISPAN
 
Empowering Sustainability: Leveraging People Ops to Elevate Environmental Performance

Explore the pivotal role People Ops can play in driving environmental stewardship within your organization. Hear practical ways HR can cultivate a culture where the environmental values of ESG initiatives are embedded into the company’s DNA and learn how to shape and enforce policies that prioritize environmental responsibility and compliance. By integrating these practices into HR strategies and decision-making processes, companies can not only enhance their environmental performance but also foster a more engaged, responsible, and forward-thinking workforce.

Key Takeaways:

  • ESG Awareness: Foster a culture of ESG awareness and engagement by regularly communicating updates, achievements, and challenges related to sustainability, social responsibility, and corporate governance.
  • Feedback Mechanisms: Establish channels for employees to provide feedback, ideas, and suggestions on environmental initiatives, fostering a sense of ownership and participation.
  • Environmental Policies: Develop and update HR policies, procedures, and guidelines to align with ESG principles and regulatory requirements, ensuring compliance and accountability across the organization.
  • Risk Management: Identify, assess, and mitigate ESG-related risks and opportunities, integrating risk management practices into HR strategies and decision-making processes.

Tracks:

speakers:
Jen Singhal, Principal, Jennifer Singhal Consulting
Holly Stone, HR Director, Tentree
Amreeta Wadhwa, Director of People & Culture, Greenlight Innovation
 
Tactical Tips For AI Integration: HR’s Role In Tech Company Evolution

Hear actual AI adoption trends to the HR function, how it’s reshaping job roles, and gain insights into HR strategies that can support AI-driven strategic initiatives from the top of some of Canada’s tech giants at Microsoft, EA and SAP. In addition to learning how Generative AI is enhancing the HR function today, we’ll explore how our tech businesses will be using AI in the future and how HR can support these strategic initiatives for our organizations and deal with issues including addressing fears amongst employees.

Takeaways:

  • AI Impact on Job Roles and Workflows: Understand how AI is reshaping job roles and workflows in tech companies, learn how to identify which roles will be most affected and strategies to acknowledge the fear factor amongst employees.
  • Building an AI-Ready Workforce: Discover practical strategies for upskilling and reskilling your workforce to thrive in an AI-driven environment, including personalized learning paths and mentorship programs.
  • Ethical Considerations and AI Governance: Gain insights into ethical considerations and best practices for AI governance, and learn how HR can play a pivotal role in ensuring responsible and transparent AI implementation.

Tracks:

Moderator: Bethany Edmunds, Assistant Dean of Computing Programs, Northeastern University
Panel:
Phyllis Bowman, Sr. HR Business Partner, Microsoft
Amanda Cennon, Global Head, Future of Work and Employee Experience, Electronic Arts
Kelsy Trigg, Global Head HR Advisors, SAP
12:00PM – 1:10PM
 
NETWORKING LUNCH
1:10PM – 1:20PM
 
Mind & Body Reset

Learn two breathing techniques and mindfulness tips to calm your nervous system and enhance performance.

Host: Tess Collard, Co-Founder, Chapter Two Meditation
1:20PM – 2:00PM
 
Redefining Leadership: Prioritizing Your Mental Wellbeing

In today’s fast-paced, high-pressure tech environment, burnout and poor mental health are pressing issues affecting the wellbeing and productivity of HR professionals, leaders, and employees alike. However, there are actionable strategies that can make a difference.  In this session, we will explore how prioritizing mental health isn’t just a personal concern—it’s fundamental for organizational success. Discover how fostering a culture that values and supports mental wellbeing not only enhances individual resilience but also cultivates thriving teams and fosters innovation.  Join us as we redefine leadership in the tech industry by placing mental wellbeing at the forefront – and it starts with you! 

Key takeaways include:  

  • Recognizing the signs of burnout and mental health challenges in yourself and your team.  
  • Learn practical tactics to promote mental wellbeing in the workplace  
  • Tips for building a nurturing a culture of psychological safety and support where individuals feel empowered to prioritize their mental health.  

Tracks:

speaker:
Shona McGlashan, Principal, McGlashan Consulting Inc. 
2:10PM – 3:00PM
 
AFTERNOON BREAKOUTS
 
Masterclass – Mining Talent: Next-Gen Skills For A Changing Workforce

The masterclass will explore strategies to identify the necessary skills to meet the demands of a changing industry.  Gain valuable insights and practical solutions for organizations seeking to adapt to the future of work and address the challenges faced by employers in finding and retaining skilled professionals in an evolving workplace.

 What you will learn:

  • How to build when the skills aren’t readily available to buy on the market because the skillset is so new
  • Skills Identification – Discover ways to identify specific skills that are crucial for adapting to fill the positions of the future: data analysis, adaptability, creativity, emotional intelligence, and others.
  • Strategies for upskilling and skills development during times of tight budgets

Pre-registration required – register here.

Tracks:

speaker:
Julie Develin, Sr. Partner, HCM Advisory & Human Insights, UKG
 
Mothers In Tech: Cultivating Supportive Spaces For Women Balancing Motherhood & Careers In Technology

It’s time to flip the motherhood penalty on its head and create the motherhood opportunity. As a leader within your organization, you have a unique ability to advance equity and better support the experiences of mothers, at work and through the transitions of maternity leave.

We invite you to join Maturn Co-Founders for a workshop that will shed light on the impact of maternity leave in Canada, highlight what mothers in Canada are asking for at work and provide effective strategies to create equitable and inclusive work cultures that help mothers thrive.

Key takeaways:

  • Gain a deeper understanding of the motherhood penalty and how it creates barriers to women’s full participation at work in tech
  • Learn about Maturn’s National Research Study on what mothers want at work to stay and grow within inclusive work cultures
  • Receive concrete tools and resources to bring back to your organization that will create more equity for mothers
  • Learn strategies to combat the motherhood penalty and how you and your organization can fully support mothers before, during and after maternity leave

Tracks:

speakers:
Sonja Baikogli-Foley, Co-Founder, Maturn
Jen Murtagh, Co-Founder, Maturn
 
Decoding Private Equity Compensation: Key Considerations, Best Practices & Communicating Value

This session will start with a short overview of best practices for private equity compensation, and then dive into a panel discussion with practical tips and insights – including how to get people to value equity in a down economy.  Our panelists will share practical strategies to communicate the value, potential risks, key issues to consider and implications of private equity incentives to your employees.  Enhance your understanding and optimize your approach to equity compensation in the tech industry as a valuable part of your recruitment and retention plans.

Key Takeaways:

  • Quick overview on the types and trends of private equity compensation
  • Learn how to communicate the value of equity compensation as part of your total compensation package
  • Best practices and practical trends of the ‘who, what, and when’ of equity plan implementation
  • Considerations for designing equity value guidelines

Tracks:

Moderator: Balbina Knight, VP, People & Culture, Thrive
Panel:
Amanda Mallow, EVP & Chief Human Resources Officer, Sophos
Amanda Nagy, Global Total Rewards & Benefits Manager, Tailscale
3:00PM – 3:20PM
 
ICE CREAM BREAK
3:20PM – 3:30PM
 
Mind & Body Reset

Learn two breathing techniques and mindfulness tips to calm your nervous system and enhance performance.

Host: Tess Collard, Co-Founder, Chapter Two Meditation
3:30PM – 4:20PM
 
Google’s Ingredients of Innovation: Where AI, Technology, People, Culture & Process Converge

Join this closing keynote to hear practical insights and tactical strategies for navigating the complex landscape of AI, technology, talent, and culture, on innovation and productivity. As the leaders who are often charged with creating the right structures and guardrails around what ideation to innovation looks like, HR often feel pressure to harmonize control of brand and behaviour with championing innovation. In this closing keynote, Anna Baird will opensource a few ingredients around Google’s innovation approach, her experience in broader tech and how opportunities to innovate can be executed through digestible activities in your environment and empowerment of your people.  Join us as we unlock the secrets to fostering innovation, empowering your people, and navigating the ever-evolving tech landscape with confidence and agility.  

  What you will learn:

  • Generative AI for Innovation: Discover how Gen AI is empowering (or supercharging) the way organizations create and learn – harnessing your power to drive meaningful change within your organization
  • Agility in the ever-changing hybrid working norms: Learn how to leverage new working norms models to enhance productivity, collaboration leading to employee engagement and happiness. 
  • Embracing Data-Driven Decision Making: Explore strategies for data and analytics to inform strategy and drive business growth. 

Tracks:

speaker:
Anna Baird, Special Programs and Executive Engagements, Google
4:30PM – 5:30PM
 
Conference “Wine’d Up”!

*Program and schedule subject to change.
*The views expressed by the speakers in their presentations are their own personal opinions and do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of their respective companies or organizations.

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