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Women in IT How to get hired in the future of work

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June 20th 2018

Developing your Talents to join the Diverse Workforce of Tomorrow 

Keynote Speaker

Caitlin MacGregor
CEO and Co-founder, Plum

After building two businesses and experiencing firsthand the costs of uncertainty and bias in conventional hiring practices, Caitlin MacGregor became the CEO and co-founder of Plum ( out of her own necessity. Plum combines advanced Industrial/Organizational Psychology with Artificial Intelligence to help companies hire, grow, and retain top talent.

In her session, “How to get hired in the future of work: Developing your talents to join the diverse workforce of tomorrow,” Caitlin will be sharing her journey to becoming a CEO in the tech world – without knowing a single programming language. Caitlin knows from her own journey that education and experience are biased and aren’t the defining factors that will dictate success – talents, such as innovation, leadership, and adaptability, are. And in the future of work, where automation and AI will bring the rise of net new jobs (and programming languages) at a rate we’ve never seen before, having the right talents will be crucial.

Caitlin will dive deep into what talents will make you most marketable in the future of work and how to develop them. In the meantime, while we wait for talent quantification to become the way you get hired, Caitlin will provide insight into how to spot biases that unconsciously force minorities to self-select out of the hiring process, and how to keep moving forward, even when it isn’t easy.



Margaret Galvin 
Senior Director of Talent Acquisition Digital & Technology, RBC

Margaret just recently joined RBC as Senior Director of Talent Acquisition Digital & Technology RBC. As an outcome-driven thinking leader with a demonstrated ability to define the strategy and acquire the talent needed to deliver business outcomes.

Margaret has over 14 years of experience building and sustaining differentiated recruiting capabilities to attract the top talent via focused campaigns, social media, and innovative activities that build brand and acquire key talent in a competitive market.

Prior to joining RBC, Margaret spent the last 14 years with Accenture leading teams across NA specializing in digital and technology talent acquisition.   She is passionate about diversity and the importance of having a diverse and inclusive environment.


Grace Medel

Global Director Talent Acquisition

Grace is a very seasoned Talent Acquisition professional with experience recruiting in multiple major markets and verticals. Now concentrated on the technology front Grace manages the team at Adiuvo with high focus on coaching to promote diversity and equality within the candidates they present, focusing on talent, experience and equal opportunity across the board.

Grace is a community leader and equality advocate having also devoted her time in helping new immigrants, women and children find their footing, be empowered and direction in the city through various charities she closely works with during her time off recruiting, Passionate and equal opportunity driven best describes her personality and practice.


Megan Woerlein 
Head of HR for Digital Banking, Scotiabank

Megan has over 12 years of experience building, leading and enabling high performing teams within the tech sector. She kick-started her career in New York where she worked alongside hyper growth start-ups such as ZocDoc and Square helping them headhunt the best possible technical talent and organize them smartly around problem solving and innovating. She then moved home to Toronto and honed her skills in both product and professional services focused tech companies such as Architech, one of profit500’s fastest growing tech firms in Canada and Joist, a product company that’s a shining example of the Toronto start-up community with over 500,000 users and counting.

In both organizations, she’s led HR teams to great success in building scalable and human centred onboarding, training, and recruitment and engagement programs and has spoken about this work at several industry events highlighting the common pitfalls of organizations that try to scale first and focus on people second. She’s an advocate for women in technology and is proud to report that Digital Banking’s Leadership currently sits at 55% female.


Bindhu AT 
Vice President – Banking and Financial Services, CGI

As a technology and business focused transformational change agent Bindhu has 15+ years of extensive expertise in delivery, architecture, sales and building high performing teams. She is an innovative thinker with a proven track record in digital transformation and agile delivery.

She is a trusted advisor to her clients, Binbhu has delivered large key transformational initiatives. Her carrier has spanned across various industry sectors Banking, Retail, Health Care, Criminal Justice and the Credit Unions.


Janet Stickney 
Director, Business Development, Precise Testing Solutions

With experience in education as principal and private school owner, Janet transferred her skills and interests to a consulting role in the field of English language assessment. Her work focuses on university English departments and corporate HR departments that need a better overview of language performance levels of students or employees. Precise Solutions provides detailed analysis of the results for HR administrators to see an employee’s level of English as it relates to the pertinent needs of the position. With powerful software, we are able to provide meaningful results that highlight strengths and weakness of test takers in each language skill area.

HR administrators may use the assessment results to audit the level of English communication skills in multiple locations, or to measure the amount of learning that is taking place in communication training programs. Precise Solutions will deliver online tests with speaking and writing components designed specifically for the job position, at the time of recruitment, hiring, or promotion.  With Toronto being the magnet city for international business, it is imperative that language is assessed along with IT and leadership capabilities.


Panel Moderator

Stephanie Vaccari 
Partner, Baker McKenzie’s Intellectual Property (IP) Practice


Baker McKenzie’s Intellectual Property (IP) Practice in Toronto has been consistently ranked by Chambers Global and Managing IP.   She serves as co-chair of Baker McKenzie’s Toronto Consumer Goods and Retail Group and  its Baker Women’s Networking Group.  Stephanie leads the Toronto Office’s Industrial Design and Transactional IP team and co-leads its IP Portfolio Management and Trademark Enforcement teams, where she advises clients on matters relating to the creation, exploitation and protection of IP rights, particularly in the fields of consumer goods, technology, communications, and financial services.



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