Event category: Leadership, People & Culture

Events

November 17, 2022

11:05 AM - 11:40 AM EDT

Room 210 2022-11-17 35 MINS

Pivoting From Recruitment to Retention: Employer Branding in a Down Economy

It's been a tough few months for tech employees, with a new round of layoffs hitting LinkedIn almost every week. While the instinct might be to lay low, this is exactly when brands need to double down — on their employees, job candidates, and customers. Shalina Patel, Senior Employer Brand Manager at Ada will share the importance of maintaining an authentic employer brand in times of crisis, and how it can drive business growth.

SHALINA PATEL

Senior Employer Brand Manager

Ada

02:15 PM - 02:45 PM EDT

Room 210 2022-11-17 30 MINS

Where Do We Start? Prioritizing Your People Ops Roadmap

What gets prioritized when it comes to building your People & Culture function? Often things like culture, events, recruiting, and values. And those are GREAT. But what is missing? Often, the things that we skip over (or do too late) have the biggest impact on our organizations. Things like a defined organizational structure, a clear compensation philosophy, a deep commitment to DEI, and the tracking and sharing of People metrics. In this talk, VP of People at Loopio, Alexis MacDonald will share her lessons learned growing the Loopio team from 80 to 280 employees. She'll dive into the "less sexy, less talked about" People & Culture topics that drive impact.

ALEXIS MCDONALD

VP People

Loopio

12:30 PM - 01:20 PM EDT

Level 2 2022-11-17 50 MINS

Food for Thought

A 30-minute deep conversation with someone at a conference will set you up for years to come!

Food for Thought is designed around connections and discussions. Meet cool, highly relevant people, learn from your peers who have already solved the issues you’re working on and share your learnings with others!

November 16, 2022

03:20 PM - 03:55 PM EDT

Room 210 2022-11-16 35 MINS

Is Sustainability the Secret to SaaS Success in Times of Turbulence?

There’s been a major push in recent years from tech leaders toward sustainability. Leaders recognize that not only are sustainable businesses more profitable than conventional ones, but they also perform better during times of economic turbulence and uncertainty. A study from A.T. Kearney during The Great Recession tells us sustainable businesses outperformed their less-sustainable counterparts over a six-month period by 15% during the previous massive downturn.

SaaS businesses looking to survive and thrive in the future should focus on sustainability (if they aren’t already) to make their business calamity-proof. In this session, Michael Denham will sit down with Charles Assaf, Co-Founder & CEO at Novisto and Stephany Lapierre, Founder and CEO from Teal book to discuss ways leaders can create and execute a solid ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) strategy. They’ll talk about: how to develop an ESG strategy, why is it so important, what the benefits of a strong ESG strategy are, how to measure ESG performance and impact and more!

Moderator

MICHAEL DENHAM

Vice Chairman, Commercial and Financial Markets

National Bank of Canada

CHARLES ASSAF

Co-Founder & CEO

Novisto

STEPHANY LAPIERRE

Founder & CEO

Teal Book

01:45 PM - 02:20 PM EDT

Room 210 2022-11-16 35 MINS

Recruiting & Retaining Technical Talent

PSA for first-time Founder/CTOs: No one cares how good you are at coding. Your success or failure will be determined by whether you can hire and retain great engineers.
At the end of the day, your SaaS is only as strong as its people. Talent is the no. 1 bottleneck when it comes to your growth. The ability to recruit and retain top talent can be an early leading indicator of success or failure. With all the layoffs and uncertainty in the hiring market, now is the time to invest in your hiring process – and win over the talented people who are newly available.
In this session, you’ll learn, why traditional methods, like relying on external recruiters or inbound applications, won’t cut it anymore, how to reconsider and reconstruct your recruiting processes in order to win over star candidates, valuable retention strategies: Find incredible talent that stays with you 3-4x longer than their previous employers.

Moderator

CHRISTOPHER HARRISON

Senior Enterprise Advocate

GitHub

JANE MORAN

CTO

Benevity

CHRIS NOBLE

CTO & Co-Founder

Penny AI

VIDHI GULATI

Co-Founder

Canada Mentors

12:00 PM - 12:50 PM EDT

Level 2 2022-11-16 50 MINS

Food for Thought

A 30-minute deep conversation with someone at a conference will set you up for years to come!

Food for Thought is designed around connections and discussions. Meet cool, highly relevant people, learn from your peers who have already solved the issues you’re working on and share your learnings with others!

November 17, 2022

10:05 AM - 10:35 AM EDT

Canada Hall 1 2022-11-17 30 MINS

Navigating the Hard Parts of Change Management

You’ve made the very challenging decision to downsize your workforce. It wasn’t easy. But nonetheless, here you are, preparing to lay off a percentage of your staff. You know, if this process isn’t handled properly, it could cause a huge disruption to your Saas business (and affect more folks down the road).

More than 81,000 people have been laid off from the tech sector worldwide this year, including thousands at Canadian companies, and further cutbacks are likely. As a Founder/CEO or senior operator, how can you navigate big, tricky changes (such as downsizing) and how can you gracefully overcome obstacles that set you up for success in the long term?

Join Founders, Miranda Lievers, Co-Founder and COO at Thinkific and Kris Hartvigsen, CEO + Founder at Dooly as they have a candid conversation about their layoffs. They’ll talk about what they went through, how they did it, what they regret looking back, the advice they’d give to other founders and exec teams, and more.

Moderator

MURAD HEMMADI

Reporter

The Logic

MIRANDA LIEVERS

Co-Founder & COO

Thinkific

KRIS HARTVIGSEN

CEO & Co-Founder

Dooly