Sebastien Savard

CEO and Co-Founder, Sourcinc

My recruitment experience at RONA, Cirque du Soleil and Keurig Dr Pepper has kept Sebastien at the forefront of the latest trends across the globe. With experience in Canada, the United States, Europe and APAC, Sebastien has adopted a hiring mindset that rejects the transactional approach to recruitment: why wait for the best candidates to come to you? Go out there and get them! In 2015, Sebastien founded Sourcinc, an employment agency with offices in Montreal, Toronto, Quebec City and Paris. Today, the firm is working with more than 350 clients around the world. An expert in sourcing and lean processes, Sebastien was designated Entrepreneur of the Year in 2018 by the CHRP Association in Quebec.


Kaitlyn Holbein

CEO/Recruitment Marketing and Employer Brand Consultant, Kaitlyn Holbein Consulting

Kaitlyn Holbein is a Recruitment Marketing & Employer Brand Consultant at kaitlynholbein.com. Coming from a marketing communications background, Kaitlyn spent time actively recruiting at a tech startup before combining her professional interests and focusing specifically on recruitment marketing. After exiting the startup space, Kaitlyn spent several years developing the employer brand program from the ground up at OpenText. Today, she is an independent consultant, helping organizations of all sizes uncover and activate their employer brands to attract candidates. In addition to consulting, Kaitlyn regularly speaks about recruitment marketing and employer branding topics and has authored a wide range of how-to style content pieces for Rally Recruitment Marketing.


Mark Tortorici

Founder, Training Manager, and Staffing Manager, Transform Talent Acquisition

Mark Tortorici is an expert technical sourcer & recruiter. Since 1997, he has trained thousands of staffing professionals including those at Google, Apple, Facebook, Disney, Pinterest, Twitter, Nvidia, eBay, Yahoo, Target, Samsung and many other companies. He has worked in both corporate & agency roles and has also managed staffing teams with great success. Mark is the Founder & Training Expert at Transform Talent Acquisition. Although he trains in every aspect of the staffing process, he is known for his sourcing methods, ability to turn technical reqs into sourcing strategies, and easy to understand teaching style. Mark is also a big believer in research, learning, and technology when it comes to sourcing and recruiting. He currently resides in California with his family and also plays (vocals, piano, bass, guitar, drums, and ukulele) in two bands.


Veronique St. Germain

Founder, Art of Talent Conference | Director of Talent Acquisition, Terminal

Veronique brings a high level of technical recruitment expertise to the table. Prior to joining Terminal, Veronique was the president and founder of Vero Talent Solutions, helping small and medium-sized businesses grow their software engineering teams around the globe.


Jackie Lauer

CEO/Executive Coach and Workplace Culture Expert, JackieLauer.com

Passionate about leadership development and culture, Jackie grew her career leading technology sales teams at companies like ITI and Nortel. She has experienced leading teams through periods of rapid change and fast growth. She believes she succeeded or failed based on her capacity to engage the human side of the business, taking one company from 1 million to 85 million in 5 years. With a passion to create great leaders and high performing cultures she pursued multiple certifications in coaching, change management, emotional intelligence, neuroleadership, and mediation. For the past 19 years she has led a boutique consultancy specializing in building high-performing happy workplace with the science of positive psychology and neuroleadership. She is an often invited keynote speaker on topics related to culture, change, leadership, mindfulness, EQ, conversational intelligence and happiness. Best of all, she has a no BS approach, an infectious laugh and loves what she does.

0002-Faire-181211 (1).jpeg

Marcelo Cortes

Co-founder and CTO, Faire

Marcelo is co-founder and chief technology officer (CTO) of Faire, which he co-founded with friends and colleagues from Square. As CTO, Marcelo leads Faire’s team of engineers in Kitchener-Waterloo. Prior to Faire, Marcelo was a staff software engineer at Square, where he built Square Cash from a prototype to a large scale product that’s been downloaded more than 30 million times and has millions of monthly active users.

Prior to Square, Marcelo was a senior software engineer at Google, where he worked on Hangouts, Google+, and other big projects. He has spent nearly two decades writing code and managing engineering teams and is a graduate of the University of Waterloo, where he majored in computer science.


Cat Surane

People and Learning, Lightspeed Venture Partners

Cat Surane leads Learning at Lightspeed where she works with companies on challenges ranging from Recruiting, HR, People Programs, Compensation Strategy, D&I, etc. Prior to Lightspeed, Cat was a technical recruiter at Google and led new-hire onboarding for their global recruiting teams. In a previous life, she played D1 Softball at Santa Clara University.


Luke Beseda

VP Talent, Lightspeed Venture Partners

Luke Beseda leads People Infrastructure at Lightspeed, an early-stage venture capital firm that has invested in Snap, AppDynamics, MuleSoft, Stitch Fix, and more. His team works with over 200 startups, helping them design and scale their people programs ranging from single-person Seeds through multi-thousand employee pre-IPO companies. As a founding member of the Lightspeed team, Luke has supported companies with problems ranging from Recruiting, HR, People Operations, Compensation Strategy, etc. Prior to Lightspeed, Luke led recruiting at Flurry, a mobile analytics company acquired by Yahoo!, and Nextag, an e-commerce company.


Tammy Connelly

Senior Talent Acquisition Lead, Shopify

Tammy joined Shopify in November 2015 to grow and lead a team of recruiters, coordinators and researchers supporting Shopify’s fastest growing product, Shopify Plus. Today, she leads recruiting teams for multiple products and services across North America, Europe, Asia and New Zealand. A core theme of Tammy’s leadership has been partnering with the business to design and build new and evolving teams. Whether hiring for our first multilingual support teams in Ireland; growing our commercial teams in Asia; or hiring some of our first product teams in Waterloo, Tammy understands how to engage and connect people with the Shopify story.

Previously a long time executive search consultant, Tammy has partnered with leaders and Boards of Directors across every sector to attract unique talent. Her strength as a recruiter has always been in creating candidate experiences that reflect the employer’s brand.


Simon Chan

VP Talent, Academy , & Future of Work, Communitech

Simon is currently the Vice President, Talent, Academy and Future of Work at Communitech which is a private-public innovation hub in Kitchener Waterloo that supports a community of 1500 companies from startups, to scale-ups to large global players. He is responsible for the leadership of the Talent and Communitech Academy teams who support talent attraction and learning and development programs & events for our member companies. He is also leading the development of a Future of Work & Learning strategy for a coalition of multi-stakeholder partners in Waterloo region to build a community of practice to help future proof organizations.