SCHEDULE – STREAM A

7:45 am – 8:45 am REGISTRATION, BREAKFAST & OPENING REMARKS
Grab your badge and fuel up on caffeine and breakfast preparing for a day of inspiration and knowledge sharing.
8:45 am – 9:30 am OPENING ADDRESS: RETHINKING WORK IN THE ERA OF AUTOMATION AND ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (E)
Sunil Johal, Policy Director

Mowat Center an independent public policy think tank located at the School of Public Policy & Governance at the University of Toronto and Ontario’s non-partisan, evidence-based voice on public policy

This session will explore the trends shaping Canada’s labour market and economy of the future, including automation, the rise of the gig economy and the increased prevalence of precarious work. What options do Canadian governments and firms have to prepare for the new era of work?

A new Mowat report says that Canada should consider radical changes to its social safety net as the country faces losing a projected 7.5 million jobs to automation. http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/

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9:30am – 10:15am BACK TO SCHOOL WITH GURUS: HOW TO BUILD A LEARNING ACADEMY IN YOUR COMPANY (F)
Marie-Eve Mainville, VP Human Resources

GURUS Solutions Cloud consulting pioneers that scale up business with implementation, integration and optimization of top cloud-based software products

At the heart of Gurus Solutions is a sense of pioneering innovation. Our company supports and guides other organizations in migrating towards new software solutions to scale up their business and take them to the next level. Our people are technical, forward-thinking experts – but they are also young and eager to develop in their own careers.

It’s undeniable that people are central to the success of Gurus. Investing in training to motivate and develop existing employees – as well as to attract new employees – became a top priority for the Gurus leadership team. In 2015, the “Gurus Academy” was created. From onboarding to continuous learning, the Gurus Academy offers specialized programs to develop specific skillsets in our employees.

You don’t need to be a major enterprise to invest in employee education and development. Come and learn how to build a sustainable, thorough Learning Academy perfectly-adapted to your needs!

Learn, build, grow, thrive. Let Gurus show you how to go back to school.

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10:15am – 11:00am Soft Skills as a point of differentiation (F)
Cedric Orvoine, VP Human Resources & Communications

Ubisoft One of the world’s most successful game development studios and developers of the Prince of Persia, Far Cry and Assassin’s Creed series.People. Culture. Business.

Trends come and go. (Trends sell!)
Everyone is trying to predict the future, tendencies and breakthroughs.
If tomorrow’s workplace will have to integrate flexibility, technology, connectivity and mobility (as it already does), it will also continue to mostly be about basic business and human concepts.
The core will remain the core, and we will continue moving forward!

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11:00am – 11:15am NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK
Coffee and refreshments provided to fuel conversation. Perfect opportunity to meet industry colleagues, mingle and engage in experience sharing.
11:15am – 12:00pm Hiring and nurturing product teams that are engaged and motivated to deliver compelling products (E)
David Jones, Chief Product Officer

Landr Audioan award winning online, cloud-based, automated mastering service revolutionizing the mastering process with drag-and-drop simplicity, achieving results that rival professional studio work in minutesBuilding teams in this highly competitive talent environment requires some key success criteria.  Team members want to work for companies that have a great brand in an industry that interests them.

For maximum engagement employees must identify with the company culture.  If you feel comfortable working in a suit, interacting with corporate customers also in suites, working for a company in the music business may not be a good fit for you – try the aerospace or banking industry.  Your products and the customers that use them shape your company lifestyle.

The technology and development methods used need to be cutting edge so that employees gain marketable skills.  Employees need a work life balance and increasingly need to make a difference contributing to moving companies forward.  For optimum engagement employees need to feel listened to and respected.  They need to understand the product roadmap & understand why they are working on a feature.  They need to work with experienced team members that they can learn from. Employees need regular feedback and mentoring from people they respect.  Teams need to have fun while working and need competitive benefits. Transparency is also essential for employee engagement.

When leaving your company they need to be more knowledgeable then when they started.  Employees need to be treated in such a manor that when they leave your company they are ambassadors of the company they left behind.

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12:00pm – 12:45pm WORK TOMORROW (E)
Andy Nulman,
Co-Founder

Play The Future An online prediction game where you can have fun and win cool stuffAndy Nulman is so busy at work, he longs for the day when it really changes.  Join him in this interactive session where he will try to explain the future of the workplace and solve all your problems on the spot.

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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 COMBINING TWO WORLDS THROUGH PLAY – TEAM BUILDING AND PERSONALITY ASSESSMENTS (E)
Cerys Cook, Director of People & Culture

PUR Company Inc the leader in aspartame free gum and mintsPlay is an amazing social interaction that facilitates a deep connection between its participants. We all know this, and this is why so many team building events involve play. But, there are no concrete, tangible results to help drive performance.

Personality assessments help to understand who people are and how they work. But, they do not help teams understand how their personalities interact with each other so they can work together more effectively.

Team building and personality assessments are tools that many organizations use to build and understand their teams. Nothing new.

But…separately, they are flawed. Together, they are magical!

You will be shown the innovative results driven method that The PUR Company uses which takes the openness of play and meshes that with a personality assessment. This approach gives teams a real understanding of each other and how they can work more efficiently and effectively together.

Magic! Okay, scientific ‘n stuff, but still…magic!

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2:30pm – 3:15pm Creative Labs (E)
Elana, Partner & VP strategy

SidLee a creative services agency that has earned a global reputation for its progressive work and the solid results it achieved for top-tier clientsAs we all try to navigate through people’s new needs in a rapidly changing work place and space, how we design the context, especially around people’s motivations, matters more than ever. Personal satisfaction is no longer about just vertical rises, but more and more about daily horizontal growth.

Discover how to lead a happy, dynamic and creative work force by designing it around people’s inherent needs to both fit in and stand out.

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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 RETAIL PANEL:  THE SHIFT OF RETAIL SPACE FROM STORES TO STORAGE (E)
Dormez-Vous, Bentley Leathers, Groupe Dynamite

Join executives from such local retail success stories as Dormez-vous, Bentley Leathers, Group Dynamite and Reitman’s shares their challenges and triumphs in a completely altered landscape. What helped them carve out a roadmap as they navigated a completely new reality and, most importantly, what was the role of their workforce in this journey?

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4:15pm – 5:00pm HOW GOOGLE WORKS (E)
Francois Haguel – Agency Lead

Google the number one search engine and most visited website in the worldHonored with the top spot among the Best Workplaces in Canada for the past 5 years in a row and recently re-confirmed as Canada’s most influential brand by Ipsos, Google is globally recognized for its culture of innovation.

But what’s the magic recipe here? What are the key ingredients that drive positive response, a widespread and constant will to innovate among nearly 1,000 “Canooglers”? Moreover, is this solely possible within a “Silicon Valley” type of organization or are these scalable in more “traditional” work environments?

Find out How Google Works.

5:00pm – 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!