New Tech Talent North Helps Tech Companies Navigate HR Challenges

Pandemic and Fast-Paced Growth Rewrite Talent Playbook for Tech Sector


Leaders in Canadian tech are rallying online May 12-13, 2021 to learn, share, network and grow at Tech Talent North. The producers behind SAAS NORTH, Canada’s largest gathering of SaaS entrepreneurs, are excited to announce the launch of sister event Tech Talent North, presented by HR Tech Group.

“Hyper-growth was in effect for many tech companies in 2020, while some verticals within tech struggled with layoffs and furloughs. Canada’s tech industry is rewriting its talent playbook to meet the challenges and impact of the global pandemic, which includes managing highly distributed workforces and radical pivots. Many of the most challenging side effects of the pandemic fall squarely into the human-resources category,” notes Dave Tyldesley, Co-founder of Cube Business Media Inc. and Producer of Tech Talent North.

Originally founded in 2002, the Tech Talent Conference carved out a reputation as a thoughtful and highly curated forum for leaders in Human Resources in BC’s thriving tech community. Now, Cube Business Media Inc., a preeminent national producer of B2B conferences, and HR Tech Group have joined forces to take the event to new heights with a pivot to an online conference in 2021 and national expansion. This scaled-up and re-branded version of the acclaimed conference is now known as Tech Talent North — drawing tech talent game changers from coast-to-coast.

Stephanie Hollingshead, CEO of HR Tech Group adds, “While many sectors weakened, Canada’s tech sector has continued to grow overall during this pandemic. We are seeing some explosive growth within SaaS, VFX, gaming, clean tech, AI and life sciences, and the overall demand for key technical and leadership talent continues to outstrip the supply. Attracting, hiring, retaining, and motivating a diverse technical workforce is critical to these companies’ successes.”

Helping shape the Tech Talent North program is an array of advisors from firms such as: Shopify, Ceridian, Unbounce, Kabam Games, Certn, Visier, Routific, Hootsuite and more. While attendees won’t be meeting physically this year, there will be plenty of opportunities to network with peers to learn from their challenges and successes. Using innovative technology, attendees can connect to have meaningful conversations with conference delegates, speakers and other players in the tech ecosystem.

“During the pandemic, HR issues have emerged as some of the top challenges for Canadian tech companies. The 2021 conference will showcase the most compelling workforce planning, diversity, talent acquisition and culture curation solutions. We will share how the best managed companies have tackled rapid changes to their workforces,” says Laurie Murdoch2021 Conference ChairVice President, People & Organization, Sony Pictures Imageworks Canada Inc.

Attendees can purchase tickets for Tech Talent North from just $100. Tech founders and C-Suite executives are encouraged to attend with their top HR leaders and practitioners and team ticket packages are available.

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