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Get interactive with HR technology and learn from those who are leading the industry!

Back by popular demand, the HR Technology Symposium + Showcase will be October 21st in Vancouver at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, 900 W Georgia St, Vancouver BC.

This hands-on, highly interactive event gets you up close with some of the most revolutionary tech companies who are changing how HR is practiced today, and tomorrow. HR professionals need to have a strong understanding of the products and platforms that are available and, more importantly, know how to incorporate and align them to business strategies.

This Event Includes:

Whether you are responsible for administrative HR functions or you’re a strategic HR leader with an eye on the future, this is the HR Tech event to be at. This event SOLD OUT in 2018, so register today to future-proof both yourself and your employer!

*Everyone who registers before Sept. 30, 2019 will be entered to WIN one-of-two, overnight stays at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver on Oct. 20, 2019. Winner will be contacted on Oct. 2, 2019.

Date: Monday, October 21, 2019

Time: 8:00-4:00 pm, Happy Hour: 4:00-5:00 PM

Venue: Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, 900 W Georgia St, Vancouver BC


Registration Deadline

Early Bird
(Sept. 30)

(Oct. 16th)

(After Oct. 16th)













All pricing excludes applicable taxes. HST/GST # 119446714

Enquiries: Questions about registration or receipt can be directed to


Monday, October 21, 2019 Start Time End Time
Registration opens – Coffee provided by: 8:00 AM 8:30 AM
Opening Remarks & Keynote #1 – The Digital HR Function: Past, Present & Future – Paul Rubenstein, Visier Inc. 8:30 AM 9:30 AM
Health Break 9:30 AM 9:45 AM
Keynote #2 – Technology Adoption Done Right – Aaron Hudson, ADP Canada 9:45 AM 10:45 AM
Health Break 10:45 AM 11:00 AM
Keynote Panel – Jose Dino, Telus, Josh Berman, Culture Amp, Kathy Gibson (TBC) and Sheh Shojaee, CPHR BC & Yukon 11:00 AM 12:00 PM
Networking Lunch 12:00 PM 1:00 PM
Showcase Opens (12:00-5:00 PM) 12:00 PM 5:00 PM
Tech Talk #1 – Dick Burke, Envoy – Global Talent Trends (TBC) 1:00 PM 1:15 PM
Tech Talk #2 – Greg Ford, TalentClick – Talent Success Forecast 1:20 PM 1:35 PM
Tech Talk #3 – Pierre Roy, Cegid – Onboarding for Retention  1:40 PM 1:55 PM
Tech Talk #4 – Nicole Severin, Ceridian – The Transformational World of Work 2:00 PM 2:15 PM
Closing Remarks & Keynote #3 – Digging Into Data to Create Hiring Strategies That Work – Saeed Sadooghi, 3:00 PM 4:00 PM Happy Hour + Showcase 4:00 PM 5:00 PM

*schedule subject to change

Keynote Speakers
Keynote 1
TIME: 8:30-9:30 AM
DESCRIPTION: The Digital HR Function: Past, Present & Future
PRESENTER(S): Paul Rubenstein, Chief People Officer, Visier Inc.
Organizations have spent billions on HR technology in the pursuit of transformation, yet the desire for strategic impact by HR remains unfulfilled. A new generation of software has arrived with the promise to once again ‘disrupt’ HR and change everyone’s job. This session helps us understand how to prepare for truly Digital HR, and the impact it has on HR’s jobs, service delivery model and technology spend.

About the presenter: 

As a member of Visier’s management board, Paul is responsible for the culture and talent that drives Visier’s innovation and growth. He leads an HR function that acts as a model-of-practice in the use of people analytics.

Over the last 25 years, Paul has consulted at the intersection of talent strategy and business strategy, as well as HR service delivery and technology design. His experience also includes stints in M&A, corporate strategy and outsourcing. Global consulting projects focused on Financial Services, Technology and Transportation and included large-scale HR transformation and technology deployment, global shared services, talent strategy redesign and post-merger integration. His thought leadership has centered on creating ‘commercial’ HR function, change management, spend agility, portfolio talent strategy and HR function design.

Paul most recently served as Visier’s Vice President of Value Engineering where he worked with senior executives and teams from Global 2000 organizations. Prior to Visier, Paul was a partner at Aon Hewitt where he worked the Talent practice and was the GM for the leadership and assessment business. Paul’s experience includes global consulting at Mercer and working in the HR functions of Home Box Office, Scholastic, and Hyatt Hotels.


Keynote 2 
TIME: 9:45-10:45 AM
DESCRIPTION: Technology Adoption Done Right
PRESENTER: Aaron Hudson, Division Vice President of Implementation, ADP Canada
Implementing new technology for your workplace is always exciting. It can make your organization more productive and appeal to the talent that craves to get their hands on innovative new tools. What’s not exciting is the resistance to change from your people. You’re likely to believe that implementing new technology is the key to a successful strategy and although the right tools can be beneficial, if they’re in the wrong hands it can be detrimental.In today’s technophile society it’s expected that people have the skillset to quickly adopt to new technology. However, this isn’t always the case, especially when there are so many bells and whistles being released daily. Whether it’s your existing management team or your employees – if they’re not aligned with your vision, the investment you make in implementing a new tool will fall by the wayside.

Your HRIS provider may talk you through the steps you need to take to successfully implement a new system but no one will address the disruption that occurs following a ‘successful’ technology launch. Are you prepared for the resistance to change and the frustration employees will have with incorporating a new tool? If you don’t have a plan on how to increase adoption rates, then this is the session for you.

This technology-oriented but non-technical presentation from Aaron Hudson, Divisional Vice President of Implementation at ADP Canada will highlight the factors that contribute to the adoption of new technology within an organization. You will learn the actionable steps you will need to take to align new technology with your overall strategy. In each case, preparing for this kind of organizational change, whether it’s a big change such as migrating to the cloud, automating your talent process or a smaller scale transition, gaining buy-in and commitment early on from your end-users can make all the difference.

In this presentation, you will learn:

  • Actionable steps to take to align new technology with your overall strategy
  • How to gain buy-in and commitment early on from your end-users and leadership team
  • Who to involve and when
  • Best-In-Class Design from the user’s perspective
  • What prevents technology adoption
  • How to improve technology adoption among practitioners
  • How to improve technology adoption among employees
  • Case Study example of a large scale organization who rolled out a perfect implementation

About the presenter:
Aaron Hudson is Division Vice-President, Implementation at ADP Canada. In his current role, Aaron is responsible for leading complex HCM implementation projects for businesses of all sizes across the country. Over 18 years with ADP, Aaron has previously held senior leadership positions in client services, program management, business engineering solutions, and technical services. Prior to ADP, Aaron served in leadership roles at Rogers Communications and 724 Solutions. Aaron holds B.A. (Hons.) and B.Ed. degrees from Queen’s University. He lives in Mississauga, Ontario.


Keynote Panel 
TIME: 11:00-12:00 PM
DESCRIPTION: How Technology is Changing the Face of HR / or the Traditional HR Mindset
Panelists & Moderator: 
José Dino, TELUS Employer Solutions

With over than 20 years of experience in the HR world, José has seen his share of change, and he continues to be a passionate advocate for using technology to enable the strategic potential of HR professionals. Through his work as a catalyst for the transformation of the TELUS HR function, he has emerged as an international thought leader in organizational development, strategic planning, business process outsourcing, talent management, HR operations and employee self-serve technology. In 2006, he shifted his focus to the client side and currently oversees sales and marketing, key accounts and product development for TELUS Employer Solutions. José holds two undergraduate degrees from the University of British Columbia and certificates from the University of Michigan and Simon Fraser University.

Josh Berman, Culture Amp

Josh Berman is Culture Amp’s Culture Enablement Lead, helping bring the company’s culture to life. He made the transition over to Culture Amp’s people team from the Customer Success Team, where he worked with 150+ of Culture Amp’s customers to improve their culture through employee feedback. Now he brings that experience to Culture Amp, helping the company use our own platform in the way our customers do. Prior to Culture Amp, Josh worked at CEB (now Gartner), partnering with global organizations on their Leadership Academies program.


Sheh Shojaee, CPHR, CPHR BC & Yukon (Moderator)

Sheh graduated from UBC in 2006 with a BA in Sociology and completed an Human Resources Management Certificate at SFU in 2013. She obtained her CPHR BC & Yukon designation in 2014 and has volunteered with the organization ever since.  After 14 years of experience in HR, managing talent and operations in the legal and retail sectors, Sheh joined CPHR BC & Yukon as Director of Operations & Strategic HR. Her responsibilities include HR and operations for the Association, including Post-Secondary Partnerships and Advocacy for members. At the heart of Sheh’s HR philosophy is fostering a culture of positivity and resilience while managing organizational challenges and market shifts: focusing people’s energies on the right things at the right time and getting them from where they were to where they need to be. Sheh is passionate about inclusion and diversity, gender equality, mental health and helping young leaders break down barriers needed to thrive.

Kathy Gibson, HR Tech Consultant (TBC)


Keynote 3 
TIME: 3:00-4:00 PM
DESCRIPTION: Digging Into Data to Create Hiring Strategies That Work
PRESENTER: Saeed Sadooghi, Recruitment Evangelist,
With so much information at your fingertips, it can be hard to decide what data to use – and to understand how it affects your hiring strategy. This session will explore how you can leverage data to create hiring strategies that work, and offer practical advice for breaking down the data to glean insights that make your job easier.In this presentation, you will learn about:

  • How labour market data and performance metrics help drive your recruitment strategy
  • How to use data to identify flaws in your recruitment advertising strategy
  • Strategies that will help improve campaign performance and maximize recruitment ROI

About the presenter:

As a Recruitment Evangelist for, Saeed brings industry trends and data to Canadian recruiters to help propel their strategies. As a product and platform expert, he consults organizations on how to best leverage Indeed to find the right talent and optimize their recruiting practices and performance. He has over 15 years of experience and has previously held global roles in North America and Asia.

Tech Talks
Tech Talk #1 – Global Talent Trends (TBC)
TIME: 1:00-1:15 PM
PRESENTER(S): Dick Burke, Envoy
Global talent trends, driving jobs and skills gaps in Vancouver and broader Canada. How leading companies are adapting.


Tech Talk #2 – Talent Success Forecast
TIME: 1:20-1:35 PM
PRESENTER(S): Greg Ford, TalentClick
For thousands of hiring managers in more than 40 countries worldwide, TalentClick is helping predict the probability of success for each job applicant. Using years of research benchmarking top performers in hundreds of roles, the presenter will reveal several case studies showing how employers are using the cloud-based predictive analytics to save time and money in the hiring process.


Tech Talk #3 – Onboarding for Retention 
TIME: 1:40-1:55 PM
PRESENTER(S): Pierre Roy, Cegid
Onboarding for retention- 22% of new hires leave their jobs within 45 days of being hired , can you guess why ? We will share Cegid’s view on the importance of onboarding as part of the recruitment process and how to leverage of technology to improve your talent management. Did you know? The average “bad hire” that leaves a company within six months costs the company approximately $40,000 in severance pay, training, wasted human resource time, possible search firm fees, loss of productivity and impact on employee morale. As such, companies need to find a solution to this challenge. The solution, we have found, is to automate your onboarding strategy ,ready to welcome new hires before it’s too late. Smart companies do this by providing new employees an encouraging their integration into their new teams and developing their skills from day one. Smart onboarding empowers new hires to perform well in their job, speed up their operational capability, easily integrate into their teams and understand the mission of their new company. As a result, new employees are more successful in their role and will look forward to growing in their new company. Ultimately, they can become a company’s greatest asset : ambassadors.


Tech Talk #4 – The Transformational World of Work
TIME: 2:00-2:15 PM
PRESENTER(S): Nicole Severin, Ceridian
The pace of technology has accelerated exponentially over the past decade, with consumers quickly embracing new ways of doing things – from purchasing goods, to booking travel, to communicating with one another. Despite rapid technological advances in our everyday lives, innovation in the workplace has often tagged behind. To compete and win in the global war for talent, companies need to recognize the changing expectations of the workforce and design modem employee experiences to attract and retain the right talent. ls your organization ready for this transformation? What role will HR play in this new world of work? This session will provide real takeaways organizations can use to support a next-generation employee experience.
Demo Crawl

When you were in school, wasn’t it always more fun to learn with others?

With that in mind, new this year to the HR Technology Symposium + Showcase is the Demo Crawl. The Demo Crawl was created to give attendees a more social and fun experience while visiting and learning from the various demonstrators.

Groups of 4-6 attendees will meet with an expert HR Tech Guru a few minutes before their demo crawl time and be treated to a fun, guided tour around the showcase, stopping at various vendors for a short, hand-on demonstration, games and the chance to WIN prizes.

Sign up for this exciting, social, hands-on experience when you check-in prior to the event.

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Demo Kiosk

Hotel Accommodation

Why battle traffic on the commute in when you can wake up and simply walk downstairs for the HR Technology Symposium + Showcase?

CPHR BC & Yukon is happy to announce the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver is offering rooms for attendees at a starting rate of $229 a night. Simply use the promo code: CPHR1019 and mention CPHR BC & Yukon when booking.

Rooms must be booked through the Fairmont’s Group Reservations at or by calling 604-684-3131 and ask for In-House Reservations.

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