SCHEDULE – STREAM B

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 THE POWER OF REMOTE TEAMS: EXPONENTIAL ORGANIZING STRATEGIES FOR THE NEW WORLD OF WORK (E)
Steve Rio, Founder

BriteWeb a digital and branding agency for the social sector that works with non-profits, foundations and social ventures making positive impact

Briteweb has never subscribed to the traditional notion of how an agency should operate. Our remote work policy is three sentences long, and ends with: “Enjoy Bora Bora.”

Having a flexible, human-centric, values-based approach is empowering Briteweb to change what it means to be part of a company. We’re building a community with no strings attached, an opt-in model driven by a massive transformative purpose and a set of organizing principles and technologies designed for the 21st century.

In late 2016, we launched the Briteweb Network, a distributed community of freelancers based all over the world. To make the ‘hub and spoke’ model work, and enable exponential growth, we’re reverse engineering the HR process. We’ve employed automation, social media, online training and the power of the crowd to scale our Network community to over 50 people in 6 months.

Steve’s talk is ​designed for business owners, directors and managers who are seeking to understand and adopt remote or distributed team models in their business. Steve will be talking about the culture, organizational strategies and the technology, automation and tactics Briteweb has used to successfully grow a company with two corporate offices, clients all over North America and team members all over the world. This will not be a fluffy talk full of pull quotes from books and articles, Steve will be speaking from direct experience. You will walk away with ideas and strategies that you can deploy in your business immediately.

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10:15am – 11:00am Company Culture as the key driver of growth (E)
Julian Giacomelli, President

RISE Kombuchacreators of locally produced, organic, fair-trade and vegan kombucha

In this interactive session, Julian will share his experience in leading Montreal based Crudessence and RISE Kombucha, where he currently is president, including:

  • The entrepreneurial process behind crafting a sustainable product/offering
  • The importance of explicit culture building in operationalising sustainability
  • The organizational development challenges of crafting a resilient organization
  • The Importance of play and life in all of the above

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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 AI-as-a-service: democratizing deep learning (F)
Philippe Beaudoin, Co-Founder & VP

Element AIlaunches and incubates advanced AI-First solutions in partnership with large corporations

L’intelligence artificielle est sur toutes les lèvres et pour cause, les succès de l’I.A. se succèdent à un rythme effréné. Derrière tous ces succès se cache une innovation clé: l’apprentissage profond ou deep learning. Cette présentation vous permettra de mieux comprendre le potentiel et les limites de l’apprentissage profond. Nous verrons aussi comment l’approche AI-en-tant-que-service peut aujourd’hui permettre à toutes les entreprises de bénéficier des avancées dans ce domaine.

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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 stuff

Andy 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 WHAT STANDS BEHIND THE SKATE RAMP AND CEREAL BAR? (F)
Simon Baene, Founder

GSoft a developer of high quality software focused on having a positive impact on the lives of people at work

Unlimited vacations, annual company trip, free lunch, in-house barista… In the future office culture, there is so much more than simple perks. Let’s begin with confidence.

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2:30pm – 3:15pm HOW A 150-YEAR OLD FIRM USED ITS NEW WORKPLACE TO FOSTER INNOVATION AND COLLABORATION (F)
Sébastien Gelus

Deloitte The largest professional services network in the world providing industry-leading audit, consulting, tax, and advisory services to many of the world’s most admired brands

How a 150-year-old firm used its new workplace to foster innovation and collaboration

Organizations everywhere are ditching cubicles for open work spaces, hoping it will allow them to reach new heights. Although these changes are becoming more popular, organizations rarely understand what exactly they are trying to achieve by changing their space, or whether changing their space will actually deliver any tangible benefits. This talk will look at how organizations may go about answering these questions by illustrating Deloitte’s journey. From Place Ville Marie where partners worked alone in closed offices to La Tour Deloitte where partners work alongside juniors in open space, it turns out changing your space is about much more than just attracting millennials…

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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 SOCIAL ENGAGEMENT IN THE CORPORATE WORKPLACE (E)
Your business is booming but are you really making a difference? Studies show, and you have likely seen them time and time again: younger generations are more likely to join organizations that are purpose-driven. Millennials crave collaboration and understand that profits and purpose are interrelated. Get inspired by the Founders of Plus One, Goowi and BriteWeb as they work tirelessly to change the world and walk away with inspiration on how you can be a part of them movement.

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4:15pm – 5:00pm Employee Stories (E)
Tanya Beimers, Chief Financial Officer

Beau’s All Natural Brewing Co.a brewery that takes pride in creating unique, wonderful and certified organic craft beer, conceived with honest consideration for the environment and local communities

Corporate social responsibility and corporate culture are exceedingly important and often intertwined. Beau’s is committed to both of these ideas. Selling the business to the employees has been a great step to continued independence and is a very important part of ensuring that the company maintains its vision for years to come. Our Rwanda project, helping a female entrepreneur build a craft brewery, is a social responsibility project that has positive ramifications throughout the brewery. Tanya Beimers, CFO will share the story of these impactful projects and how we are hoping to redefine how we operate.

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!