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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

Job descriptions

Good job postings are critical to attracting the right candidates. Hear practical advice on writing an effective job posting, such as ensuring you include key elements of the role and keep the posting free of buzzwords. Speakers: Mike Fox, Managing … Continued

How do you provide people with developmental feedback?

Providing feedback is essential in establishing the behaviour and startup culture you seek. Get tips on delivering timely developmental feedback so that your team can achieve long-term success. Speakers: Murray McCaig, Managing Partner, ArcTern Ventures Mike Amos, Former Founder and … Continued

How do you rally the troops behind long-term objectives and goals?

For most startups, long-term success can take many years to achieve. Hear from a successful entrepreneur and seasoned investor on how to focus and motivate staff to achieve common goals and long-term objectives. Speakers: Murray McCaig, Managing Partner, ArcTern Ventures … Continued

Do I need an employee stock options pool (ESOP)?

Stock options are often used by startups to attract and compensate key staff. Learn when and how to use stock options as part of your team-building strategy. Speakers: Murray McCaig, Managing Partner, ArcTern Ventures Mike Amos, Former Founder and CEO, … Continued

How and when to scale your organization?

Bonnie Busby, Head of People at Wattpad, shares practical advice on how to properly scale your startup and manage projects efficiently. Bonnie discusses how to plan and prioritize the most valuable activities to achieve rapid growth.

The difference between recruiting and building your team

Bonnie Busby, Head of People at Wattpad, explains the strategic difference between recruiting (filling a specific role) and building a team (attracting the leaders who will shape your startup’s culture).

How do I know when it is time to terminate an employee?

Terminating an employee is one of the hardest things for a manager to do. Follow these steps to ensure you know when it is time to terminate an employee. Speakers: Tim Wohlgemut, Entrepreneur Murray McCaig, Managing Partner, ArcTern Ventures Mike … Continued

How do I have the termination conversation with my employee?

Learn how to communicate the most important elements of the termination process to an employee. These practical tips include how to avoid an unorganized closing and when to consider seeking legal counsel. Speakers: Mike Amos, Former Founder and CEO, Empathica … Continued

Screening applicants

When recruiting, it is critical that you identify the top job candidates. Learn best practices to effectively screen applicants during the recruiting process. Speakers: Ben Baldwin, Founder & Co-CEO, ClearFit Mike Fox, Managing Director, Brightlights

IP Management – Entrepreneurship 101

In this talk, partners from Gilbert’s LLP outline the process of securing and protecting patents, trademarks and copyrights. Learn about the different types of intellectual property and be able to determine which might be suitable for your startup. Speakers: Ashlee … Continued

Meet the Entrepreneurs: Social Innovation – Entrepreneurship 101 2014/15

Learn from innovative leaders in social innovation who have successfully leveraged the Canadian ecosystem and resources to support their growth to achieve success as social entrepreneurs. Panelists: Emily Branton, president of Link2Feed Ryan Porter, CEO and co-founder of Raise Your … Continued

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