The June 2017 #iwTORONTO event will bring together HR, Talent, Tech and C-Level pros for an evening of learning and networking.

We’ll come together multiple times throughout the year to provide speakers and networking opportunities for HR professionals and business leaders in Toronto looking to connect with others and learn best practices on how to improve lives at work.

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As an HR and Tech community, we are always looking for ways to improve how we can respond and/or get ahead of our changing workplace. Our main goal is to continually recruit, retain and engage employees, and it is getting more challenging than ever!

The Canadian HR community isn’t sitting back, but pushing forward to innovate. We have gathered exciting Canadian HR leaders and innovators that are making waves at every stage of the employee lifecycle.

This is the second in a series of events and the first to be held at Ryerson University. The space can accommodate 150-200 people so be sure to invite your colleagues along!

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Drinks and snacks provided. Seats are limited.

What to expect:

– You’ll hear what HR leaders and workplace innovators are doing in 2017 to improve the workplace
– You won’t get a pitch of a company or technology, rather innovative approaches of how companies are disrupting current practices and adding high-value to the HR community.
– You’ll get to hang with cool HR and Tech people – we want to ensure we network and build connections.
– Oh, we got cool drinks, awesome snacks, and a convenient location


• 5:45 – 6:15 – Registration & Networking

• 6:15 – 6:25 – Event Introduction

• 6:30 – 7:15 – Panel Discussion – The future of Talent Acquisition is Now!

MODERATOR: Jackie Lauer, Heart of Culture, Axletree Consulting

  • Ryan Porter, CEO & Founder, Ruutly
  • Shweta Jacobs, Sr Manager, Talent Acquisition, FLIPP!
  • Jeff Waldman, Founder, SocialHR Camp

• 7:15 – 7:45 – Networking Break

• 7:45 – 8:45 – HR Leader Series

  • 7:45 – 8:05 – The best investment you’ll make in 2017: Creating a coaching culture, Amanda Ono, Head of Talent, Resolver
  • 8:05 – 8:25 – Changing how we work – Changing the design in our workplace, Amrita Bhalla, SVP Human Resources, NexJ Systems
  • 8:25 – 8:45 – How to instill a high-performance culture of autonomy & ownership, Christine Song, VP, People & Culture, Mindful Snacks

• 8:45 – 9:15 – Networking

Panel Discussion Details: The Future of Talent Acquisition is Now!

On this panel, led by accomplished leadership and culture consultant, Jackie Lauer, we will dig deeper into the world of talent acquisition and what the future looks like. We will hear from Talent Acquisition trailblazers on how the recruiting experience is changing for TA professionals, but more importantly how is the candidate experience changing. The panel will also discuss what new technology advancements they’ve seen and innovative things companies are doing or testing at the moment. We’ll wrap it up with a vision of what talent acquisition will look like in the next 10years.

Jackie Lauer, Heart and Culture, Axletree Consulting –Accomplished management consultant, organizational development and human resource professional experienced working at the leadership level through large-scale, real time strategic change. Worked inside large multinational and mid-cap organizations, federal and publicly funded institutions and small fast growing IT organizations focused on building strategic and scalable HR and strategic programs that align short term and long term business objectives Known for her “NO BS” approach in working with leaders and leadership teams as well as her sense of humour.

Ryan Porter, CEO & Founder, Ruutly – For the past nine years, Ryan Porter has spent his time helping people connect to their career pathways to meaningful companies and helping companies connect to retainable talent. He’s spoken to over 900,000 people worldwide, been a featured speaker at events like TEDx and SXSWedu, founded and authored the book “Make Your Own Lunch – How to live an epically epic life through travel, work, wonder and (maybe) college”. More recently, Ryan founded to help companies transform the most critical –and most overlooked– part of their candidate experience, their job postings. When he’s not in Toronto running his company, you can find Ryan in Tokyo, eating strange food and sleeping on public transit.

Jesse Ryan, Managing Director, Augment HR and Host of The Accidental Occupation – Jesse has 18 years in the recruitment industry, Jesse is driven to educate, educate, educate on more efficient and cost effective ways to approach Talent Acquisition. Jesse has been fortunate enough to have worked in every facet of talent acquisition; staffing, corporate, consulting, and as an independent contractor. Prior to joining AugmentHR, Jesse co-founded Banter, a successful management consulting firm strictly focused on building talent acquisition functions for small and medium enterprises. In addition, Jesse has held senior positions at Head2Head, Microsoft, and Morneau Shepell.

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Speaker Bios:

Amanda Ono, Head of Talent, Resolver Amanda has over 15 years of experience leveraging human capital to achieve organizational results. From talent acquisition, training, coaching, leadership and change management, she has implemented initiatives in six countries.

Amrita Bhalla, Managing Director, A.B Consulting – Amrita is the Founder and Managing Director for A.B Consulting. With over 15 years of leadership and global HR experience, Amrita has held roles as the VP of People & Culture at Porter Airlines and VP of Global HR at Belmont Ltd., and other senior HR roles primarily in the luxury hospitality industry. Committed to a partnership with the academic community, Amrita is a lecturer for “HR in Hospitality” course at the Ted Rogers School of Hospitality and Tourism Management at Ryerson University.

Christine Song, VP, People & Culture, Mindful Snacks – Christine’s experience in People, Culture and Talent spans over a decade within a variety of diverse industries including IT, book publishing, civil engineering, food manufacturing & distribution, and most recently, in the hospitality industry at Mindful Snacks. She is a huge fan of disruptors and influencers who know how to shake up the HR space and build companies outside of the status quo. Much of Christine’s focus in HR evolves around culture and the entire employee experience.


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