The BTM TalentMash Ontario 2017 Speakers & Skills Sessions
Kundan Joshi – TheAppLabb
Kundan Joshi is the founder and CEO of TheAppLabb, a leading product innovation firm focused on strategy, design and development of mobile apps. With global offices in Toronto, New York, Hong Kong, Melbourne and India, TheAppLabb has created over 500 apps for clients ranging from leading enterprises, like Unilever, Samsung and Dell. Apart from custom app development services, TheAppLabb powers innovation through its R&D division, InnovationLabb, for emerging technologies like Artificial Intelligence, IOT, Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality; through its Incubator, StartupLabb, for high potential tech startups; and through its Products division, TheAppLabb offers various out of box app solutions, such as Virtual Reality Apps for condos, Mobile apps for events, Mobile commerce apps, ‘Uber for X’ apps, Mobile training apps, among others. Kundan is also the founder of 15 other companies. Joshi is a sought-after motivational speaker, well-known community leader, avid youth mentor, passionate startup advisor and active advocate for new immigrants. Joshi was recently awarded the Technology Achievement 2017 Award by Indo-Chamber of Commerce and Innovator of the Year award at Transformation Awards 2016. Kundan has a software engineering degree from Western University.
Topic: Embrace Innovative Technologies to Disrupt the Future
Technology combined with disruptive innovation is impacting and changing how individuals and companies operate. Kundan Joshi, CEO of TheAppLabb has been in the center of this tech revolution and will discuss the advantages of new emerging technologies dominating the marketplace. The presentation will leave new workforce entrants with a better understanding of the skillsets needed to thrive in today’s rapidly changing environment, where disruption is essential for success.
Paul Crowe, CEO, Symbility Intersect
Paul is currently the CEO of Intersect, an organization that has built its award winning business by helping Fortune 500 companies think and act like startups – an offering that complements the company’s work facilitating the growth and success of startups at their Toronto site.
Paul Crowe is at the forefront of helping organizations embrace the constant evolution of consumer expectations, technology, and design. He thrives on enabling his clients to quickly adapt to the changing landscape, embrace the risk involved with the process, and prosper from the business and cultural benefits that are delivered – ultimately creating an organizational competitive advantage.
Topic: Chasing opportunity
The world of technology and business is evolving faster than ever. A new grads number one focus when they enter the workforce should be preparing to not just be able to keep up but to stay ahead.
Ana Carija – FDM Group
Ana earned her Master’s degree in Teaching French Language and Contemporary Italian Philology and has previously lived in both Croatia and France. Prior to joining FDM, Ana worked as a French tutor and in-person interpreter. She started at FDM in a Receptionist and Travel Coordinator role before taking on the role of Academy Administrator. During this time, Ana was introduced to the FDM Recruitment Team and discovered her passion for helping new graduates jumpstart their careers. Her main responsibilities include “recruiting and sourcing fresh graduates for our academy program, attending career fairs, as well as organizing and conducting in-person assessments.”
Ana speaks five languages including English and French, and works to recruit bilingual candidates. She is also involved with the translation of resumes, job postings and other documents. The most rewarding part of her job is “seeing the consultants I recruited thrive in their client placement that reminds me how much I like my job.” Ana’s favourite part about FDM is the “vibrant culture and opportunity for growth”, and she counts her colleagues as some of her closest friends. Her co-workers may not know that Ana was an actress in a local theatre for two years, and that she loves arts and crafts and fashion.
Topic: Elevator Pitch: what this is and how to develop one?
a. What is an elevator pitch?
b. When will you need one?
c. How to construct one
e. Structuring the pitch
f. How to deliver it
Julien Simoes & Daniela Vekic, Campus Talent Acquisition Partners – IBM
Topic: Course2Career: Tips & Tricks from IBM Recruitment
Ever wondered the secret to getting hired at IBM? Join IBM Campus Recruitment for an interactive session that will cover what makes or breaks a resume, how to land an interview and how to develop your social brand presence. We’re ready to take you through the transition from course to career!
Marko Pavlovic, Director Innovation – Royal Bank of Canada
Topic: How valuable the BTM program was for my career
Marko is a digital technology and strategy professional with more than 13 years of international experience in Telecom, Retail, QSR and Banking industries. He started career working IT in the telecom industry (Rogers) and eventually transitioned to business roles (Austrian Telecom, Telenor). While at Tim Hortons, his team launched their mobile wallet and digital Tim Card. He currently works as Director of Innovation at RBC, focusing on digital, payments and cards.
Charles (Chuck) Emond, Partner, Technology Consulting – MNP
Topic: Technology Consulting in this New Digital World
Charles (Chuck) Emond, BCS, Partner Technology Solutions at MNP. The group’s advisory and implementation services focus on Technology Advisory, Digital Transformation, Data and Information Dynamics, Technology Development & Operations and Cyber Security.
Chuck is known for his ability to understand complex business challenges and successfully implement pointed “customer-off-the-shelf” COTS enterprise solutions. Chuck has more than 30 years of experience in the management of information technology with most of these years dedicated to the implementation of enterprise and midmarket CRM business solutions such as Siebel, Onyx, MS Dynamics CRM, Salesforce.com and Epicor Clientele. These implementations have spanned the telecom, financial, software, health, non-for-profit, government, manufacturing, gaming, printing, utilities and service sectors.
Here are some of the clients that had a chance to work with over the years: Quebecor, Cognos, Government of Canada (NSERC/SSHRC, CEAA, CTA, CSC, DOD, etc.), BMO, RBC, WestJet, Stikeman Elliott, Videotron and Foresters Financial just to name a few.
In addition to a Bachelor in Computer Science, Chuck has taught Customer Relationship Management Marketing at the University of Ottawa.
Rawle Adams, Talent Acquisition Partner, Technology – Moneris
Graduating with his BA from University of Western in London, ON, Rawle commenced his recruitment career as an agency recruiter at Ajilon Professional Staffing, and then held senior technical recruiter roles at Toronto-Dominion Bank, Tata Consultancy Services, and Deloitte, prior to joining Moneris in May 2017. As Talent Acquisition Partner, Rawle is responsible for sourcing, screening, interviewing and assessing candidates for all levels of roles within Technology, Product and Marketing, Communications, and Human Resources, and then working closely with hiring managers to select the most qualified individuals for those roles.
Topic: The Moneris Experience
In this presentation Rawle will discuss career opportunities for both students and graduates within the Technology area at Moneris. He will also give a high level overview of the payments industry and our organization.
Jim Fielder, Interim SVP End to End Voice&Data Services – Rogers
Jim Fielder is a graduate from Ryerson’s Electrical Engineering program class of 1988. Since graduating from Ryerson, Jim has worked 31 years in the Canadian telecom industry performing numerous roles in the Network organization. Jim kick-started his career by working summers and weekends at Bell while attending Ryerson. This led to full employment upon graduation and increasing scope and responsibility since then.
In 1997 Jim joined alternative carrier Sprint Canada, where he was the lead Network Planner for their successful CLEC initiative. Soon afterwards, Jim took on the role of Director of Engineering, a title he retained during the acquisition of Sprint Canada by Rogers Communications in 2005. At Rogers, Jim got exposure to a new set of product lines and technologies such as hybrid fibre coax and wireless. Today, Jim serves as the Interim Senior Vice President of End to End Core Services within the Network organization at Rogers.
Topic: How I came to work for one of Canada’s Top Employers
This personal narrative will describe how I entered the telecommunications industry upon graduating from Ryerson. It was a journey that took me through three companies over thirty years winding up at the best place in Canada to work. I will also describe what it’s like to work at Rogers and provide some tips that you can use that I found helped my career.