InnovateWork Toronto, By WorkTango & HR Gazette

As an HR and Tech community, we are always looking for ways to improve how we can respond and/or get ahead of our changing workplace. Our main goal is to continually recruit, retain and engage employees, and it is getting more challenging than ever!

The Canadian HR community isn’t sitting back. Together, we are pushing forward to innovate. We have gathered exciting Canadian HR leaders and innovators that are making waves at every stage of the employee lifecycle.

What to expect:

- You'll hear what HR leaders and workplace innovators are doing in 2017 to improve the workplace

- You won't get a pitch of a company or technology, rather innovative approaches of how companies are disrupting current practices and adding high-value to the HR community

- You'll get to hang with cool HR and Tech people - we want to ensure we network and build connections




5:30 - 6:00 - Registration & Networking

6:00 - 6:10 - Event Introduction

6:15 - 6:55 - HR Leader Series

  • 6:15 - 6:25 - Disruption from Stability - a Recipe for Sustainability?, Jamie Allison, CEO & Founder, Epitome
  • 6:25 - 6:35 - People say HR is broken – How to Hack your way to a better HR, Jennifer Bouyoukos, SVP Human Resources, NexJ Systems
  • 6:35 - 6:45 -How changing algorithms and search are altering the way we recruit and connect, Shanna Landolt, LinkedIn Expert & Executive Search 

6:50 - 7:10 - Networking Break

7:15 - 8:00 - Panel Discussion - The Intersection of Artificial Intelligence and the Workplace

MODERATOR: Carolyn Ansley, CEO& Founder, Brand For Benefit

  • Bohdan Zabawskyj, Serial CTO, Advisor, & Co-Founder, Fortay
  • Roy Pereira, CEO,
  • Noel Webb, Co-Founder,
  • Chris McKillop, CEO & Co-Founder, Turalt

8:00 - 8:30 - Networking


Panel Discussion Details: The Intersection of Artificial Intelligence and the Workplace

Artificial intelligence is transforming our lives at home and at work. It is not the future of the workplace, it is happening today. A.I has many benefits, but the growing use of it in the workplace raises many questions. This panel will look at how A.I. is being used today at every level of the employee lifecycle, what the future looks like, and key insights on how to leverage it in your company and what to be aware of.

Bohdan Zabawskyj, Serial CTO, Advisor, & Co-Founder, Fortay - Bohdan is deeply immersed in the Tech Ecosystem in Canada. Bohdan is a serial CTO (Mercatus, Rypple,, Redknee), Advisor/Director (Kik, Parkbench, Printchomp, DevBBQ, AceTech Ontario), organizer (Toronto CTO Group, TrueNorthCTO), and co-founder ( Bohdan has been involved in Machine Learning & AI since the completion of his masters program in 1995 at McGill University. Bohdan is also passionate about company culture and was recognized as Toronto's best Technology Manager in 2016.

Roy Pereira, CEO, Zoom - Roy Pereira began his first startup after attending Carleton University’s computer science program. Since then he’s created several startups and worked with numerous tech companies based in Ottawa, Silicon Valley, and Toronto. While at Cisco in California, Roy was an integral part of the team that founded the security business unit, generating more than one billion in annual revenue. As an inventor, Roy holds patents on remote access IPSec VPN software. In 2007, Roy started the world’s first Facebook marketing agency. In 2009 he started his fifth startup, known as Shiny Ads, to help the world’s top digital publishers better monetize premium ad buys and, in the process, invented an alternative to RTB called “automated guaranteed.”Shiny Ads was later acquired by Rubicon Project (NYSE-RUBI), based in LA, in 2014.

Chris McKillop, CEO & Co-Founder, Turalt - Dr. Chris McKillop, CEO and Co-Founder of Turalt – the technology of empathy. Chris gained her degree in Artificial Intelligence in the 1990s, has a PhD in Educational Technology, and has researched and published on the emotional dimensions of learning. She has a long record pioneering technological innovations to improve learning. Chris is passionate about AI and empathy. Her company, Turalt, develops AI supported tools to help people improve their empathy and emotional intelligence in online business communications.

Speaker Bios:

Jennifer Bouyoukos, SVP Human Resources, NexJ Systems - I understand the pace, stress and craziness of startups and high growth, complex businesses. As an HR leader, I have worked and partnered with some of the legends of business over the past 20 years. (RIM, Descartes, Janna, Workbrain, SAP, Kobo, RBC) Most of all, I am proud to have mentored countless Rising HR Stars to leadership status over my career. It kinda makes it all worth it.

Shanna Landolt, LinkedIn Expert & Executive Search - Shanna Landolt is a highly sought after media personality and keynote speaker. She has been featured as a LinkedIn and Career expert on NBC, FOX, ABC, CBS, CityTV, CTV and the Life Network. Shanna is the author of 6 books. Four of those books became #1 International Best Sellers including “LinkedIn Secrets From a Top Executive Recruiter”. She also partnered with Jack Canfield to co-author “The Soul of Success”. In addition to working in Executive Search for almost 20 years, Shanna works as a Career Coach and LinkedIn Expert. Shanna’s mission is to help people succeed in life.