“This summit has given great value and context for what is out in the market today”
-Bradley Ewoniak, Manager, Frontline Recruiting | WestJet
Each year the Top Talent Summit helps Talent Acquisition professionals across Canada become legendary in their field. Discover how.
What Makes Top Talent Summit So Different?
When it comes to talent acquisition, hiring top talent for critical roles can be a constant struggle. The Top Talent Summit helps talent acquisition professionals like yourself revolutionize their current recruiting process and send all of their recruiting challenges on a permanent vacation.
We know how hard it is to entice top candidates to join your organization and have helped hundreds of large and small companies alike recruit top talent with crystal-clear precision. By tweaking your recruiting process just a little, your job postings start better working for you, your team members are turned into a powerful recruiting force and your top talent pipeline never runs dry.
Top Talent Summit speakers are sourced through in-depth interviews, not through online speaking proposals all other conferences use to get their speakers. Our careful and meticulous screening process ensures all speakers have real world experience and the right credentials to speak confidently and authoritatively about the subject matter they present. As a result, hundreds of our delegates leave the summit with the practical insights needed to not only navigate, but thrive in the ever changing recruiting landscape.
In just two days,  you’ll be equipped with:
● Proven strategies used by recruiting leaders from top companies to revolutionize their recruiting process
● Practical insights on personal and professional development topics such as goal setting, recruitment marketing and sourcing tech talent
● New leadership skills to propel your career to the next level
Register for the Top Talent Summit today and spend two insight-packed days with industry thought leaders and hundreds of top talent acquisition professionals from across Canada. Seats are extremely limited due to a waiting list so register today.
Sr. Leadership Coach, Author and Forbes Contributor
Recruitment Marketing Strategist
Chief Talent Officer
Director, Talent Acquisition
Dr. Mary Megali
Director, Talent Acquisition & HR Prof at UofT
Vice President, People Services
Sr. Director, Talent Development Solutions
Talent Acquisition Leader
Talent Research Lead
Director, Talent Acquisition
Dr. Maite Balda
CEO & Founder of Neubuco
Headhunter in Silicon Valley
Retail Thought Leader
Artificial Intelligence Thought Leader
|5:30 -8:30 PM||
The VIP pass grants you access to an exclusive VIP strategy session including a VIP-only dinner on Wednesday, May 9th from 5:30 to 8:30 PM. In addition to complete access to the rest of the conference, this is your opportunity to meet selected keynote speakers who will provide you with an actionable solution to one talent acquisition challenge you’re currently facing. If you’re a talent acquisition leader, secure your VIP pass today because space is limited to only 40 participants.
|6:00 - 8:00 PM||
Pre-Summit Workshop (Registration Fee: $295)
What Top Candidates Want to See in a Job Posting
Speaker: Gian Verano, Creative Copywriter
First impressions are everything. Is your company making the strongest one possible? Whether you work for a global powerhouse or small, independent business, the job description you post can say a lot about your company’s culture, expectations and positioning in your industry. In order to attract the best possible talent, your posting should clearly address not only what you’re looking for, but also what top candidates can hope to gain by signing on that dotted line.
Throughout this workshop you’ll learn how to craft clear, concise job descriptions and compelling company profiles that stand out amongst the multitude of posting out there, while staying true to your company’s brand identity.
Participants are also encouraged to bring in a current job posting and will receive one-on-one guidance on how to make it more appealing to top candidates using the principles discussed during the workshop.
The investment for this pre-conference workshop is $295 and space is limited to only 40 participants. Reserve your spot today by adding it to your registration.
I Want You to WIN
Speaker: Susanne Biro, Sr. Leadership Coach, Author and Forbes contributor
What attracts the very best professionals? What then engages their highest performance, year after year after year? What is leadership if not the ability to work extraordinarily well with and through others? And, what if the “war for talent” doesn’t need to be a war?
Countless organizations today are striving to create a learning, feedback-rich coaching culture, one filled with creative leaders who positively attract, engage, and inspire their organizations’ very best talent. Let’s talk about what we can all do to foster this kind of culture, one in which we are coaches for each other, with the tacit message underneath all we do being simply this: “I want you to win!”
Why Can’t I get Hiring Managers to Partner in the Recruitment Process?
Speaker: Dr. Mary Megali, Director, Talent Acquisition at OpenText & HR Prof at University of Toronto
Ever find yourself working with “interesting” hiring managers? Those managers wouldn’t leave the performance management of their employees to their HRBP so why do they leave talent acquisition solely to recruitment? In this 45-min session, you’ll learn how to influence hiring managers, learn the secrets to gaining control of the process, and reduce the time it takes to find your star candidate.Key takeaways:
• Creative ways to approach L&D with little and big budgets
• Quantifying the results of your investments with some real examples
• How to make the case for budget to invest in your people that can’t be refused
|10:30 AM||Coffee Break|
The Heart Beat: Build a TA team that will take your company to the next level
Speaker: Anna Lambert, Director, Talent Acquisition at Shopify
The success of your company comes down to building a world-class recruiting team. The better your TA team is the better your company will be. in this keynote Anna will share how to identify predictors of success for your organization, teams, and roles so that you're bringing in the right people at the right time and leveraging the people you already have.
|11:30 AM||Thought Leadership Presentations from Sponsors|
How to Set Up Your Recruitment Marketing Function from the Ground Up
Speaker: Lane Sutton, Recruitment Marketing Strategist
What happens when you build a recruitment marketing program and employer brand with no budget or prior recruiting knowledge? This session will share the approach a marketer took to understand a culture, share an authentic story with candidates, create a strategy, and the techniques to bring that story to life.Key takeaways:
● The tools you need to be an all-in-one DIY recruitment marketer
● How to take your strategy to execution within a few months on $0
● Why story and culture comes first
Concurrent Session #1:
Breaking the Mold - Changing Your Talent Sourcing Strategy
In a specialized industry like commercial real estate, hiring managers automatically assume you need industry experience to succeed. Recruiting based on the same rigid criteria leads to the same pool of candidates. And with fierce competition for top talent, the talent pool gets smaller and smaller making hitting recruitment targets very difficult.
To continually reinforce our industry-leading position, Colliers needs to hire the best candidates and develop them into great advisors. In 2014, Colliers launched a cutting-edge program that puts people on the track to becoming high-achieving real estate advisors.
Since its inception, we have shifted our recruitment strategy to focus on hiring new types of candidates from diverse backgrounds including new graduates and sales professionals from other industries, which would not have been considered in the past. The program started as a pilot of six individuals, and has now grown into a North America-wide initiative with over 130 participants. In terms of production, Advisor Development Program participants and graduates have completed over 990 deals worth over $6 million.Key takeaways:
● Building the business case
● Designing a flexible and scalable program
● Tracking success
Concurrent Session #2:
How to Build a Rockstar Talent Pipeline
“I am not interested in a powerful strategic recruiting approach” ~ said no organization ever!
Back to reality… when the need to acquire talent arises, organizations set out to recruit and retain the best, however most organizations do not have a well-orchestrated talent pipeline strategy. Building a talent pipeline should no longer be reserved for succession planning.
Simply put, Talent Pipelining is building trusted relationships with passive talent for future needs and should fully support and align with the company strategy. Most often, the best candidates are employed, therefore not actively looking or perusing your website, social media channels or job boards. As a result, it’s unlikely your organization is on their radar.
A pipeline approach allows your TA team the opportunity to make contact with passive talent without the need to sell an immediate job. Instead, conversations take place and trust is slowly built.
Let’s get real, developing a talent pipeline is not quick fix or short term strategy and will require a mega shift from reactive (aka post and pray) to proactive recruiting.
In this 45-minute session, we’ll review 3 key elements to building a robust pipeline: Fostering relationships, “old school” power of connection and a winning candidate experience!
Concurrent Session #1:
Recruiting Recipe for Start-ups in Growth Mode
Recruiters, both internal and external, are facing many obstacles these days in the competitive start-up landscape. Successful recruiters understand that the processes are very different from non-start-up searches and need to be flexible to the company’s ever-changing needs. If you are unable to adapt and move with agility, stay out of this fast lane or you’ll be chewed up and spit out by your competition. I will share many of the keys to my success during my workshop - don’t miss it!Key takeaways:
● Understand the reasons a talented/successful/happy person would leave to join your organization or your client’s organization
● How to educate your hiring manager and ensure that the deals are closed with limited chance of falling off
Concurrent Session #2:
Starting from Scratch: How to Build Sourcing Into Your Hiring Strategy
Most people aren't actively looking for a new role, but ~73% are open to hearing about new opportunities. Engaging with these folks can open up a whole new world of talent, but between writing job postings, screening and interviewing applicants, and closing candidates how do you find time for sourcing? And if Boolean strings sounds more like a computer algorithm than a search strategy you know how to leverage, how do you even get started?
In this session you'll learn how to source and engage with passive candidates and how to track your results so you can iterate and improve over time. You'll also learn how to measure your success and fully understand the value sourcing can add to your organization. Finally, you'll learn how you can take it to the next level and build a sourcing team.Key takeaways:
● Practical sourcing strategies you can start using now
● Tips for writing compelling emails to engage with candidates once you've found them
● How to build a successful sourcing team and how to measure the value sourcing brings to your organization
|4:30 PM||Facilitated Networking Session|
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