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MaRS Tech Talent Advisory Council

About the MaRS Tech Talent Advisory Council

Our Tech Talent Advisory Council comprises leaders from industry, business development organizations, educators and government working together to address the current and future workforce needs in the GTA tech industry. The model allows this leadership group to directly tackle emerging issues and ensures sustained oversight for the industry’s evolving labour market needs. Currently, the council has three goals:

  • Build a talent pipeline trained with the skillsets and attitude required for work in scaling tech-sector companies.
  • Increase the talent pool for ventures and corporations by connecting a diverse pool of trained top talent to a common marketplace of tech jobs.
  • Convene stakeholders in education, industry and government to strategically bring the supply and demand sides of this system together to form innovative partnerships.

This work is informed by the Talent Fuels Tech Strategy, a labour market study of Toronto’s tech sector that was released in January 2018 with engagement from industry, post-secondary institutions and government leaders.

MaRS Tech Talent Advisory Council Members

  • Chris Brown, Director of Talent Solutions Canada, LinkedIn
  • Jordan Christensen, Vice-President of Technology, ecobee
  • Leslie Fink, Manager, Sector Development, Economic Development and Culture Division, City of Toronto
  • Robb Gilbert, Director of People and Culture, BlueDot Inc.
  • Thomas Heermann, Senior Director, Automotive and Conceptual Design Products, Autodesk
  • Kelly Jackson, Associate Vice-President, Government Relations and Strategic Communications, Humber College
  • Marin Litoiu, Professor, Lassonde School of Engineering & School of Information Technology, LAPS, York University
  • Leona McCharles, Vice-President, Global Recruitment, RBC
  • David McDonald, AVP of Global Talent, Manulife
  • Erin McGinn, Assistant Deputy Minister, Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities
  • Gladys Okine, Executive Director, First Work
  • Tanya Stephens, Senior IT Innovation Leader, Procter & Gamble
  • Magdy Karam, Chief Learning Officer, Microsoft Canada
  • Maureen Thompson, Director of Employment Strategies, United Way Greater Toronto