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Rock Your Profile

PANELISTS: Awoh Bemah Nsafoah, Banking Advisor at RBC Meeting Place

                       David Nguyen, Student Advisor at RBC

LinkedIn can be a wonderful marketing tool if used the right way. Simply having a profile isn’t going to suffice anymore – you have to make sure that your profile gets noticed and you are known for skills you have acquired all this while.

LinkedIn, when used effectively, helps you connect with professionals around the world and gives you access to hidden opportunities. Your LinkedIn profile is your career story in short and hence it needs to be compelling.

Our panellist of expert speakers was able to share in-depth knowledge about LinkedIn. They discussed the different aspects of LinkedIn and how to become more visible to employers through having an engaging, relevant and active profile. The participants gained confidence about job search and networking on LinkedIn through this networking event.

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The Strategic Mindset- Pathway to Success

KEYNOTE SPEAKER:  Ernesto Santoscoy, MBA, P.Eng, PMP, Project Management Director at Cummins.

SUCCESS STORY: Daniel Shakeel, Financial Analyst, Finning International Inc.

Modern work life involves hustling between tasks and solving new challenges. Many attractive jobs today require people to be analytical problem solvers who can take on new challenges and find creative solutions for them.

Strategic thinking involves skills that allow you to use critical thinking to solve complex problems and plan ahead. These skills are critical to acing interviews, achieving business goals, overcoming barriers, and meeting challenges.

So, what can you do to help yourself? Is there a better way to complete this task?

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Being Future Ready

KEYNOTE SPEAKER:  Immaculate Byaruhanga, Business Relationship Manager and Future Launch Ambassador, RBC

“Being Future Ready is the idea of an individual consistently getting ready. It is the ability to morph into what is going on in the world now. It is not only valuing the past but looking toward the future and what you really want to do.”

-Janet Iko for educatorinnovator.org

Profound changes in the business ecosystem require professionals to redefine their roles & responsibilities, and contribution to their work and society at large.

Experts believe that a fourth industrial revolution is around the corner and they’re calling it Industrial 4.0. It is anticipated that the fourth industrial revolution will have a major impact on the working lives of people in entry-level jobs and all the way up the ladder.

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Digital Marketing and E-commerce

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Varun Chopra, Community and Culture on the Radical Digitization Team, Shopify

SUCCESS STORY: Efe Joveluro, Senior Project Manager, HelpSeeker Technologies

Economists believe that digital economy also known as internet economy, the new economy, or the web economy is the fourth industrial revolution. Few of the world’s biggest companies operate in the digital economy. A growing number of Canadians depend on it for their livelihood.

Ecommerce and digital marketing are not mutually exclusive. Ecommerce websites do use all the digital channels to promote a product and grow their business. Companies such as Shopify have optimized this opportunity by being at the right place at the right time. Today, Shopify is deemed to be the best ecommerce platform in the market.

“About 90 per cent of Canadians use the Internet every day. Globally, about 4.39 billion people use the Internet, or more than half the world’s population. This has resulted in the shift of billions of dollars from offline economy to e-commerce. E-commerce in Canada had reached $1.5 billion a month by 2019. E-commerce now makes up 14.1 per cent of global retail sales. As online connections strengthen, sales increase.”

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Your Brand Matters

KEYNOTE SPEAKER:  Immaculate Byaruhanga, Business Relationship Manager and Future Launch Ambassador, RBC

As a professional, building meaningful connections through networking and personal interactions with other professionals is a significant step toward success. Your personal brand image is key to cementing these interactions into a loyal clientele and collaboration network. An authentic, sincere personal brand creates a lasting impression.

Personal branding refers to the process of establishing your public persona for your target audience. It involves carefully and accurately communicating your values, beliefs, goals, and purpose. Effective personal branding will differentiate you from the competition and allow you to build trust with prospective clients and employers.

Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon quotes “Your brand is what people say about you when you’re not in the room.”

Whether you are an employee or entrepreneur, cultivating a personal brand has become more important than ever. It is imperative that you show the best version of you always, as it can be the “make it or break it” aspect of your career.

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Social Media and Marketing for Professional Success

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Huong Vo, Marketing Specialist and Certified Career Strategist and Coach

SUCCESS STORY: Sagar Jani, Finance and Operations Specialist, Nuun Digital

Today, social media marketing is one of the most predominant types of digital marketing. With such a surge in its popularity, it was inevitable that businesses and professionals began to incorporate it as part of their marketing strategy.

Here are some key statistics:

  • 96 billion people use social media worldwide, according to platform reports on the current number of active users. (Source: Backlinko)
  • In 2020, the average time spent on social media per day is 2 hours 24 minutes globally for users aged 16 to 64 on any device. The total of 144 minutes is a 1.4% increase from 142 minutes the previous year, and up 38% in the past 5 years. (Source: Backlinko)
  • 54% of social browsers use social media to research products (GlobalWebIndex, 2018).
  • 63% of customers expect companies to offer customer service through their social media – and 90% of social media users have already connected with a brand or business through their chosen platform. (Source: Smartinsights)

With so many users online businesses have so much more opportunity to reach their ideal customers in the fastest way possible. The greater benefits of a good social media strategy are improved brand awareness, increased customer base and easy promotion of products and services to the right audience.

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Sharpening your Communication Skills

PANELISTS: Bob McDonald - Senior Draftsman Consultant at Golder

       Kristen Dawson - Coach, Corporate Culture and Self-Awareness Specialist

       Christal Reed – Global Connections CEO, Trainer, Coach and Author

       Steven Ngo – Senior Counsel at Visier Inc.

Communication is key to a healthy relationship and a compelling leadership. It is more nuanced than just oral talks and speeches. In today’s digital world, humans prefer to engage via social media than in-person. This has led to decline in effective communication in the real world.

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Reinvent, Pivot and Transition Successfully into a New Career Path

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Sara Struthers, Manager, Individual Learner Services, DX Talent Hub at Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT)

To transition into a new career and industry doesn’t mean that you need to begin from the bottom of the ladder. It is just a process of reinventing yourself. The reason for one to reinvent yourself can be a plenty. Maybe they lost a job, maybe they wanted a career change or maybe they believe there are better opportunities elsewhere. 

There are so many people who have successfully transitioned from their previous careers into a new path that is nowhere close to what they did earlier. Pivoting into a new course can be exciting, but it can also feel overwhelming.

Transitioning has its advantages too. While you are opening doors to better opportunities, you are also acquiring “transferable” skills that are highly valued in today’s job market.

To inspire and motivate us, we had our keynote speaker, Sara Struthers. During her initial days, she was looking after her family business. She slowly transitioned into being an HR professional and today she has found success in the tech world and is currently spearheading the Individual Learner Services of DX Talent at SAIT.

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Financial Literacy 101

PANELISTS:

  • Patricia Martinez – Financial Advisor, Edward Jones
  • Jodie Moffatt – Financial Empowerment Facilitator, Momentum
  • Hoda Ahmadi - Regional Sales Director Specialized Networks- Mortgage Development at National Bank of Canada (Alberta)
  • Dan Arciaga, Banking Advisor, National Bank of Canada
  • Nazia Zeb-Sharif, Mortgage Development Manager, National Bank of Canada

Financial products and services have become more widely available in society in recent years. Credit products such as credit cards, mortgages, and student loans have grown in popularity, as have other investment products such as health insurance and self-directed investment accounts. This has made it imperative for people to understand how to use them responsibly.

Although numerous skills can be classified as financial literacy, some everyday examples include household budgeting, learning how to manage and pay off debts, and evaluating the trade-offs between credit and investment products.

The lack of financial literacy can lead to pitfalls one may never be able to recover from. Financially illiterate individuals are more prone to accumulating unsustainable debt burdens that can lead to poor credit, bankruptcy, housing foreclosure, and many other negative consequences. Given the importance of finance in modern society, a lack of financial literacy can be extremely detrimental to a person's long-term financial success.

Results from the 2019 survey by the Canadian Financial Capability Survey indicate that nearly three-quarters of Canadians (73.2%) have some type of outstanding debt or used a payday loan at some point over the past 12 months (see also Statistics Canada, 2017). Almost one third (31%) believe they have too much debt.

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The Future of Energy Sector and ESG

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Mahesh Makkar, Engineering Manager at Helios Consulting

SUCCESS STORY: Murtaza UI Hassan – Business Intelligence Specialist at University of Calgary

The increasing concerns of environmental pollution as a result of human activities, such as the use of fossil fuels for power generation, has driven many organizations to tap into alternative renewable energy sources and “cleaner” fuels and use more effective technologies, to minimize emissions that are produced during the life cycle of conventional energy sources.

The renewable energy market is changing – thanks to the increased demand for cleaner energy sources. Alberta, being one of the largest producers of natural gas, has seen evident growth in this sector. Experts anticipate a surge in projects that could make the province a leader in utility-scale wind and solar capacity as early as 2025.

With many sectors aiming for a greener footprint, socially conscious investors are now turning into ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) criteria to help them avoid companies that pose a greater risk due to their environmental practices. Canada boasts of a world-leading record for overall ESG; however, many companies are still improving these assurance systems. A strong ESG helps Canadian resource companies maintain their production in this increasingly competitive global trading system, improve their market share and become a responsible source of renewable energy for the world.

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Exciting Career Paths in 2021

PANELISTS:

1. Sara Struthers – Individual learner Services Manager, SAIT

2. Lida Goldchteine – Vizualization Developer at AutoCanada

3. Ana Barbara Piza – Biomedical Engineer at Abbott Laboratories

4. Ajay Sahai – Medical Researcher

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Recruitment Trends Shaped by the Pandemic

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Serge Boudreau – Talent Acquisition Director, Robots and Pencils and Recruitment Podcast Host

SUCCESS STORY: Elijah Oluwapojuwo – Senior Forensic Project Schedule Analyst at Trans Canada.

2020 has changed many rules forever. One of the most profound realities of the pandemic is how recruitment procedures were impacted. Current trends – many accelerated by the pandemic – have changed the rules of recruiting and hiring, requiring organizations and job seekers to adapt and embrace new practices to compete and triumph in the future war for talent.

Most organizations have had to rethink their recruitment strategies to perform well in the virtual environment. The whole idea of recruiting, assessing and hiring someone without meeting them in person is challenging for both hiring managers and candidates.

For candidates, their experience with virtual interviews is going to be very different from in-person interviews. The procedures in place are more streamlined to find the right fit. Companies are now using artificial intelligence recruitment- software such as Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) to filter out the 'cream of the crop' candidates using veritable data. The initial phone screening remains the same, but the in-person interview has moved online. Video interviews, whether live or pre-recorded are the way to go. The change may be uncomfortable at first, but talent acquisition professionals and candidates are up for the task.

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Recruitment Trends Shaped by the Pandemic

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Serge Boudreau – Talent Acquisition Director, Robots and Pencils and Recruitment Podcast Host

SUCCESS STORY: Elijah Oluwapojuwo – Senior Forensic Project Schedule Analyst at Trans Canada.

2020 has changed many rules forever. One of the most profound realities of the pandemic is how recruitment procedures were impacted. Current trends – many accelerated by the pandemic – have changed the rules of recruiting and hiring, requiring organizations and job seekers to adapt and embrace new practices to compete and triumph in the future war for talent.

Most organizations have had to rethink their recruitment strategies to perform well in the virtual environment. The whole idea of recruiting, assessing and hiring someone without meeting them in person is challenging for both hiring managers and candidates.

For candidates, their experience with virtual interviews is going to be a whole lot different from the in-persons. The procedures in place are more streamlined to find the right fit. Companies are now using artificial intelligence recruitment- software such as Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) to filter out the 'cream of the crop' candidates using veritable data. The initial phone-screening remains the same, but the in-person interview has moved online. Video interviews, whether live or pre-recorded are the way to go. The change may be uncomfortable at first, but talent acquisition professionals and candidates are up for the task.

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A Shift To Knowledge Economy – How To Plan Your Career?

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Anup Srivastava, Canada Research Chair at the Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary

SUCCESS STORY: Amal Attallah

With AI, robotics and automation taking over the tech industry, job polarization has become a real threat. Our scholarly keynote speaker, Mr. Anup Srivastava, who is the Canada Research Chair at the Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary, was able to address the ever-changing dynamics and how one can successfully maneuver through this obvious situation in their career and stay relevant.

The solutions he provided to evade this situation were realistic and proven. One may need to upskill, juniorize and lateralize their work in order to avoid difficult situations with the managerial post later.

Apart from networking, CCIS clients took back learnings that they can apply into their professional lives and save themselves from job polarization.

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Education and Employment – Are you ready for tomorrow’s jobs?

PANELISTS:

  • Mary McCoy – Recruitment and Event Specialist, SAIT
  • Victoria Wells - Bow Valley College
  • Gillian Chan – Student Recruitment Advisor, University of Calgary
  • Morgan Loberg – International Recruitment Office, Mount Royal University
  • Madeleine Golubev – Head of Community Engagement, GrantMe

The global labour market is experiencing a rapid change. Job seekers will have to acquire a broad set of skills that will help them survive a fast-changing job market.

In the present times, one is expected to have extensive and expansive knowledge about their field of expertise. Contemporary vocational career paths such as Artificial Intelligence, Data Sciences, Clean Energies, Mind Sciences, Biomedical Sciences, etc. are now coming into the mainstream and this has paved way for universities to open specialized programs as a major component of their curriculum.

Our clients gained knowledge about the various programs that universities provide and about funding their education with GrantMe.

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Adaptability: A Permanent Key To Success

KEYNOTE SPEAKER- Fernando Valencia - Senior Procurement at Parson Corporation

SUCCESS STORY: Shaista Sheikh

Our celebrated keynote speaker Mr. Fernando Valencia spoke and enlightened us about the ways to move forward skillfully to find success in our careers. The topic being “Adaptability: A permanent key to success”, the importance of adapting into the new work culture with skills par excellence was highlighted. There are many ways one can start a career in a new country, but one must be ready to adapt and move around according to the needs of the market.

Mr. Valencia also spoke about the hard and soft skills required to succeed in our careers. The clients were happy to take back a key learning that will always come handy in life.

 

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The Hidden Value of Diversity and Inclusion

KEYNOTE SPEAKER- Pablo Silva - AVMAX Human Resources Advisor

Diversity and Inclusion are key to healthy businesses. The value diversity adds to business strategy and the shared responsibility between the employee and the employer gives a competitive edge to the organization. Diverse organizations are more successful at recruiting and retaining talent and inclusive workplaces maximize talent and productivity.

Pablo Silva, our keynote speaker at the event was able to explain the hidden value of diversity and inclusion in detail. Mr. Silva, an enthusiastic Human Resources Advisor, shared with us his vast knowledge with strategic experience creating, developing and implementing programs and processes in Recruitment, Diversity and Inclusion, etc. He discussed the importance of establishing strong and trusting relationships with leaders and employees and how this can make a difference in organizations to help leaders and employees reach their potential.

With this insightful presentation, clients developed a new perspective regarding how diversity and inclusion can be advantageous and a positive change for a healthier organization with increased productivity.

 
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Data is the New Oil

KEYNOTE SPEAKER- Daniel Monzon - IT Director at Supply Chain Canada

The Economist published an article titled “The world's most valuable resource is no longer oil, but data” in 2017. Since the release of the article there has been a great deal of discussion among the ‘who’s who’ of the economy. Decisions today are dominated by data at all levels. It is said and proven that data in the 21st century is like oil in the 18th. We are all living in a digital economy where data is more valuable than ever before.

To give us an insider’s view and to help us understand data better, we invited Daniel Monzon as our keynote speaker. He is the Digital and Customer Experience Director at Supply Chain Canada and is responsible for generating awareness, engaging membership and improving the digital experience through data and online systems. He was able to share with us insightful information about the value data, analytics and systems have in making data-driven decisions to reach a goal and enlightened our clients about how to use their data to manage customer service relations and business operations, to help businesses create an online digital presence, drive employee engagement and profit from their data.

 

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A Multicultural Community is a Strength for Calgary

KEYNOTE SPEAKER- Malorie Reimer – SI Senior Recruiter

Multiculturalism unites a diverse set of cultures and ethnic backgrounds within the workplace. People from various socio-ethnic backgrounds or different countries offer many advantages, such as more creativity, greater respect among employees, improved customer service and the promotion of a positive work environment.

For a better understanding of multiculturism, we had Malorie Reimer as our keynote speaker. Malorie is an outstanding and talented recruiter with tremendous experience in the Technology and Business transformation Space, where she has been very successful working with talented candidates and hiring managers at large companies in Calgary. During this event we had the priviledge to learn from topics such as  as Hiring Privileges, Discrimination, and Best Recruitment Practices among many others, and we were thankful to have her sharing her expertise with us.

By the end of the event, our clients were able to understand how their multicultural backgrounds can be a powerful tool to market themselves. They learnt how to pitch this aspect as a positive quality during interviews.

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Modern Workforce Connectivity, Digital Solutions & Remote Employment

KEYNOTE SPEAKER- Michael Olutola-Support Manager at Reach

The new norms of the modern workforce have been shaped by the COVID-19 pandemic. We have long passed those days when the workplace used to be a mere physical space. Today's ever-connected instant access environment has blurred the lines between the physical office and the workplace. As the lines between professional and personal life disappear, and the workplace becomes truly digital, employees are communicating and collaborating in unprecedented ways.

But humans are wired to live in a ‘physical’ world and few of us are waiting to go back to the pre-covid situation. So, what will the world look like post-covid? What role will technology play as workers return to office spaces? What does “New Normal” mean for businesses and Employees? What will future work look like post-pandemic?

To answer these questions, we invited Michael Olutola Obembe to be our keynote speaker for the event. He is a Professional IT Solution Architect/Product Manager with over 10+ years of experience in ICT and Telco space designing innovative technical and business solutions. He was able to summarise for us that the “new normal” workforce is looking for systems and people to be pandemic proof and that it would be a blend of remote and physical working. Our clients understood that they need to add more “pandemic proof” skillsets to their resume as remote work is here to stay and will only increase in the future.

 

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