Join business leaders, human resource professionals, and community agencies from across the province and learn how to attract talent from within the fastest growing skill sets in the province!
UnTapped includes a valuable line-up of speakers and workshops presented by business leaders, subject experts, governments, and academics. Take this opportunity to learn about concrete strategies for addressing skills demand in your workplace – today and into the future – and enhancing both workplace culture and the customer experience.
Our speakers share how and why diversification has been important to their success, while providing delegates with concrete tools and strategies to promote a thriving and productive workplace through diverse talent pools.
If diversifying your recruitment and retention practices to attract top talent is an important aspect for your business, join us in Vancouver for UnTapped and get Diversity and Inclusion working to your organization’s strategic advantage.
Over five days, UnTapped 2017 will bring together 400+ BC business leaders in Vancouver and Kamloops for topical discussions of common recruitment challenges and uncommon solutions led by forerunners in their fields.
Find out how business leaders in all sectors are recruiting and retaining skilled talent, and positioning this addition to their workforce to better reflect the customers that they serve while meeting their growing workforce needs.
“The demand for qualified, motivated employees around the world greatly exceeds supply. One of the reasons is that employers have traditionally over-looked workers that do not fit easily into one-size-fits-all mold.”Randy Lewis
UnTapped Awards Gala
May 10 ’17 | 5:00pm – 9:00pm | Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre | Vancouver
The UnTapped Awards Gala launches the 2017 UnTapped Series in grand fashion on May 10 at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre by recognizing and celebrating workplace diversity and inclusion champions in 8 categories: Leadership, Strong Voice, Small Business, Large Business, Public Sector, Non-Profit, Social Enterprise and Rising Star. Over the course of the evening, hundreds of business leaders will be treated to an amazing three-course meal, lively entertainment, a top-notch keynote featuring Managing Director SAP Labs Canada Kirsten Sutton, as well as inspiring stories from the recipients of the BC Workplace Inclusion Awards. From tapping into the talents of recent immigrants, to providing inclusive environments that focus on the strengths of employees with different abilities, we celebrate small cafes to international organizations, community advocates to senior managers.
Join us for an evening of networking, inspiration, and celebration as we kick off the 2017 UnTapped program.
June 22 ’17 | 7:30am – 9:30am | Hawksworth | Vancouver
With a fast-growing tech sector in BC, finding talent to fill all those job openings is top of mind for many BC employers. British Columbia is quickly becoming a desired destination for a number of tech companies and is already home to some of the top tech companies in the world. According to the CEO of the BC Tech Asociation Bill Tam, “since 2008 the BC tech sector has been an engine of growth for the province, growing twice the rate of the overall provincial economy”. And the recently published 2016 B.C. Technology Report Card showed that the tech sector grew by more than 14 percent in the past two years, far outpacing the growth rates in Ontario and Quebec and even the entire U.S. market. With a combination of a large labour pool of university-educated, tech-ready employees, reasonably priced office space, and Canada’s immigration policies which have enabled Vancouver to have a diverse international population to tap into, it seems there is no end to the growth in this sector.
While B.C.’s tech industry is definitely growing, tech companies from small to large, across all regions of the province are clamoring for more people, with a diverse range of job opportunities including sales, marketing, operations, customer service, product management, technology development, and finance. Statistics in the British Columbia technology report card note the simultaneous slowing of job growth and escalation in wage levels, as well as BC post-secondary institutions graduating fewer engineering and technology related degrees on a per capita basis leading to a growing challenge in finding senior, experienced growth talent. Unless companies can find sufficient numbers of qualified personnel – both specialized tech talent and senior level executive talent, there is a risk that the BC tech sector could lose growth opportunity to other regions outside of BC.
Join us on June 22 as we explore creative recruitment and retention tactics for accessing and engaging with traditionally untapped talent pools at this solution-focused power breakfast. Top business leaders in the tech industry will share their successes and challenges in attracting and engaging diverse talent as a way of addressing present and future talent needs.
A rare opportunity to network with fellow business leaders in an intimate group.
Autism at Work 101 Workshop
June 22 ’17 | 10:00am – 11:30am | Hawksworth | Vancouver
As an added bonus, your ticket to the UnTapped Tech Breakfast gains you entry to the Autism at Work 101 Workshop presented in partnership with Canucks Autism Network. Featuring an introduction to autism presented by Registered Psychologist and Director, Westcoast Child Development Group Dr. David Worling, this workshop will also feature a panel of employers discussing strategies and success with hiring individuals facing barriers to employment.
Join us after the UnTapped Tech Breakfast as we discuss accessing and engaging with this traditionally untapped talent pool. This is a unique opportunity to network with fellow business leaders, ask questions, and connect with available resources and experts.
Director of the Westcoast Child Development Group and the Spectrum Works Consulting Group.
Program Coordinator, Canucks Autism Network
Communications Manager, Open Door Group
Corporate and Administration Program Director, Open Door Group
September 14 ’17 | Hawksworth | Vancouver
The resource sector remains important to the social and economic well-being of many communities across BC, supporting job creation in urban and rural areas alike. The economic contribution of these industries surpassed $22 billion dollars in 2015 with notable growth in mining as well as in oil and gas extraction.
The challenge is employment in this sector is tightly tied to economic cycles: employment growth is seen during boom times and employment reductions during recessions. Economic uncertainty often leads to cost-cutting measures and challenges in retaining key industry talent. In a report published by the Mining Industry Human Resource Council, stakeholders interviewed acknowledged that workforce planning is typically a short-sighted reaction to economic cycles and there is a need to develop long-term proactive strategies. Moreover, like many sectors in British Columbia, companies in this sector are facing the prospect of an aging workforce with only 6%, and 11%, of the workforce in mining and forestry, respectively, being under the age of 25 in comparison to the provincial average of 14% in 2015. Attracting new talent to replace this aging workforce as well as developing plans to retain key talent during recessions is top of mind for companies in this sector.
Join us on September 14th as we explore creative recruitment and retention tactics for accessing and engaging with traditionally untapped talent pools at this solution-focused power breakfast. Leaders in the resource sector including representatives from mining, forestry, hydro, and gas will share their successes and challenges in attracting and engaging diverse talent as a way of addressing present and future talent needs.
A rare opportunity to network with fellow business leaders in an intimate group.
January 25 ’18 | Hawksworth | Vancouver
Further details to come.
791 W Georgia St. Vancouver, BC V6C 2T4, Canada
Sandman Signature Hotel, Kamloops
Sheraton Wall Centre, Vancouver
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The UnTapped Series
Five days. Five unmatchable events. Find out how business forerunners in all sectors are recruiting and retaining skilled talent — from among aboriginal communities, candidates with disabilities, recent immigrants, women, youth, older workers, and more — to meet their growing workforce needs.
UnTapped — Open Door Group
#300 – 30 East 6th Avenue
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