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CEE Impact Conference – The Talent Evolution | HIRE Waterloo – The Iron Warrior

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The world of work is evolving and so is the talent that we hire.
Between the transition to hybrid and remote work and the increase in automation and AI, career paths will fundamentally change. According to a report from the World Economic Forum, 65 per cent of children entering primary school today will eventually work in jobs that don’t yet exist.
In this inaugural virtual conference, Co-operative and Experiential Education at the University of Waterloo along with industry and student experts will discuss the changing world of work. Sessions will share insights about how organizations can prepare for hiring new roles for the future and build a pipeline of next-generation talent.
Join us on Wednesday, February 15 from 12 – 4:30 p.m. ET
Access insights on recruiting emerging talent into your workforce.
Take part in discussions on topics ranging from equity, diversity and inclusion to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Learn about Waterloo’s co-op program and how to maximize the tools to connect employers with emerging talent.
Connect with industry leaders already preparing for the talent evolution.
Gather key takeaways about the future of work directly from the next generation of emerging talent.
Stay tuned for our full event schedule in the coming weeks.
Michael Steele
Keynote speaker: Michael Steele

With the transition to hybrid and remote work, the increase in automation/AI and growing social awareness — career paths are fundamentally changing. Steele, a well-known philanthropist, business leader and co-op alumnus, will speak from his own experience and provide insight into the power of students as agents of change in an evolving work environment.
Emily Burgess
Speaker: Emily Burgess
If you’re new to hiring and want to attract future-ready talent, join this session to gain insights around recruitment best practices, walk through our five simple hiring steps and learn what drives emerging talent. 
Shabnam (Shay) Ivković and Jennifer Woodside
Speakers: Shabnam (Shay) Ivković and Jennifer Woodside 
The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide a blueprint to help us ensure a prosperous planet, now and in the future. Educational institutions, organizations and talent can work together towards achieving these goals and a sustainable future.
In this session, Ivković and Woodside will share activities that
students and employers can use to raise awareness of how they may be contributing to the SDGs within their organizations. They’ll also share resources and tactics for supervisors to begin conversations about impact and to support next-generation talent in building a sense of purpose in their work.
Jeremy Reed and Robert Craig
Speakers: Jeremy Reed and Robert Craig
Attracting emerging talent is more important than ever before. By 2025, Millennials and Generation Z will make up 75 per cent of the workforce. As demographics change, so do the qualities that the next generation is looking for in roles and job opportunities. In this session, you’ll learn how to develop a powerful job posting that appeals to Waterloo student talent.
Judene Pretti and Andrea Prior
Speakers: Judene Pretti and Andrea Prier
The future of work is impossible to predict. Waterloo’s Future Ready Talent Framework (FRTF) can help to prepare employers and their future workforce. In this session, Judene Pretti and Andrea Prier will examine the development of the FRTF and how the framework is applied throughout the student academic and work experience at Waterloo. They will also share tactics for how employers can use the foundations of the FRTF within their own organization to improve employee relationships and retention.
Speakers: Colleen Phillips-Davis and Bryanne Smart
In this session, panelists will discuss how organizations of all sizes can learn from history and current events, develop awareness within the organization and continue to build capacity to further understand the complexities of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion & Anti-Racism (EDI-AR) and Indigenization. Featuring a panel of students, industry and Waterloo experts, attendees will gain inspiration for how to create and implement their own EDI and Indigenization strategies.
Peggy Eichinger
Speakers: Susan Stewart and Peggy Eichinger
WaterlooWorks is the largest post-secondary recruitment platform for next-generation talent. Our speakers will discuss the various ways employers can maximize their exposure to current students, new graduates and alumni from the University of Waterloo.
Anne-Marie Fannon and Dave Drewery
Speakers: Anne-Marie Fannon and Dave Drewery
Effective onboarding supports organizational newcomers’ performance, job satisfaction and organizational commitment. However, with an increasingly remote workforce and complicated world of work, onboarding is a major challenge for many employers. In this session, you will learn about recent research findings that identify key actions you can take to enhance your student onboarding programs.
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