Anna challenges our everyday actions – how they are making us less human and why we’ll pay for it. As a Director of Talent Acquisition at Shopify, Anna leads a team of more than 100 people, including recruiters, researchers, and coordinators across seven locations globally. Over the last seven years, Anna has contributed to Shopify’s growth by designing high impact teams who serve Shopify’s global merchant base. Anna is committed to ensuring diversity and inclusion are embedded into Shopify’s hiring practices. She has recruited top talent from all over the world across a variety of disciplines, helped to position Shopify as a top employer, and has grown Shopify from 150 to over 3,000 employees around the world.
As local tech company Martello made history with its debut on the TSX Venture Exchange in September of last year, CEO John Proctor became one of few military veterans to take a company public in Canada. Looking back at his journey, John shares what military culture has taught him about business and considers the impact on Canada’s economy if more businesses understood how to make the most of the untapped talent pool it has in Canada’s military veterans. As President and CEO of Martello Technologies, John oversees corporate direction and strategy to grow the business and ensure the company’s position as a global industry leader. A respected senior ICT executive, John brings more than eight years of experience driving strategic initiatives that build businesses. Prior to his work in the private sector, John served for more than twenty years in the Canadian and British Forces. On entering the private sector, John served in multiple roles, including Vice President, Global Cyber Security at CGI. John is also a very active member of the ICT community, including sitting on the ICT advisory board for Government Affairs Canada and the CATA Cyber Council.
Despite the reality of gender-based differences in leadership, women can unleash their full potential even in the face of fear and doubt. Imagine having an empowering tactic to push you through the paralysis of fear and give you the courage to make bolder moves and provide a greater impact as a woman in leadership. Katherine Cooligan, the Regional Managing Partner of the Borden Ladner Gervais LLP Ottawa office, is a specialist in family law certified by the Law Society of Ontario. In addition, and as an adjunct to her litigation practice, Katherine negotiates, drafts and reviews all forms of domestic contracts, including marriage contracts, cohabitation agreements and separation. She has extensive litigation experience in all aspects of family law that include custody, financial, and corporate and business issues arising out of separation, income determination, and child and spousal support. During the Bar Admission Course, Katherine was awarded the Abraham Lieff Scholarship Award for demonstrating excellence in the skills required in family law practice.
Accurately and rapidly predicting health or disease for patients is critical and is now the future of medicine. Dr. Wells’s predictive ‘“Wells Models” have been making a positive difference in medicine, but they took nine years from research to implementation in practice. Today, with the ability to manipulate data, cloud computing, artificial intelligence, DNA sequencing, biomarkers, and wearable devices that can communicate with doctors, we have the capacity for rapid, individualized, precision care that can see into your future. Dr. Wells received his medical school education and specialty training in Internal Medicine at the University of Ottawa. He then studied Hematology and completed a Masters in Clinical Epidemiology at McMaster University, concentrating on the special problems of venous thrombosis (blood clots in the veins). He pioneered the concept of clinical prediction rules to assist in the diagnosis of patients with suspected deep vein thrombosis and/or pulmonary embolism. For each of these diseases he embodied these prediction rules in valuable algorithms now known as the “Wells Model for DVT” and the “Wells Model for PE”. They are currently used world-wide in the diagnostic process for these illnesses and are incorporated into many national and organizational guidelines. He established the Thrombosis Treatment and Assessment Unit at The Ottawa Hospital, now the largest thrombosis clinical practice in the world. In March 2009, after 10 years as Division Chief in Hematology, he assumed the position of Chief/Chair of the Department of Medicine at The Ottawa Hospital and the University of Ottawa. The Department consists of 17 Divisions, almost 500 physicians and over 200 post graduate trainees. Dr. Wells has over $30 million granted in career research funding and has over 340 publications in a wide array of prestigious journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, Circulation, Blood, Nature Genetics and Lancet.
One of the most powerful tools our society has created is also the biggest distraction. Social media has become a fundamental part of our lives but is it being used correctly? In his talk, Connor discusses how our cellphones can help us either positively impact millions of people, or act as a detriment to our social development. Connor LaRocque is an expert at helping young adults and entrepreneurs become leaders, overcome fears, and distinguish themselves in a crowded marketplace. He is the President of a multinational direct sales company called LA Roqk Enterprises, and he is the Founder and CEO of SocialRise Revenue Marketing Agency. He published two books while completing his bachelor’s degree. The second book “Mindset is Everything” ranked 43 out of 100 on the Amazon Bestseller list.
Every single year 8 million tons of plastic enters our oceans. Change starts with one person. It starts with one straw. It starts with one drop. “You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop.”
Marianne Gee has been asking herself the same question for years: “How to save the honeybees?” The simple answer is: You are insignificant, but your 1/12th of a teaspoon counts!
“I won the lottery the day I was born.” Luck creates advantages and disadvantages from the day we are born. Mark Sutcliffe is asking us to redesign our thinking to recognize the role of luck in our lives. “Imagine a world where luck is irrelevant and all the children in the future can start life with the same opportunity.”
How do we know when the status quo is no longer working? What does it take for us to see that the current model needs to be redesigned? For Jay Gosselin it took 12,000 heartbreaking conversations with students to fully understand how badly our model for educational transitions needs to be overhauled.
The purpose of government is to improve the lives of people. We can not be a Blockbuster government serving a Netflix citizenry. Scott Brison is happiest when thinking ahead, driving change and breaking boundaries.
Make the world a better place. A very personal story of a parking lot, the Tetra Society of Canada, ComputerWise and a customized software tool.