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Your Future Tech Workforce

December 5, 2017 @ 10:30 am - 1:30 pm



The IEC of Hamilton is hosting “Your Future Tech Workforce”, for curious business owners that are concerned about the lean talent pool. Guest speakers will highlight innovative education programs, awareness initiatives, and HR strategies that will help you recruit, develop and retain your tech talent. We would love for you to join us on Tuesday December 5th!

Check out the schedule of talks below! Your Future Tech Workforce attendees can expect a free lunch and lots of knowledge-sharing, at the amazing historical Dundurn Castle Coach House.


11:30 a.m. — 11:50 a.m.

Arrival and registration

12:00 p.m.

Opening Remarks

1:30 p.m.

Closing Remarks

Key Note Talk

Cameron Ballantyne, Founder, Orbis Communications Inc.

Talk: Innovative Compensation Strategies

A trend is emerging, and not surprising in the tech industry, where businesses are providing their employees paid time off to work on projects important to them. In this talk, Cameron will share his hr volunteer benefit strategy and discuss how this creative approach can benefit your business with the added bonus of making your company even more attractive to job seekers through this management-directed philanthropic policy.

Introductory Talks

Beth Gibson, Project Consultant, IEC of Hamilton

Dr. Kevin Browne, Professor & Tech Entrepreneur

Talk: Innovation in the Classroom

Students start to think about their educational pathway and career options as early as Grade 6. Why not tap into that opportunity by creating awareness of Hamilton’s tech community, and more importantly your company? In this talk, Beth and Kevin will explore various ways that you and your team, can engage in meaningful and innovative programs allowing for cost-effective human resource strategies that will position your organization as an employer of choice to your current and future workforce.

Meg Smith, Designer,

Talk: Brand Awareness

Businesses often look for creative ways to create brand awareness to prospective clients. Why not use a similar model to spark interest to your future workforce? In this talk, Meg will discuss how investing time to support career exploration activities is an innovative business approach that will leave a lasting impression with your future talent pool and our tech community.

Rob Prouse, Advisory Software Engineer, Bentley Systems Canada

Talk: Community Investment

Building our tech community isn’t something that will happen overnight. It takes talent, time, and investment. Discover how your business can provide value-add incentives, to your employees, by encouraging active volunteerism and philanthropy to build the overall health of this booming industry.

Cesare Di Donato, Executive Director, IEC of Hamilton

Talk: Your Future Workforce

It takes a collaborative approach to build a healthy and economically viable community. In this talk, Cesare will discuss ways that organizations can actively participate in programs and initiatives that will help prepare your future workforce. Whether you are a start-up or an established business, these engagement strategies will ensure students, and parents alike, know that Hamilton is a solid contender in the tech arena!


December 5, 2017
10:30 am - 1:30 pm
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The Coach House at Dundurn Castle
610 York Boulevard L8R
Hamilton, Ontario L8R 3E7 Canada