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Tech Talent Acquisition

Re-thinking talent acquisition strategies for tech sector candidates

January 29 - 30, 2019  ·  Ottawa, Ontario
Day One Program Agenda: Tuesday, January 29, 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
Reimagining Recruitment: How to Attract (and Retain) the Next Generation of Tech Talent
Ross Johnston, Executive Director, Co-operative Education, University of Waterloo
  • Building and promoting a desirable culture of innovation
  • Reaching Millennials and Gen Z in their ideal spaces
  • Using diversity as a crucial tool to fill your talent pipeline
  • Leveraging tech to hire for tech roles
  • Harnessing psychometrics and AI to identify the right candidate
9:40 - 10:00        Networking Break
10:00 - 11:00
Bureaucracy Hacking: Instilling Change in the Face of Red Tape
Andrea Gilbrook, Talent Lead at Canadian Digital Service
Meera Makim Cunningham, Lead, Internal Operations at The Canadian Digital Service
  • Aligning upper-management with a digital talent strategy
  • Instilling a mission as a way to overcome financial constrictions
  • Bureaucracy hacking strategies
  • Building a start-up within the government
  • The sense of mission that will drive better candidates
11:00 - 12:00
Viewing Talent Acquisition as Product Management: An Avenue into Agile Acquisition
Aamna Contractor, Product Owner, Talent & People Analytics, Telus Digital
  • Product Management as a talent acquisition necessity
  • Five ways we can adopt a Product Management mindset
  • Treating candidates as customers and building out a thorough candidate journey
  • Agile Talent Acquisition (Traditional Recruitment vs Agile Acquisition)
  • How to build a more agile recruitment process
12:00 - 1:15        Luncheon Break
1:15 - 2:15
Reimagining the Online Talent Acquisition Process: Targeting the Right Tech Candidates
Jay Zaidi, Head of Talent, Rangle.io
  • Wasting capital by hiring the wrong people
  • Screening in vs. screening out
  • How to get the most out of LinkedIn (online) talent acquisition
  • Anchor hiring and team acquisition strategies
  • What soft-skills you actually need to look for
2:15 - 2:30        Networking Break
2:30 - 3:30
Panel Discussion:
Preparing for Next Generation Tech Candidates
Martin Hauck, Head of Talent, Coinsquare
Ross Johnston, Executive Director, Co-operative Education, University of Waterloo
Lauren Mark, Campus Program Manager, TD Bank
Moderated by Dave D’Oyen, Inclusion and Innovation Builder, Shopify
  • Gamification in the hiring process
  • Assessment strategies that won’t exhaust your candidates
  • Connecting with the community through Meetup, Github, Kaggle, TopCoder, and StackOverflow
  • Aligning with universities and offering co-ops
  • Reaching out to the youth before university
3:30 - 4:30
Confronting Unconscious Biases: Arguing for Diversity in the Tech Sector
Dave D’Oyen, Inclusion and Innovation Builder, Shopify
Julia Hurrelmann, Talent Acquisition Diversity & Inclusion Specialist, Shopify
  • Exploring biases within the talent acquisition process
  • Using name blinding, voice distortion, language identifying software for more diverse talent acquisition
  • Shopify’s unique approach to innovative inclusion practises
  • Android bootcamp
  • Leaky Pipelines
  • Real world examples from other tech companies
4:30        End of Day One
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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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