Online event - The future-ready workforce series: Engaging the next generation of talent

HRPA Pre-Approved Event

Far sooner than anyone predicted, COVID-19 changed the world of work.

 Join this free online event from the University of Waterloo’s Work-Learn Institute and discover how employers are engaging young talent in today’s challenging market.

Engaging the next generation of talent is more than creating informal and social connections at work. It's about developing strategies to offer meaningful work and opportunities for continued learning and development. While the pandemic continues to disrupt workplace culture, hiring programs and HR initiatives focused on engaging young talent can help organizations navigate a complex and uncertain world of work. 

Join us for the second event in a multi-part Future-Ready Workforce Series from the University of Waterloo's Work-Learn Institute and discover how employers are engaging young talent in today's challenging market. Access new research insights from Waterloo experts, as well as student and employer guest speakers, that highlight what is changing in our workforce. You'll also learn how organizations can improve employee performance, satisfaction and commitment by re-thinking their strategies for onboarding and role design to unlock the potential for innovation.

During this online event, you'll learn about:

  • Onboarding young talent in a remote workforce 

  • Maximizing engagement through meaningful work

  • Tapping into Gen Z’s capacity for innovation 


Plus, hear student and employer perspectives about how they're adapting to today's engagement trends and experiences! 

UWaterloo's Work-Learn Institute

Did you know? The Work-Learn Institute is the only institute in the world dedicated to research on co-operative education and other forms of work-integrated learning.

Founded in 2002 (as WatCACE) on the basis that, with the largest co-operative education program in the world, UWaterloo has the largest dataset to study, understand and continue to advance its practice.


Meet the host, Judene:


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Dr. Judene Pretti, Director of the Work-Learn Institute, University of Waterloo.

Dr. Judene Pretti leads the only research unit of its kind in the world investigating the practice of co-op and work-integrated learning (WIL) in the development of talent.


Guest speaker:

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Chaitanya Bhatt

Director of Innovation, Loblaw

Chaitanya has over 11 years of retail experience and has held a variety of different leadership roles in Technology over his career. He prides himself on leading highly motivated and productive teams. Currently, he is the Director of Innovation at Loblaw overseeing the Innovation Consultancy practice.

Guest speaker:

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Rupa Vemulapalli

Computer Engineering Co-op Student, University of Waterloo

Rupa is currently in her third year of studies and is looking forward to her next work term as a Business Strategy Analyst for Dataraction, a startup working to build virtual peer-peer learning communities. A combination of her work experiences, academic studies and volunteer work with Engineers without Borders has motivated her to pursue starting her own company at the intersection of tech and social good, following her graduation.


Watch this presentation!

This program has been approved for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours under Category A of the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Log of the Human Resource Professionals Association (HRPA). You may manually log this webinar in your CPD Log.

Presentation slides (PDF)

Breakout sessions 

As part of this online event, University of Waterloo subject matter experts hosted two breakout sessions to further explore the key topics covered in our keynote presentation.

The importance of evaluation to engage your co-op students
Engaging the future workforce as a small business or startup