Welcome to 7th Annual Top Talent Summit
Canada's Signature Talent Acquisition Conference 
For Futuristic Talent Acquisition / HR Leaders & Recruiters
June 3 & 4, 2020 || Toronto || The Globe And Mail Centre
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
Sofia Theodorou
Former Chief People Officer
LoyaltyOne
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.
Gord Theo
AgileTA Scrum Master
IBM Canada
Gord Theo
AgileTA Scrum Master
IBM Canada
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.
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.
Rick Girard
Founder & CEO of Stride Search,
And Host of the Hire Power Radio Podcast
Rick Girard
Founder & CEO of Stride Search,
And Host of the Hire Power Radio Podcast
Rick's career has kept him laser-focused on building tech startups in the highly competitive Silicon Valley. Over his career, He has helped build more than 200 startups’ teams that have successfully exited. Contrarian in his approach, Rick has flipped the script on engagement and the hiring process to bring a massive competitive advantage to every interaction.

While not running a school for Gifted Mutants as Professor X, Rick hosts the Hire Power Radio Show & Podcast, a weekly series on OC Talk Radio which serves as a business leader’s resource to solve their most difficult hiring challenges.
Alan Henshaw
Recruiting Manager, AWS Engineering
Amazon
Alan Henshaw
Recruiting Manager, AWS Engineering
Amazon
Alan Henshaw builds teams for the world’s most customer-centric company, Amazon. With Amazonian and recruiter DNA, innovation and data are core pillars of his daily routine. 

Unafraid of failure, thinking creatively in building teams, product scalability, and problem solving with data are the catalysts that gets him up every morning.
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.
Ali Rajah
Head of Talent Acquisition
IBM Canada
Ali Rajah is an accomplished talent acquisition executive with deep expertise in building best-in-class talent acquisition structures to meet the talent needs for global companies. At present, Ali heads up the recruitment function for IBM Canada where he is responsible for talent acquisition strategy, operations, leadership and positioning IBM’s talent brand as the premier employer of choice for technology and consulting practitioners.  

Earlier, Ali was the Head of Global Talent Acquisition for OpenText Corporation where he was responsible for building and launching OpenText’s talent acquisition team and operations to support hiring in over twenty countries. Prior to joining OpenText, Ali has led a number of recruitment organizations at other world-class companies including BlackBerry, IBM Software Labs and Responsys (now Oracle). In the early part of his career, Ali worked for a number of startup and early stage companies in Silicon Valley, CA. where he was responsible for building and scaling teams to deliver on their growth agenda. 

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.
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.
Amy Squire
Student Experience & Operations Manager
BMO
As the Manager of Student Experience and Campus Operations on the Enterprise Campus Recruitment & Early Talent Programs Team at BMO, Amy Squire helps improve the operational efficiencies related to budgets, reporting & metrics, team processes & new technologies as well as launching exciting new student programs for BMO such as the Campus Influencer Program, Student Engagement Strategy, social media strategies and the inaugural Student Summit. Amy’s 15+ years of experience includes managing Campus Recruitment and Early Talent programs at Deloitte, Johnson & Johnson and Target, where she has developed best in class Campus strategies.
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. 
Peter Lynch
Founder and 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.
Bridget King
Branding & Communications Manager
IBM Canada
Bridget King is the North America Branding & Communications Program Manager, Early Professional Hiring at IBM, responsible for strategic branding and communications across the US and Canada to enable IBM to attract and hire top early professional talent.

Previously, Bridget led IBM’s campus recruitment team in Canada. A graduate of the University of Waterloo Arts and Business Co-op program, Bridget has also worked in recruitment in the tech industry and the federal government. She was named Campus Recruiter of the Year by TalentEgg in 2017.
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.
Jordan Beresford
Enterprise Talent Marketing Lead
Scotiabank
Currently managing the Talent Marketing team at Scotiabank, Jordan oversees all of the recruitment marketing and employer brand activities for the Bank, globally. 

With over 10 years of digital marketing and content experience, 4 of those years in Talent Marketing and Employer Branding roles, she’s been focused on driving talent attraction for enterprise organizations through employer branding, recruitment marketing, and content strategies, as well as through innovative recruiting solutions.
Tanya Woit
Director, Talent & Operations
Think Research
Tanya Woit is the Director of Talent and Operations at Think Research. 

Think Research is a health technology company that develops knowledge based tools and clinical content for clinicians to deliver the best evidence-based care to patients. Since joining early in 2013, she has led the team that has grown headcount from 25 to over 230 full-time staff both in and outside of Canada. 

Tanya loves the fast-paced environment and opportunities to try new approaches that come along with a rapidly growing tech scale-up. She is a strong advocate for empowering her team members to push the boundaries of “old” HR and work with side by side with the teams they support in creating bespoke programs and process. 

Outside of work, Tanya is an avid horseback rider, snowboarder and proud mom of a 14 month old boxer puppy named Betty-Lou.
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.
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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