Our lineup of incredible thought leaders will challenge you to think critically on topics such as leadership, sourcing and recruitment marketing. We have curated and coordinated a unique program of keynotes, workshops and networking activities to inspire, challenge and educate. Join us November 13, 2019.

Below are the highlights of our 2019 program. Please note that this agenda is subject to change. For updates on schedule details and the latest Art of Talent news, subscribe and follow our social channels @aotconference.



8:30 - 6:00


8:30 - 9:00

Continental Breakfast

9:00 - 9:15

Opening Welcome and Intro Keynote
Veronique St-Germain

9:15 - 10:15

Keynote Speaker (main room)
Partnership with the business
Tammy Connelly

10:15 - 11:00

Keynote Speaker (main room)
Hiring Mindset / How to scale a distributed team?
Marcelo Cortes

11:00 - 11:15


11:15 - 12:45

Breakout Session #1
Sourcing Tools and Methodologies
Sebastien Savard

Attract and Engage: How to Create and Manage Recruitment Marketing Campaigns
Kaitlyn Holbein

12:45 - 1:45

Networking Lunch

1:45 - 2:45

Keynote Speaker
Mark Tortorici

2:45 - 3:00


3:00 - 4:30

Breakout Session #2
Jackie Lauer

Candidate Experience - how to think through candidate motivator. How does it fit within the interview process, all the way through offer and equity package. How to explain equity value.
Cat Surane & Luke Beseda

4:30 - 4:45


4:45 - 5:45

Fireside Chat
How do you report up to executive?
What do exec care to know? How to report to the board
What are the metrics that you should always be tracking
Tammy Connelly, Marcelo Cortes & Luke Beseda

5:45 - 6:00

Closing Remarks
Closing remark (main room)
Veronique St-Germain

6:00 - 7:00

Networking Cocktail Hour






Centre for International Governance Innovation. 67 Erb Street West. Waterloo ON.


Why Waterloo?


Waterloo Region has been the hub of innovation and creativity in Canada for over 150 years. The region is home to world renowned Canadian innovations such as the first smartphone and the greatest hockey skates in the world. With a vibrant startup scene, top-notch universities and research institutes, and market-defining companies, Waterloo is highly regarded as one of the fastest growing tech ecosystems in the world. Talent lives here.



Local Accommodations


Make your Art of Talent experience as fun and comfortable as possible! Here are some of our recommendations for a great night’s sleep.


Delta Hotel

Rate Range: $199-$239

110 Erb Street West
Waterloo, ON N2L 0C6

Distance to Venue – 750m

The Walper Hotel

Rate Range: $189-$349

20 Queen Street South
Kitchener, ON N2G 1V6

Distance to Venue – 4.4 km

Best Western Plus

Rate Range: $118

547 King Street North
Waterloo, ON N2L 5Z7

Distance to Venue – 5.4 km

Crowne Plaza

Rate Range: $139-$179

105 King Street East
Kitchener, ON N2G 2K8

Distance to Venue – 4.7 km