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Tech Talent Acquisition

Re-thinking talent acquisition strategies for tech sector candidates

January 29 - 30, 2019  ·  Ottawa, Ontario
Day Two Program Agenda: Wednesday, January 30, 2019
7:30 - 8:30        Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 - 8:40
Welcome and Opening Remarks from the Chair
Dave D’Oyen, Inclusion and Innovation Builder, Shopify
8:40 - 9:40
Accessing Diversity beyond the iGeneration: Improving your Brand through Grassroots Initiatives
Julia Duffy, Director, Talent Strategy & Workforce Planning, Pythian
Christina Anderson, CHRP Global Programs & Talent Acquisition Operations Manager, Pythian
  • Diversity in Tech and Pythian’s Mission for 2020
  • Roadmap 2018
  • Grassroot initiatives, including Female Mentor Program
  • Key Metrics & Performance on Plan
  • Lessons Learned & Key Takeaways
9:40 - 10:00        Networking Break
10:00 - 11:00
Leveraging Immigration: The Global Workforce
Melodie Hughes Molina, Partner - Canadian Immigration Team Leader Certified Specialist, Citizenship and Immigration Law PwC Law LLP
  • Barriers in finding global tech talent
  • Understanding the basics of Canadian immigration law, including commonly used categories to hire global talent in the tech industry
  • How Canadian businesses can take advantage of global socio-economic and political instabilities
  • Hiring global talent in a changing immigration landscape
11:00 - 12:00
Understanding the Candidate Point of View: From University to Workforce
Lauren Mark, Campus Talent Program Manager, TD Bank Group
  • Cyber education (Engineering, computer science) recruiting
  • Co-op programs
  • Misunderstanding the iGeneration
  • What graduates really look for
  • Dissolution of the career; how to accommodate a ‘gig’ mentality
12:00 - 1:15        Luncheon Break
1:15 - 2:15
Hacking Tech For Sourcing Productivity
Martin Hauck, Head of Talent, Coinsquare
  • Tools to help you schedule your day/meetings
  • Tools to help you stay focused, organized and track your time
  • Tools to help you automate repetitive tasks on your phone and computer
  • How to use all the above tools together from the eyes of a recruiter
2:15 - 2:30        Networking Break
2:30 - 3:30
Employee Advocacy: Tech Recruitment and Retention
John Fleischauer, Talent Lead, Pivot and Edge
  • Referral based economy
  • Crowdsourcing for candidates
  • Building referral networks
  • Internal programs that promote retention
  • Learning and Development investments
3:30 - 4:30
Gamification: How Game Mechanics Attract Top Talent
Kylie Hurst RPR, Talent Advisor, Training & Communications Lead, You.i TV
  • Why gamification needs to be a key part of your recruitment strategy
  • Strategize: what do you hope to get out of this campaign (i.e hire, build pipeline, retain talent)?
  • How to work your budget and do a lot with a little
  • How to Roll it out: assemble your army, designate roles & jobs, build momentum
  • Recruit-ainment: engage your audience & make noise
  • Companies doing Gamification right
4:30        End of Conference
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Undeniably, there is an ever-growing talent and skills gap being felt across all industries, and nowhere more so than in finding candidates with technology education. As tech-candidates flock to start-ups and tech firms, industries outside of the tech sector are relegated to a talent-pool that is far more limited both in quantity and, especially, quality. From basic operations to cyber security, modern businesses simply cannot function without strong tech talent.

Through testimonials, case studies, round tables, and panel discussions, experts in the field will provide the strategies you need to undertake not only to improve acquisition tactics, but also bolster retention. Acquiring the right tools allows talent acquisition specialists to be a step ahead of their competition, improving overall public relations through newly adapted hiring strategies, and ultimately making their brand more relevant to the next generation of clients and candidates.

The top-to-bottom educative approach of this event begins with the initial steps of understanding the positions you need to fill, exhibits the tools you can use to automate administrative tasks, demonstrates the best ways to utilize online recruitment applications, and teaches the most innovative assessment strategies industry-wide, ensuring retention even from the outset of the hiring process. A broad range of perspectives have been cultivated to produce an essential experience drawing from tech-based industries, education, financial institutions, retail, and government.

Don’t simply cope with the tech talent-gap; conquer it. It is impossible to be agile without the most relevant information, so don’t get left behind. Hear the most up to date strategies from the people changing the game. Join the conversation in Ottawa and bring about the changes that will prove to reshape the tech talent acquisition industry. Register today!

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