Speaker: Valérie Gélinas
Really Banking Cool – How students are influencing the way we work
Disruption is everywhere with companies changing the way they do business to attract a new generation of consumers. This includes financial services companies and specifically, Canada’s big banks. Find out how RBC is changing the way they approach business problems and disrupting themselves by harnessing the creative energy and innovative thinking of their student hires. It’s just one of the ways they are building the digitally enabled bank of the future.
Valérie Gélinas, Director, T&O Early Talent at RBC will speak to her feet on the ground experience discovering top talent and providing them opportunities that are directly influencing the way RBC solves problems. She will talk in detail about developing and launching RBC’s primary student innovation program, RBC Amplify, which puts select groups of summer students together to work autonomously in small teams, using design thinking and lean start up methodologies, to come up with solutions to current business problems put forward by leaders from across the organization. And while providing the students the skills and experience they need in today’s business environment is the primary goal, RBC is also using the power and energy of the students to infect the organization and change the way they do business.
Valérie is an innovative and creative builder with demonstrated passion at the intersection of talent, innovation, technology and design. She brings creativity, diversity and flexibility to a team, driving innovation and change within the bank. In her current role as Director, T&O Early Talent she collaborates with partners and stakeholders across Technology and Operations and Recruitment to develop and execute on a strategic vision for attracting, engaging and retaining early talent. She is responsible for the program management of over 700 students every year in the award winning T&O Student Program that includes the intensive RBC Amplify innovation program.
Technology and Operations at RBC has been her home for the past 12 years where she has held numerous roles including resource management, relationship management for contingent workforce, and program development and management for new grad rotational programs. Prior to her work at RBC Valérie worked in IT consulting as a developer, business analyst and client services manager. She holds an Honours degree in Sociology with a Women’s Studies minor from Bishop’s University and an Applied Information Technology Diploma from the Information Technology Institute (ITI).