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

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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 attracting and recruiting young talent in today’s challenging market.

The pandemic has disrupted workplace culture, accelerating the need for strategic initiatives focused on managing young talent. Key HR concerns like recruitment and talent retention have been altered dramatically. To keep up, hiring programs and HR strategies must be agile to best position your organization ahead of uncertainty.

Join us for the first event in a new multi-part Future-Ready Workforce Series from the Work-Learn Institute and discover how employers are attracting and recruiting young talent in today’s challenging market. Access leading research insights and perspectives from University of Waterloo experts, as well as student and employer guest speakers, that highlight what is changing in the world of work. You’ll also learn how organizations can re-think and reset their recruitment strategy for continued growth and success.

During this online event, you'll learn about:

  • Attracting the right candidates amidst COVID-19.
  • Recruiting for an equitable and diverse workplace.
  • Strengthening your remote recruitment strategies.

Plus, hear directly from Waterloo students about how they're adapting to today's recruitment 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 at the 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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Jeff Wentworth, Co-founder of Curvegrid.

Jeff Wentworth is a Co-founder of Curvegrid, a blockchain SaaS startup based in Tokyo, Japan. Curvegrid has been recruiting Waterloo co-op students remotely from their office in Japan since 2018. 

Guest speaker:

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Dr. Bessma Momani, Professor of Political Science at the University of Waterloo

Dr. Bessma Momani is Assistant Vice President, International and Research and Full Professor of Political Science at the University of Waterloo, Senior Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation, and a Non-Resident Fellow at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington, D.C.


Student speaker:

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Katie Ivancic, Recreation & Sports Business Co-op Student, University of Waterloo.

Katie is a third-year varsity athlete and has completed two out of her five co-op terms. She will begin a one-year contract with Scotiabank as a Campus Recruiter in the Human Resource department starting in May 2021. Outside of work, you can find Katie supporting young girls staying in competitive sports, mentorship opportunities, mental and physical wellness, baking and training for her swim season.

Student speaker:

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Matthew Olsen, Arts & Business Co-op Student, University of Waterloo.

Matthew is entering his fourth and final year of studies and is currently working on co-op as a Business Development Coordinator for the Royal Canadian Air Force. His co-op and classroom experiences have motivated him to decide on pursuing a law degree and a career in public international law and international commercial law, following his 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, the University of Waterloo subject matter experts hosted three breakout sessions to further explore the key topics covered in our keynote presentation.

What drives student interest in your job?
How can you finance your co-op hires?
Co-op recruitment fundamentals for small businesses and startups