Speakers

 

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George Avraam

Partner, Employment & Compensation Law, Baker & McKenzie LLP

Topic: Cannabis Legalization in Canada: How to consider its impact on your workplace

The legalization of cannabis in Canada will inevitably impact the workplace and how it is managed. How should employers adapt to the challenges that the legalization brings? This session by George Avraam will cover what the cannabis legislation specifically says, what employers need to be aware of in its implementation, how to deal with related challenges and more.

A Partner at Baker & McKenzie LLP, George was admitted to the Ontario Bar in 1999 and has since practiced as a trial and appellate litigator. His trial and appellate litigation practice focuses on labour and employment law, administrative and public law, education law, class actions and more.

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Justine Lindner

Associate, Labour & Employment Law, McCarthy Tétrault

Topic: Incoming Pay Transparency Law

Ontario passed legislation to go into effect Jan. 1, 2019 to increase hiring transparency and give women more information when negotiating pay equal to their male peers, making Ontario the first province in Canada to do so. What does the legislation say? What does it mean for the overall conversation of inclusion in the workplace? In this session, Justine Linder will discuss all this and more.

Justine is an associate in the Labour & Employment Law Group with McCarthy Tétrault. Representing clients in matters including employment standards, wrongful dismissals, human rights, privacy, and more, she also provides advice to clients regarding day-to-day workplace law issues, policies and procedures.

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Tracy Shea-Porter

Improv coach, Yes, Unlimited

Improv Workshop: How improv comedy philosophies can benefit your workplace

Improv comedy teaches many of the skills needed for successful leadership succession and employee learning. We are thrilled to bring back Yes, Unlimited for a risk-free demonstration of improv comedy. Join the workshop to learn some applicable business skills, and actually participate in the activities if you feel comfortable!

An entrepreneur, and improviser, Tracy delivers improv comedy workshops to support team building, confidence, and on-the-fly thinking for Google, CHANEL, Shopify and more.

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Ralph MacLeod

Improv coach, Yes, Unlimited

Improv Workshop: How improv comedy philosophies can benefit your workplace

Joining Ralph in our improv workshop for the second year in a row. Join the workshop to learn some applicable business skills, and actually participate in the activities if you feel comfortable!

Ralph has worked as a professional comedian and improv teacher for over 25 years. As an educator, Ralph is widely regarded as one of the country's leading experts in the field of improv. He not only trains next generations of comedians but has brought improv techniques to dozens of businesses including Bell, Xerox, The University of Toronto, The National Advertiser Benevolent Society and more.

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Greg Pryor

Senior Vice President, People & Performance Evangelist, Workday

Topic: Tech in HR - How to create a plan for HR technology in your role

There are many questions that professionals ask themselves when it comes to technology in the workforce: What are the tech options available to me? How do I even get started with educating myself on the options? This workshop by Greg Pryor of Workday will teach attendees how to create a plan for tech. This will involve helping attendees understand the tech needs of their own organization, the tech solutions available in HR, and the steps to take in integrating tech into their own HR role.

An SVP in the people and performance function at Workday, Greg applies Workday’s technology to optimize the company’s internal talent management programs, including leadership and manager effectiveness, learning management, career engagement and performance enablement.

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Bianca Boyd

Senior Account Director, Corporate Marketing, Edelman Canada

Employer Branding: How to win the Talent War with a PR Campaign

This year Canada experienced a 40 year low in the unemployment rate. It’s expected of employers from around the world to present themselves to the candidate market place with a transparent lens on what they offer as an employer. Bianca will dive in to how to use the marketing communications toolbox to win over talent.

As a Senior Account Director with Edelman’s Client Strategy team, Bianca plays an integration role for some of Edelman Canada’s largest and most complex files across both private and public sectors, ensuring we have the right skills to meet our client’s complex challenges of today’s media environment. With more than a decade of marketing communications experience, Bianca has worked with some of Canada’s most prestigious companies to transform the way they proactively tell stories.

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Sylvia Stultz

Director, Recruitment, Edelman Canada

Employer Branding: How to win the Talent War with a PR Campaign

This year Canada experienced a 40 year low in the unemployment rate. It’s expected of employers from around the world to present themselves to the candidate market place with a transparent lens on what they offer as an employer. Sylvia will discuss the current trends in the candidate market place and obstacles you will face as an employer.

Sylvia leads the national talent agenda for Edelman Canada and plays a role on global projects. She has spent the past 12 years recruiting across Canada, building employer brands, representing organizations through speaking engagements, coaching hiring managers and building best in class recruitment teams to lead the complex environment of engaging talent.