SCHEDULE – STREAM A

7:45am – 8:40am

CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST & OPENING REMARKS
Grab your badge and fuel up on caffeine and breakfast preparing for a day of inspiration and knowledge sharing.

8:40am – 9:25am

THE MYTH OF HUMOR IN THE WORKPLACE (E)
Andy Nulman, President

Just for Laughs

Start off your day with an entertaining, out of the box, thought provoking and highly insightful Keynote Presentation from one of Montreal’s most prominent entrepreneurs, currently President of Just for Laughs.

We will talk about the myth of humor in the workplace and the utter uselessness of team-building workshops in their current shape and form. Andy will share his insight on what it truly takes to develop a powerful corporate culture.

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9:30am – 10:15am

MEAN PEOPLE FAIL (E)
Caterina Rizzi, Cofounder

Breather – provider of on-demand rooms in large urban areas. Recently featured on CNN and Fortune.com, in the Huffington Post, Business Insider, the Economist and the New Yorker. Named one of “the 12 best apps for New Yorkers” by Refinery.

Do you remember Conan O’Brien’s iconic sign-off from the tonight show? He told the world: “If you work really hard and you’re kind, amazing things will happen.” It’s remarkably simple advice – and something to consider as we follow the path to success.

When you run a company, its culture is the single most important aspect beyond the mission itself. It clarifies the hiring process, allows teams to work more effectively and ultimately results in a workplace where people actually look forward to coming to work. This kind of behaviour starts from the top, and if you empower the people that felt compelled to jump on YOUR bandwagon, the results can be transformative as you build, grow and scale your business.

Join Caterina Rizzi, Co-Founder and CCO of Breather for a discussion about the importance of kindness and building a culture that allows employees to share their wildest dreams – and then build them.

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10:15am – 11:00am

HIRE SLOW … FIRE FAST (E/F)
Georges Levesque, Entrepreneur
GAL Consultantsboutique Private Equity firm providing advisory and investment services for small to medium-sized companies

Speed of Trust Ventures start up angel investors comprised of successful entrepreneurs who all founded and built multimillion businesses

When you start thinking about firing an employee, how long does it take you to actually do it? According to Georges Levesque, your rationalization of the decision means the writing was on the wall for months and you chose to ignore it.

Oh yes, you already knew that you should take your time recruiting but act fast when letting an employee go. Of course you knew it.

But do you actually walk the walk?

An average cost of a bad hiring decision can equal 30% of the individual’s first-year potential earnings. Add to that the impact a low performer or someone with the wrong attitude has on the rest of the team, and the result on the bottom line and your culture is obvious. Yet, hiring feels good, it’s an achievement of sorts, so making a quick gut decision feels natural. Firing is, of course, the opposite – a heavy feeling, almost a personal failure, and so – something we tend to dread.

George Levesques doesn’t! After many years of building, managing and restructuring teams nationwide, his approach to letting an employee go is faultless and emotion-free. George is direct. He might make you feel uncomfortable. But spoiler alert: hear him out and you might get an itch to clean up your own team!

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11:00am – 11:15am

NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK
Perfect opportunity to meet industry colleagues, mingle and engage in experience sharing.

Coffee and refreshments provided to fuel conversation

11:15am – 12:00pm

GROWING PAINS: How to protect your culture in the midst of a media storm (F)
Jean-Nicolas Guillemette, General Manager
Ubersmartphone-based car service, recently valued at $40 billion and launched in over 200 cities.

Uber is known for having experienced sheer unprecedented company growth within the last year alone. Just barely a year ago, the company had a market presence in 50 cities and a headcount of 400. Today, Uber is in 250 cities across 50 countries, with a team of 1,700, and continues to grow. The company’s valuation went from 3.5 billion in August of 2013 to 40 billion in November of 2014.

Such impressive growth undoubtedly carries both logistical and operational challenges, but how does one preserve its internal company culture when transitioning from the start-up phase to a multinational in less than a year, in particular when each step of the growth process is thoroughly exposed and documented by the media? What is the impact on employees? How does one preserve the core values that contributed to the company’s original success while considering the new responsibility that stems from such growth?

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12:00pm – 12:45pm

COMPANY CULTURE IS NOT AN HR FUNCTION – IT COMES FROM THE TOP (F)
Chris Arsenault, Founder
iNovia Capitalventure capital firm that partners with exceptional entrepreneurs. With offices in Montreal, New York City, Calgary and recently Waterloo, iNovia has invested in Beyond the Rack, Lightspeed, Luxury Retreats, AppDirect, Busbud and Well.ca, among others.

For high-tech high-growth companies, Culture trump’s Strategy, every day. Culture is how we attract talent, assimilate new teammates and how we make old teammates still feel at home in a fast-paced, ever-changing and highly competitive environment. Today, we will talk about common denominators across some of the leading high growth technology start-ups and highlight core cultural elements that lead to their success … from an investor’s perspective.

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12:45pm – 1:45pm

NETWORKING LUNCH
Office e-mails and calls can wait! Seize this occasion to build valuable offline connections.

Talk with other local industry leaders & share your passion of employee engagement.

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1:45pm – 2:30pm

Building a culture that survives, no matter the obstacles (E)
Miguel Caron, Entrepreneur

Join Miguel Caron – winner of such awards as CEO of the Year, Quebec young CEO and Personality of the Year – as he employs storytelling to share his take on what it truly takes to build a winning organizational culture within a multicultural environment. 

Do you have what it takes to build such a strong positive culture that the ripple effect will be seen throughout your whole industry?

  • If you want what others do not have, you have to do what they are not doing
  • You will not get results unless all of your intent is based around culture
  • And finally, leaders: do employees follow you from job to job? If YES – you GOT CULTURE!

Come participate in this highly interactive and informal session to walk away with tangible takeaway you can start implementing right away.

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2:30pm – 3:15pm

CULTURE AT THE HEART OF INNOVATION: THE EXAMPLE OF GOOGLE (E/F)
Claire Domenget, Account Executive
Google Montreal

Google is known for still having a start-up style culture, and people often talk about original workspace or perks like free food, but what do these perks have to do with the company culture and how do they foster innovation? What defines a Googler? How do you keep an audacious spirit and a Start-up like culture within a company with 50,000 employees spread across 40 different countries?

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3:15pm – 3:30pm

NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK

Perfect opportunity to meet industry colleagues, mingle and engage in experience sharing.

Coffee and refreshments provided to fuel conversation

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3:30pm – 4:15pm

WIRED FOR INNOVATION & CREATIVITY: TAPPING THE FULL POTENTIAL OF YOUNG EMPLOYEES (E)
Ilona Dougherty, Cofounder
Apathy is Boringnational non-profit organization that uses art and technology to educate youth about democracy

The brain research tells us that young people between the ages of 18 – 25 have the highest capacity for innovation of any age group.

This presentation explains through data, research, and stories, how companies can tap into the potential of these young people and increase the capacity of their workforce to be more creative and innovative. Part call-to-action, and part a call to redefine intergenerational relationships and change the way we think about young people; this presentation will encourage the audience to look at the relationship between different generations from a new angle, and offer concrete solutions about how by working together across generations and tapping into the full potential of our young people, each employee can take ownership in making our companies and workplaces more dynamic.

Social entrepreneurship will also be at the core of this discussion.

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4:15pm – 5:00pm

ARE YOU CONFUSING PERKS WITH CULTURE? (E)
Konval Matin, Head of Culture
Shopify – Canadian e-commerce company headquartered in Ottawa, Ontario that develops computer software that powers both online stores and retail point-of-sale systems. It is Canada’s first Internet startup since the dot-com crash to reach a billion-dollar valuation & the country’s Employer of 2014!

5:00pm – 5:30pm

WHY YOUR HR DEPARTMENT IS BROKEN, AND 3 WAYS TO FIX IT
Darryl Hicks, Founder
Tungsten Revenue Consultants & Amber Child Safety

5:30pm – 7:00pm

NETWORKING COCKTAIL
Finish off this insightful and information-packed day. Relax and unwind by exchanging conclusions and ideas with your peers.

Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be flowing plentifully!