Grand Valley: *SOLD OUT* IN-PERSON How does your Recruitment Strategy affect your Retention Strategy?

Date and Time

Starts:01/17/2023 4:30 PM

Ends:01/17/2023 6:30 PM

Registration Closes:12/16/2022 12:30 PM

Event Type: Professional Development

1.5 CPD Hour(s)

Cambridge Hotel and Conference Centre 700 Hespeler Road Cambridge, Ontario


HRPA Members: Free or Optional $5 Donation | Non-Members: $60 + tax

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Additional Information

THIS EVENT SOLD OUT. Please email to be added to the waitlist if desired.

This is an IN-PERSON event.

Online registration is required. A $35 + tax “no show/late cancellation” fee will be charged if cancellation is not provided to at least 3 business days in advance. Registrations will not be accepted at the door.

Event Sponsor

Please join our January 2023 panel conversation focused on:  Recruitment and Retention. We are excited to have local recruitment expert Justin Krulicki of MasterClass, local employee recognition and retention expert Megan Hall of Chocolate Soup, and Joanna Woo, Head of People at CruxOCM (a VC-backed Canadian tech startup), on our speaker panel.

We’ll talk about: What’s new in recruiting?  What does recruiting look like this year?  What has / has not changed in recruiting? And how will impact your retention strategy in 2023?    Let’s discuss how to assess a role and a candidate, design ideas for interviews especially given the current environment.   We will share ideas, recommendations, and current practices for keeping great employees as well as tips for keeping great new hires engaged and retained! 

Open to Q & A and audience sharing as well for a fulsome learning experience!

Learning Objectives:

1. Influence new thinking around Recruiting, recruiting strategy at different levels
2. Retention - how recruiting impacts employee retention/culture
Sharing from different points of view and different industries.


4:30 PM   Registration and Networking with snacks provided

4:55 PM   Chapter Announcements

5:00 PM   Speaker Panel Presentation | Q+A

6:30 PM   Event Concludes


Registration Closes:  SOLD OUT!   Please email to be added to the waitlist if desired.

Registration Difficulties or Questions: Please reach out to our Chapter Experience Coordinator Bobbi-Lyn Smith at

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Speaker bio(s)
Megan Hall, Head of People & Culture

I've been a people-first leader in KW tech for over 20 years, making my start in HR before heading back to school for my MBA & moving into Operations Leadership. Megan Hall is a big believer in kindness, gratitude and appreciation, so joining Dan Silivestru & PJ Lowe as a Late Founder at Chocolate Soup was a natural fit. The business is focused on employee recognition, where Megan gets to design and source unique gifts to show employees just how much their leaders appreciate them. Spending her days gift shopping and designing custom Lego kits is a pretty fabulous work life! Chocolate Soup creates gift boxes for employee appreciation and recognition. Taking the care of the gifting, you sit back and watch your company culture grow by recognizing employee's personal and professional milestones. Megan is also a Leadership Coach, Mom, yoga lover and gardener - you'll find her outside in nature as much as possible!

Justin Krulicki, Talent Acquisition Partner

Justin Krulikci is currently a Recruitment Manager at MasterClass, an e-learning tech company based out of California but with an office in Waterloo. Justin fell in love with all things recruitment about 7 years ago and he has experience recruiting for all types of roles and levels. From Truck Drivers to VP of Marketing, Software Developers to Head of Sales, Justin has been lucky to work at amazing companies, implement best in class recruitment strategies and hire incredible people. He tries to take a unique approach to recruitment and be different. Justin is obsessed with candidate experience and focused on finding hidden gems to take a company to new heights.

Joanna Woo, CHRP, CHRL, Head of People

Joanna Woo is the Head of People at CruxOCM, a VC-backed Canadian tech startup with a fully remote workforce and is a board member of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony. Being in an HR team of one and responsible for both talent acquisition and retention, Joanna enjoys designing recruitment processes with the entire employee journey in mind. Joanna has a passion for DEI&B and works closely with underrepresented groups to bring a fresh perspective to recruitment best practices and to overcome systemic and unconscious biases. Joanna loves adventure from sea to summit so you’ll often find her looking at the world from a very different angle. 🙃