Business plan and other communication tools – Entrepreneurship 101 2014/15

Jane Kearns, Senior Advisor, Cleantech Venture Services at MaRS, emphasizes the importance of writing communication documents for your startup including the business plan. Learn why business plans are a useful process for planning and analysis, as well as for approaching … Continued

Obtaining consent for computer program installations under Canada’s anti-Spam legislation: Three Hot Tips for Startups

Speaker: J. Andrew Sprague, Associate, Information Technology Miller Thomson LLP Description: Under Canada’s anti-spam legislation (referred to in this video as CASL), startups must obtain the applicable consent to install any program on a user’s computer system. J. Andrew Sprague … Continued

Meet the Entrepreneurs: Information and Communication Technology – Entrepreneurship 101 2014/15

With all of the momentum in the startup ecosystem around financial technology, this panel of entreprenuers discusses the many challenges they are experiencing and the highly rewarding opportunity in the emerging space in areas ranging from peer-to-peer payments and digital … Continued

Philanthropy for Uncertain Times: Social Innovation and Systemic Change – MaRS Global Leadership

Stephen Huddart, President and CEO of the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, talks about current innovations in philanthropy and how social innovation is creating extraordinary opportunities to reshape how we approach complex challenges in Canada. Stephen also references the initiatives the … Continued

Walter Isaacson on urban innovation

Walter Isaacson, CEO of The Aspen Institute and author of The Innovators, talks about urban innovation and the clustering of creative and technology communities in modern cities. He references MaRS as an example of an ecosystem that supports the collaboration … Continued

The Innovators with Walter Isaascon – MaRS Global Leadership

Watch the full length presentation from, and interview of Walter Isaacson, CEO of The Aspen Institute, and acclaimed biographer of his latest book “The Innovators: How a group of hackers, geniuses, and geeks created the digital revolution.” Hear his perspectives … Continued

Part IV: Audience led Q&A and closing remarks – The Innovators with Walter Isaacson

Walter Isaacson, author of The Innovators answers a range of questions, from women in technology, to advanced in development in robotics, and the value of a liberal arts education. Part 4 of 4.

Part III: Creativity in innovation moderated Q&A – The Innovators with Walter Isaascon

Walter Isaacson, author of The Innovators discusses with Earl Miller from MaRS about the link between the technical and the creative and how innovation really happens. Part 3 of 4.

Part II: Innovation and the Value of Collaboration – The Innovators with Walter Isaascon

Walter Isaacson, author of The Innovators talks about the pioneer innovators of Silicon Valley and the hacker community that developed in the Homebrew Computer Club that attracted electronic and computer programming hobbyists including Steve Wozniak which later let to the … Continued

The Innovators with Walter Isaascon Part I – MaRS Global Leadership

Walter Isaacson, author of The Innovators dives deep into the history of innovation and reveals in his investigation that creativity is a collaborative process and innovation in is a team sport. In this inspiring talk, Isaacson explains the importance of … Continued

Business model canvas – Entrepreneurship 101 2014/15

Mark Zimmerman, CIO at MaRS, highlights each segment in the Business Model Canvas to show how to use it as a tool for articulating and innovating your business model.

What can you do to compensate and motivate talent besides giving stock options?

Compensation is about both fairness and motivation. Understanding this mix will help you connect with your team and develop the right compensation tools (beyond stock options!). Speakers: Mike Amos, former founder and CEO, Empathica Inc. Tim Wohlgemut, Entrepreneur Murray McCaig, … Continued

How to have a productive conversation with an under performing employee?

Learn tips on having a productive conversation with an underperforming employee. Make sure they understand what is expected and can proceed believing the issues can be resolved. Speakers: Joanne Thomsen, VP of Talent, MaRS Discovery District Tim Wohlgemut, Entrepreneur Mike … Continued

On hiring employees vs contractors

Temporary talent can be a great way to meet the needs of a short-term project while keeping employees focused in critical roles. But what are the other considerations in deciding whether to hire someone on contract or put them on … Continued

What are the do’s and don’ts during a termination conversation?

When terminating an employee, it’s important to know how to set up and conduct the conversation. Get tips on holding a confident and considerate conversation to help both parties achieve a positive outcome. Speakers: Tim Wohlgemut, Entrepreneur Mike Amos, Former … Continued

When is a good time to establish HR policies?

Bonnie Busby, Head of People at Wattpad, explains that startups can and should be very light on human resources (HR) policy, provided that your startup’s vision is clear and your culture supports what you’re trying to achieve. Company growth will … Continued

How do you build and scale high performance culture?

Establishing and managing a high-performance culture is one of the biggest challenges entrepreneurs face. Learn expert, practical tips from experienced entrepreneurs and investors. Speakers: Murray McCaig, Managing Partner, ArcTern Ventures Tim Wohlgemut, Entrepreneur Mike Amos, Former Founder and CEO, Empathica … Continued

The evolution of the HR function in fast growing startups

Bonnie Busby, Head of People at Wattpad, explains why the size and rate of growth of your startup will determine when it is time to establish specialized human resource (HR) functions. Bonnie advises that startups focus on building a strong … Continued

How do you compete for candidates as a small company?

Attract great candidates to your company by ensuring you articulate the purpose of your business and the startup culture that sets your company apart. Mike Fox, Managing Director, Brightlights Ben Baldwin, Founder & Co-CEO, ClearFit

LinkedIn

LinkedIn is increasingly becoming an essential element of any recruiting process. It provides a great platform to search for passive and active candidates. Learn steps to get to the most out of LinkedIn, starting with setting up a company page. … Continued

Interviews

What do you need to keep in mind when interviewing a job candidate? Hear advice from seasoned recruiters and entrepreneurs, and find out some key questions to ask. Speakers: Ben Baldwin, Founder & Co-CEO, ClearFit Joanne Thomsen, VP of Talent, … Continued

What is the process for managing performance?

Startup culture can be quite fragile and much rides on sustaining the passion of the team. If an employee is not pulling their weight, you must take decisive action to protect your startup culture. Gain insights on some practical aspects … Continued

Strategic talent/HR focus in fast growing startups

Bonnie Busby, Head of People at Wattpad, shares insights into how a startup expands and the types of skill sets and candidate profiles that hiring managers should seek at each stage of growth.

Onboarding

Get new hires off to the right start. Learn the ins and outs of onboarding, including arranging administrative logistics, setting up meetings with the team and establishing clear expectations about the job and available resources. Speakers: Tim Wohlgemut, Entrepreneur Mike … Continued

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