Welcome to 7th Annual Top Talent Summit
Canada's Signature Talent Acquisition Conference 
For Futuristic Talent Acquisition / HR Leaders & Recruiters
May 6 & 7, 2020 || Calgary || Calgary Airport Marriott In-Terminal Hotel
And Then There Was A Conference Named Top Talent Summit
Have you ever been to an HR / TA conference that was boring, overloaded with irrelevant information and left you with confusion? You're not alone.

We, at the Top Talent Summit, take special care when selecting our speakers so that you can leave the conference with not only new ideas but tangible takeaways to improve your line of work, right away.

If you value hard work, love innovation, and aspire to be the best in your field, Top Talent Summit is for you!
Professional Speakers
Chris leads the HR technology and solution provider strategy and research practice for Bersin, Deloitte Consulting LLP—helping to demystify the ever-changing HR Tech landscape for their corporate and solution provider members. 

She brings over 20 years of experience transforming HR and Talent strategy, process, delivery, technology, and analytics. She’s a Human Resource Executive® & HR Technology Conference Top 100 HR Tech Influencer, with a unique blend of technical, HR practitioner, business and HR Tech vendor experience.

Chris graduated UGA with a degree in MIS, concentration in AI. She loves figuring out how the latest trends and innovations in data, tools, and technology can help change the face of HR and the world of work. She was recently featured by IBM as a Talent Pioneer, a series of profiles on leaders transforming the future of HR.
Chris Havrilla
VP, Head of HR Technology
Bersin™ | Deloitte Consulting LLP
Chris Havrilla
VP, Head of HR Technology
Bersin™ | Deloitte Consulting LLP
Chris leads the HR technology and solution provider strategy and research practice for Bersin, Deloitte Consulting LLP—helping to demystify the ever-changing HR Tech landscape for their corporate and solution provider members. 

She brings over 20 years of experience transforming HR and Talent strategy, process, delivery, technology, and analytics. She’s a Human Resource Executive® & HR Technology Conference Top 100 HR Tech Influencer, with a unique blend of technical, HR practitioner, business and HR Tech vendor experience.

Chris graduated UGA with a degree in MIS, concentration in AI. She loves figuring out how the latest trends and innovations in data, tools, and technology can help change the face of HR and the world of work. She was recently featured by IBM as a Talent Pioneer, a series of profiles on leaders transforming the future of HR.
Jonathan Mears
Global Head of Executive Talent Acquisition
VISA International
Jonathan Mears
Global Head of Executive Talent Acquisition
VISA International
Jonathan leads Executive Talent at Visa, responsible for acquisition, internal mobility and succession planning. With 20+ years of experience in talent acquisition Jonathan specializes in driving business value and commercial impact through talent from pipeline to acquisition and internal movement.

He has designed, built and deployed TA strategies in emerging and developed markets covering 4 continents and more than 140 countries. Joining Visa in the Middle east in 2014 his teams have contributed to Visa’s employee base doubling in size across the last 5 years. Prior to Visa, Jonathan spend 8.5 years at IBM in multiple roles and regions focused on building TA teams for impact, both high volume and niche skills requirements. His early career was spend in 2 specialist search firms focused on the telecommunications industry in EMEA and Asia Pacific.

Originally from the UK, Jonathan has an Honours degree in Human Resource Management. He moved to San Francisco in January 2018 with Visa and continues to explore his passion for travel.
Sofia is a seasoned Chief People officer that has led several teams across North America, EMEA and APAC. She brings over 20 years of experience in building tailored HR strategies, processes and technology to drive and scale organizational growth.

Under her leadership, she has helped organizations build award-winning cultures, compelling employment brands, and reach top employer status. 

She has coached several senior executives globally to drive employee engagement, customer commitment and bottom-line performance. 

 Her passion lies in the elements that differentiate great leaders.
Sofia Theodorou
Former Chief People Officer, LoyaltyOne
Kathy Enros
VP, Talent
Galvanize
Kathy has over 20 years of human resources experience.

With a strong focus on culture, talent attraction, and retention, Kathy has helped to significantly increase employee satisfaction and retention through key HR initiatives. Kathy and her team have been instrumental in transforming organizations into an employer of choice, with her current company, Galvanize, being recognized as one of the Top 100 Employers in Canada and one of Canada's Most Admired Corporate Cultures. 

Prior to Galvanize, Kathy was the senior vice president, HR, at Vision Critical for more than eight years. In this role, she was a key leader in building the company from 60 to 700 employees worldwide and played a key role in creating the culture, making it a top employer in British Columbia.

Kathy holds an Honors Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Wilfrid Laurier University and is an distance marathon runner and dog lover.
Gord Theo
AgileTA Scrum Master
IBM Canada
Jonathan Mears
Global Head of Executive Talent Acquisition
VISA International
As IBM'S’ sole AgileTA (Agile Talent Acquisition) Scrum Master in Canada, Gord has led the implementation of AgileTA in Canada across all of IBMs’ business units launching multiple diverse AgileTA teams to change how recruiting is being done. He has over 20+ years experience as a talent acquisition and talent management consultant who is super passionate about democratizing and scaling leadership across all levels of the organization. He loves to develop agile transformational leaders and empower agile teams to develop 21st century future ready responsive agile organizations able to adapt and innovate in real time, at the speed of change. He aims to position organizations to achieve strategic agility, as a competitive advantage, to thrive in today’s disruptive VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex & Ambiguous) business environments. 

Gord is a Scrum Alliance Certified Scrum Master and Certified Agile Leadership Coach, IBM AgileTA Scrum Master, IBM Design Thinking Coach, IBM Executive Agile Leadership Coach, and a IDM Master Developmental Coach that leads AgileTA Scrum teams, Design Thinking workshops and develops Agile Transformational Leadership at IBM.
Sydney Coleman began her diversity and inclusion advocacy many years ago when she studied social identity, inequality, and intergroup relations at Occidental College. She designed and conducted research on the relationship between internalized racism and colorism with undergraduate Women of Color.

Sydney’s passion for social justice activism led to creating and driving more diverse and inclusive programming and policies in tech startups (both at Yelp and Nextdoor). Most recently, she has taken on leadership roles in both corporate Employee Resource Groups and Diversity Steering Committees. Sydney has also designed employee inclusion surveys and held intergroup dialogues on social justice issues and microaggressions in the workplace. 

Sydney works on diversity, equity, and inclusion programs at Google in San Francisco. She also serves as the VP on a Board for US National Committee for UN Women San Francisco. Sydney is incredibly passionate about making the workplace, and tech industry in particular, more accessible, inclusive, and equitable for underrepresented populations.
Jonathan Mears
Global Head of Executive Talent Acquisition
VISA International
Sydney Coleman
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion (DEI) Programs Manager
Google
Rhonda Merchant
Senior Director, Talent Acquisition

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Rhonda Merchant
Senior Director, Talent Acquisition

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Rhonda Merchant is a strategic thought leader who leads, develops, and manages high-performing teams of talent-acquisition professionals who are transforming business in multiple industries. 

Her programs employ the latest strategies when it comes to talent branding, careers websites/microsites, traditional, digital, programmatic, mobile, social media, video, job previews, pay-for-performance SEM, text to apply, and new media.
Jeff Hyman
CEO
Recruit Rockstars Executive Search
Jeff Hyman launched his recruiting career at Heidrick & Struggles and Spencer Stuart, the preeminent global executive search firms. Today, he’s Chief Executive Officer at Chicago-based Recruit Rockstars Executive Search. Along the way, Jeff created four companies, backed by over $50 million in venture capital. 

He currently teaches the MBA course about recruiting at Kellogg School of Management and hosts the five-starred Strong Suit Podcast, available on iTunes. Jeff has been featured by Inc, Fortune, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, CNBC, Bloomberg, and other media outlets. He holds a Masters from Kellogg School of Management and Bachelors from The Wharton School.
Jeff Hyman
CEO
Recruit Rockstars Executive Search
Jeff Hyman launched his recruiting career at Heidrick & Struggles and Spencer Stuart, the preeminent global executive search firms. Today, he’s Chief Executive Officer at Chicago-based Recruit Rockstars Executive Search. Along the way, Jeff created four companies, backed by over $50 million in venture capital. 

He currently teaches the MBA course about recruiting at Kellogg School of Management and hosts the five-starred Strong Suit Podcast, available on iTunes. Jeff has been featured by Inc, Fortune, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, CNBC, Bloomberg, and other media outlets. He holds a Masters from Kellogg School of Management and Bachelors from The Wharton School.
Steve Lowisz
CEO 
Qualigence International
Steve Lowisz
CEO 
Qualigence International
Steve is the go-to expert on talent acquisition, talent assessment, personal development, diversity & inclusion as well as business performance through team development for startup, equity backed, and Fortune 500 companies across the globe.

His direct delivery is the perfect balance of energy, motivation and focused results. Every session is customized to drive the greatest possible impact, combining engaging stories (including personal failures) and practical tools and techniques that drive attendees to learn and take action. 
Julie Hubert
CEO
Workland
Julie Hubert is CEO and co-founder of Workland, a growing Montreal-based company specializing in recruitment technologies, solutions and services. Holding a Bachelor’s degree in business from Concordia and an MBA from McGill University, after having accumulated more than twelve years
of marketing experience in large companies, she decided to leave everything behind in 2011 in order to start her own business in the field of HR & IT.
Jeremy Eskenazi
Managing Principal
Riviera Advisors, Inc.
Prior to founding Riviera Advisors in 2001, Jeremy spent almost 20 years leading talent acquisition and staffing teams at Universal Studios, Amazon.com, and Idealab. Jeremy is a professional member of the National Speakers Association (NSA), the Institute of Management Consultants-USA and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). Jeremy is currently serving on his third term on the SHRM Talent Acquisition special expertise panel and served on the recent Workforce Planning Standards Workgroup.
Jim Stroud
Talent Sourcing Trainer

Over the past decade, Jim Stroud has built an expertise in sourcing hard-to-find talent. He consulted for organizations such as Microsoft, Google, MCI, Siemens, Bernard Hodes Group and a host of start-up companies. His latest project – “The Jim Stroud Podcast” explores the future of work, life and everything in between. More details highlighting his career and industry influence can be found on his blog – JimStroud.com.
Kathy Enros
VP, Talent
Galvanize
Kathy has over 20 years of human resources experience. With a strong focus on culture, talent attraction, and retention, Kathy has helped to significantly increase employee satisfaction and retention through key HR initiatives. Kathy and her team have been instrumental in transforming organizations into an employer of choice, with her current company, Galvanize, being recognized as one of the Top 100 Employers in Canada and one of Canada's Most Admired Corporate Cultures. 

Prior to Galvanize, Kathy was the senior vice president, HR, at Vision Critical for more than eight years. In this role, she was a key leader in building the company from 60 to 700 employees worldwide and played a key role in creating the culture, making it a top employer in British Columbia.
Peter Lynch
CEO
Hitch Studio
Peter Lynch is an experienced global Fortune 500 executive. He’s also an author, TED speaker, a top 50 podcaster and an award-winning entrepreneur. 

His app has been downloaded in more than 70 countries, he was winner of Denver’s Hottest Startup and his podcast was ranked higher than the Wall Street Journal and Harvard Business Review. 

Peter is known for his impactful storytelling and has taken his message of winning through authenticity to companies, leaders and teams on 5 continents.
John Graham
Sr. Manager, Global Employer Brand & Recruitment Marketing, Amgen
As a creative communicator with a habit of connecting people to brands through authentic experiences, I’ve always dreamed big and to this day, am driven by the question “Why?” 

I now direct my passion towards disrupting the Pharmaceutical industry’s approach to talent acquisition and employer branding through digital strategy and activating authenticity at scale. I support over 100 countries worldwide to build bridges between career aspiration and opportunity.
Cher Jones
Social Media Trainer
Founder, Socially Active
Cher Jones is a Corporate Social Media Trainer & Personal Branding Coach with the love of technology hardwired into her personality. As the founder of Socially Active Training, she leverages almost 20 years of PR, marketing and broadcasting experience when teaching professionals and entrepreneurs how to effectively get online and develop powerful personal brands for business. 

 She has worked internationally with a wide variety of organizations including Rogers, Hong Kong Police, PokerStars, BlackBerry, Industrial Alliance, The City of Toronto, MPI, The UK Trade and Investment, The Ontario Ministry of Education and CBC to name a few.
Amit Hinduja
Sr. Manager, Enterprise Talent Sourcing
RBC
Amit Hinduja is an innovative experienced emerging Talent Hunter who uses social media platform as his playground to hunt talents. A Passionate entrepreneur, he has a geeky dedication to developing creative solutions to complex talent problems.

Over the past 7 years, Amit Hinduja has built an expertise in social media recruiting, online research, competitive intelligence, community management and training.
Greg Toroosian
Founder
Elevate Hire
Greg Toroosian has spent the last decade recruiting for various positions across Software, Hardware, IT and Business verticals. His career started in the UK and he has helped build and rebuild TA functions, lead high-performing recruiting teams, and implemented new TA systems. Through Elevate Hire he provides four main offerings to his clients; Advisory & Consultancy, Retained Services, Retained Search and Contingent Search.
Debbie Levitt
CEO
Delta CX
Debbie Levitt, CEO of Delta CX, has been a CX and UX strategist, designer, and trainer since the 1990s. As a “serial contractor” who lived in the Bay Area for most of this decade, Debbie has influenced interfaces at Sony, Wells Fargo, Oracle, Constant Contact, Macys.com, and a variety of Silicon Valley startups. Clients have given her the nickname, “Mary Poppins,” because she flies in, improves everything she can, sings a few songs, and flies away to her next adventure.

She is an O’Reilly published author and one of few instructors on the planet recommended by Axure. Her “Delta CX” book and training teach companies how to improve customer satisfaction, predict and mitigate business risk, and increase ROI by investing in great customer experiences.
Shahid Wazed
Chief Transformation Coach
Top Talent Media Inc.
Shahid is the chief transformation coach at Top Talent Media Inc.

Creating something remarkable out of nothing is his specialty.

Under his leadership, the City of Edmonton won an HR National Award for Innovation. 

Now, he dedicates his time coaching corporate recruitment teams on rolling out cutting edge initiatives such as hiring manager podcasts, cinematic video job ads and automated talent funnels to increase their quality of hire, faster than they ever thought possible. 

Email him at shahid@toptalentmedia.events to learn more about the aforementioned recruitment training services.
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