After graduating with a degree in Information Technology, Kate quickly realized her strengths lied with people and not just coding. In the midst of a winding career path across North America, straddling employer development, career advising and contingent workforce management in Silicon Valley, Kate is currently a Co-op Coordinator, supporting the School of Computer Science at the University of Guelph. Her primary focus includes supporting co-op students on job search strategies and employability skills while working closely with the ever-changing, dynamic technology industry in Canada and beyond. Kate's biggest enrichment through her role is seeing highly capable students, who just need a foot in the door to gain the skills and experience to excel and thrive in their jobs. Their confidence and commitment to using technology for good is inspiring.
Emma is a graduate of the University of Waterloo with 10 years working in Recruitment, for the
past 3 years she has been part of the original ecobee Recruitment/HR team and has helped
grow the company from 125 to just over 500, this includes starting ecobee’s campus
recruitment and new graduate program. With a focus on great candidate experience and a
strong employer brand, she continue’s to play a lead role as a Lead Recruiter in growing
ecobee’s presence in the Toronto tech scene by partnering with Universities and Colleges
across Canada. Emma has been involved in early talent recruitment over the last 6 years and
loves to see a co-op students and new grads bring immediate value to an organization.
I grew up in Toronto, working tirelessly to fulfill my childhood dream of becoming a Recruiter....of course I'm kidding. I fell backwards into recruitment like most people. After finishing my Kinesiology degree at UBC I set out to land the first job of my career and saw an ad for an agency recruiter. It seemed like a treasure hunt; the perfect candidate was the treasure and I had to find it before anyone else. My interest was piqued! I got that agency recruitment job at TEKsystems and parlayed that into a Technical Recruiter role for BlackBerry almost 2 years later. While at BlackBerry, I had the opportunity to stretch new muscles in Marketing but eventually recruitment drew my back in, this time as a Team Lead on the Campus Recruitment Team. From there I spent over 6 years at Electronic Arts in both the University Relations Manager and University Relations Business Partner roles. Earlier this year I got the itch to be part of a student program that is still in build phase, where I could have a real impact on the work being done, so I made the move to Shopify where I now Lead the Intern Program.
A passionate builder of communities and networks, Wahab Owolabi is the Founder of URx & Producer of the URx Conference. Wahab built the University Recruiting and Talent Programs function at Rubrik. Rubrik became an employer of choice amongst top engineering students and ranked in the top 10 of Linkedin's Career Launching Startups. Prior to Rubrik, Wahab was a Talent Partner at Andreessen Horowitz, building a network of top university talent and supporting portfolio company recruiting efforts. Previously, Wahab worked at both Stanford University and Carnegie Mellon University helping technology companies recruit university talent and helping students launch amazing technical careers.
Bridget King is the North America Branding & Communications Program Manager, Early
Professional Hiring at IBM, responsible for strategic branding and communications across the
US and Canada to enable IBM to attract and hire top early professional talent.
Previously, Bridget led IBM’s campus recruitment team in Canada. A graduate of the University
of Waterloo Arts and Business Co-op program, Bridget has also worked in recruitment in the
tech industry and the federal government. She holds her CHRP and is an active member of the
York Region HRPA chapter. She was awarded the 2019 HRPA Innovation Award and Campus
Recruiter of the Year by TalentEgg in 2017.
May 6-7, 2021